Glistening blue seas, soft sand, coconut trees everywhere…well, pack your bags now, this is where you ought to be heading. Which ever kind of traveler you are, there’s something here that you would love!
There was a time when crossing over to the Andaman or just setting foot in the Bay of Bengal to pass by these islands would make you a social outcast. But now, lying loftily, a group of 572 islands, called the Andaman and Nicobar Islands collectively, has become an ideal travel destination for adventure seekers, honeymooners and the ones who want to brush up on their history.
The Cellular Jail also called the Kaala Paani, is one of the main attractions of the islands. It lies in Port Blair, the capital of the islands, and served as a colonial prison where many political leaders and revolutionaries were imprisoned during the struggle for independence. Though two wings in the prison were demolished, the rest are restored as a national memorial. There’s also the Viper Island Prison on the Viper Island, which was the first prison built by the British.
If you’re interested in learning more about the history of the place, you could always visit the Anthropology museum, just of the Cellular Jail, which showcases the life and lifestyles of the tribes that have been thriving there.
Past the cover of the lush green trees, the Ross Island houses the remains of the past era. The island was once inhabited by the British and the Japanese who left the island after an earth quake in 1941. It now looks like nature is fighting a battle with the remains to reclaim what was rightly hers. The island houses a cemetery and a museum and is open to tourists.
Then there’s the Havelock and the Neil Island. The perfect sunset mesmerises you as you stand by the beach and feel the white sand between your toes and whoosh of the waves kissing the shore. This place is definitely one for the lovebirds. ( Scuba diving here is an absolute delight!)
The Corbyn’s Cove Beach, in Port Blair, is where you can cool off after a busy day or after the excessive shopping in the local market. The Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is also just a boat ride away from here. Many boats have a glass floor for you to enjoy the life thriving under the sea, or you could also go snorkelling here. Chidiya Tapu, is the southernmost point of the islands, bidding the sun adieu from here is a must.
So, what are you planning to go here for?
Ross Island :Wikipedia
Cellular Jail: Flickr
Viper Island: Wikipedia
Reef in the Marine National Park : Wikipedia