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12 Places To Visit In Andaman

     

Owing to its golden beaches, ever welcoming weather, serene shorelines and sunny skies, Andaman presents you the best opportunity to realize your dreams of visiting a secluded island which would definitely give mainstream beach-cities a run for their money. Along with eye-pleasing views and heart-warming seafood, the place will definitely want to make you pack your bags and leave instantly to visit Andaman. Here’s a list of places with their charming overlook that you must visit while in Andaman:

1. Exploring the magical life underneath the waters of Havelock Island

12 Places To Visit In Andaman-1 Havelock Island is the hub of snorkelling and scuba diving activities and is the most popular centre for performing these activities which are both adventurous as well as heart-wrenching. The Barefoot Scuba Resort is the place to visit if you just can’t control your scuba diving impulse. This place offers scuba diving for both beginners as well as professionals. Havelock is the largest island in Andaman and is located at a distance of 41 Kilometers from Port Blair. The Island is named after British General, Henry Havelock, and because of its enchanting beauty, this beach has made it to the list of best beaches in Asia by TIME magazine. For nature lovers, you can head Vijaynagar Beach which is on the east coast of the island. Havelock and North Bay Island are the best places to head to if you are looking for the best experiences of under-water walk and sea walk.

2. Havelock’s Pearl- Radhanagar Beach

12 Places To Visit In Andaman-2 Ranked eighth among the top ten beaches of the world, Radhnagar Beach never ceases to amaze a traveler who is looking for a perfect beach escape. It has been almost a decade when this beach started making it to the bucket list of travelers. And after so long, this place has maintained its honour and the same old beauty for which it was crowned. The white sands, awe-inspiring sunsets and deep blue coloured water almost replicating the sky, which earned it its respect are still present and make up for the much-famed beach. You can try snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming, boating, parasailing and a myriad of water sports activities in which you can indulge if you’re the one who has a keen interest in marine life and coral reefs. If you can, try and control the number of pictures you click in this place because if not, your devices might soon run out of memory, such is the charm of the place.

3. The Colonial Ruins and a taste of freedom struggle- Cellular Jail National Memorial

12 Places To Visit In Andaman-3 As exciting as it sounds, the ‘Kaala Pani’ which we dreaded all our childhood is referred to this place. It was a British prison for political prisoners jailed for showing dissent to the imperial authorities, and large portions of it were destroyed by the Japanese during the Second World War. Now it serves as a nationalist shrine for those leaders who were silenced by the British into the darkness. TIP: The Jail remains closed on Mondays so plan accordingly.

4. For the water sports addicts- Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex

12 Places To Visit In Andaman-4 All the water sports that you can think of including Para-sailing, jet skiing, banana rides, rowboat paddling, speedboat rides and much more are offered here. Right after you land at Port Blair, you must visit this place and quench your thirst for thrilling water-sports. The service providers take care of everything including your safety by giving you prior instructions and safety equipment and thus you need not feel afraid.

TIP: Prices range from INR 300 up to INR 5000.

5. A picturesque place-Mount Harriet and Madhuban

12 Places To Visit In Andaman-5 If you are going with your friends and are a trekking buff you must visit Mount Harriet. It is one of the most sought-after adventure sport in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. A trek of 16kms starts from here and leads to the forests of Madhuban. The trails leading up to Madhuban are breath-taking and you will get to witness the vast flora and fauna of the land amidst spectacular sceneries. This place also offers Elephant safaris to enrich your experience of Andaman further. If you’re thinking about trekking on this marvellous hillock then the best time to visit is from the month of November to the month of April. You can reach Mount Harriet by a ferry from Chattam and from there you can take a Jeep to the peak. Happy Trekking!

