Best Tourist Places to visit in Andaman | Ganesha Tours and Travels, Aluva
Cellular Jail, Havelock island, Scuba diving, Snorkeling, Rose Island, Neil island, Water Sports, City shopping, Mahatma Ghandi Marine National Park, Corbyn's Cove, Barren Island, Viper Island.
The Cellular Jail, also known as Kālā Pānī (Hindi for black waters), was a colonial prison in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. The prison was used by the British especially to exile political prisoners to the remote archipelago. Many notable dissidents such as Batukeshwar Dutt, Yogendra Shukla and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, among others, were imprisoned here during the struggle for India's independence. Today, the complex serves as a national memorial monument
Although the prison complex itself was constructed between 1896 and 1906, the British had been using the Andaman islands as a prison since the days in the immediate aftermath of the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857.
Havelock Island is one of the largest and most popular isles in the Andaman and Nicobar group of islands. Havelock Island has become a favoured destination among honeymooners in India. This island has three major beaches viz. Radhanagar Beach (Beach #7), Elephant Beach and Kalapatthar Beach. With pristine white beaches, clear waters, corals and palms lining the shores, this is a bucket list item. This place is ideal for snorkelling too and has a lagoon called Blue Lagoon which can be reached by crossing into the forest. Elephant Beach has mostly swept away in the tsunami of 2004 but boasts of best varieties of corals on the island and is the best spot on the island for snorkelling. The Kalapathar beach is named so due to the abundance of black rock on its coastline. It is a quiet place and good for relaxing.
Havelock Ferries : Since Havelock is an island, the only viable way to reach this destination is via ferries. A number of options are available as well, according to your preferences and suitable to every kind of budgets.
Large coral reefs, an assortment of marine life and the calm blue waters of the Bay of Bengal all make the name "Emerald Isle" highly suitable for the Andamans. Most popular island among all the islands for the dives, however, is Havelock. It is an ideal diving destination for everyone, right from a novice to an experienced diver.
Snorkeling is another popular water sport among tourists. Sea around Havelock Island serves as one of the best sites for snorkeling.
You can see a kaleidoscope of colors underwater with a variety of reef, fishes, turtles, sharks and rays. Snorkeling costs around INR 400-500, and is much cheaper compared to Scuba diving.
Located just 2 kilometres east of Port Blair is the Ross Island; an island which was once the administrative headquarters of the British, but today is only a barren island that is recognised solely for its beauty and scenic views. Following an earthquake that hit the Ross Island in the year 1941, the British left the island and shifted their settlement to Port Blair. The island was not able to overcome the grief of this sudden withdrawal, and decay and neglect ultimately set in. One can see traces of a prosperous past in the rubbles of the church, swimming pool and the chief commissioner's home with its extensive gardens and magnificent ballrooms. There is also a cemetery and a small museum managed by the Indian Navy. The charming beauty attracts not only the adventurous crowd but also history buffs due to its historical significance. The food found here also has a regional influence and is a must try.
As in the case of its sister-islands, the Ross Island also has thick forests. At first sight of the island, it is tough to believe that this abandoned place was once the seat of British power and housed everything from a bazaar, a church, stores, bakery, a water treatment plant, tennis court, printing press, secretariat, hospital, cemetery and other vital institutions.
The pristine isle of Neil Island in the Andaman Islands of India is located in Ritchie's Archipelago. It is named after James George Smith Neill, a British soldier who had sternly dealt with the insurgents during the suppression of the 1857 mutiny. The tranquil stretch of Neil Island is the perfect destination for a quaint weekend after the hustle and bustle of Havelock Island. What's more, you can also explore the wonders of marine life here through the means of various water-activities and sports. The golden sands coupled with scintillating waters and azure skies is the perfect weekend getaway right in the lap of nature.
The tranquil stretch of Neil Island occupies an area of 18.9 kilometres and can easily be covered over the course of a long evening walk. Perhaps the most endearing feature of this island is its three sand beaches which glisten with golden sand and shimmering waters. The sea is a kaleidoscopic mosaic of light blue, dark blue and green and makes you want to dip your feet right in! Pristine sandy beaches at Sitpur, Bharatpur and Lakshmanpur are some of the best destinations to explore. The breathtaking view of the scenery and the emerald greeneries in the island is really rejuvenating and enjoyable for travellers.
The Andamans, while great for the peaceful, undisturbed soul-searching vacation that you need, also happen to be a hub for indulging in some killer water sports. Come, soak in the fun!
