Andaman and Nicobar Islands - Andaman and Nicobar Islands, one of the seven union territories and also the most beautiful, located at the juncture of the bay of bengal and the Andaman sea. It’s capital is Portblair. It’s the largest union territory in India, area wise. This place has a total of 556 islands but only 37 are populated by the people. Nicobar Islands are not open for tourism as its the motherland for two major tribes. Also because it’s quite faraway from the populated islands, it is quite vulnerable to invasion of other countries.
The first time when I had visited Portblair, I was bewildered by the number of tourists visiting this place and making the most out of the palpable beauty. This was my second time and this place is always such a pleasure to visit. This heavenly island is characterised by benign weather, crystal clear blue sea, breathtaking sceneries, exquisite cuisines and benign locals. This is an absolute heaven for the nature lovers. Apart from it being a natural beauty, it has got a hefty cosmopolitan touch as well.
Day 1 : Arrival and Cellular Jail
The moment we got down at the Veer Savarkar Airport, I got this intense feeling that its going to be special.
The moment we got out of our flight, a strong gust of unpolluted, fresh wind hit us and it took my heart away with it. We hoped in a taxi and went to the comforting hotel we had booked for us.
The first place we visited was the Cellular Jail(ALSO KNOWN AS KALA PANI) and oh my god, you would be stunned to see its infrastructure. Also, the place had put us in the sombre mood as we got to know the history of this majestic jail. It was known to be the most cruel jail in the history of india, it now, has a reputation of being touristy and popular. Not missing out on Light and Sound show, it was inspirational and patriotic.
Day 2 : Chatham Saw Mill, Anthropological Museum, Samudrika Naval Marine Museum and Chidiya Tapu
Chatham Saw Mill - This saw mill is situated in the Chatham island of Andaman and Nicobar islands. It was set up in 1883. This saw mill holds the record of the Asia’s oldest and largest saw mill and the untouched beauty of the mill makes it extra ordinary from rest of the mills. The site that you cannot afford to miss in the mill is the bomb pit, which has a gloomy history behind it. The Japanese attacked and bombarded the mill during the second world war and hence the bomb pit was formed.
Anthropological Museum - A very well-maintained museums which has the vast collection of artifacts and other artistic, historical and scientific objects used by island’s local tribes. It also sheds light on the history of these pristine islands. This museum is blessed with the cornucopia of reasons making it a must-visit in Portblair.
Samudrika Naval Museum - This museum is run by the Indian Navy and tends to create awareness about marine ecosystem and about various endangered fisheries. It has a plethora of collections of fishes, corals and shells. On the outside garden, you will come across a skeleton of a blue whale that was washed ashore on the Nicobar islands.