A visit to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands will be an experience quite unlike any other. For the unadulterated and scintillating beauty, these have earned the honor of being called the Emerald Islands of India. The calm azure seas,rare marine life,white sandy beaches,kaleidoscopic corals with a perfect blend of lush green forests and exotic flora & fauna make for a dream destination.Moreover, these isolated islands have been recently recognized among the top Eco-friendly tourist destinations in the world, thus emerging as the haven of nature lovers.
Floating towards the east of the Indian mainland, the archipelago in the Bay of Bengal Sea, the Andaman & Nicobar Islands have a hilly topography. Covered with dense tropical forests; out of the 572 islands, only 36 of these are inhabited by humans.These islands have almost all facilities for the modern day living, and with government’s deep interest in exploring the immense scope of tourism, world class arrangements have been made in this direction.
From star hotels to exquisite dine-ins,clean and well-maintained roads to high-tech adventure sport facilities; there is every thing to make one’s visit to the Andaman & Nicobar hassle-free and memorable.
So if you are planning to visit the Islands, here are some useful guidelines:
- Best time to visit : The best time to plan a vacation to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands would be in the time between December to April.
- How to Reach : The islands are well linked to the Indian mainland via sea and air.The most convenient mode would be to take an air-flight from any Indian city to Port Blair.
- Where to Stay: Andaman and Nicobar boast of providing the visitors highly comfortable staying facilities that are diverse and true class.Following are a few reputed hotels you could opt for -
Must Visit Places:
- Ripple Resort
- Silver Sand Beach Resort
- Andaman Residency
- Silver Sand Havelock
- The Wild Orchid,
- Drift Wood Hotel
- Holiday Resort.
- Fortune Resort Bay Island
- Sinclair Bay View Resort
- Sea Princess Beach Resort
This is the largest of the Nicobar Islands. It is a delightful place for wildlife photographers housing a number of rarest of rare terrestrial as well as aquatic life. The crab-eating macaque, megapode, Nicobar pigeon are a few among them.
For people who would like to go snorkeling and wish to see corals reefs, this is the place to head to. For those who just want to be, the cool sea breeze sways you to its rhythms and lets you forget the world.
Popular by the name of Kaala Pani. The Cellular Jail carries with it tragic history of the freedom struggle. For history buffs, this is a highly recommended place. The building, made from bricks brought all the way from Burma, has & wings in a criss-crossed pattern with a tower for the guards to keep an eye over the prisoners in all wings.
- Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
To the west of Port Blair is the Wandoor Beach, where the National Park is located. It is a vast expanse that is inhabited by exotic marine life and terrestrial fauna. One would require special permission from the forest department to make an extensive trip to the park and have a once in a lifetime chance to view rare bird species like Terns, Andaman Teal, Wadres, White-Bellied Sea Eagle etc.
This island is unique as it presents a strange beauty of the ruins. It boasts of tampered and damaged remains of classic architecture of the British Church and Mansion engulfed by the roots of tall tress. This lonely island provides an enigmatic view of the open sea at its back side.
Lastly, a holiday in the Andaman & Nicobar is not just about strolling, relaxing, bird-watching and witnessing the astonishing diversity of flora and fauna (like that wasn’t enough). There are a lot many activities you can indulge in to make the most of it. So here’s a small list of the...
Thing To Do:
- Scuba Diving
- Relax & Detoxify
- Elephant Safari
- Island Camping
...So get set and go!!