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Secrets of andaman and nicobar islands

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Andaman is intriguing in more ways than one. 572 islands are inhabited only 36 and that shows 93.7 percent of those unexplored. It hides in its waters, lands and forests in the secrets of the fascinating under water, layers of political conspiracies, and painful, yet inspirational stories of courageous patriotic men. Besides, it also has some sweet tribes untouched by civilization, and their dying culture, customs and languages.

Of the many secrets, we bring you some really beautiful and controversial ones. This is a quick run-through of natural wonders Andaman’s difficult past facts about the fast-vanishing tribes and developments in the state in the post-independence era.

Havelock, Port Blair, Neil Ross and Smith are some of the many islands in the Andamans, named after the British officials who ruled it

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Many places in Andaman are named after British officials

Barren Islands in Andaman is home to the only confirmed active volcano lava India

A view of the active volcano at Barren Islands

Not many know that Ross and Smith are a single island. Well, sometimes

An aerial view of the Ross and Smith Islands connected by a sand bar

Ross and Smith pristine islands are connected by a natural sandbar, hiding during high tide making two separate islands. At low tide, the water recedes from the sand bar which gives them a piece of land.

Sentinelezen stamlid aiming op het reliëf helikopter

The indigenous strains did not interact with the outside world. The Sentinelese are considered to be the most isolated strains

When the government of India relief helicopters, after the 2004 tsunami, the Sentinelese aimed his arrows at them to scare the helicopters.

Veel inheemse stammen van Andaman is bekend dat ze kannibalen zijn

Chola Chronicles islands were called Timaittivu what impure islands, because of cannibalism that existed on the islands

Mannen van de Azad Hind Fauj hijs de Tiranga bij Andaman nadat het in 1943 onafhankelijk werd

Andaman & Nicobar Islands were occupied by Japan for three years during World War II .

Japan occupied the Andaman Island in 1942. Although they were governing for the next three years, the Japanese theoretically gave up control of Andaman and Nicobar Islands transfer to Subhash Chandra Bose on 8 November 1943. He renamed them as “Shaheed” and “Swaraj” islands respectively .

Andaman Tour –  So which of these secrets totally blew your mind? Us share a similar secrets of the islands that we forget to put on our list.

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What’s Magical About A Honeymoon In The Andaman Islands

Your honeymoon is the most magical part of the beginning of your new life with your partner. It will set the tone and the foundation for the rest of your life, so you want it to be absolutely perfect, romantic, and a dream come true! The memories you create during your honeymoon will be a source of love, joy, and inspiration later as you both navigate through the ups and downs of life. The honeymoon period is a time when you both get to know each other more deeply than ever before and fall in love more than ever! Of course, what could be better than an Andaman Honeymoon Package to set the perfect backdrop for the perfect honeymoon!

Even if you have been together for years before marriage and have been on countless vacations together already, there is something about the honeymoon period that sets it apart from other vacations. It is a magical time that is set aside only for the newlywed couple with complete privacy where they can just abandon themselves to each other with the full sanction of society, family, and the law! So you don’t need anyone’s permission or make excuses to book yourself a gorgeous Andaman Honeymoon Package that will be the holiday of a lifetime!

Andaman Honeymoon Package

Everyone looks for different things in a honeymoon. Some couples just want to spend each and every moment with each other, lazing around on pristine sandy beaches and luxuriating in the glorious sun and the luxury of a resort where all their needs are taken care of. Others want to explore the world with their partner, go on an adventure, see new places, and create new memories with things they’ve never experienced before, such as indulging in adventure sports, nature treks, etc. Still others want to soak in the cultural uniqueness of a new place, indulge in the culinary delights and cultural arts with a healthy dose of shopping on the side. Whatever your interests maybe, you can be sure of having it met in an Andaman Honeymoon Packages.

Andaman Honeymoon Package

There are so many irresistible things to do, see, and enjoy in the Andaman Islands that it would be impossible to list them all here. But here are the best of the lot, so you can pick and choose how you want to customize your Andaman Honeymoon Package to suit your time, budget, and of course your interests as a couple!

