18 Best Places to visit in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a Union territory of India comprising 572 islands of which 37 are inhabited. It is consisting of two groups of islands at the southeastern edge of the Bay of Bengal i.e Andaman Islands and Nicobar Islands. Both Island form an arc stretching southward for approax 620 miles or 1,000 km between Myanmar (Burma) and the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. Andaman and Nicobar islands are known for their palm-lined, white-sand beaches with crystal clear water, mangroves, tropical rainforests and Coral reefs supporting marine life such as sharks.
Here is the list of top things to do and See in Andaman and Nicobar Island :
18. Mount Harriet And Madhuban
The Mount Harriet National park was established in 1969 and it has very beautiful beaches. Here tourist can find beautiful coastlines, a wide variety of endemic flora and fauna and a host of colourful butterflies. Mount Harriet Peak which is located in the park is the third highest mountain peak in the Andaman archipelago. The infamous Kalapathar, where the Indian prisoners under the British rule were pushed to their horrific death, is located around 2 kilometres away from the park. Madhuban trek is a paradise for all the nature lovers, adventurers, and photographers in the district of Andaman in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
17. Long Island, Andaman
Long Island is a small island having an area of about 18 sq. km with population of around 2000. It is a modern village in Andaman mostly recognized for village tourism. It is famous for its untouched long and white sand beaches, dense natural vegetation that forms the tropical forests and its marine life. Here you can enjoy beaches with crystal clear blue waters, tropical forests and stunning views in peace. This Island is also famous for water sports activities like snorkeling and scuba diving. The sea here in Long Island is full of cute dolphins so you will get the unique chance of getting to know these bubbly creatures from close.
16. Rutland Island
Rutland island is situated very close to Port Blair which is just 20 kms away and can be conveniently reached by boat. It is popular for the native Jangil tribe of Andamans. The tribal population is concentrated in the island interiors. The key attraction of Rutland Island are variegated coral reefs blessed with a rich variety of marine life. These coral reefs attracts tourists, divers, snorkelers and scuba divers. Rutland island is filled with hills, dense jungles and rich variety of shrubs and jungles. Open water diving is popular for the variety of underwater creatures and colourful corals. Other relaxing and pleasant tourist attraction spots of Rutland Island are Jahaji Beach, Bada Balu, Photo Nallah and Dani Nallah.
15. Baratang Island
Baratang Island is a beautiful little island in the North and Middle of Andaman Administrative district and is situated about 100 kilometres away from the capital city of Port Blair by road. The Baratang Island is also known as Ranchiwalas Island and it is home to India’s only Mud Volcano. Here you can enjoy some of the amazing spots like a boat ride in the beautiful mangrove creek of Baratang Island, limestone caves which were formed millions of years ago due to the slow deposition of lime on the earth’s surface, the only Mud volcano of India which are sprawled over a huge area of 2000 square metre and a Parrot Island where you can spend some peaceful evening time with your family and witness numerous parrots flying around you.
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14. Little Andaman Island
Little Andaman Island is a beautiful island with picturesque waterfalls, crystal blue waters and clear sand beaches all around the island. It is the fourth largest island of the archipelago of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands with an area of 730 square km. Little island is home to an extensive rainforest and rare species of marine turtle. This island offers a joyous mix of beauty-laden vacation and adventure-laden thrill. For tourists it is a perfect blend of white sandy beaches, mesmeric picturesque waterfalls, fascinating boating trips through the mysterious creeks, elephant safari, training of young elephants, sea surfing, trekking through evergreen rain forests and a lot more.
13. Cinque Island
Situated at a distance of approx 26 km from Port Blair, the Cinque Island is an isolated island in the Andaman Archipelago, on the north side of Duncan Passage, between Rutland Island and Passage Island. They are part of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Cinque Island is a natural paradise and compares to the beauty of the more hyped islands. It is blessed with white sandy shorelines, captivating coral reefs and the extensive azure oceans this island will catch fancy of all who treads. You can enjoy different water activities like snorkelling and diving in peace and solitude and game fishing of giant GTs, black marlins and tiger Gobras can be super exciting for you.
12. Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
Also known as the Andaman Water Sports Complex, Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex offers a complete fun-package in the form of enthralling water sports activities. Here you can enjoy these are paddle boats, row boats, banana boats, parasailing, speed boats, snorkelling, scuba diving, sea walking and much more water sports activities. For the water sport enthusiasts and adventure fanatics its like heaven, there is no better place than this sports coplex at Andaman. It is also called the Andaman Water Sports Complex, which is located near the cellular jail in the northwest part of Port Blair in Andaman & Nicobar Island.
11. Viper Island
Situated at a distance of 29 km from Port Blair, Viper Island is, beautiful and serene island located in near Port Blair in the South of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Years before Cellular Jail was constructed, Viper Island was used by the British to keep the freedom fighters incarcerated here. A major island of Andaman and Nicobar, Viper Island got its name from the vessel H.M.S. Viper in which Lt. Archibald Blair came to Andaman and Nicobar in 1789 which was met with an accident. Apart from the historical jail,you can also have a scenic view of the harbor and several boats crossing each other at regular intervals.
