Having white and golden sand beaches, crystal clear water, exotic flora and fauna, lush green mangrove forest and pristine archipelagos, Andaman and Nicobar Islands is one of the most marvellous places to visit in the Indian subcontinent.
It’s time to get spellbound by the magical beauty of corals, marine life, colourful birds, natural formations of limestone and mud volcanoes.
Havelock island, Chidiya Tapu, Elephant Beach, Cellular Jail, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park and Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park are some of the must-visit places due to their astonishing beauty and history.
Only 30 out 572 islands of Andaman Islands are inhabited. These islands are a blend of raw beauty of nature and historical significance.
Here is the hand-picked list of the best places to visit in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
There are so many magnificent islands in Andaman and Nicobar that are perfect for water sports, relaxing, sun-basking and witnessing colourful coral reefs.
Named after James George Smith Neill(a British soldier), this island is the place where you can find a tranquil atmosphere. Tourists can indulge in activities like scuba diving, Glass bottom ride and snorkelling.
Besides corals and marine life, Neil Island is embellished with the green landscape covered with paddy fields, banana manors, and tropical trees.
Highlights: Bharatpur Beach, Laxmanpur Beach
Location: It is located 40 km away from Port Blair.
How To Reach: Through ferries and boats from Port Blair.
Parrot Island is an uninhabited one located in the southern part of Andaman and is a part of Baratang Island.
As you will reach this island, your heart will be filled with joy on the sight of hundreds of parrots flying there. This island has, therefore, got its name- Parrot Island.
The view of sunset combined with mangrove forests and groups of red-beak parrots and large parakeets is stunningly beautiful.
Highlights: Green parrots, multi-coloured parakeets, rare species of colourful birds.
Location: It is near Baratang Island.
How To Reach: Take a dunghi boat from Baratang Jetty. Reach Baratang Island from Port Blair by bus, a taxi or boat.
Diglipur is a large island in the North Andaman filled with a row of tropical forests, mangroves, lovely beaches, sprawling white sand, and beautiful corals and aquatic life.
Here you will find the nesting of world’s largest turtles- leatherback turtles. It’s the home to Andaman’s highest peak i.e Saddle Peak.
Highlights: Pathi Level Beach, Casuarina Beach, Lamiya Bay Beach, Saddle Peak, turtle nesting site, crocodile sanctuaries, Diglipur Church, Limestone Caves.
Location: It is located 290 km away from Port Blair.
How To Reach: You can reach Diglipur by road from Port Blair, by boat from both Port Blair and Mayabunder or by helicopter.
Chidiya Tapu, as the name suggests, is the home for 240 species of birds like parakeets, drongos, emerald doves, sea eagles, and many more endemic, resident and migratory birds. Besides this, you can enjoy the most mesmerising sunsets and sunrise views here.
Highlights: Chidiya Tapu Biological Park, the Sylvan Sands, the Munda Pahar Beaches
Location: It is located about 25 km from Port Blair.
How To Reach: You can reach here by road from Port Blair.
Ross and Smith Island
Ross and Smith are two lonely islands known as Twin Islands and are connected by a white sandbar. Pearly white sand and crystal cyan water filled with the rare collection of intriguing coral reefs and colourful fish species, make it a worthwhile place to visit.
Highlights: Marine Sanctuary, Olive Ridley turtles
Location: They are located about 191 km away from Port Blair and are part of Diglipur.
How To Reach: Take a boat or ferry from Aerial Jetty, Diglipur.
Barren Island has the one and only active volcano in Southeast Asia, which erupted last in 2017. This island is devoid of human settlements and any vegetation due to frequent volcanic eruptions.
Highlights: Active volcano, scuba diving, rare species of animals like goats, birds, bats and rodents.
Location: Barren island is located around 138 kilometres northeast of Port Blair.
How To Reach: Tourists are allowed to go to the island only by the chartered boats with the permission of the Forest Department due to the strict rules.
Viper Island is named after the vessel, H.M.S. Viper, in which Lt. Archibald Blair came to Andaman and Nicobar in 1789.
This island used to have a jail where the British kept freedom fighters of India in exile and used to torture them. This island is a spectacular combination of scenic beauty and historical significance.
Highlights: The remains of the old jail built in 1867 by the British, Navy ships of Port Blair, the view of the seven points of the harbour.
Location: Viper Island is located 4 km west of Port Blair.
How To Reach: You can reach here by boat or ferry available at Port Blair.
Red Skin and Jolly Buoy Islands
Situated inside the Marine National Park, Red Skin Island is named so because of the presence of red corals on the coasts on the island. This island is open from June to October when the monsoon would be visiting the island.
Jolly Buoy Island is open from November to May, alternatively with Red Skin Island. During the monsoon, it becomes quite unsafe for travellers.