  • Beaches: What else can you expect in this beautiful island that is actually a group of more than 300 islands? The beaches which have been open to tourists all have white sandy beaches, pristine aquamarine waters, and lush green tropical forests surrounding them to create the most idyllic beach holiday you will ever have this side of the world. Asia’s best beach (as voted in numerous magazines), Radhanagar Beach, is found here. There can be nothing more relaxing than enjoying the sun, sand, and pampering of the resort you stay in after all the excitement, thrills, and chaos of the wedding!
  • Underwater exploration: The Andaman Islands is home to one of the world’s most vibrant coral reef ecosystems, with more than 170 species of corals visible. Going scuba diving with your partner and exploring these breathtaking coral formations could be one of the most memorable things you can do in the Andaman Islands!
  • Adventure sports: Whether you are already an adventure junkie or you just want to get your feet wet, the Andaman Islands have all the infrastructure and facilities to take you on the ride of your life. You can choose from snorkeling to parasailing, a seaplane ride to speed boating, scuba diving to fishing, or take them all! Enjoying these exciting adventures with your spouse is sure to bring you both closer to each other like never before!
  • Soak in the culture: If you both are into art, history, architecture, culture, then you have a veritable treasure house in the Andaman Islands. The entire islands, and especially Port Blair, have a rich history, from British and Portuguese influence to the native tribal cultures. There are museums, the renowned Cellular Jail (with its unforgettable light show in the evening) that will leave you mesmerized and enthralled with the history and culture of the islands.
  • Nature treks: With verdant rainforests, coastal mangroves, gorgeous mountains, and a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna, there is a lot to explore, hike and trail in the Andaman Islands. Soaking in this idyllic and tranquil atmosphere will have your relationship rejuvenated and refreshed after all the wedding madness. It will give you time to get to know each other away from prying eyes and the maddening crowds. Nature has been known to be a balm for the soul but it can also be an elixir for lovers!
  • Gastronomic wonders: For the foodie couple, the Andaman Islands will be a foodies’ paradise. The amazing test of fresh seafood is something that will never leave the memories of your palate once you taste it. And cooked by some of the world’s most talented chefs, you can be sure that the phrase ‘indulging your taste buds’ will be fully understood and appreciated here. Whether it is a seaside dinner at your resort or street food, this is the place where you’ll rave about culinary wonders like never before!

Andaman Honeymoon Package

An Andaman Honeymoon Package provides different elements in different ways and still combines them all together in a beautiful package that is customized especially for you. So whether you’re looking for thrills and excitement, or comfort and privacy, or luxury with relaxation, you are sure to get what you want in these islands. With all the modern amenities and conveniences of the 21st century lifestyle, weather that is pleasant and balmy all year round, prices that are affordable for almost every budget, and service that is geared to your comfort and security, a honeymoon in the Andaman Islands will be the best way to start the best of your life with your loved one!

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Snorkeling At Andaman, Experience Of A Lifetime

Have you ever dreamed of deep sea diving and located in a beautiful water species? If so, then what you waiting for? Give your imagination into reality chooses a trip to the Andaman and garden snorkeling and diving in its crystal clear water. You will see the rare varieties of coral reefs and colorful diversity of marine life under the water of the mighty Bay of Bengal. If you are not a confident swimmer, then rent a diving instructor and follow his instructions. I’m sure that you get an experience like never before.

Andaman Snorkeling

“Andaman Islands” is truly a paradise for those in search of diving and snorkeling. Sandy beaches of Neli islands are ideal destinations for divers. Besides this, underwater marine life on Havelock Island will also leave you enthralled. To attract more divers, the island has established many parks and complexes, offering good facilities for these sports. Some of them are:

1. Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
2. Cabyn Tourism page Cove Complex
3. Henry Lawrence, Havelock Island
4. Jolly Bouy Island
5. Lalaji beach, Long Island

Undoubtedly, snorkeling at Andaman is an experience of a lifetime. Submit to the shallow reef areas and explore the amazing coral structures will give your senses a unique experience full of delights and thrills. Whether you’re a novice diver or with common experience, an Andaman trip will surely satisfy your imagination. But it is always advisable to hire a professional diver who could guide you the real delights of these wet funs. Some companies offer Andaman packages also comprising Andaman sightseeing and watery fun on its beaches. To find the best solution for Andaman Tour , search online.

My first encounter Tourism Andaman

Amazing Andaman Tour

The holiday to Andaman & Nicobar Islands is a once in a lifetime experience. Andaman & Nicobar is full of amazing nature beauty and stunning marine life. I am eager to share my experience and thoughts about this lovely place. My experience may help others plan a better trip and help them to change their view to look at Andaman island as “Kaala-Pani “

Few details about Andaman Islands:

Andaman Islands are a group of islands in the Bay of Bengal and a Union Territory of India. There are total 572 islands but Inhabited Islands are 38. The name of the island has always been ‘Andaman’ and might represent Handuman, the Malay form of Hanuman. Capital of Andaman Island is Port Blair.

The history of the British in the Andaman and Nicobar islands began in 1788. British Government thought of establishing a penal settlement here. In March 1858, the first penal settlement was established, with 200 prisoners, mostly rebels from the Indian Army. Initially the convicts were kept in a jail at Viper Island. The foundation of the infamous Cellular Jail was laid in 1896. The building was completed in 1906. Place soon known as Kaala Pani because of Cellular Jail. This place becomes a favorite tourist place after 2000. Veer Savarkar International airport is the only airport in Andaman.

Our journey begins on 14th February 2012 with a lot of enthusiasm

Day 0 (14th– 15thFeb 2012): Pune – Chennai – Port Blair Flight

 

We started from Pune to Chennai by Spice Jet Airways at 11 PM. My friends (Anannya, Aditya and Vrishali) dropped us on airport. It was the first flight journey for my wife, Renuka and she was very thrilled. After the 1 hour journey to Chennai, we stayed on the airport about 3-4 hours and then boarded an Indian Airlines flight for Port Blair at 6 AM. Flight duration was 2 hrs. After nice breakfast and movie we witnessed some beautiful scattered islands. This view is never to be missed. Simply amazing.

