Sick and tired of the hustle and bustle of the city? Fed up with the population, pollution and everyday problems? Then you are seriously in need of a vacation and that too far from reality. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are the perfect antidote for you.
The islands of Andaman and Nicobar are located in the Bay of Bengal and is a cluster of about 600 islands. While most are off the tourist map, we bring you the best of these islands to indulge yourself. The sun kissed beaches, the clear waters and diverse marine life is what attracts one here. You can enjoy lazing on the beach or get adventurous enough to try out some water activities. One thing is for sure it will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated. So pack your shorts and trunks, slip in your flip flops and let us guide you on your perfect travel to the Andaman and Nicobar islands.
How to Reach
Depending on where you are located, there are flights from almost major cities like Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Bhubaneshwar to Port Blair, which is the capital of Andaman and Nicobar and the only entry/exit point. The Tsunami of 2004 led to heavy losses to both the places but the tourist operations are up and running again.
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Rutland Island is spotless, unpopulated and the least visited island. The island has a beautiful mangrove forest and coral reefs. It is a perfect place for eco-tourists.
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The long deserted beaches of Neil Island give off a relaxing vibe. One can laze under the sun sipping on a mocktail or try out a few water activities like snorkeling, swimming, sea walking and more.
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A lazy man's paradise where one can soak in the sun and see time go by. The long stretch of beaches here are a perfect spot to get some tan. One can also head to the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park if they are in for adventure.
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A conducted tour of this island is advisable. Baratang is known for its mud volcano, limestone caves, mangrove creeks and most importantly the Jarwah tribe. Untouched by civilisation, the jarwahs still lead a primitive way of life and it is forbidden to interact with them or even offer food to them. Jarwahs in their turn keep their interactions to the minimum. Parrot island is another must-see attraction but for that you will need to stay overnight on the island.
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Just as the name suggests the island is barren and uninhabited by humans. Birds and rodents are the only species of animals found here. The island is the only active volcanic island in South Asia and last erupted in 2010 and continued till 2011.
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A trip here would make one remember the story of Robinson Crusoe. One is far away from civilization here. It is advisable that when coming here one carries food, water and gear for themselves.
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This tiny island was the hub of surfing till the tsunami struck here in 2004. The island has a few beaches, a waterfall and lots of friendly locals who will make sure you do have a good time here.
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One of the best things to do in all the islands is to relax and enjoy the sun. Get some tan and sip on mocktails. Then there are also other activities one can indulge in here, snorkeling by far is the common one in nearly all islands, one can go sea walking or surfing also. Scuba diving is also quite a favorite here.
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Seafood should be your choice here anyday. One can get it grilled, fried, broiled, curried or in any other cooked form. One can keep gorging on a variety of fishes in variety of dishes here and still come back with lots more left to taste. Standard Indian food is also served here at restaurants and hotels but if you ask anyone here then the pick certainly goes for the mouth watering seafood dishes.
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