With drastically different geography than the rest of the land of India, the Andaman and Nicobar islands are endowed with a coastline that is serene white sand, turquoise blue waters, tranquility that soothes the souls of many travelers, and awe-inspiring tropical scenery. These islands are the perfect blend of a place that promises a relaxing time as well as a thrilling adventure that fills you with excitement.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands are union territories of the Republic of India that offer quintessentially dreamy vacations to famous beaches in India and unknown offbeat sights in one of India’s most isolated regions. A group of 572 islands make up the Andaman and Nicobar islands, out of which only 37 are currently habitable. You may even go to some of the most remote islands in the area, that are not restricted to visit by the government and access the magical realm. If you are planning to visit the serene islands of Andaman and Nicobar, do not beat yourself up wondering what activities to do and which places to visit. Here is a consolidated list of the top 5 activities you can go for, which are a perfect blend of calm and chaos just the way this place is:-
Visit Port Blair.
The capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair, is home to the most infamous remains of India’s struggle for independence from the Britishers. The cellular jail was perhaps one of the cruelest punishments for any prisoner. The walls of the jail were placed to face only a black wall or the cell opposite to it, the main aim being the solitary confinement of the prisoners. Many freedom fighters have been incarcerated in this prison. Japanese Bunkers, Chidiya Tapu, Mount Harriet, Wandoor, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, North Bay, and Jolly Buoy Islands are some of the places that you can visit in Port Blair. Well, apart from that, Port Blair is also the gateway to the mesmerizing as it is accessible from the mainland.
The islands of Havelock
Awarded the best beach all over Asia by TIME magazine in the year 2004, the Radha Nagar beach is located at a distance of a mere 12 kilometers from the islands of Havelock. The sparkling blue waters, devoid of any wave action, are the hub for many water sports activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, boating, and a lot more. This almost vacant beach and its picturesque sights of marvelous sunsets amidst the sparkly white sands, fringed with shady palm trees and pristine turquoise blue waters, are ideal for couples. For our explorers, the forest near the beach is an absolute delight.
Take a walk under the sea at North Bay Island.
An experience that needs to be a part of your itinerary is an underwater sea walk, a thrilling adventure. Experience the visuals of the astonishing sea fauna, the gorgeous corals, multi-colored fishes, and other sea creatures in the depths of the pristine waters of the north bay island. Though many other islands offer the same adventure, the most idyllic amongst them is the picturesque North Bay island. After a 20-minute ferry ride from Port Blair, the capital city, you might witness the islands with a treasure trove of vivid coral reefs. Hop along and embark on this fascinating expedition to the North Bay Islands for an unparalleled underwater experience.
Explore the most exquisite museum trail.
Explore some of the islands’ most distinctive museums if you’re interested in historical treasures or strange tribal items. The Anthropological Museum is the most well-known and well-liked of them all, with an incredible collection of beautiful handicrafts, vibrant paintings, heartwarming photographs taken by some of the best photographers, and a variety of tools and weapons once belonging to the native tribes of the Andaman and Nicobar islands. After that, go to the Samudrika Naval Marine Museum, which has a massive blue whale skeleton and a detailed overview of the islands’ geological and marine history, which will fascinate both adults and children.
Go snorkeling at Elephant Beach.
A 20-minute ferry ride from Havelock Beach and you have reached a scenic beauty fringed with vibrant coral reefs and picturesque marine sights of the elephant beach. Experience the thrilling adventure of snorkeling in the pristine waters of the elephant beach, also called the snorkeling heaven of Havelock. It is ideal for beginners and amateurs as the snorkeling site at this beach begins a meter deep from the shore. It is not uncommon for giant turtles to also hop along, making the experience more fun and adventurous. The solitude offered by the tranquility of this beach is another reason to visit this serene beach Andaman and Nicobar tour.