Andaman Islands: Pearls in a sea of blue
January 1, 1970
by Tejasvi Gupta
Andaman Islands: Pearls in a sea of blue
Think about clear turquoise water, spectacular rain forests, sun-kissed beaches, gorgeous corals, and prehistoric tribes – where in India can you find all this and more? Of course, on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands!
A tropical heaven in the truest sense, the island is located about 1,000 kilometers off the eastern coast of India in the Bay of Bengal. With a rich flora and fauna cover, Andaman Island is sure to blow your mind away with its serenity.
Andaman is one place that looks picturesque from all the three views. It looks amazing from land, super beautiful when you look at a beach or an island while travelling in sea and it looks like a gift to mankind when you take an aerial view of the Islands.
Long fabled among travelers for its legendary beaches, world-class diving and far-flung location in the middle of nowhere, the Andaman Islands are still the ideal place to get away from it all.
How to reach Andaman:
Reaching the island is not a hazzle. The group of islands has an airport at Port Blair which is well connected with major cities in India.
By Ship: Passenger ships are available from Vishakhapatnam, Kolkata, and Chennai. Three to four trips from Chennai and Kolkata to Port Blair and vice versa are common every month.
Reaching Havelock: Located at just 38 Kms from Port Blair, Havelock has a luxurious camping facility near RadhaNagar beach. Two to three ferries operate every day between Port Blair and Havelock.
Best time to visit: Hitting the ground at the right moment
The islands have a tropical climate with only minor fluctuations in temperature (23-30°C) and 80% humidity all around the year. The best time of the year to visit the Andaman & Nicobar Islands is between October and May. It is also the time for the annual tourism festival. The waters are clear and relatively placid after the monsoons making them perfect for snorkelers and swimmers.
- Cellular jail: Historically known as kaala paani (black water), the jail was used by the Britishers to imprison political prisoners. The most famous freedom fighter to be imprisoned here was V.D. Savarkar. One can easily imagine the extremities the prisoners used to go through when they were put behind those iron bars in Kaala Paani. The place also has a Martyr’s memorial, a museum, and a photo gallery and art gallery as well, reminiscing India’s struggle for independence. The Cellular Jail is today acknowledged as a National Memorial monument. In addition, visitors can also enjoy a Sound and Light show in Hindi as well as in English conducted during evening within the premises detailing the jail’s history.
- Corbyn’s Cove – Corbyn’s Cove beach is set in picturesque backgrounds of lush green coconut palms and pleasant sea. The coastal road here is a scenic journey, and passes several Japanese WWII bunkers along the way. One will come across many people jogging or taking a stroll along the coastal road.
- Ross Island: Just a 20-minute boat ride from Port Blair, Ross islands was once the administrative headquarters for the Britishers. Ross Island in its day was fondly called the ‘Paris of the East’, but the cute title, vibrant social scene and tropical gardens were all wiped out by the double whammy of a 1941 earthquake and invasion by the Japanese. Visiting Ross feels like discovering an ancient Lost City which has ruins of a Church and you would see a graveyard along with names of people who were buried. You could walk around the island along the coast line watching the beautiful sea scape, trees, and birds such as peacocks, rabbits, eagles and parrots.
- Havelock Island: Havelock Islands is the most famous and the most beautiful Island of Andaman and Nicobar group. For many, Havelock is the Andaman, and it lures most tourists, many of whom prefer to stay here for the entire trip. Havelock is a picturesque natural paradise known for its white sandy beaches, rich coral reefs and lush green forest.
- RadhaNagar Beach: Crowned as “Asia’s best beach” and “7th best beach in the world” by Time Magazine, this place is truly an unforgettable curve of white sand with perfectly colored blue waters, all lined by lush forest and palm tress. The sun rays bounce off the pure white sand making it glitter like sprinkled diamonds, along walk along this beach can make you feel better. With almost no tourists around, you’ll have the entire beach to yourself!
- Elephant beach: Approximately 20 minutes away by boat from the Havelock Island dock, this destination offers beautiful white sand beach along with an amazing coral reef which starts at a depth less than a metre. It is an ideal place to enjoy snorkeling and other water sports.
Swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, sea walk, banana boat rides, parasailing, jet skiing, sofa ride, etc. – every water activity is sure to push that adrenaline rush to a yet another level. There are enough things to do on Andaman’s beaches to keep your adventurous mode always ON!!
These pristine beaches in India will leave you awestruck and is definitely a photographer’s paradise. Non availability of WiFi coupled with low network range makes Andaman an ideal place for relaxing away from our daily busy schedules.