By Diwakar T J
The Andaman Islands are an Indian archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. These roughly 300 islands are known for their palm-lined, white-sand beaches, mangroves, and tropical rainforests. Coral reefs supporting marine life such as sharks and rays make for popular diving and snorkeling sites. Indigenous Andaman Islanders inhabit the more remote islands, many of which are off limits to visitors Area 8,249 km² Population: 434,192 (2019)
You can arrive Port Blair in the morning by flight/ship. the sightseeing with Anthropological Museum, which displays the tools, models habitats, art, and handcrafts of the aboriginal tribes of Andaman & Nicobar Islands from Anthropological Museum, visit the Corbyn's Cove Beach, a coconut palm fringed beach, ideal for swimming, sun-basking & bathing.
In the evening, attend the enthralling Sound and Light Show at Cellular Jail - where the heroic saga of the Indian freedom struggle is brought alive.
Cellular Jail a fortified edifice surrounded by water & lush greenery. As you stroll along the corridor, you can see solid walls, gates, dorms which narrates the tales of our freedom fighter & the inhumane conditions they were subjected too.
Wandoor Beach: It was famous for the Mahatma Gandhi marine national park which was one of the three marine parks in India, besides Gujarat and park encompassed an enchanting stretch of marine waters, lush, vegetated islands, vast coral reefs, and sparkling silver beaches. The marine fauna was extremely rich and included four species of turtles, the dugong, and the salt-water crocodile. The flora is also extremely diverse, including among the largest remaining stretches of protected mangroves in India.
Stories of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar & Upendra Nath Banerjee got my attention the most. you will vividly capture the tales of our freedom fighters struggle for independence, a must know for our future generations.
3 islands - Ross , Viper and north bay in sequence!!! cruising towards Ross Island and North Bay (Coral Island). Ross Island: First we start the exhilarating journey (by boat) to Ross Island, the erstwhile capital of Port Blair during the British regime, it now stands an imposing relic, with the structure almost in debris.
A small museum displays photographs and other antiques of the Britishers, relevant to these islands. North Bay (Coral Island): From Ross Island, we proceed for a joyful trip to North Bay Island (Coral Island) offering exotic coral, colorful fishes and underwater marine life. We can view this colorful corals & underwater marine life via in glass bottom boat and snorkeling. North Bay (Coral Island), to see coral reefs, exotic varieties of beautiful ornamental fishes and other marine life. The glass bottom boat ride helps one to take a closer look at the vast coral colonies.
Optional Activities - Snorkeling, Swimming. Then proceed for a leisurely cruise (Harbour Cruise) in a steamer along the Port Blair Harbour which takes one to Viper Island. The gallows atop a hillock here is sight to watch.
On these islands you will see fresh bright colored tender coconuts you must keep yourself hydrated by drinking coconut water!!!
Lots of greenery, vegetation all sides you see