Whether it’s your first trip to the Andamans or your tenth, you’ll never get tired of this island paradise. If you’re all set to visit the Andamans, make sure these 10 absolutely amazing experiences are included in your itinerary.
Set in the Bay of Bengal, over 1,000km away from the east coast of India, the Andaman Islands have earned their place on the tourist map. Packed with pristine white-sand beaches, lush green rainforests, stunning coral, abundant marine life, ancient tribes, and a rich history, these islands are very popular among both Indian and foreign travellers.
#1 Explore The Famous Cellular Jail
A colonial prison that is also referred to as ‘Kaala Pani’, the cellular jail is has historic importance in the Andamans. Built in 1906, this jail soon became synonymous with the torture and inhumane treatment of the prisoners that were assigned to this isolated destination. Some of India’s well-known freedom fighters, including V.D. Savarkar, Batukeshwar Dutt and Jatish Chandra Pal, were incarcerated here.
#2 Go Bird-Watching At Chidiya Tapu
The lush mangroves and forests here are filled with exotic birds like sea eagles, parakeets, emerald doves, drongos, and many more. Reconnect with nature on a walk through Chidiya Tapu, with colourful birds and their cheerful chirping for company.
#3 Scuba Dive To Explore The Coral Reefs
Andamans is renowned for its variety of marine life and its beautiful coral reefs, and scuba diving is probably the best way to explore this underwater world. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to swim, it’s not a necessity for scuba diving in the Andamans.
#4 Kayak Through Mangroves In Mayabunder
Andamans is home to about 20% or one-fifth of all of India’s mangroves. And taking a kayak through these lush mangroves at Mayabunder gives you the chance to soak in nature’s beauty at your own pace. A kayaking tour usually takes about 2.5 hours; ample time to click pictures that showcase this little explored part of the Andamans.
#5 Soar To New Highs While Parasailing
Are you an adrenaline junkie? Strap on a parachute, which is tied to a motorboat, and zip through the sky as the boat speeds across the Andaman’s clear waters. Get your heart racing and reach all-new highs, don’t miss this incredible adventure in the Andamans.
#6 Spot A Pod Of Friendly Dolphins
If you’re travelling with kids or like dolphins, book one of the dolphin-watching tours on offer. The best places to spot these friendly mammals include Jolly Buoy Island in Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park and the Lalaji Bay Beach on Long Island. So, make sure you add these spectacular places to your itinerary.
#7 Go On A Thrilling Banana Boat Ride
If you like the ocean and enjoy a dash of speed, then banana boat rides are the best activity for you in the Andamans. Balance yourself on the slippery banana boat (which can carry 6 people at a time) which is tied to a speedboat and dragged across the water at full speed. This ride is quite safe as long as you’re wearing your life jacket properly.
#8 Trek Through The Mangrove Forests
Not many people know that the Andamans is home to one of India’s most beautiful trekking routes – Madhuban to Mount Harriet (the highest peak in the Andamans). Explore the islands’ exotic flora and fauna on this trek through the lush green forests here.
#9 Swim In The Turquoise Waters
Turquoise blue waters meet pristine white sands in the Andamans to create some of the most picturesque beaches in the world. The water is so calm, clear and inviting that you cannot resist the urge to take off for long swims. Visit Radhanagar Beach, Elephant Beach, Havelock Island, and Corbyn’s Cove on your next Andaman holiday.
#10 Go Island Hopping
Any trip to the Andamans is incomplete without some island hopping. Out the 325 islands that make the Andamans, fewer than 40 are inhabited by people. But that’s more than enough islands to explore on your island hopping adventure. So, get on a ferry and travel to North Bay Island, Havelock Island, Neil Island, Long Island, Jolly Buoy Islands, and Stewart Islands.
With so much to see, do, and explore, the Andaman islands are irresistible! If you’ve lost your heart to this exotic destination and are planning a visit soon, make sure these 10 exciting experiences are part of your to-do list!
Location: A cluster of islands in the Bay of Bengal, set between India and Myanmar
How to Reach: Veer Savarkar International Airport or Port Blair International Airport is the main airport in the Andamans and is located 2km from the city centre
Official Languages: Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, English, and Malayalam
Currency: INR (Indian Rupees)
Time Zone: IST (UTC+05:30)
Climate: Tropical Climate
Food & Drink: Andamans is a seafood paradise, with everything served fresh