In this guest post from Unnati Khandelwal from Banbanjara we look at the delights of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands which although form part of India, are technically in Southeast Asia.
Indian Archipelago- The Andaman And Nicobar Islands
Main picture Andaman Islands credit Tantonomusic on Unsplash
An Indian archipelago seated in the Bay of Bengal, the Andaman Islands are about 300 islands in number admired for their palm-lined, white-sand beaches, tropical rainforests and mangroves. Remote islands of the region that are off-limits to visitors are inhabited by Indigenous Andaman Islanders
Top things to do in Andaman and Nicobar Islands covers from underwater scuba diving to swimming amidst coral reefs bracing the marine life of sharks and rays with colourful fishes.
Popular for diving and other water adventure activities, it exhibits captivating limestone caves, mangrove kayaking, underwater sea walking, snorkelling, and some fascinating hotspots to visit!
Beside the Andaman’s turquoise waters, soak under the sun and get that vacation tan, enjoy the time making sandcastles and capture some Insta-perfect photos with the breathtaking background.
This archipelago offers a cruise experience to swiftly travel from one island to another. Not limited to the charming beaches and underwater activities, the Andaman also presents you with an opportunity to trek and explore the wild tropical forests with a vibrant diversity of flora and fauna, an active volcano and spectacular scenery with utmost serenity.
Scuba Diving- The Best Of Marine Life In The Andaman
Andaman and Nicobar Islands are one of the top destinations in India embracing the serenity of nature with quiet and secluded barren islands and adventurous experiences that pertain to water.
All underwater life enthusiasts get to dive in crystal clear water beholding the enthralling view of coral gardens and basalt formations to take away and cherish forever.
In addition, a certified guide is always provided for safety on your diving who leads you to discover the best of sea life in the Andaman. Planning to do an Andaman trip? Want to know more about various plans?
Sea Walking- Havelock Island
Havelock Island is found on the bucket list of many and is unarguably one of the most exciting places to traverse in Andaman Island tour with endless adventures in the Andaman Sea.
This tour takes you to experience sea walking at 15-25 feet under sea level bounded with unworldly coral reefs of Andaman. For all the adventure enthusiasts, Sea Walking is a go-to activity in Andaman and the most exciting thing to do in Havelock, offering an opportunity to uncover the true underworld with the spectacle of vibrant and exotic fishes swimming all around you.
Don’t worry, the underwater photographers here handle the task to capture once in a lifetime sea walking experience and marine life memory.
An Active Volcano In The Indian Subcontinent- Barren Island
Last year as the most recent time of the volcanic eruption, Barren Island is the only confirmed active volcano in the Indian subcontinent with a sight to behold even when it’s not exploding.
With a diameter of hardly 3km, it is inhabited only by the toughest animals, like the Flying Foxes, some rodent species and goats. Among all the adventure hotspots in Andaman, this intriguing place becomes a must-visit.
Dolphin Glass Bottom Boat- Andaman Sea
Vacation in the Andaman Sea is a getaway to the otherworld with rich marine life. It grants an opportunity to observe the fish swimming amidst the rich corals and widely varied underwater vegetation.
The glass boat brings you to a variety of places where you can spot dolphins and feel the solitude of the underwater world along with your travel buddies or family. This unique activity goes for approximately 60 minutes and then returns back to the water sports complex.
The Limestone Caves- Baratang Island
The Andaman islands are a whole pack for a traveller with incredible things to do and places to visit. For all those who chase thrill and love mysterious places, the Andamans have got some amazing caves for you to explore.
The limestone caves found hidden in the Baratang island, 150 km north of the capital city of Port Blair, is accessible by a ferry via a wide stream that leaves travellers mesmerized by the whole place.
The caves are of gigantic limestones made out of massive sedimentary rocks and thrill you to cross the narrow cave and discover its core. Some of the caves are pitch dark and thick that one has to burn a light to see anything inside.
Shop For Souvenirs- Aberdeen Bazaar, Port Blair
Any expedition remains incomplete without taking time to shop and explore the local area to take back souvenirs.
For Andaman & Nicobar Islands tour, Aberdeen Bazaar plays the role to offer you a variety of items made carefully by native artists available at friendly prices.
To reach the bazaar from the Port Blair Airport, it takes merely Rs. 7 by bus and you can get almost everything here.
Shopping at Aberdeen Bazaar is one of the top things to do in Andaman and Nicobar islands which serves to take away some tangible memories in the form of Jewellery, wood carvings, sweets or the Andaman t-shirts. It is also amongst the top things to do in the capital, Port Blair.
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