Would you love planning a trip to view some of the mesmerizing islands the nation has to offer? Shimmering beaches, turquoise blue lagoons, and loads of excitement is what we have Andaman and Nicobar Islands for you! This is an exotic holiday destination that finds its place 1400 km from the Eastern Coast of India. Andaman and Nicobar Islands is regarded as a Union Territory indeed. You find 572 islands out of which 37 are inhabited. And a few of them are available for tourists for their enigmatic attraction.
Port Blair is the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The capital city connects itself to various other islands and ferry routes. Come on, let us discover some of the fascinating aspects of this lovely holiday destination!
We will have an overall look at the weather chart. This way, it becomes easier for you to determine the ideal time to plan a visit here.
Winters at Andaman- October- March; Temperature belt: - 20-30 Degree Celsius.
The winter season here at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands starts in the month of October. It goes on, up until March. The temperature remains cool and pleasant throughout the winter season. You find that the beaches are at their best during this part of the year. You can indulge in your favorite water sports indeed. Be it scuba diving, parasailing, white water rafting, or just to explore the beaches out there! You have a film festival that is held in November. Plus, you have a 15-day island festival in the month of January. You cannot miss out on these events while you plan a winter visit to the Andaman’s.
Summers- April- July; Temperature belt: 24 – 37 Degree Celsius
The summer season at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands starts in April and goes on until July. While the minimum temperature remains at 24 Degree Celsius, during the peak afternoons, the mercury levels can soar up to 37 Degree Celsius. For outdoor shoots, afternoons are highly not recommended. You can enjoy your sightseeing in the early mornings or late evenings. Late evening weather can be cool and pleasant for a dip in the sea waters. Else, you can indulge your inner senses enjoying the sea-breeze.
Monsoon Season- July- September; Temperature belt: 22- 36 Degree Celsius
You can find the region receiving moderate rainfall, most of the times. However, the peak season can bring heavy downpours at the pockets of Andaman and Nicobar. Tourism is not recommended during this season as the humidity levels are high. Plus, heavy downpours can also make the sea-weather unpredictable. Hence, adventure seekers or water sports enthusiasts cannot enjoy their sports at this time of the year.
Looking at the overall weather chart, the winter season spanning November and February is the best time of the year to visit the place indeed!
Virgin sea-beds, turquoise blue waters, and enigmatic flora are components that can make a fantastic holidaying spree indeed. Adventure seekers, nature lovers, and newly married couples plan their vacation to hotels situated at Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Come on, let us unveil some of the most exotic tourist hubs out here:
Scuba diving can be a fascinating experience for those of you who venture out to Andamans for the very first time. You can dive into the ocean beds with a professional. You can cover Island Ross, North Bay, and Havelock. The scuba diving costs around INR 8000 and the trip lasts around 30 minutes.
Havelock Island is one of the most popular islands across the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago. This island surrounds a massive 113.93 square kilometers while it is situated 57 km north-west of Port Blair. Port Blair is the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. You have a fascinating array of silver-white beaches out here. Not to forget the crystal-clear waters and the rich corals buried deep under the ocean beds. You also find verdant forests covering the vicinity. You also have two other beaches surrounding Havelock Island. These are named Radhanagar and Vijayanagar Beaches. Havelock is also the best one for those of you who want to indulge in snorkeling, scuba diving, and deep-sea diving.
This was awarded ‘Asia’s Best Beach’ by the Times magazine in 2004. As stated before, it is situated across Havelock Island. The turquoise blue waters and powdery white sands add to the warmth of any deserving vacationer or tourist. You discover vast shores of never-ending sands for almost up to two kilometers at a stretch. Almost 7 km from the place is situated the Vijayanagar Beach. Swimmers can have a time of their life here. Twin beaches namely Radhanagar and Vijayanagar plus Neil’s cove on the other side make tourists throng to this beach at the Andamans.
