Renowned for some of Asia’s most pristine beaches, the Andaman Islands are India’s corner of unexplored paradise. Secluded beaches, with nothing more than the waves and coconuts for company make a visit here quite like nowhere else on the planet. Forget about concrete buildings and club music, sit back and listen to the sound of the earth turning. Begin at Port Blair’s Corbyn Cove Beach with its tree-lined beaches and jet skis before you head over to Andaman’s finest, Havelock Island. Fascinating marine life coupled with easy days on a hammock by the beach make this a holiday with a difference, one you’re bound to do again soon.
Head out into the sunshine in Port Blair after you’ve checked in at your hotel.
What better way to begin your holiday in the Andaman Islands than out at 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.
Make your way 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.
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. Look out for the spectacular sunset here at Radhanagar Beach.
Havelock / Elephant Beach
Spend your day strolling around Havelock or take a quick boat ride over to Elephant Beach. Hit pretty badly in the 2004 tsunami, Elephant Beach is now a center of sorts for all adventure water sports. From scuba diving to underwater sea walks and banana boat rides, there’s plenty to do with enough coconut water to keep you going through the day here.
Havelock / Kalapathar
Another morning and another beach in Havelock. Kalapathar is a small, fairly secluded beach with white sands beside turquoise waters. There are no shacks or benches here, and if you’re looking for some solitary alone-time, Kalapathar is where you want to be. Clear water and scenic surroundings also make this a litter free zone, so make sure you’ve left no trace of your visit behind when you leave the islands. Take the ferry back to Port Blair later in the evening.
Port Blair (Departure)
Get to the airport in time for your flight home with memories of tranquility, set against a background score of the sea, that last a lifetime.