Trips and Itineraries for Andaman and Nicobar
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Surreal sights and the best of natures bounty is what one gets to see at Havelock Island. Dressed in tropical tree and silver sand, the island is a tourists haven and the cool blue waters washing the sand onshore is a delightful experience. The evenings here are a sight to behold with the sunning dipping in the far horizon. Havelock happens to be the largest of all the islands in the Andaman chain with palm trees and white beaches offering beach lovers an experience of a lifetime. The presence of a coral and marine life along the coastline of Havelock island makes diving possible and there are many other water activities that one can indulge in.
This island is known for its beaches and eco-tourism. Beach No. 7 on the western coast, better known as "Radha Nagar" Beach, is one of the most popular beaches on Havelock and was named "Best Beach in Asia" by Time in 2004. Other notable beaches include Elephant Beach on the northwest coast and Vijaynagar Beach (No. 5), Beach No. 3 and Beach No. 1 on the east coast.
Next morning at 5:30 we took a government ferry to Havelock Island which takes around 2 and a half hours. Being on the ferry and looking at the glimmering sea makes you realize why Andaman is also called the Emerald Islands. Barefoot at Havelock is located at Radhanagar beach, which has been awarded Asia’s best beach award by TIME magazine. True to its name, the resort asks you to take off your shoes/slippers before you enter the property. As soon as we got here, we went up to the beach to take a look. Our jaws literally dropped to the floor. We knew that we'd definitely spending a lot of time up here. We had a quick rest and a shower, and spent the evening just sitting by the beach and watching the sunset. Dinner at the restaurant in the resort is fabulous. You won't really feel like leaving Radhanagar beach, but we decide to also visit the Elephant Beach at Havelock. Trek up there through the beautiful Andaman beach and you'll feel like Indiana Jones. Elephant beach has adventure sports like jet-sking, and ocean walking and deep sea diving which are all fun to do. Later, eat at the German Bakery near the Dolphin Resort before heading back to Radhanagar. Spend the next few days in idyllic bliss which is a holiday on its own, but the slightly more adventurous can head back to Port Blair and take a ferry to Ross Islands, the place from where the British governed the entire Andaman and Nicobar lslands, prior to India’s Independence.
I practically have spent all my time here on this small island on both of my trips to the Andamans. It's not very crowded, and makes for a perfect getaway if you hail from a place like Delhi. You don't have cellular connectivity here much-so you can throw away your phones and just enjoy the time of your life! There are three govt ferriers, and some pvt ones too, that leave for Havelock from PB before 2p.m. So if you're arriving post-1pm, you can kiss the ferry good bye and stay overnight in Pb and maybe take the next morning ferry. Also, the ferries are jam-packed at all times of the year, so book your tix in advance!
Day 3 and 4: This place is a hub of dive shops. Engage in Discover Scuba Dives if you are a beginner or indulge in SSI and PADI courses if you have time and know swimming. Apart from that this place has one of the world's best beaches called the Radhanagar beach. Skip luxury and stay at Emerald Gecko; an eco-resort which has sweet little budget huts just a few steps away from the beach.
Havelock, Neil and most of the islands are a paradise on earth. Very distant from mainland India (it’s actually closer to Thailand than India), very hard to reach, this is the best of the best destination and my favorite place during my 5 months of traveling through India. There are only 2 ways to get there, either on a 3 or 4 day ship trip, which is a nightmare even for the most experienced backpacker, or by a couple of hours flight from Chennai. With very few tourists and little development, you feel this place is very real, pristine and pure. The beaches are clean, basically empty and the calm warm waters are more inviting here than anywhere else. One of the best sports on the planet for diving and snorkeling! Due to the distance and inaccessibility, these waters are filled with fish, from all kinds and colors. The corals are untouched, and awaiting to be discovered by the curious divers. We actually had the privilege to swim with a massive turtle and many fish which were bigger than myself. This was my first experience snorkeling and I fell in love! In Neil, there are massive cliffs and labyrinths, where you can explore the dramatic contracts between the canyons. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot a few manatees.
This is one of the most beautiful island in Andaman. This island has it all, from untouched white sand-blue water beaches to lush green tropical dense forest; from most lavish reports to the most basic stay options; from beautiful sunrise at one beach to mesmerizing sunsets at another. It has the world class scuba organisations which will give an experience of a lifetime and you don't even need to be a swimmer for that. For people of any age they have Sea Walk. It is as simple as breathing normally and walking on land with the help of divers who will never leave you on your own. You will experience the most beautiful underwater life. Beaches to see in Havelock : Radhanagar beach, Elephant beach, Kalapathar beach, Vijaynagar beach, beach no. 3. Activities to be experienced : Sea Walk, Snorkeling, Scuba diving, kayaking, beach volleyball. Tips : Although on the same time zone as India, its see's sunrise at 4:30 - 5:00 am, and sunsets at 5:00 - 5:30 pm. The people in the island sleep after 9 pm. The beaches have a unique fact, the sea water rather than increasing with the moonlight it actually retrieves after 2:00 pm.
We woke up at 5 in the morning and arrived early to ferry counter to check whether our tickets to Havelock were well taken care on short notice via booking agents/associates. On account of heavy rush due to Govt holidays, weekends and Janmashtami queued up; there were no chances we would have managed to bag 8 am ferry to Havelock, approx 3 hrs drive by sea; luckily we did. Timings - Port Blair - Havelock-> 6:20am, 11:30am, 2:00pm Havelock - Port Blair-> 9:00am, 2:00pm, 4:30pm Apart from the government ferries, catamarans also run between the islands. Makkruzz runs between Havelock and Port Blair whereas Coastal Cruise, on the other hand connects Neil with Port Blair and Havelock. In the peak season they make two rounds a day. One look at the glimmering waters makes you realize why Andaman stands true to its name- the ‘Emerald Islands’. As soon as we reached Havelock, we headed straight to Radhanagar beach- hailed as Asia’s best beach by TIME magazine. We freshened up in a beach side resort, had a quick bite and rented a bike to explore the idyllic bliss of the loving land. Resting in a shade with benches, sitting back and relaxing after we have soaked ourselves in the frothy waves of aqua green waters; we spotted number of dead corals in the silver white sands of Radhanagar. We spent the evening sitting by the beach, inhaling the fresh breeze blowing over the sea and watching the sunset. We then headed towards Kalapathar to treat ourselves with an exotic and exquisite experience of a late night walk strolling alongside the beach for long.There are other pleasant beaches too to explore like Elephant beach, Govindnagar and Vijaynagar beach. We then buzzed back to Radhanagar after having delicacies at German Bakery.
After breakfast the following morning, checked out from the Hotel to visit Ross Island [closed on Wednesday]. After that, we went to see the light and sound show at the Cellular Jail. Later boarded the ferry for the journey to Havelock Island.Upon arrival, proceeded for check-in at the hotel Sea Shell Beach Resort Enjoyed dinner and a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel. After breakfast at the hotel, proceeded to visit Elephant Beach followed by a session of Snorkelling. One may enjoy the underwater beauty through a glass bottom boat (if available and operational) instead of Snorkelling. We anyways preferred Snorkelling. Returned to the hotel in the afternoon. Post lunch, visited one of the best beaches in Asia – Radhanagar Beach. Enjoyed dinner and a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.
Ohh probably this is the best and most happening place on Andaman Islands.This is like Florida of US, Goa of India, Ibizza of Spain. Not having probably the night life like one of these places have, but still the serenity of this place makes it more happening.It has one of the best SCUBA diving locations in India and maybe Asia. The colour of the water was "MORE BLUE" than what blue colour is, one can easily see whats down there 20-30 feets in the water. Radhanagar Beach: As soon as we got here, we went up to the beach to take a look. Our jaws literally dropped to the floor. Rated as the No1 Ranked Beach in Asia, it's worth the Money. Elephant Beach: There is this adventure of sitting on the elephant and going underwater, although we were not able to do this because of some unfortunate reasons. Probably of all the Places in Andaman Havelock is the only one having a Great Night Life!!!!
Apart from the government ferries, catamarans also run between the islands. Makkruzz runs between Havelock and Port Blair whereas Coastal Cruise, on the other hand connects Neil with Port Blair and Havelock. In the peak season they make two rounds a day. One look at the glimmering waters makes you realize why Andaman stands true to its name- the ‘Emerald Islands’. As soon as we reached Havelock, we headed straight to Radhanagar beach- hailed as Asia’s best beach by TIME magazine. We freshened up in a beach side resort, had a quick bite and rented a bike to explore the idyllic bliss of the loving land. Resting in a shade with benches, sitting back and relaxing after we have soaked ourselves in the frothy waves of aqua green waters; we spotted number of dead corals in the silver white sands of Radhanagar. We spent the evening sitting by the beach, inhaling the fresh breeze blowing over the sea and watching the sunset. We then headed towards Kalapathar to treat ourselves with an exotic and exquisite experience of a late night walk strolling alongside the beach for long.There are other pleasant beaches too to explore like Elephant beach, Govindnagar and Vijaynagar beach. We then buzzed back to Radhanagar after having delicacies at German Bakery.
Havelock is the place to be, if you are keen to scuba dive. The coastal water surrounding these islands are the abode of one of the richest coral reef ecosystem is the world, making this a unique lifetime experience. There is always something fascinating or challenging about venturing into the underwater world. You will be mesmerized by clouds of colourful fish, your curiosity pricked by the mysterious remains of sunken ships or your creativity awakened by the art of underwater photography. The Symphony Palm beach has beautiful wooden cottages by the sea to rent out on this island which should be added to your to-do list.
One of the most beautiful islands in the Andamans. It was a beautiful place with cottages all along the Vijaynagar Beach. A cottage with full glass windows overlooking this beach – absolute bliss! There was a boat tethered a bit into the water – looked like a tourist attraction. Some people waded into the water and climbed on to the boat while some others went to book our slots for the most awaited part of the trip – scuba diving.
Next day early morning we boarded a ferry ship to Havelock Island. It was a great journey of 2 hours to south Andaman. Specially watching the sea on the deck was awesome. At Havelock we were received by the IRCTC guide and taken to the resort. After checking in we set out to explore surroundings. We inquired around to the locals and found beach #2 and 3, which turned out to be real surprises. No crowds, only few dogs, white sand, blue/green water - the best photos of our Canon 1200D were from these two beaches. Post lunch we went to Radhanagar beach, which was pretty crowded as it was famous for its sunsets. Had a good time there too. Next day we set out for Elephant bay island were we did snorkeling and glass boat ride. This island is also very beautiful and offers perfect locations for photos. We returned back to Havelock. Followed by lunch at 'Barefoot Bar & Brassiere' restaurant which had some good sea food, we set on to the ferry back to Port Blair. Followed by dinner there, we left for Chennai on the next day morning with memories of a life time.
Radhanagar beach at Havelock was bestowed with the title of ‘Asia’s Best Beach’ in 2004 by the TIME magazine. It is also listed as world’s 7th most spectacular beach on Time magazine list
Paradise!!Island is mostly covered in dense jungle with Turquoise Sea and snow white sand, a perfect destination for Sea, Sun and Sand holiday.Radha Nagar, Vijay Nagar and Elephant Beach all are beautiful, but my favourite is Kalapathar Beach secluded and serene.Best part is mobile connectivity is very poor.
