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Tourist Places To Visit In Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The Andamans are a cluster of ancient and historic islands in the Bay of Bengal that are famous for their serene shores and unspoiled flora and fauna. All through the year, tourists throng here looking for a change of pace and weather, and a grand old time. If you are someone with a love for picturesque sunsets and the sound of waves thrashing the shores unhindered, not to mention scrumptious seafood, then the Andamans might just prove to be the vacation you needed. Listed below are the top tourist places to visit in Andaman, each suffused with its own unique charm.
Capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair is one place you should not skip. Home to several museums, and a major base to the Indian Navy, Port Blair is where you should head to drink in the beautiful historic air of the Andamans. Famous for its Cellular Jail, aka KaalaPani (Black Water), Port Blair will afford glimpses into British-era India and the stories of bygone times. Other gorgeous places for sight-seeing are ChidiyaTapu or Bird Island named after the myriad species of birds found there, Chatham Island known for Asia's largest saw mill, and Zsi Museum which abounds in animal and insect species.
This island must be, by far, the most visited place in the Andamans. Renowned for its sherry sunsets and pristine beaches, the Havelock Island also has something in store for the more adventurous types. You can go Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Trekking, Mangrove Safari and Fishing. Yes, you heard that right! Apart from these activities, you simply have to visit Radhanagar Beach which was rated as the best beach in Asia by Time Magazine. Elephant beach and Kalapathar Beach are other beautiful beaches if you plan to stay in Havelock for some time. For people who want to splurge besides doing laid-back things, Havelock also has a generous smattering of restaurants and resorts providing great food and drinks.
Jolly Buoy Island
Exceedingly beautiful, this island is a poet's dream come true. Known for its crystal clear, blue sea water, immaculate sand and underwater corals, Jolly buoy is the place you should go to if you want to lay back and enjoy the sun. A strict no-plastic zone, it would be clever to leave your plastics at your hotel, or at Wandoor beach where you need to go if you plan on going on to Jolly buoy. With long stretches of sand and not a soul around, this island is your best bet if you really plan to just chill. You can also enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving and check out colourful and gorgeous coral formations while you are at it!
Your trip to the Andamans will not be complete without visiting the lush, bountiful Baratang Island. Famous for the Mud Volcanoes, Limestone Caves and the Parrot Island, Baratang Island truly takes your experience of the Andamans a notch higher. The Middle Strait Jetty known for its salt-water crocodiles is another attraction you must not miss. The most incredulous and beautiful part of visiting the Baratang Island is that it is home to the Jarwah tribe, which is yet untouched by civilization. So go on, make your way through tranquil mangroves to say hello to these people and feel humbled by their innocence.
Little Andaman Island
It would do you good not to undermine this island based on its name! Surrounded by luscious greenery that will bring tears to your eyes, Little Andaman Island is in fact, the fourth largest island in the Andamans. This island not only promises peaceful beaches, but also enchanting waterfalls. Go surfing, boating and elephant calf training only on this island. Let those gigantic elephants give you a tour of the island on one of those elephant safari's, or go take a look at the aptly named White Surf and Whisper Wave waterfalls. Sight-seeing opportunities aplenty, this island will also provide you with several photo-ops!
A lonesome island near Port Blaid, Neil Island is a quaint little village island located a few kilometres away and can be reached by jetty/ferry or helicopters. The place is filled with swaying palm trees, paddy fields and loads of mesmerising beaches. The sunset and sunrises on these beaches are especially famous. The beaches here are named after mythological Ramayana characters like Bharatpur Beach, Sitapur Beach, Laxmanpur Beach, Ramnagar Beach etc.