Andaman & Nicobar Islands is a union territory where virgin islands and turquoise blue beaches welcome you to showcase the bits from the colonial past. Blessed with a total of 572 islands, beautiful shimmering beaches, and blue lagoons of waters, Andaman & Nicobar Islands is small heaven situated at a distance of 1,400 km from the eastern coast of India. A few islands which are open for globetrotters, underwater diving, and a history of the place are major tourist attractions of the place.
The Andaman Island was founded by the British in 1789 when they were looking out for a haven to set up a colony for lawbreakers from British India. Britishers established the colony in 1790, however, the same was left some years later.
Places to Visit
The capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Island- Port Blair is an Indian territory in the Bay of Bengal on South Andaman Island. This pristine place is blessed with famous islands and leads to the archipelago. The place is adorned with palm-lined beaches and easily connected with beautiful & nacreous white sand islands that offer diving glees and snorkeling to the divers in India.
Tourists Delights: Cellular Jail, Japanese Bunkers, Marina Park And Aquarium, Chatham Saw Mill, Murugan Temple, Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex.
Time to Visit: March to September
One of the most renowned, largest, and most visited islands in Andaman and Nicobar- Havelock Island is stretched across a huge area of 113.93 sq km and nestled approx 57 km away from Port Blair. Havelock Island is an abode of white sand silky beaches and clear & pristine water. The place has abundant dive sites, corals, and grassy forests.
Tourists Delights: Scuba diving, deep-sea diving, snorkeling, bow-shaped Radhanagar Beach, Elephant Beach, and Kalapather beach, tree-lined Vijaynagar Beach.
Time to Visit: October to May
Once the British’s administrative headquarters, Ross is a deserted island couched approximately 2 km east of Port Blair. Ross Island has always been famous for its natural beauty and panoramic views, however, after the earthquake in 1941made Britishers leave this island and shifted to Port Blair. Today, the place has fragments that advocate the affluent history. Traces like rubbles of the church, huge gardens, and luxurious ballrooms in the home of the chief commissioner evidences the well-heeled past of Roos Island. The island radiates nostalgic feelings to let visitors since the bygone era. The island is now renamed as “Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Dweep” by PM Narendra Modi.
Tourist Delights: Old Ruins, Light & Sound Show, Sanctuary, Man-caves, The Pond, Delectable lunch under huts, and shades.
Time to Visit: March to September
Also known as ‘Kala Pani’, Cellular Jail is an ancient colonial prison located in Port Blair. The jail was constructed by the Britishers in their colonial reign in India to banish political prisoners and lock up famous freedom fighters like Batukeshwar Dutt, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, and Yogendra Shukla.
Now, the Government of India owns the Jail and the tourists come to visit this National Memorial Monument to see the prisoners’ lives during the British era.
Visiting hours: 9 am to 5 pm
Dowered with a crown of ‘Asia’s Best Beach’ by TIME magazine in 2004, Radhanagar Beach is famous for its turquoise blue shimmery waters, amazing sunsets, and white sands. Besides the views of the beach & the melange of hues, the beach offers water activities like boating, deep diving, and scuba diving as well to the visitors to enjoy. Exoctic seafood and beverages are no options to neglect after capturing thousands of selfies on the picture-perfect landscape.
Tourist Delights: Water sports, Elephant Rides, Sunset, Food Stalls, Seafood, Kayaking & Canoeing.
Mount Harriet And Madhuban
Trekking is a must-do fun when you visit Andaman- the haven for adventures. A 16 km trekking from Mount Harriet to Madhuban is a true delight for trekking freaks to perceive the en-route amazing views, breathtaking flora & fauna & beautiful sceneries. Elephant safari is another option to cut across thick vines & creepers and explore the Greenlands of Mount Harriet.
Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex is a fun-filled package for adventure & water buffs. Parasailing, Banana rides, Jet skiing, Speed boat rides, Rowboat paddling, and all are there to add to your water adventure, whether or not you’ve greased oil to try watersports, the service providers are available with safety equipment and instructions.
Delectable Dishes of Andaman And Nicobar Islands
- Fish Curry
- Amritsari Kulcha
- Chilli Curry
- Macher Jhol
- Coconut Prawn Curry
- Tandoori fish
- Grilled Lobsters
- Annapurna Restaurant
- The Bayview at Sinclairs Bayview Port Blair
- New Lighthouse Restaurant
- Full Moon Cafe
- Amaya Lounge Bar
- Mandalay Restaurant
- Bonova Cafe And Pub
- The restaurant at Barefoot At Havelock
- Anju Coco
- Fat Martin Cafe
Hotels to Stay
- Taj Exotica Resort & Spa
- Fortune Resort Bay Island
- Coral Reef Resort
- SeaShell Port Blair
- Silver Sand Beach Resort
- Hotel Shompen
- Peerless Resort
- Tango Beach Resort
- TSG Grand
- Ashiana Residency
- Emerald Gecko
- BlueStone Lodge
- Hotel Lalaji Bayview
- J Hotel