Andaman and Nicobar Islands are known for their natural beauty. If you are planning a vacation, and you have not been to these Islands, you should strongly consider it. Year after year, hundreds of tourists visit this place and there is never a bad time to go. Other than tourist sites, other businesses have been flourishing in the Andaman and Nicobar islands. Sightseeing, water activities, and beaches are a huge part of the area's business and tourist economy. The capital of the Andaman and Nicobar islands is Port Blair.
If you are visiting the Islands for the first time, we have a list of major attraction sites in the area. If you have been here before but you have not yet toured the listed places, you better do it this time.
The Havelock Island is among the major destinations in India. People from all walks of life travel to visit the place. It is located 57Kms North East of Port Blair. It can be accessed through a seaplane or ferry. The island is surrounded by turquoise water and sandy beaches. Are you starting to imagine how the scenery might look? The place provides activities for travellers who want it low key, and those looking for fun. You will get everything here. Your vacation to the Andaman Islands will not be over until you visit Havelock.
This beach has been rated (time and again) among the best in Asia. It is vast and stretches far. You cannot get enough of the white powdery sand. Do not be surprised when you meet an elephant by the beach. A day spent at the beach should be full of swimming, sunbathing, building sand houses and any other activity you would love to do. Do not worry about food because there is plenty on sale by the beach. Remember not to litter the beach, as we should never mess with perfection.
This is another major attraction in the Havelock Island. You can use a boat to access it. Elephant beach is not famous for its beach, but for snorkelling. Its reef stands up to 5 feet deep. If you are a snorkelling pro you can do it by yourself or hire a guide if you are doing it for the first time.
This Island is located between the middle and south Andaman Islands. Baratang Island is estimated to be 110 Km from Port Blair. The tribes, dense forests, beaches, caves, birds, mangroves, trekking, and birds make up the major attractions on the beach.
If you love adventure, this is the place to visit. Mostly, people travel via shared government buses to the Island. The jungle on both sides of the road will be amazing to watch. On your way to your destination, you will pass through Jirkatang. Years ago, tourists feared to pass through this place because natives (who were looking for food) were attacking them. We are, however, happy to say that the government has taken the right security measures in place and the natives no longer attack tourists in this area.
On your way, you might meet these natives, but you are not allowed to offer food or take pictures of them. It is a punishable offence, so you better stay away from them. After passing the tribal area, you will now reach Nilamber jetty. Here, you will be transferred to a ferry which will drop you to the Baratang Island. The ferries are big enough to accommodate bikes, cars, buses and trucks.
At Baratang jetty, you will find boats which will take you to the mangroves and later to the limestone caves. The journey to the caves will be memorable. You will pass through the dense forest and large stones. The temperatures in the caves are lower than the outside (as expected). In the caves, you will not get enough of the beautiful limestone formations.
The Cellular jail is as well-known as the Kala Pani. It is an old colonial prison in Port Blair. It was constructed by the British people, the colonists of India. It was majorly used to detain and exile political leaders. They suffered at the hands of the British. The construction of the jail began in 1896 and was completed in 1906. After that, it was used to exile any political leader who was noticed to fight for freedom. Currently, the jail is owned by the government and was turned into a memorial monument.
The jail was built in the Islands because of the distance from the major parts of the country. The prisoners detained here did not have any means to socialize or interact with people on the outside. Thousands of people died here because of the inhumane conditions before India gained independence. It is used as the main reminder of what the fighters went through to free the country. It is, therefore, a major site to tour when you visit India.
The Ross Island is located 2 kilometres east of Port Blair. It was once the administrative headquarters of the British. In 1941, it was hit by an earthquake which left it bare and damaged. It is then when the British moved their headquarters to Port Blair. Since then, the Island has never recovered from the neglect and decay that set in after the earthquake. Visiting the island, you will get nostalgic as it takes you back to the days. You will be able to see the natural and scenic beauty of the Island as well.
You will be able to see the rubble of swimming pools, churches, and the commissioner's home. There is also a graveyard with the names of the people who were buried there. The Navy manages the cemetery. The Island attracts tourists and history buffs because of the historical significance it carries.
Other than that, the Ross Island has thick forests like its sister islands. If you are visiting it for the first time, it will not be easy to believe that it was once a British power with churches, stores, water treatment plan, hospital, cemetery and other institutions. Today, there are no buildings except a few which survived and used as landmarks. The place is filled with large banyan trees which entirely replaced all human-made structures.
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