TRIP TO ANDAMANS

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14th Sep 2019
Photo of TRIP TO ANDAMANS by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld

Andaman and Nicobar island is a Union Territory of India, in Bay of Bengal comprising of 572 islands of which only 37 are inhabited. Mind you, not all are open for tourists. It is a part of India, thus an Indian citizen doesn't require a passport to travel in our very own country.

Direct flights to Veer Savarkar International Airport are only from Chennai and Kolkata and Vishakapatnam. The prices of these flights depends on your route and season. Typically an On season round trip fare may be around Rs.15K- 20K for one person, whereas the same in an off season may cost you under Rs.10K. If you can grab the Air sale deals and Independence day deals etc., that costs you much lower.

TIP 1 :*Please don't forget to carry Umbrellas, whichever season you go in*

The names of these Islands have been changed in honour Of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose, a Nationalist whose defiant patriotism made him a hero.

PORT BLAIR

DAY 1

Took a flight from Chennai in the afternoon, landed in Port blair by 3'ish. Checked in Hotel De L'amour, which has good deals then and also is near to Corbyn's Cove beach.

Our first day's circuit trip includes ---

Corbyn's Cove beach @ 3'ish to watch sunset -- Netaji Flag memorial that's enroute -- Cellular jail @4.30pm just before it's closing time.

I personally felt hiring guide was not necessary, if you stay back for Light and Sound show.

1. Cellular Jail, also called Kaala Paani jail (Kala means death and paani means water), which stood as a silent witness to the gruesome British raj.

Photo of Hotel De L'amour, Junction, Brichgunj, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld
Day 1

Due to Solitary Confinement cells, where each cell housed only one inmate, from this derived the name "Cellular".

Photo of Cellular Jail, Atlanta Point, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld

A FINE EXAMPLE OF HUMAN BRUTALITY IN CIVILISED WORLD

This typically takes around 1-2 hrs .Also there's Light and sound show.

ENTRY FEE : Rs.30 for Indian Citizens

Rs.100 for Foreigners

Open on all days except Mondays and National holidays. [9am-1.30pm; 2pm-5pm]

* Light and Sound show starts from 5 ish, available in both hindi and English costs around Rs.100

2. Netaji Flag Hoisting memorial, marking the 75th anniversary of tricolor flag hoisting held in Andamans in 1943 by Netaji, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurled the tricolor flag.

Photo of Corbyns Cove Road, Chakargaon, Nayagaon, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld
Photo of Corbyns Cove Road, Chakargaon, Nayagaon, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld

The Island in the background is Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Island(earlier called Ross Island), which once was British administrative headquarter in Andaman, now in its ruined form is a tourist attraction.

This hardly needs 15-20 min and is near to cellular jail.

Open 24*7, but let me remind you, Andaman is more of a day light city and has absolute nil Nightlife, unless provided by the resort you are staying in.

3. Corbyn's Cove beach, a Photographer's retreat, marked by blue waters and lush green thick forest around. Exploring the beach, as you walk past the coconut trees is one of the most evergreen memory that you carry from Andaman. Ideal for Swimming, and has several water sports like skiing, boating, banana rides to name a few. It's 8Kms from the city and the coastal road here is a scenic journey, so i suggest you take a bike rental who charge around Rs.500 per day.

Photo of Corbyns Cove Beach by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld

Andaman is a Mini India, here in the mainland you might need to travel to other states to find people of different languages but here you can find the diversity almost at every second step.

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Day 2

DAY 2

Our day began by an early morning jetty to Swaraj deep (Havelock). We chose Makruzz over other service providers since it's more sophisticated and calmer.

HAVELOCK JETTY AREA

Photo of Swaraj Dweep Jetty, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld

TIP 2 :*EVEN BEFORE BOOKING YOUR STAY, BOOK YOUR FERRY TICKETS*

We took complete hotel package from SEA SHELL RESORTS, from the website itself.

