THE ULTIMATE TRAVEL GUIDE FOR THE ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS
Discover one of the best-kept secrets in India, the Andaman and Nicobar islands. Comprising of a total of 572 islands, islets, and rocks, the islands are located in the South East of India in the Bay of Bengal. Are you an Eco-friendly tourist? These groups of islands make a perfect holiday destination with their sparsely populated beaches, coral reefs, an active volcano, lush green rainforests, giant fish and swimming elephants!!
How about some background information before you Plan your Andaman tour Package ?
Andaman and Nicobar islands are considered part of India politically but are closer to the Thailand and Myanmar than they are to the Indian mainland. Their capital city is Port Blair. The islands stretch over 800 Km in length with the most northern part being Landfall island and the most southerly being Indira. Some of the large islands include North Andaman, South Andaman, Middle Andaman Baratang and Little Andaman islands. At approximately 8,249 square Km the two islands are separated by a 150 Km wide channel called the 10 degree.
The native people here speak in Hindi, Bengali, English, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil and Nicobarese. Four major tribes inhabit the Andaman district namely the Great Andamanese, Jarawas, Onges, and Sentinelese. Nicobar District has the Nicobarese and the Shompens.
Here are some places you can visit in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Kaala Paani meaning black waters is how the locals call it. The Cellular jail is another place you want to visit especially if you are interested in the story of India's struggle for independence. This remnant of the struggle is located at Port Blair. The prison which took ten years to build is of a unique design as it consists of seven wings made in a cris-cross pattern with the center being a watchtower for the guards. Initially made to be a solitary confinement for the prisoners, each cell was formed to face the back of the opposite one. Today, the jail serves as a hospital with more than 40 doctors.
Popular for its coral reefs and white shores, the Bharatpur beach is located near the Neil islands. If you are a fan of snorkeling, you will enjoy this beach during the morning hours because of the spectacular view of the coral reefs. If you are not the biggest snorkeling enthusiast, worry not for you can still enjoy the cool breeze as you indulge yourself in a book. You can also enjoy some locally sold coconut water as you rest on the benches made for the strollers.
Your itinerary will not be complete without paying a visit to the limestone caves in the Baratang Island. The caves may not be packed with sights to see, but the boat ride is worth every minute. You will also marvel at the natural wonder the cave is. You will get to enjoy the canopy formed by the evergreen rainforests as you take a boat ride through the home of the indigenous Jarwa tribe. Make sure you are in the company of an experienced tour guide as there are tons of interesting facts about the local tribes you should learn.
Marina Park and Aquarium
The Marina Park scenery is also located at Port Blair. Known by another name, Samudrika Marine Museum, the establishment is under the management of the Indian Navy. The main purpose behind it was to raise awareness about the conservation of the aquatic life in the Andaman and Nicobar islands. Apart from the breathtaking aquatic life to see, you will also be imparted with a wealth of knowledge concerning the tribal and social life of the islands. Marina Park is made of five sections namely Archaeology, Geographical Information, Marine Life, People Information and History of the Andaman Islands.
If I continued to make a list of all the places worth visiting in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, I would go on and on. Some other places include the Viper Island and the Radhangar Beach. A visit to these islands is nothing short of a memorable lifetime experience. The coconut palm fringed sandy beaches and the perfect sea water for snorkeling, scuba diving, and water sports are the real attractions.
The Andaman and Nicobar islands receive more than 150,000 tourists every year. Will you be one of them.Plan your Andaman tour Package Today.!