Every wanderlust soul dreams of visiting Andaman and Nicobar Island at least once in his/her lifetime. Though a visit to this paradise leaves you longing for more and more, it is not convenient for us all to plan more than one visit.
That is the reason we must always plan our trips with proper research and planning no matter which place we are heading to.
Here, we have provided a list of things to do in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, you must do to make your vacation a memorable one.
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A visit to some of the most magnificent beaches is an obvious thing to do when in Andaman, which is home to around 572 islands. The crystal clear seawater, sparkling white sandy coastline, and luxuriant tropical rain forests of the beaches set them a world apart.
There are many virgin beaches in Andaman, which are located at remote inhabitant islands with their raw and natural beauty untouched by mankind.
Some of the best beaches that you should definitely add to your itinerary are Radha Nagar beach, Vijaynagar beach, Avis Island beach, Mark Bay beach, Sitapur beach, Guitar Island beach, and Elephant beach.
You should surely take out some time to lie around on the sand soaking in some sun rays and staring at nature!
2. Water Activities
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When you are paying a visit to the beaches, how can you refrain from taking part in swimming and other water activities? Andaman is a paradise for all the adventurous souls.
The beaches in Andaman are popular for the fun-filled water activities like Banana Boar Rides, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Jet Skiing, Kayaking, speed boating, Seaplane ride and soon.
Snorkeling and Scuba diving activities are common in most of the beaches due to the rich marine lives and coral reefs. You do not need to be an expert in swimming for indulging in these activities.
Just put on your life jacket, leave aside your phobia and jump into it to have a life-changing experience amidst the sea life and colorful fishes.
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As Andaman is home to around 300 islands, visiting the maximum number of islands should mandatory be in your itinerary. While some of the islands witness tourists in large numbers, some of them are still unexplored. They are a true portrayal of nature’s marvelous work.
These islands look nothing less than breathtaking artwork on the canvas of nature with the perfect balance of myriad colors. If heaven has a face, it sure looks like what the islands have to offer.
Some of the best islands in Andaman that one should never miss out on are Have lock Island, Jolly Buoy Island, Neil Island, North Bay Island, Cinque Island, Baratang Island, and Parrot Island.
4. Cellular Jail
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The cellular jail was a colonial prison in Andaman. Also popular by the name Kala Pani, the jail was used by the British Rulers as an exile place for the political prisoners. Every year this place attracts more than thousands of visitors due to its historical importance and pronged architecture style.
Many notable freedom fighters served their sentences in this jail during the struggle for independence. It was the most dreaded colonial prison of the British as it isolated its prisoners from mainland India and kept them – in the deserted archipelago.
5. Coral Reefs
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Your visit to Andaman serves no purpose if you cannot spare out some time to spend underwater amidst spectacular coral reefs. The water bodies of the Andaman are home to around more than 500 different species of marine life and corals. The spectacular sight is sure to leave your senses awestruck.
Besides corals, you also get the chance to witness other aquatic organisms like butter fly fish, snappers, snails, anemones, sponges, shrimps, starfish, sea cucumbers and the list goes on.
So get your scuba gears and dive deep down. You must follow the proper guidance of your trainer while diving underwater.
6. Museum Trail
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Andaman is home to some of the most iconic museums. These museums speak highly of the history of the ancient island, cultural diversity, wildlife exhibition and advancement of science and technology.
Some of the must-visit museums in Andaman are the Anthropological Museum with exhibits of tools and weapons of Negrito ancient tribes, the Samudrika Marine Museum (also known as the fisheries museum), the Zsi Museum of exotic creatures, the Forest Museum, and the Kala PaniMuseum of Cellular Jail.
7. Sea Walking
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Sea Walking, also known as helmet diving, is yet another water activity that you must indulge in. For non-swimmers and people not fond of snorkeling or scuba diving, sea walking is the best option. Though it does not give you the option to dive deep down, yet offers a chance to witness underwater marine life.
Sea walking is conducted at the North Bay beach and the elephant beach in Andaman with Elephant beach being the best.
8. Bird Watching
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You should save some of your time to simply relax and watch different species of birds at some of the popular birdwatching spots. Many people might not be aware of the fact that this archipelago has evolved as a home formore than around 100 endemic species of birds.
The most popular spot for bird watching is Chidiya Tapu beach. A visit to this place early in the morning will give you chance to behold a variety of species including Andaman Serpent Eagle, Collared Kingfisher, Alexandrine Parakeet, White Throated Kingfisher, Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, and so on.
Other great spots for bird watching are SippiGhat, Havelock Islands, FararGanj that offersa chance to spotbirds like green pigeon, emerald doves, Hume’s Hawk Owl, Andaman Barn-owl, hanging parrots, Sunda Teal, Orange-headed thrush, Olive-backed sunbird and many more.
Another way to quench your thirsty adventurous soul is by planning some trekking activities with your group of friends. Be it a short trek or a long one, the archipelago offers its visitors some of the awesome trekking trails to explore.
Every trail you choose is sure to offer you an alluring trekking experience with breathtaking sceneries, views of rare species of plants, birds and wild animals on its way.
Some of the best trails include the ones from Mount Harriet to Madhuban, Chidiya Tapu to Kala Pahar, Digplipur Island to Raman Caves and Saddle Peak, and Havelock to Elephant beach. The best time for trekking in Andaman is November to April.
Now that you have an idea of what this place has to offer, plan your visit accordingly and make the most of your trip. The best time to visit this mini heaven is considered to be between November to May. Monsoons are a strict no as there are chances of tidal waves, rains, and strong winds.