Islands have always fascinated every traveler. The very thought of it brings about a list of adventures that we would love to experiment with. The Andaman Island is one of the most popular islands forming an archipelago in the Bay of Bengal between India and Myanmar. A desirable place to visit, it is one of the most sought after places for nature and adventure lovers.
When to Visit:
The best time to visit is April to July, if you are a summer visitor. This time of the year Andaman is pleasant and mildly warm.
October to March is another set of perfect time if you are planning to visit in the winters. This time of the year, the weather in the island remains neither hot nor cold so you need not worry of spine chilling cold out here.
How to Reach:
The Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair is the only commercial airport at present in the island which connects major cities like New Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai, Visakhapatnam and Bhubneshwar.
You can also reach the place via waterway. Ship connectivity is available from Kolkata, Chennai and Vizag
Things to do in the Andaman:
Since it is an island and if you don’t let yourself free in the blue waters what’s the fun? You can swim!
- Glass Bottom Boat Ride
Probably you could be someone who doesn’t know how to swim and possibly don’t have much time to learn. Worry not. Here’s what you can do. Glass Bottom Boat Ride is meant for kids and for those who don’t know to swim or doesn’t want to. You can actually see through the glass fitted to the boat and enjoy what’s in the sea actually!
- Scuba Diving
Not much of swimming skills are required here either. The ones afraid of water can give it a try. The sea life is amazingly enchanting that you get to know while diving and witnessing the life out there.
You must have watched it in the movies where the protagonist is seen flying with a parachute tied to a motorboat and speeding off. That’s what is parasailing in case you are not aware of, as I wasn’t! This is a whole new level of adventure and you should try if you are one of those tough adventure guys.
- Sailing across Bioluminescence
If you had enough of those dipping yourself into the sea, you can probably try something new. You can observe and enjoy tiny glittering star like things swiping under your feet while you set out on a no moon night in the Havelock Island. These tiny glittery things are no artificiality but light emitted by the sea creatures which glows in the water at night.
- Go Sight Seeing
This is the only way you can know a place better. A gateway to the tranquil atmosphere, Andaman has a lot to offer. You can plan your trip to the islands-Port Blair, Havelock Island, Ross and Smith Island and Neil Island. Among the other popular places worth seeing are Cellular Jail, Radhanagar Beach, Mount Harriet and Mount Madhuban, Diglipur, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Chidiya Tapu to list a few.
- A visit to the Limestone Caves
If you love exploring, you will love this place. This place is located in Baratang. With beautiful beaches, mud volcanoes, mangrove creeks and limestone caves, this place has it all.
Where to Eat
There are many good and comfortable cafeteria and restaurants to have your platter in the Andaman. Here are few top picks-
Something Different a beach side cafe and is very popular among visitors. You can simply order anything here and wouldn’t be for sure disappointed with its name.
Fat Martin Café another popular spot and is vegetarian friendly.
Annapurna Cafeteria is again one of the favorite spot for visitors and is too vegetarian friendly.
Don’t just keep wondering about how good it will be. Set yourself in an adventure for a lifetime and visit Andaman this summer for a treat to yourself!