Top 20 Places You Must Visit In Andaman and Nicobar Islands
In the list of Hawaii, Bahamas and others, Andaman and Nicobar has a prominent place. This group of islands with white beaches, crystal bluish green waters, lagoons and unparalleled environment attracts numerous tourists every year. Starting from beach activities to the unique cuisine of the land, every element of these islands have been an exotic experience to any beach or nature lover.
This article has handpicked just 20 out of the numerous attractions in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, for those who are planning to visit Andaman and Nicobar for the first time. Since gigantic water bodies cover the islands, the rainy season in these islands is rough. The best time to visit this group of islands is anytime but the rainy season. The tourism season starts in October and ends by June.
1. Radhanagar Beach
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2. Ross and Smith Beach
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Location: Ross and Smith Island
What to Enjoy: Lush Vegetation, Clear Water, Sunset and Calm Surrounding
Top Activities: Boat Ride, Sun Bathing, Scuba Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling, Picnicking, Beach Walking and Photography
A little away from Diglipur Jetty lies a serene and small island, Ross and Smith. The beach is famous for a greenish blue tinted water body, small strip of beach and most importantly, the shallow water. This shallow water allows many underwater activities. Spotting tropical fishes underwater is very common in this region. This is a haven for those who want a leisure and lazy afternoon.
3. Laxmanpur Beach
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Location: Neil Island
What to Enjoy: Long Beach and Mild Vegetation
Top Activities: Beach Strolling, Picnicking, Swimming and Sun Bathing
Though the beach is aesthetically pleasing, the beach is rarely filled with tourists. This is due to the proximity of the more famous Bharatpur beach. The Laxmanpur beach is larger and longer than Bharatpur beach and thus, this silent beach has become a haven for honeymooners. You can always find couples picnicking here. If you are on a romantic vacation, you ought to visit this beach. Not many water activities are available in this beach area.
4. Lalaji Bay Beach
Location: Long Island
What to Enjoy: Mangrove Creek, Clean Water, Ferry Sighting and Serene Nature
Top Activities: Ferry Rides, Sun Bathing, Beach Strolling, Snorkeling, Swimming and Picnicking
Although the island is named as Long Island, this beach in particular is very small and can be scaled on foot. The top activities to enjoy here are focused on the shallow waters in this region. Riding on a ferry to reach this place is the best activity for those who are traveling with children. The place is also famous for lush vegetation. There are a few restaurants near the beach, which allow tourists to enjoy long picnics here.
5. Wandoor Beach
Location: Port Blair
What To Enjoy: Coral Forests, Marine National Park, Natural Caves And Mini Islands Surrounding The Main Beach Like Alexandra, Tarmugli, Jolly Buoy And Others.
Top Activities: Coral Diving, Boating, Swimming, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Photography And Others.
Wandoor is a small village located near the southern point of the South Andaman. This village is filled with accommodation options and is famous for the beach and small islands near the beach. The main attraction in the beach is the national park. From the national park, you can get access to nearby islands. Boat can be hired here. Forest permits for forest walks and strolling are also available in the park. Jolly Bouy is a small island near the beach, which is famous for sponge corals, red corals, blue corals and many tropical species. You can find many zebra fishes here where snorkeling. Snorkeling near Red Skin Island is also very famous activity. If you are not a fan of snorkeling, you can hire a glass-bottomed boat to watch the corals and fishes and you row.
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6. Aamkunj Beach
7. Merk Bay Beach
8. Butler Bay Beach
9. Cellular Jail
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Location: Port Blair
What to Enjoy: Old Jail Cells
Top Activities: Light and Sound Show, Photography and Exploration
Andaman was a dreadful jail spot during British rule. Freedom fighters were sent to Andaman jail during the struggle. Today, it stands as a heritage spot and as a reminder of the independence struggle. The spot is open from morning 9 to evening 5. English and Hindi based light and sound shows are organized for the tourists to educate about the struggle and the history of the place. The jail is closed during Mondays and all government holidays.
10. Havelock Beach
What to Enjoy: Beach, Water, Corals, Serene Nature and Others
Top Activities: Scuba Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling, Underwater Photography, Boating, Sun Bathing, Picnicking and Others.
It is one of the very famous beaches in the place. If you love scuba diving, you ought to visit this place. There are spots for professional divers to enjoy and there are numerous places where training for amateur divers is provided. Certification courses are also available. This place has a rich coral forest and the most wonderful underwater life. If you love underwater photography, this place is a paradise for you.
11. Mount Harriet
12. North Bay Beach
14. Chidiya Tapu
15. Viper Island
16. Great Nicobar Island
Location: Nicobar district
What to Enjoy: Beach, Lighthouse, Indira Point, Rivers, Biosphere Reserve, Campbell Bay and Others
Top Activities: Ferry Ride, National Park Walk, Sightseeing, Photography and Others
This is the largest island in the Nicobar district. There are many rivers in this region, which enrich exotic flora and fauna here. This island is recognized as a biosphere reserve and has many rare species to spot like edible nest swiftlet, long tailed macaque, leatherback sea turtle, Nicobar tree shrew, reticulated python, coconut crab, Malayan box turtle and others. Trekking to Indira point lighthouse is an important activity. Campbell bay is an important spot for wildlife photographer for clicking crabs, birds and others.
17. Elephant Beach
18. Corbyns Cove Beach
19. Cinque Island
20. Ray Hill
These are just the top 20 spots to visit in this group of islands. Hundreds of islands are found in this group and each island has its own set of attractions. Apart from beach and water activities, there are a lot more to enjoy in Andaman and Nicobar islands. According to environmentalists, with the current global warming situation, this group of islands might not survive for many decades on the face of earth. Enjoy this paradise before ocean reclaims them.
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