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.
Arrival in Port Blair
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.
Explore Radhanagar Beach
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 by the TIME Magazine. Fairly popular for diving and snorkelling experiences,Radhanagar is a marine explorer's paradise. Fine grain and beautiful white sand, Radhanagar beach also has a gentle gradient with tropical forests on the fringes of the beach. Spend your time watching the day get longer, with one of the most spectacular sunsets you'll probably ever get to see.
Visit Kalapathar Beach
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.
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.