Unspoilt Nature’s Bounty
The remote location of Andaman and Nicobar Islands almost in the middle of the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea helps preserve its natural beauty. Andamans is a glamorous tourist destination with pristine powdery white sandy beaches, azure bright blue seas, rich coral reefs with an amazing variety of underwater flora and fauna and remarkable unique tourist attractions. Andaman is an all-time favourite honeymoon destination of India on account of its beauty and seclusion. The archipelago of Andaman is a group of 572 islands that looks and feels extremely green with dense tropical rainforests and is the home to variegated fora and fauna. Some of the striking and famous tourist attractions of Andamans are fascinating Cellular Jail, mesmerizing Havelock Island, astounding Neil Island, colonial Ross Island, snake-infested Viper Island, Barren Island containing the active volcano, Corbyn’s Cove Beach and reserve forest of Mount Harriot.
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Rich, Luscious Forest Cover and Wildlife
Out of the 572 islands of Andaman archipelago, a total of 37 islands are inhabited. To name a few of the beguiling beauties of uninhabited islands of Andamans, we have the Viper Island, Ross Island, Barren Island, North Bay Island, Jolly Buoy Island and Parrot Island. These islands of Andaman and Nicobar are blessed with a rich cover of lush green tropical forests comprising giant trees, bamboo thickets and shady and serene mangrove swamps.
Enjoy the scenic beauty and peace of rain forest cover of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Feel enchanted at the diversity of wildlife to be found here. Some fascinating creatures that will definitely put you in awe are wild boars, saltwater crocodiles, bats, various kinds of reptiles, eagles, white-bellied sea eagle and a plethora of colourful birds and butterflies. The turtle nesting coastlines are of perpetual interest and fascination to the outside world. Even though such shores are protected to conserve the endangered species of turtles, yet you can enjoy spotting the unique phenomenon of turtle nesting along the sandy shores of several beaches. Andaman wild pigs and robber crabs are some other exotic animal species to be seen in these parts. The coral reefs are home to spectacularly colourful fishes.
Pristine and Exotic Beaches
Andaman and Nicobar Islands are widely known for a number of very peaceful, exotic and very beautiful sea beaches. The beaches are mostly isolated with not too much crowd that adds to its enchantment. Lined with soft white sands and sparkling blue seas, the beaches are great places to unwind or enjoy a tranquil vacation. Some of the most beautiful beaches of Andamans that deserve mention are Radha Nagar Beach and Elephant Beach of Havelock Island; Kalapathar Beach, Bharatpur and Laxmanpur Beaches of Neil island; Aam Kunj Beach of Rangat; and Lalaji Bay Beach of long Island. Radhanagar Beach of Havelock Island is a spectacular beach that has been rated as Asia’s best beach.
Radhanagar Beach has silvery sands flanked by gentle sea waves on one side and ancient woods on the other. The greenery, soft chirping of birds, warm sunshine and dark deep shadows of the forest trees make this beach enchanting. The warm waters of the sea are very clear and you can see a million colourful creature such as snails, mussels, star fish and tiny fishes in the waters lapping your feet. Radhanagar Beach is a favourite among the honeymooners.
Thrilling Adventure Activities
Andaman and Nicobar islands has a wide variety of adventure sports and water activities for the travellers to indulge upon. It has some of the best diving spots. The shores of Havelock island form an enchanting scuba diving destination of India. Among the other adventure and water sports activities there is snorkelling, parasailing, swimming with the waves, sea walking, game fishing, dolphin watching, glass bottom boat rides, submarine rides, banana boat rides and a lot more. Havelock Island and North Bay Island are especially famous for scuba diving and snorkelling. Jet skiing and speedboat rides are also very popular among adventure lovers.
Attractive Beach Activities
The beaches of Andaman are tranquil and secluded. They have ample scope of enjoying the sea in seclusion. The gentle waves allow for bathing, elephant rides on the beach, joyful picnics, snorkelling, bird watching, dolphin spotting, sunbathing, boating and spending some comfortable time bird watching, turtle spotting and lazing around on the white sands and turquoise waters. Watch the enchanting sunrise and sunset moments at various beaches.
Mysterious Aboriginals or the Fearful Tribes
Andaman is also famous all across the world for being the home to some of the most primitive and enigmatic tribes. The five major tribal communities found in this region are the Jarawas, North Sentinelese, Great Andamanese, Onge and Shompen. The growing modernization is a threat to the existence of these fearful tribes. These tribal communities furiously guard their culture and traditions from being influenced by the outer world and does not allow the civilized society to intrude. They are fearless and fiercely protective and does not hesitate to kill anybody approaching them for friendship. These tribes follow the primitive ways of livelihood such as hunting, fishing and food gathering for survival.
Enigmatic Limestone Caves
The gorgeous limestone caves are a primary attraction of Andaman tourism. A boat ride through naturally made mangrove tunnels lead you on to the limestones cave region. The waters of the mangrove creek are crocodile infested that add to the thrill of the limestone cave excursion. The crocodiles can be spotted on the sea shores peacefully sunbathing. The caves can be reached after another 1.5 kilometre trek through a dense, beautiful tropical rainforests. The forest roads are very scenic and finally the caves are a visual delight. The atmosphere remains charged as you watch the curious formations of the stalactites and stalagmites.
Lively Parrot Island
The Parrot Island of Andaman is a sight to watch at sunset hours with hundreds of parrots crowding from nowhere amidst wild cacophony as they come back to their nests on the island. The island is mangrove forest covered that is kept in shape and is neatly trimmed by the parrots. The island is the home to thousands of parrots and at sunset, when they gather from all corners hovering over the mangrove cover of the island, it is a delightful sight to watch from the boat. The boat ride to the Parrot Island is very picturesque and thrilling on account of the presence of the salt water crocodiles.
Fascinating Historical Saga
Cellular jail of Port Blair and Ross Island are veritable mute witnesses of British rule in India and are replete with the saga of the valiant sacrifices of the freedom fighters. Cellular Jail is a must visit and the light and sound show that is conducted in the evenings bring to life the insurmountable pain and suffering of the India patriots trying to free India from the British clutches. Ross Island has the ruins of the colonial British heritage as it was the erstwhile British capital of the Andaman Islands till 1858.
Ebullient Mud Volcanoes
The natural miracle of mud volcanos are a supreme alluring factor of Andaman islands. The mud volcanos gently oozing mud is rather fascinating to watch. This mud volcanoes are located at Baratang in Middle Andamans. The excursion to the mud volcanos from Port Blair forms an adventurous day trip through the Jarawa tribal reserve forest region. Reach the site to observe the unique phenomenon exhibiting some mud pits spitting out mud bubbles. These are miniature volcano like formations that draw hundreds of tourists from all across the world.