Havelock Island, 57 kms east of Port Blair, can be reached by sea only via. Govt. operated ships or private owned cruise ships such as Makruzz, Coastal Cruise, Green Ocean etc. The Govt. owned ships are quite slow which takes around 5 to 6 hours to reach Havelock , but are quite cheap. On the other hand, the private operated crusie ships are much faster and will atleast 2 hours of your travel time, but the tickets are bit on a higher side as comparatively. Most importantly, the cruise ships can be conviniently booked over phone or internet. Well, our cruise booking was in Makruzz at 7: 15 am from the Phoenix Jetty, Port Blair. So we got up early the next day and rushed to the Jetty. The check in was hassle free at the boarding point, and soon we were inside the ship. The seating arrangement was in a large A/C hall which had some rows of seat upstairs too. The ship had a on board snacks bar, First Aid facility and all basic amenities. The experience of the ship sailing on the blue seas, tossing up & down on the waves, was quite exciting. Thankfully,unlike many passengers, I and my wifey never had the problem of sea sickness due to shaky rides on ships or boats earlier. So we could enjoy the ride and the beautiful sceneries around us. After sailing for nearly 3 hours, the ship docked at the Havelock Jetty at about 10 am. We were bit hungry at that time. So, after stepping onto the island we hired a two wheeler (a Honda Activa) and bought a road map of the island and went around in search of a descent eatery. In a shortwhile, driving down the road to Kalapathar Beach, we stopped by a Jewish resturant (namely Le Meridian, not to be confused with the 5 star luxury chain of hotels in the mainland ) where we had cheese tomato toast, fruit juice and a pastry before continuing our ride. After some 15-20 mins of ride, we reached the Kalapathar Beach. Believe me, the view was awesome, breathtaking, fabulous, gorgeous, bewitching, unforgettable and insatiably beautiful. The blue, turquoise sea, the silver white sand and the serene landscape spellbound us for several moments. It was truly a heaven on earth. We spent around two hours strolling on the beach holding hands & taking countless snaps of each other and of the scenic landscapes around us. Before setting off to the next spot, we quenched our thirst with sweet coconut water at Kalapathar Beach. The next stop was the world famous Radhanagar Beach. It was unbelievably scenic and its unparallel beauty once again captivated us with blue landscapes, crystal clear turquoise water and the pristine surroundings. Undoubtedly, Radhanagar beach was named the "Best Beach in Asia" by Time in 2004. There is one more famous beach in Havelock Island famous for snorkelling, Sea Walking and Scuba Diving, called as Elephant Beach, but due to paucity of time we could not include it in our plan. After having lunch on the island, we returned to the Havelock Jetty to catch our ship, this time in Coastal Cruise, at 3:15 pm to Neil Island. It took nearly 45 mins to reach Neil islands which I shall cover in my next blog soon...
SCUBA DIVING - in havelock island was first time experienced . Whenever I go beach and I'll keep on watching the water and thinking about what it is like to be in under the water ,So I experienced and it was one of the best moments in my life and I'll do it again na Davao. Where ever I go .
Its the most popular spot among the tourist. No doubt its beautiful, full of tourists, lively, variety of staying options and restaurants, full of life... We reached there in evening ans sad we had only a day for havelock so we hired a Scooter and early in the morning went to Kalapathar beach...it was serene.. then went up to the most hyped Radhanagar beach and it lived upto the hype being the cleanest and best. The sand is white and soft. On the way there was the forest camp from which one can walk to the Elephanta beach through a forest. You can also reach there by a ferry from havelock jetty but we liked the first option. On the way i noticed huge foot marks of elephants.. they come there to bathe but had no chance to see one..thats why may be it go its name.. 'Elephanta beach'. 'Swimming with Elephant' was available before but now its no longer done.
4) Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar IslandsOnce voted Asia's Best Beach by TIME Magazine, Radhanagar Beach is situated on Havelock Island in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Fringed by jungles and with a mountainous backdrop, Radhanagar boasts white sands and blue waters.
So yes, today was the day I had come to Andamans for. The day to enroll for the diving course!!! I had booked a ferry – Makruzz - through ExperienceAndamans site as I knew that it would not be possible to get a ticket on the day of travel. I reached the dock at about 6 AM for my ferry which was about to start at 6 45 AM. My journey aboard the ferry had started. In a while I went to the deck wherein I could view the entire sea. The sight of watching the sea, the various aquatic life, the gala celebrations (dance and music) and interactions with strangers kept me occupied. On reaching Havelock, I hired an auto to my place of stay – Gold Star Beach Resort. I quickly checked in and headed for the diving institute which was about 10 minutes of walk from the resort. The institute – DIVE India – also had some huts for residing but they were available only from the next day.I quickly met with the instructor who had asked me to fill up an application form and sign on a few declarations. There were a hell lot of health conditions that would prevent a person from taking a diving course. I was really petrified since I was suffering from a bad cold and was wondering if they would not allow me to dive. But I revealed my health condition and the instructor assured me that it was perfectly fine and just asked me to continue my course of medicine for 1 more day. I met up with 3 dive buddies – Ankita, Ayush and Akash who were friends and 4 of us were together for our certification course. Our instructor Sahil Lokhandwala asked us to quickly change into our dive suits for a snorkeling session. Please make sure you carry our swimsuit!! I was really excited for the snorkeling session which lasted for about an hour. He also tested our swimming skills. You need to be able to swim properly to pursue this course. So please make sure you take a 1 month’s swimming course before you go for this one. Post our session, we were asked to change our clothes, head for lunch – at Full Moon’s Café – and meet the instructor at the video room. We were asked to view 6 videos on the diving course. The course I enrolled was SSI Open Water Certification. It costs about 20K. The video sessions lasted for about 2 hours. We were handed some study material with 6 chapters and assignments at the end of the session which we had to complete before we finished the course. This course involved 4 dives, 2 shallow water dives, theory sessions, 1 test and was going to last for about 4 days. But we ended up doing 6 dives!As the day was getting over, I headed to my resort to do some assignments. I could not tag along with my buddies as they stayed over at the Dive Resort.
I shifted to the dive resort today. We had to report to the instructor at 6:45 AM. This course teaches one the techniques to communicate under water, assembling of the equipment (which was a tough one), wearing the equipment, plunging into the water and various ways to maneuver in the water. The depth limit is about 18 meters. With the advanced course, you can go upto 30 meters.We were taught to assemble the equipment. Post that, we had a theory session on communication and activities to be performed under water.We headed for our 2 shallow water dives in a boat. We wore our equipment and plunged into the sea. As I went into the waters, I really started feeling uncomfortable and the images that I had surfed through the internet crossed my mind. I had a feeling that I would not be able to complete the course because I just could not comprehend anything underwater and it was a totally different world. But I persisted since this was the ultimate goal of my solo trip. I did not want my efforts to get ruined. I told myself that everything would be fine and I just need to go with the flow. The instructor taught us the same skills underwater that he taught us on the shore. We were asked to watch him do the skills and perform them underwater. Some of the skills were – wearing the weight belt, helping the opponent with the alternate regulator in case his is out of air, removing the belts, removing the regulator and getting it back without looking at it, removing the mask and wearing it, etc.We did about 2 shallow water dives and got onto the boat. Now, we were headed for our official dives. We headed to NEMO Reef in Havelock. I was really excited with the fact that I wasn’t that bad in my initial sessions and I was going to DIVE!!! This place literally had white sand and green waters. We wore our equipment and plunged again. One of our dive buddies – Akash got quite uncomfortable and he could not do the dives. He was asked to rest at the boat. Meanwhile 3 of us went to explore the waters. These sessions again were more of learning ones wherein we had to perform the activities that we had learnt. I found it a little tough this time. I was actually finding it quite difficult to control my movement in the waters. And there was nothing to enjoy – I mean just sessions. Now, again, I wasn’t sure if I would pass the certification and if I really wanted to pass. The dives lasted for about an hour each.After lunch, I strolled around the resort for a while, lied down in the hammock and went through the water filled images in my mind. In a while, I carried my camera and me and my dive buddies went to the beach side to click some pictures together and of the nature. I really enjoyed this time with the nature, new friends and the camera. We spent a couple of hours there. The pet dogs of the resort were entertaining us. Post sunset we got back for our dinner and hit the sack.
All of us headed to Peel Island and Slope for our 2 dives. It was going to be an experience as we were not going to do any sessions as such, but just dives. We would be witnessing various corals, different types of fish, etc. Before going for our dives, Sahil had shown us a chart with the various types of fish and the hand symbols to communicate to us the name of the fish.The 4 of us did a somersault together and that was being captured in Ayush’s GoPro. It was a beautiful sight unlike the previous day. We did not have to worry about our learning skills today but just observe the various species that the underwater had to offer. In between my dive, I had to remove my mask as water had immersed into it and I just could not put it back properly without the water not seeping. I got a little petrified, lost control of my movement, could not spot the dive buddies (since the vision wasn’t clear) and I somehow started moving towards the surface of the sea. Worst case, I would have to swim towards the boat. As soon as I reached the surface, the instructor had come in search of me and calmed me down. He made me wear my mask properly and accompanied me below. I got quite annoyed with myself. In a while I was enjoying my dive again. Akash was doing pretty well today and hence he was able to complete both the dives without any issues. The other 2 dive buddies were already experts. We witnessed Octopus, Star fish, Corals, Stingrays, Flounders, Scorpion Fish, Bat Fish, Clown Fish, etc. We came back on the boat and discussed the various sea life that we had observed. We even had some samosas and cookies.Once we headed back to the resort, changed and had our lunch, we had to go for our theory sessions with our instructor. We went upstairs of the café wherein we sat on the wooden floor and listened to everything that the instructor was explaining us. The session went on for about 2 hours. After the session, we thought of going to Radhanagar beach which was about 12 kms away from the Dive resort.We hired 2 bikes and headed to the beach. I did not know that I was going to witness the most beautiful beach I had ever come across. White sand beaches with red leaves with the sunset was a perfect view. Just behind the beach was a thick green patch of trees. The view in the front, back, sides, and on the sky – was totally mesmerizing. I had never come across something that was so pleasing to my eyes. We took a path behind the beach which was covered with trees. There again, the entire land was covered with red leaves. At a time I had seen multiple colors – Red, Green, Brown, White… It was the most vivid path I had come across. Felt like staying there for a while. We were there for quite some time and headed back to the resort in our two wheelers. It was getting dark but I must say that the ride back was totally adventurous. Pitch black sky, no streetlights, with the only thing visible – few steps ahead and the twinkling stars. I happened to gaze at the sky during the entire ride. At that point, I was living in the present. All that mattered to me was what I was gazing at, the ride and this journey. I was thankful to the Almighty for making me experience all of this! We reached the resort and headed for dinner at a different restaurant and went back to our respective huts.
Today, we were supposed to do the ship wreck dive. I was really excited but we got to know that the visibility wasn’t great there. Hence, we had to cancel the dive. We headed to Pilot Reef for our last 2 dives. On reaching there, Sahil revealed that we were actually doing the ship wreck dive. I was head over heels on hearing this. As I went into the waters, I just couldn’t help my excitement. We witnessed it – MV Mars Vessel – covered in sand. There was a bunch of fish moving around the vessel. This vessel had sunk in 2008 when a storm had hit it. Luckily, all the passengers were saved. It was great coming close to a Titanic sort of an experience! The next dive was a normal one – just learning the different types of species underneath. We saw Electric Clamp, Feather Stars, Fusiliers, Parrot Fish, Lobsters, Golden Damsel, Staghorn Coral, Octopus, etc. on both our dives together.
Not paying heed to my friend's advice to take anti vomiting pill I soon realised my folly when 30 mins into the journey I rushed for a sea sickness bag and threw up! My co-passengers who had twisted their faces in disgust were quick to follow! I stared in disbelief at a bunch of people who danced away to glory on the ship's deck when most of us could barely manage to stand due to severe motion sickness.My sincere advice to all the travellers : take anti vomiting pill if prone to motion sickness, for the ship will sway left right and centre enough to cause stomach churning and throw up.The beauty of the sea at Havelock is several notches above any beach you will find in India. The crystal clear blue water, the fine white sand the vast expanse of heavenly blue sea with the white sand almost clayey in its texture will leave you asking for more. So what if I haven't visited 'famous beach destinations of the world. By the looks of it I knew - it was the closest I would ever experience of being there.
These islands are India’s best preserved treasures with neat and clean beaches with pristine beauty. Havelock Islands are located 2 hours away from Port Blair and the only access is through the water on MV Makruzz; a 5 star ferry used for transporting tourists to and fro from Havelock Islands at a very economical rate. The ride is very bumpy and it is advised not to eat too much before sitting in the boat.There is an old world charm in Havelock and it seems that time slows down. One can see travellers from all over the globe relaxing in beach shacks and staying for months at a stretch. Here beaches are numbered like Beach No 7 – Radhanagar Beach, Beach No 5 – where all the resorts are, etc.
