TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE

Why you should visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Uma Krishanwal, Travel Writer, India

15 January 2018

The pristine beaches and floating islands at Andaman and Nicobar will make you go dumbstruck. Although a part of India, the islands are nothing like India! A trip to Andaman and Nicobar is what you need this season to spice up your monotonous life. Made up of 572 stunningly beautiful islands, surrounded by crystal clear water and subtle rays of sunshine makes it a spellbinding view. The place definitely has some mystical feel to it!

Located in the Bay of Bengal, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are an Indian archipelago.  Lying closely to Myanmar, Thailand and Northeast of India, they are much further from mainland India. The best season to visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands is from February to December. If you are travelling from the North of India, you can take a flight from Kolkata and if you are travelling from the South, it’s convenient to catch the Chennai to Port Blair flights.

Here are few reasons why you must pay a visit to the ‘aqua beauty’ of India. Get inspired and enthralled by the vast oceans and magnificent landscapes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands here!

REMOTE AND SECLUDED BEACHES

Castaway beaches on the Long Island and Rangat Island provide a thick jungle view along with cove beaches lapped by crystal clear waters making them a perfect spot for those seeking sheer solitude and complete relaxation. Time will slow down as you see some beautiful tides or walk along the beach. Sunsets at the beaches of Andaman and Nicobar are picturesque. Surely the best place to feel aeons away from the real world!

SCUBA DIVING AND SNORKELING

Challenge yourself a bit and you are going to love water the way you have never done before. With lovely weather all year round, mesmerizing coral reefs and colorful marine life, Andaman is a top spot for divers, snorkelers and other water sports enthusiasts. Havelock Island is the best place for water sports activities in Andaman. Another interesting way to explore the sea is to go sea walking at North Bay Beach, Port Blair.

WILDERNESS GALORE

Explore the scenic hikes or get captivated by the beauty of Andaman. At Baratang, get vowed by the limestone caves or check out the natural rock formations at Laxmanpur beach. For those who are bird gazers and wildlife lovers, Mahatma Gandhi National Park and Wandoor National Park are the best places to go. These places offer stunning views atop the hills.

FOODIES HUB

Get regaled with succulent sea food and tickle your buds as the Island offers you plethora of that. The cuisine is like the Island itself- Tropical, Exotic and Refreshing! It’s a heaven for the non-veg lovers and you won’t find anything here which do not have traces of the sea. You surely don’t want to miss the fish delicacies here. Apart from the restaurants, do try the fresh local fare!

HAVELOCK ISLAND

With sublime silken beaches and some of the best diving in South Asia, Havelock is known to be the “Pearl of Andaman’s”. For those who are searching for a peaceful escape, Havelock Island is certainly the next place to tick off from your wish list! With famous beaches like Vijay Nagar beach, Radha Nagar beach and Elephant beach, Havelock Island surely will be your favorite destination from the trip.

Also, don’t miss out on the scuba diving at Havelock Island!