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Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Land of Prisine Beaches

Sunday - September 17, 2017 6:56 am , Category : WTN SPECIAL
Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Land of Prisine Beaches
Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Land of Prisine Beaches

Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Land of Prisine Beaches



 
By Jaya Khare
Andaman and Nicobar Islands are one of the most sought after tourist destinations for Indians and foreign tourists alike. Its pristine beaches, delicious food, jungles, hills, an endless variety of flora and fauna and an eclectic mix of people of diverse ethnicities and tribes make it a perfect holiday destination. It has also excellent facilities of water sports and adventure tourism. 

Stretching over a length of 800 km, the whole archipelago consists of over 570 big and small islands, of which hardly 35 are inhabited. The best travel time to the islands is between October and May, while the months from June until September there is heavy rain. 

Regular flights are available from Kolkata, Chennai, and Delhi that connect the capital Port Blair, a picturesque town of about 2 lakh. There are also passenger liners departing on regular basis from Kolkata and Chennai ports which take about 3 days to reach the islands traveling about 1,200 kms across the Bay of Bengal. 

There is no dearth of accommodation in the Andaman Islands. Over two lakh tourists are visiting the islands annually and accommodation of all tastes and budgets are strewn across the capital and the beaches around it. Food of all types and preferences are available in the hotels, restaurants, and resorts catering to the myriad tourist influx the islands see the year round. 

Apart from the natural beauty, the other major tourist attraction here is the Cellular Jail. Built in 1896, this jail was a dreaded prison for thousands of Indian freedom fighters who were transported by the British here, condemned to languish in solitary confinement for years.

 A light and sound show is conducted every evening here to throw light on the chequered history of the place. Among other places of interest is Andaman Water Sports Complex that provides ample water sports facilities. There is also a children’s park nearby apart from a memorial for the Battle of Aberdeen fought between British and Andaman’s aboriginals in 1859. 

There is Gandhi Park, Marina Park, Fish Museum, Children’s Traffic Park, a mini zoo and Forest Museum in Port Blair. Indian Navy’s Samudrika Museum is also a must see. About eight kilometers from the city is Corbyn’s Cove that offers an excellent beach experience closer to the city. 

There are several restaurants and resorts here including The Peerless Sarovar Portico Resort. Getting away from Port Blair, one can visit Mt Harriet, once the summer headquarters of the chief commissioner during the British Raj. About 60-km off the town, the place is a good picnic and trekking spot, and a forest guest house is also there. 

A 20-minute boat ride from Port Blair can take one to Ross Island that has historical ruins along with a beautiful tropical forest. Located at the southernmost tip of South Andamans, 30 km from Port Blair, Chidiyatapu is a lush mangrove forest with a large number of birds.

 The Munda Pahar beach is an ideal picnic spot. Cinque Island located 54 km from Port Blair (2 hours by boat from Chidiyatapu) is one of the best diving destinations in the Islands and has clear water with visibility of up to 80 feet. Baratang, Neil, and Long islands have very secluded and lonely beaches, many of which offer water sports and/or fishing options. 

Last but not the least is the famous Havelock Island, about 2 hrs from Port Blair. Radhanagar Beach and Elephant Beach located on this island are world famous and must be included in the itinerary.-Windwo To News

 
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