Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Andaman '16

I started 2016 with a trip to the magical Andaman and Nicobar Islands for ten days. This was the first time I was going to be near the water for more than 4 days and I was really excited. The Andaman Islands have their own distinctive identity with beauty that my eyes have never experienced before. However, the Nicobar Islands are not open for tourists. The capital, Port Blair, is really cute and tiny with amazing roads and barely any traffic!

For today's post, I am going to write about all the places that I visited which you cannot miss in your next trip to Andaman. These places aren't just tourist attractions and they will definitely have the same impact on you that it had on me.

SCIENCE CENTER : 

Situated near the capital, this place was surprisingly very interesting. I could understand and explain most of the exhibits there which made me realize that my engineering course isn't as hopeless as I think it is!


Science Center | Port Blair


CORBYN'S COVE :

Port Blair's only beach, this place is quite small yet very clean. It has only one restaurant called "Waves" which serves good food and yummy drinks that are much needed in the hot weather! 






Corbyn's Cove beach


CELLULAR JAIL : 

I never expected a trip to a jail to have such a great impact on me. The Cellular Jail, now a National Memorial was once the brutal prison where countless martyrs lost their lives while struggling for India's Independence. Reading their stories and our history was heart-rending. I actually visited this place twice, once at the start of my trip and once at the end. The evening Sound & Light Show left me in tears. It was powerful and gut-wrenching at the same time. This place truly moved me and I recommend everyone to visit this place at least once!







NORTH BAY ISLAND : 

North Bay Island is a beautiful island with a long coral stretch. It is commonly called the Coral Island. It is the island on the back of the twenty rupee note. The island is a plastic free zone and everyone is expected to carry their own food. There is nothing to see on the island since everything is below the water. There are four ways to fall in love with the corals and fish- glass bottom boating, snorkeling, sea walk and scuba diving. 
I did the glass bottom boating first where I got to see all the corals without actually getting into the water. This method is good for people who have thalassophobia (fear of the sea) but quite pointless otherwise!
Finally I gave scuba diving a chance and I am so glad I did. It was unarguably the best experience I have had till date. 






ROSS ISLAND :

This beautiful island is maintained by the Indian Navy. You can spot deers, peacocks and rabbits just strutting away everywhere. And when I say deer and peacocks I mean lots and lots of deer and peacocks which aren't caged. That gives me some sort of happiness. You can touch them, walk with them or even just sit with them for a while.  They are more than what meets the eye. Ross Island was my favorite among all the places I went to because of the immense amount of love I have for animals.










LIMESTONE CAVES :

The caves weren't breath-taking or whatever but the journey till there was exceptional. It takes about 4 hours to reach from Port Blair which includes the drive through the Jarawa tribe area. One has to take a ship and then a speed boat ride through the mangrove forests to finally reach the caves. All in all the destination might not be very impressive but the journey is beautiful and worth a visit. You can give this a miss if speed boat rides and mangrove forests don't excite you!

Drive through the Jarawa tribe area

The view from the ship

Speed boat ride through the mangrove forest


HAVELOCK ISLAND :

This stunning island is a home to some of the most beautiful beaches you have ever seen. The white sand beaches are absolutely stunning. It takes about two and a half hours to reach here from Port Blair. We stayed here for a night and it was one of the best decisions ever. The Radhanagar beach in Havelock is exceptionally beautiful. Elephant beach is perfect for those of you who want to indulge in snorkeling or scuba diving.


Radhanagar Beach

Cloudy sunset at Radhanagar Beach








NEIL ISLAND :

Neil, with it's very relaxed vibes and long deserted beaches is the best place to just chill out. The two days that we spent here were much needed in our vacation to make it perfect. There was a sunset point 2 minutes away from our resort and that place instantly became our favorite for early morning and late evening walks. The best part about our stay here was the adorable resort dog, Sumi. She used to join us for our morning and evening walks. Her playful nature was what everyone always spoke about.
It was in Neil that I learned two new things about Andaman. First that Andaman and Nicobar Islands constitute 572 islands together and second that Andaman doesn't really have any medical stores (except in Port Blair) since all the medicines are provided free of cost at the local health care facility.

Natural Coral Bridge | Neil Island


Beach at Sitapur View Point




Our adorable companion, Sumi

Evening walks at the beach near our resort


SAMUDRIKA : 

Samudrika Musuem has a wide collection of shells and marine creatures. It also has exhibits of a wide variety of fish. This is a good place to learn about the world that exists below the gorgeous blue water.





CHATHAM SAW MILLS :

A separate island, Chatham is a home to one of the oldest saw mills in Asia. It was revived in the 1950s after being destroyed during the Second World War. This place is quite huge with a lot of attractions and one should definitely not give this island a miss if they plan a trip to Andaman.

Information of Andaman in the Chatham Saw Mills island


WANDOOR BEACH :

For some reason every beach was different from the other and Wandoor Beach is no exception. It is a very calm and lovely beach and it just has something about it which makes you want to stay here long.

Sunset at Wandoor Beach


These are just some of the places that I would love to revisit if I get a chance to travel to Andaman again. I know I missed out on a lot of places and I hope to see them all the next time. My trip to Andaman & Nicobar Islands will always be close to my heart no matter where I go. I came back home with truckloads of memories and a perfect tan!


India is a beautiful country and I highly recommend all of you reading this to not miss a chance to explore any corner of such beauty.

 Love,
          MYD :)

5 comments:

  1. Keep the posts coming !! Reading them just makes my day :D

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  2. Thanks for the posts...beautiful pictures plus good explanation :-)

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