 

Day 1 (15th Feb 2012): In Port Blair

 

Andaman Tour – We were welcomed by my friend from Andaman, Nawaz Hashmi, with a lovely flower bouquet. We moved to our hotel, “Megapode Resort”, also known as Megapode Nest Resort. A royal luxury Bamboo cottage was booked for us. Open Sea view from your balcony makes you feel fresh. After taking rest for a while, we planned to visit Corbyn’s Cove Beach. There is nothing special as such on this beach but the clam water and lovely view of the beach made us spend about an hour on beach.  Road to this beach is very beautiful. You can see Ross island on the way.

After visiting the beach, we decided to visit the cellular Jail. Wow….. What a place to visit in Andaman. Best way to see the past chapter of our Indian history. We should know the value of our freedom. You need at least 2-3 hours to see the entire jail. It was a very proud movement for me.

During my jail visit I saw some people making fun of this place. People were taking picture in cell or in Phasi Ghar. There were acting as they are prisoner in this jail. I think we should respect this place. Quote by Ganesh Savarkar about jail is telling you everything. “यह तीर्थ महारथियों का है, मात कहो इसे काला पानी, तुम सुनो, यहाँ की धरती के कण – कण से गाथा बलिदानी”.

  • Entry fee: INR 20/-
  • Camera fee: INR 25/- and Video camera fee: INR 100/-

Day 2 (16th Feb 2012): Ross Island and Chidiya Tapu

 We woke up early and were surprised by the weather condition. Average sun rise timing in Andaman is 5 AM and sunset by 5 PM. 

     After a delicious breakfast from resort, we went to the Ross Island jetty. It’s a 10 min boat ride from jetty to the Island. This Island is the erstwhile capital of Port Blair during the British regime, and it presently houses the ruins of old buildings. It is very well maintained by navy and local people. There are ruins building on islands and very interesting shapes made by tree + roots + ruin building. It’s Heaven for photographer and best to click black and white photos. To see complete island you need to walk a lot so better to carry water and some snacks. There is small beach which is completely destroyed by 2004 tsunami and you can see that. We spent nearly 3 hours on island and took the same boat to return on jetty.

We had our lunch at Annapurna restaurant which is best vegetarian restaurant in Port Blair. Punjabi food cost us around INR 400/- along with ice cream. We roamed in port Blair by our hired car. We found Port Blair city very clean and all the people here follow proper rules. In the evening we decided to take a road trip by bike so we asked our friend Hashmi for bike. He gave his passion bike w/o any cost. Location was Chidiya Tapu.

It is Around 25 – 28km from Port Blair city. The road cuts through a dense forest and sometimes along a classic seaside. This place is famous for a variety of birds but you cannot expect to see them from the beach. You need to explore forest area. Forest is quite dense so it’s better to go inside with a local guide or a local person. Beach is very beautiful and calm and it tempts you for swimming. Do not miss classic view of sunset and keep your camera ready to capture it.

After memorable sun set we came back to our resort for lovely candle light dinner which was a must for our honeymoon.

  • Lunch at Annapurna restaurant: INR 400 /- for both (Panjabi Food + Ice cream)
  • Auto (Megapode Resort to PB Market): INR 25/-
  • Auto (PB Market to Megapode Resort): INR 35/-

Day 3 (17th Feb 2012): Jolly Bouy Island

Early morning we left the resort without breakfast as we wanted to see an aerial view of the Veer Savarkar Airport. Our driver Basir took us on a hilltop. From there, we were able to see the complete airport. We spent half an hour and saw the landing of an air India flight and the takeoff of kingfisher airline.

Our today’s destination was Jolly Bouy Island. For this island you have to take a boat ride from Wandoor. Wandoor jetty is 30km away from Port Blair city. We got tickets for 9 AM boat. Boat’s name was Silver wind. By the same boat, you have to come back to Wandoor. That boat waits for us nearby the island for around 3 hrs. Jolly Bouy Island is in the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park and has a nice beach to offer a spectacular breath taking underwater view of corals and marine life. This is the best beach I ever visited in India for corals and marine life.

They offer you free snorkeling OR bottom glass boat ride. If you like it then you can pay extra INR for a longer ride. We did free snorkeling which was just a trailer of marine life. We liked it so much, that we paid extra INR per person and took a 20-25 min extra ride. This experience was simply amazing. I could see the underwater coral, fishes moving around my legs, different types of fishes like crown, large parrot, zebra, star fish, sea angelfish etc. and also 2 octopuses. My wife and I were so happy that we did snorkeling twice.

Those who are scared of snorkeling then enjoy glass boat ride. By the way, for snorkeling, swimming is not a pre-requisite. But if you can swim, snorkeling guide takes you for long ride. We enjoyed our long and deep snorkeling rides.
Food stalls are not available on this island as it comes under marine national park. It is plastic free zone. Do not miss this island.

