Sunny skies, pristine golden beaches, turquoise water and a perfectly untouched biome, here’s what Andaman & Nicobar Islands offers to you. An archipelago of more than 500 islands, it is an ideal getaway for all kinds of traveller, be it the tourist in you, or the backpacker.
Not only the beauty of the place, which makes it a ‘must visit’ place, but also the host of adventure activities it offers which can satisfy the adventure-junkie in you. So, here’s providing a list of amazing things you can do while visiting this small hamlet in the Bay of Bengal.
1. Cellular Jail
Also known as ‘Kaala-Pani’, it is perhaps the only place which made Andaman famous during pre-independence. The Jail was constructed during the British Raj, where notorious criminals and freedom fighters were captured alike and put them here for torture, and was later turned into a museum by the government.
Do not miss the Light and Sound Show at evening which starts at around 5pm.
Entry ticket – Rs 10/- per person. Extra fee for camera and videography
2. Aberdeen Bazaar
The buzzing marketplace in Port Blair where you can shop your hearts out. This tiny but crowded bazaar is a ‘you-can-get-anything’ place in whole of Andaman.
3. Samudrika Naval Museum
Located in Delanipur, this museum is run and managed by the Indian Navy and is dedicated to the ocean and marine life found in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The museum is divided into five main sections, each dealing either with history, geography, archeology, culture or the marine life of the islands. It also has different corals, shells and live fishes on display.
Ticket – Rs 20/-
4. Zonal Anthropological Museum
Another museum displaying the variety of communities and tribes that had and is still in existence in the islands, along with their nature, lifestyle and their basic food habits.
Ticket – Rs 20/-
5. Andaman Water Sports Complex
If you are in Port Blair, and want to indulge in some water activities, this might be a good place. It has a range of water-related adventure activities. They also provide kayaks, paddle boats, sailboats, parasailing, rowing boats and water skiing equipment’s at the complex. Try boating up to Ross Islands for an adventurous experience.
6. Corbyn’s Cove
No one comes to Port Blair for a beach, but if you do want to find a calm beach with fewer crowds, this is the place for you. Situated just 7km from the main city, this place offers the view of a beach one wants in Port Blair. It is more popular with locals for swimming and watching the sunset. Also you can go for some jet skiing (at a low price) if you want. Half of the beach was washed away during the 2004 Tsunami and you can still see the traces while on the way.
7. Chidiya Tapu
‘The best place’ to watch sunsets in Andaman, especially in Port Blair. Situated about 25 kms from the main city, the place is named so due to the annual visits of different birds and is a great place for bird-sighting as well a beautiful sunset. A 3km short hike can be done to Mundapahad following the trail through the forest. It closes at 5pm.
8. Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Wandoor
Also known as Wandoor Marine National Park, this wildlife sanctuary is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It boasts of an exotic marine life and is also home to many white sandy beaches with verdant greenery and numerous swaying coconut trees. It also serves as the gateway for many small and large islands and creeks. Moreover, it is also known as one of the best diving centers in the Andaman region.