Highlights: Abundance of red coral reefs, colourful marine life, Mahatma Gandhi National Park.
Location: It is located 2 km away from Wandoor village.
How To Reach: You can take a ferry or boat from Wandoor Jetty.
Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island
Marked with turquoise water meeting with pearly white sands, Radhanagar beach is ranked 7th best beach in the world. Tourists can relax as well as enjoy thrilling water sports like snorkelling, swimming, scuba diving, boating, parasailing, here.
This pristine beach is the most beautiful one in the Andaman islands, which you have to visit definitely.
Highlights: Beauty of the beach, food stalls, beach beds.
Location: It is located in Havelock Island, 72 km away from Port Blair.
How To Reach: You can reach here via seaplane or two government boats connecting Havelock Island to Port Blair.
Elephant Beach, Havelock Island
Elephant beach is less crowded one where you can enjoy the company of friendly elephants. You can indulge in the adventurous activities like swimming, boating, glass bottom ride, etc or you can just relax while enjoying foods and drinks offered here.
Location: Located on Havelock Island, it lies 69 km away from Port Blair.
How To Reach: You can reach there via boat from Havelock Jetty. Travel to Havelock Island from Port Blair using the road or by boat.
Guitar Island Beach, Long Island
Looks like a big guitar, Guitar Island is one of the least travelled yet a beautiful and peaceful place in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The beach is long, sandy one where couples can spend a quality time away from the crowd.
Highlights: Long Sandy Beach, Sea animals like crabs, seashells.
Location: It is a part of Long Island, which is located 90 km away from Port Blair.
How To Reach: You can reach here by road or by sea via boat.
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park covers an area of 280 sq km to preserve the endangered species of marine animals.
This National Park contains 15 islands covered with mangrove forests, rainforests and reefs supporting 50 types of corals and a collection of rare species of fishes. It is the home to birds like white-bellied sea eagle, heron, parakeets, terns, Andaman Teal, waders and swifts.
Location: Wandoor, Andaman and Nicobar
How To Reach: You can reach here via road or by ferry.
Entry Fees: ₹ 50 for Indian, ₹ 500 for Foreigner
Mount Harriet National Park, Port Blair
Named after Mount Harriet, this national park is the home of a variety of wild animals like wild pigs, saltwater crocodiles, turtles, Tytler’s leaf warbler and robber crab. Mount Harriet National Park is filled with lots of mountains along with the third highest peak in Andaman.
Location: It is located 20 km away from Port Blair.
How To Reach: Take a ferry from Chatham Jetty to Bamboo Flat.
Entry Fees: ₹ 25 for Indian adult, ₹ 10 for a child and ₹ 250 for a foreign person.
Timings: 7:00 AM- 5:00 PM on all days of the week.
Visit Anthropological Museum to witness the lives and cultures of different tribes that have lived in the Andaman and Nicobar islands. You will get to know about the history of tribal groups like Jarawas, the Onges, the Sentinelese, the Shompens, and the Nicobarese.
This museum showcases various artefacts, tools, clothes, boats, leaf baskets, and weapons from different eras of the tribes of this region.
Location: It is located at Phoenix Bay, which is 7 km away from Port Blair.
How To Reach: You can reach there by taxi via road.
Entry Fees: ₹ 10 per person
Timings: Tuesday - Sunday from 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM and from 01:30 PM to 04:30 PM.
Samudrika Naval Marine Museum
This museum has five rooms depicting the history of the islands, the geographical information, about the people of Andaman, the archaeology and the corals and the seashells.
There is a huge skeleton of a blue whale at the entrance of the museum. The first one shows the facts about Andamans like volcanoes, tribes, forests, insects etc.
The second room is displaying an aquarium containing a variety of fishes, and insects of the region. The third room displays the varied species of coral reefs and their ecosystems.
There is an awe-inspiring collection of the seashells in the fourth room. The fifth room depicts the tribes of Andaman and their history of the development, the butterflies’ and the insects’ specimens as well.
Location: Port Blair
How To Reach: Walk to the Museum.
Entry Fees: ₹ 50 for an adult and ₹ 25 for a child.
Timings: Tuesday - Sunday from 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM and from 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM.
Cellular Jail National Memorial
Once known as Kala Pani Jail, Cellular Jail depicts the history of Indian freedom fighters’ struggle during British rule. The Jail consists of huge buildings with a number of cells and towering walls.
Light and Sound Show is held in Cellular Jail to briefly tell the history of the inhuman behaviour towards freedom fighters and their struggle for Independence.
Location: Atlanta Point
How To Reach: you can walk or take a taxi from Port Blair.
Entry Fees: ₹ 10 per person
Timings: Tuesday - Sunday from 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM and from 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM (Closed during public holidays).
I hope you will like these places and enjoy to the most.