The islands of Andaman and Nicobar, renowned for their unparalleled beauty, breath-taking flora and fauna, are named “Panna Islands”. In this way, state tourism in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands has beautified and expanded its connectivity. Indeed beautiful locales, sun-kissed beaches, alluring picnic grounds and various other spectacular beauties – have brought a different dimension to the state’s tourism system. The beaches with golden sand have the power to revitalize your soul and free you from all kinds of annoyance. Indeed beautiful locality, sunbathe beaches, picnic grounds and various other beauties – have brought a different dimension to the state’s tourism system. Islands include Jolly Boy, Havelock, Cinque, Chatham, Viper, Ross, Barren and Red Skin – all of which feature extraordinary features, such as ancient dungeons, living volcanoes, woodcutters (saw mill), a variety of coral reefs, and more.
Andaman and Nicobar is a collective island with 572 small and tiny islands. At the southeast end of the Bay of Bengal, Andaman Island is situated. To the south is there is neighbour island, the Nicobar. In the east there is Andaman Sea.
Tourist places of Andaman:
- Cellular Jail: It was a colonial prison. The prison was used by the British to deport prisoners. Many freedom activists like Damodar Savarkar, Batukeshwar Dutta etc. were captured here. Today, the complex serves as a national monument. Another name of Cellular jail is Kala Pani [black water]. The historical jail is located at Atlanta point of Port Blair in Andaman. Visiting time is 9am to 5pm and remains closed in Monday and public holidays.
- Havelock Island: One of the best tourist destinations in Andaman is Havelock Island, is famous for scuba diving and snorkelling. The island is 41 km (25 miles) northeast of Port Blair. Havelock Island, recently renamed as Swaraj Island, is one in all the biggest islands that is a sequence of eastern island Andaman Islands in the Great Andaman. In December 2018, it was renamed Swaraj Island to pay tribute to Subhash Chandra Bose.
- Radhanagar beach: This beach was awarded as ‘Asia’s best beach’ and 7th best beach in the world. Famous for its white sand, sunset and blue waters, Radhanagar beach is the most beautiful place to visit in Andaman. This beach is situated at Havelock Island. Beaches with palm trees provide a tranquil environment for tourists to relax. Neil’s Cove is an ancient lagoon and is one of the lesser-known spots. This attraction also offers plenty of photography opportunities. However, swimming in the water is prohibited after sunset.
- Rajib Gandhi Water Sports Complex: Banana Rides, Jet Skiing, Rowboat Paddling, Speed Boat Rides all are available in Rajib Gandhi Water Complex. The price chart looks like this-
Jet Ski Ride Rs. 599/- 9 A.M to 2 P.M
Parasailing Rs. 3500/- 9 A.M to 2 P.M
Banana Ride Rs. 499/- 9 A.M to 2 P.M
Kayaking Rs. 3500/- 9 A.M to 2 P.M
Sofa Ride Rs. 499/- 9 A.M to 2 P.M
Glass Bottom Boat Rs. 750/- 9 A.M to 2 P.M
Boat to North Bay Rs. 550/- 9 A.M to 12 P.M
- Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park: Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is a place for snorkelling, under glass and scuba diving. The national park is made up of 15 islands and covers an area of 281.5 km.
- Chiriya Tapu: Having hundreds of species of birds like parakeets, sea gulls, emerald pigeons and many others, Chiriya Tapu is a beautiful spacious place suitable for bird watching. The place is 25 km from the main town of Port Blair. The best time to have a visit is summer.
- Elephant beach: If you are looking for top places to visit in Andaman, a visit to Elephant Beach is must. This beach is known for water sports and sightseeing in Andaman. This beach is located on Havelock Island. One can reach the beach in less than an hour with a boat from the main dock.
- Limestone Cave: If you like to explore the caves and discover the mysteries behind it, the limestone caves on Baratang Island are a place to visit. Inside the caves are dark and creepy, for this people have to carry a light while entering. These stunning caves of Andaman are a million years old. Inside the caves, you can see the conical rocks. It is very interesting to see how beautifully these stones are arranged inside the cave.
- Mud Volcano: There is one more thing that fascinates more travellers than that. The mud volcano in Diglipur is an undiscovered area of Andaman. It is a natural wonder surrounded by a wonderful crater made up of natural gas emitted from underground decay.
- Parrot Island: Located in the southern part of Andaman, Parrot Island is nothing less than a paradise on earth because of its natural beauty. This human uninhabited island is a bird’s paradise and is inhabited by thousands of parrots naturally. This makes it a must-see place for nature lovers. The nearest airport to Parrot Island Andaman is connected to Port Blair from Baratang Island. Parrot islands are best to see in winter – early summer. At other times tropical storms may interrupt your travels.
- Forest Museum: Everything related to the forest, as well as the wild animals, has been interestingly displayed in this museum. Administered by the Forest Department, the museum showcases various patterns made of wood, footwear, satin wood, timber and oak. It was established in Chatham Island and opens from 10am to 2pm, except Sunday.
There are much more things available to explore in Andaman. A trip of 7-8 days is not enough to complete the Andaman exploration.