Amazing places to visit in Andamans
ANDAMAN… one of the most sought after tourist destination of India. The islands are well-known for its calm, white sand beaches characterized by sparkling blue waters. Owing to the peaceful shorelines and ever welcoming weather, there is a wide range of outdoor and fun activities to do in Andaman. A haven for divers, honeymooners, it is also an idyllic island for a peaceful family getaway. In this article we shall discuss the best places to visit in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. These places will greet you with charming experiences on your Andaman Holiday.
Well- known for its white shores and coral reefs, the Bharatpur Beach is located at the jetty nearby Neil Islands. Mornings and evenings are the best time to visit the beach. The morning times is best for snorkeling and enjoy the view of the coral reefs located here. Because of the presence of the colorful reefs, Neil Islands are often termed as the coral capital of Andaman. Bharatpur beach is the only place where water sports are being conducted and is recommended for youngsters because of numerous activities. Apart from this, you can simply enjoy the cool and calm sea breeze by carrying a hammock and a book. There are plenty of stalls selling coconut, snacks, refreshments and souvenirs.
Well-known as Kaala Paani, the cellular jail located in Port Blair is one of the most renowned remains of India’s struggle of independence. At the time of independence, thousands of Indians were imprisoned in this jail, many of them died due to brutal conditions, numerous were hanged till death and many simply perished. The building comprised of 7 wings which were designed in a criss-cross pattern with a tower in the center and used by the guards to keep a close watch on the prisoners. The main purpose of the establishment was private confinement of the prisoners. The jail complex is now owned by the Government of India and is recognized as the national memorial monument portraying the life of prisoners at the time of the Britishers. Presently, the cellular jail has been transformed into a hospital with 500 beds and 40 doctors serving the local population.
Before the construction of the Cellular Jail, Viper Island was used by the Britishers to keep the freedom fighters in exile. This small, beautiful and serene island got its name from the ship Archibald Blair in which a British colonial officer came to set up penal settlement in 1789. Apart from this, people also believe that due to the presence of viper snakes on the island, it was known as Viper Island. Totally swarmed by the visitors, the beautiful island serves as an amazing combination of historically significant elements and arresting grandeur of nature. The abundant coconut plantations enhance the island’s scenic beauty. Thus, Viper Island is an empyrean for both the nature admirers and historians.
Located at a distance of 6 km from Port Blair Central Bus Stand, the Corbyn’s Cove is quite famous amongst locals and the tourists. Named after well-known Henry Fisher Corbyn, the serene, untouched sandy beach in Port Blair is a perfect place for swimming and sun basking. The beach is beautifully located with the lush green coconut trees in the backdrop and is a must-visit place for the tourists who want to experience the beauty of nature at its best. Corbyn’s Cove Beach is prominent for its glass-bottomed cruises, snorkeling and scuba diving which is a perfect treat for adventure enthusiasts. The Snake Island lying across the beach is known for scuba diving. Beer Bar and the Waves Restaurant run by the tourism department offers delectable cuisines at reasonable rates.
Before the earthquake that hit the island in the year 1941, Ross Island was once the Administrative Headquarters for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The earthquake effects can be seen in the remnants of the church, swimming pool and the commissioner’s residence with huge gardens and ballrooms. A small museum and a cemetery are also managed by the Indian Navy. It’s an island where no settlement is allowed by the authorities. Ross Island not only possesses scenic beauty but also attracts history buffs and adventure enthusiasts.
Named after British Brigadier General James Neill, Neil Island is located in Ritchie’s Archipelago of South Andaman district in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Lying between Havelock Island and Ross Island, the island is one of the best places to experience Andaman Tourism. Spread over an area of 18.9 sq. km, one can walk the whole island in around two hours. With brilliant bio-diversity, tropical vegetation, white sand beaches and untouched coral reefs, Neil Island is one of the hot tourist spots in the Andamans. Sitapur, Laxmanpur, Ramnagar and Bharatpur are the popular beaches here. Also renowned for its rich marine life, snorkeling here is a memorable experience. Visitors can opt for Government ferry services from Port Blair to Neil Island.
Situated 100 km away from the capital city of Port Blair, Baratang Island lies between South and Middle of Andaman Islands. Because of its distant location, major part of the island is unknown and hence is a delight for the offbeat travelers. Visitors can hire small speed boats to reach the caves. These limestone caves are continuously evolving in shape and size because of the presence of massive sedimentary limestone formations, some of which are growing from the ground or hanging from the top. Special permission from the Forest Department at Baratang is needed to visit the caves, which can be obtained from the Baratang jetty. Mud Volcano, Parrot Island and the blue beach at Baludera are some of the other main attractions.
So, wait is over now! Pack your bags, plan a trip to Andaman and enjoy these beautiful places.