Places of Importance in Andaman
If you’re itching to visit some sandy white beaches with sparkly ocean waves, sunny blue skies, and serene backdrops, you should start planning for a trip to the Andaman Islands! The list of places to visit in Andamanand things to do is endless, whether you’re planning a family trip or a romantic trip with your significant other.
The best time to visit Andamans is during the autumn and winter months when there is little to no chance of rainfall, which can put your plans on hold.
If you do plan a trip to Andaman, here are some places that should make it on to your wish list.
- Radhanagar beach
Located on Havelock Island, Radhanagar beach’s shore is just spellbindingly pristine.
Featured as the best Asian beach to visit by Time Magazine, the tantalizing sunsets on the shores of Radhanagarare akin to a jaunt in paradise.
Radhanagar beach to do activities includes parasailing, glass boat rides, and scuba diving. Visitors can also enjoy freshly prepared seafood dishes and beverages by local vendors on the beach.
- Elephant beach
Another quaint little Havelock Island beach is the place to visit if you’re into water sports and trekking. The adjacent Mangrove forest connects directly to the shore, which is how you get to observe a lot of exotic marine wildlife.
Water sports activities include snorkelling, diving, glass-boat rides, and sea walk at Elephant beach.
The coral reefs around this beach are being conserved through the efforts of the community and authority because of which a sea walk would be the best choice to get enthralled by the marine life on display.
- Cellular Jail
Being an old colonial prison, the cellular jail history is written in red. The place also known as ‘Kala Pani,’is where the British colonisers sent any captured freedom fighters and other prisoners.
It serves as a National memorial these days and a grim reminder of our struggle for freedom. It is definitely on the list of places to explore while you’re in Port Blair.
- Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
This Marine Park was set up back in 1983 to serve as the focal point for conserving coral reefs and turtle nests. Located in Wandoor, this park covers 17 islands with untouched and tranquil shores.
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park timings depend on the weather. So, you should visit this spectacle of nature in the colder months, as the days are bearable with calm, cold nights at these times. The marine parks are home to some exotic fauna and flora, which can be observed while scuba diving or snorkelling.
- Kala Pathar beach
Amongst the prettiest beaches in Havelock Island – Swaraj Dweep, Kala Pathar beach is a picture-perfect beach with glimmering blue waters and white sands. The place gets its name from adjoining big black rocks and the Black road street.
Since this beach is not recommended for water sports and related activities, it doesn’t get as crowded as the other Havelock beaches.
This is the place for you if you just wish to laze around and sunbathe.
- Ross and Smith Island beach
Ross and Smith Island beaches are connected through a thin strip of the sandbank. These twin islands are the pride of North Andaman and are accessible through Diglipur.
A special permit has to obtain before visiting the islands. Snorkelling and swimming are the most recommended activities to be done, although the islands do host a wildlife reserve and colonial ruins.
- Mount Harriet and Madhuban
Mount Harriet national park, named after the wife of a British soldier Tytler, has the highest point on South Andaman. The Tytlers used to capture the scenic glory of the place through their camera, and the site is still as mesmerizing as it was back then.
You can even spot Port Blair once you reach the peak. Mount Harriet trek will lead straight to Madhuban. Madhuban Beach used to be a camp for training elephants, and the visitors can enjoy birdwatching and hike along the shoreline now.
- Museum Circuit
Museum circuit Andaman includes the museum that showcases the rich and dark past of the islands and also the exotic flora and fauna. There are museums such as the Sagarika museum, which have miniatures made out of wood and pearl artefacts on display. Sagarika also serves as a Government supported cottage emporium.
The Anthropological museum exhibits depict the extinct and current tribes from the islands. Other museums like Samudrika, Forest, Fisheries, display naval artefacts, and marine wildlife.
The name is befitting, as the sight of chidiyatapu, birds flying around during sunset is worthy of being featured on a postcard! It is a tiny island with abundant mangrove swamps and forest cover. Situated close to port Blair, its sunset point is sworn by many to be the best in the Andamans.
Apart from birdwatching, which is the main attraction of this place and rightfully so, visitors can go pearl hunting, sea walking, snorkelling, and scuba diving. Munda Pahad trek will bring you even closer to the wildlife, but it would be wise to go with a guide or a local to avoid getting lost in a dense forest.
- Limestone Caves
While planning your trip to Andamans, you must have come across the Limestone caves Andaman. These caves are located on the Baratang Island, which is also populated by the Jarawa tribe.
The island was kept away from prying eyes due to this very reason but has now been opened to visitors that are looking to experience mud volcanoes and mangrove jungles along with the million-year-old limestone caves.
- Campbell Bay National Park
Campbell Bay National Park is considered to be a part of the Nicobar biosphere. The only way to reach this secluded national park is through air from Port Blair to Campbell Bay.
The southernmost point of India, the Indira point, is situated right here. Positioned adjacent to the GalatheaRiver, this park is home to giant crabs and macaques that eat them, tree ferns and beautiful orchids, and the endangered Nicobar pigeons.
- Barren Island Volcano
A little island located in the Andaman Sea, Barren Island sports the only active volcano in South Asia. Barren Island volcano eruption was first observed back in 1787 and more recently in 2017.
Curiously, it is inhabited by goats and other animals left behind by fleeing or stranded settlers. Apart from the goats, birds, and mammals that can adapt to the harsh environment around a spewing volcano can also be spotted.
A trip to this island is a day only affair, and visitors are not allowed around the place once dusk falls. If you’re looking to have a swim with manta rays and coral reefs, scuba diving around the volcano is meant for you.