  • Boat Ride: INR 550/- per head (it includes 1 snorkeling or glass boat ride)
  • Snorkeling: INR 200/- to INR 500/- (we did INR 500/- per head and as we did twice we got discount of INR 250/-per head on last ride)
  • Water bottle: INR 5/- Rent and INR 100/- deposit (they provide non plastic water bags)

After spending a long time here, we were tired, tanned and dehydrated. We were back to Port Blair for lunch, and then rested till it was dark outside. In the evening we visited at anthropology museum. Best way to know the past and current state of tribal communities.
We did some local market shopping in port Blair. There is “Sagarika” shop where you can buy shell items, Jute based items and Handicraft. This is a government owned shop. There are other local shops also nearby Sagarika. I found these shops reasonable as compare to Sagarika. After lot of shopping (thanks to my wife), we came back to hotel for Dinner. Now our luggage count become 5 from 4 due to shopping. We had to sleep early as next morning we had ship for Havelock Island.

Day 4 (18th Feb 2012): Havelock Island + Radhanagar Beach

We checked out early morning from the resort and kept the extra luggage in the resort’s luggage room. The Hotel was very near to Phoenix Bay Jetty (port). Our ship named Bambooka was waiting for us. It was our first ship journey. Once the ship got sailing in the sea, we went on the deck. View of open sea was amazing. After an hour, my wife requested a crew member to show us the ship’s cabin. We got to know that the ship’s captain is from Pune/Nasik. He was so happy to meet us, that we spend entire journey in the captain’s cabin. We told us how to sail the ship. We had snacks with the entire crew members. Captain gave us his contact no and invited us to meet him when he will be back on leave in Pune.  After a royal 2 hour journey, we reached Havelock.

  • Ship ticket: INR 250/- per person (Port Blair to Havelock island only. 38km from port Blair Jetty)
  • SeaShell Resort Havelock: INR 4500/- per room per night (Andaman Chalet, Half board plan)

 

 

Havelock Island is very small in size with a very less population. Havelock Island provides idyllic resort in the lap of virgin beach and an unpolluted environment. Our driver was waiting for us on jetty. We moved into the sea shell resort which is approx. 2-3 km away from the jetty. Sea shell resort’s property is completely surrounded by tall coconut trees and green garden. Night bar is in the middle of the premise. Our private cottage was close to the beach. Beach is not at all good for swimming but you can relax on the wooden benches. We took rest in resort till 2.30 PM and then we started for a very romantic and famous Radhanagar Beach.

 

Radhanagar Beach is one of the largest beaches in India; it is lonely, very clean, silver sand and breathtakingly beautiful. It has been ranked Asia’s 2nd most beautiful beach. Local people say soon it will be on rank 1. It was very difficult to stop ourselves from entering in the blue water. We did photography sessions. A sweet European lady came to us and took our photos (we didn’t request her to click, but she felt like taking our snaps. Thanks if you are reading this blog!).  After spending a long time, we witnessed very romantic sunset from the beach. A perfect place for Honeymoon!!!

As we were very tried, we preferred to stay in the resort.

  • Coconut water: INR 35/- (Due to famous spot everything is costly outside Radhanagar beach)
  • Mineral water: INR 20 to 25/- per lit.
    All most all items on Havelock are bit costly. Reason is simple as it is a small island away from Port Blair.

Day 5 (19th Feb 2012): our first Scuba Diving + Fishing game

 

  • Coconut water: INR 35/- (Due to famous spot everything is costly outside Radhanagar beach)
  • Mineral water: INR 20 to 25/- per lit.
    All most all items on Havelock are bit costly. Reason is simple as it is a small island away from Port Blair.

 

Day 5 (19th Feb 2012): our first Scuba Diving + Fishing game

We were waiting for this day since a long time. At 7.30 in the morning we left our resort and reached at Go Dive India center. It is paddy certified diving school. We took 1 day basic diving course. After wearing the wet suit, we left the diving area by boat for our training section. We both were too excited about our 1st dive. Instructor explained us how to dive and the does and don’ts. We had training for worst condition under water. As we were getting trained in the 6 – 8 ft. water, we were eager to go for our Dive. A Photographer which we hired to dive was covering us to take some good pictures. After 25 -30 min training we decided to enter in the fabulous underwater world.

When I entered in the deep blue sea, my heartbeat increased their pace. It took us a few minutes to relax in the water. Me, Renuka and our Instructor were trying to focus on tasks which he explained us. After few min we were mentally ready to go deep. Scuba gives us the chance to unveil the mysteries and the wonders of the environment which covers the majority of our planet. We really tried hard not to panic as we and our instructor went deeper and deeper underwater. It was really a great experience, seeing the beauty of sea wildlife because of the presence of many varieties of reef fish, corals. It was totally a different world. It is so quiet. We were inside the water for about an hour. When we came back I got to the real meaning of the shayari from Movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

पिघले नीलम सा बहता ये समां,नीली नीली सी खामोशियाँ ,
न कहीं है ज़मीन न कहीं आसमान,सरसराती हुई टहनियां पट्टियां,
कह रहीं है बस एक तुम हो यहाँ, बस मैं हूँ ,
मेरी सांसें हैं और मेरी धडकनें,ऐसी गहराइयाँ, ऐसी तन्हैयाँ,
और मैं … सिर्फ मैं.
अपने होने पर मुझको यकीन आ गया !

