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Monisha Jaswal Nov 07 2013

Which are the best places to visit while planning a trip to Andaman and Nicobar islands?

Reema Bhalla Nov 07 2013
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There is a lot more to Andaman and Nicobar islands than just its pristine and almost untouched beaches, there is a trail of dark and unexplored history of the colonial rule which still has its presence in the form of monuments it has left behind, there are water sports and the joy of discovering the marine life by indulging in snorkelling and scuba diving and of course there is a lot of amazing coastal seafood for the food lovers to indulge in. Though not very densely populated, Andaman and Nicobar islands have some of the best resorts in the country and the gracious hospitality the locals offer will surely make any tourists trip a memorable, here are some of the best places to visit in Andaman and Nicobar islands:



Cellular Jail

This colonial prison in Andaman and Nicobar islands was used by the British to exile prisoners. Cellular Jail was an important witness of the history and to the struggle for the independence and holds a lot of gripping stories about the torture by the jailers, the anguish amongst the Indians and the extremity of the British imprisonment for the people who took part in the freedom movement. Cellular Jail or Kaala Paani as it was called during the time has an immensely dark side to it as stories of bloodshed and brutal tortures are associated with it but the Light and Sound show is indeed a great way to witness the events of the previous era and is spectacular presentation of the Indian freedom struggle.


Entry fee for the Light and Sound show:

Adults: INR 20

Children: INR 10

Address:

Cellular Jail,

Near to G.B. Pant Hospital, Port Blair


Photo of Cellular Jail


Jolly Buoy

Jolly Buoy marine park is not to be missed while planning a trip to these islands. Whether one believes in eco-tourism or does not, the sheer beauty of its blue waters and corals are a great way to explore the diverse marine life found in this island. Although a little difficult to reach but it is surely worth all the efforts. There are only five boats allowed, each carrying 5o passengers in one trip and stopping for a maximum of 2.5 hours which can take one to this beautiful paradise. a permit is required and it is open only from December to May.

The cost of the permit is INR 50 and can be obtained from the Forest Department while the boat ride will cost approximately INR 500 per person.

Photo of Jolly Buoy Island



Havelock Island
This island perhaps the most popular of all and a perfect tourist spot, with the most amazing and luxurious resorts facing the beach, there are plenty of accommodation options as well as natural beauty to soak in while visiting the Havelock Islands. The Radhanagar Beach should definitely not be missed which keeps changing its color from blue to green with a change in direction of the sun rays. There is abundance of greenery and marine animals to be spotted which is very fascinating. A trip to Elephanta beach or Neil Island can also be organised from here.


Photo of Havelock Island


Baratang Island

What makes Baratang Islands unique is the fact it has the only known mud volcanoes and then there are LImestone Caves and Mangrove creeks to explore. One can reach Baratang while crossing the Andaman Trunk Road, which is where the Jarawa tribes live. These are one of the few ethnic, native tribes left which inhabit the island. They wear nothing and hunt and eat raw food and strive hard for survival being one of the four protected tribes of the forest.


Photo of Mud Volcano in Baratang Island


Corbyn’s Cove

If one wants to spend some quality time just lying around next to the ocean with no interference from any sort of man made activity, Corbyn's Cove is the place to visit. The beach itself is just a tiny, curvaceous speck of brown sand framed by palm trees, ideal for a spot of lazy sunbathing. The drive along Marine Shore Road to reach this place would definitely make one come here again. The only sounds to be heard are that of the palm trees swaying with sea breeze making it a very tranquil place to laze around.



Photo of Corbyn's Cove



There are a lot of places to visit in Andaman and Nicobar islands and have something for everyone whether one is a nature lover or adventure seeker, this place would never cease to disappoint.

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