Andaman – Emerald, Blue & You
The most fascinating thing about travelling is that it lets you bring home some bagful of memories. Andaman and Nicobar Islands are full of infinite charm, history, fun eating, and quirky shopping and of course beaches. Andaman is an amazing archipelago with first-rate beaches. The scenic vistas of the white-sand beaches marked with swaying coconut trees, the Indigenous tribes, lush evergreen forests, historical ruins and a host of water activities are what Andaman stands for. This breathtaking island is home to many tribes such as Jarawa, Shompen, Great Andamanese, Nicobarese, Onge, and Sentinelese.
Kala Pani or Cellular Jail is a prison. This is famous as colonist prison. Much great freedom fighters were imprisoned in this jail and many others were also executed here. This hail was supposed to have been built from the year 1896 to 1906. Cellular Jail is situated in Port Blair which is the capital city of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. This is a historical place and will evoke a lot of patriotic emotions while you take a tour of the place. Our freedom fighters went through some truly gruelling and harrowing experience in this prison. The name Kala Pani came from the fact that the prisoners who were held here feared the Andaman waters and the isolation from their homes and they had no escape route. The design of the Cellular Jail was based on the concept of Panopticon by English social theorist and philosopher, Jeremy Bentham.
The Cellular Jail arranges for a Light and Sound Show every day except for National Holidays. The show is based on India’s Fight for Freedom. The show takes place in two languages. One show is in Hindi and the other in English. The Hindi show starts from 6:00 pm and ends tentatively at 7:15 pm. The Hindi Shows takes place on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. The English show starts at 7:15 pm. There is also a Jail Museum which remains open from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, and again from 1:30 pm to 4:45 pm. It is closed on Mondays. The ticket costs Rs. 50/- per adult for the light and sound show. They will cost around Rupees 200/- for still camera.
This is a much sought after tourist beach in Port Blair. It is in a beautiful location and the beach has many activities. You can take on water sports activities such as boating, Jet Skiing, scuba diving, and surfing. The beach is ideal for you to relax and sunbathe and there are also changing rooms on the beach. This sheltered and unspoiled beach lies 8km from the main city circle. The pristine blue waters and the verdant coconut trees encircling the beach make it a picture-perfect destination. There are some food stalls and a hotel on the beach. Some remnants of Japanese Bunkers from World War II are seen along the way up to the beach. You can hire bikes or take an autorickshaw from the city to reach the beach. It is hardly 6-7km and the autorickshaw will cost you approximately Rupees 150-200/-.
The best time to visit the beach is from early May to December as it’s the time for the blossoming flora and fauna.
Ross Island is very scenic and served as an administrative centre for the Cellular Jail. The place has a story to tell so walk along the paths rather than taking the easily available golf carts. Ross Island has an official name. It is known as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island. It is hardly 3 km from Port Blair. This striking destination in Andaman & Nicobar Islands is peppered with historical remains. The island is also home to some of the century-old trees. Some other attractions of this island include the Graveyard of the Britishers, Chief Commissioner’s house, and the Cathedral. The panoramic view of Ross Island and the islands which are nearby are sure to please your eyes. You will also get an opportunity to see many animals and birds like the ducks, peacocks, and the deers. Take a ferry ride from Marine Park in Port Blair to reach Ross Island.
This is a beautiful island where you can undertake many water sports activities. Normally the sightseeings include Ross Island and North Bay together. This is a very famous spot in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. You will get to see amazing coral reefs in this place. A small but interesting trivia, the rupee note which had the Lighthouse belongs to the North Bay Island. You can get closest to the coral reefs in Port Blair while snorkelling in this North Bay Island. There are high probabilities that you spot, lobsters, clams, and fishes. North Bay Island essentially serves the travel aficionados, nature lovers and water babies. As the name suggests, the North Bay Island is located to the North of Port Blair around 43km from it. The North Bay Island is a nature’s splendour and is equal parts thrilling and peaceful. North Bay Island is best visited during June and October.
The boats for North Bay Island and Ross Island leaves from Andaman Water Sports Complex, which is also, called the Rajeev Gandhi Water Sports Complex. The boats can accommodate nearly 200 people and have life jackets and life rings for safety purposes. The journey takes around 30 minutes. There is also Coral Safari Semi Submarine, Sea Walks, and Dolphin Glass Boat rides available. After spending time in North Bay Island, you are dropped back to the jetty from where you will board another boat to visit Ross Island. This journey will take around 20 minutes.
