The awe-inspiring picturesque islands, Andaman and Nicobar have been bringing in travellers from far and wide through their turquoise waters, unspoilt beaches, beautiful rain forests, striking corals and ancient tribes. Travellers, especially those on their honeymoon, flock here to relish some moments of peace away from the bustling city life. These tropical heavens are located around 1,000 kilometres off the eastern coast of India in the Bay of Bengal. With a rich collection of flora and fauna, the islands come out as a clear winner for those seeking a beach holiday in India.
Andaman and Nicobar have been blessed with more than their fair share of beaches. Plan a visit to the Corbyn's Cove Beach (Port Blair), situated 8 kms from the City centre or explore the Radhnagar Beach (Havelock Island) counted among Asia's top 5 beaches. Elephant beach (Havelock Island) is great to watch training of elephants and elephants swimming in sea, while Long Island Beaches (Long Island) are known for their far stretched coastline of 82 kilometres.
Thanks to the list of beaches dotted here, Andaman and Nicobar islands have become a great destination to challenge the daredevil inside you. From swimming to snorkelling and from scuba diving to parasailing, one can partake in numerous water activities here. Do not miss a chance to indulge in dolphin watching, a great treat for the lens of every cameraman. In addition, plan a trip to Jolly Buoy Island or Red Skin Island to explore the world of coral reefs. The experience of unveiling the vibrancy and magnificence of the underwater world is indeed unforgettable.
The capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair is home to numerous attractions, good enough to keep the visitors hooked forever. Visit the Cellular Jail narrating the heroic stories of India’s freedom fighters. The nature enthusiasts can head towards the Marine Museum and the Fisheries Museum to treat their eyes with some beautiful natural wonders. To buy some local souvenirs to take back home, head towards the Aberdeen Bazaar. Here you can find stunning wooden handicrafts and beautiful shells, which will help your cherish the memories of your holiday tour to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Though these beautiful islands stay soaked in the waters of festivities all year long, the Island Tourism Festival is one event that tops the travel itinerary of every traveller flocking here. This 10 day festival is held annually, starting from 5th of January. People from all over the world look for holiday tour packages to Andaman and Nicobar islands to partake in this exciting event that mirrors local art, dance forms, music and food. Apart from this, Music Festival (August / September), Food Festival & World Tourism Day Celebrations (September), Film Festival (November) and Beach Festival (April) are ideal events to feed your tired souls with some vigour.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands are blessing for the lovers of tropical cuisine. The food served in restaurants is freshly made with locally found spices, voicing the local cultures. Restaurant beaches are highly popular among travellers where they can relish lip-smacking local dishes while relaxing under the soothing sun. The islands also offer you an array of fruits including Mango, banana, orange, pineapple and guava. With increasing influx of travellers here, many restaurants have started serving Indian, Chinese and Continental food items as well.
Every nook and corner of Andaman and Nicobar Islands offers you enough opportunities to bag some great souvenirs including handmade coconut shell lamp shades, Nicobari mats, wooden trays and walking sticks featuring intricate design. Visit Sagarika Government Emporium, a dreamland of handicrafts. A stroll in this smartly planned emporium takes you through coconut lamp shades, wooden artefacts and astounding sea shell murals. Take a look at the Nicobari counter to buy beautiful tribal artefacts made from bamboo and sea shell. Aberdeen Bazaar is another great option for gratifying your shopping instinct. The main shopping centre in Port Blair, this bazaar is a perfect joint for buying exquisite goodies. Do not forget to check out the Lighthouse Restaurant known for its delectable food and peaceful ambience.
The best time to head towards these gorgeous islands is between January and mid-May. The weather during these months stays sunny with cool winds. Monsoon hits Andaman and Nicobar in late May and lasts till July. It is not a good time to relish the charms of this beach destination as strong winds, heavy rains, humidity and restricted access to beaches make it difficult for holidaymakers to relish their holiday in peace. The months from August till December also bring in light showers and are thus, not ideal those visiting here to partake in underwater activities.
Veer Savarkar International Airport or Port Blair Airport is the main gateway for travellers visiting Andaman and Nicobar. It connects this beautiful destination to all the major Indian cities including Calcutta, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. In addition, travellers can also plan to experience a voyage by sea to eye the unspoilt beauty of the landscapes nestling Andaman and Nicobar. Port Blair is the intermediate port that caters as the main port of these islands.
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