On realizing that the time was high to push that refresh button in life, Kiran broke the monotonous work drill and escaped on a holiday to the soul-stirring Andaman, with his wife Megha. A software engineer by profession, Kiran is based out of Bangalore and calls himself an occasional traveler.
However, when he travels, read on to know how he makes sure to capture some unforgettable memories with his soulmate as he writes about his incredible holiday in Andaman.
As we were searching for beach vacations, we observed that Andaman was a perfect combination of nature, adventure, culture, architecture, beaches, food, and friendly people. While we were sure about a beach vacation, it was only through TravelTriangle that we could pick Andaman without any doubt.
Details Of Our Refreshing Holiday In Andaman
Trip Duration: 5 Days and 4 Nights
Trip Type: A rejuvenating holiday to the beach paradise
Trip Cost: INR 42,200
Agent: Experience Andamans
Inclusions: Accommodation at Hotel Shompen, and J Hotel at Port Blair and Symphony Palms Beach Resort on Havelock Island, snorkeling at North Bay island, visit to Cellular Jail, Light & Sound show, Radhanagar beach, Elephanta beach, Baratang Island, local sightseeing, breakfast, airport transfers, private in land ferry transfers, ferry tickets, cab for sightseeing, GST, and other taxes
Exclusions: Lunch, dinner, airfare, Govt. ferry transfers, miscellaneous expenses, and anything which is not included in the itinerary
Fortunately, we received amazing quotes from the top three agents, and in no time we received a personalized itinerary for our holiday in Andaman. And soon, we were on our way to live our dream vacation at this beach paradise.
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Day 1: Arrival At Port Blair & A Walk Into The Historical Past
We started the first day quite early in the morning around 3.30 AM as our flight from Bangalore was at 6.20 AM enroute Chennai. We reached Port Blair around 10.45 AM and my wife was quite thrilled by her first flight experience.
As soon we arrived at the Port Blair Airport, we met the representative from Experience Andaman who was holding a board with my name. They took us to the prebooked Hotel Shompen in a SUV and it was quite a decent hotel. We took rest for a while and had lunch in the hotel’s itself.
In the afternoon by 3 PM, the representative from Experience Andaman took us for touring the Cellular Jail and it was indeed an incredible experience. Though we spent a nice time there we thought that the Light & the sound show was not up to our expectations.
Later in the night, our trip coordinator met us at the hotel and explained the whole itinerary for the next day. Also, I must mention that he was very cooperative in making changes in the itinerary on the spot as per our needs.
Day 2: Touring The Havelock Island
On the second day, we finished our breakfast early and headed towards the port to board the ferry and reach our next destination of Havelock Island. It took about two hours for the beautiful ferry ride to get over and the moment we stepped onto Havelock, it was inexplicable.
Upon arrival, we checked-in at the prebooked Hotel Symphony at Havelock which was a very beautiful resort. It not only featured individual wooden cottages but also offered an amazing ambience.
Post finishing the check-in process, and resting for a while, we visited one of the world’s best and beautiful – the Radhanagar beach. Though we didn’t go much deeper into waters, we still enjoyed the beautiful vistas by the shore which were unforgettable indeed.
On the way back, we indulged in a bit of shopping therapy. We bought some memorable souvenirs from the little shops set along the shoreline of the beach to take back with us.
Day 3: Speed Boating, Snorkeling, And A Surreal Sunset
On the third day of our holiday in Andaman, we went on to visit the Elephanta Beach from Havelock in a speedboat. It was a thrilling ride and it was a whole new experience at the Elephanta beach. Famous for the exciting watersports, we got the keys to the lockers as soon as we reached there.
Later we kept the luggage inside the lockers and went on to enjoy free snorkeling. However, we took a couple package of snorkeling which felt like once-in-a-lifetime experience to witness the corals and beautiful fishes. Post that, we enjoyed by the beach for sometime and then captured some beautiful memories!
In the evening, we took the ferry back to Port Blair and to our surprise, this time we got the Royal seats which was very comfortable. In addition to that, our experience became even better when we were allowed to view the mesmerising sunset from the balcony of the ferry. It was indeed one of the best experiences of our holiday in Andaman.
Upon arriving at the dropping point at Port Blair, we were taken to the prebooked J Hotel, which was indeed a much better hotel than where we were staying earlier in the capital city. We later finished the check-in process, and called it a night at the hotel post dinner.
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Day 4: Baratang Island, Limestone Caves, And Much More!
The fourth day of our holiday in Andaman was dedicated for touring the Ross Island but we changed it to visit Baratang island. Hence, we started early in the morning by 3 AM and queued up near the checkpost.
The journey through the reserved forest was wonderful and we were fortunate enough to have witnessed the tribe of Jarawa passing by as they were returning from a journey. On reaching the Baratang Island, we visited the Limestone cave through a speed boat and went on to experience the forest walk, which was a nice experience indeed.
Later we also visited the mud volcanoes which was an average experience when compared to the rest of the attractions in Andaman. However it was a nice experience, and we later returned to the hotel in the evening.
Day 5: Adios Andaman!
Finally the day had arrived when we had to say adios to Andaman with a heavy heart. We finished the formalities at the hotel and on our way to the airport, we visited the Chatham Saw Mill, and the Anthropological Museum to make use of the time in hand.
Having spent these five days in Andaman, we realized that it is indeed one of the best beach destinations in India and a must for couples to explore. Later we had lunch, and the driver dropped us to the airport, and we were soon on our way back home on a safe return journey!
Overall Experience With TravelTriangle
It was indeed a nice experience and we’re glad we chose to make our international holiday in Andaman happen with TravelTriangle. The quotes that the top agents provided were really nice, and I liked the concept of customization on the whole. However, it was indeed a hassle-free experience, and kudos to the assistance provided by Experience Andaman. Cheers!
Highlights Of Our Holiday in Andaman
- The thrilling ferry rides
- Speed boat journey
- Sunset on the Radhanagar Beach
- Witnessing the tribe of Jarawa
- Baratang Island tour
- Exploring the Limestones Cave
- Though I can understand how difficult it is to provide the service, there was no internet for us to stay connected to our friends and family.
- The flight delay which is inevitable.
- Also, the light and sound show at Cellular Jail was not up to our expectations.
Tips For The Future Travelers
- I would advise to plan your trip with Experience Andaman agency through TravelTriangle. They are the best at what they do, and were very well-organized.
- We also missed out on Ross Island and North Bay Island but make sure you visit them on your next trip.
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