GARDEN VIEW FROM THE ROOM

Photo of SeaShell Havelock, Govind Nagar, Havelock, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld

POOL VIEW WITH SEA IN THE BACKDROP

Photo of SeaShell Havelock, Govind Nagar, Havelock, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld

LOST MIDST COCONUT PALMS

Photo of SeaShell Havelock, Govind Nagar, Havelock, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld

Resort's beach

Photo of SeaShell Havelock, Govind Nagar, Havelock, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld

Lunch at Bonovo cafe in the resort, and dinner at "something different cafe". We felt both of them to be much hyped and super costly places. There's a dhaba opposite to Aurora beach resort run by a Bengali couple, that started a week before our arrival, so it hasn't been named. Since then, till the end of our stay we had food from that dhaba. The food there was real yum and affordable, serves both vegetarian and non-veg options.

NIGHT VIEW OF THE RESORT

Photo of TRIP TO ANDAMANS by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld

Since it was raining, we just explored resort beach and took a long walk on the resort's beach and captured many pictures.

Day 3

DAY 3

To RADHANAGAR BEACH, KALAPATHAR BEACH

Radhanagar beach-- Asia's cleaned beach as per Times Magazine

En route to Radhanagar beach

Photo of Radhanagar Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld
Photo of Radhanagar Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld

Tip no. 3 : Prefer those nameless dhabas which serve local authentic "Ghar ka Khana (Home Food), especially when it's sea side.

From Radhanagar beach we started our journey to Kala pathar beach. We went the wrong way, and guess what... It was a Eureka moment, where we discovered a lush green self sufficient village, full of cuckoos, green gardens growing necessary veggies,fruits and kids coming back from schools.

Photo of TRIP TO ANDAMANS by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld

After a while, started back to kalapathar beach.

Photo of Kalapathar Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld

LONG WALKS AT KALAPATHAR

Photo of Kalapathar Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld

MONUMENTAL MOMENT

Photo of Kalapathar Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld
Day 4

DAY 4

The name Elephant beach or Hathi tapu in hindi is derived from the elephants that live in the surrounding tropical forest.

*MIND YOU,THE BEACH IS OPEN ONLY TILL 3 PM AND CLOSED ON WET RAINY DAYS*

One of the 'Must to do things' while in Havelock is to "Trek to Elephant beach". Though there are boats from jetty area which take you to elephant beach, but trekking has it's own charm.

Photo of ELEPHANT BEACH, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld

It was almost a one and half hour trek, filled with twists. It was muddy and slippery, since it rained heavily a day before. I slipped almost four times. There were too many mosquitoes and without any further ado we rubbed mud all over our bodies. We witnessed a strikingly bright coloured snake busily eating a frog. That was a real scary moment. Thanks to my guy's presence of mind, and lucky we didn't panic and moved ahead. Each of us felt ourselves to be Bear Grylls of "Man Vs. Wild" series and we were on a mission to discover the undiscovered.

Photo of TRIP TO ANDAMANS by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld
Photo of TRIP TO ANDAMANS by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld

TOTALLY WORTH THE TREK

Photo of TRIP TO ANDAMANS by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld

The view was spectacular. Washed off mud and spend quality time there. The food options at the beach were very minimal, so none of us had energy to trek back, instead we took a boat. Must admit that's the best decision, since it started raining heavily on our way back.

Photo of TRIP TO ANDAMANS by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld

* DO CARRY YOUR FOOD, WATER, FIRST AID KITS AND MOSQUITO REPELLANTS*

Photo of ELEPHANT BEACH, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld
Photo of ELEPHANT BEACH, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld
Photo of ELEPHANT BEACH, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld

Completely exhausted after the trek and long photo sessions. All we did in the evening was, to take a dip in the pool.

Photo of SeaShell Havelock, Govind Nagar, Havelock, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld
Day 5

DAY 5

Started from Havelock at 9'ish and reached Neil by 10'ish. Checked into the hotel and started on exploring the must to do things in Neil Is.

