Andaman and Nicobar Islands, union territory, India, consisting of two groups of islands at the southeastern edge of the Bay of Bengal. The peaks of a submerged mountain range, the Andaman Islands and their neighbours to the south, the Nicobar Islands, form an arc stretching southward for some 620 miles. Known for its gorgeous beaches, underwater wonders and primeval location in the middle of nowhere, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are still the ideal place to get away from it all.
While we know it's just to be islands that cover a small area but it's what makes it more happening. Andaman and Nicobar island are a popular destination if you are looking for a recreational and leisure vacation. Its sandy beaches, attractive diving spots, aboriginal cultures and incredible history make the island an interesting holiday place. And there is no doubt; the place can never bore you. An ideal getaway destination far off the mainland is teeming with activities for family and friends such as adventure sports, trekking, sightseeing tours around the Island and thrilling water activities. Here are top attractions of andaman & nicobar island that nobody will tell you about.
Baratang Island is located about 100 km from Port Blair and is an unexplored gem filled with pure beauty and natural wonders. This must visit destination slouches with verdant green meadows and thick mangrove forests. Incredible yet overlooked place Baratang Island houses some unique and fascinating attractions like the impressive limestone caves and interesting mud volcanoes. The limestone caves in Baratang is a sedimentary rock formed and compressed over millions of years by the continuous deposits of many components and elements such as seashells, marine life, corals, and skeletons. Another such attraction in Baratang Island that is visited by many tourists is the Mud Volcano. It so happens that the mud is pushed upward by a natural gas emitting from underneath created by decaying organic matter from underground.
Parrot Island is also a must visit attraction located near Baratang Jetty. This beautiful place is best visited in the evening to witness thousands of parrots that fly around and roost. Baratang Island can be considered as a one-day trip destination but if you happen to dwell in its peaceful surroundings, then the Island provides accommodations like Forest and PWD guest houses. You can also avail a private accommodation in Baratang Island.
The Islands of Andaman has a ten-day long tourism festival and it is definitely a must attend occasion. This annual tourism festival is held every month of December and January. Besides, others must attend festivals in Andaman that are joyously celebrated are Subhash mela, a 7-day festival held in January and Vivekananda festival. It is a gala event of cultural performances by artistes of local and international fame; various exhibitions like the Dog Show, Puppet Show, and the Baby Show; and other aquatic festivities like the Floating Restaurant, the Canoe Race and scuba diving.
A recreational activity that the travelers must take is Snorkeling. This popular water sport appeals to every adventure lover to observe underwater marine life at its most natural setting and Andaman Island offers just that. Snorkeling will mesmerize you with its shimmering colourful and magical world below. To experience such a phenomenon, the islands of Andaman and Havelock offer marine lovers with long hours of gazing at the colourful coral reefs.
When it comes to the ideal destination for nature lovers, there are no second doubts that Andaman is just the place to be, which has even seized the hearts of many travelers. To experience the best of the nature elements in Andaman, there's nothing better camping on the havelock island. Evidently, what can be a better idea of adventure on a holiday in Andaman than sleeping under the stars amidst the lush forest or on the bank of the sandy white sea. Andaman is composed of many small islands, and forest, most of these places are hardly explored, which makes them just the perfect for camping.
If you are a foodie, the islands have some food joints that offer the fresh seafood. Extremely subtle in taste, and diverse, geography plays a crucial role in the cuisines of Andaman with Thai flavors and Burmese spices. No wonder Andaman is an epicurean epicenter. Mainly famous seafood delicacies in Andaman are prawns, fish, lobsters, and crabs, which are easily available at the restaurants, and hotels. The seafood available at the hotels in Andaman might be a little expensive but is worth all the extra cost. The best bet will be to mingle with the villagers, sample seafood and sip local beverages in Andaman many regional markets. The best part about the seafood available at the villagers is that they use old customs and traditions in their cooking. Tandoori fish at the Lighthouse House Residency is must try. It is mainly the famous food of Andaman because of the unique cooking style, which is mainly covered with a variety of spices and then cooked in a tandoori open.
Best time to visit
This place is crowded with tourists from across the globe. The ideal season to visit these Islands is during the months between October and May. You will feel calm and soothing amidst fresh air and heart warming sun. This season is also famous for its annual tourism festival that takes place in the month of January. Andaman and Nicobar experience big sea waves and heavy rainfalls during the monsoon season.
For Indian Nationals, there are no restrictions on entry in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. However, the entry to the tribal reserve area is prohibited. As per the Foreigners (Restricted Areas) Order 1968, Restricted Area Permit (RAP) is required for non-Indians to visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The permits can be obtained from the immigration office at airport, or waterways port/stations for 30 days, subject to availability of valid visa. The permission can also extend for another 15 days with permission from Superintendent of Police, Andaman District, Port Blair.