Our day, till this point was mind-blowing and we decide to enjoy on full throttle. We booked a private boat for fishing game.  Thanks to my friend Hashmi again, who arranged this from port Blair on a single call. Me, Renuka and 3 local Fisherman went in for shipping. We learned their local method. 3 hours on the boat, very quiet and away from land…..lovely experience. We were able to catch 7 medium – large size fish. I was the winner as I got 3 fish among 7. Sunset from our private boat was just a perfect.  After sun set it was dark and return journey was full of thrill.

 

In dinner, I ate 2 fish (kokkari fish and kushari fish: Local names) which was served by sea shell resort chef. We celebrated our first dive with some drinks and fish. Today we tried few things first time in our life like scuba diving, Fishing game and drinks. It was a perfect day from our Honeymoon.

 

  • Scuba diving: INR 4500/- per person per dive (45-60min dive) with photographer. (INR 1000/- extra for extra Dive)
  • Fishing game: INR 3500/- for both in private boat + Fish.
  • Lunch at B3 restaurant: INR 450/- for both.
  • Coconut water on jetty: INR 15/- per pic.

 Day 6 (20th Feb 2012): Kala Pathar Beach + Port Blair

 

We decided that we will just roam around and explore the whole island. We rented an Activa bike to roam on island. We read about Kaala Pathar beach from internet so we decide to visit that place. It was a long drive and road quality is not at all good. Road was very lonely and hardly we see a single bike or person on the way. We could see the sea along the road. Finally we reached on beach. It is a small beach but a very beautiful and an untouched one. There were hardly 3 couples on this beach. It is very clean and has crystal clear water. Good place for couple’s photo session. Tripod is needed as you won’t get any one to take your snaps or you have to wait for someone to pass by. Luckily we had our tripod along with us. I don’t know why people coming to Havelock miss this place.

We returned to resort to check out from our resort and had our lunch again on B3 restaurant. At 3 PM we boarded in our ship Bambooka. After few min, a Vice Capt. came into the passenger compartment and took us to the cabin. Capt. Deshpande was aware that we were in the ship. (We told them about our return journey 2 days back). Other passenger were surprised that why were we taken out from compartment. But we were aware about real the reason. Ha ha ha… Again we got a royal treatment in the ship. After photo session with ship crew, we return to the Megapode Resort. Thanks Capt. Deshpande and his team for such a royal treatment. We are still in touch with each other and soon we are going to visit them in Pune.

This was our last evening in Port Blair so we went for shopping again for hour. Tonight Dinner was planned by my friend Hashmi in five-star fortune bay restaurant. That was a treat from my friend. We received a beautiful wedding gift from him. He made our honeymoon trip special by doing such a great arrangement in Andaman. We cannot forget this trip.

When we returned to our hotel, we were sad. Next morning we were supposed to leave such a beautiful place. That night we decided to celebrate our first wedding anniversary in Andaman again. We will really miss this place.

  • Activa bike Rent: INR 250/- + INR 100/- Petrol.
  • Lunch at B3 restaurant: INR 320/-
  • Ship ticket: INR 250/- per person(Havelock to Port Blair)

Day 7 (21st Feb 2012): Port Blair to Chennai

 
We check out from hotel at 7.30 AM to catch our Indian airline flight at 8.50 AM. Basir dropped us on airport in the morning. We were not happy to check-in to the flight, but it’s not possible to extend our stay in Andaman. We got a window seat and we said Goodbye to Andaman.

After 2 hr. Flight, we landed on Chennai airport. We had our bookings done in the New Woodland hotel. Our next flight was on 22nd Feb so we got 1 day in Chennai for rest. We did some shopping in the evening.

  • Fast track taxi: INR 300/- (Airport to New Woodland Hotel)
  • Lunch in hotel: INR 350/- for Chinese food.
  • Dinner at Murugan idli: INR 160/- for both
  • Auto from T Nagar to New Woodland hotel: INR 100/-
  • New Woodland hotel: INR 1945/- for Std. A/C Room per night.

Day 8 (22nd Feb 2012): Pune
By early morning Spice Jet flight we reached at our sweet home.

Some pointers for Andaman trip:

  1. Carry Sun cream, mosquito repellent for Havelock (only required if you are travelling through’ forest or near Radhanagar beach after sun set)
  2. Basic medical kit ( there are shops in Port Blair but you have to go to the main market)
  3. Sunglass and Cap.
  4. Camera and Tripod (you need tripod in Havelock)
  5. There is lots of ATM in Port Blair and 2 ATMs (Axis and SBI) in Havelock so no need to carry cash.

