Nature has its own way of recharging our soul with positivity and bliss. Escaping from reality is what we crave for and touring to Andaman and Nicobar Island helps us to vanish from the humdrum chaos. Sit back and enjoy as we take off to a quick tour to Andaman and Nicobar islands.
A Brief History of Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Location of Andaman islands is 1,760 from India. Port Blair is the capital of the 8,250 km2 mass of land rich with flora and fauna. This island is a dwelling place for the lost tribes who are unfamiliar with any advancement of technology. Diverse people inhabited the place and there is a wide range of culture and food habits. Post-independence the island became part of India. The economy of this union territory depends on agriculture, tourism and small scale industries.
En route to Andaman and Nicobar
People frequently ask “how to get to Andaman islands?”. The two possible modes of transport to reach the calm environment is by waterways and airways.
Ships leave from the harbours located in Vizag, Chennai and Kolkata thrice or four times in every month. The journey through waterways is cheap and it takes nearly 60- 70 hours to reach Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The best and recommended mode of transport is via the planes. The flights are easily available from the metropolitan cities namely Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai and connect the passengers directly to the airport in Andaman which is in Port Blair. The fare is costly, however, it’s worth because as it saves your time, money and energy. Travelling from Port Blair to Nicobar Island is pretty easy and convenient through the sea to reach Campbell which is a region on Great Nicobar island. You can reach by taking a chopper from Port Blair too.
Must-see places in Andaman and Nicobar
Islands are eternally associated with beaches and sunsets. Apart from beaches, there are several places to look listed below when you tour.
Cellular Jail is a historic monument built during the reign of Britishers in Port Blair and depicts the history of India’s independence. You can visit from 9:00 A.M to 4: 00 P.M if you wish to taste the essence of freedom.
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is a major national park for preserving the diminishing marine life like coral reefs, flora, fauna and there is an old Japenese temple too. Andaman’s best sports activities like scuba diving, snorkelling, paddle boating, and surfing, is experienced here.
Mount Harriet is 40 kilometres from Port Blair, the fittest trekking spot in Andaman where the temperature is much cooler and we can witness the wilderness. North Bay and Ross Island is seen from the peak and don’t forget to enjoy the sunsets.
Anthropological Museum situated at the heart of Port Blair gives precise information regarding the tribes lived in different eras on the island. It includes different artefacts, clothes and weapons which thrills us as history never fails to captivate us.
Campbell Bay National Park is located at the Great Nicobar island and is best to visit between the months of March to October with numerous vegetation and animals. The flora of the park includes mangroves, ferns and orchids along with various types of animals and birds like Nicobar pigeon, Giant robber crab and Crab-eating macaque.
Best Food to try and Best Time to visit in Andaman & Nicobar
Andaman and Nicobar islands people live in a paradise of seafood and Tandoori fry and Lobster dishes are must a try. The culture of islanders is very similar to Indian culture and they don’t have a unique cuisine. Indo-Chinese, Thai and Chinese cuisines are easily available along with South-Indian dishes like Idly and Khichdi.
Something Different is a must-try restaurant at Havelock Beach where Pizzas and burgers are at their best along with cold coffee. Andaman Thai Cuisine Framingham offers its customers with solid, well spiced and good portioned Thai foods. The food from these places will keep your tongue busy and etch on your memory forever.
Andaman and Nicobar islands climate is always warm with cool sea breeze and it is always a tropical climate. The monsoon season occurs twice a year from mid-May to September and from November to January.
Andaman and Nicobar islands weather is never extreme and the best time to visit Andaman islands is between the months of November and April.
Key Information to Note
Monday is a public holiday in Andaman and Nicobar islands, therefore, crosscheck before you visit the place. For certain places, Forest Department gives entry permits. Fees can be paid on the spot for it along with camera charges. Usage of plastic bottles and bag is strictly controlled on the island to ensure the environment clean and safe. Therefore, security deposits must be deposited for plastic however they will be returned back. Cloth and Jute bags are always available for rent. Safety is the foremost importance to the tourists and crime is extremely low in these islands. In conclusion, it’s perfectly safe for lone travellers.
Important facts to Know
- Andaman and Nicobar islands tribes are mysterious and isolated. The Jarawas of Andaman islands called “Adivasi” and the Sentinelese tribe live on the North Sentinel island are few of them. Tribe of the Andaman and Nicobar speak their own language and do not even know to light fire.
- Have you ever noticed? The red-coloured 20 Rupees Indian currency bill depicts the natural lush scenery of North Bay island. The view is on the way to Mount Harriot.
- The Government of India has declared Nicobar Island to be an Aboriginal Tribal Reserve Area to protect the tribes from exploitation, therefore, they also restrict tourists who don’t have permission from entering the island.
We dream of the colours borrowed from the sea. Take off on a flight, sit back, go offline and reach the Andaman and Nicobar Islands a beautiful place with dense forests lined with serene beaches, sunrises and sunsets.