Seeing from high above....
After several aborted plans, my trip to Andaman Islands finally took off in February this year. I took an early morning flight with my family from Kolkata to Port Blair - ours was Indigo. There are also flights of Air India and Go Air. We reached the capital of Andaman around 9.30. Our travel agent picked us up from the airport and took us to a hotel called Ambika Residency. It is a budget hotel serving delicious bengali food and has very friendly staff.
The travel agent arranged for a car and we left for the Cellular jail. The jail is also famously called 'Kaala Paani' and is linked to India's independence movement. The jail has now been turned into a museum recollecting the sacrifices of the freedom fighters. Visiting the cramped cells at the place is quite a numbing experience - as most of them are extremely small, without ventilation and light.
From the Cellular jail, we left for the Corbyn cove beach nearby - it is a popular beach bustling with people. There are also water sports conducted here. It is a great place to view the sunset. After picking some eye-catching jewellery made of shells, we made way back to the hotel.
This was going to be an exciting experience - visiting the famous Limestone Cave and passing through the Jarawa reserve. Jarawas are a protected tribe who inhabit several islands in Andaman and Nicobar. Tourists are dissuaded from interacting with them as locals say that they might turn violent.