7 best things to do in Andaman & Nicobar
Andaman and Nicobar is a popular island that captivates every tourist. Its astonishing beauty can’t be expressed in words. It is an Indian Archipelago in the bay of Bengal where islands are known for their palm-lined, white sand beaches, mangroves and tropical rainforest. You can also explore the marine life such as sharks and sea rays make more famous diving and snorkeling sites. The total area of island covering is 8,073 sq. kilometers. It is the union territory of the Republic of India. During the colonial period, it had horrid reputation and used as a penal colony but these days Andaman and Nicobar Islands is one of the most sought places and the tourist destinations of India. Initially, this island was famous for its serene, white sandy beaches characterized by sparkling blue waters.
There are tons of things to do in Andaman and Nicobar Islands if you are planning your trip then you can reach via air and water, both routes are comfortable. By Air, you will have to deboard at Vir Savarkar Airport in Port Blair and by Ship, you can take Haddo Wharf Port in Port Blair. Ship services are also available from Chennai, Kolkata, and Vizag. The best time to visit is December & January, even you can visit anytime between October and May, the waters are clear and calm perfect for swimming and snorkeling. The temperature is also drastically calm and on an average ranges between 23°C and 30°C.
Now, let’s start to know what things to do and how to enjoy these things with your friends, family, and newlywedded couples?
There are many things to do in Andaman and Nicobar and one of the most top activity is Scuba Diving. Many tourists come here especially for water sports because it is one of the places untouched by human disturbances and offer some of the most beautiful things to do. Initially, many people thought that swimming is important for Scuba Diving but it is not. Moreover, you can explore the most popular scuba diving sites in Andaman and Nicobar that includes Havelock Islands, Neil Islands, etc.
After Scuba Diving, there comes the turn to explore the most romantic and beautiful thing to do in Andaman is Snorkeling. It is one of the astonishing ways to explore the marine life of the Bay of Bengal. With plenty of fishes to plant species, everything is clear in underwater of Andaman. Additionally, more beaches to go for snorkeling are Radhanagar Beach, Red Skin Island, Jolly Buoy Island, Neil Island, Elephant Beach and many more beaches to explore. Approximate price for 30 minutes for the snorkeling in Andaman is Rs 350.
Havelock Island is one of the largest islands in Andaman and Nicobar and comes under some of the most exquisite and unspoiled beaches. This place is mostly populated by Bengalis who settled here a long time ago.
On a moonless night, Havelock Island gives a magical experience to leave you as the phytoplankton in the sea waters and creates a visual delight to captivate for longtime. Stay Havelock has the best beach resorts and comfortable for a wonderful panoramic view.
Limestone Caves, Baratang Island
Baratang Island is one of the best exploring Limestone caves which is a must visit place in Andaman. There are many sediment rocks. After reaching the Baratang Island you need to take an hour boat ride passing through mangrove creeks having a stop at Nayadera Jetty. The unique structures of the limestone caves are made up of calcium carbonate which is the result of compression over centuries of shells, skeletons, and corals etc. Some of the caves are thick and one has to burn a light to witness what’s inside. Mainly, this island lies 150 Km north from Port Blair.
There are marvelous trekking hillock and thick forest in Andaman which is close to nature. There are most alluring treks and best adventurous sports to experience on this Island. Camps are also available between natural beauty to appreciate the sun, ocean, and nature where you can spend a calm night. But the most famous bizarre treks in Andaman where you can make your day memorable include trails from Mount Harriet to Madhuban, Chidia Tapu to kala Pahaad.
Watching Dolphin is everyone’s favourite and is the popular thing to see in Andaman anNicobarar for tourists. The brightest blue ocean meets with the friendlist creatures on earth while Dolphin moving with high springy steps looks so amazing to play and chatter around you in the water. The starting price is Dolphin watching Rs 600 only. So, if you want to watch dolphins in Andaman then don’t miss to visit the Lalaji Bay Beach on Long Island and Jolly Buoy which is located in the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Havelock Island.
Apart from this, many tourists buy a lot of things from Andaman but the best thing to buy in Andaman and Nicobar is Wooden artifacts, coconut carved decoration pieces, ornaments made of shells, sarongs, and hats, and pearl jewellery. These are the best things to buy in Andaman.
During December the top things to do in Andaman are beach hopping, coastal ride to kalapathar Beach, scuba diving, shopping, and visiting the cellular jail which is popular for the light and sound show also.