The Andaman Islands are highly acclaimed for their natural beauty, sun-kissed beaches and relaxing environs. Furthermore, the islands are a treasure trove of underwater beauty and a rich diversity of flora and fauna. This island paradise invites you to delve into its stupefying beauty and have an unforgettable time here. While it is not possible to explore its beauty on a single Andaman tour, here are the prominent places that should find a place in every itinerary.
Scuba diving and snorkelling
Andaman has an incredible underwater world, brimming with diverse fish species and coral reefs. The best place to revel in the vibrant spectacle under the surface is Barefoot Scuba Resort located on the Havelock Island. The turquoise water here nestles an ample range of marine animals.
Visit the Cellular Jail Memorial
The infamous Kala Pani that was once a gloomy prison meant to confine the prisoners has now been transformed into a memorial. The cellular jail was constructed between 1896 and 1906 at Port Blair with seven wings surrounding a watch tower from where guards could keep an eye on the prisoners. Each cell faced the back of another cell so that prisoners could not communicate. Every part of the memorial tells the tales of India’s fight for freedom. Entry fee to the memorial is Rs.10, Rs.25 for camera and Rs.100 for video cameras.
Explore the limestone caves
Take a trip to the Baratang Island to explore the amazing limestone caves. A boat ride in the midst of the waterways that are canopied by large trees of the surrounding forest is equally wonderful. When you reach the caves, you are amazed by the unique formations of stalactites and stalagmites, which are common inside the caves. Erosion of these formations over the years have crafted some impressive shapes that are worth capturing.
Sea walk at North Bay Island
Walking under the water is a one-of-a-kind experience. Around the North Bay Island, this activity is quite popular because of the variety of fish and corals nestling here. To go for a sea walk, you will be wearing a specific gear that lets your breathe underwater without carrying a tank. Just make sure that you go for such an expedition with a professional or a lifeguard so thatthere are no safety issues under the surface.
The most fascinating beach on the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, the gorgeous Radhanagar Beach has been voted the best beach in Asia, time and again. Stretched on the western coast of the Havelock Island, the powder-white sand is surrounded by sparkling blue water. You can indulge in various activities like scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing and cruising around the beach. Riding an elephant on the beach has a unique charm. So, don’t miss out on that.
Trek in the Madhuban
The trekking route from Mount Harriet to Madhuban is one of the most scenic and impressive ones across the islands. In Mount Harriet, you can explore the exemplary variety of exotic flora and fauna that is native to the islands. Along the hiking trail, you will chance upon a variety of birds that fly right above your. Board a ferry from the Chatham Harbour in Port Blair to reach the Mount Harriet.
Watch various birds at Chidiya Tapu
Chidiya Tapu, aptly named, is home to hundreds of bird species that reside here. This small village is located around 25 km from Port Blair. Pack a picnic and come here to spend a few hours in utter serenity, listening to the chirping of the birds. Enjoy a day of your Andaman holidays in the company of various birds ranging from parakeets and sea eagles to emerald doves.
Participate in beach sport activities
Whether a relaxing volleyball match on the sand or adrenaline-rushing windsurfing on the ocean, the beaches of Andaman offer an extensive variety of beach sport activities. Port Blair is the right destination for you to indulge in sports like parasailing, water skiing, kayaking and windsurfing. The Andaman Water Sports Complex at Port Blair offers different activities depending on your interests, fitness and expertise.
Do not overthink this, just book a tour package to Andaman, pack your bags and the rest will follow.