Place to visit in Andaman
Sightseering places in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
1. Port Blair - A must on your Andaman tour packages
Port Blair, the capital of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, is the official overseer of the culture and heritage of the Andaman Islands. Some of the ‘must-visit sites in Port Blair are –
Cellular Jail: Also known as Kālā Pānī (Hindi for black waters), the Cellular Jail was a colonial prison, used by the British, to exile and silence political prisoners.
Corbyn’s Cove: Corbyn’s Cove is a scenic drive from Port Blair. One of the busier beaches of the Andaman Islands, it offers water activities, such as jet-skiing, diving, and semi-submarine rides.s.
2. Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) – A quick trip to the island to be included on your Andaman Tour
Havelock Island is out to charm either a solo backpacker, a couple, a group of friends, or a family on vacation. Revel in the soft white sandy beaches, or dive into the aqua-green waters, with various options such as jet-skiing, snorkeling, and diving. Expect to see exotic fauna, such as emerald doves, long-tailed meerkats, and hanging parrots on this island. Some of the places to visit on Havelock Island are –
Radhanagar Beach: Known for its white sand beach, clear waters, and serene nature; you can laze on the beach, go swimming, or enjoy some beautiful sunsets.
Elephant Beach: Famous for its adventure sports and crystal-clear waters, you can do scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, jet-skiing, and swimming with the elephants.
Kalapathar Beach: With amazing views and sunsets, it is an extremely relaxing location.
Vijaynagar Beach: This secluded and pristine beach is known for its serenity, calmness, and natural scenic beauty.
3. Neill Island (Shaheed Dweep) – Known for its Unparallel Biodiversity
Neill Island is a short ferry ride from Havelock Island. For those who seek solitude, serenity, and peace on their holidays, your Andaman Island tour package must include Neill Island. Let’s explore the ‘must-do activities on Neill Island.
Howrah Bridge: This is a unique phenomenon of mother nature, close to the Laxmanpur beach. It is formed by two corals, creating a naturally shaped bridge. It got its name from early Bengali settlers, on your Andaman tour.
Neill Island 3 Point Tour: Explore the three beautiful beaches of Neill Island –
Laxmanpur Beach: Experience spectacular sunsets, with the Howrah Bridge in the foreground. Be cautioned, it is not safe for beginners to get into the water, due to the strong currents and high waves.
Sitapur Beach: With a lush green backdrop on its three sides, it opens up to a wonderful cobalt-colored seafront. One of the quietest beaches on Neill Island, you could get lost in your own peaceful world.
Bharatpur Beach: Also called the ‘Sunrise Beach’, for its amazing sunrises. It is one of the most tranquil and picturesque beaches of the Andaman Islands.
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving: Snorkel or dive into small lagoons, around Ramnagar and Laxmanpur beaches, where you will find exquisite coral and marine life. You will be fortunate to spot a Dugong (Sea Cow), the state animal of the Andaman Islands.
Glass Bottom Boat Ride: If you are not comfortable snorkeling or diving, you can enjoy the corals and marine life, through the transparent glass-bottom boat rides.
Trekking: Hike through the rich flora and fauna of the dense tropical forest, on Neill Island. Hire a guide, so you do not get lost.
4. Bartang Island – A major island on your Andaman tour packages
If you are an adventure ‘junkie’, Bartang Island is your ‘go-to’ island, with its enchanting virgin beaches, limestone caves, tidal swamp forests, bird watching opportunities, and adventure mangrove boat rides. Bartang Island is 90 km north of Port Blair, between the Middle and South The Andaman Islands. Your ‘To-Do’ list for Bartang Island includes –
Limestone Caves: Extremely popular for their shimmering structures, the caves are made up of limestone, and the rare stalactites and stalagmites structures.
Parrot Island: Trek through dense mangrove forests to reach Parrot Island. Home to parrots and colorful parakeets, it is a treat for bird enthusiasts.
Baludera Beach: Your escape from the ‘madding’ crowd. A must for your Andaman Islands tour package, with its serene environment that gives you a sense of intense calm and peace.
Mud Volcanoes: Accessible either by road or sea, the mud volcanoes are tiny muddy craters, formed by natural gases, emitted by organic matter.
Mangrove Creeks: A boat safari is the best way to enjoy the mangrove creeks at leisure, and marvel at the natural beauty, and the flora and fauna of these creeks.
5. Diglipur – The largest town on your Andaman tour
Diglipur Island located in North Andaman Islands abounds in rich flora, fauna, natural parks, and vibrant marine life. Diglipur has some amazing places to visit, such as –
Saddle Peak: At 732 meters, Saddle Peak is the highest point of the Andaman Islands, in the Bay of Bengal. It is part of a National Park, a rich bio-diverse tropical jungle that is home to over 13 indigenous bird species, 36 indigenous insect species, and 6 indigenous tree species. Kalpong, the only river of Andaman Islands, flows through the forest and offers a refreshing drinkable freshwater stream.
Ross and Smith Islands: Connecting these magnificent islands is a slim fifty meters long sand bar. It boasts of ‘picture-perfect’ warm crystal-clear waters and untamed virgin beaches.
Turtle Nesting/hatching at Kalipur Beach: Olive Ridley, Leather Back, Hawksbill, and Green Turtles nest on Kalipur Beach, typically between October and March. The Andaman & Nicobar government hatchery facilitates and aids in the nesting. You will enjoy swimming and snorkeling in its crystal-clear waters.
Active Mud Volcanoes: Much like the ones at Bartang Island, these are small muddy craters that are surrounded by some amazing natural flora and fauna.
6. Little Andaman Island – An island with crystal blue water
One of the largest Andaman Islands, Little Andaman Island is the furthest inhabited island, lying 120 km south of Port Blair. Little Andaman Island is replete with stretches of uninhabited pristine beaches, azure waters, breath-taking waterfalls, dense evergreen rainforest, red oil palm plantations, and the best surf in India. Some of the places to visit are –
Butler Bay: This is one of the more frequented places, where you can soak in the sun, snorkel, dive, or surf.
White Surf Waterfall: Aptly named as White Surf Waterfall, because of the white foamy water descending from the hillock.
Whisper Wave Waterfall: Similar to the White Surf Waterfall, you will find this waterfall, in the middle of the forest.
7. Barren Island – An enchanting scenic island on your Andaman Nicobar packages
The craggy Barren Island is home to South Asia and India’s only active volcano. It is 135 km south of Port Blair. Half a kilometer from the shore, the crater often emits smoke and spurts of light. You can view the island via –
Sea Plane: One can view the volcano and its crater from a seaplane, but it will not land on the water.
Ferry Ride: The ferry will take three rides around Barren Island. You can see the volcano from afar. No one is allowed to disembark on the island.