Exotic Andaman Islands

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4th Dec 2014

North Bay

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Viper island

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Viper Island

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Cellular jail

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cellular jail museum

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Kala Pani Jail

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Kala Pani Jail

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Mt.Harriet

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Havelock Island

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Radhanagar beach

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Ross Island

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Ross Island

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Bharatang Island

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Stalagmites and Stalactites at Baratang Islan

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Say hello to clear skies, say hello to crystal clean waters, say hello to the lovely and amazing Andaman Islands. It’s part of India and we should be so lucky about this fact because not only is the place so gorgeous but the people are just so affable.

If you want to move away from the hustle bustle of the city life, Andaman is the place to head to. Andaman islands are a cluster of islands.  This time around I want to present to you the ways to get to Andaman,activities that you could do there and of course give you a glimpse of the beautiful place. One thing to note here is there is time difference [though they’re at IST]. By 4pm in the evening, it feels as if it’s already 7.30 PM IST. Majority of the shops close by 5 PM.

Ways to get to Andaman :

By Air : All flights pit stop at Chennai and then head towards Andaman. From Chennai, it’s a matter of 2 hours to get to Port Blair. That’s where the airport is.

By Ship: Takes 50-60 hours. Anyone willing to travel via ship can find details here

http://www.andamantourism.in/andamans-getting-there-india.html

Suggested itinerary present here for a 6 day trip :

Day 1 : Arrive at Port Blair. Head to Viper Island in the afternoon. You can visit Corbyn’s Cove as well. Water activities are present here. Mainly Jet skiing and speed boat ride. Light and sound at Cellular Jail in the evening. This is not to be missed. 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm (Hindi) and 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm (English). Closed on Monday and on public holidays.

Day 2 : Head to Havelock Island via ferry. Takes about 2.5 hours. Visit Radhanagar Beach.

Day 3 : Visit Elephanta Beach. Can go in private boat. It’s about 30-45 mins from Havelock. You can get to do scuba diving, jet skiing, banana boat ride, glass bottom boat ride, snorkelling. This is for half a day. Second half of the day, head back to Port Blair.

Day 4 : Visit the Cellular Jail and take a tour of the museum. Post this, head to Mt.Harriet. There is a 2.5 km Jungle trek there. It’s fun if you’re in a group.

Day 5 : Head to North Bay where you can find amazing coral reefs. You can do a sea walk or scuba diving. It’s a National Geographic Channel Dive Site. Second half of the day, visit Ross Island.

Day 6 : You can visit Baratang Island.Permit is a must to get to Baratang. You will get to see Mangroves, limestone caves and a mud volcano.

Best time to visit :

November-February. Since Andaman is closer to the equator, it would be super sunny. So going in winter makes things easier.

That’s about it for this week. I had super fun visiting Andaman and writing this blog refreshed my memories about this place. Take care you guys !

This is Viper Island. This used to be the original Kala Pani [execution point]. A court was also present in the same premises. The structure has been damaged due to Tsunami. Ferry ride is needed to get here from Port Blair.
Photo of Viper Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Lets Head Out
Photo of Viper Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Lets Head Out
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 !
Photo of Andaman Cellular Jail, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Lets Head Out
This is pic from the Cellular Jail Museum. That’s Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose who had come to inspect the Cellular Jail sometime in 1943. The Museum is really good and takes us back into the history of Andaman Islands.
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This the present Kala Pani Jail. It lives up to the name that has been given to it. One look at it and you can imagine how dark the life must have been there. The design was such that every prisoner had to undergo solitary confinement. They couldn’t see one another, couldn’t talk to each other. Just notice how the walls are built. Notice the so called windows on the left hand side. Absolutely heart wrenching when you get to see this.This Jail was surrounded by water on all sides. There was no way to escape at all. It is said that many of the prisoners went mad due to the kind of torture that was meted out. Imagine not getting to talk to someone for like years together ! We’re so indebted to all our brave countrymen who fought so valiantly for us. Veer Savarkar and his brother were in the same jail for about 10 years and they hadn’t met even once in all those years.
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Photo of Kala Pani Jail by Lets Head Out
This pic was taken from Mt.Harriet. The Island that you see is North Bay. Now, if you have INR 20, turn it back and check this pic again :) This is the same pic that has been printed on the INR 20 currency.
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This was our very beautiful resort at Havelock Island. Havelock is about 2.5 hours from Port Blair. You need to take a ferry to get here. Havelock is absolutely stunning ! So serene, calm and pristine waters.
Photo of Havelock Island, South Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Lets Head Out
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.
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Sea Walk at North Bay. It is one of the most amazing things ever ! You get to see corals, sea anemones, different hued fishes and what not. Absolutely breathtaking it is.
Photo of North Bay Beach, South Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Lets Head Out
Look at these beauties !! This is at Ross Island. You’ll be greeted by hundreds of deer and many many peacocks. No matter how many times you’ve seen a peacock dance in it’s full glory, it’s never enough. So many of them started dancing together as if there is no tomorrow. And the deer were so so cute to the core.Port Blair was saved from the 2004 Tsunami by Ross Island else much of Port Blair would have got washed away.The picture says it all here about the destruction that took place.
Photo of Ross Island , Andaman and Nicobar Islands by Lets Head Out
Photo of Ross Island , Andaman and Nicobar Islands by Lets Head Out
At Baratang island. You get to visit the limestone caves after a small trip via the mangroves.
Photo of Baratang Island, North and Middle Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Lets Head Out
Once you travel via mangroves, you need to walk for about a kilometer till you get to these limestone caves. It’s a beautiful place. In peak season, there would be a lot of people. In order to get to Baratang, you would need a permit as we need to travel via protected forest zone. Andaman Islands caters to everyone whether it is a romantic getaway, fun trip with friends, family trip or a relaxation trip. Have given some brief information here for those willingly to make this trip happen.
Photo of Stalagmites and Stalactites , Baratang Island by Lets Head Out
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