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Lagoons of crystal clear water and scenic beaches topped with a little bit of history make Andaman and Nicobar one of the most perfect choices for an enjoyable, laid-back holiday where you can go on long treks, laze around in the backwaters of the island, or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, even go for a bit of deep sea diving. From the pristine, untouched beaches of Neil and Havelock Islands to the bustling town of Port Blair, the Andamans have something to offer to every tourist.
The history of Indian independence is closely linked to the infamous Kaala Pani or Cellular Jail, and this very jail (which is now a major tourist attraction) lies in Port Blair and attracts hundreds of tourists every day who want to get a feel of the old-world colonial era. There is a light and sound show that takes place every night, wherein the history of the jail is depicted in a very catchy and intriguing method.
Havelock Island is the major attraction of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and the crystal blue waters along with white sand beaches, all of which are lined with green coconut trees lend Havelock Island a mesmerizing picture-perfect look. This island is one of the largest islands in the Andaman archipelago, and you can choose to either soak in the sun and sand on the beach or participate in the numerous adventure activities offered here, such as snorkelling and scuba diving. Port Blair is another famous tourist spot in the Andamans, and this multicultural town is the perfect place for you to get a glimpse of the local lifestyle and the traditions followed by the people of the town. A gorgeous escape from the bustle of the city life, Port Blair is steeped in colonial history and is the perfect place to lay back and spend an afternoon or two in.
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If you visit Andaman island and leave without going to Ross Island, you are going to regret it big time. It is like an abandoned city were people from East India Company once lived lavishly. The highlight is the Light and Sound show which tells the history of the island. It is carried out every evening and it left me dumbfounded. Do not miss it.
My experience with the Cellular Jail was a bit unusual as it was a mixture of pain and pleasure. While the lush greenery, beautiful scenic view from the terrace and a peaceful environment were captivating; the narrow cells, gallows and work-shed testifying to the dark truths of the infamous ‘Kaale Pani ki saza’ were extremely heart wrenching. The lights and sounds show in the evening took us back to those times, talking about the experiences of the inmates and gave us a sense of pride. Make sure you get the tickets well in time as they get sold out quickly. Don’t forget to take your Debit card with you as it would be needed to buy the tickets.
NORTH BAY ISLAND is a part of the Andaman Islands and provides a range of water sports and activities like Scuba diving, sea walking and glass bottom ride. I did scuba diving, which is good for beginners but if you seek a very adventurous experience, then this is probably not the place for you. Also, in case you are not interested in any water activities or if you're going to Havelock Island, you might want to skip North Bay as this island is not a great option for just chilling on the beach, has little food options and the water isn't very clean as compared to beaches on Havelock Island which also provide these facilities. I think the price charged for these activities (Rs. 3500-4000) is not worth the experience and there are other better places for water sports/activities.
Scenic Beaches. Dense Forest. Lots of water sports. Beautiful ambience.
Foreigners need special permits to visit here. Restricted/Tribal areas are not safe.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands offer an exotic vacation within the country. They are for everyone who is looking for a peaceful stay and lots of fun at the beaches. All adventure lovers would particularly love this place.