Coming to Andaman may well be one of your most well rewarded decisions ever and yes you will thank yourself for it for years! A tropical paradise with laid back charm and soothing serene beaches with a never ending coastline seems right out of a Bollywood movie’s dream sequence!
To make your trip memorable, let’s see what all are absolutely must visit places in Andaman:
Aamkunj beach at Rangat
It is said to be one of the prettiest beaches in the Indian sub-continent and a well-developed eco-tourism spot for eco-travelers and is well maintained by the Andaman forest administration.
You can also visit the Eco Park in the area which has a setup entirely environmentally friendly and made from articles naturally appearing in the world devoid of any plastics, harmful chemicals. You can see pretty eco huts decorated with bamboo benches, chairs and sofas made from logs of wood which will remind you of a bygone era.
Don’t miss turtle nesting season from January to March when you visit which is a must-see if you have children in the group. The peels and squeals of their laughter and excitement will be a sight to remember when they see baby turtles coming out from the sands and scampering towards the waters.
Merk Bay Beach at Long Island
It is one of the most serene and secluded beaches on the Andaman archipelago and it is much off the beaten track of the travelers visiting Andaman.
So you can have a nice calm time spent at the pretty beach which has a long and narrow shoreline amongst lot of vegetation surrounding it and looks right out of a picture postcard.
You can come here from a jetty off the Long Island and this can count as a day trip as it does not have much staying options so you can go scuba diving and snorkeling here and then head back to Long Island where you can book your accommodation.
Butler Bay Beach
Photograph by Sarmistha Ghosh Dastidar
This lovely beach is shaped like a concave which basically means you can view the entire beach from any standing point which also shows that it is a small beach. This can be on your itinerary when you visit Little Andaman and you can come here from Hut Bay.
Yes, you can do snorkeling and a lot of scuba diving here and the marine variety and vegetation will just stun you and will leave you wanting for more.
Pathilevel beach at Diglipur
This is one beach which is one everyone’s must visit list as it has natural picturesque beauty which is unparalleled by any other Andaman beach and is literally untouched by humans. You can come here on a jetty or dughi as it is called by locals from Ramnagar beach.
Casurina Beach at Diglipur
Ok, so here we have another beach from the same town, Diglipur which you just have to visit. It is full of white sand and a major stop for all adventure lovers who are planning to visit Saddle Peak in Andaman which is the highest peak in the Andaman archipelago.
Lamiya Bay Beach at Diglipur
The third beach on this list from Diglipur is relatively unknown and not commercialized like the other beaches. It has brown sand and corals on its shorelines and can be a stop for couple who want and love their solitude and privacy as you will have loads of it here. You can cover this beach on the same day as the trip to Kalipur beach.
Stewart Island Beach
This one is located close to Mayabunder and is one of the serene and isolated beaches in Andaman which is preferred by couples and same sex groups to indulge in play and hang out. You can easily visit here from Mayabunder in the jetty and you can quite cover this in a day trip.
This is a very small beach full of coconut plantations which can be easily assessed by a 30 minute boat ride from Mayabunder. This is good for a day trip as an excursion and not really for any water activities as it has more small tides.
Bharatpur beach is a beach which is really known for its corals and adventure enthusiasts come here by the droves and indulge in many activities like coral viewing, scuba diving and snorkeling as you are likely to get the most awesome views of marine life and aquatic variety ever here.
Corbyn’s Cove Beach, Port Blair
Corbyn’s beach stands out for its location as it is very near from the capital city of Port Blair and hence is more commercialized than the others. Water sports lovers will absolutely love this cute beach which has so many activities leaving you spoilt for choice.
Choose from your pick of jet skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling and yes you can even go for glass bottom cruises in which you can see the marine life and all the underwater views from inside the cruise. Don’t miss this for anything.
Lot of tourist restaurants, pubs and nightlife to boot for the city life lovers too!
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
This is a must visit destination which has 15 small islands in itself and cover approximately 280 kilometers and the children will simply love it! This national park has in its collection some of the endangered marine species which are not to be missed. You can also view sea turtles here. You can also go for the glass bottom cruises here especially if you are travelling with family and children who will simply love it.
Mount Harriet National Park
It has quite a large collection of animals in the national park with wild pigs, saltwater crocodiles, robber crab and many others to view.
The national park is named after Andaman’s third highest peak and covers an area of approximately more than 45 kilometers with a dense tropical forest and vegetation covering it.
The Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve
Coming into this reserve requires a permit from the Andaman administration as this reserve houses the indigenous tribes of Nicobar. This reserve area is really big covering 885 square kilometers with much variety of vegetation and wildlife species of birds, animals many of which are endangered.
This beach is considered to be one of the most famous beaches in Andaman and is much frequented by tourists due to its lovely blue waters and exquisite views in the background of the white silver sand on the shoreline.
This area at Mayabunder has been developed by the Andaman administration as an eco-tourism resort area. The beauty of this place can be judged only by staying overnight here and experiencing the adventurous streak in living in one of the eco themed guesthouses in the area. You have the option of many activities here rock climbing and going on adventurous elephant safaris.
Austin Creek at Mayabunder
The must do thing her is to go for a cruise through the creek which is surrounded by mangroves and simply stunning flora and fauna surrounding it. If you are in luck, you may even see a crocodile sunbathing on the shores with his monstrous physique in full display for you!
After savoring the natural beauty of the islands, do visit the anthropological museums to see how the native tribes used to lead their lives in these quiet and isolated islands.
They have on exhibit many of the things from the numerous tribes which used to live in these Islands and many of whom are still living on the islands. Don’t miss this peek into history for anything.
Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
This is one place any water sports lover cannot just afford to miss for anything as it has simply all or most of the water sports which can be offered. You name it and its present here.
Calling all adventure enthusiasts and water sports lovers and yes children can also do the stuff here with all the safety and precautions are mandatorily followed. So what are you waiting for, jump right in!
Food, Food, Food
Yes, you did read it right. Andamans has so many beaches, so much water which sets up the scene for amazingly delicious seafood on offer. The cuisine here has to be sampled and devoured whether you choose the five star resorts or the little shops scattered on the shores of the numerous beaches, it will be a gastronomic experience of a lifetime.
This appropriately named Island gets its name from the hundreds of species of birds which swarm this little Island making it quite lieterally the ‘Bird Island’. Photographers and wildlife watchers rejoice for you have come to the perfect place where you can spend hours and never want to go to your hotel room. Sunrises and sunsets are also known in this island so don’t miss it for anything.
It is easy to access from Port Blair by road which is approximately 25kilometres away.
Elephant Beach-Havelock Island
Situated 65 kilometers from Port Blair, elephant beach is one of the most secluded beaches which are good for day trips. Adventure lovers will love this beach and snorkeling can be done very well here with a dense and beautiful coral reef which is close to the shores.
You can also watch the coral reefs by going on the glass bottom boats. Trekking is advisable with guided tour guides as the vegetation and forest surrounding the area is very dense and it is easy to get lost.
Sea Walk at Havelock Island
Sea walking is as exciting as it sounds! Walking in the sea is an exhilarating way to experience and watch the under waters and the unique marine diversity available. In this the sea walker goes 7-8 meters down in the sea and it does not require any swimming or diving knowledge or experience.
It is suitable for people of all ages and you do need qualified guides with you on the way. The only apparatus needed is a sea mask which is a sort of a helmet which has fresh air being pumped in inside it and it also blocks the flow of the strong water currents. Don’t miss it for anything!
This is a small and pretty quiet island situated 29 kilometers from Port Blair. It has many viper snakes present from which it got its name. It has historical importance as it had one old jail which the Britishers constructed here before the Cellular Jail in Port Blair was made and was used to house Indian freedom fighters and political prisoners.
It has a number of coconut plantations which lend it an air of captivating beauty and it is a perfect place to go to with your special someone.
This is a pretty beach which is situated in the Neil Islands in Andaman and is also known as ‘sunrise beach’. It got this name from the absolutely mesmerizing views of sunrise and sunset which can be viewed from the beach shores. It has very high tides and extremely clear waters and swimming can be done here.
Little Andaman Island
Little Andaman is one of the largest islands which tourists can visit though the sweet name masks its size. It is home to a large number of beaches, waterfalls and elephant safaris which you can go on and can keep you happily occupied for more than 2 days.
You can choose to stay in the awesome tourist huts on the shoreline which are surrounded by coconut plantations which will offer simply amazing views of the sunset and the sunrise as well.
The journey to view the waterfalls is spectacular in itself as you will have to go trekking inside the deep jungles to view the waterfalls. And when you view it, wow is the word as you can see water splashing from a height over rocks surrounded by green forests forming a perfect picture postcard backdrop and you will wish that you remain there forever!
Savor this perfect destination with your loved ones from family or your special someone as you will have all the privacy in the world to have a picture perfect holiday!