ANDAMAN – the coral paradise
Andaman is a group of islands 1400km away from the Indian mainland, surrounded by the Indian Ocean from all the sides. Port Blair is the only point of entry to this secluded paradise, and it is a chunk of land that has been traded through the hands of Japan & Great Britain. The island were initially inhabited by the tribes totally oblivious to the existence of the outside world, but now has emerged as a preeminent touring destination, owing to its oceanic beauty that remained unexplored for quite a while.
What to Expect
When you're in Andaman, expect to witness eye-pleasing beaches harboring vivid corals that are home to some of the most vivid underwater creatures. Andaman is ideal for trying out various water based sports. Havelock Beach offers exciting parasailing & banana boating packages. You can even swim with the elephants & walk by the bioluminescent beaches lit up by the phytoplankton in the shore of Havelock. The Water Sports Complex offers exclusive glass-bottomed boat rides to the North Bay Coral Island. Trek through the green canopies of Mt.Harriet to Madhuban and explore the nests of coconut crabs. Don’t miss out on being a part of the Annual Tourism Festival in Andaman held from January to December.
The Andaman Islands have an extensive chain of restaurants and local shacks scattered around the premises that offer you delicate culinary experiences as well as rustic local dishes. The outlets offer both North Indian & South Indian recipes on their menu. There is an abundance of vegan and pure vegetarian restaurants as well. Local shacks by the beach offer you the exotic seafood like tandoori fish, lobsters, khadi crabs, cuttlefish, Dogtooth Tuna, Yellowfin & Coral trout.
Places you cannot miss
Cellular Jail National Memorial
Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
How to Reach
Andaman is connected to mainland India via air & sea.
Air India & Jet Airways runs flights to Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair from the cities of Kolkata & Chennai.
By sea, MV Nicobar & MV Akbar are the two ships that ply from Kolkata.
MV Nancowry & MV Swarajdeep ply from Chennai. You can board ships from Vizag too.