Ideal duration: 4-5 Days Major Airports: Veer Savarkar International Airport Best time: October to May
The Andaman & Nicobar Islands happen to be a beautiful locale set within the deep blue waters of the Bay of Bengal, lying to the South East of India. Often likened to the Bahamas and Hawaii, the islands enjoy millions of tourists every year despite the frequent rain storms. The attractions are varied with almost all kinds of water sports being available for the visitors. There are 572 islands in all with numerous tiny islets included in the geographical region and the exotic flora and fauna of the place happens to be of significant interest as well.
Located at a distance of 1400 km from its mainland India, Port Blair is one of the most exceptional place to visit in South Andaman Islands. Undisturbed beach holidays with a touch of history and adventure sports to thrill the vacation, the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar island will leave you with numerous awe-struck experiences.
White sandy beaches, rich coral reefs and lush green forest, Havelock is one of the quaintest destinations in India. It’s located at 39 km of north-east of Port Blair and is one of the most populated island in the Andaman group. The beautiful sandy beaches covered with green canopy of rain-fed forest entices people all over the world to have the ecstatic vacation and enjoy the cyanic sea.
Located at 37 km south of Andaman Island, is a small but very beautiful island named ‘Neil Islands’, also known as ‘the vegetable bowl’ of the Andaman. The island has very relaxing vibe along with obscure, long beaches and wonderfully unhurried pace of life, making it the ideal place to chill after the bustle of Havelock.
Recognised as the best beach of Asia, and seventh best in the world, Radhanagar beach lies on the south cost of Havelock Island. It is 13 km distant from the island Ferry Pier. The white sand and blue water provides a frolic contrast. The orange-red sky during the early sunrise and sunset is a very serene and mesmerizing experience to the tourist eyes.
Mount Harriet is the highest peak of South Andaman Archipelago. It’s situated 55 km by road and 15 km by Ferry from Port Blair. It’s exquisite flora and fauna and greenery gives you feel as if you were in a deep forest. One can enjoy the sighting of many different kind of birds. Also, the view of Port Blair, Ross Island and Havelock Island is magnificent.
This is one of the islands that’s not been inhabited in the group of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Located at north of Port Blair, it takes 28 km to reach North Bay Island by ferry. The island is famous for beaches and mainly water sport activities. Almost all kind of water sport activities can be covered here.
One of the lesser known destinations for tourist, Diglipur is the largest town in the Andamans. Kapong, the only river of the Andamans flows right through here. The sole hydroelectric project of the island is set up on this river. Saddle peak is the highest point of this island and is located here in Diglipur.
This place is open only for Indian Tourists. The Great Nicobar Island consist of an area of 400 Sqr. Miles. ‘Indira Point’, The southernmost tip of Indian, is located in Great Nicobar Islands. Megapode, a rare bird can be sighted in these islands. Campbell bay is the headquarters of the Great Nicobar Islands.
Located in the Bay of Bengal, car Nicobar is a small lush tropical island south of Port Blair with thick forest and serene beaches. It takes up to 16 hours by boat to reach Car Nicobar Islands from Port Blair. It is also a home to an important airbase of the Indian Air Force. Visitors can also request for permission to stay in the Air force officer’s mess.
Extremely desirable for swimming and snorkelling, this beach is a paradise for adventure junkie. A long stretch of white sand, turquoise water showered with warm sunlight, green coconut palm and an exotic marine life is perfect for anyone looking for a lonely, deserted beach to have an escape from the daily life bustle.
This pristine beach is famous for its shallow and clear water. This beach stands out amongst all the beaches and islands surrounding it as it’s very immaculate yet uninhabited. This place provides a magnificent view of the island. Tourists have pointed that it’s also a prominent place for bird watching and to spot playful dolphins.
This exquisite beach is situated at Mahatma Gandhi marine national park, within a range of 30 km from east of Port Blair. Almost 15 islands are situated surrounding this stretch of untarnished coastline. This gorgeous beach is famous for witnessing the colourful corals, enjoying swimming and the picturesque view is just joy to the eyes.
Also known as ‘Sunset Island’ and ‘Bird Island’, Chidiya Tapu is a small island situated at 30 km south of Port Blair, covered by exotic beaches and mangroves. The Island is popular tourist attraction for its mesmerizing sunset which is not something to be missed and for its variety of bird species, many indigenous to the island.
Famous for mangrove creeks, mud volcanoes and limestone caves, Baratang island is located at 100 km from Port Blair, is a must visit destinations among panicle of the islands. This island is abode to some of the distinct and fascinating attractions like limestone caves and mud volcanoes, limestone caves being formed over a million years.
Popular for being the best surf beach in India, Little Andaman provides the best combination of all the leisure activities that can be executed when visiting to an island. Little Andaman lures the people who wishes to get away from their monotonous life and enjoy the white sand beach, turquoise water and an adventure.
The Aamkunj beach is one of the eco-friendliest destinations of India. It lies 8 km from Rangat, the closest town to the beach. It is a very popular picnic destination with people coming from nearby villages to relax and spend some leisure and serene time. The unique eco-friendly park was built by using wooden logs lying on the beach.
Located in the northern part of middle Andaman, this beautiful island is ideal for a perfect beach holiday and is lesser populated as compared to its neighbouring island. Mayabunder is not a common tourist pick, but it attracts those travellers who are looking for an experience much closer to nature and away from crowd.
Though lacking human life, Cinque island is abundant in mangrove forests, tropical forests, sandy beaches and exotic marine life. The island is divided into North Cinque and South Cinque. They both are connected to each other by an immense sand bar. Cinque Island also presents opportunities for swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing and camping.
Chatham Island, a tiny island in the group of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, was formerly known as Mark Island because of the fact that Lt. Archibald Blair formed a colony here in 1783. It’s home to the oldest saw mill in the whole Asia. It is, perhaps a very significant part of the colonial history of India indeed.
Famous for being the site of old jail, where Britishers used to keep political prisoners and harbour convicts, Viper Island is situated near Port Blair, and is crowded with tourists as it provides the perfect fusion of historically significant component and splendour of nature. The panoramic view of seven points from the harbour is also something to savour.