There is no need of any kind of introduction for Cellular Jail, once the dark colour symbol of colonialism and Indian freedom struggle. A replica of mishaps was this jail and it still echoes the cries of those who had fought with the British people to gain complete freedom and live in a free India. Cellular Jail was known as Kala Pani and since the location of the jail was in Andaman, there were less chances to escape the jail and come back to the shore.
But now, this is a representation of the turmoil Indian freedom fighters have experienced. Tourists from all over the world come to visit Cellular Jail during their tour of Andaman. The huge buildings with multiple cells and towering walls are really strong. There are seven wings inside and all the wings are connected to a central tower where the British army men used to keep watching the prisoners from.
Close to Port Blair, a superb, silent beach is Corbyn’s Cove Beach. The fringes of coconut leaves make the beach look adorable. The clear white sandy beach hearing lullabies from the azure water is a remarkable bed for complete relaxation. The shallow water does not support a lot of adventure activities. Still, Corbyn’s Cove Beach is a favourite beach for many due to the calmness and cherish-able time it can provide.
The crescent shape of the beach with complete greenery on its sides has an inevitable role in showcasing the simple beach look stunning. Families are found in large numbers here as the waves are not trickier and the long extension of sand bed to the sea and suitable places to do swimming and bathing.
Hundreds of tall coconut trees arrayed in a particular symmetry give an admiring beauty to the beach and the swaying fringes of these coconut trees are promising a relaxed, laid-back time for those who love to get out of the bustles of the town. The blue coloured chairs arranged on the beach give enough space to relax and read a book or watch the sea presenting all its beauty before you.
Located in South Andaman district, Ross Island (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island) is a major part of Andaman and tourists have visited the island often because of the flabbergasting beauty of it. Earlier, it was headquarters of Andaman and after 1941 Port Blair became the administrative headquarters. What one can watch on this island is the remnants of an old church existed there, a swimming pool, the chief commissioner’s residence with gardens and ballrooms.
There is a cemetery and a museum maintained by the Indian Navy. These historically significant sights in Ross Island (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island) gives a serious appeal to it rather than of a relaxed laid-back island. But everyone who visits Andaman would not love to miss Ross Island that is closely connected to the capital city that is Port Blair.
The diminished beauty of Ross Island (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island) was preserved as a historical piece of representation of the glory the island once possessed but for many reasons, people love this island. All the buildings and the ruins found here on the island are covered by the thick roots of banyan trees and that itself is a vivacious aspect the structures on the island have to showcase. At the northern end of the island, there is a new concreted light house that is 10 meters high and it is in circular shape which was constructed during the year of 1977.
Famous for the underwater corals, North Bay Island located near the Phoenix Jetty of Port Blair is yet another favourite tourist destination. Multiple clubs providing exhilarating scuba diving, snorkelling and sea walking at the island give it a special space in the hearts of adventure lovers. And because of this factor, North Bay Island is crowded all the time.
If you wish to do a tour of North Bay Island, then you have to come at the Andaman Water Sports Complex where it starts from and the boats can accommodate up to 60 people and every boat will have a guide as well. The glass bottom boat ride to the island will give you a lot of chances to see the world of fish, typical sea flora and reefs inhabited underwater in harmony.
Scuba diving and snorkelling are the most important activities available at the island and along with those, glass bottom ride is also having significant importance. The coral reefs and the marine animals make the underwater world enthralling. Also, sea walk is considered to be a mind-blowing activity and it opens up the doors to mingle with the colourful, rare species of sea.
Just 15 miles away from Wandoor Jetty, Jolly Buoy Island is one of the most visited islands in Andaman because it appreciates the creation of nature well and the surrounding will definitely backs its point. Every year, for six months period the island will be open to public. A very close associate of Mahatma Gandhi National Park in Wandoor, Jolly Buoy Island will be closed on Mondays. One can reach the island by boat but an entry permit is essential to enter the island.