10. Elephant Beach
Elephant Beach is one of the popular attractions located on Havelock Island, in Andaman and Nicobar Island. It is an ideal destination for tourist for water sports and for leisure tour on . You will feel to be in another world when on this beach located in Havelock Islands because of its rich coral reef structure and amazing underwater marine life and its bio diversity will certainly spellbind you and want you to keep coming back for more. It is a secluded long beach with clear blue waters and sugary white sand. Ancient trees cast plenty of shadow and there are some old ones lying around the shore making the beach look more enchanting and delightful.
9. North Bay Island
North Bay Island is an island lies at a distance of 28 km by ferry from Port Blair in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. This island is famous for its beaches and mainly for water sports activities. This island is also one of the most visited places in Andaman Islands. The wide array of water activities like jet ski, speed boat ride, snorkeling and underwater sea walk are available at the island which attracts more tourists to this beautiful place. It is one of those numerous places of Andman and Nicobar island where one can enjoy a combination of peace and thrill.
8. Corbyn’s Cove Beach – Port Blair
With the silver beaches covering a vast region and the blue waters, palm trees and picturesque landscape, Corbyn’s Cove looks just like a painted picture. This place comes in the list of one of the most beautiful places to visit in Andaman and Nicobar Island and an ideal location for honeymoon. Situating at a distance of 6 km from Port Blair Central Bus Stand, the Corbyn’s Cove is a serene and unspoiled soft sandy beach in Port Blair. Lush green coconut trees and majestic sea, Corbyn’s Cove Beach is a must visit place for the ones who want to experience nature at its best in Andaman and Nicobar Island.
7. Ross Island
It was once the administrative headquarters of the British and caries the rich heritage of the British legacy since the time when India was under the British Rule. It was named after Sir Daniel Ross who was British Marine Surveyor. The island is controlled by the Indian navy, therefore you have to sign on visit. It is situated at a distance of 20 km from Diglipur and 320 km from Port Blair, Smith & Ross Islands are the twin and one of the most beautiful islands situated in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India.
6. Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
To preserve the sensitive and endangered species of marine Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park established. It also known as Wandoor National Park, is a national park located near Wandoor in South Andaman district of Andaman & Nicobar Islands Covering and area of 280 sq km with 15 islands of mangrove creeks, tropical rainforest and reefs supporting 50 types of coral. It is famous for Snorkelling, glass bottom boat rides and scuba diving among tourist. Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is at a distance of 18 Km from Port Blair city.
5. Radhanagar Beach
It was named “Best Beach in Asia” by Time in 2004, and rated as Asia’s best beach and among top 10 beaches in the world by Time Magazine. Radhanagar Beach with its blue waters, white sands and vast shores of endless white grains stretch across 2 kilometres, makes it a prime attraction of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. You can also enjoy water sports like boating, parasailing, and scuba diving. Being located so close to the main Havelock Island which is at 12 kms its became favourite among tourists.
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4. Neil island
Neil Island is another very scenic, picturesque natural paradise with captivating white sandy beaches and lush green forests. There are several picturesque and popular islands near Port Blair that you can explore during trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Neil island is one of most popular of them. Located approximately 36 km northeast of port Blair, Neil island is preferred by visitors for its amazing biodiversity, white sandy beaches, unspoiled and pretty coral reefs and tropical woodlands. This island has three sandy beaches, namely Bharatpur Beach, Sitapur Beach and the Lakshmanpur Beach.
3. Cellular Jail National Memorial
Cellular Jail is one of the most historically significant monuments in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Cellular Jail, also known as ‘Kala Pani’ is an old colonial prison situated in Port Blair, used to be the place where Britisher officers used to send prisoners for exile, during the period of their rule. The construction of the jail began in the year 1896 and was completed in 1906. After completion it was used to imprisoned many notable freedom fighters such as Batukeshwar Dutt, Yogendra Shukla and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar during the struggle for India’s independence.
2. Havelock Island
Havelock Island is one of the most popular and primary destinations of Andaman and Nicobar Islands among the tourist. This Island is like the heaven for the scuba diving lovers. Scuba diving is also one of the most popular things to do in Andaman among tourists. It is Spread over a area of 113.93 square km and it is situated 57 km north-east of the capital city Port Blair. It is a paradise of silky white sand beaches, crystal blue water, rich corals and verdant forests with Radhanagar and Vijaynagar Beaches on its southern shores.
1. Scuba Diving in Andamans
Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Micronesia, Cayman Islands, are some of the best international sites for scuba diving. But it can be little costly, so if you want the adventure of scuba diving you can way towards Andamans for diving because it is a more preferred option.The clear waters of this island host an incredible marine life and the secrets of the marine universe, with its breathtakingly colorful and diverse inhabitants. Havelock Island is the most ideal and preferred place in South Andaman where you can go for diving. The average cost of Scuba Diving in Andaman is 3500 for 45 Minutes. It includes the pre-traning session before you actually start diving.
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How to reach Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Andaman and Nicobar Island can be reached via air and water only. Because island is isolated in Bay of Bengal along the Eastern coast of India.
Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair is connected via flights to major cities like Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi, Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad, and Bangalore.
Popular Flights: IndiGO, Air India, GoAir, SpiceJet, Vistara
Starting Price: INR 4000
If you want to travel via sea, you can take a ship from Chennai, Vizag or Kolkata.
Starting Price : INR 2100
Best time to visit Andman and Nicobar Island
The best time to visit Andaman & Nicobar Islands is between October and May as the weather stays bright and quite pleasant for sightseeing, water sports, and beach excursion. . Monsoons (July to September) are not recommended because of unpredictable waves and specific regions also receive heavy downpours.