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Aleena Ariz
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Top things to do in andaman and nicobar islands

Take out some time from your monotonous city life and take a breathtaking trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

This beautiful archipelago of 572 islands is located about 1,000 km off the eastern coast of India in the Bay of Bengal. It is a perfect destination to chill out with your friends and family for 10-15 days.



Scuba Diving, snorkeling, parasailing, trekking, playing with elephants are among the top things to do in Andaman and Nicobar islands.

Lush green mangrove forests, azure and sunny sky, golden sand beaches, turquoise water, colourful corals, and pristine wildlife will take you to the world of fantasy.


Here is the list of amazing things to do in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.


Scuba Diving

Your trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands starts with this adventurous activity- scuba diving. You don’t need to know swimming for this. The professional trainers are there for you to guide.

Under the emerald green water, watch the diversity of flora and fauna. Get lost in the beauty of bright colour corals and school of fishes swimming past through your body.

Best Time To Visit: November -March

Location: Havelock Islands, Neil Islands

Cost: ₹ 1,500 onwards


Snorkeling

Explore the surreal aquatic life and corals ecosystem of Bay of Bengal through snorkeling in the clear waters of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

After scuba diving, snorkeling is the easiest but thrilling water sports to try. Snorkel through the warm, clear water with no currents.

Best Time To Visit: October- May

Location: North Bay, Elephant Beach, Radhanagar Beach, Red Skin Island

Cost: ₹ 350 per session for 30 minutes.


Watching Glowing Water At Havelock Island

As you row your boat through water at Havelock Island, you see magical tiny stars and galaxies floating underwater. Does it seems like a science fiction movies?

Watch this dream coming true only in Andaman and Nicobar island in India. You will see glowing bodies floating in water if you visit Havelock Island on no-moon nights. This bioluminescence is caused due to the presence of phytoplankton in the sea water.



Best Time To Visit: No-moon night with clear sky.

Location: Havelock Island

Cost: No charges for witnessing the bioluminescence of water in Andaman.


Kayaking

Enjoy kayaking through lush green mangrove forests of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which covers about one-fifth of India’s total mangrove cover.

While 2-3 hours kayaking, listen to the chirping of birds, watch raw beauty of mangrove forest, feel the cool breezes and smell the aura of sea.



Best Time To Visit: Anytime throughout the year except heavy downpour.

Location: Mayabunder, Andaman or Havelock Islands.

Cost: ₹ 2500 onwards.


Visiting Volcanoes

Watch the spectacular volcano in Barren Island, which is the only active volcano in South Asia. It is situated 140 km away from Port Blair. This island is inhabited by the exotic species of animals, such as Flying Foxes, some rodent species and goats.

There is also a series of small and active mud volcanoes in Diglipur, which is 350 km in the north of Port Blair. Watching them erupting mud is one of the most intriguing things to do in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.



Best Time To Visit: October-May

Location: Barren Islands, Baratang, Diglipur

Cost: No charges for watching these volcanoes.


Playing With Elephants

Don’t miss the chance to play, swim, walk with the amiable elephants on Elephant beach of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. However, you need to book a swim with the elephant.


Best Time To Visit: 6AM to 3PM everyday.

Location: Beach 2, Havelock Island

Cost: Not Available


Parasailing

Fly high in the air like a kite while trying parasailing, a combination of water and airborne adventure in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. A motorboat is used to sail you through the air while being harnessed with a parachute.



Best Time To Visit: Any clear and windy day of the year from 10AM to 6PM.

Location: Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex

Cost: Not Available


Watching Light And Sound Show At Cellular Jail

Listen to the bravery stories of Indian freedom fighters’ struggle during colonial rule in kala pani jail (now Cellular Jail) of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The Cellular Jail is now declared as the National Memorial and Light & Sound Show is its main highlight. In this show, a Peepal tree apparently narrates the painful stories prisoners tortured to death in the kala pani jail.



Best Time To Visit: You can visit Cellular Jail at 6 PM for the show.

Location: Cellular Jail, Port Blair.

Cost: ₹ 30-50 and extra charges for carrying a camera.


Riding On Seaplane


Enjoy a peaceful yet adventurous ride in an amphibian aircraft called seaplane, only in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Its operator is Pawan Hans, offering a worthwhile 15 minutes ride carrying 9 passengers at a time.



Best Time To Visit: November - June

Location: Port Blair, Havelock Island.

Cost: ₹ 2000-4000 per person.


Trekking

Trek through the dense mangrove forest of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The trekking trail stretching from Mt Harriet to Madhuban, is a haven for flora and fauna of the area.



