Planning a trip is not a cakewalk. The restrictions on the number of leaves from office coupled with budgetary issues make it a cumbersome task. There are many places in India, which demand thorough planning for a great traveling experience.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands perfectly fits in the list of such places. Besides being home for hundreds of islands, it is also a storehouse of many other notable tourist spots.
We have suggested below the list of 20 Best Places to visit in Andaman and Nicobar Islands which you must keep in your itinerary:
1. Chidiya Tapu, Port Blair
Andaman serves as home to near about 100 species of endemic birds many of which are indigenous to the island. If you are a bird lover, Chidya Tapu beach is a must-visit for the mesmerizing sight of a varied species of birds. The name Chidiya itself means birds.
Besides bird watching, the beach is also popular for water activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, boating, deep-sea walking and more. Surrounded by dense mangrove vegetation, the beach also serves as a great trekking spot for the adventurous souls.
One can indulge in a trekking expedition from Chidya Tapu to the Munda Pahad mountain while enjoying the picturesque scenery on the way.
2. Neil Island
Neil Island is a small island located in the Andaman Island popular for its tranquil beaches with white sands and pristine turquoise water. Some of the islands are blessed with untouched natural beauty as they are not flocked by frequent tourists.
The serene beaches of Neil Island are a perfect place to laze around and unwind yourself. You can simply sit there with your favorite drink soaking in the sunrays while gawking at the brilliance of nature.
The sunsets at Neil Island are breathtaking. One can also indulge in snorkeling and scuba diving for the rich marine life and coral reefs of the beaches.
Those who are not fond of underwater diving must visit the Bharatpur beach for Glass bottom rides and jet skiing.
3. Radhanagar Beach, Havelock
Radhangar beach situated on Havelock Island has earned the title of being one of the most beautiful beaches in India. The sparkling whitish sand beneath your feet in contrast to the bluish-green water accompanied by the rich luxuriant vegetation of the beach is sure to leave you spellbound.
Despite being so popular, the beach is mostly secluded, which makes it a perfect spot for enjoying a peaceful time with oneself. You can also enjoy beautiful views of sunset or sunrise.
The rich marine life and colorful corals make it a much-loved diving spot for diving lovers. Snorkeling and Doongi dives are also quite popular.
4. Cellular Jail, Port Blair
Everyone knows the significant historical fact behind the cellular jail of Port Blair. Built during the British era, this jail served as the colonial prison for the British.
Political prisoners from across the country were deported to this jail to isolate them from mainland India. Many freedom fighters during taking part in the struggle for independence served their sentences in this jail.
This jail is also popular as Kala Pani. This was considered as the most dreaded jail in history because the architecture of the jail did not allow any possibility if escapade. The cells were of the worst type without any proper lavatories.
One must not miss the chance to witness one of the establishments of Indian history at any cost.
5. Elephant Beach, Havelock
Elephant Beach in the Havelock Island is just a 20 minutes boat ride away from the Havelock Island dock. The beach got its name from the fact that in ancient times, elephants were used to bring people to the beach much before boats were used.
Being one of the serene beaches on the Island, it serves a great holiday destination for spending some quality time with your loved ones. One can simply sit there enjoying some good food and drinks and freeing their minds from the daily chaos.
The beach is also popular for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, sea walks, kayaking, and trekking. The rich and colorful coral reefs structure underwater is sure to leave your senses spellbound.
6. Vijaynagar Beach, Havelock
Vijay Nagar beach is yet another serene beach in Havelock Island. Known for its palm-fringed coastline, it stands out as one the best beaches to witness stunning views of sunrises and sunsets.
Being a virgin beach, the beach is sure to offer atranquil experience to the nomadic souls.
Backpackers are a common sight on this beach due to a wide range of water activities facilities. You can indulge yourself in swimming, snorkeling or fishing. It is also a paradise for birds.
7. Samudrika Marine Museum, Port Blair
Samudrika Marine Museum is situated near the Andaman Teal House. The exhibits of the museum consist mainly of remains of sea lives, which aim to create awareness on various aspects of marine lives.
The destructive and irresponsible human actions towards the environment are causing major damage to oceans and the lives therein. It is a serious cause of concern that needs to be addressed at the earliest.
The Museum also has five galleries with exhibits portraying history, geography, anthropology and marine life of the Island. There is also a tiny zoo at its premise that shelters saltwater crocodiles.
8. Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Port Blair
This park is located in Wandoor, around 29 km from Port Blair. Sprawling over an area of 281 sq kilometers, the park consists of 15 untouched islands with rich coral reefs structure, tropical rainforests, and mangrove creeks.
Most of the islands here are inaccessible but their coastline offers a fascinating view. Tourists can indulge in snorkeling and diving to experience the exquisite marine life. Or they can simply indulge in a stroll throughout the whole park to thoroughly explore the diversity of flora and fauna.
9. Limestone Caves, Port Blair
A visit to the limestone caves in Port Blair is a must as these marvelous limestones are a result of formation over millions of years. These formations are called “Stalagmites” created by single-celled algae named cyanobacteria.
The rocks portray a mind-blowing pattern inside the caves leaving you awestruck. The calcium deposits inside the caves are nothing less than an artwork on a canvas.
10. Mangrove Creek, Port Blair
The mangroves in Andaman are considered as the best in the country. You should definitely try mangrove creeks, which are best in Baratang Island of Andaman.
