Andaman & Nicobar: Get closer to the nature
Discover nature at Andaman & Nicobar Islands in a vacation gateway for those who love the sea, sand and surfing. Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a one-stop destination for adventure and marine life enthusiasts and for all those seeking peace. Inhabited by people of various communities, and often called as mini-India, Andaman has the only active volcano in the country, boasts of having one of the biggest and oldest saw mills of Asia, has uninhabited islands, white sand beaches, clear blue water, underwater coral gardens and a lot, lot more.
Andaman and Nicobar is an achipelago of 572 islands, out of which just 36 are inhabited. The place is also Known as Emerald Islands, as the cluster os islands looks like a large glistening emerald from the sky. The laidback beaches of Andaman offers an excellent vacation getaway for scuba diving, snorkelling and camping lovers. Port Blair, the capital of this Union Territory of India, is the gateway to these islands.
Port Blair: beaches, palm trees & sea food:
Port Blair has a lot to offer for tourists. The first day of your vacation can be spend just by lazing around. Next day gives you a good opportunity to explore the city on foot, chat up with locals and have fresh seafood with plenty of tender coconut water. One of the most famous & beautiful beaches is a crescent shaped Corbyn's Cove beach, which is lined up with plam trees, making it an ideal spot for swimming, surfing and sun bathing. The uniqueness of the islands lies in the fact that while it can be sunny on one side, the other side might be be experiencing a drizzle. Watching the sunset from the beach can be an awesome sight.
One of the most intriguing places on Port Blair is the Cellular Jail. The three-storey colonial era prison reverberates with heart-wrenching tales of torture on freedom fighters. The Chatham Saw mill, built on a small island, is connected to Port Blair by a bridge and is now one of the oldest and biggest saw mills of Asia.
If you are looking for some shopping, visit the famous Aberdeen bazaar from where shell crafts and wooden handicrafts are the best buys. The local redwood is very popular for handicrafts, and a souvenir in redwood is something which could be bought as a reminder to the vacation trip.
Corals and Underwater Reefs:
In Andaman, there are seven beaches at Havelock island, out of which Neil island is the most frequented. Of these, Radhanagar beach is one of the most beautiful. The Time magazine rated it as one of the best beaches in Asia in 2004. Jolly Buoy and Red Skin Islands are famous for eco-tourism, as glass-bottom boats in these beaches give a wonderful opportunity to see the beautiful corals and turtles. The Clinque Island has a sand bar joining two islands while the Barren Island has the only active volcano in the country.
Andaman & Nicobar islands is known for its unpolluted air, unspoiled beaches and the sound of waves gently hitting the shore, which works like a balm for tired senses. The island is home to more than 200 types of corals and thousands of species of fish. Before the tsunami of 26th Dec'04, the reefs at Andaman were considered only second to Australia's Great Barrier reefs, and thankfully most of it has now been restored.
Andaman Travel Tips:
1. Andaman has daily flights from Chennai & Kolkata. Passenger ships are also available from Chennai, Kolkata & Vishakhapatnam.
2. Best time to visit is from November to April.
3. Must See places: Cellular Jail, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Corbyn Cove beach, Radhanagar beach, Jarawa Reserve, barren island, Long island, Neil island, Little island & Jolly Buoy island.
4. There's a ban on plastics on may of these islands, so please do not carry plastics and follow the rules.
5. Never bring back any plants or corals from these islands. Apart from being a punishable offense, it also leads to destruction of the marine bio-diversity.