The Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India are the most sought-after tourist destinations on the Southern Coast. They offer plentiful places where you can go sightseeing, indulge in some adventurous water sports or just relax by the pristine beaches.
The Havelock Islands and Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands give tourists amazing scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities for tourists and are also home to some very popular tourist spots that you can add to your Andaman Tour Package. If you are wondering what you should see and do when you visit the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, here is a little guide that will help you plan your trip to these scenic islands of India.
Top 10 things to do in the Andaman and Nicobar islands:
1) Go Scuba Diving at Havelock Islands
The Andaman and Nicobar islands are the most sought-after islands for travellers who want to go Scuba Diving in India. The colourful corals and the extensive marine creatures make scuba diving in Andaman one of the best experiences for tourists who want to explore the waters of the islands.
The divers who overlook your dives are well-qualified and trained with proper certifications so that there are no compromises on your safety when you go scuba diving in the Andaman and Nicobar islands.
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2) Visit the Limestone Caves, Baratang Islands
If you like walking through caves and uncovering the mysterious passageways of caves, this Limestone cave is your place to go! These caves are formed by massive sediment rock and are just a half an hour ferry ride away from the Baratang Islands.
As you walk further into the cave, you will see the humongous limestone rocks that these caves as made of. You will also see that some parts of the cave are so deep and thick that you have to put on torches for clear vision.
3) Go Mangrove Kayaking at Mayabunder
We are sure you have heard of kayaking but have you ever heard of Mangrove Kayaking? You can indulge in this activity near the Havelock Islands. Start off by learning the way to use a kayak and then go all into this activity where you can sail through the rich mangroves as you hear chirping birds making sweet sounds all around you.
4) Visit the Cellular Jail- National Memorial
This Cellular Jail is no ordinary jail. This prison house was first used by the British during their colonial rule to imprison unabiding Indians and freedom fighters. If you have ever heard the words ‘kaala paani’, you would be surprised to know that these words were used for this Cellular Jail.
Even though some parts of this jail have also been broken down by the Japanese during World War II, this jail is one of the places you must visit when you are in Andaman and Nicobar. Make sure you check the timings of the jail before you visit. It remains shut on Mondays and on public holidays.
5) Lounge around at the Radhanagar Beach
If you are looking for a picture-perfect beach in Andaman, you have to visit the Radhanagar Beach. This beach has the best sunsets and sunrise views from where you can watch the fiery sunshine over the white sands as the turquoise waters crash against the shores. If you are too tired to go sightseeing or just want to relax by the beach, Radhanagar Beach is the place for you!
6) Go Snorkelling at Havelock Island
Love the waters and adventure? Head to the Havelock Islands and get your snorkelling gear on or choose to go to Scuba Diving in the blue waters of the island.
The best place to go to for Snorkelling and Scuba Diving is the Barefoot Scuba Resort. Irrespective of whether you are a newbie looking for a fun diving session, a professional diver or want a PADI certificate in diving, the Barefoot Scuba Resort is the way to go!
7) Go on a museum tour in Andaman
Museums are windows to a region’s culture and history. The Andaman islands have a few museums that will take you through the different aspects of the islands’ history. The Anthropological Museum gives you an insight into the lives and lifestyles of the different indigenous tribes that live in the islands. The other Samudrika Naval Marine Museum located in Port Blair gives you a chance to explore the marine ecosystems of the region.
8) Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
If you are a water baby and a water sports enthusiast, the Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex is where you should head when you are in Andaman. You can hop onto a banana boat and enjoy a ride through the waters or go parasailing in the pristine waters.
This sports complex also gives you a chance to go jet skiing, ride speed boats and paddle rowboats when you are in Port Blair. The best part about these water sports is that the professionals at this complex are very well-trained to give you instructions and abide by adequate safety standards, ensuring the participants’ safety. The water sports at the Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex start from Rs.300/- and go up to Rs. 5000/-
9) Watch the only active volcano in India
One of the most offbeat experiences in Andaman and Nicobar islands is the only active volcano at Barren Islands. Obviously, this Barren Island does not have any settlements or traces of human civilization and is one of the most nerving wracking experiences you can pack in when you are in Andaman.
You can also book a boat ride that takes you around the volcano, this trip would take about a day as the Barren Island is about 138 kilometres away from Port Blair.
10) Head to the Viper Island
As the name already suggests, this island is characterized by the presence of lots of vipers. The Viper Island is about 4 kilometres away from Port Blair and is one of the most scenic places you can visit when in Andaman and Nicobar. This will definitely be your favourite place in the region if you like peaceful places.
Best time to visit:
The best months to visit the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are the months from November to mid-May as the Andaman weather around this time is the most suitable for outdoor activities and water sports. The islands experience winters from the months of October to March, after which, the summer months start off. The temperatures range from 20 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees Celsius in the winters while the summer season sees a temperature range of 24 degrees Celsius to 37 degrees Celsius.
Reaching Andaman and Nicobar Islands:
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands can only be accessed by air or boat as they are located in the deeper end of the Southern Coast. The Veer Savarkar International Airport is directly connected to the cities of Chennai and Kolkata via several flights.
You can choose between Air India and Jet Airways if you plan to visit Andaman. Air Deccan and Air Sahara are also other flight operators that have regular flights from Chennai and Delhi. As of now, flights operate only from the cities of Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Vishakhapatnam and Bangalore, to Andaman.
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