The island will show you its richness of flora and corals and these are the main ingredients of its undying beauty. An amazing spot to have the best leisure time is Jolly Buoy Island but the adventure activities supported by the underwater world here would leave you awe-struck.
The colourful marine life is the quintessential attraction of Jolly Buoy Island and the long stretch of coral reefs is an additional favour. But the unavoidable charm of the island lies on its long beaches that display a soothing combination of green, white, turquoise and many more colours.
Being one of the top-notch attractions in Andaman is the sublime Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) brimming with silky beaches and exuberant greenery. A lot of tourist locations, resorts, hotels, attractions and much more are creating the perfect background to Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) to host as many tourists as possible. This is the largest of all the islands in Andaman and comprises of a lot of small islands. The administration in Havelock promotes eco-tourism on a large scale.
The lighthouse established in 2005 at the northern part of the island gives additional recognition for the island. The accommodation options on Havelock will let you be surprised. Ranging from high-end, luxurious resorts to camps with basic amenities, the stay arrangements done by the administrative people here are unbelievable.
The long stretches of different types of beaches are the main highlight to be pointed out. Declared the best beaches in the world, almost all of them are blissfully located on Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep), connected to closely to the main boat jetty on the island.
Elephant Beach, Radhanagar Beach, Vijayanagar Beach, Kalapathar Beach which are known in numbers also are proclaimed to have the highest number of tourists every year. The green fringed shorelines, the clear sea water, the colourful marine animals, the long coral reefs, the wild fauna and flora bring forth the astounding picture of Havelock incomparably beautiful.
A tiny island located to the south of Andaman is Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep), brimming with less explore marine diversity, coral reefs, long beaches and bewitching greenery. Being one of the tourist destinations in Andaman, Neil is so happy to become the host with revealing all what it has. A romantically silent island unlike the hustle of Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep), Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep) is termed as the vegetable bowl of Andaman. A perfect place to simply relax and chill is the beaches here and the deserted shores are favourite to those who love to relax in utmost peace.
In two hours, one can explore the island by walking around. It got the name Neil after the British Brigadier General James Neill who stubbornly dealt with the rebels during the 1857 Mutiny. The rich cultivation of paddy is found in Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep) that belongs to the Ritchies’ Arhcipelago between Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) and Ross Island. One should add this Island to their itinerary if they planning a trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
One of the major highlights of Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep) is Neil Kendra, a beautiful curving bay full of white sand and holding the major jetty of the island made attracting by disarraying numerous colourful wooden fishing boats. Known to be the heart of the island, Neil Kendra has Bharatpur Beach on its left and Laxmanpur Beach on the right. The richest collection of marine lives and coral reefs have given Neil Island the peculiarity of being one of the most thrilling scuba diving sites on the island. In addition to diving, Neil Island is home to those who love snorkelling, swimming, birding, cycling etc.
One of the aboriginal tribes of Andaman lives in Baratang Island, a highly blessed region with years-old wilderness. Earlier, the tribes did not let outside people to enter their community but presently, Baratang Island is a vibrant tourist destination as people love to spend time amidst the huge forests, limestone caves, mangrove ranges and the mud volcanoes.
Baratang is a part of the Great Andaman Chain with an area of 243 sq.kilometers and that marks it as the main island of the group. Middle Andaman is lying to the north and South Andaman in the south of Baratang Island. And it belongs to Rangat Taluk.
The active mud volcanoes are the highlights of Baratang Island along with the abundant mangrove forests and evergreen rainforests and the limestone caves located beyond the forests. So adventure lovers find Baratang as a wise choice to indulge in mind blowing trekking and nature walk. Among the multiple number of mud volcanoes, jalki, as the locals call it, is the famous one.
Connected by a white sand bar are Ross and Smith Islands belonging to North Island and both of them together known as the Twin Islands. The beautiful villages, turquoise water, the virgin beaches and the extremely gorgeous tropical rainforest and what not; these islands are indescribably fascinating.
