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Picturesque beaches, crystal clear water and a bit of history make the Andaman and nicobar the perfect choice for a laid-back, enjoyable vacation, with long treks, lazing around in the island backwaters and, for the more adventurous, deep-sea diving. From the multicultural town of Port Blair to the pristine white beaches of Neil and Havelock Islands and the limestone caves of Baratang, the Andaman and Nicobar offer something for every tourist.
June To September Andaman Offers the best time it was an Off-Season you can enjoy to the best. However, on season Andaman is a bit clumsy and options will narrow down for you.
Day 1 -Port Blair
Chidya Tapu :
Chidiya Tapu is a beautiful trekking destination in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, lined with thick forests and dense mangroves. You can choose any adventure, and Chidiya Tapu has everything. As the name suggests, the Island is a sanctuary for the bird watcher and a treat for the senses and offers one of the best sunset.
- You have to pack your binoculars because the Island is a bird watcher’s haven.
- Don’t forget your swimsuits and goggles; you are definitely going to get wet!
By the way do you know the meaning of Chidya “Chidya means Bird”.The things that we did here was a trek to Chidiya Thapu. It is a beautiful trek to the top of Munda Pahad and takes around 45 minutes one way.The sunset from there was too good and I definitely recommend you to do this.
The Cellular Jail, also known as Kālā Pānī, was a colonial prison in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. The prison was used by the British for the express purpose of exiling political prisoners to the remote archipelago. Cool, I am not taking a History class.
But this historical site is better by evening. It will take around 1-hour toIt will take at least an hour for a complete look around. Then comes the light show, which is a storytelling event with a voice-over (available in Hindi and English, kindly check for the timings before getting into the jail)
Day 2 and 3 Havelock islands
It was the best place in entire Andaman and Nicobar Islands.The highlights of the magnificent, are luxury diving and snorkeling. Similar up-marine life experience are offered by glass vessels. Wild walks and camping are popular attractions, but the most sensitive can retire to one of many luxury resorts. Fuel with fresh cocoa milk and tasty, freshly caught maritime items that dominate every meal.
The ferry to the Havelock (Swaraj Deep) Island needs to be booked early. Private ferries can be booked online (makruz), whereas Government ferries (cheaper) must be booked going to the Directorate of Shipping services venue which is at the Phoenix Bay. Be sure of booking the ferry tickets before the day at least. The first ferry to Havelock is at 6am, which is the best one to go as you can cover the all the places within the day and can return by that night. The travel duration is 2 hours from Phoenix Bay. Once going to Havelock Islands, transit to the above mentioned places are auto-rickshaw/Cab/Bus/Bike.
Kalapathar Beach : Backdropped by dense forest, this tranquil beach offers a stretch of white sand & clear, aqua water. The beach is less crowded compared to the much hyped Radhanagar Beach.
Of all the things that I did in Andaman and Nicobar islands ,scuba Diving at Nemo beach and trust me that was the best experience so that I had done it twice. As I mentioned earlier we went in Offseason for that reason I got it for 2.5K otherwise it is 3.5K
Day 4 -Neil islands
Neil Island is best known for its unparalleled biodiversity and unexplored span of dense tropical forests and greenery complemented by white sand beaches and rich coral reefs.
We have to take a Ferry to Neil Island from Havelock its takes around 1 hour its a getaway for those looking to beat the crowd
Natural Bridge :
The natural bridge is the chief attraction of andaman and nicobar island located on Neil Island. It is a beautiful, naturally formed bridge surrounded by lush greenery. The ideal time to visit this place is between 8 am and 11 am when it is low tide.
Bharatpur Beach: This tranquil, picturesque beach is popular for swimming & activities like snorkeling, Banana boating, Speed boating, Glass boat Ride etc.
Sitapur Beach : Sitapur beach is known for Sunrise and the beach is pretty vast and less visited by tourists. If you plan to stay back at Neil Island, it is worth watching the sunrise from here.
Day 5 - Baratang islands
Baratang is around 4 hours from Port Blair and the best way to go there is to hire a Cab which will cost around Rs. 4500/-. Start early by 2:30 AM so that you will be first to reach the check post at Jarawa Reserve forest by 6 AM. This will help you avoid the crowd at the following places.
The other transport option is to board the first bus from Port Blair which starts by 04:15 AM, travel time is of 4 hours. Bus ticket needed to be booked prior to the travel day. Once you reach Baratang Island, you will find the transits auto-rickshaws/boats to the above mentioned places.
Once you reach the Middle strait, you have to get into a ferry and go to the Baratang Island which takes around 20 mins. Once you reach there, take a boat to the Limestone cave and Mangrove forest which costs around Rs. 700 pre head and take around 30 mins to reach. The caves are beautiful and you need to walk around 20 mins to reach the place.
The limestone formations are spectacular. Once you go back to get in the boat, you have to walk through the mangrove forest which is again a nice experience.
Baratang Island is the only place in South-Asia which can boast of a mud volcano. The mud volcano is the most famous tourist attraction in the island. This is formed by gases and liquids excreted by the earth’s interior. Gases like methane, carbon dioxide and nitrogen are released. There’s no lava spewed out, but mud in a semi-solid state comes out of the volcano. It is a rare natural wonder.
While on the way to Baratang, you may get to see the Jarwa tribe on the way if you are lucky. Photography/Videography and interaction with them is strictly prohibited.
All the activities in Baratang can be completed by Noon and you can head back to Port Blair and reach by 3:00 PM.
Points to be noted
- Do carry some snacks when you start your day as shops are not assured at all the places you go.
- BSNL is the only good network (un-interrupted network), Airtel and Vodafone are of feeble signal.
- We won’t find the DIGITAL INDIA concept at Andaman and Nicobar Islands, only GO CASH system prevails. It’s because the internet is so weak there, so no net banking or card transactions.
- You get both good Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian food in the island.
- All the hotel bookings were done through AirBnB.
- Makruzz is the private ferry we used most of the time for Island hopping. Booking can be done online.