Havelock is the fun island. Radha nagar beach, rated one of the best beaches in Asia is in Havelock and Elephant Beach offers all the water sports that you can think of! Add to it the clear blue waters, silver sands and a perfect sunny weather and you have the best beach holiday ever! We spent a whole day on Elephant island enjoying the various water sports. There is something called as the Under Sea Water walk. If you can take it, it shouldn’t be missed. The best thing is that you don’t need to know swimming to do this. Walking on the sea-bed and seeing first hand the corals, fishes and other aquatic beauties was a great experience for me. In the evening, we headed to Radha nagar beach to watch the sunset. The pristine, long beach looks like a painting. As the sun sets, the sun rays play over the soft waves making them look magical. The beach is long and never seems crowded. It was quiet even if there were dozens of people around. You can play in the waters or take a long soul searching walk along the beach, it’s perfect for everything.
Go beyond the Greater Andamans and stumble upon this white sand paradise. A rich coral reef ﬂoating beneath the waters and a lush green forest proliferating beyond the beach, Havelock Island is one of the most popular islands in the Andamans, located about 39 kms from Port Blair, accessible by boat.WHAT TO DO:This stretch of the Bay of Bengal has a fascinating marine life, drawing travellers from around the world, especially between mid-January and mid-May. Some of the best diving sites are at the Lighthouse, The Wall, the Pilot Reef, and the Dixon’s Pinnacle, and getting there is easy on a speedboat; the beaches are lined with guides. When on shore, forest trekking routes claim your daylight hours. Book into the luxurious Wild Orchid Resort (wildorchidandaman.com), or Silver Sand (silversandhavelock.com).
Amongst the safest yet most fun things to do in Andaman and Nicobar is sea walking, and it is pretty common at the Havelock Islands because of their calm & clear waters. It's the best thing for people that are not into the thrill of scuba diving at the Cinque Island. Located 41 kms from Port Blair, these are the largest islands in Ritchie's Archipelago. Havelock was also named the "Best Beach in Asia" by Time Magazine in 2004, so you know it'll be quite something.4. Wander the shoreline at Elephant Beach
Visit the Havelock Island. This is the most popular part of the Andamans and is a backpacker's paradise. The stunning underwater life here makes it the favourite diving destination amongst tourists in all of South Asia.
The largest island of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Havelock Island is known for its pristine beaches, coral reefs and great scuba diving experience.
Next day started my journey to havelock island through makruzz (a good and fine ferry i had ever seen). Cost per person to travel in makruzz to reach havelock is 900 indian rupees. Reached havelock in 2hrs.
Next morning around 9.30am i checked out my room to move to kalapather beach. Nothing can give you a clean beach view other than those one of the few spectacular beaches. In that case Kalapather beach is next to radhanagar beach. In kalapather beach you cannot take bath but am sure that it will be the perfect place for photoshoot.
Marked by pristine beaches and the most sublime diving locations, Havelock deserves a lot more attention in a country where tourists automatically just think of Goa and Kerala when the term "beaches" is mentioned. And if you're seriously looking for the best places to visit in March in India, these islands will most definitely satisfy your vacation urges. Just relax at the quaint cafes by the beaches and stare at the clearest moon at night.Things to do: Scuba diving with turtles at Neal's Cove Beach. Glass bottom boat tour where you can check out coral reefs and colourful fish underwater. Trekking on the Japanese Hill.Food: Get just about anything at the various food joints here, but seafood is a must try. Try the prawns and wood-fired pizzas at Rony's.Weather: Average – 26 degrees Celsius. High – 31 degrees Celsius. Low – 22 degrees Celsius.Average Expenditure Per Head (excluding flights): Rs. 20,000 for 5 days.How to reach: The only way you can reach Havelock is by air. Port Blair is the nearest airport (well-connected to all major locations) and you can take a ferry from there.For an extended guide on Havelock, refer to this trip.
One of the most beautiful places ever visited! I stayed in Barefoot scuba, a basic resort. I feel in places where only nature lovers come have a different feel. Professional yet very friendly, laidback and quiet place. The visitors were not tourists passing by, but lovers of the land. And, they made me vegan food!
Day 2: After An early Breakfast I proceeded towards the Havelock Island by a Private Cruise. And for the first time i felt so close to the sea which i have been watching from a distance since now. The private Ship cruising , cutting the waves and sailing amidst the great Blue. There were music, food and all sorts of fun in the Cruise. It was one of my favorite Cruise rides from Port Blair to the Havelock Island. It took around an hour or so to reach the pretty island. A True Nirvana with beautiful white beaches and a canopy of green surrounding the island. I went to the Radhanagar Beach. This beach is ranked “7th best beach in the world” by Time Magazine and it didn't disappoint me. I felt like fairy tales coming alive , so perfectly painted on nature's canvass.After a short exploration I availed another Ship from Havelock and forged by tent (Read checked in to a Hotel) in Neil Island. It's a short 30 min journey amidst the great blue from Havelock Island to Neil Island.I still remember spending that night under a thousand stars on a tiny Island miles away from the claustrophobic city Life. The sound of waves lashing into the shores, the twinkling stars and that feeling of staying on an island. I felt how little is my existence in this universe.
Convincing your parents to be allowed to go on a solo trip never has and never will be easy. Mine wasn’t either. It took me a week to convince my parents to let me go for solo trip with a little blackmail and a birthday bribe. After all the necessary drama, I finally booked my tickets to Port Blair. The main intention of this trip was to do the Open Water Scuba Diving Course.I booked myself on the 5:50am GoAir which was rather perfect given it had only a 35 min stop in Chennai.I was a little more than nervous given that it was my first solo trip and of course Scuba Diving.I reached Port Blair at 11am where I met Nagesh from Diveindia. Because I had sometime before my ferry to Havelock, I visited the famous Cellular Jail of the Andamans. Little did I know, this was going to be the turning point of my trip. I met two amazing people because of whom this trip has been amazing. IIl refer to them as my trip buddies. I spent about an hour at the jail which was quite interesting. Nagesh picked me up at about 12 and dropped me off at the ferry terminal at 12:30. I had a 1:30 pm ferry which would reach Havelock by 4pm. Makruzz is definitely a good choice for your ferry journey. Once at the port, Diveindia had arranged my pick up there as well. I reached DiveIndia where my standard hut was ready. The standard hut has only a bed with a wooden shelf stand. There are common toilets. Pick the standard hut only if you are comfortable with the toilets being outside.I rested for some time and then visited The Full Moon Cafe which is in Diveindia itself.The food is amazing though a bit expensive. The veg falafel wrap was definitely a good choice.With all the travelling, I went to bed early.
We boarded the Green Ocean ferry to Havelock from jetty at 6:40 am. Reached Havelock at 9:15. After some rest at the hotel and lunch, we got scooties(a lot of bargaining is possible both on security deposit and rent) on rent and started for Radhanagar Beach. It is around 45 mins from the market area. This beach is the one of the most beautiful ones I have ever seen. You can play, swim or just relax. We returned to hotel on sunset and pre-booked our slot for scuba diving for the next day while returning.
At 4:40am we left for sunrise at Kalapathar Beach. It was a mesmerizing feeling, just our group on the beach, enjoying the sun rise, dancing, playing, singing. After the sunrise, we returned to hotel, got ready for the Scuba and headed for breakfast at Fat Martin cafe. It serves great breakfast and loveliest desserts. After the filling meal we headed for the Scuba Experience at beach no. 2. The rest of the day was free and we decided to go to Radhanagar again and play games at the beach.
Early in the morning (7 am) we started for Elephant Beach. There are 2 options to reach the beach, by boat or by a 1.8km trek. We chose to trek. It was a simple trek of around 20-30 mins through the woods and mangroves. This beach offers glass boat ride, banana ride, sofa ride, sea walk, etc. There is also a small area for swimming in the sea. After some water sports and some time on the beach we chose to return. While returning the mangroves was filled with water from the sea(upto knee height max).We boarded the return ferry(makruzz gold) at 3:45 and returned to port Blair
Had a nice stay at wild Orchid. Being vegan, food was not an issue with me. I relished food, drinks and ambience of wild orchid. Hotel had huts to offer and were clean & managed well. The property is at walking distance to the beautiful beach. On request, Hotel was also able to offer us private beach dinner on the beach at the cost of Rs. 3500/- for couple. :) :) :) An evening to remember.
A 30min boat ride from Neil island will reach you to Havelock island. The World's 7th Best beach and Asia's Best beach, known as Radha Nagar Beach is one of the popular virgin beach in India. Crystal clear water, golden sand and lot of adventures water sports like Scuba diving, Snorkeling, Sea walk, Banana boat ride can be basked here. A small trek of 3 km through tropical forest takes to Elephant beach. This beach was hit by Tsunami, a decade back. The remains of the devastated trees and mangroves can be spotted here. Scuba dive is an unforgettable experience which reveals the deep water corals, various sea creatures, fishes.
Havelock Island is the place to be for all the watersports enthusiasts as Andaman is filled with numerous scuba diving centres. The best past is that you don't even have to know swimming to get your PADI certificate.Best Time To Visit: AprilOther Things To Do: Enjoy parasailing, swim with elephants and the Beach Festival at Corbyn’s Cove Beach, Port Blair. 7. Cliff Diving At Coconut Islands Near Mangalore, Karnataka
Our ferry was huge, almost the size of a ship and was also carrying vehicles. We occupied the seats on the deck and our journey to Havelock began. I stood on the edge of the deck watching the jetty as the ferry cut through the blue waters. Soon the jetty went out of sight. It was a pleasant day and the sea looked tranquil and melancholic. The sunlight falling on the deep blue sea formed turquoise prisms on the water. I stood there for almost an hour watching the enormous sea, the white bubbles on the side as the boat treaded the water.
At 6:45 am,we boarded Green Ocean Cruise at 6;45 am and reached Havelock Island around 9:00 am.We had planned our stay in El Dorado Beach Resort which is situated along Vijaynagar Beach and was 05 minutes walk from the famous Full Moon Cafe(please try their fresh fruit juices and Special Breakfast here).After our lunch,we proceeded to Kalapathar beach .Even though swimming is restricted due to the black rocks around and underneath the sea,we clicked some great photos here.
I have sea sickness and the moment we hopped into a government ship for Havelock, I started feeling nauseated. Travel makes us responsible. Today, my brother was in charge. He took me to the upper deck and made me drink liquids. I understood now that the distance between us is because we never communicated. We sat together on the deck and spoke.Those who have been to Andamans say that Havelock is the real Andamans. The island, situated 41 km northeast of Port Blair, is not overtly populated. It has soft beaches, with white sand and clear waters, making it ideal for families to laze around.Also, Havelock is a paradise for adventure sports lover. Havelock is popular across the globe for scuba diving and snorkeling.We were at Havelock for just a day and yes we didn’t do justice to this place. Havelock has many beautiful beaches scattered along its coastline but Radhanagar Beach was the prettiest of them all. It was named the "Best Beach in Asia" by Time in 2004 and in 2017, Radhanagar Beach held the 8th spot in the TripAdvisor's 'World's Travellers' Choice Award-Winning Beaches'.God must have spent a little more time decorating this beach.The blue waters, white sand and the shore lined with trees, this beach is a gem. Kick off your sandals and be a toddler again.This is the most photogenic beach we have ever seen. The waters are wonderful for bathing and we were in the water for more than three hours.Nights at Havelock are different. This tiny island has a crazy side too and you can explore it well on a cycle. Pay Rs 100 and the cycle is yours for the day. You might think if you are cycling on an unknown island in the evening, you could be mugged.But here, at Havelock, it’s comfortingly safe.So, as night falls, you see people heading to the bars and restaurants, enjoying a laid-back and relaxing dinner. It was an exciting and tiring day for us and we gleefully tucked into a sumptuous seafood platter of crabs and shrimps.Day 5Havelock and Neil Island
Havelock IslandsWe were welcomed by pristine crystal blue water in Havelock. As Scooty was pre-booked, it was given to us on Jetty itself. Havelock is a small island of 92 km2 which can be experienced nicely with Scooty. We reached to our hotel, kept our luggage and drove to ‘Dive India’, company operating scuba diving in Havelock, where my dream was waiting to be fulfilled.
