Andaman and Nicobar Islands (also known once as Kalapani) at the juncture of Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea is also a Union Territory of India, is a beautiful holiday destination. This place is like heaven on earth and wonderful for nature lovers and a private place away from the hustle-bustle of city life.The Andaman Islands enjoy a tropical climate, with daytime temperatures around 27C to 35C. December and January are the most popular months for tourists, with warm, sunny days and cool nights. The weather is generally dry and sunny from December through to April, with excellent visibility under water. October and November are generally good, but there is a risk of occasional rainstorms.
Port Blair is the largest city of the Union Territory as well and located on the east coast of south Andaman Island. It is surrounded by attractive lush forest and rugged coastline that serves as the provincial capital of the Andamans. Most travellers don’t hang around any longer than necessary but it’s fascinating history makes for some worthwhile sightseeing that warrants exploration. The city is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places of this exotic island. Remarkable for its clean and serene beauty, Port Blair is visited by thousands of tourist from all over the world. These are some of the famous destinations for Sightseeing in Port Blair:
- Cellular Jail Light &Sound Show
- Jolly Buoy Island
- Ross Island
- Water Sports Complex
- Carbyns Cove Beach
- Samudrika Museum
Baratang Island is a gateway to North & Middle Andaman District of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. This District is quite unexplored from the tourism point of view. This is one of best part of your trip to Andaman Islands because of its virgin beauty and natural wonders. The Baratang island trip brings forward the tropical side of the Andaman islands. Dense Forest, Tribes, Mangroves, Dongi rides, beaches, birds , caves and trekking. Well, Baratang has all of these to offer. Avail a trip to this island and become a part of the tropical side of the Andaman Islands.
From Baratang island (Nilambur Jetty) Lime Stone Caves are half an hour boat ride through a wide creek which leads to Nayadera Jetty and further one and half km. walk through tropical forest. Limestone is a sedimentary rock formed at the bottom of the sea. It is formed by the compression over millions of years of the gradual deposits of many ingredients such as marine life, shells, skeletons and corals.
The boat ride that connects the location of these caves with Baratang jetty is magnificent. It passes through a narrow mangrove creek and that is an experience in itself.There are massive sedimentary limestone formation, some of which are hanging from the top, some growing from the ground. These caves are constantly evolving in shape and size. As you go inside the caves, you can actually see different patterns that are made by limestone.
Neil, with its very relaxed vibe and long, deserted beaches is a place to chill out compare to the "bustle" of Havelock Island. Neil is quite small compared to Havelock and its widest part is about 5 km in length. Its beaches may not be as luxurious as Havelock’s, but they have ample character and are a perfect distance apart to explore by bicycle. There’s a lovely unhurried pace of life here; cycling through picturesque villages you’ll get many friendly hellos. The main bazaar has a mellow vibe and is a popular gathering spot in the early evening. In Neil Island you’re about 40km from Port Blair, a short ferry ride from Havelock and several universes away from life at home.
With snow-white beaches, teal shallows, a coast crammed with beach huts and some of the best diving in South Asia, Havelock has a well-deserved reputation as a backpacker paradise. For many, Havelock is the Andamans, and it’s what lures most tourists across the Bay of Bengal, many of whom are content to stay here for the entirety of their trip.
Premium scuba diving and snorkeling are the highlights of the gorgeous Havelock Island, the most popular of the Andaman Islands. Glass-bottomed boats provide a similar up-close marine life experience. Jungle treks and camping are popular landlubbing activities, though the more delicately dispositioned can choose to retire to one of several luxury resorts. Refuel with fresh coconut milk and succulent, just-caught seafood, which dominates every meal.
Thekkady is famous form trekking, wildlife, camping and lots of adventure.
Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island
Radhanagar is without a doubt the most famous beach in the Andaman Islands. Crowned as “Asia’s best beach” and “7th best beach in the world” by Time Magazine, this place sees a lot of tourists. It truly is an unforgettable curve of white sand with perfectly coloured blue waters, all lined by lush forest and palm trees. It is easy to enjoy this postcard perfect beach – lie down and marvel at the sunset, or go in for a quick swim.
Due to its reputation and popularity one would expect crowds of people rushing to the beach, but the most amazingly the Radhanagar remains mostly empty compared to other popular beaches of the world. It can get bit crowded straight down the entrance but if you walk couple of hundred meters to the left or right you will be alone again.
Rangat is a distance of 143 km by road; morning bus services are available between Port Blair and Rangat. The travel time is about 6-7 hours. Road to Rangat from Port Blair passes through Jarawa reserves on the west coasts of South and Middle Andaman.
The DhaniNallah Mangrove Nature Walkway in Rangatis probably India’s longest mangrove walk way. It is built among the dense mangrove forests near DhaniNallah beach in Rangat. The place is famous for Turtle breeding and the walk is enticing, enthralling and exciting. The beach is one of the cleanest with white sands.The walkway is made with woods clearing its way through creeks and Mangrove trees that gives a unique opportunity of enjoying Mangrove flora very closely. You walk among the green, lush, short and tall alike Mangrove trees. On the walk way, there are small resting huts which provide you beautiful view of the mangroves and hearing of the birds' chirpings. The Walkway ends on the white sand beach and the water is emerald blue.
In Andaman and Nicobar Islands, if there is one place that offers everything to a traveler, it is Diglipur. From the exotic Ross and Smith Islands to Active Mud Volcanoes, the place is truly blessed with natural beauty.Diglipuris one of the most visited tourist destination in the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Island due to its super natural sandy beaches and endless variety of evergreen forest including lots of exotic Birds.Diglipur Island is accessible from Port Blair (290 kms) by Road, Ship and Sea Plane transfers.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands are also home to thousands of turtles during their nesting period. During the winter months of Dec/Jan, turtle nesting takes place in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Turtle Nesting mainly takes place at Kalipur beach, Diglipur, Ramanagar Beach at Diglipur and also at Karmatang beach at Mayabunder. Apart from these, turtle nesting also takes place at many other beaches in Andamans.
Ross & Smith Island, Diglipur : The main attraction of Diglipur, Ross & Smith Islands are situated just 20 minute’s boat ride distance from Arial Bay jetty, Diglipur and the islands are joined together to make a single group of islands. These two islands are connected with a 50 meters narrow sand bar and its seashore bordered with thick tropical forest including lots of flora and fauna.These are one of the must watch places in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.What makes these islands truly beautiful and sets them apart from the rest of the islands is that these two islands are joined by a natural, sand bar