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7 Places To Visit In The Andaman And Nicobar Islands

The Group of islands covering a total area of 8,073 sq kilometers, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a union territory of the republic of India. Initially inhabited by multiple groups of indigenous tribes, the island was later used as a penal colony during the British occupation of India. Despite of the horrid reputation during the colonial period, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands this day are one of the most sought after tourist destination of India. The islands are famous for its serene, white sandy beaches characterized by sparkling blue waters. In this article we shall discuss the best places to visit in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

1. Bharatpur Beach

Bharatpur Beach

Located at the jetty near the Neil islands, Bharatpur beach is famous for its coral reefs and white shores. The best time to visit these beaches is during mornings and evenings. The morning time is especially good for the people who would like to go snorkeling and enjoy the view of the coral reefs located here. Because of the beauty of the reefs located here, Neil islands are often termed as the coral capital of Andaman. Do not worry if you’re not much of a snorkeling enthusiast, you can enjoy the beach simply by carrying a hammock and a book and enjoy the calm and cool sea breeze and indulge yourself. There are a number of benches for strollers to rest their feet and local vendors who sell coconut water.

2. Cellular Jail

Cellular Jail

Also known as Kaala Paani (black waters), the cellular jail is perhaps one of the most infamous remnants of India’s struggle for independence. The jail is located at Port Blair and is a recommended place to visit. The construction of the prison started in 1896 and was completed in 1906 and the bricks used in the construction were imported from Burma. The building comprised of 7 wings which were designed in a criss-cross pattern with its center being a tower used by the guards to keep a close watch on the prisoners. The main motive of the establishment of this prison was solitary confinement of the prisoners. The wings were built in a manner that the face of each cell only saw the back of the cell opposite to it. Many freedom fighters were incarcerated in this prison colony including Veer Savarkar and Batukeshwar Dutt. As of today the cellular jail has been transformed into a hospital with 500 beds and 40 doctors who serve the local population.

3. Limestone Caves

Limestone Cave Baratang
Photo (Cropped) by Sankara Subramanian, CC BY 2.0

Located at the Baratang Island the limestone caves are a must visit site for all the people who are planning their itinerary for the Andaman and nicobar islands. While there is not much to see at the caves except for marveling at this natural wonder, the speed boat journey one takes is totally worth it. The boat ride is covered with a canopy of the forest which is also a home to the indigenous ‘Jarwa’ tribe. However one needs to be careful of the sea crocodiles and should not go near the water. Inside the caves, the stalactites and the stalagmites will immediately gather your attention and the erosion have formed some unique shapes inside the caves. The company of an experienced guide will make the trip more enjoyable as you might get to know some interesting facts about the local tribes and the history of these caves.

4. Marina Park and Aquarium

Located at Port Blair, Marina Park is also known as ‘Samudrika Marine Museum’ and is managed by the Indian navy. The main purpose behind its establishment was to create awareness about the conservation of the aquatic life and resources in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. One can also get detailed knowledge about the group of islands and the social and tribal life they house. The park consists of five sections which are geographical information, archaeology, people information, history of Andaman Islands and marine life. There are also miniature models of the islands displayed here with large tanks which contain natural coral reefs and different kind of aqua flora and fauna which are unique to these islands. The operating hours of this park are from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon and 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm except on Mondays.

5. Radhanagar Beach

Radhanagar Beach

Located on the western coast of the Havelock islands, Beach no. 7 is Radhanagar beach. It is one of the most popular beaches in India and is termed as the best beach in Asia by TIME magazine in 2004. The beach is situated around a distance of 12 kilometers from the Havelock islands and is a must visit site. The waters are sparkling blue and devoid of any wave action. There are a huge number of activities that one can do like scuba diving, snorkeling, boating, fishing etc. The beach is especially popular for couples as it is almost vacant and the serene environment adds to the romance. One can also enjoy elephant rides here. The best way to enjoy the beauty of the beach is to take a camera and go on a long stroll and click photographs amidst the white sands and the blue waters, the sunset at this beach is a marvel to behold.

