Who said exotic locations come at a price? A couple of years back when my husband(then, boyfriend) and I had just resorted to travelling as a full-time passion, we hadn't saved enough to take a trip to Maldives or even Bali for that matter. But that didn't mean, we were going to stay bereft of the underwater treasures.
We decided to take on the Andamans!
Our trip started with the long haul in flights as the cheapest ticket connected Mumbai to Port Blair via Bangalore. Owing to our budget constraint, we didn't seem to have much choice there.
Upon reaching Port Blair, we were exhausted by air travel, but since we only had liberty of spending a night here, we carried on with our planned itinerary anyway.
We visited the famous Cellular Jail, also known as Kālā Pānī, a colonial prison from the British Era. It was agonizing to imagine the plight of our freedom fighters captivated in this jail. The islands bore testimony to innumerable patriots sacrificing their lives for our country.
Often travellers, cut out this monumental visit off their list when going to Andamans, but I certainly, recommend it. It fill you up with gratitude for the freedom and life owed to these patriots.
Hands down, our trip had begun on a heavy note, so we chose to unwind ourselves at the beach. The first beach we visited in Andamans was Corbyn's Cove, adorned with a string of palm trees by the coast line and a froth of whitish clouds. We also snacked up our bellies with deliciously fresh coconut water and gooey coconut meat!
Should you include Corbyn's Cove in your itinerary?
You can, if you simply want beach feels on the first day of trip, but you don't need to, considering what awaits next. The beach is pretty crowded and I didn't find it swim-worthy.
Case in point, Andamans is home to some of the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the world, not just in India. Corbyn's Cove didn't really stand up to the rest of its cousins.