Andaman & Nicobar Islands is the Dream Destination for not only the Eco-friendly Tourists but also for every island or beach lover. Its a splendid tropical island. The Andaman & Nicobar Islands is a group of over 572 islands, in the Bay of Bengal. The islands are shrouded in the mystery for centuries because of their inaccessibility. The mystery has been unveiled since there have been good air connectivity to Port Blair from Delhi, Kolkata or Chennai or Vizag. A paragon of beauty, these islands present a landscape of scenic and picturesque extravaganza, shimmering like emeralds in the juncture of Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. This is India’s best-kept secret with world-class Beaches, Coral Reefs lush green rainforests, an active Volcano, Swimming elephants, and Giant fishes.
The best time to visit the Andaman & Nicobar Islands is between mid-November and April. If you want to enjoy the Monsoon season of these Islands, you are most welcome from May to September. Regular passenger ship services are available to Port Blair from Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam and back. Though most people here understand English, knowing Hindi always helps.
Sparsely-populated beaches that give way to an ocean brimming with interesting marine life and coral gardens are just one of the reasons to visit the beautiful Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Ghandi Park, Sippighat Farm and the century-old Cellular Jail (now a pilgrimage destination) provide glimpses into the past and present of these peaceful islands.
Destinations to roam around:
Cellular Jail This is the most unpopular reminiscent of the Indian freedom struggle. This is the most recommendable places to visit. This is also known as Kaala Pani. This was constructed for the solitary confinement of the prisoners. The saga of the heroic freedom struggle is brought alive in a moving Sound & Light show at the Cellular Jail.
Andaman Water Sports Complex offers various water sports like para sailing, water scooters, rowing boats, kayaks, paddle boats, water skiing facilities etc. Contrary to deep sea diving and scuba diving, snorkeling is a water activity done on the surface. Like scuba diving, it also doesn’t require swimming skills. Simply float on the water surface with your eye gear on and enjoy the mesmerizing underwater treat to the eyes that nature offers. North Bay near Port Blair is most popular for this activity.
Mount Harriet is a national park located in the Andaman and Nicobar islands. It is the third highest peak in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago. It is the highest point in Port Blair is an ideal place for a picnic or a trek. The park is known for its crocodiles, wild pigs, turtles and crabs.
Viper Island is located near Port Blair, known for the ruins of the jail that preceeds the cellular jail. The place has an amazing view and locationwhich is one of the most important tourist destinations in the Andaman and Nicobar islands. Many notable political leaders were arrested and confined to this jail pre independence.
Ross Island The Ross Island is a 20-minute boat ride from Aberdeen Jetty in Port Blair. Ross Island, the capital of Andaman & Nicobar Islands during the British Raj days, now stands guard to the Port Blair harbour. The island has everything — bazaar, bakery, stores, press and many other things that would be useful for you.
Cinque Island houses an enormous variety of coral reefs, sea weeds, colorful fishes, starfish, salt-water crocodile, turtles and water snakes. It is located 54 kms from Port Blair .It is one of the best diving destinations in Andaman & Nicobar Islands having clear water with visibility levels of up to 80 feet. It is the best place to view a large variety of marine life and black corals. Andaman islands are the only place in India which offers Scuba Diving. You can take it up just for adventure, or get trained as a certified scuba diver or a deep sea diver, satisfy your penchant for underwater photography or simply enjoy the exotic marine life.
Havelock Island is 54 kms away from Port Blair, Havelock offers the best diving and snorkelling sites & unspoiled sandy beaches. People can also explore other adventure activities like scuba diving, snorkeling and sight seeing etc. The island has a lot of resorts by the beach to cater to the tourist, one of the most famous being the Symphony Palms Beach Resort located at Govindnagar Beach.
Barren Island is 139 kms by sea from Port Blair, the only active volcano located in India. This volcano erupted twice in the recent past, once in 1991 and again in 1994-95, after remaining dormant for about 177 years. The volcano was dormant since last few years and there were no volcanic activity even after tsunami that struck the Indian coastal areas on December 26, 2004. The eruption appears to be intermittent as the smoke and flames are being seen frequently.
Amidst the dense mangrove forests, run streaks of waters forming creeks. Just as beautiful as the beaches, these creeks are a good place for trekking activities. You could also relish the flora and fauna, the beautiful wildlife of Andamans while paying a visit to these creeks. One can go trekking through the evergreen forest from Bambooflat to Mount Harriet, Mount Harriet to Madhuban in South Andaman to experience the life within the lovely, dark and deep forests. Angling, better known as game fishing, is a very popular sport in here. The largely unexplored water masses in and around Andamans have made the experiences all the more maverick.
So plan a trip to these wonderful islands and the breath taking adventures that would definitely leave you spellbound after a visit.