Best Time To Visit: November to March.

Location: Mount Harriet to Madhuban, Chidiya Tapu to Kala Pahad

Cost: No charges for trekking.

Walking Through Rubber Plantations

Visit the Mongluton rubber plantations in Wandoor for totally different experience. You will also find a variety of spices grow here, including cinnamon, clove, pepper, and betel nut.



Best Time To Visit: During daytime in the months from November to March.

Location: Wandoor, which is just 20 minutes drive from Port Blair.

Cost: No charges for walking through rubber plantation.


Sea Walking

Sea walking is something new and unique thing to do in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Have a walk on the ocean beds and witness beautiful corals, fishes and underwater marine life.



Best Time To Visit: Anytime . Contact guides for more info.

Location: Havelock Island

Cost: Starting from ₹ 3,500


Visiting Limestone Caves at Baratang Island

Explore the sedimentary limestone caves of Baratang and get fascinated by the natural raw formation of beautiful stalactites & stalagmites.



Best Time To Visit: Winter season

Location: Baratang Island

Cost: ₹ 10 per Indian person , ₹ 250 per foreign person.


Glass Bottom Boating

If you can’t try scuba diving or snorkeling, you can go for glass bottom boating to witness the vibrant and refreshing marine and coral ecosystems.

This boat has a transparent bottom through which you can see the beautiful corals and marine life as you sail above the pristine water of Bay of Bengal.



Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year during the day time.

Location: Water Sports Complex, North Bay Coral Island, Port Blair, Jolly Buoy Island.

Cost: ₹ 3500 for an adult and ₹ 2500 for a child.


Watching Dolphins

Watch the playful dolphins swimming through the water and teasing you as you cruise through the water.



Best Time To Visit: November- June

Location: Lalaji Bay Beach, Jolly Buoy, Havelock Island

Cost: Not available.


Cruising on M.V Makruzz

If you are fascinated by the cruising , you can opt for luxurious M.V Makruzz in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is a privately owned catamaran, which provides enjoyable cruise for 90 minutes.



Best Time To Visit: 8:15 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Airport Authority Colony, Delanipur, Port Blair,

Cost: ₹ 1300 for an adult and ₹ 1200 for a child.

Going On Helicopter Ride

Take a breathtaking tour of helicopter from Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Book Pawan Hans helicopter and get awestruck by the view of the orange lake inside the active volcano from the top.



Best Time To Visit: Anytime throughout the year except the heavy downpour.

Location: Port Blair

Cost: ₹ 2500- 7000

Bird Watching At Chidiya Tapu

Chidiya Tapu is the best place in Andaman and Nicobar Islands for bird watching. It is the home of 240 species of birds like parakeets, drongos, emerald doves, sea eagles, and many more endemic, resident and migratory birds.



Best Time To Visit: September-November and February-April.

Location: Chidiya Tapu is located 25 km away from Port Blair.

Cost: No charges for bird watching.

Jet Skiing

Feel the adrenaline rush while riding the Jet Ski in the gleaming lagoons of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Jet Skiing is one the best thrilling water sports to try there.



Best Time To Visit: October-May

Location: Havelock Island, Corbyn's Cove Beach, Port Blair

Cost: ₹ 350-600


Fishing

If you love game fishing and angling, Andaman and Nicobar Islands is one the places providing so many species of fishes for you such as Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Dogtooth Tuna and Dorado.



Best Time To Visit: November-March

Location: Port Blair, Havelock Island

Cost: Charges will be applied if you book fishing tour.

Watching Turtle Nesting

Watch the turtles roaming on the Ram Nagar beach as they go through gestation period.



Best Time To Visit: December and January

Location: beaches of Diglipur, Ram Nagar Beach

Cost: No charges for this.


Shopping At Aberdeen Bazaar

Shop for souvenirs made by native artists at Aberdeen Bazaar in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.



Best Time To Visit: Anytime throughout the year.

Location: Aberdeen Bazaar, near Port Blair Airport

Cost: Depends on the thing you buy.


Sun-Basking On A Beach

Enjoy the warmth of the sun on the beaches of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. There is a bamboo hut at Long Island where you can spend the night too.



Best Time To Visit: November-June

Location: Radhanagar Beach, Elephant beach

Cost: No charges for sun basking.

Collecting Seashells On Wandoor Beach

Visit Wandoor beach and explore if you love to collect pearly white seashells.



Best Time To Visit: November-June

Location: Wandoor beach, 30km away from Port Blair

Cost: No charges for collecting seashells.


I hope you get time to try all of these things listed above which will make your trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands unforgettable.




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