Dotted with the most serene beaches, Andaman and Nicobar islands are also famous for their exotic shopping experience at the main market of the city and on the beach markets as well. Being located on the coast, you would find a lot of coastal souvenirs to fill your bags with the memory of the beautiful Andaman islands.The best markets to buy sea shells are located on the beach side. Else, you can head to Aberdeen bazaar-the busiest market of the city.
Undoubtedly, the markets of Andaman are dominated by the treasures of the sea. From seashell jewellery to the home decor, they have customised the seashells in every product that you can possibly imagine. On one side, the beach markets offer the seashells products, hand-made artefacts and pearl jewelry, on the other hand, main markets of the city are filled with the handicrafts, bamboo merchandise and wood-inlay products. The famous emporiums of the city are also the important part of the city shopping where you would find luxuries and expensive handicrafts ranging from clothes, jewelry to home decor.
Located on the south-western coast of the Andaman Islands, Wandur National Park is a marine life conservation area situated at a distance of 25 km from the capital city of Port Blair. The wildlife sanctuary, which is also known as the Wandur National Park, consists of a group of 12 islands which are situated geographically in a labyrinthine shape and are home to some of the most exquisite marine wildlife in the world.
The national park and its surrounding areas are like heaven on earth with pristine white-sand beaches, azure skies and clear water which mesmerise the senses. Covering over 220 sq. km area, the national park is a great place to try some snorkelling and diving in the crystal clear water of the islands giving one an opportunity to see nature's glory from a close view. The coral reefs are the highlight of the park exhibiting their glorious forms and enchanting one and all. The famous islands to visit are Jolly buoy Islands, Redskin Island, Grub Island, Rangat Island, Neil Island and Long Island. The national park can amaze and dazzle everyone visiting especially those who hold wildlife close to their hearts.
Corbyn's Cove is the nearest beach to Port Blair. It is quite popular among tourists as well as locals. It serves as an ideal place to just get a good sunset view and laze around. There are quite a few water sports which draw many adventure enthusiasts here.
Located about 135 kilometres to the northeast of Port Blair, Barren Island is situated at the intersection of the seismically active Indian and Burmese plates and is reported to be 1.8 million years old! As the name suggests, the island is largely uninhabited, thanks to the volcano eruptions that take place here at frequent intervals. The famous and breathtakingly beautiful Barren Island in Andaman houses the only active volcano that can be found in India and owes much of its reputation to this fact. Nevertheless, its scenic beauty and picturesque views cannot be undermined either, which enchant tourists from all over the world and tempt them to visit the island.
The island is just three kilometres wide, with a two-kilometre-wide caldera. The summit of the volcano rises to about 2,250 metres above the seafloor, while only 354 metres of it is visible above the water line. The volcano erupted here once in the year 1991 and then again in 1994-1995 after it had remained dormant for over 177 years. The first recorded eruption of the volcano on the Barren island dates back to the year 1787. Nonetheless, a few species can be found here, which includes a small population of goats, birds, bats and rodents
The Barren Island is only about three kilometres in diameter, with the crater of the volcano about half a kilometre away from the shore. The black bedrock of the island lends the sand on the beach a deep purple-black hue and contrasts beautifully with the vibrant underwater vibrant marine life. What is interesting is that even though the existence of this volcano is not a hidden fact, and has been known since centuries; owing to little-publicised research and restricted and limited access, the island continues to remain an unresolved mystery.
Years before Cellular Jail was constructed, Viper Island was used by the British to keep the freedom fighters in exile. You can still see the remains of the jail which was built in 1867 by the British. The island is breath-taking and serene and got its name from the vessel in which Lt. Archibald Blair came to Andaman and Nicobar in 1789. Covering an area of 69 acres this beautiful island is situated at a distance of 23.6 kilometres from Port Blair. Legend also has it that there were numerous viper snakes present on the island which is how it got its name. It is said that the majestic island is sparsely populated due to the presence of these vipers.
Since Viper Island is a beautiful combination of significant historical elements and natural beauty, it is always crowded with enchanted visitors. It takes nearly 10 minutes to reach the island from the Jetty, and the view of the seven points of the harbour is a treat for the eyes to watch. On the way to the island, you will also come across the main port and the navy ships of Port Blair. You can also enjoy the view of the cellular jail and its tower from the boat. The island which is present in a secluded place offers you a perfect getaway from the fast-moving life. All the history lovers and the nature lovers out there should pay a visit to the island.
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