Magnificent Islands of Andaman and Nicobar
Andaman and Nicobar islands are one of the union territories of India situated at the confluence of Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. The Andaman town of Port Blair is the capital of the territory and acts as the centre of tourist incoming and outgoing. Andaman and Nicobar house the only known Palaeolithic people and the Sentinels who have no contacts with the outside world. While their areas are secluded and reserved, one can visit those places only by following strict rules and regulations.
There are 572 islands in the territory which cover an area of 8,073 sq. km. The Andamans are separated from Nicobar islands by the ten degree channel which is about 150km wide. Port Blair can be accessed from Kolkata, Visakhapatnam and Chennai. Indira Point is the southernmost tip of the Nicobar Islands and is also the southernmost point of Indian subcontinent.
The islands have a vegetation of tropical rain forest with mixed canopy from India, Myanmar, Malaysia and some endemic floral strains. The southern forest mainly constitute of epiphytic vegetation of ferns and orchids.
The islands are surprisingly rich in fauna too. Even after being cut off from the mainland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands have about 50 varieties of wild mammals. There are about 270 species of birds, some of which are endemic. There are some spectacular world famous varieties of butterflies. The islands alone have 96 wildlife sanctuaries, 9 national parks and 1 biosphere reserve.
Here is a list of activities that can you can experience in the islands of Andaman and Nicobar:
1. Sea-walk at North Bay:
One of the best things one can experience in the islands is the sea-walk. The idea itself gives goosebumps. The ‘Sealink Adventure’ organises the sea walk at North Bay Island which is an uninhabited island. Sea walk is very comfortable which may seem incoherent because of the helmet. However, one can breathe normally inside the helmet and it is not at all heavy which in turn is evident from Archimedes’ Principle. The best part of this extraordinary adventure is that one doesn’t need to know to swim to perform a sea-walk. It is truly a magical experience and will make you cherish every step you take as the adventure advances.
2. Water activities at North Bay:
Andaman and Nicobar islands is a bliss on land as well as under water. The coral-rich oceans are one of the best and most popular tourist destinations of the country for deep sea diving and other aquatic activities. There are hour ferry rides away from the Port Blair jetty. The peace and calmness that the island provides is very contrasting to the numerous water activities that take around the place.
3. Sunset at Neil Island
Considered as one of the most beautiful islands of Andaman and Nicobar, Neil Island surrounded by the Laxmanpur beach is one of the most picturesque spots among the innumerous magnificent islands of the Indian union territory. The Laxmanpur beach is a beautiful white sand beach adorned by shells of different shapes, sizes and colours. This beach has one of the best views of sunset and provides awesome scenery for long evening walks. The beach has exceptionally long stretch and has peak tourist activity throughout the year.
4. Trek at Limestone caves:
The limestone caves at Diglipur island are a great natural wonder and probably one of the most famous of tourist attractions of the place. The only way to these caves is an adventurous trek path through thick forest which adds great flavour to the journey. Though the path provides enough shade from the scorching sun, the best time to visit the limestone caves is from October to March.
5. Fishing at Rutland Island:
Situated at the southernmost part of the Andamans, Rutland island is an exotic spot for game fishing, enjoying the crystal waters and getting close to uninhabited islands. However, out of all these attractions, fishing at the Rutland Island is perhaps the best part of the Andaman and Nicobar adventure activities. With in-boat refreshments and snacks to accompany your mission, catch the most colourful and beautiful species of fish and become an expert in no time.
The Andaman and Nicobar islands are bestowed with immense natural beauty to explore and thrive for and it is thus a great loss to miss out on them!