Off to Havelock Island.We started at 6 am in the morning. Took a government ferry (you need to book this a day before)it is better if you have someone who can do this for you. My friend's mom was a really helpful lady she provided with the tickets and stay booking.After reaching Havelock at around 8 am, we checked into our resort - Dolphin resort. A serene place with the worlds most beautiful beach right at your doorstepPro tip : Do not stay in the ship steerage/cabin, when the ship starts go to the deck and stay there, massive sea sickness will hit you if you stay down.
Pro tip: all restaurant close by 5 pm so make sure you eat before that.Scuba diving dayGot up early by 6 am we had our scuba diving session booked. Reached the spot and had the time of our life. No prerequisites even non swimmers can enjoy this activity. There are basically 2 types of scuba programs conducted, - shallow diving (2,500) and deep sea diving (3,500). I would recommend you to go for deep sea. The cost difference is about a 1000 rupees. After finishing up everything we headed to sight seeing around the island. Places to cover - Radhanagar Beach, Kalapather beach.
“Munjoh” literally means “mine”—and it truly lives up to its name for being every bit private and decadent. Its handpicked amenities, personalized experiences, personally trained staff, painstakingly created interiors and thoughtfully crafted menus vouch for all of this. This spectacular four-star property in the Andamans’ pristine Havelock Island has a lush tropical lagoon setting and offers 16 exclusively designed rooms offered under the categories of Ocean Suite and Luxury Villa.
The most popular location to scuba dive is Andaman is in the Havelock Island, which has around 25 sites. Some of the most popular ones are:
Day 2 - Havelock IslandWe set forth for Havelock. We decided to climb up the deck to get a glimpse of the bay and it was just spectacular. We were surrounded by the the blue waters and we could see the islands far away. I had never seen anything like this before. As we began interacting with few enthusiastic fellow locals, we got to know that majority of the immigrants settled there were Bengalis, followed by Tamilians. We reached after more than 3 hours. As we de-boarded, we saw the clear water with a tinge of green - mesmerizing! We reached our next stay, The Eco Villa Beach Resort on Govind Nagar Beach. A lovely resort run by a loving family. The best part of this resort is, it is a divers’ resort, you don’t need to go anywhere else to scuba dive. Right from the bamboo houses made by the villagers to the beer bottles used in the foundation of the rooms, everything about this place was eco-friendly. Our room opened its door to the view of the beach. We couldn’t have asked for more. The beach is so beautiful that you wouldn’t mind just sitting there doing nothing. But we had rented a bike to visit the different beaches on the Island, so we rode to Kalapathar beach, a natural beach with white sand, at one end of the island. We were in awe of the many blue shades of the water, one of the best beaches ever.
If you have been procrastinating that trip to the Andaman Islands, I recommend you plan your holiday without further delay. It is the most satisfying experience you'll have if you love the beach and what's best, you'll do it without drilling a hole in your pocket. For those on a slightly tight budget, Havelock is your pocket friendly substitute to Maldives/ Mauritius/ Bali (beach wise). The beaches are not crowded, there are few tourists and a handful of restaurants/ cafes and if you spend 2 days on the island, you'll practically start recognising people because there are so few! Rent a bicycle and enjoy your stay!Once you land in PortBlair, take the ferry to Havelock Island. It costs around INR 1,200 one way. The best thing about Andamans is the extremely poor network connectivity. You are literally cutoff from the rest of the world.
When it comes to beautiful and serene tourists spots in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, there is no lack of places. Around 40 kilometers from the world famous place Port Blair is Neil Island that is referred to as the Vegetable bowl of Andaman. The island got tagged as this due to the fact that much of the produce comes from here. A favorable climate and high farming standards has resulted in great harvests and thus the place has become extremely famous. Neil Island is as beautiful as the others and some famous places close to this spot are Bharatpur, Laxmanpur, and Sitapur.
The island is located 40 km north-east of Port Blair. It occupies an area of 18.9 square km .The population of the island is 4000 (approx) . Agriculture is the primary occupation of the villagers. Surrounded by crystal clear blue water this island has some picturesque beaches like the white sand beach and crystal clear blue water of Laxmanpur and the Sitapur beach is ideal for swimming. There is a lone jetty at Bharatpur, which serves as the only entry–exit point of the island. We enjoyed a glass bottom boat ride and enjoyed watching the corals. Scuba Diving snorkeling activities are also popular here .
One may also plan Havelock via Neil island- one of the most beautiful islands of Andaman and Nicobar group. The place has some of the most beautiful beaches like Laxmanpur and Bharatpur beach. For that you need to take one more day in your kitty. Bharatpur beach is right next to jetty and is known for its corals. Best during the early hours of the day. Laxmanpur beach is a beautiful, white sandy beach full of shells and dead corals and has a beach that is very wide and long and provides an awesome view for an evening walk. Havelock is about an hour and a half ferry ride from Neil.
After buffet breakfast the next day, checked out from the hotel. Transferred to jetty to board the ferry to Neil Island. On arrival at Neil,we proceeded for check in at the hotel Sea Shell Beach Resort(Same franchisee as that at Havelock and Port Blair). Later proceeded to Laxmanpur Beach or Bharatpur Beach (depends completely on sea tide conditions) Enjoyed dinner and a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.
Driving though a thick dense forest for about 10 minutes ( was petrified when i was in the deep alone) it opened to one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. ... The forest was a pleasant surprise with yellow and orange thrushes for company. A swim in the ocean when the skies open up is the most blissful feeling for a nature lover like me
Things you can do at Neil: -View sunset from Sunset point and walk back to your hotel along the beach in pitch dark (carry a headlamp) -Watch moon-rise from the edge of the jetty -Search for new swimming spots -Read a book while swinging in a hammock -Hunt for hidden spots of natural beauty -Walk the entire length of Neil Island. It is pretty long walk starting from Sitanagar beach and ending at Sunset Point -Sleep, swim, sip on coconuts, read and laze -Make a sand volcano and watch the waves devour it at high tide -If you are lucky (or unlucky) get stuck at Neil during a hurricane and wake up to a 'red dawn'
This island primarily consists of 3 beaches and mere 1-2 natural spots(Howrah bridge also known as Rock formation). Spending a day here was more significant for me because it was my birthday then and enjoying your birthday on a small island, detached from the rest of the world, no network in phone(a good thing in a way), lost amidst nature's never-ending serenity which was only getting better and richer, was no less than an unasked wish granted.
Neil Island, one of the favourite tourist destinations off the coast of Port Blair, is a popular diving destination too along with other water sports like snorkelling. Dotted by clean, turquoise blue, serene and pristine beaches at Bharatpur, La
As we sailed on the Coastal Cruise ship from Havelock Island on 15/12/2014, the scenic memories of the blue & pristine beaches kept on resonating in our minds. We had a feeling of an ultimate bliss at that time, but we never knew what more beautiful & exciting was kept in store for us in Neil Island, untill the next day i.e, on 16/12/2014. We docked after sailing for 45 mins. in Neil Island. It was about 4 in the afternoon, but this tiny island being on the far east of the Indian territory, Sun was fast setting down on the westen horizon. So we hurridly set off to our pre-booked resort located near to the Lakshmapur Beach, the Pearl Park Beach Resort (booked through makemytrip.com), so that we don't miss the splendid sun set in the Bay of Bengal. Unfortunately, after checking in to the resort, by the time we got ready and reached the spot just in the backyard of the resort, we were disappointed to find the western horizon completely covered by clouds and the Sun was hardly visible through those clouds. So, we had to satisfy ourselves with our personal photoshoot in the beach with the reddish western horizon as the backdrop. Even after nightfall, we preferred to stay there in the beach to spend some quiet time between us. After an hour or so, we finished up our dinner and hit the bed by 10pm. The next day, we woke up early and in casual attire, we went for a stroll in the beach nearby to enjoy the scenery early morning. The sea water appeared normal but the moment sun rays illuminated the beach, the water started to turn blue gradually and soon it turned turquoise. The sand was as usual white. We captured some of the scenic moments there and returned to our resorts after nearly 2 hours. Post breakfast we hired an autorickshaw, who readily agreed to take us a full day sightseeing in the island after some bargaining (courtesy : my dear wifey). The first place to visit is the very popular 'Howrah Bridge', as called locally by the dominant Bengali population settled here since many generations. It is actually a natural rock formation that resembles a bridge and is quite prominent once the tides recede overnight. Due to high tides in the night and its withdrawl in the day time, sea waves leave behind countless pools of clear water in the rocky beaches of Laxmanpur wherein variety of colourful marine life like star fish, sea cucumber, corals, sea horses etc., can be seen. It was truly a fabulous experience. We walked for nearly 200 mtrs on the rocky beach to reach the local 'Howrah Bridge' which was really a wonderful rock formation. There were other beautiful and intricate features around, which Mother Nature had made over millions of years. We had long hours of photo session there, and thereafter, moved to our next site in the island.
It is a tiny but beautiful island. One can easily stroll through the whole island. Its a simple village not much crowded with tourists like Havelock. The beaches are named after Ramayana characters as Laxmanpur beach, Bharatpur beach, Sitanagar beach, and Ramnagar beach. early morning we started for sitapur beach for sunrise. Bharatpur beach is ideal for swimming and all kinds of water activities. there are many shops selling sea items and fancy items made out of it. Went to see the spectacular sunset at laxmanpur beach. Then there is Natural Coral Bridge..amazing.. You have to walk a little to get there. I found some tiny colourful fishes and starfish within the coral formations...it was all so beautiful.
Blessed with splendid reefs and a thriving population of rare tropical species, the Andaman Sea is a great place for your first dive. The prices are increasingly affordable and the island is a picture of tranquility.
That’s it… We were done with all the dives. Now, we were headed to finish our assignments. We took a couple of hours to finish those and were given our test papers. Yes. We had to take our tests. We took about half an hour to complete the test. We discussed the answers during the test! Somehow, managed to pass. We headed to the first floor of the café wherein we chatted for a while. And had some weed. I don’t remember if it was heroine. This was my first time. I did not even get high. Sahil was there with us and we all had a gala time. It was my last night at the institute. Finally, we were all certified. The other 3 were going to stay back to do their advanced course. I felt gloomy that I had to leave the next day. I should have just stayed back here.
I woke at about 5 today to spend my last few hours here with the nature that I had fallen in love with. It was simply holding me back. I did not want to leave this place. The huts, the sun kissed beach, the hammock, the white sand, the café, my dive buddies and instructor – I was going to miss everyone and everything so much. I just lied down on the hammock for about half an hour before getting ready to leave the place. At breakfast I met up with my dive buddies and bid them goodbye. I made the final payments, met Sahil, hugged him and thanked him for the beautiful experience that he exposed me to and left the place with a heavy heart. There are some moments in life which you want to hold on to forever and just don’t want to move forward. This was one such moment! But, I had to leave.The ExperienceAndamans agent picked me up from the resort and dropped me at the ferry location. I had boarded the ferry to Neel Island. After an hour of ride, we had landed there. It was quite sunny and pretty hot. I did not enjoy my day there since I was missing my previous experience and I was quite alone. Another agent picked me up from the ferry location and took me around Neel Island. I took a boat ride, went to a deserted place wherein there was a rock bridge and finally headed back to the board the next ferry back to Port Blair. The night ride in the ferry was quite different. Pitch black everywhere and it was flowing in a great speed. By the time I reached the same Ashiaana Residency, it was about 9 PM. I freshened up, had some meals and resigned for the day.
This is one of the small islands that we visited. It is habited and there are boat rides at fixed times that take you to Port Blair and Havelock. I loved it for the simple island life that it offers. The hotel that we stayed in had cycles and bikes on rent, using which one could explore the island. There aren’t many attractions that one can see in Neil island so those wishing to look for adventure can skip it. We went to the beach in the evening to watch the sunset. It was the most laid back one day that we enjoyed in our trip.
Take some more time to explore what Havelock has to offer. Once you've had your fill, take an hour long ferry ride to Neil Island. If all you want is to laze on the beaches and soak in some sun, then Neil Island is the place you want to be. The general pace of life here is relaxing and the beaches, people and market perfect for a beach holiday.A visit to the Neil Island requires you to take a ferry ride from Port Blair via Havelock Island and that takes about 30 minutes. The ferry has different timings which varies if you take a private jetty or a government ferry. The ticket will cost you approximately about Rs.380 to Rs.750.
