Far removed from the chaos of the mainland, the Andaman Islands are India’s best-kept secret. A short flight away from the subcontinent, expect serene beaches with spectacular underwater corals, wildlife, adventure water sports and more on these tropical islands. Begin your idyllic getaway at Corbyn’s Cove in Port Blair, with picture-postcard-worthy vistas of coconut-tree lined shores. From Japanese bunkers built during World War II to the famed ‘kala pani’ cellular jail, some of the subcontinent’s more gruesome history is on this island as well. Spend your days island-hopping from Rangat and Mayabunder to Neil. From snorkeling among the fish to mud volcanoes and treks through forests, there’s much more to the Andaman Islands than you ever knew.
Head out to explore the Port Blair once you’ve checked in at your hotel.
There’s no better way to begin your holiday than out in the sun, so head over to Corbyn Cove Beach, a mere 3 kilometers away. Don’t forget to pack that book if you’re ready for that tan and the hammock. Everything from jet skis to lounge chairs is available on rent here on this coconut-palm lined beach. A motorboat could take you over to Snake Island for some interesting rock faces and lovely corals and marine life. The World War II Japanese bunkers close by are worth a visit as well.
Head out to cellular jail here in Port Blair later in the afternoon. Called the ‘kala pani’, many a movie has been made here to portray India’s freedom fighters kept in captivity here. Now a well-kept tourist spot, the museum has exhibits from the life of prisoners as well. Dramatically narrated, complete with lights at night, the sound and light show at the cellular jail pays tribute to these prisoners every day.
North Bay and Ross Island
Take the ferry from the Andaman Water Sports Complex to North Bay. With some of the island’s most beautiful coral reefs, look out for exquisite species of marine life when you head out snorkeling. From underwater walking to deep sea diving, there’s much to be done here in this coral reef paradise. Don’t miss the ride out on a glass bottom boat for corals and more.
For sunsets and nature, Ross Island is the perfect way to spend the evening. Explore the dense forest here for everything from deer and wildlife to bright tropical birds.
Havelock Island is probably one of the Andaman’s finest with over seven serene beaches and practically no concrete buildings. Radhanagar beach here has actually been named one of the world’s top 100 beautiful beaches. Fairly popular for diving and snorkeling experiences, Radhanagar is a marine explorer’s paradise. Watch the shore get silent and evening get darker before you head back to Port Blair for the night.
Home to numerous undiscovered coral reefs and well-maintained biodiversity, Neil is peaceful and quiet in comparison to Havelock. A night here is well worth the serenity it affords.
From the white sands of Laxmanpur to the culture-rich Bharatpur, settle down for an easy day of photography and shell hunting, culminating perfectly at fascinating rock Howrah Bridge.
Get the cruise back to Port Blair after breakfast. Spend the rest of the day here shopping for those little shell and coconut trinkets and souvenirs.
Baratang and Mayabunder
The Limestone Caves in Mayabunder hold some of the most unique stalagmites, stalactites and pillar rocks. Take a boat ride to these ancient caves, through the mangrove forests, stopping for a break at Amkunj and Cutbery beach. The mud volcano in Baratang is a short trek away from the caves. Stop for some of those huge tender coconut drinks once you’re here, and keep in mind that there’s just bubbling mud here and not lava like you might have thought.
One of the larger islands in North Andaman, Diglipur is surrounded with lush green forests, splendid beaches and mud volcanoes. Trek through the forest in search of those mud volcanoes. An interesting geological phenomenon, mud volcanoes bubble out creating a path through the forest here. Expect fresh seafood on your visit here, with fishery and cultivation being the main occupations on this island. Ram Nagar beach, close by, is worth a visit for the Olive Ridley turtles who nest here late in the year.
Head over to Rangat Island later in the evening.
Spend your day exploring Rangat Island. Aamkunj Beach is now an eco park with trees that literally speak for themselves. From dustbins to teapots, everything in Aamkunj is made of wood. Turtle paradise, Karmatang Beach, is well known for its turtle nesting farm and water sports besides. This beach has everything you might have missed this past week, and gives you time for more. Get back to Port Blair for your last night in the Andaman Islands.
Port Blair (Departure)
Leave in time for your flight home with memories of white sandy beaches, water sports, mud volcanoes, turtles and more.