The Andaman & Nicobar Islands are an Indian archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. These roughly 300 islands are known for their palm-lined, white-sand beaches, mangroves and tropical rainforests. Coral reefs supporting marine life such as sharks and rays make for popular diving and snorkeling sites. Indigenous Andaman Islanders inhabit the more remote islands, many of which are off limits to visitors. Port Blair is the capital. Out of all the islands, nearly 38 islands remain completely Inhabited. Apart from having distinctive flora and fauna this place is known for its beautiful beaches which have white sands and blue waters. A variety of beaches and water sport activities to choose from.
We’re back with another exciting article which shall give you a gist as to why Andaman and Nicobar Islands should be your next holiday destination.
1. Ross Island:
The Ross Island is controlled by the Indian navy, which requires every visitor to sign in on entering. It was during the British rule that the island was developed to a perfect township. Many reminiscent of old British regime are still alive in this stunning Island.The Ross Island is about 2 km east of Port Blair and can be reached by a short boat ride from Phoenix Bay Jetty. The island presently houses the ruins of old buildings like Ballroom, Chief Commissioner’s House, Govt. House, Church, Hospital, Bakery, Press, Swimming Pool and Troop Barracks, all in dilapidated condition, reminiscent of the old British regime.Ever since Dr. James Pattison Walker arrived in Port Blair aboard the East India Company’s steam frigate ‘Senuramis’ on 10 March 1858, this island remained under British occupation till 1942. From 1942 to 1945, the island was under the occupation of Japanese. However, the allies reoccupied the island in 1945 and later abandoned it. During British occupation, this island was the seat of power of the British.
2. Radhanagar Beach:
Radhanagar is Without a doubt the most famous beach in the Andaman & Nicobar. Crowned as “Asia’s best beach” and “7th best beach in the world” by Time Magazine, this place sees a lot of tourists. It truly is an unforgettable curve of white sand with perfectly coloured blue waters, all lined by lush forest and palm tress. It is easy to enjoy this postcard perfect beach – lie down and marvel at the sunset, or go in for a quick swim.
Due to its reputation and popularity one would expect crowds of people rushing to the beach, but the most amazingly the Radhanagar remains mostly empty compared to other popular beaches of the world. It can get bit crowded straight down the entrance but if you walk couple of hundreds meters to the left or right you will be alone again.
3. Elephant Beach:
Elephant Beach is approximately 20 minutes by boat from the Havelock Island dock. This destination offers beautiful white sand beach along with an amazing coral reef which starts at a depth less than a metre. Wondering, how is this possible? Well, this happens only at the Andaman Islands and would not be found at many destinations across the globe.The white sand beach and the blue green water at the Elephant beach is enticing for almost every traveller. The boat ride to Elephant beach passing through the light house is amazing. Add this attraction to your to do list and we will plan it perfectly. Activities like snorkelling, sea walk, banana boat, elephant ride and various other water sports happen there.
4. Kala Patthar Beach:
Kala Pathar beach is a relatively small yet lovely beach. Silvery sand and aqua green waters make the place exotic and exquisite. The beach, honestly is no where close to Radhanagar beach but nevertheless it is a beautiful place to visit. Sadly, there are no eco huts or shade with benches to sit so the best idea is to carry a hammock, tie it around a tree on the beach, lay down in the hammock and enjoy the view or read your favorite author.You can spot dead corals on the beach which is why it is not too suitable for swimming but sitting on one of these corals and watching the sun rise in the morning or just inhaling the fresh breeze blowing over the sea is an experience in itself.
5. Baratang Island:
Baratang Island is a gateway to North & Middle Andaman District of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. This District is quite unexplored from the tourism point of view. This is one of best part of your trip to Andaman Islands because of its virgin beauty and natural wonders. In Baratang Island you can see Mud Volcano, mangrove and tropical forests, Limestone Caves, Parrot Island and one nice deserted beach at Baludera. Other offbeat beaches are also accessible from Baratang such as Merk Bay Beach in North Passage Island, Lalaji Bay Beach etc.
6. Indira Point:
Indira Point or Pygmalion Point is a village in the Nicobar district of Andaman and Nicobar. It is located in the Great Nicobar Tehsil. It is the location of the southernmost point of India’s territory.he village is named as Indira Point after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. The point was formerly known as Pygmalion Point and Parsons Point.It was renamed in honour of Indira Gandhi during mid-1980s. The announcement was made by the local Member of Parliament when Indira Gandhi visited the local light house on 19 February 1984. The official renaming ceremony happened on 10 October 1985.
Apart from these places thater are many historical places to wander around and beautiful grasslands and forests to get lost in. This place is truly one of the heavens on the planet. Go with your family or go with your loved one. This place has everything to offer to everyone, from beaches to panoramic views and beautiful landscapes. This one trip you must plan to find a new you, once in your lifetime.