6. Walking the Sea- North Bay Beach

12 Places To Visit In Andaman-6 North Bay Beach offers a one of its kind experience where you will be able to walk on the floor of the Sea. You can visit the Octopus Garden where you could witness various marine life forms swimming right past you. You don’t have to worry about your swimming or breathing skills while visiting the place as you will be provided with a glass helmet in which you can breathe easily and as for this place, fortunately, there isn’t much air pressure to bother you. Snorkelling, scuba diving, sea walking, glass boat rides are some of the activities which you can do on this beautiful island. North Bay is a convenient option for hurried tourists as it is only at a 45-minute ride from Aberdeen Jetty

7. Experience Marine Biodiversity-Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park

12 Places To Visit In Andaman-7 We’ve been hearing unity in diversity among humans since our childhood but Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park offers delightful sightings of marine biodiversity. Spread across an area of 280sq km approx., it covers 15 islands of mangrove creeks, tropical rainforests and reefs which support 50 types of corals. The park is situated 29 Km away from Port Blair and is a national park in Wandoor on the Andaman Islands. With its diverse ecosystem and water sports opportunities, this park is an important tourist location in Port Blair. The National Park is created under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 with an aim of protecting marine life and the ecosystem in and around the islands such as coral reefs and sea turtles. This is also a go-to spot for snorkelling and glass bottom boat rides and therefore must be visited while in the place.

8. A Place for Nature Lovers- Diglipur

12 Places To Visit In Andaman-8 Diglipur, small quaint town houses the highest peak of Andaman and is home to a variety of animals. It is famous for turtle nests, crocodile sanctuary and a network of caves and is the northernmost town in Andaman. This island city is popular among travelers and is frequented by nature lovers as it provides easy accommodations and sightseeing points. The most famous places to visit here are- Diglipur church, Pathi level Beach, Limestone caves and turtles nesting point. Diglipur can be reached by Andaman Trunk road or a ten hours journey by ships. The twin islands of Ross and Smith are the major attractions along with the Saddle Peak National Park. The highest peak of Andaman Island is also situated in the Saddle Peak National Park.

9. East to West soaked in Green- Neil Island

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Neil Island is named after James Neil who played an active role in suppressing the 1857 Mutiny and is a perfect amalgamation of modern amenities thrown in a small village by the sea. You can reach Neil Island by boarding a ferry from Havelock and Port Blair in the morning. The island is embellished with various shades of green and blue which seem to merge and intermingle creating blissful scenery for the eyes. This island gives you a chance to enter into the mythical period with its beaches like Sitapur, Bharatpur, and Laxmanpur which are named after the central character of Ramayana. You can also head to places like Natural Bridge and Coral Point where you can walk over shallow pools of crystal clear water through which coral reefs and fishes are easily visible.

10. A Caveful of Adventure- Baratang Island

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If you’re one of those who is completely enthralled by caves then Baratang Island can be your perfect getaway. This island is located in the middle of Andaman, and is just 100 Kms from Port Blair. You have to traverse through thick dense tribal areas, endure some crazy roads, and cross over in ferries to reach to the famous limestone caves. It is one of the best places you can visit during your trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The ride on the massive ferry that’ll take you to Baratang will pass through narrow sea strip with lovely green islands around. Try to give some time capturing this lovely piece of nature which is can be your place for bird watching as there are myriad of species of birds to take a peek on.

11. Profound and Genuine Portrait of the Island- Anthropological Museum

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If you want to know more about the profound and genuine portrait of the island’s local community of tribes, then Anthropological Museum is your place to be. It was started in the year 1975-1976 and is one of the best museum of Andaman maintained and managed by Anthropological Survey of India. The museum is famous for Jarawa Chest Guard, Shamanic sculptures and much more. This amazing place is located in the Middle Point in Port Blair and is one of the best sightseeing places in Andaman. It’s easy to find this place, as the museum is located at a distance of 1 Km from Port Blair Central Bus Stand.

12. A Haven for Bird Watching- Chidiya Tapu

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A scenic village which is known for its rich collection of birds, spotted deers and orchids, and attracts visitors from corners of the world is Chidiya Tapu. Located at a distance of 25 Kms from Port Blair, this small paradise has 46 species of birds such as drongos, hanging parrots, scarlet minivet, long-tailed and red-breasted parakeets, emerald dove, white-bellied sea eagles, and grey and imperial green penguins to name a few. Apart from the mesmerizing sunset and sunrise views Chidiya Tapu Biological Park, the Sylvan Sands, the Munda Pahar beaches are the major attractions of Chidiya Tapu.

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