Vacationing on a piece of land surrounded by water. Doesn’t it just sound amazing? Well planning a vacation trip to the Andaman and Nicobar islands will not only just make it sound amazing but will indeed give you an amazing experience as well.
Andaman and Nicobar islands is a union territory if India. It overall consists of 572 islands.
The Andaman and Nicobar islands are quite popular for their mangroves, tropical rainforest, white sand beaches, beautifully lined palm trees, etc.
These islands are also a favourite spot of honeymoon couples as this place literally has the best things to offer.
Top places to visit in Andaman and Nicobar islands:
1. Port Blair:
Port Blair is the capital of Andaman and Nicobar islands. The major attractions at this place is the Cellular jail.
Many freedom fighters sacrificed their lives at this place during the struggle for independence. You can visit Port Blair and witness the places where some major historic events took place.
2. Baratang island:
Out of all the places Baratang island is a must visit place. The major attractions at the Baratang island are the Limestone caves and the Mud volcanoes.
You can take a boat ride along this island and enjoy the scenic forest view. The unique shapes of the Limestone caves will excite you to wander around inside the caves.
3. Neil island:
Neil island is famous for it’s coral reefs and the beautiful beaches. The major attractions of this place include the Bharatpur Beach and the Laxmanpur Beach.
The Neil island is also famous for it’s picturesque white shores. The best time to visit the beaches is in the morning or in the evening.
You can take a stroll along these beaches or simply sit relaxed and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere this place has to offer.
4. The Great Nicobar island:
The Great Nicobar island is famous for its rainforest and the diverse wildlife. The major attractions at this island are the Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve and Indira Point.
This is the largest amongst all the Nicobar islands and covers an area of 1,045 square kilometres.
5. Havelock islands:
Havelock islands offers a number of adventure opportunities to all the adventure enthusiasts. From scuba diving to snorkeling, fishing, boating and much more.
The main attraction of the Havelock islands is the Radhanagar beach. Radhanagar beach is one of the most popular beaches in India with sparkling blue water and a scenic view.
Must eat food dishes:
While you are in Andaman and Nicobar islands following are the food items you must definitely try out. This place will offer you some exotic flavours that you won’t get to taste anywhere else.
1. Chicken tikka masala
2. Macher jhol
3. Fish curry
4. Amritsari kulcha
5. Barbeque food
6. Chilli curry
7. Coconut prawn curry
8. Tandoori fish
9. Khadi crabs
Best time to visit:
Andaman and Nicobar islands usually have moderate weather throughout the year. You can visit this place anytime during the year, however it is advisable to avoid visiting this place in the monsoon season. During the monsoon season there are heavy rains and the water conditions may not be predictable.
The best time to visit is in summer from March to July and in winter from October to February.
How to reach?
Andaman and Nicobar islands as the name suggests are islands, therefore transport options to reach this place are limited.
You can only reach the Andaman and Nicobar islands via airways and waterways.
Airways– Veer Savarkar Airport is the name of the airport located in Port Blair. This airport connects to all the major cities in India. To reach Andaman and Nicobar from the airport will take approximately 40 minutes by road.
Waterways– A number of ferries and ships sail to and fro from Port Blair connecting to various major port cities in India. It will take approximately 3 days to reach Port Blair. Traveling for 3 days straight may cause seasickness so it is advisable to carry some medicines along.