Next day morning arount 9am i checked out my room and moved to natural bridge. A lery less activities to do here not much. Moved to port to go port blair.
Day 8: In the morning, after having breakfast we went to Bharatpur beach. Here lots of water sports activities can be done. We took a ride on the glass bottom boat. The corals were visible from the boat, though I felt snorkeling is a far better option if one is interested.
As I was soaking in the stunning visual in front of me, I heard a voice asking me whether he could occupy the vacant seat next to me. He was tall, broad shouldered guy with a mop of dark hair and scythe shaped eyebrows that were offset by a boyish grin. He was sporting a Ryan Gosling beard that had a tinge of salt and pepper style. To top it all he had a husky voice. He must be in late thirties, and he looked handsome AF. I swear men when they age, they tend to become smarter and dapper. The initial courtesy exchanges were the conversation starters, after which topics easily flowed between us when we found out we liked some of the same books. We talked about movies, politics and most importantly travel. He worked with a major travel giant in UK and had travelled to some 30 countries and he was planning to stay in the island for good 3 months. My travel aspirations grew higher hearing his stories. The 3 hours cruise ride flew in a jiffy or that’s what it felt like. Finally I bid bye to him and took a rick to my resort. It struck to me then that neither of us asked names nor exchanged numbers.Getting StrandedWith the entire day in hand, I started exploring the island. It was remote, scenic and exotic making it the prefect destination for my birthday. As the day passed by, the stormy weather from Chennai had followed me all the way to Andaman. Clearly the weather Gods couldn’t believe that I was finally enjoying the day so they had decided to put on a show. Which started as mild rainfall transformed into a never-ending downpour, armed with strong winds and heavy tides (Perks of having your birthday in December).
Day 3: Neil is a very tiny island with lot of things to explore. I quickly ticked off Natural Rock Formation at the Laxmanpur beach , a spectacular view of naturally formed bridge like structure, a must visit. Next up was the Bharatpur beach and sitapur beach.Activities At the Neil Island: Scuba diving, Snorkeling,Fishing,Swimming, Water Cycling, Trekking, Glass Boat Coral Sight seeing and many more.
Offbeat and off the grid, Neil islands is a small island in the Andaman coast and hardly spoken about. The ocean is sapphire blue and the beaches are pristine. For the perfect getaway, one can easily check in a tiny cottage off the beach and enjoy the rest of the day reading a book or walking on the clear sandy beaches. A ferry leaves regularly from port Blair for the Neil islands. Get into a hotel for a few days, since there are quite a few! It’s the best time to mingle with the locals, try the in house cuisine and the sea food available. Neil Islands is an exotic vacation waiting just for you!
Neil island is one of the most beautiful island of Andaman, a place to laze on the beaches and soak in some sun. A 1 1/2 hr cruise ride from Port Blair will take you to Neil island. Bharatpur beach, Sitapur beach, Laxmanpur beach are great for enjoying water sports, sunrise, sunset. Handcrafted ornaments made from sea shells can be shopped here. Natural bridge is a rock formation with open beach on one hand and lush green forest on the other.
For a person who connects more to the mountains than beaches it is a little difficult to fall head over heels for an island. But believe me Neil will make you fall in love with it in the first sight itself.Neil islands is one of the islands in the southern part of the Andaman and Nicobar group of islands in India.Reaching there:The only airport in Andaman is situated in the capital city Port Blair. It can be reached by flights via delhi, chennai and kolkata. Once in port blair make your way towards the jetty. There are only 2 departures per day to go to Neil. A private cruise departing around 7:30am and a government ferry that leaves around 2pm. The government ferry is almost booked always because of cheaper rates and locals getting first preference. The cruise is therefore the best option. Tickets per person start around 700-1200 depending if you travel, economy, upper economy or premier class. It is around an hour and a half journey from port Blair to Neil. The cruise is fully air conditioned with canteen and restroom facilities and doesnt even make you feel sea sick. So be assured its going to be a smooth ride.1: Small island : less peopleWith the total length of the island being 14kms and a population of about 2k this is the place you would want to be to find that inner peace. The sun rises on one side and sets at the other side of it. You can hire a scooty or a bike and ride through the entire island twice or thrice daily. Being samller in size and lesser known than havelock, it sees comparatively less tourists2: No mobile networks, no wifi, no cable tv-It actually takes you back in timeBsnl is the only operator which gives you ntework on this island. At times airtel as well will allow you to make and recieve calls. But all your 3G and 4G data packs wont work here so all that Instagram boomerangs and facebook check ins will have to wait. The only channel that comes on the TV is Doordarshan and maybe another one or two. So only a few handful people own a TV on the island. They still have a Panchayat, an active post office, a primary health care center and a typical village market where people sit under the banyan tree and actually talk to each other.3: The day starts at 6am and ends by 8pm.All the shops and eateries will open by 6-7am. People here get up as the sun rises and go back home as it sets. So the main market will shut down by 8pm so make sure you take everything that you need till then. Some restaurants stay open till 10pm max. So back to age where the sunrise and sunset schedules your day and not the clocks.4: No fancy restaurants, no petrol pumpsThere are only 3-4 big resorts at both ends of the island that have proper restaurants somewhat fancyish. Other than that there are only small eateries and shacks,some of whom serve the most amazing meals. There is no petrol pump on the island. Fuel is available in 1 litre bottles in almost all shops. So make sure to keep your tank full before sunset, because after the shops close its really difficult to find fuel.5: Amazingly sweet and honest peopleLike when i dropped my wallet on the road while riding the bike, A car  followed me a good 300-400 hundred meters to return it. Once late at night when the scooty ran out of fuel so we left it in the main market and a local guy dropped us in our hotel for free. After reaching we realised that we kept the helmet and sunglasses on the handle itself. We went back there in the afternoon to find both of them still present. Every random person you smile and wave at will wave back with a bigger smile.Two of the many examples why i fell in love with these people almost instantly.6: One of the best corals in the country.I guess not only Neil but the entire Andaman and Nicobar islands have the best corals. So all you scuba lovers, this is the place to be. An amazing variety of fishes, clear visibility under water and colourful corals will want you to never come up. There are a number of shops which will even help you do a course in scuba diving, it is after all the island's most famous and favourite water sport. 7. Clean beaches, blue waters.The beaches are super clean and almost have white sand, which makes up for some amazing pictures. The sea is different shades of bright blue and green. And towards the shore the water is almost transparent allowing you to see the beautiful corals. One can spend hours just laying on the beach listening to the waves and watching the stars.8: Beautiful roads with tall trees lining both the sides.Even on a busy evening,being on the road feels sooo peaceful. With trees lined on both the sides and birds chirping continuosly, you just cant get enough walks and strolls on them throught the day and night. The roads are well maintained and beautiful.9: Blue sea resturantThis one little shack is unlike the ones you have ever visited. Right at the entrance, the skull of a blue whale welcomes you. Hippie is the word that comes to your mind when you see the place. With small lights, shells and blue whale bones making up for wall hangings as decor. Run by a sweet bengali couple, the first conversation they have with you will be about the skull. You need to go to this place for the best sea food in the world, like literally. But you should go and give your order 3-4 hours prior so that they can catch and cook fresh sea food for you. It is very famous amongst the foreign nationals. And this is the only place on the island that stays open till 1-2am, till the costumers dont leave. Go their for some amazing grilled fish, crab curries and nutella pancakes and to make friends from other countries.10: Everything is dirt cheap.We stayed in a room with shared bathrooms that cost us 400 bucks per day, that is even less than your Starbucks coffee. Breakfast cost for 2 people- 70-80₹ Activa on rent- 300₹ a day, petrol-80₹ per bottleSnacks- 30-40₹Lunch and dinner for 2- 250-300₹ depending on where you eat and what you eat. (Cost for Seafood will obviously be more)Milk and milk products are expensive because the island does not have its own milk production and have to import all of it from port blair.Also carry your own alcohol, very difficult to find it here.So instead of saving for Maldives and Mauritius, visit this little island in your homeland and give it a chance to enchant you with its beauty. Go there before it gets famous ,crowded and loses its charm.
At 1:45 pm,we boarded Makruzz for our journey to Neil Island.After reaching Neil Island,we proceeded straight to Howrah Natural Bridge(another marvel nevertheless).The path is rocky due to corals and one has to tread carefully .We then proceeded to Laxmanpur beach for the spectacular sunset.
You can also explore other islands around the area. A private ferry from Havelock brings you to Neil Island. This tiny, lush green island with sandy beaches and the bluest of blue waters is located 36 km by ferry from Port Blair. With a total population of just 4,000 people, its relaxed vibe will drown you in its charm! Located about half a kilometer from the jetty lies Bharatpur beach, which is a great spot for sunbathing and shopping for souvenir T-shirts and other trinkets.
Neil Island, a neighbour of Havelock is located in the Ritchie's Archipelago. It has around five diving sites, of which Bus Stop with its sloping sandy bed, K Rock, with its gentle current, and Margherita’s Mischief with its crystal clear water are suitable for all kinds of divers.
Day 5 - Neil IslandThis time we took the private Mak cruise. We reached Neil in an hour or so and we checked into Tango Beach Resort, on Laxmanpur beach, one of the 2 oldest properties in Neil Island. Neil Island unlike Havelock is less commercialized and gives a bit more rural feel. But it is great! We rented a bike to find the setting sun and we reached one end of Laxmanpur beach, a beach with a triangular edge. Sadly we were deprived of the sunset, but we were high just by looking at the colours in the skies.
This beach happens to be the most popular one out of the many beaches that dot Havelock Island. What is so good about this beach is that it is kept very clean even though it is so popular and is visited by tourists on a daily basis, in large numbers. The sight of the white sands in contrast with the blue waters of the ocean is the perfect retreat for those who need a break from the humdrum of daily life. At Radhanagar beach one should expect to find a number of water sports planned by the department of tourism. This includes snorkeling, boat rides, underwater diving to witness the marine life and much more. As a matter of fact, this beach is famous for the water based activities that keep tourist engaged for days.
It is sited at Havelock, in the Andaman group of islands. Fine white sand and turquoise blue water imparts an astounding beauty to this beach. Situated 12 kms from Havelock’s ferry pier, this immaculate shoreline far from the reach of buzzing vehicles and speedy city life, is a perfect place to lay aside all our woes and worries. It has been bestowed upon with the prestigious award of Asia’s best beach by the TIME Magazine.
This beach is one of the best beaches in Asia. It is known for its mesmerizing sunsets. It is a long beach and quite flat which makes it easier and safer to be in water as far as possible. Many luxury resorts are nearby this beach. This is the only beach in Havelock which is most crowded due to its popularity. You will see people enjoying the beach with beach volley ball and lazing on the beach.
This is the beautiful Radhanagar beach. This is definitely one of the best beaches of what I’ve seen and it was also awarded one of Asia’s best beaches by TIME magazine. The blue waters and white sand are just amazing. Elephanta beach is just another 40 minute boat ride away from Havelock. You can do scuba diving,snorkeling and other water activities there. But I would prefer going for scuba diving and sea walk in North Bay.
Not many words that can describe this spell bound beach because a visit here will leave you speechless. The Radhanagar beach also known as ‘Asia’s best beach’ has fine white sand, turquoise blue waters and peace and serenity as the hallmark of this beautiful landmass.
We returned and took taxis to the Radhanagar beach (Beach #7). This beach is widely considered as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. We bought Frisbees on the way. It was indeed a marvellous beach! There were 3 yachts anchored in the water (this was in really deep water and the water didn’t recede that much in the afternoons) and the sun was beginning to set. This beach was more like the beaches we see in Kerala – with the waves rolling into the sand.
This must be called the beach with the softest sand. Yes, it might look like just any other virgin beach you have seen in Goa, but it is certainly not the same. Asia's most beautiful and the world's 6th beautiful beach it is and you can know it only when you step on its finest sands, cleanest waters and witness the sun set gracefully behind that infinity which calls you with every rising wave. Every beach is special in its own way but this can be addressed as the epitome of opulence and that untouched charm.
