Andaman and Nicobar islands, a name becoming more popular in terms of being a tourist destination. Although it was popular earlier as well it is reaching new heights with the help of social media and people looking for new places to visit. It is a union territory of India, consisting of two groups of islands at the southeastern edge of the Bay of Bengal. Moreover with it being an island definitely has a number of beaches and perfect for your get away.
Let’s see what places you can visit at this beautiful island-
1. Scuba Diving in Andaman
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are popular spots among tourists for scuba diving. Havelock is the most common island of all the islands for diving, though. For anyone, it is a perfect diving destination, right from a beginner to an experienced diver. Besides the charges start at approximately INR 3,500 for a 30 minute dive for non-certified amateur divers.
2. Havelock island
Havelock is one of the region’s 600 most famous islands and is the most established once it comes to tourism. It’s a two to four hour ferry ride from Port Blair.
3. Radhanagar Beach
Radhanagar Beach repeatedly appears on lists of internationally ranked beaches with its turquoise blue waters and powdery white sandy beaches, which TIME Magazine named Asia’s best beach in 2004. On the much-loved Havelock Island, a tourist paradise and additionally the largest of the island present in this sequence of water-locked island chains, this tranquil beach finds its place.
4. Cellular Jail
An old colonial prison located in Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, is the Cellular Jail, also famous as ‘Kala Pani.’ Built in India by the British during their colonisation, the prison was used primarily to exile Indian political dissidents. The construction of the prison began in 1896 and was completed in 1906, after which several prominent liberty fighters such as Batukeshwar Dutt, Yogendra Shukla and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar were used to house it. The prison complex is now owned by the Government of India and is regarded as a national monument that displays prisoners’ lives during the British period.
5. Elephant beach
The Elephant beach is one of the destinations that adds to the beach paradise prestige of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It has dazzling coral reefs and seductive cyan waters. For visitors wishing to participate in water activities such as snorkelling, swimming, and diving, these waters are a prime destination.
6. Viper Island
Years before the building of the Cellular Prison, the British used Viper Island to hold free fighters in exile. You can still see the ruins of the prison that the British constructed in 1867.
7. Barren Island
Barren Island is located at the junction of the geologically active Indian and Burmese plates. It is some 135 kilometers northeast of Port Blair, and is 1.8 million years old and is host to the only erupting volcano on the Indian subcontinent. Thanks to the volcanic eruptions that take place here at periodic intervals, the island is largely uninhabited, as the name implies. Although guided tours around the island isn’t all that popular, you can receive approval to do so from the local forest department. There are a number of ferries and vessels to visit the island, which will take you around.
8. Guitar Island
Guitar Island is as stunning and rewarding a destination as one can be. Additionally it is one of the multiple exquisite yet remote islands of Andaman and Nicobar. This island makes for a beautiful day trip from the big island, with brilliant blue water everywhere and tropical greens within.