Andaman and Nicobar islands are located in Bay of Bengal. They comprise of 572 islands out of which only 36 are inhabited. The beauty here is natural with clear water and abundance of coconut, supari and mango trees. The people here are far behind from people here in mainland, say almost 20 years thanks to no internet but I think it's a blessing for them in disguise. The people here are very soft spoken, helpful and most importantly honest. I lost two things (my scooty keys which as number written on it and my mobile phone) in two days but I got both back. Special thanks to cleaner at Shangri-la resort who searched for me and returned my mobile back to me.
If you want to go to Andaman in peak season (November to march) plan early. I made my hotel bookings and air tickets almost six months prior and please book cruise tickets well in advance as you can't go from one island to another without cruise. There are government ferries also but they give preference to locals over tourist and their booking only open two days before the date. They are cheaper than private cruises.
I booked my flight with Air India (which included breakfast) from Delhi to Port Blair at 5:30 a.m.in morning. It was on time and reached Port Blair 20 minutes before it's arrival time. We reached Port Blair at 8:45. My local agent (he is like my younger brother to me) Pramod was there to pick us. We straight went to hotel (Blue Bridge Homes) which is just 10 min away from airport. We kept our luggage there and Pramod took us to Rajiv Gandhi sports complex from where we have to go to Ross island. Before going to Ross island, we did parasailing which costed us 3000 per person which was an amazing experience. They dropped us at Ross where we hired a battery car to see the island which costed Rs 80per person but I should one should not hire battery car rather roam on your own as it's very small. There we saw deers and peacocks roaming freely. To my disappointment I could not go to light house there as it was closed. Amazingly, the coconut juice costed Rs 50 whereas here in Chandigarh we got coconut at Rs 40.
We came back and did jet ski ride at Rajiv Gandhi sports complex which Pramod gave us complimentary with package. We had hired scooty for us.
Then we straight went to Chatham sawmill. The entry ticket is 20 rs per person. There we saw museum and bomb pit where bomb fell during 2nd world war and saw how woods were cut to make different items.
From there we went to samudrika, where we saw types of corals and fishes in a small Aquarium.
(Ps: it can be avoided)
Then we went to anthropological museum where one can see the true culture and tribes of Andaman. It showcases how tribes live, what they wear and their homes.
Our next stop was cellular jail. One can feel the history over there. It takes an hour or two to see the cellular jail which showcases how the freedom fighters were used to live, what work they have to do and where they are hanged. When we went, there was renovation going on so we could not see Veer savarkar cell.
Then we went to Corbyn cove beach. The sun was setting and we took a long walk over there which was very soothing. We enjoyed there for an hour and came back to hotel.
Then we went for light and sound show at cellular jail which showcases the life of freedom fighters. It fills patriotism in our hearts. The show duration is one hour.
We went to New light house for dinner as I have searched on Google it's a good place but I didn't find it good. Firstly, the waiting time was so long and my wife who is pure vegetarian, got the taste of non-veg in gravy. So vegetarians must avoid and taste is also okay only.
It was a hectic day.