Radhanagar beach is ranked as one of the top 7 beaches across the globe by time's magazine. Mesmerizing white sand beach with huge waves. The sunrise/sunset view is to die for. The tranquility of the beach and the intense forest just across the shore takes your breath away. Best thing about it is that it is very clean and all the food shops are outside the beach area
Situated in the serene setting of Havelock Island, Radhanagar beach is not only one of Asia’s best beaches but also among top ten beaches in the world. Pristine clean water, beautiful corals, long stretches, pure white sands, tropical forest and barely any crowd makes it the best place for the couples who are looking to spend some quality time together away from the hustle-bustle. The water is so clean here that you can literally watch the colourful fishes swimming over the sea bed. The beach looks its best during the sunset. Go for the dip in the ocean with your partner or walk under the moonlight, you are promised to have the time of your life.
The sand at Radhanagar beach is warm and cozy.
Radhanagar beach is counted among the best beaches in the world primarily because of the white sand and absolutely no litter on the beach. Unlike Goa, there are no shacks on the beach, hence no litter. Taking a long walk with waves splashing on your feet is definitely recommended. There are some shacks which serve good local cuisine but are located on the road leading to the beach. The nariyal paani is a delicacy here, with almost a litre of sweet tender coconut water for a bare minimum of INR 20-30.Another highlight has to be scuba diving as there are a lot of good diving spots around Havelock Islands, with a number of companies offering scuba diving sessions at competitive costs. Be assured, that it is going to take at least half a day and is exhausting, but it is totally worth it.Personally we did scuba diving at the Lighthouse and it was amazing. Those 40 min underwater seemed like hours all together. The water actually felt like a portal which took us to a different world all together.Post dive, we had sandwiches provided by the scuba operator on the boat itself and headed out to Kala Patthar beach to pass some time as we had to board the Makruzz back in another 2 hours. Kala Patthar is a rocky beach but is good for some relaxing time as there is hardly any crowd.One week in the Andamans created some amazing family memories which will be cherished for life.
Things to do in Andaman cannot be ticked off without soaking in the sun at Radhanagar Beach – recently named Asia's best beach and the 8th best beach in the world, according to TripAdvisor's World Traveller's Choice Awards.
TripAdvisor's recently concluded World Travellers' Awards instated Havelock Island's Radhanagar beach as the "8th most spectacular beach in the world" apart from being the "Best beach in Asia". Need any more reason to visit the islands?So when are you going to the Andamans? Or have you already been to the paradise? Share your stories and stunning pictures from the islands with 25M other travellers in the community!
This was the first class of our open water course. I met our Dive Instructor Vidit and my dive buddies. Before learning anything, we had to give a swim test for 200m. You can choose the stroke that you are most comfortable with for the test. Post that, we put on our masks, fins and snorkel. We learnt how to breathe through our mouth using our snorkels, clear our masks underwater, the right way to fin for Scuba Diving and how to put on our BC (scuba jackets). This was definitely a great introduction class to Scuba Diving. Post that, we had our equipment briefing. We were taught how to assemble and disassemble our equipment which is quite easy if practiced enough. As part of the course, there is also theory that needs to be covered. We had to watch 6 videos related to the 6 sections as part of the SSI course. At around 2:30 is when I headed to Radhangar beach with my trip buddies. Radhangar beach is about 20-30 mins away from Diveindia and the rickshaw takes about 700 return. We enjoyed amazing Prawns Masala, Prawns Curry, Appalam and rice at a small restaurant called Maya (try not to miss this).Radhangar is one of the prettiest beaches. The water is absolutely clear and serene. If you get a chance, watch the sunset there.Sunset in Andamans is at 5:30pm post which it gets dark.We headed back towards DiveIndia. After a quick shower and some rest, we headed to Fat Martin's. We ordered the cold coffee, iced tea, peanut butter Nutella shake and squid masala. Since we didn't enjoy the food much and were still hungry, we found our way to Anju Coco. This is definitely a recommended place to eat. The Prawns, Fish and apple pie were definitely good..
We reached Havelock around 2 in the afternoon. I have visited quite a few sea beaches in the past but the Radhanagar beach was the most beautiful beach I had ever seen. The sand was white a silky soft, the waters were blue like sapphire, sparkling in the sunlight and the palm trees swinging in the gentle breeze! The view was mesmerizing! I couldn't resist myself and ran towards the waters to take a dip in the white drift of the blue waves.
Start​ the day with sunrise at Radhanagar and proceeded for water activities after breakfast .Water activities like scuba are best if done in early morning to get a good view .Enjoy lunch and proceed for elephanta beach .Enjoy some more water activities .Proceed back for Havelock before dark.Try local food.
This pristine private beach is sheltered by a thick forestcover on one side, making it suitable for those who want to give swimming in the buff , ago. You’ll also hit jackpot when it comes to snorkeling and scuba-diving, the island is bestowed with some of the whitest sands and clearest waters.
Day 3Radhanagar BeachEarly in the morning, by 5 am, we reached the best beach of India, Radhanagar beach. Long stretches of fine white sand and no one around, only you and nature’s leap, is a great experience to have. The loudest sound, you will hear here is of roaring waves. This beach is a very beautiful site for sunset as well.
This beach is ranked as the best beach in Asia and it does live up to the expectations. The water is very clear here. It is about 8 km from the centre of the island. We enjoyed swimming under the sun, which later gave us sunburns. Outside the beach, you will find fruit stalls. Star fruit and the wild orange were the new fruits we tasted here.
The Radhanagar beach is highly recommended too as it is breathtakingly beautiful, serene, and calm—it’s also a great place to watch the sunset daily at about 5 pm. Located on the western coast of the island, it has been voted as the best beach in Asia by Time magazine (2004). A 2-km long crescent-shaped beach with soft silver sand and turquoise blue waters, it is a popular beach indeed.
Pay an Early Morning visit to the Radhanagar Beach on the western coast, also known as Number 7 Beach, which is one of the most popular beaches on Havelock and was named "Best Beach in Asia" by Time in 2004. Later, take a ferry back to Port Blair.
Just 15 minutes away from the capital of Port Blair, Ross Island used to be the capital and served as the same from 1858 to 1941 until it was hit by a massive earthquake and attacked by the Japanese. It stands today are an important tourist destination in the archipelago and some attractions are the ruins of the Chief Commissioners house and the church. There are a number of machine gun nests that have been left behind by the Japanese who took over the island during World War II.
Ross Island is another essential half-day trip from Port Blair. The former administrative headquarters of the British was also invaded by the Japanese in which almost all the buildings were destroyed. Visiting Ross Island is like discovering a lost city and definitely great fun.
Fit a visit to Ross Island into your itinerary. A small island about a kilometer and a half off the coast of Port Blair, this is where your imagination can stretch its legs. The mysterious island could be George's Kirrin Island from Enid Blyton's 'Famous Five' series, or it could be a place once inhabited by people who left it in a hurry. From a distance, it looks little more than a thicket of trees, but a close inspection will reveal a ghost town of beautiful structures such as the State Ballroom, the Chief Commissioner's House, a church bakery and troop barracks, now in ruins. Once the Administrative Headquarters for the islands as well as the seat of British power, Ross Island was shattered by an earthquake in 1941, forcing its English occupants to move out. Walk through the eerie ruins to startle deer, who bound away across the backdrop of prehistoric trees and azure waters. Take the first boat out to the island so that you can have it to yourself for a while.
This island is the ruins and remains of the long lived history. It has taken upon it the slavery under Britishers, the Japanese invasion, the earthquake and the tsunami. Its a small island which can be covered in 45 mins by foot. It has some 400 deer and many peacocks the only residents of the island. The view from the high point on this island is of the humongous sea which surrounds it.
Early morning after we have enjoyed lying on a sandy beach watching early morning sunrise and the pristine beauty of seaside walk strolling hands in hands with my best friend; we boarded 9 am ferry to Port Blair. Once we reached Port blair, we got our tickets booked from Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex at Port Blair for scuba activity at North Bay. We then headed forth in a ferry for Ross Islands-the place from where the British governed the entire Andaman and Nicobar lslands, prior to India’s Independence. The place also has a Japanese bunker. We had a fun time clicking wild deers, peacocks, local flora and fauna of the place. We did soak ourselves in the crystal clear beaches of Ross. We had to make it fast as the ferries return back to Port blair by 3 pm. We then hired a cab from Port Blair to pay a quick visit to Chidiya Tapu - one of the best places to see breath taking sunset in Port Blair with a fabulous view of lush green mangroves, forest cover with numerous chirping birds and Munda Pahar beaches, and other isolated islands. After we were done with Chidiya Tapu- we nestled towards Corbyn’s Cove Beach, had a pleasant walk late night along the sea and settled for a chic resort close to the beach.
Early morning after we have enjoyed lying on a sandy beach watching early morning sunrise and the pristine beauty of seaside walk strolling hands in hands with my best friend; we boarded 9 am ferry to Port Blair. Once we reached Port blair, we got our tickets booked from Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex at Port Blair for scuba activity at North Bay for Day 4. We then headed forth in a ferry for Ross Islands-the place from where the British governed the entire Andaman and Nicobar lslands, prior to India’s Independence. The place also has a Japanese bunker. We had a fun time clicking wild deers, peacocks, local flora and fauna of the place. We did soak ourselves in the crystal clear beaches of Ross. We had to make it fast as the ferries return back to Port blair by 3 pm. We then hired a cab from Port Blair to pay a quick visit to Chidiya Tapu - one of the best places to see breath taking sunset in Port Blair with a fabulous view of lush green mangroves, forest cover with numerous chirping birds and Munda Pahar beaches, and other isolated islands. After we were done with Chidiya Tapu- we nestled towards Corbyn’s Cove Beach, had a pleasant walk late night along the sea and settled for a chic resort close to the beach.
Ross Island – the erstwhile administrative island of Andaman. The British used to head their operations from this island which was just off the coast of Port Blair. The island had old residences, churches, a water-treatment plant, a ball-room, a huge cemetery, lakes, and a park among other stuff. There were deer and peacocks roaming freely on the island. It is said that when the tsunami hit this island, the animals sensed it beforehand and pulled along the people on the island to the highest parts and saved their lives. A major part of the island is occupied by the armed forces.
A small island inhabited either by numbered coconut trees or deer and other domestic creatures. You take one round on the paved path and you will reach the other end of the island. A historic church, a cemetery and few other sights with peacocks flying over you is what you get here. The shining sun on water amidst bunch of coconut trees is what I couldn't help capturing. One can also easily see groups of colorful fishes(tiger and clown fishes) while stepping out of the ferry.
THE OPULENT ISLAND WHERE NETAJI STAYED- Ross Island, Port Blair It used to be the capital of Andaman Island from 1858 to 1941, till an earthquake disbursed its inhabitants. The island, now abandoned, still has clubs, fitness centers, amphitheaters, pools, mail offices, worship places, retail shops, a printing press, hospitals and barracks that were once synonymous with the opulence with which the British led their lives. Fearing a Japanese invasion in 1942, they left. The Japanese did land there and started living in the commissioner's bungalow. Neatji Subhash Chandra Bose stayed here when he visited Port Blair in 1943.
I had booked the tickets for Ross Island and Chidiyatapu through ExperienceAndamans.com. They picked me up from the hotel at about 9:30 AM and dropped me near the same park that I had visited the day before. I was made to board a boat to visit this island which was about 10 minutes ride away from Port Blair. On reaching there, a cute couple from Delhi initiated a conversation with me. The woman – Ekta was quite amused to know that I was doing a solo trip and she expressed her desire to do one quite soon. I had spent about 1.5 hours in that island with the couple. This island was the home to British officers of higher ranks. They lived in bungalows and had a lifestyle that our country cannot offer its population even today. They had water distilling plants, had swimming pools, played golf, etc. This island seemed quite haunted because the roots of the trees had grown on the buildings. There were some bunkers that were used during WWII. Happened to spot quite a few deers as well. I had to depart back to Port Blair and bid goodbye to the lovely couple. I had clicked a few pictures of the couple and Ekta which I had promised to mail them once I got back. Upon my arrival at Port Blair, the ExperienceAndamans agent had picked me and dropped me back to the hotel. I had good 3 to 4 hours to have my meal, take rest and get ready for my evening trip to Chidiyatapu.