This is an old prison that was built during the colonial period. The Andaman Jail or the Cellular jail is an iconic spot for tourists to take a sneak-peak into the colonial architecture. The jail finds its place at Port Blair, the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The jail was built during the year 1906. Notable freedom fighters like Batukeshwar Dutt, Yogendra Shukla, and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar have spent their lives at the jail. Now, the building is a national memorial used to depict the lives of prisoners during the British Era.
The island is located hardly 2 kilometers east of Port Blair. This is an uninhabited island in today’s world. There was a major earthquake that had hit the island way back in 1941. Hence, the Britishers shifted their administrative headquarters from the Ross Island to Port Blair itself. You however find rubbles of churches, swimming pools, ballroom gardens, and government offices at Ross Island.
You find sparkling coral reefs and crystal-clear waters at the Elephant Beach in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The beach is a wonderful one for tourists to take a sneak-peek into. The spot is an ideal one for those of you wanting to pursue water sports like snorkeling, swimming, and diving. You can find decks that can take you down from Havelock Island to Elephant Beach. You can also head out to the pretty-looking Radhanagar Beach as a part of your jetty. It takes you an hour to explore each of these!
This beach is also known as the ‘Sunrise Beach’. The sunrises glow upon the golden sands of Neil’s cove. You have a clear blue sky and turquoise waters adding to a splendid background indeed. Swimmers and water enthusiasts can enjoy here while the beach lends spectacular sunrises and sunsets to elevate each of your senses. You can take a jetty or a boat drive from Port Blair to Sitapur Beach indeed.
You have the island surrounding the Andaman Jail. Hence, you have a historical significance attributed to the same. This was an island used by the Britishers in order to keep freedom fighters in exile mode. The island is also known for its enchanting beauty indeed. Viper Island has situated 23.6 km from Port Blair. From the main jetty, it takes 10 minutes to arrive at the splendid island.
This is a massive island as it separates Ross Island from the Havelocks. You also find three pretty looking beaches finding their conglomerate here; namely the Bharatpur Beach, Sitapur Beach, and Lakshmanpur Beach. You also have a forested reserve that has deeply been preserved. You can have a lovely walk around here.
You find crystal clear beaches and sandy zones across the archipelago covering Andaman and Nicobar Islands. You find this place extending to as many as 730 square kilometers. You also find marine turtles and beautiful rainforest covering the vicinity. Little Andaman can be a mesmerizing one for tourists and vacationers as you have an ample number of resorts, homestays, and hotels nearby.
Wandoor Beach is a wonderful place that is decked up within the South Andaman Islands. You find a rich array of oceanic biodiversity at the Marine National park. The water park is an iconic spot that remains a pride for the nation. Plus, you find an exclusive array of beach shores known for their calm and pristine ambiance.
Red Skin Island and Alexandra Island are closer to Wandoor Beach. For those of you, who want serious adventure; head out to both these islands via a boat.
You find thousands of beautiful looking parrots fluttering the oceanic zone. These parrots visit the island as a part of their daily ritual. These green parrots look beautiful and mesmerizing to your senses. You have the parrot island covering the Bharatang Islands of Andaman and Nicobar.
These are some of the authentic hub spots covering the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. While you have so much more!
You have seafood delicacies as you have an entire gamut of beaches surrounding Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The food here is completely non-vegetarian. However, you have hotels and homestay resorts that can offer Indian, Chinese, and Continental delights on a platter. You can find fresh mangoes, bananas, pineapples, and guavas out here. At the Andaman’s do not forget to refresh yourself with tropical tender coconut water sips now and then.
You find a number of handicraft showrooms selling mirrors and artifacts made from seashells. You can also look for authentic varieties of key chains, flower vases, wall hangings, ornaments, and mermaid skirts at retail outlets covering the nook and corner of the vicinity.
You can do scuba diving or deep diving if you hit upon the wonderful islands during the peak season. Snorkeling is also meant for those of you who would love exploring the oceanic beds. You can visit beaches and reminisce about sunrises and sunsets. Seafood and continental beers are meant for those of you who love partying.
These are some of the most wonderful aspects covering the jewel of the nation namely Andaman and Nicobar Islands. So, haven’t you packed your bags yet?
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