It is also known as Andaman Water Sports Complex. This sports complex is placed in the heart of Andaman’s capital, Port Blair. This place is filled with fun, frolic, and excitement. There are many stimulating water sports which include speed boats, parasailing, banana boats among others. Apart from the adventure water sports, there are also paddle boats, rowboats, etc. There is a historical significance attached to this place besides being a water sports complex. This is the place where the Battle of Aberdeen took place in 1859 between the natives of Andaman and the British. It will take about 30 minutes to reach this place from Port Blair. This complex is open 24 hours a week. This is most definitely a must-visit place, especially for water sports enthusiasts. The Water Sports Complex provides very nice views. It is also a pier for Ross Island and North Bay Island trips.
Chidiyatapu is a wonderful sunset point. You have to trek for about 2 km to reach the point. The path is very beautiful and covered with forests and thick mangroves. Chidiyatapu is famous for tropical getaway, birds, photography and scenic beauty. You can also plan a trek to Munda Pahar. It is around 1-2 km from Chidiyatapu. The sunsets at Chidiyatapu from 4:45 to 5 pm, so reach before that. Chidiyatapu is almost 25 km from Port Blair. You can travel by road or set sail to this place. The scenic beauty of the place will refresh your senses. It is also a bird watcher’s paradise, so you are humbly reminded to carry a binocular. You will get to spot many migratory and native birds in here. August to February happens to be the tourist season. This equatorial beach escapade will delight you to the fullest.
This Island is situated in the Gandhi Marine National Park. In fact, there are around 14 other islands in the park. The underwater world and the corals here are spectacular. The island is open for only 5-6 hours per day, so take prior information before going. You should definitely embark on a round of snorkelling but take off your spectacles for it if you wear one. To visit this island, take a boat from the Wandoor Jetty. The timing is from 9 am and you will be back by 2:30 pm. An entry permit is required to enter this must-see destination in Andamans. Please note that you are required to buy tickets for the Jolly Buoy Island and a round of glass-bottom ride or snorkelling is free. It is an inclusion in the ticket. Please remember that it is a plastic-free zone.
This Island is no doubt very beautiful and the journey to this island is also equally breathtaking. Even this island is located in the Gandhi Marine National Park. The waters are crystal clear and also not too deep. The information on Red Skin Island is similar to that of Jolly Buoy.
Government Cruise- Government Ships or Ferries leave from Port Blair Harbour. The Port Blair Harbour is also called the Pheonix Bay Jetty. The timings are approximately 6 am, 11 am and 2 pm. The ferry which leaves at 11 am goes via Neil Island. The speed boats take around 3 hours and the slower ones take about 4 hours. This is the time to reach Havelock directly. The boats which go via Neil Island take up 1 more hour.
The first and sole weather deep-sea vessel that runs between Port Blair and Havelock. The cruise liner is very roomy and gives the passengers a golden opportunity to enjoy and relax. Guests can freely move about and enjoy the scenic beauties of the surroundings. Green Ocean takes pride in offering unparalleled service to its guests. It also extends community support in the islands. The cruise liner serves genuine Indian food.
A catamaran that operates between the capital city of Port Blair and Havelock. M.V. Makruzz is the first private luxury catamaran and can be said as the best in the business. This cruise liner is owned by Mak Logistics Pvt.Ltd. Dolphin is the mascot of Makruzz and Makruzz takes great pride in its superior hospitality. Makruzz started its operation from 7th November 2009. It hosts lots of events onboard. The interiors of Makruzz are very beautiful and posh and it has got an unmatched speed. Each guest onboard Makruzz is served with great warmth and hospitality. Makruzz has all necessary arrangements such as CCTV, safety equipment, Voyage Data Recorder, central announcement system among others. This catamaran is a high-speed passenger ferry with two hull vessels. Makruzz provides way better stability than other government-owned vessels. It is very spacious also. Makruzz can accommodate up to 280 passengers.
This Company provides cruises and other services such as Sea Walk and Scuba Diving.