As the island is close to Diglipur, one can take the Aerial Bay as the destination via road and get entry permits and travel to the island by a ferry. Around 20 minutes of boat ride will take you to the island. From Smith Island, you are invited to indulge in the nature trails extended till Ross Island through the green tropical forests swaying their heads always.
A Marine Sanctuary on the island is the biggest highlight and it is considered to be the ideal place for watching the rare collection of invigorating coral reefs and colourful fish species. As both the islands are home to Olive Ridley turtles, tourists come at the right time to watch turtle nesting and it is a rare scene to be watched. At times, the wild elephants inhabited in the forests may come to the outer world.
Chidiya Tapu is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Andaman, and if you are on a trip to the islands, do not forget to spend a few hours at this wonderful place. Chidiya Tapu is mainly popular for its wide range of birds and is a haven for bird watchers. Indigenous and migratory birds can be seen decorating the skies here, enticing nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts visiting the place.
The island is also an attractive option for adventure sports lovers. It has a rich underwater sea life, including colourful corals and vibrant marine wildlife. Go snorkelling or scuba diving and experience the rich world under the surface, explore the labyrinthine reefs, get caught in the whirlpool of tiny fishes, and swim with majestic sea turtles. The island also has an option of sea walking, for those of you who do not know how to swim. Now you can witness the mesmerizing underwater view under the guidance of experienced and helpful staff.
Another island which is a must visit for you in the Andaman is the Red Skin Island. This island had been creating a lot of sensation among the tourist across the world. Laze of on the beach while you stare at the distant sea and enjoy the scenic views. This island is famous for the red corals which are found here.
Red Skin Island is situated in the Marine National Park which makes it a lot more popular than the other islands in the Andaman. Don’t miss your chance to discover the rich corals and the endangered life here. One can see a variety of birds and other animals here. If you are lucky then you may spot dolphins on this island.
While visiting the Andamans you will definitely love to learn about history. And when its history nothing could be a better place than a museum. Don’t miss a chance to visit the Anthropological Museum which is the best in Port Blair. This museum offers a profound and informative portrait of the island's local community of tribes.
The tribes here are considered as the oldest in the world. This museum is located at the Middle Point in Port Blair and is a historical delight. The tourists here can explore the life of Palaeolithic Islanders.
Samudrika Marine Museum is situated at a distance of 9 KM from central Port Blair region. It is run by Indian Navy and consists of five galleries catering to the different subjects of the region like the geography of the place, history, marine life, flora and fauna, and anthropology.
The museum is also known as the Fisheries Museum and on your journey towards the main entrance, you will also encounter a skeleton of Blue Whale which was washed ashore on one of the islands of Nicobar.
Once a mysterious place and later a British penal settlement, the Andaman Islands are now a popular holiday destination. Pick this Andaman travel package, covering Port Blair, Havelock Island and Neil Island, and see for yourself what draws tourists here in such a high number. The light and sound show and the stuffy cells of Cellular Jail will tell you about the plight of the political activists, imprisoned here by the British. Also on the holiday, make sand castles, swim in the sea, relax under palms or take a walk at Corbyn Cove, Bharatpur, Radhanagar, Kalapathar and Laxmanpur beaches. Witnessing a sublime sunset at Chidiya Tapu will be one of the fondest memories you make on your holiday.
There are nearly 300 islands and 200 rocky outcrops. But, only 24 islands (11 in Andaman and 13 in Nicobar) are inhabited. The name Andaman is presumed to be derived from Hanuman, who was known to the Malays as Handuman. The name Nicobar seems to be a corruption of the South Indian term ‘Nakkavaram’ (Land of the Naked) as indicated in the great Tanjore inscription of AD 1050. The most widely spoken language on the islands is Bengali followed by Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. Andaman Creole Hindi is also widely used as a trade language in the Andaman Islands.