 Must visit Places which we miss due to lack of Time:

  1. Baratang: Visit to the famous Lime stone caves and you can see Jarwa tribal people. Day trip begins early in morning and ends after sun set.
  2. Ross & Smith twin Islands: Though these are commonly referred to as twin islands, they are actually a single island separated by a sandy stretch which makes it appear like two separate islands.
  3. Chatham saw mill: This Saw Mill is one of the biggest and oldest in Asia
  4. Elephanta beach in Havelock: Water sports, Snorkeling and scuba Diving site.In our next year visit, we are going to cover these places. Actually there are many more places which are hidden from us in Andaman.  Let’s see how much we can cover in our next trip.I hope you like my travel blog and you are planning to visit this place.

I will try to upload more and more travel blogs. Thanks for reading this Travel Blog.

Best Tour Operator in Andaman – Why Should You Be Interested in Andaman Honeymoon Packages?

Are you a romantic rhapsodist married recently? Now looking for an ideal romantic getaway to make your honeymoon trip something special and memorable? If yes, look no further than Andaman and Nicobar Islands. You are sure to have the endless pleasure and some exotic ways to spice up your togetherness.

The picturesque landscape, gorgeous green surroundings, beautiful beaches, tranquil sea, and azure blue lagoons will make you romantic and inspire you to spend your golden days in some ecstatic ways which are far-reaching of common ebullience of life and rustic mirth. The vibrant atmosphere of Andaman will transpire instant fires at every pore. The dense forests and pristine lagoons will give you a lagoon like existence to spend some beautiful moments with your spouse in some passionate and sensuous ways.

Why Andaman Honeymoon Packages

 

Naturally, a large percentage of newly-married couples pay a visit to this land, choosing it as their perfect romantic honeymoon destination. A vast majority of them are keen to make their newlywed life spicy and colourful. Therefore, they are least bothered about other common daily life activities like arranging food, accommodation, etc.  To help these people best, many tourism promoters and travel organizers have come forward to offer attractive Andaman Honeymoon Packages. Although there are different packages including various common and customize services, most of these packages target to give you a delightful experience. You can spend sweet moments with your sweetheart in an undisturbed manner.

 

Have a look the Andaman honeymoon packages:

  1. 3 Nights and 4 Days Andaman Honeymoon Package
  2. 4 Nights and 5 Days Andaman Honeymoon Package
  3. 5 Nights and 6 Days Andaman Honeymoon Package
  4. 6 Nights and 7 Days Andaman Honeymoon Package
  5. 7 Nights and 8 Days Andaman Honeymoon Package
  6. 8 Nights and 9 Days Andaman Honeymoon Package

Andaman honeymoon packages target to maximize fun

Most of these Andaman honeymoon packages have been designed to maximize your fun activities and minimize the daily life hazards. If you are interested in making your days spicy, colourful and rocking, you can choose luxury honeymoon packages in Andaman. These packages include more value-added service apart from offering common services like food, accommodation, etc. Most of the local organizers have a very good league with the local officers and communities. They can offer you customized service that can make your Andaman tour more exciting and memorable.

Andaman Bluebay Holidays is one of such organizers providing the honeymooners with customized services. For the quality service, one-on-one care, affordable services, Andaman Bluebay Holidays has bagged the award of “The Best Tourism Promoter in the Andaman Islands”

To know about our exciting Andaman honeymoon packages, you can follow this link: https://www.andamanbluebay.com/packages/andaman-honeymoon-tour-packages

Andaman Tourism Declared Best Domestic Tourist Destination 2016

The Andaman Tourism has been declared the winner of ‘Best Domestic Tourist Destination’ under in the Tamil Nadu Tourism Award 2015. The award was received by Shri Victor Raj, DRC Chennai and Shri M Vinod, President AATO Andaman, in a function held at Hotel Ambassador Pallava Chennai. The award was presented by legendary playback singer Padma Bhushan Dr. P. Susheela in the presence of Shri Subhash Goyal, President, IATO and Shri V.K.T Balan, Chairman, TAAI, Southern Region.

Andaman Islands are famous beautiful and amazing beaches

Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a group of small islands in Southeast Asia. This island is located in the Bay of Bengal off the Indian Ocean. This island is the most popular tourist destination, which was not very popular before. Therefore, this island is still virgin and unexplored and attracts tourists from afar.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands are famous for their beautiful and amazing coral reefs, water sports and dirty white beaches. Water sports activities like diving, snorkeling, water skiing, boating, sailing and more. These activities are especially for adventure lovers. Andaman stations provide special transport to visit sites like the anthropological and archaeological museums, national parks, wildlife reserves, “Cellular Jail ‘and some major islands such as Viper Island, Ross Island, Havelock, Rangat, Mayabunder and Diglipur island.

The main beaches of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which are very famous among tourists Corbyn Cove Beach, Radhanagar beach, sands elephant hide at the Red beach and the beach on the island of Vijaynagar. These beaches are famous for their beautiful, beautiful blue waters and the serenity and peaceful atmosphere.

There are many packages that offer Andaman Tour Package and travel agencies, including honeymoon packages, family packages and packages for meetings and conferences. There are meeting rooms and conference rooms available in the Andaman Islands.