The heavenly Havelock Island is a very popular place to visit in the Andamans. Havelock is officially known as Swaraj Island. Havelock is a portion of Ritchie’s Archipelago and is one of the biggest islands in Andamans. This is where all the famous beaches are such as the Radhanagar Beach, Elephant, Kalapather and Vijayanagar Beach. Amongst all the islands in Andamans, Havelock is the most visited. It sprawls over an area of 113 square km. Havelock is situated in the northeast portion of Port Blair and lies at a distance of 39 km from it. This is an ideal beach holiday destination in India. Havelock has white sand beaches sprinkled with rain-fed forests. This enthralling beauty with extravagant ambience also offers exciting water sports and adventure activities ranging from trekking, scuba diving, and snorkelling. To reach here from Port Blair, you can avail Government Ferries from Pheonix Bay Jetty.
Radhanagar Beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in entire Asia. Funnily, it is also known as beach no.7 and this amazing beach is a very renowned tourist destination in Andamans. The pristine white sands and the azure blue waters make it a model beach to bask in the glory of nature. Radhanagar Beach is approximately 12 km from Havelock and 7 km from Vijaynagar Beach. The swaying palm trees and the cool breeze will help you to relax and unwind. The sunset from this beach is a spectacle to watch. Getting it is easy as you can take the catamaran Makruzz or a seaplane from Port Blair. Government Boats are also available that connect Port Blair and Havelock. The best time to pay a visit to the beach is from October to February as the temperature hovers between 15 degrees to 34 degrees at this time.
This is a very scenic beach in Havelock Island. The beach is small and is situated next to the village of the same name. The sunrise from the Kalapather beach is simply fabulous. The road leading to the beach is encompassed in hills, trees and loads of greenery making it very beautiful. This beach is an off the route beach and provides tranquillity and serenity to the weary travellers. Just lie down on the beach, sunbathe while you sip fresh coconut water. This lengthy stretch of silky white sand beach beside the blue seas and black rocks looks absolutely gorgeous. Though it gets congested in peak season, still you can get away from the crowd if you walk further down south. When you go swimming, be careful of the corals and the rocks. Also please note that the water does not get affected by the tides.
This is by far the best beach for water sports activity. This beach is positioned in the Havelock Islands. Elephant Beach is full of nature’s bounty. The astounding marine life and the plentiful coral reef draws visitors from India and abroad. You can engage in numerous water sports activities such as jet skiing, kayaking, diving, para-sailing, sofa ride, snorkelling, sea-walking, power scooter, banana ride, swimming, apart from other adventure pursuits like trekking and bird watching. This is also a very suitable place for just ‘having a good time’ with beer and friends. You can also indulge in some local sightseeing like going to Govindnagar Beach. Visit this place anytime between November and February and enjoy the calmness of the sea and the thrills of the water sports. You can trek to the beach or hire a ferry. The beach is really well maintained and clean. This memory will stay with you forever.
The place where lots of farming takes place. Many fruits and vegetables are cultivated in Neil Island and hence it is called as the ‘vegetable bowl’ of Andaman. It is positioned on the North-eastern side of Port Blair. Neil Island with its exquisite surroundings is a perfect setting for an exotic holiday. The island looks heavenly with its bright blue sea and green foliage all around. Neil Island is well known for its biodiversity. This hidden gem with white sands and tropical woods provide a lucid charm that is hard to miss. This island is mostly for people who just won’t lay down or sit back and relax, reading a book and sipping fresh coconut water. Neil Island is a small island that is situated at a distance of 37 km from the southern part of Port Blair. To reach Neil Island, you can take both Government and private ferries.
Bharatpur Beach is full of tropical fishes and colourful coral reefs. Bharatpur beach is bestowed with solace, peace, and tranquillity. According to many Bharatpur Beach is one of the best beaches in Andaman. Bharatpur Beach is a Blue Lagoon with genteel waves splashing against the shore. Catch the sunrise from Bharatpur Beach as it is really spellbinding. Here the sea is inhabited with beautiful marine life and the best way to see it by scuba diving. You can also do snorkelling and go on a glass-bottom boat ride. From Neil Island, you can take an autorickshaw to reach Bharatpur Beach. Did you know that Bharatpur Beach is known as the coral capital of Andaman and Nicobar Island? This beach is not only popular for its natural beauty but also for taking photographs. Bharatpur Beach has a magnetic attraction that pulls tourists from all over the world.