One unique feature of the mangrove-developed areas is that they are covered with muddy salt or brackish water at high tide. The mangrove creeks through the nature-made tunnels of the thick mangrove offer a rejuvenating experience.
11. Corbyn’s Cove Beach, Port Blair
Corbyn’s Cove Beach is a delight for nature lovers, photographers, and wanderlust souls. Its untouched beauty and secluded environment keep its visitor’s jawdropped.Snorkeling and scuba diving are the most performed activities on this beach due to the heavenly coral reefs of the sea. People also indulge in boating and surfing.
You can simply relax under a coconut tree reading a book, or walk on the soft sandy seashore and soak in some wonderful memories to cherish a lifetime.
12. Forest Museum, Port Blair
Forest museum is located inside the premises of Chatham Saw Mill. The exhibits are a blend of art and architecture. Most of the exhibits consist of woodworks created out of timber, oak, sating wood and paduak.
Besides, the museum is also a storehouse of endangered species of plants. As a cherry on the top, there is a mini zoo and zoological garden in the premise. The rich greenery of the place has also made it an attractive study center for research studies by scholars across the globe.
13. Bharatpur Beach, Havelock
With gorgeous white sand playing with your toes and the waves of the turquoise water occasionally caressing the seashore, Bharatpur beach is a must-visit for all the beach lovers. It is also known as the Coral Kingdom of Andaman due to its unparalleled coral reefs and a myriad of exquisite fish species. This is why the beach is a sought after destination for snorkeling and scuba diving. You cannot miss out on a chance to witness the exotic marine life.
After your underwater sessions, you can simply relax on the beach to witness a miraculous sunset with your naked eyes.
Another popular thing about this beach is the availability of a wide variety of exotic plates of seafood. For seafood lovers, this place is a paradise.
14. Kala Pathar Beach, Havelock
Kala Pathar beach earns its name due to the presence of big black boulders on the beach. The black color of the boulders lying in contrast to the bluish-green water and luxuriant green vegetation creates a unique blend of colors, which is a delight to our eyes. You cannot expect to indulge in water activities on this beach.
But it surely offers you the much-needed solitude you are seeking from the hustle-bustle of a hectic life.
There are various modes of transport to get to the beach both from Port Blair and Havelock Island.
15. Sri Vetrimalai Murugan Temple, Port Blair
Besides being an island paradise, Andaman is home to various religious destinations to satiate your religious soul. Sri Vetrimalai temple relates to the time when the Tamil population started living in the archipelago.
Some of the main festivals of the region such as Thai Poosam, Kanda Shashti, and Panguni Uthram are celebrated in this temple, which attracts devotees from different regions across the country and worldwide. The temple feeds around 40000 people who come to take part in the festivals.
Besides religious significance, the Dravidian style architecture of the temple deserves demands a visit to the place. The main Gopuram of the temple portrays intricate paintings, which reflects a rich heritage.
16. Madhuban, Port Blair
Madhuban is a well-known tourist spot in Andaman, which is home to thick dense forests, wildlife, and indigenous species of birds, animals, elephants, and butterflies. The elephants in the area are well trained to carry out different operations for lumbering work.
Madhuban is also a well-known spot for trekking amongst trek lovers. The trekking trail from Mount Harriet to Madhuban is in the bucket list of every trekker. If you are in Andaman, you should not miss out on visiting this place. Madhuban is also near to many popular museums, Islands, and churches.
17. Laxmanpur Beach
One of the exotic beaches of Neil Island is the Laxmanpur beach located just at a distance of 2 km from the Neil jetty. This beach is an ideal place for sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling and evening walks. The abundance of corals and shells is a true example of the unimaginable richness of nature.
You simply spend your day sitting on the soft sand soaking in the sun rays while enjoying a platter of fried fish. This is also a great spot for fishing as the sea is home to a myriad of fishes.
18. Anthropological Museum, Port Blair
The Anthropological Museum is yet another iconic museum in Andaman. The museum is a representation of the local community tribes of the island, which are considered as the oldest tribes of the world.
Some of the tribes are Jarawas, Onges, Sentinelese and Great Andamanese. There is a separate ethnic section with exhibits on Mongoloid tribes, Nicobarese and Somphens. This place has served as a place of study for many anthropological research studies.
19. Mount Harriet National Park, Port Blair
Mount Harriet National Park is located on the highest peak of south Andaman. The unparalleled inhabitants of the rich flora and fauna of the park attract millions of tourists every year.
Serving as a home to different species of exotic birds, this is a great place for birdwatching as well. Proper accommodation facilities along with tourist sheds and eco huts are provided to allow the visitors to have a relaxed day out.
A 16 km trekking trail is available from Mount Harriet to Madhuban beach for the trek lovers and backpackers.
20. Baratang Island, Port Blair
Baratang Island is another mesmerizing island in the Andaman, which is home to the Jarawa tribes.
Situated at a distance of 100 km from Port Blair, the 3-hour long journey unfolds an adventurous trip that will remain embedded in your memories for a lifetime. This island has in store for you natural wonders, limestone caves, tidal swamp forests, mangrove creeks, mud volcanoes and many more.
Baludera beach and Parrot Island are a must-visit in this island. Parrot Island offers its visitors to witness the sight of thousands of colorful parrots.