Andaman and Nicobar islands
Imagine a destination where you get beaches, forests, hills, mangroves, and caves along with a bit of historical drama… Andaman offers this fantasy land. An almost 3 hours flight from Dum Dum Airport takes you to the Port Blair airport, the capital of the union territory, that’s situated above a hill. The city has some of the most interesting marine museums which have collections of corals, reefs, and shells which are almost 3ft long. The historic cellular jail gives an eerie feeling even during daylight. A special light and sound show is held during the evening showcasing its history of pain and pride. From firsthand experience, I can tell you that not a single eye remained dry during the show.
Traveling from one island to another requires a ship. And that was the highlight of the entire trip. Watching the sunset on the deck in the middle of the Bay of Bengal, just breathtaking. Havelock Island has the longest beach in Asia, the Radhanagar beach. White sand beaches and clear sparkling blue water surround the entire circumference of this island. Other attractions include Neil Island, Ross Island where deer room free. These are all named after the British officers during the colonial period.
A surprising place is Baratang, the tropical forest area which is home to the last of Jarawas, an indigenous tribe of the Andamans. A cavalcade of cars drives through the forest area at the designated time along with police protection vehicles. No vehicle is allowed to stop in this zone nor are the people allowed to give any food materials or even roll down the windows for that matter. This drive leads to the edge of a strait where you can take small speedboats to see the mangrove forests. These speedboats go deep inside the forests and from there it’s a 4-5 km walk up to the limestone caves. The path up to the caves runs through the village area. The caves are dark so carry a torchlight. But they sparkle under the lights, they make you catch your breath. There is also a dormant volcano for thrill-seekers to visit.
All together this place has something for everyone’s taste. And it is a seafood lover’s paradise though it’s a trifle expensive. But the sensory overload that this group of Islands offer makes it worthwhile. The Best time to visit Andaman & Nicobar island is between October to March, this period is also high traffic for visitors from around the world. If you want to keep a hassle-free journey then its best to book your plans through any travel company.
Andaman and Nicobar have only one Airport- Port Blair Airport. From there u can take ant transport and head towards your destination hotels.
The best time to visit Andaman & Nicobar is between November to March. This period of time is very ambient and you can enjoy a lot as you can.