In the evening we travelled to Ross Island by a ferry ship. Thats where I witnessed the best ever light and sound show, which was based on the island's history.It involved such an amazing creativity. Kudos to the team behind this show. A spectacular show not to be missed at any cost.
Ross Island was a British administrative base at one point of time. The whole island has no beach but old British building ruins and a good garden where one can enjoy a long walk .Currently it is under control of the Indian Navy which has an office structure and some guestrooms there.The perfect outing includes getting packed lunch and enjoying it in the lush green lawns and thereafter taking a long stroll and interacting with the deer and occasionally feeding them as well.The island can be reached by ferry’s which ply from Port Blair to Ross and the tickets have to be pre-booked.
Next day, we went to Ross Island. Ross Island was the British settlement that looked after the administration of Andamans and handled the Cellular Jail. It was a fully functioning facility with a canteen, bakery, residences, church, water purifier and a club. Today, however, it is a different story, what remains are only the ruins of a thriving community. Ross Islands is today under the Indian Navy. It is open to public for visitations. We took a jetty from Water Sports Complex in Port Blair and reached Ross within 30 minutes. The ruins of yesteryears are beautified by the quietness of the place and the numerous friendly deer and peacocks that habitat the place today. It is a great reminder of a bygone era.
Scout Ross Island and marvel at its beautiful Victorian English ruins. Home to beautiful Victorian English ruins and beaches, Ross Island used to be the administrative headquarters for the British. The island is a just half-day trip from Port Blair and has lots to explore.A trip to Ross Island requires you to take on a ferry ride from the Andamans Sports Complex that finishes at the Ross Island bay. It will take you about 15-20 minutes to reach and you can spend half a day at Ross Island. The ferry fare will cost you roughly about Rs 75, and you can only visit this island from 8.30 am till 4.30 pm.
Day 2: Our plan changed a bit due to the gov ship to go to Havelock being cancelled. So, we went to Ross Island(not to be confused with Ross n Smith Island). It was about 15min from Port Blair by a boat. Ross Island is a really small island, about 3km in length. You can see the ruins left, which was once a really popular island for the British. There was a small beach which was mostly covered in rocks, but it was so nice! We were the only people there, and the water was so clear, one can see everything.
Ross island has got multiple historical importance and has saved port Blair in 2004 from the tsunami. This place is a 2 hour trip from port Blair (including the ferry time of 10 mins one way).We also went to the north bay island. This island has got a light house which was closed around 2 years ago. There are also 3 options for glass boat ride at this island.
Our first stop for the day was Ross Island ,which used to be the settlement of the British officers in Andamans. The remnants of an opulent past can be seen in the ruins of the bazaar, bakery, stores, water treatment plant, church, tennis court, printing press, secretariat, hospital, cemetery, swimming pool, the Chief Commissioner’s residence with its huge gardens and state grand ballrooms, the Government House, the old Andamanese Home,Troop Barracks, all in dilapidated condition because of an earthquake in 1941, reminiscent of the old British regime.You can spot several deers here who would readily pose for photographs!!!
Located a short distance away is Ross Island. Known as the Paris of the East, Ross was once an exclusive preserve from where the British governed the entire Andaman & Nicobar Islands prior to India’s independence. It also served as the residence of the Chief Commissioner during the British Raj as well as the administrative headquarters of the settlement during those times. The entire township was modeled on a Scottish village that existed here, including a swimming pool, tennis court, printing press, hospital, church, cemetery and community hall.
Located in the Nicobar Islands, this jail rose to prominence during the British Raj in India. Many a social activist have spent days and months in this jail as a result of protests against the British rule. The building of this prison started in the year 1896 and was completed in 1906, The other name of this place is the Kala Pani Jail. During the British rule, any person who used to raise their voices against the British used to be trapped punished and imprisoned in the Viper Jail or the Andaman Cellular Jail and were tortured till death. Many brave men perished due to the intolerable pain.
For an island as sunny as Port Blair, it has its share of dark history. Once a British prison, the Cellular Jail (also known as Kala Pani) and its museum stand as a testament to the police rebels who shaped India's freedom struggle. A walk though its long, whitewashed corridors, past its barred cells (designed for solitary confinement) and through the courtyard (with stark details about the harsh conditions the prisoners were subjected to) will make for an interesting afternoon.
When you go to this place, prefer taking a guide who can tell you about the history of the jail. In there, you can have see how the freedom fighters were kept in the jail and their lives inside it. They were given the same pot to defecate and to eat. Veer Savarkar is the most famous personality who wrote about his life inside the jail. It has a museum also which showcases the statues of the jail inmates to show how they were chained with several chains and the statues showing their punishments they had to do. Also, the light and sound show tells you about the life of the inmates through the dialogues of jail inmates like Bhagat Singh.
Cellular Jail at night. Every day except for Monday, light and sound show takes place. It’s not to be missed. They tell stories about our brave countrymen, what they did to get us independence, about the suffering they went through for the country’s sake. Clearly not an easy ride !
The Cellular Jail – or more popular as Kaala Paani – was a terrifying complex. It was well maintained with a nice courtyard and lawns but thinking of the history and the torture that the inmates were put through, anyone would cringe. As we entered, there was a hall with photos and exhibits depicting the making of the prison, the list of prisoners and the story behind this place. We proceeded to the cells which were locked with very innovative locks – would be impossible to pick it open from within.
The first look at the jail's entrance gave me goosebumps. We were actually entering the infamous and well-known KaalaPaani. The valor, sacrifice, eagerness to die for the motherland and courage of our freedom fighters seemed to peep from each of those cells there. The front ground has a V shaped stretch of the real prison cells symmetrically built and boasting of the architectural beauty. There are 2 timings for the light and sound show in the evening. One at 6:15 pm and the second one at 7:15 pm(for details, see the attached photos). The entire show takes you long back in time and narration by Om Puri leaves a mark. Knowing the hardships faced by Veer Savarkar(Port Blair airport names after him) revive the patriotic hero in you. Its the time when you realize our country's painful and torturous past. It definitely is a must visit on one of the evenings and the park opposite to the Cellular Jail can be used to take a stroll later. The park has statues of few of the freedom fighters and is surrounded by small vendors for tea, sun-hats, jhaalmuri.
Our next stop was the Cellular jail which has a painful history very aptly depicted through the light and sound show. A walk around the jail and thinking of all the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters is definitely going to give you goose bumps. The next day we were supposed to travel to one of the most happening places of the Andaman - the Havelock island, that was a good two hours from Port Blair by ship.
The awe-inspiring light and sound show at the infamous Cellular Jail is one of the most popular things to do in Andaman.
And of course! The cellular jail...the house of history. Emotional and informative. The sound and light show was informative, but not so hard hitting. What was hard hitting though were the stories and the structure of the prison. Can human beings treat other human beings this way?! Seems very much yes! You come back much grateful for the freedom earned for you! VISITED HAVELOCK ISLAND
Day 6: After breakfast half day local sightseeing in and around Port Blair. Visit Cellular Jail, Chattam Saw Mill, Museum and Aquarium etc.This Trip has turned me into a story teller. My journey ends here with the city sight seeing but the adventure doesn't end here. I will keep exploring and paint them every single Time.With Love,From Andaman Islands.
Cellular jail is most popular site in Port Blair and was build by British to keep prisoners away from mainland. All the Prisoners were kept isolated and were brutally tortured. Notable freedom fighter Veer Savarkar were imprisoned here for decade long. However, today the jail is transformed into a national monument.
Cellular JailTimings:Visiting hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pmLight and Sound show timings: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm (Hindi) 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm (English)Admission cost is Rs.10.The jail remains closed on Monday and during Public Holidays.No introduction is needed for cellular jail. This star shaped jail has witnessed sacrifices of our freedom fighters, serving as a national memorial monument today. The story told during ‘Light and sound show’ will surely give you goose bumps.Important: First day is very crucial to plan your trip further. Book tickets for the Cruise, Scooty, Scuba diving, Sea walking in advance to avoid confusion and save money and time.
Our agent arranged for our tickets in advance otherwise, we would have to stand in a long queue. It is very difficult to get the tickets on your own and there are fixed timings for the show. Hence, it is wise to book your tickets in advance. The light and sound show was about the struggle of the inmates of the Cellular Jail, mainly focusing on Veer Savarkar. It's worth to go there once, although you might find it too long to endure.You can also visit the Cellular Jail in the afternoon. We missed the visit as the ticket counter closes at 4:00 pm.
Apart from the island, you could also spend a day or two exploring Port Blair. Make sure you visit the historic Cellular Jail, the famous spot where Indian revolutionaries were incarcerated during the freedom struggle. The individual cells (measuring 13.5 ft x 7 ft) were constructed in such a way that prisoners could not communicate with one another, in order to keep them divided. The memorial monument has some great architecture, and also houses gallows and other cruel memories of the kalapani. A spectacular sound and light show is also staged every evening at the jail. Narrated by an old peepal tree in the complex (which was witness to all the horrors in the jail), the spellbinding show is a moving tribute to all those nameless faces who laid down their lives for the sake of the nation. It serves as a reminder to all Indians about the freedom struggle–‘lest we forget’. You could also head to Corbyn’s Cove beach, a small curve of sand backed by palms. It makes a nice little spot to lounge in and relax.Shopping tip: The Khadi Gram Udyog in Port Blair is the best place to pick up some knick-knacks to carry back home. You could also head to the Sagarika Government Cottage Industries Emporium that exhibits a spectrum of artifacts made of mother of pearl, sea shells and local wood products along with miniatures of Nicobari canoes, palm mats, furniture, etc. And if you're looking to buy some of the famous local supari, then head to Aberdeen market.
Arrive at Port Blair by Morning Flight. Check in and Take some Rest.Head out for a visit to the famous Colonial prison(Cellular Jail or Kala Paani). Later, enjoy a picturesque sunset at Corbyn's Cove beach.
Perhaps the busiest of all the beaches that make Havelock Island a popular destination with the tourists is the famous Elephant beach. The place is loud with tourists and locals and as well as tour operators. There is not a day that passes by without the beach being crowded by foreign tourists who make their way to Havelock to enjoy the best of what nature has to offer. The attractions at Elephant beach is the underwater walking and scuba diving, banana boat rides, and snorkeling. One should try the seafood prepared at the local shacks that dot the place. Elephant Beach has received much international acclaim for being a clean and tourist-friendly beach that offers one a great time when one is vacationing in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. If you miss visiting this beach when in Havelock, you are doing yourself a great injustice.
This a lovely white sand beach with trees fallen around due to the tsunami effect, giving its a beautiful dramatic look. This is the place where Sea walk happens on the coral reef. The only place which has sea walk. Other underwater activities like snorkeling also is best experienced there. This beach closes by 5 pm so its best to go there via jetty early and get enough time to enjoy the beach.
This place is naturally decked up with the multiple shades of the blue sea.The greenery marked it to be the most beautiful island I have ever come across.This beach has different kinds of adventure sports which is what attracted me the most.The deforested tree trunks added a different look to the scenic beauty & the ultimate thing that attracted me and pushed to visit this beach was the "SEA WALKING".
The island derives its name because it is believed that the elephants walked here throwing down gigantic trees. Considered the best place to Snorkel and Dive it also caters to adventure enthusiasts with various water sports. Because of its clear blue conditions and beautifully rich marine life one can spot rare species of fish by simply taking a glass bottomed boat out. The almost sculptural giant trees on the island are very interesting to take note of & of course get clicked with!