6. Viper Island

Viper Island

The Viper Island gets its name from the snakes that inhabit the island. The islands are famous for the ruins of a jail that precedes the cellular jail or the Kaala paani. The jail was formerly used to incarcerate political prisoners and we can still see the ruins of the gallows at this island. The jail had many notable political prisoners from India’s struggle to independence. The place no matter how notorious it was during the colonial period is a picturesque location which is one of the most important tourist destinations in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

7. The Great Nicobar Island

Nicobar Island

The largest of the Nicobar Islands in India, the great nicobar island covers an area of 1,045 sq kilometers. The island is however sparsely populated with a population of around 10,000. The area was severely affected by the 2004 tsunami in the Indian ocean resulting in many deaths and was cut off from the outside world for a couple of days. Nevertheless, the great Nicobar island is known widely for its rainforest that houses a diverse wildlife, and is also a part of the World biosphere reserve. The unique location of the island rainforest has made it a home to several unique species of fauna and aqua fauna. The island also contains the indigenous tribe called ‘Shompen’ which is one of the oldest tribes in the world. Wildlife photographers can also visit the Campbell bay which is home to a number of unique fauna including includes Crab-eating macaque, giant robber crab, megapode, and Nicobar pigeon.

Get a Customized Trip Planned

Tourist places in Andaman and Nicobar Islands are famous for their relaxing and quaint beaches, a rich reserve of unique flora and fauna. Although it is a tough task to contain all the places you can visit in these island paradise but we have a made a humble attempt to mention the places which we considered are of prime importance and should find a place in every tour itinerary.

Please feel free to share your tour experiences of Andaman and Nicobar Islands (in comments section below).

35 comments

  1. I will be visiting Andaman at 1.00 PM on 13 May and will leave Andaman on 18 May at 11.00 AM with family. What is the best planning for me to visit this place?

    • Well if I’m not wrong then you might be putting up at Port Blair, start the day by visiting the nearby places you can access by walking and try to mark the location of your hotel or resort on a map.

      Try to visit the nearby eateries and locations like seaside promenade can be a great place for an evening visit. The next day try visiting the various historical monuments and places like the Cellular Jail, Viper islands, Limestone caves, Marina Park etc. Most of the tourist attractions can be covered in a day or two leaving the rest of the days in which you can go around the various beaches and enjoy the serene relaxation they have to offer.

      Try visiting Havelock Islands if you want to visit the best and the most solitary beaches, the various accommodation facilities and local eateries at Havelock Islands are not to be missed. Being a traveler myself, i would advise you to focus less on the attractions and more on the beaches, relaxation and eating to get the best out of the Andamans.

  2. I m planning to come to andaman for 1 week trip..if any one please give me some important places which I cover or plan my trip.

  3. I am going with my family on 11th & returning on 18th September, so I have 6 nights & 7days. I have a medium budget plan with focus to nature mainly, how should I plan my visit to get the maximum?

  4. I want to visit andaman n nicobar in feb 2nd week with kids,
    what will b approx expenses and the best places to visit in feb.
    we r 4 adults n 4 kids.

  5. Dear sir,

    I would like to spend 5 days with my wife and two kids, Please propose accordingly.

    Regards
    Jose

  6. I am planning a 7 day tour to Andaman & Nicobar islands. Can you please provide me a tour plan for the sightseeing?

  7. m also planning to visit Andaman for a week kindly tell me about the package for 2 people and the places to visit there?

  8. We are group of 10 people planning for 5 Night & 6 Days at Andaman. Suggest some good deals.

  9. I want to visit portblair on 27 may 2016 with wife and two child for 3 days. Kindly advise the best tourist place in medium budget.

  10. I am planning a visit to Andaman and Nicobar from New delhi in August. Please guide me through the complete must visit places and also whether I should sign up for a package or go on our own and explore things on our own 🙂

    Thanks

  11. My friend, his wife & myself intend to visit Andaman Island. What shall be the best time & an ideal duration of the tour? What are the best tourist attractions?