Andaman Islands are famous beautiful and amazing beaches

Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a group of small islands in Southeast Asia. This island is located in the Bay of Bengal off the Indian Ocean. This island is the most popular tourist destination, which was not very popular before. Therefore, this island is still virgin and unexplored and attracts tourists from afar.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands are famous for their beautiful and amazing coral reefs, water sports and dirty white beaches. Water sports activities like diving, snorkeling, water skiing, boating, sailing and more. These activities are especially for adventure lovers. Andaman stations provide special transport to visit sites like the anthropological and archaeological museums, national parks, wildlife reserves, “Cellular Jail ‘and some major islands such as Viper Island, Ross Island, Havelock, Rangat, Mayabunder and Diglipur island.

The main beaches of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which are very famous among tourists Corbyn Cove Beach, Radhanagar beach, sands elephant hide at the Red beach and the beach on the island of Vijaynagar. These beaches are famous for their beautiful, beautiful blue waters and the serenity and peaceful atmosphere.

There are many packages that offer Andaman tour package and travel agencies, including honeymoon packages, family packages and packages for meetings and conferences. There are meeting rooms and conference rooms available in the Andaman Islands.

Andaman and Nicobar Places Of Interest

Andaman and Nicobar are a group of several islands which cover an area of 8,073 sq. kilometres. A union territory of India, it was first inhabited by several indigenous tribes and then was turned into a penal colony by the British.

Famous for its white sandy beaches and sparkling blue waters, Andaman and Nicobar Islands happen to be one of the best tourist destinations in India. Every year, thousands of tourists visit these islands, which include tourists from varied parts of the world.

We have put together a list of places that you should visit if you ever find yourself in the islands.

  • The Cellular Jail

Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands is home to a very prominent historic structure, The Cellular Jail. Built in 1896 by the British, the jail housed some prominent Indian freedom fighters like Batukeshwar Dutt and Veer Savarkar who were involved in the freedom struggle in the Indian mainland.

The construction of this jail began in the year 1896 and went on till 1906. Comprising of 7 wings, the entire structure was designed in a criss cross manner with the centre of the jail being a tower which was used by the guards to keep an eye on the prisoners. The cells were built in a manner where each cell faced the back of another cell. Every evening a Sound and Light Show is put up which tells the story of the heroic struggle of these freedom fighters.

  • Samudrika Museum

Samudrika Museum is managed by the Navy. The whole reason behind setting up such an establishment was to make people a lot more aware regarding the importance of the conservation of the aquatic life as well as resources that are found in the Andaman and the Nicobar Islands. There is also plenty of information about tribals.

The entire museum can be divided into 5 different sections: the history of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Geography of the Islands, People of the Islands, Marine Life and lastly the Archaeology. The museum has a rich display of natural coral reefs while also displaying the rich flora and fauna of the region which are unique to this part of the world.

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The Museum is open at all days except Monday between 9 in the morning and 12 in the noon. It again opens at 2 in the afternoon to 5 in the evening.

  • The Anthropological Museum

Anthropological Museum situated at Port Blair was built back in 1975 and has a beautiful display of artefacts from the islands like weapons, clothes, boats, baskets, models, photographs etc not to mention the fact that it also houses the records of the expeditions that have been undertaken back in the day. The library that is present in the museum too has a rich reference regarding the tribal culture of the island.

  • Viper Island

Before the infamous Cellular Jail came into existence, people were incarcerated in the Viper Island. On top of this island stood a jail which housed the criminals and the revolutionaries from the British era before they set up the Cellular Jail. The ruins of the jail that was built in 1867 by the British can still be found today. The island can be reached easily via cruise from Port Blair. If you overlook the fact that the island used to house a gruesome prison, you will see that the island is very beautiful. The sunset at the place is worth watching.

  • Havelock Island

Located about 54 kms from Port Blair, Havelock Island is one of the most popular tourist destinations. It is especially famous for its beautiful beaches and is known to have some of the best snorkelling and diving sites. Reaching Havelock is very easy since there are regular ship services which run between Havelock and Port Blair.

Two of the most famous beaches on Havelock Island are Elephant Beach and Radhanagar Beach. While at the Elephant Beach you can witness the Elephants swimming around in the beautiful water or even getting trained.

The biggest activity at the Havelock Island is scuba diving. Apart from this you can laze around on the beaches and eat some tasty sea food.

  • Limestone Caves

The limestone caves at Baratang Island are a site that must be visited while you are at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The caves are a natural wonder and you will be left admiring it for hours. It has several stalagmites and stalactites which will grab your attention immediately. What is also fun is the speed boat ride which gets you to the island. It passes through the canopy of forests which also happens to be home to the Jarwa tribe.

Having an experienced guide will make this experience a lot more memorable by filling you in about all the interesting facts about the history of the caves.

  • Corbyn’s Cove

Corbyn’s Cove is nothing but a beautiful, perfect and serene beach with its soft sand and picturesque background complete with coconut palms and blue sea. The major attractions of the beach like most of the places in the island are the water sports activities. The major water sport attractions here include boating, scuba diving and surfing. There are several resorts, guest houses and restaurants at just a stone throw’s away from the beach, offering great choices for accommodation.