This day is dedicated to the smallest yet so magnificent island with an area of 13.7 Sq. Kms, THE SHAHEED DEEP ISLAND (NEIL IS.)

Also known as "Vegetable Bowl Of Andamans". The three amazing site seeing places here are 3 beaches- Laxmanpur-1, Bharatpur, Natural bridge beach/Laxmanpur-2 beach.

We started off with Bharatpur beach. The rains too followed us. Learnt from locals that the weather was sunny a day before and changed all the sudden. By then, we were already habituated to that kind of weather, so nothing could stop us from exploring.

HAZY VIEW

Photo of Bharatpur Beach, Neil Island, Bharatpur, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld

True to the quote "Nature is with those who have the courage" , it stopped raining and sky's cleared with shiny sun, in no time we could witness blue skies and blue water.

Photo of TRIP TO ANDAMANS by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld

I love blue seas because they make me visualise how tiny of a creatures we are, and how tinier are our much cribbed every day complaints.

Photo of TRIP TO ANDAMANS by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld
Photo of TRIP TO ANDAMANS by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld
Photo of TRIP TO ANDAMANS by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld
Photo of TRIP TO ANDAMANS by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld

*The prices for adventurous water activities are fixed, and no bargaining allowed.*

Also there are plenty of stalls that sell many stuff, but at a whooping price.

While Snorkeling at Bharatpur beach, we witnessed this giant slow tortoise.

Learnt from this tiny tortoise that slow living is it's lifestyle choice, a more balanced, meaningful and life affirming way. Life under water is a world within our world.

Photo of TRIP TO ANDAMANS by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld
Photo of TRIP TO ANDAMANS by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld
Photo of TRIP TO ANDAMANS by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld
Photo of TRIP TO ANDAMANS by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld
Photo of TRIP TO ANDAMANS by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld

After snorkeling and swimming in the beach, it's time to head back to our hotel, since we have many items on our list for the following day like-- early morning Scuba dive, Natural bridge. We did the same as in Havelock, went on to explore near by dhabas. Fortunately got one near by the resort itself.

DAY 6

Day 6

Kick started the day with a sunrise at the resort's beach.

Photo of SeaShell Samssara Neil, Lakshmanpur, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld
Photo of SeaShell Samssara Neil, Lakshmanpur, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld
Photo of SeaShell Samssara Neil, Lakshmanpur, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld
Photo of SeaShell Samssara Neil, Lakshmanpur, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld
Photo of SeaShell Samssara Neil, Lakshmanpur, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld

Went to Bharatpur beach again, to get our first ever scuba experience.

Photo of Bharatpur Beach, Neil Island, Bharatpur, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld

That was one of the best experiences ever. There's a whole new slow paced hush- hush world underwater.

We preferred Neil island over Havelock for these adventure activities because of two reasons -

1) It's less crowded, with more marine life and a better trainer who's not in a rush to take more clients.

2) It's a bit cheaper than Havelock due to less crowd.

The practise session and actual scuba dive took almost half our day. By the time we finished our dive, it was almost 12' ish. Had our lunch at the beach and started to Natural bridge by 2'ish.

Photo of Natural Bridge, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld
Photo of Natural Bridge, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld
Photo of Natural Bridge, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld
Photo of Natural Bridge, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld
Photo of Natural Bridge, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld
Photo of Natural Bridge, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld
Photo of Natural Bridge, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld

With many candid moments at the beach and filled with joy & happiness, we returned back to the hotel.

With a heavy heart we had to bid adieu to booked next day jetty to Port blair.

DAY 7

Filled with memories, our minds are filled with all new experiences and more happiness, we started off to Port blair from Neil island, to catch afternoon flight to Chennai.

Photo of TRIP TO ANDAMANS by Takeabreak _Traveltheworld

BACK TO HUSTLE LIFE

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