Firstly it should be known that there is Lakshmanpur Beach 1 and 2. A very well known fact about the beach is that there is an organic rock formation which is fondly called the ’Howrah Bridge’ and it can be reached during low tide. Lakshmanpur Beach 1 is truly a remarkable sunset point. The Lakshmanpur Beach is only 2 km from the Neil jetty. This is a much bigger beach than the Bharatpur Beach and ideal for long strolls. The sunset vista from this beach is stunning. Here you will find, white shell sand and plenty of seashells and corals. If you plan to visit Lakshmanpur Beach, you are recommended to do in from December to May. The waterway is the best way to travel to Lakshmanpur Beach. Dock at Neil Island and it is hardly 5 km from the main market.
Baratang Island has situated around 150 km from Port Blair. This little known island is covered with natural marvels and unmixed beauty. This hidden gem is encrusted with profuse mangroves and green pastures. This adventurous strip is a prime tourist attraction spot. Baratang will show you the greener side of Andaman’s. This is where the Jarawa Tribes Inhabitat along with some Ranchi settlers. Mud Volcano and the Lime Stone Caves are two of the major appealing factors of Baratang Island. You can also visit Parrot Island from Baratang. You will get to see luscious verdant forests, thick mangroves, exotic tribals, caves and lots more in Baratang Island. There are not many hotels and restaurants here. If you want to escape from the incessant ringing of your mobile phone, then Baratang is the place to stay for a night as network connections are very poor here.
Mayabunder lies blissfully some 245 km from Port Blair. Mayabunder Island is situated on the northern side of the Middle Andaman Islands. This scenic island is filled with amazing beaches, beautiful isles, and fascinating mangrove inlets. The Burmese Karen Tribes call this island their homes. During the British period, they worked as logging labourers. From here, some of the places you must visit are Avis Island, Karmatang Beach, Rampur Beach, and Interview Island. Karmatang Beach is the nesting land for turtles and is also an eco-friendly destination. Avis is a small island that is nearly unpopulated and is known for coconut cultivations. To reach to Karmatang Beach, you can take speed boats but be informed they run only once a week. You can take the ferry from Port Blair which goes via Diglipur. Buses also ply from Port Blair to Mayabunder. The finest time to visit Mayabunder is anytime between October and March.
Rangat is an eco-friendly place with clear beaches, cascading waterfalls and scenic islands. There are nearly 75 little hamlets on which there people from Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The main jobs of these people are growing fresh produces and fishing. Rangat is famous for Amkunj Beach, Moricedera and Dhaninallah. Dhaninallah is a Mangrove Walkway that leads to a long stretch of beach which serves as the nesting place for turtles. You can go for a swim, sunbathe or simply relax in Aamkunj Beach. This environmental-friendly beach has got its name from the home-grown flora. Moricedera is a place for picnickers. This place has a freshwater stream which also doubles as a swimming pool. Yerrata Creek and Yerrata Mangrove Park is one more sightseeing spot in Rangat. You can get a lot of knowledge about the different species of mangrove that is found here. You can also visit the Panchavati Hills and Cutbert Bay Beach in Rangat.
You should visit this beautiful island from May to October when the temperature remains pleasant. Apart from visiting Diglipur, one must also pay a visit to Ramnagar Beach, Ross & Smith Island, Kalipur Beach, Saddle Beach, Dilgipur National Park, Lamiya Bay beach, etc. This scenic place also calls for snorkelling, mangrove creek safari, and trekking. You can go to Diglipur from Mayabunder and Port Blair. The boat from Port Blair leaves from Aerial Bay Jetty two times a week. Car services to Diglipur from Port Blair are also available. This eco-friendly place encircles a vast area of lush greens and spectacular marine lives. You are highly recommended to visit this off the track destination for your next trip. You can also spot turtle nesting in here starting from December to January end. Children would love this place as numerous crabs run around the beach and make holes.
Some indigenous inhabitants in the Andaman Islands are known as Jawaras. They mostly occupy the Middle and Southern parts of Andamans. These Adivasi groups of India normally do not interact with the outside world. They have been the settlers in this part for ages. At present, there are about 400 representatives of this nomadic tribe. The Jawaras live in groups of around 40-50 people. They called their houses ‘chaddhas’. The Jarawas hunt fish, crabs, turtles and pigs with bows and arrows. But the Jarawa women hunt fish with baskets. They also collect honey, tubers, and fruit from the forest. While collecting honey, they sing songs out of delight. The bow is called ‘aao’ and the arrow is called ‘patho’ is Jarawa language.
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