  • Mount Harriet

This was once a summer headquarter of the British Chief Commissioner. The highest point in all of Port Blair, it is ideal for a trekking or even for a picnic. Just 55 kms away from Port Blair, it can be reached by road as well as a ferry. At the height of 365 m you will find a guest house.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a beautiful place to spend some time away from home. There are several beautiful beaches and historical sites to explore.

 

 

 

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Andaman And Nicobar Islands: Beauty That Must Be Seen

Amazingly enhanting and greatly mystifying, the beauty and essence of Andaman and Nicobar Islands can hardly be defined in singular words. The islands have been mentioned by numerous travellers in their dairies and travelogues for the longest time, and there are limited but concrete evidences, which speak of the people who are native to these lands and have been here for centuries.

During the British colonial rule, these beautiful islands were something that were dreaded since Kaalapaani or Black Waters, where the freedom fighters were tortured, was situated here. But now things have changed, people from all over the world come by to enjoy the local culture and enjoy the beautiful beaches that the island is home to.

Geographically, these islands are located in the Bay of Bengal and are part of the Indian mainland. It was once a continuous hills range that extended all the way from Myanmar right up to Indonesia. A large part of the island is covered in evergreen forest and is home to a wide range of flora and fauna.

Tribals of Andamans

The islands are considered to be home to some of the oldest tribes in the world. There are four known Negroid tribes of the region, namely Sentinelese, The Great Andamanese, Jarawas and and Onges, while there are also two known Mongloid tribes namely Nicobarese and Shompens. The population of these tribal people have reduced considerably, however measures are being taken by the Indian government to ensure that the race continues to remain preserved. The government prohibits the tourists from contacting any of the tribals.

They have remained isolated from the rest of the world and perhaps this is the reason why they are more in tune with nature, so much so that they could predict the onset of the Tsunami that occurred in the Indian Ocean back on 26th December, 2004.

Climate

The islands of Andaman and Nicobar like most of the islands in the Indian Ocean have a tropical kind of climate. There is a little warmth, a little rain and, as is common with tropical climate, a lot of humidity. The islands mostly experience rain or heat. However due to the winds that keep blowing in from the ocean the temperature remains between 23 degree Celsius and 30 degree Celsius.

The monsoons come in twice, once between May and August and again from November to December. Although it is considered to be an ‘off season’, it remains pleasant. However sightseeing and water sports activities do take a backseat during these months. It is in the months from December to April that the island is considered to be ideal for a visit.

Beaches

Considering the fact that the islands of Andaman and Nicobar consist of about 572 islands, it is no wonder that it has possibly the most beautiful beaches in the world. This in turn attracts a lot of tourists, both Indian and foreign, to the region when the climate is pleasant. Some of the most important beaches include Radhanagar Beach, Ramnagar Beach, Karmatang Beach, Laxmanpur Beach, Corbyn’s Cove etc.

Most, if not all, of the beaches have huts and also benches which allow you to spend many hours enjoying the beautiful sun and sand. The pristine white beaches are a result of corals and shells washing up on the beaches and then breaking down resulting in sand.

Adventure Sports

Since the islands are home to a large number of beautiful beaches, it is no wonder that the adventure sports that are available here have a lot to do with water. Its most popular adventure sport is the Sea Walking which involves watching the beautiful fishes and corals while walking on the ocean floor.

Some of the other popular adventure sports include scuba diving, snorkelling, sport fishing, wind surfing etc all of which find great demand with the tourists. The place is haven for those who love nature. There are several areas on the island where one can enjoy trekking or even camping.

Accommodation

Accommodations of all kinds are available on the island. There is something for everyone depending on the budget. There are hotels, resorts, manors, inns and even government hostels that can accommodate the large number of tourists who visit the island each year. The cost of staying at one of these places varies on the basis of several factors like location, luxury etc. However, irrespective of whether you are capable of splurging money or are on a shoe string budget, there is something for everyone here.

Places of Interest

Andaman has a rich, although painful, history and there are quite a handful number of places which showcase this history. There is a lot to see for all the nature lovers as well. Apart from the structures which you can check out, there are several natural places including the beautiful islands like Neil Island, Baratang Island, Long Island, Cinque Island etc.  Some of the popular places to visit include the cellular jail, Mahatma Gandhi National Park, Chatham Saw Mill, Samudrika Museum, Anthropological Museum etc. All of these places are very captivating and you will spend a considerable amount of time here.

The beautiful beaches are always the most popular haunt of the tourists and during the peak season you will find most, if not all, of the popular beaches chock – a – bloc with tourists.

Getting There

These beautiful islands of Andaman and Nicobar can be reached either by air or by water. There are regular ships and flights that leave from mainland India to Port Blair, the capital of the island. Although Indian nationals do not have to apply for any special permission, foreign tourists get a permit issued by the government.

The islands of Andaman and Nicobar have only recently began gaining popularity but people have been coming in from all across the globe to indulge in its beauty and serenity. While some come here for its tourist spots and the water sports that are provided here, some others come in to immerse themselves in the calm that some of the islands offer. It is a place that must be visited at least once in your lifetime.

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