Once you arrive at Havelock (3 hour ferry from Port Blair) and check-in into a resort/hotel, you can head to Elephant beach. It is a little more crowded than the other beaches. But it is beautiful. There are corals and sea animals very close to the shore. There is option for snorkelling, glass boats etc. and the view inside water is totally worth the effort. Great place to click pictures as well since you'll find shades of blues and greens
Unlike in Goa or at other beach places, this beach will greet you with peace instead of litter and vendors when you walk on the beach. Also, there is a 2km long jungle trek from a point just before Radha Nagar Beach to reach Elephant Beach; I strongly urge you to take this route, instead of taking a speedboat to reach the beach. Definitely one of the most aimless and so wonderful things to do in Andaman and Nicobar.5. Witness Turtle Nesting at Diglipur
Shallow beach, coral reefs, clear blue waters – it's not a dream. Just rent a ferry and ask the guy to take you to the mystical lagoon at the end of Elephant Beach.14. Take a tour of Barren Island on a helicopter
Snorkel and indulge in water activities such as fishing and jet skiing at Elephant Beach. Put this on your Andaman itinerary.
How to reach?There are two ways to reach this beach, you can go by a speed boat from the port or you can trek through the forest to reach the beach as we did - saves money and you can enjoy trekking as well. If you hire a guide for the trek, it will cost you around 300 rupees for the group. The starting point of the trek lies on the same road which leads to Radhanagar beach.
Located 10 kms from the resort lies the Elephant beach. It can be reached via speed fiber boats or small boat cruises in 20-30 minutes, and one can explore varied marine life here via scuba diving, snorkelling, sea walk or glass bottom boat. It is also a photographer’s delight—complete with fallen trees and a large coral reef.The Village #3 market is located just 3 kms from the resort. It has a supermarket, a handicrafts shop as well as a local vegetable and fruit market.
Catch a morning ferry to the beautiful Havelock Island. After reaching, head out to the Elephant Beach(where you can spot Elephants swimming). Elephant Beach is an ideal destination for water sports and for leisure tour. You can indulge in snorkeling, glass boat ride or Sea Walk.You can also opt for Nemo Reef if you are interested in Scuba Diving.
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We, here is my brother, Joy, and I. In a typical middle-class Bengali household, stories of siblings taking trips to exotic locations are rare. My maa has always been in favour of family vacations. But this time, she readily agreed to let us go. She had her reason. My brother was leaving home for two years to pursue higher studies. We needed a vacation. It was also time we resolved our differences before he entered an important phase in life.Joy is seven years younger to me. More than beings siblings, who share secrets, I watched him like a hawk and tried to correct him at every step. I found him to be ‘cold’. He didn’t care much about me or my feelings. We grew apart with time.I have always heard how travel brings change and helps a person grow. My trip to Andaman healed my relationship with my brother. We took a six-day trip to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a union territory in India, last year in February.It’s easy to assume that Andaman is all about azure beaches. But after a visit to the island, you realize that the real stars are the people there. The 2004 tsunami had wreaked havoc in the islands. The coastal villages were completely destroyed. But human spirit triumphed over nature.Andaman is blessed with people from various cultures. It’s them who make your stay in Andaman memorable.If you ever plan a trip to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, make sure it’s not just four 4 days. Plan a minimum 6-day trip and discover the true beauty of the beaches. After a week there; you will never want to come back.Don’t you worry about accommodation. The islands have hotels that suit every pocket. The food too is great. If you are a seafood lover, well, this is paradise for you.Andaman is dotted with gorgeous beaches. There’s plenty to do too. Surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling or simply watching the underwater world of coral reefs from a glass-bottomed boat, there’s a beautiful world you can discover.Day 1Port BlairRead More
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We, here is my brother, Joy, and I. In a typical middle-class Bengali household, stories of siblings taking trips to exotic locations are rare. My maa has always been in favour of family vacations. But this time, she readily agreed to let us go. She had her reason. My brother was leaving home for two years to pursue higher studies. We needed a vacation. It was also time we resolved our differences before he entered an important phase in life.Joy is seven years younger to me. More than beings siblings, who share secrets, I watched him like a hawk and tried to correct him at every step. I found him to be ‘cold’. He didn’t care much about me or my feelings. We grew apart with time.I have always heard how travel brings change and helps a person grow. My trip to Andaman healed my relationship with my brother. We took a six-day trip to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a union territory in India, last year in February.It’s easy to assume that Andaman is all about azure beaches. But after a visit to the island, you realize that the real stars are the people there. The 2004 tsunami had wreaked havoc in the islands. The coastal villages were completely destroyed. But human spirit triumphed over nature.Andaman is blessed with people from various cultures. It’s them who make your stay in Andaman memorable.If you ever plan a trip to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, make sure it’s not just four 4 days. Plan a minimum 6-day trip and discover the true beauty of the beaches. After a week there; you will never want to come back.Don’t you worry about accommodation. The islands have hotels that suit every pocket. The food too is great. If you are a seafood lover, well, this is paradise for you.Andaman is dotted with gorgeous beaches. There’s plenty to do too. Surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling or simply watching the underwater world of coral reefs from a glass-bottomed boat, there’s a beautiful world you can discover.Day 1Port Blair
5. Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Andaman and Nicobar are undoubtedly a beach lover's paradise. Located in the midst of the great Bay of Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar forms a group of islets popular not only for their pristine beaches like the Havelock Beach, but also for the wide array of water sports and activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and parasailing. Andaman and Nicobar also has a rich colonial history attached to itself. Once deemed as the much-dreaded gateway to hell, these islands also house the historic architecture of Central Jail which was the colonial prison used by the British to imprison political activists. One of the factors which make Andaman and Nicobar a coveted monsoon destination in India is its delicious cuisine, which is a delicate combination of a wide array of flavors. Andaman and Nicobar can be reached easily via air, which is connected primarily to 3 cities - Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai. If beaches, seafood, and romance with nature are your thing, Andaman should be on your list!
Marked by pristine beaches and the most sublime diving locations, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands deserve a lot more attention in a country where tourists automatically think of Goa and Kerala when the term "beach" is mentioned. And if you're seriously looking to just relax at the quaint cafes by the beaches and stare at the clearest moon at night, you should seriously consider these islands for your next trip.Cheapest month: AugustWeather: Warm. Minimum temperature – 17 degrees celsius. Maximum temperature – 29 degrees celsius.Average expenditure per head per day: Rs. 2,000Insider tip to save even further: Public transport has good frequency and is far cheaper as compared to private hires here.Book best hotels.Read more about Andaman and Nicobar.Well, there you have it. It's the ultimate cheatlist for you to save up on your travel costs. If you have already been to any of the mentioned destinations, do share your experience on Tripoto. 25 million travellers are waiting to hear from you.
Things to do: Andaman tops the list when it comes to honeymoon destinations in India. While you're in Andaman, Visit Corbyn's Cove beach, North Bay Island and Ross Island; Experience the light and sound show at the cellular jail; Watch the majestic sunset at Radhanagar beach and enjoy snorkelling at the Elephant Beach on Havelock Island.Perfect for: Couples on a lookout for the magical getaway to an undisturbed island to enjoy company not crowd.Ideal Honeymoon Duration: 4 nights/5 daysBest Time to Visit: December to March.How To Reach: Port Blair is Andaman’s gateway, connected by air and sea. Passenger ships are also available to Port Blair from Chennai, Calcutta and Visakhapatnam. However, the best way to reach these exotic islands is to take flight from New Delhi, Kolkata or Chennai, as passenger ships take about 50-60 hours.
I planned the trip, packed my bags for that exotic island destination, and told the whole world that I am hitting the beach for my birthday. Exactly a week before the trip, the weather forecast was cautioning us of an upcoming storm and bad weather. Most of my friends warned me to cancel the tickets and stay home. Inspite of all the warnings, bad weather and continuous downpour, yes, I still boarded the flight to the freaking island. (What can I say! I followed my heart). The day I landed in Andaman, it was bright and sunny day, and my heart did a little somersault as everything fell into its place. I could still picturize the clear skies, blue seas and the dense forests around; I was more than just happy. May be the weather Gods were winking at me which I dint realise at that point.
Although I visited every place in Andaman & Nicobar but this place is amazing. To reach at Parrot island , one has to take a dunghi boat from Baratang Jetty and cross through a creek. As you approach nearer, you see a uniquely different group of Mangrove trees that looks more like an evenly cut Mangrove garden.On this lovely, dense island, each evening thousands of parrots flock together and roost here. They leave this island next morning. In the mean time they trim the island and leave it perfectly pruned.It is just a small patch of the same Mangrove trees that one sees all around in Andaman. And other similar patches around Parrot island do not have such plucked branches and that is the beauty.They know that as the sun sets, a group of about five parrots flies over Parrot Island and leaves. Then comes a similar group which the locals say comes for an initial inspection!A group of birds flying towards Parrot IslandAnd then within ten minutes we see birds coming over from all the directions and settle down in the forest.The quite sea is still silent but the silent island is now a roosting ground for many parakeets. The birds that come to Parrot island are called parakeets as they are varied groups.Sit in the dunghi for about one hour; watch the birds come and roost and fly inside outside the island. You can not leave from there without wondering ‘why only Parrot Island?’How to Reach: Reach Baratang from Port Blair by STS bus or a taxi or by boat. From Baratand Jetty, take a Dunghi boat ride. There are regular ferries from Baratang Jetty to Parrot Island. It is better to visit in the evenings if you want to see parrots.
This day fully filled with thrill ride, right from my room in port blair to destination. This day fully covers Lime Stone Cave which is situated in next island. Have to reach Port Blair border that takes peoples to next island through ship. Started from room and reached the border through private car. Next move to ship to travel to next island. Ship cost 5 indian rupees, 10mins of travel. Once reached the near island very sooner took speed boad to reach lime stone. After reaching port of lime stone cave, we have to walk for 1.2kms to reach the final destination.
8. Great Andamanese TribeGreat Andamanese is the negrito tribe inhabitant in the Andaman group of Islands. They form the largest population among the other tribes found in these islands. Their diverse culture of these tribes of India is a unique feature. Jeru, Khora, and Andamani Hindi are the major languages spoken by the Great Andamanese.They have been hunters for many centuries. They are also seen cultivating vegetables for their livelihood. They have also established poultry farms. They are good artisans and prepare their own ornaments, baskets, tools and Earthern pots. Some folk dances can even be witnessed in the cultural programs during the famous Island Tourism Festival. Music is more prominent among the locals living in the Andaman Islands. They are very fond of their music and thus, do not pay much consideration to other styles. Even among the Andamanese, the music styles differ from tribe to tribe.Recommendation:During summer, an ideal destination would be “Seven Sisters” of the northeast, where many tribal villages are perched under the shadows of the Himalayas. The western states of Rajasthan and Gujarat are best seen between November and February when travelers can combine tribal visits with desert camel treks before the mercury rises in early spring.When planning a tribal tour, look for opportunities to sample local cuisine, hear live music, attend a festival or see traditional folk dancing.India’s tribes are known for their craftsmanship. Look for bamboo crafts among Jharkhand’s Santhal tribe, metal jewelry and naturally dyed cotton saris in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region and vibrant textiles in Orissa. If you visit Rajasthan’s tribe, check out traditional Pithora hut painting.Be a responsible tourist and promote sustainable tourism. When visiting tribes, it is important to consider whether your actions are considered supportive or exploitative by the community. Consider a home stay in a tribal village rather than staying in a hotel nearby, and whenever possible hire local guides and buy items directly from local merchants.India’s tribal areas are not immune to communal and political tension. Avoid travel to tribal areas during national or local electoral campaigns and major religious holidays, particularly those of minority religious groups. Before planning your trip to tribal India, browse Indian and international media to see if there are any issues for concern.They are still residing away from the chaos of the city and town in the calm and peaceful place where people still believe in living a simple life just like their ancestors do. Embark on an incredible journey to the tribal places in India and have a close view of the long-standing culture and traditions of the country, which continues to persevere in its primitive surroundings!This post was originally published on 'Excursionistsite'.
This was the day we landed in Port Blair. We checked into J Hotel. This hotel was very normal. Food was not great and rooms were not so clean. The only advantage this hotel had was its nearness to both port and airport. Also being in centre of Port Blair. This was just 5 min auto ride away from Cellular Jail. We started our afternoon by going to near by park. Then it was time for light and sound show in Cellular Jail. Being September, chances of rain in Andaman are less. As light and sound show started, we started enjoying it and suddenly rain catched up. Seating there was open air so we couldnt stay for long with our son and returned back to hotel, had our dinner and slept off.