    Ashit Chanda
    Assam

  12. We would like to visit Andaman in this July.we will stay there for 4 days.can u tell me the important places and also expenditure for covering all the places.

    • I want to visit Andaman from 11th may to 17th May. Please provide me the places to visit and how to book accommodation and approximate expenses to 4 members of my family.

  13. I am planning 7 days trip to Aandaman . I wish to stay in havelock , Neil island and visit other places. Can somebody suggest tour programme. Hotels/resorts and restaurants to enjoy stay and food.

  14. Hi,
    i will be visiting andamans from 14th to 20th august 2016, help me with your experience, and how to travel in between islands and where to stay – its a family of 8 even kids – and we look for economical budget.
    and the tariff in each places, what to do and what not to do.

    regards
    raji from Bangalore India

  15. hi we want to visit Andaman for 5-6 days please provide me details of tour packages you provide.

  16. bhanu pratap singh

    we are planing to visit andaman nikobar as tourist dated 12 -19 feb 2017

  17. Hi, Planning to go Andaman in Nov for 5 days & 4 nights. Suggest me with reasonable budget and attractions to be covered.Is November is the best time to go?

    Thanks.

  18. planning to visit andaman nicobar islands in the month of november for 4-5 days,
    Please guide.

  19. I want to visit andaman for my honeymoon in the first week of march. Please suggest me whether it will be a wise decision to spend honeymoon in the month of march in Andaman. And how much will be the budget if the stay is for a week.

  20. vanaja vijayaraghavan

    We’re planning to visit Andaman for 5 days & 4 nights kindly tell me about the package for 2 people and the places to visit there? We have a medium budget plan with focus to nature mainly, how should we plan my visit to get the maximum? We are planning for a package trip to Andaman Nicobar Islands next month from 1st October to 5th October 2016.

  21. i am planning to visit andaman and nicobar island in second week of november along with family and 2 yr child
    please kindly provide me the tour plan for seven days including accn and tourist places.

  22. We are planning for a package trip to Andaman Nicobar Islands next month. We will definitely reach out these beautiful places to explore real Andaman Tourism.

  23. We are reaching to port blair on 5th November morning and leave on 13th November early morning. Kindly provide the package details for a couple and 10 years old kid.

  24. I, with my spouse, am planning for Andaman in December second week for 5 days. Please suggest me the plan and places to be covered. I would like to know which is better package tour or personal tour??

    I am government employee so could you suggest how to book APWD owned govt guest house.

    Thank you.

  25. Is it mandatory to know swimming for scuba diving or for sea walk at Andaman Island?

  26. I am planning a family vacation of four to Andaman with special emphasis on beaches.In First week of January 2017.

  27. I am looking for 5-6 days trip to Andman & nicober from New Delhi. Please suggest the best package. I could go with 3-4 more friends if we get a best deal.

  28. Hi I’m planning to visit Andaman & Nicobar in Jan 2ND week. I want to cover all 7 places in 5/6 days. If anyone has good agent contact, please share. we are 2 people from Bangalore.
    Praveen
    Thank you.

  29. Sir I want to visit during 12 march to 19 march. Pls suggest a proper guide plan with approx expenditures.

  30. Hi,
    I will be visiting Andamans from 11th to 16th April 2017. Help me with your experience, and how to travel in between islands and where to stay – its a family of 8 even kids – and we look for economical budget.
    And the tariff in each places, what to do and what not to do.

    Regards.
    Kumuda from Bangalore India

  31. We are just planning our trip to Andaman and Nicobar Island so I need a guide programme and list of best places to visit.

  32. Andaman Great Escape

    This is actually more informative and nice article. The destinations are very interesting.

  33. I am planning a visit to Andaman and Nicobar from Cooch Behar, West Bengal in December . Please guide me through the complete must visit places and also whether I should sign up for a package or go on our own and explore things on our own 🙂

    Thanks

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