I've been travelling since 2009 and my first trip was at Arunachal Pradesh. Since then, I love to be in the mountains whenever I get the opportunity. Although I've travelled entire East Coast and some parts of the West Coast of India too still I never feel any attraction towards the sea.
After so many years of travelling in the mountains, I had suddenly felt an urge travelling to an Island as I've never been to an Island in my life. First and foremost name that had come to my mind was Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It's an Indian archipelago, situated at the Bay of Bengal, not so far from the mainland.
I've been planning this trip since last four years. First I was looking for a package tour. But later I found a package trip does not cover all the places or beaches that I want to visit and it’s a bit costly too. Then I was looking for friends or groups to make it with them. That too did not work. After so many if’s and but’s, I decided to make it solo.
As they say, if you go solo you can start any day but if you go in a group, you have to wait for others to start . So I'd planned a 10-Day Andaman trip meticulously after doing lots of online research for the first week of December and booked the air tickets on a whim. I'd taken the tickets through a reputed travel agency and it costs Rs. 14 K for to and from the journey. Then I went for ferry tickets for Havelock and Neil through http://www.greenocean.com portal followed by hotels through www.booking.com. You can book the ferries through https://ferrybooking.in also. Although Andaman is known as honeymoon haven for newly married couples, still it has a lot to offer for a solo traveller also.
Trip in a nutshell: -
Things I did in 10 days in Andaman Island:-
I roamed around Port Blair city, its bustling market on foot, used local buses, visited the Cellular jail, watched Light and Sound show.
Hopping some of the gorgeous islands Havelock, Neil, Redskin
Explored the enchanting beaches like Radhanagar, Kalapathar, Elephanta, Corbyn’s cove, Chidiya tapu, Lakshmanpur, Sitapur, Bharatpur busking in the sunshine, soaking in the glory of the sunset.
Cruising from PB - Havelock – Neil – Port Blair
Enjoying various water sports activities- scuba Diving, Glass bottom boat ride
Witness the mesmerizing underwater world, coral reefs.
Trek to Mundapahar through the deep forest path
Visited the Mount Harriet – the 3rd highest point of Andaman and last but not the least
Made a trip to Jarawa Island – Baratang and visited the Mud volcano and Lime stone cave.
That’s all .
A brief overview of the trip :
Day 1 : Visit Cellular Jail and watch the Light and Sound Show in the evening
I started my journey at dawn with a little bit nervousness towards Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose airport (Dumdum airport). After security check, while waiting at the lounge for boarding, I met a lady who was also travelling to Port Blair with a small group in the same flight. She became quite shocked to know that I was travelling alone.
It was a 2 hours 20 minutes journey. We were moving through the ocean of clouds. The different pattern of clouds on the backdrop of the blue sky was amazing.
As the flight started losing altitude, bird’s eye view of the Island through the shinning floating white clouds coming in to view. Lush green island with white pristine beaches surrounded by turquoise blue water, followed by an aerial view of the Port Blair city leaves you awestruck.