All of us have undoubtedly heard of the Andaman Islands, but for some reason when the topics of beautiful beaches in India comes up, it’s never mentioned alongside Goa and Pondicherry. Granted that if you wanted to party the other 2 places would be better alternatives courtesy of large crowds and cheap alcohol. However, if you wanted to relax and see the kind of mesmerising beauty that has always been associated with those exotic foreign locations, Andaman will serve the purpose and then some.
The union territory of Andaman and Nicobar is comprised of around 300 islands in the Bay of Bengal. These islands are sparsely populated and are immaculately clean which is why its rather hard to believe that they are a part of India. The Andaman islands are a perfect holiday spot if you want to escape to the beaches in the summer but are sick and tired of dealing with large, noisy crowds in the more popular places like Goa.
The capital of this union territory is Port Blair, the home of Cellular Jail which was the place where a number of our country’s freedom fighters were incarcerated by the British. Port Blair is the only place in this territory that resembles a stereotypical Indian city, albeit a rather small and less populated one. It has an airport, a few sightseeing spots, autos and local buses. You have to pass through Port Blair if you want to visit any of the other islands as its the start point for all the ferries and the place where all ships from the Indian mainland dock.
Havelock island, Neil islands and Little Andaman are some of the best places you can visit here. They are famous for their pristine white sand beaches and sparkling clear water. You can indulge in a number of activities such as surfing, scuba diving and snorkelling on these islands. The coral reefs and a rainforest (on the Great Nicobar Island) ensure a multitude of unique flora and fauna that can’t be seen anywhere else on earth. It’s an absolute paradise for nature lovers and you’ll find it ridiculously difficult to leave once you’re there. Most of these islands are quite small and the availability of bikes on rent makes travelling around them a fun and easy task.
The beauty of the Andaman islands is unparalleled and it’s really surprising that it isn’t more popular among tourists. But that’s actually a good thing as you don’t have to deal with annoying crowds and you can relax peacefully, as you’re supposed to on a holiday.
So do you think Andaman makes for a good holiday destination in the summer or can you think of some place better? Let us know in the comments below.
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