Andaman Islands are among the most beautiful places in the world to visit. Naturally, thousands of tourists and passionate travellers make their way over to the enchanting islands every year. There are many exotic beaches here blessed with coral reefs, lush greenery and exquisite marine life. There is a limitless amount of fun to be had with the things to do and sights to see. An exquisite blend of modernity and culture, the islands of Andaman are filled with exotic and unforgettable places. If you are planning to vacation in the Andaman Islands, we have put together a comprehensive guide of the top tourist attractions and best places you will surely not want to miss the opportunity to visit!
Light & Sound Show at Cellular Jail
Cellular Jail at Port Blair is a must-visit and most popular tourist attraction. The erstwhile kaala paani jail has a place of pride in India’s freedom struggle. Many a stalwart were imprisoned here. The jail, completed in the year 1906, acquired the name ‘Cellular’ because it is entirely made up of individual cells for the solitary confinement. This colossal edifice has mutely witnessed the most treacherous of inhumane atrocities borne by the convicts, who were mostly freedom fighters. The day draws to a gentle close with the Light and Sound Show, which is probably going to be the best part of your visit to the jail. Voiced by veteran actor Om Puri, the show includes a narration of the poignant stories of the prisoners tortured in the jail. It gives you a vivid experience of its strong association with the freedom fighters and their struggle for independence. The Jail, now a place of pilgrimage for all freedom loving people, has been declared a National Memorial.
Mount Harriet and Madhuban
If you are the outdoorsy type, you will most certainly not want to miss the opportunity to plan to trek Mount Harriet and Madhuban. This regions boasts some of the most incredible and scenic views of the region and is definitely something you will want to put on your travel itinerary! You will be able to trek through the jungle and take in magnificent sights of natural beauty, and all the flora and fauna the area has to offer.
Glass Bottom Boat Ride near Jolly Buoy Island
Uncover the beauty of the underwater kingdom lying beneath the Andaman Sea, without getting your toes wet. Ocean lovers would really appreciate a glass bottom boat ride in its shallow waters with a chance to see corals up close and also has mesmerizing picnic spots with natural picturesque environment. Get close to your partner and gaze keenly into the mesmerizing world of corals and marine life of Port Blair. These glass-bottomed boats ply between Water Sports Complex and North Bay Coral Island, and between Port Blair and Jolly Buoy Island.
Radhanagar Beach is arguably one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Andaman. The water is flawless, the beach is pristine, and there is most certainly no shortage of things to do and experience in the area. If you are ready to spend the day relaxing on the beach, taking up some water sports, or even just hitting the local town, you can find it all in Radhanagar Beach!
Scuba Diving In and Around the Islands of Havelock, Port Blair and Neil Island
Scuba diving in Andamans is quite a favorite among tourists. Continue to unravel the mysterious ocean world by diving into the waters at the any of the many unexplored diving sites. Swim with dugongs at Mac Point, meet sea turtles at Barracuda City, and experience the smooth current of the crystal clear water at the calm diving spot of Margherita’s Mischief in Neil Island. Spot lovely corals and beautifully patterned fishes such as blue spotted sting rays, yellow snappers, angelfish and soldierfish.
Sea Walking in North Bay Beach
If you have never sea walked, now is the perfect opportunity to do so! North Bay Beach offers an incredible way to take advantage of sea walking in a manner that is safe, fun, and super accessible to do! There are a lot of places that offer sea walking excursions in the region and you are sure to have the time of your life walking along the ocean floor while checking out the stunning, colorful coral reefs and oceanic wildlife that live in the region.
Take a Tour Around the Architectural Marvel that is Ross Island
Hope on board, because a cruise organized by Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex takes you to Ross Island, for you to adore the beautiful ruins of the Victorian Era. Home to a string of exquisite beaches and once the administrative headquarters for the British, Ross Island is a small haven lined prettily with coconut trees and inhabited by deer. It most certainly seems as if life has stood still on Ross Island. Ross Island was a British settlement that was established by colonists and served as the headquarters and residences for the Andaman Islands’ British administration of the Indian Penal Settlement. Today, the area is entirely abandoned, but the vast majority of buildings and homes remain intact, albeit shrouded in the roots of ficus trees. Don’t forget to take a moment to explore the church, hospital, and some of the stores as well. There is even a swimming pool that may serve as a great photo op! Another interesting activity that can be enjoyed here is fishing – rarely done in the other islands. If you and your partner are water sports enthusiasts, Ross Island is the place to be, because of the close location of Water Sports Complex. Team up with your partner and go swimming, jet skiing, scuba diving and snorkeling.
Marina Park and Aquarium
If you are bringing the family along on your trip to the Andaman Islands, you will definitely not want to miss the chance to spend the afternoon at the Marina Park and Aquarium. Centrally located by the Water Sports Complex, here you will be able to enjoy the natural beauty that the Andaman Islands have to offer those who visit. The Aquarium is an unforgettable experience that will allow you the opportunity to get up close and personal to a wide array of turtles and salt water wildlife. And there is even a children’s park with a toy train and tons of other fun opportunities for kids. You may even want to plan a picnic as the park is the perfect location to enjoy the afternoon and some great lunch!
Forest Museum is truly a unique experience in have in Andaman. There is a ton to do, see, and explore here and it is the perfect adventure to have. Forest Museum is located just outside of Port Blair at Haddo and it is maintained by the Forest Department of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Here, you will be able to see and enjoy various artifacts that come from countless trees like timber, gurjan, oak, satin and padauk, all of which come from local area trees. You will be able to truly come to appreciate all of the achievements and advancements that the Forest Department has succeeded in throughout the years and how their contributions have given so much to research in terms of sustainability and development. The museum also has a mini zoo and a Zoological Garden to enjoy! Be sure to arrive early so that you can make time to learn about the rules and regulations of the museum and have plenty of time to explore!
There is certainly no shortage of things to do and experience on a holiday to Andaman Islands. Whether you are seeking to relax on the beach, go on a trek, or take in some of the culture and history of the region, there is something for everyone to enjoy on the Andaman Islands that is surely going to make for memories that will last a lifetime.
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