An abyss of islands set in the Bay of Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar is an archipelago which has never failed to give its visitors a completely enthralling experience. It is a group of 600 islands out of which around 36 are inhabited.
Here are some of the reasons why Andaman and Nicobar are a must to add to your travel diary.
CELLULAR JAIL, Port Blair.
The capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, it is situated on South Andaman Island. With the Cellular Jail as its seafront, it hints at the time when Port Blair was a British penal colony. Seen as a memorial to Indian Independence activists, this place is a must visit. The Cellular Jail was a colonial prison in the Islands which was used by the British to send the political prisoners into exile in the remote archipelago. Owned currently by the Government of India, this Cellular Jail was commissioned in the year 1906 and was used as a place to isolate prisoners to target their willpower.
ROSS ISLAND, South Andaman District.
It is an island which belongs to the South Andaman administrative district, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. They are situated 3km east of Port Blair. The island has a vivid history attached to it. It experienced an earthquake in the year 1941 which caused a major chunk of the population to leave the island. The island was also once occupied by the Japanese. Not only this, the famous Indian freedom fighter, Subhash Chandra Bose also stayed at the island for a day, enriching its history.
If you are looking for an authentic experience, Ross Island has a lighthouse too. It is a 10m high circular lighthouse tower for the visitors. If seen from a distance, the island has thick forests and offers no trace of human inhabitation. With its fauna filled with palm trees and coconut trees, the spotted Deer and Peacocks are a sight to be seen on the island.
NEIL ISLAND, Andaman Islands.
The Bharatpur beach situated on the Neil Island has coral reefs along with tropical fish. The Laxmanpur Beach, on the other hand, is known best for its sunset views. A natural formation accessible at low tides, called the Howrah Bridge is a major attraction here.
For animal lovers, the Sir Hugh Rose Island which is situated off the southeast coast comes forward as a delight as it is a sanctuary of turtles. To add icing to the cake, the white sand beaches here are a spectacle and work absolute wonders to soothe and calm the senses.
Apart from being food to architectural hunger, the islands are an ideal place for every water sports enthusiast. The water sports which can be done here are
- Underwater Sea walking
- Scuba Diving
- Glass Bottom boating
- Seaplane ride
- Mangrove Kayaking
- Para Sailing
- Jet skiing
- Speed Boating
- Banana boat riding
With an array of sports and a plethora of architectural gems, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a treat to discover and explore. So, this season, plan a vacation to the Islands to ensure a fulfilling experience for you, your family and your friends.