Lush green forests and mangroves surrounded by bright blue waters and the sun setting on the horizon. This would be exactly how a day in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands can be described. The beautiful islands are over a thousand miles away from the Indian mainland. This is the perfect destination for a quiet getaway. The stunning coral reef, gorgeous rainforests, immaculate beaches and of course, the turquoise waters that surround it all-this archipelago is a tropical paradise in all its glory. These islands, off the eastern coast of India in the Bay of Bengal, are rich in flora and fauna with a long list of things to do. This blog post is your best bet of knowing how to travel in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and what to do on your Andaman trip package. Although the islands are bustling with tourists all year-round, the best time to visit the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is from November to mid-May where the temperatures range from 20 degrees Celsius to 37 degrees Celsius.
There are a lot of things to do in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, here are our top favourites.
There is a long list of water activities that Andaman has to offer ranging from swimming and scuba diving to Parasailing and jet skiing. This is the best way to take that adrenaline rush to another level. If you are an adrenaline junkie and love water and adventure sports, then Andaman is the place to be. Snorkeling in Andaman is a whole other experience. And for those of you that just want to relax and have a good time, you can go dolphin watching. There are enough things to do in Andaman to keep your adventurous or non-adventurous side satiated.
Although sea walking is a water activity, the experience is altogether very different. Sea-walking is one of the biggest attractions in Andaman. Walking on the seabed and being so close to the aquatic animals is one of the most wonderful experiences. Imagine walking alongside fishes and have them hovering over you. You wear a helmet that lets you breathe, and you are a part of a whole other ecosystem. This underwater walk in Andaman is an experience of a lifetime. Explore the beauty of Andaman while taking a bird’s eye view in a seaplane from Havelock to Port Blair and prepare to be stunned.
With the rising water temperatures, hurrying to see the beautiful coral reefs in Andaman is a great idea. Andaman’s sight-seeing places don’t stop at land. The coral reef in Jolly Buoy island and Red Skin Island is breathtakingly beautiful. This venture into this realm of the Earth will be one of the best moments of your life. The islands are open to tourists but with time restrictions, so check before you go!
Andaman is an adventure seeker’s paradise. Trekking here may sound bizzare but it is one of the offbeat things to do in Andaman. Madhuban is the ideal trekking spot for you. The trail leading from Madhuban to Mount Harriet is popular for its indigenous flora and fauna, lush green forests and of course, breathtaking natural beauty. This is a zig-zag trail, starting from Madhuban which is 20 kilometers from Port Blair by ferry. The mud volcanoes in Diglipur are a natural wonder and an amazing sight not to miss while in Andaman.
Andaman has a separate island famous for this activity. The “Chidiya Tapu”, also known as the Birdwatching island is home to hundreds of bird species. Birdwatching is one of the amazing activities Andaman has to offer to the nature lovers. Birds in all colours, shapes and sizes can be seen and heard chirping all through the day. Look for the many magnificent birds that call this island home.
With the stunning views and picturesque beaches, lazing around in the sun should be a priority. Soaking up the sun at the beautiful white sand beaches at Corbyn’s Cove, Elephant Island and Long Island is what heaven looks like. You can laze around on any of the beaches in the calm and wonderful environment. You couldn’t have asked for more while soaking up the Vitamin D at these places and sipping on your drink.
No trip to Andaman is complete without visiting Havelock Island. This Island is home to one of the most beautiful beaches in Asia. The Radhanagar beach is incredibly picturesque and serene. It is also known as Beach No. 7. Sit back and relax at yet another tranquil beach with nothing but the sound of waves breaking on the shore. Snorkeling at the Elephant beach at Havelock Island is a popular activity. The island is a tourist destination but the beaches are barely crowded. The bright glowing waters at night take you to another world. Night kayaking is a great idea to experience the magic of bioluminescence in Havelock Island.
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a group of 572 beautiful Islands. This group of several islands have a wide range of options to explore for tourists. They are like shimmering jewels in the Bay of Bengal. Island hopping is easy, fun and it is not a mammoth task. Islands like Neil island and Ross island are fun half day trips off Port Blair. Catching the sunrise or sunset at Neil beach comes highly recommended. A visit to Viper Island is for those of you looking for some serenity. There are plenty of vipers found in this region and the ruins of the political prison make this a popular attraction merely 4 kilometers west of Port Blair.
This jail has a pre-independence backstory to it. It is also known as “kaala paani” and was used to jail political prisoners by the British. It is a striking reminder of our fight for independence. We can imagine the struggle that prisoners went through behind the bars of this prison. Some notable political detainees like Vinayak Sarvarkar have spent time in this prison turned memorial. A visit to this reminder of the past is a must if you are visiting the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
These caves are mysterious and exciting. The limestone caves are formed by sediment rocks and are gigantic. These caves are only 30 minutes away from Baratang Island on a ferry and 150 kilometers north from Port Blair. The ride itself is beautiful and the caves are mesmerizing. Passing through the narrow caves is thrilling and comes highly recommended. Yet another thrilling activity is Mangrove kayaking in Mayabunder. It comprises of 1/5th of the total mangrove cover in India. Paddling through this lush green mangrove is another of our favourite things to do in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
With this Andaman and Nicobar Island travel guide, your trip will be a great experience. Hurry! Book your Andaman and Nicobar Tour now with iTraveller. Don’t worry about the Andaman trip package costs as our packages are very affordable and pocket friendly.
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