One of the seven union territories of India, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a group of islands situated in the Bay of Bengal. Surrounded by the Andaman Sea on the east and the Bay of Bengal on the west, this group of islands are divided into two groups, namely Andaman and Nicobar the capital of which is Port Blair and Car Nicobar respectively. Andaman and Nicobar Islands is also home to four Negrito tribes which includes – the Jarawas, the Great Andamanese, the Onge and the Sentinelese.
Owing to the tsunami in 2004, both Andaman and Nicobar Islands endured quite a great deal of damage. Though the locals and the tourists suffered the greatest casualities but the aboriginal people of the region managed to escape the calamity to a great extent owing to the oral knowledge that had been passed on from generation to generation. Those were the toughest days for the inhabitants of those beautiful islands, but leaving all these in the past the islands have managed to resurrect itself and restore its tourist activities that it has always been famous for.
The best time to visit the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is during the summer months. Since the place is surrounded by sea on every side, there are a plethora of beaches to choose from where you can take a dip into the sea, walk along the beach with your loved ones, engage in various water sport activities that are on offer or else just sit back, relax and enjoy the picturesque scenery around that’s on offer.
A trip to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is incomplete without a visit to the Havelock Islands. The best way to reach there is to take the catamaran ferry which is fully air conditioned and leaves from Port Blair. After reaching, one can choose between the Radhanagar Beach, Kala Pathar or the Elephant beaches and take part in thrilling experiences like the Blue Coral dive or the Ocean Tribe Scuba Diving amongst others. Other places to visit includes the Ross Island, which was the administrative headquarter for the Islands before it was hit by an earthquake in 1941.
Now all that remains is the ruins from the British Regime such as the state Ballroom, State commissioner’s house, the church, bakery, troop barracks and much more. Anyone with a keen interest in the Island’s history can take a walk around and visit the Museum that has on display a collection of old records. While in the capital city of Andaman, one must take a tour of the Cellular Jail, popularly known as the Kala Pani. Used by the Britishers to exile political prisoners, the building consisted of 7 wings most of which lay in ruins at present. But the history of the place, its people, and their struggle and contribution towards the Indian Independence is an enriching one.
During these Summer months, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are sure to attract a vast number of tourists mostly consisting of newly wed couples owing to the extremely lucrative Andaman honeymoon Packages that are on offer on various travel websites. Andaman Excursion offers packages starting from as low as 19,000 INR only while promising to make the trip a “lifetime of unvanished memories”.
So if you are looking towards a romantic vacation with your better half, your search for the dream destination ends right here because Andaman and Nicobar Islands is the place to be this summer. So pack your bags, and embark on a journey that promises the thrill of unspoiled sunsets, luxurious resorts and exotic and wild romantic locations.