If you’ve got sunny skies, golden beaches, sparkly seas and quaint environs on your mind, get your bags packing for a trip to Andaman!
Owing to the ever welcoming weather and the serene shorelines there’s a wide array of fun and outdoorsy things to do in Andaman. Not to mention scrumptious seafood and the long list of mind-boggling places to visit in Andaman that’ll make your holiday absolutely unforgettable. A haven for honeymooners, adventurous spot for diving lovers and an idyllic island for a peaceful family getaway. These places will greet you with charming experiences on your Andaman Holiday.
But then again, if you still wonder: why Andaman? Here’s my answer:
1. Cellular Jail National Memorial -Reminiscent of the Colonial Era
I know, this may sound a bit dark and depressing but you wouldn’t regret one moment of your time spent here. The dreadful word “Kaala Pani” that we’ve heard since our childhood actually referred to this place. Yes, it’s the former British prison that is now a shrine to the political dissidents it once jailed. Even though several parts of it have been destroyed by the Japanese during the World War II, it still stands tall reminding us of our brave and gallant forefathers.
Visiting hours for the Cellular Jail are between 9:00am to 5:00 Pm
Light and Sound show timings: 5:30 Pm – 6:30 Pm (Hindi) & 6:45 Pm – 7:45 Pm (English)
Admission cost is Rs.10, and an extra fee of Rs.25 and Rs.100 is applicable for using cameras and video cameras respectively.
Tip: The jail remains closed on Monday and during Public Holidays.
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2. Havelock’s Gem- Radhanagar Beach
It’s been over a decade since this beach has been crowned as ‘Asia’s Best Beach’ by TIME magazine, however, it’s charm hasn’t dropped one bit. Famed for the white sand, breathtaking sunset and turquoise blue waters, Radhanagar beach is amongst the most beautiful places to visit in Andaman and one of the best places in India to visit before you turn 30 . Surely, you’ll end up clicking thousands of selfies as the landscape is just picture-perfect!
3. Explore What’s Underneath the Turquoise Waters of Havelock Island
Havelock Island is like the Holy Grail of scuba diving and snorkelling! And it is also one of the most popular things to do in Andaman among travellers. The Barefoot Scuba Resort is where you’d want to go if you’re a scuba enthusiast. Whether you’re a rookie, a professional diver, looking for some fun diving or want to get PADI certified Barefoot has a hell lot of options for you.
Tip: If you wish to dive in the waters of Andaman, plan your trip between November to Mid-April.
4. Mount Harriet and Madhuban- Winding Across a Picturesque Terrain
Trekking is another awesome thing to do in Andaman especially if you’re travelling with friends. And if you are trekking buff, then you’re going to love this 16 kilometre trek from Mount Harriet to Madhuban. It’s a gorgeous route where you can witness exotic flora and fauna of the land amidst spectacular sceneries. Elephant safari is also an option to explore the forest of Mount Harriet.
5. Go on a Museum Circuit
A museum tour is a great way of getting to know the history and culture of a place. And since these islands are soaked in history you’d find the museums to be few of the greatest places to visit in Andaman. Take a tour down the Anthropological Museum giving insights into the lives of the indigenous tribes of the place and the Samudrika Naval Marine Museum in Port Blair that offers glimpse into the biodiversity of the marine life.
6. Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex- Strictly for the Water Junkies!
Banana rides, parasailing, jet skiing, rowboat paddling, speed boat rides, you name it and you got it here at Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports complex. To all the water babies out there: coming here is the first thing to do in Andaman right after you land at Port Blair!
Regardless of whether you’ve tried your hands on watersports or not, the service providers do a great job in giving instructions and providing safety equipments.
Price: The watersports activity price here starts from INR 300 and reaches up to INR 5000
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7. Sea Walking at North Bay Beach
In the North Bay Beach you can walk under the sea and finally visit ‘Octopus’s Garden’! Colourful school of fishes, coral reefs and various other marine life forms you’ve never seen before would be swimming right by you. After all, North Bay Beach is the finest place for sea walking in Asia.
Also, you don’t have to know anything about swimming for this activity! You can normally breathe under the glass helmet. In fact, this is a convenient location for this activity as it is safe and there is no air pressure that bothers.
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8. Hog on the Delectable Seafood
Holidaying on a tropical island, if seafood isn’t on your priority list, you are missing out on super awesomeness! Check out these restaurants for the freshest and the finest fare in Andaman: Red Snapper, Lighthouse Residency, Ha-O and Mandalay.
Tip: Check out these restaurants for the freshest and the finest fare in Andaman: Red Snapper, Lighthouse Residency, Ha-O and Mandalay.
9. Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park- An Oceanic Biodiversity
Covering and area of 280 sq km with 15 islands of mangrove creeks, tropical rainforest and reefs supporting 50 types of coral, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is the go-to place for Snorkelling, glass bottom boat rides and scuba diving.
The National Park consists of 15 islands and covers an area of 281.5 km². Being an ecotourism spot, you’ll find this place at its most pristine form.
10. Diglipur- A Playground for Nature Lovers
Home to Andaman’s highest peak, the famous turtle nesting site, crocodile sanctuaries and a network of caves, Diglipur is the northern most town and a nature lover’s favourite place to visit in Andaman.
This island city is among the top tourist destionaions of Andaman and provides easy access to various travelers’ needs right from accommodation to sightseeing points.
Places to visit: Diglipur Church, Pathi Level Beach, Limestone Caves and Turtle Nesting Point
11. Chidiya Tapu- Flight of a Thousand Colours
Haven of hundreds of species of birds, including parakeets, sea eagles, emerald doves and various others, Chidiya Tapu is a tranquil little place perfect for bird watching and spending few hours amid the glory of nature.
The sunsets here are mesmerizing and must not be missed. The place is 25 km away from main city of Port Blair and can be easily reached by road. Visit Chidiya Tapu in summers as the sky is clear.
12. Ross Island- What’s Left from the Past
Back in the days this place was fondly called the ‘Paris of the East’ by the Brits. But all it’s glory and tropical beauty was wrecked by the earthquake of 1941 and the Japanese invasion. There are remnants of the English architecture and machine-gun nests that are great fun to poke finger in.
When to visit: Andaman has a pleasant weather all throughout the year but the most apt time to visit the islands would be October to April. Monsoons hit the shore in the month June.
Where to stay?
There are a plethora of hotels and resorts that offer a comfortable stay at Andaman. Wind away in this luxurious island resort and pamper yourself at one of these hotels offering a delightfully peaceful experience.
1. Barefoot at Havelock
Breathtaking location, spacious rooms overlooking the sea and unspoilt nature around. Pristine beaches, beautiful cottages and no city bustles, Barefoot Jungle resort is a heavenly resort for those in search of a peaceful holiday.
2. Fortune Resort Bay Island
For a wonderful stay, book Fortune Resort Bay Island in advance. The gorgeous colonial architecture, white wood, layered wood artifices and the restaurant overlooking the sea will surely mesmerize you.
3. Sinclairs Bay View
Wake up to the sound of the waves and view the sun set at its horizon from this beautiful resort located in Port Blair. With lots of activities to opt for within the premises, a private beach and easy accessibility to the city, Sinclairs Bay view makes a perfect choice for an amazing stay in Andaman.
What are you waiting for? It’s time you leave for the hidden jewel in the Indian Ocean and get mesmerized by the charms of this chimeric island. Have been there already? Share with us your memorable moments from the islands and inspire others!
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