The Andaman islands are picking up their pace in regards to tourism. In the last five years, the archipelago has seen a tremendous influx of tourists. The Andaman Islands is the most exotic destination for a splendid vacation in India.
The islands are host to a variety of exquisite locales, mind-blowing activities, and infinite adventure. But planning a trip for first-timers might be overwhelming, which is why this article will help you plan a week-long fulfilling stay in the Andamans.
STEP 1: PRE-PLANNING
Andaman tourism has gained popularity over the years, which may lead to booked flights and hotels. Planning is essential to have a hassle-free experience. Firstly, one will have to decide on the number of days they will be spending on the islands and estimate a budget accordingly.
Several agencies even offer tour packages where they take care of everything from tickets to rooms to itineraries. But those wanting a less commercial experience will have to book tickets and hotels well in advance to ensure minimal disruption of plans. Cruises and ferries are usually booked in advance, allowing the voyager to spend their holiday fruitfully.
STEP 2: PLANNING
After booking tickets and hotels, one will have to plan out each day. It is essential to relegate an appropriate amount of time for all activities to have a clear understanding of how much time one can spend sightseeing.
For example, while traveling in groups, assembling everyone in the morning might take more than an hour.
STEP 3: THE ITINERARY
For first-timers in Andaman, it is recommended to spend a minimum of 5 to 7 days to enjoy the experience of Andaman tourism thoroughly. With that in mind, here are the top places to visit while one is there:
Port Blair is the capital of the Andaman archipelago and a must-visit island. The most famous landmark in Port Blair is perhaps the old Cellular House. Port Blair has a lot more to offer, and it is advisable to spend at least a day there. Travelers can visit the cellular house in the morning and then go to the beach.
The Corbyn’s Cove beach is a hub for shoppers and the perfect destination to spend the rest of the afternoon. The cellular house also has a sound and light show in the evening, which is a must-watch. Travelers can return to the cellular house after their shopping spree for the perfect finish.
Another popular tourist attraction is Havelock Island, famous for Radhanagar beach. This beach places first amongst beaches in Asia, which means it is usually quite crowded, but a worthwhile visit.
The beach also has a host of fun activities like snorkeling and a glass-bottomed boat ride. Havelock Island is host to several beaches beside the world-famous Radhanagar beach. One beach, in particular, Elephant Beach, is the prime spot for water sports like surfing.
Neil island is also one of the most well-known islands in the archipelago. Neil island is alternatively known as the vegetable bowl of the Andamans. It is known for its beaches, prime of which is Sitapur beach, an excellent place to watch a mesmerizing sunrise.
Additionally, Neil island also houses the Coral Bridge, a natural rock formation traversable during low tides. Another fun activity would be to go diving on the several beaches on the island, where if one is lucky enough, they can swim with Dugongs.
Scuba diving is a perennial activity available throughout the Andaman archipelago. The Andaman beaches house several stunning coral reefs and are host to wondrous marine life. Going scuba diving allows travelers to experience the underwater like never before.
Scuba diving does require some expertise, so it is advisable to take a lesson beforehand. These lessons are also conducted on the islands, but one will have to extend their stay for more than a week.
Mud Volcanoes and Limestone Caves
This activity requires one to spend their entire day. One will have to wake up early (3 a.m.) to reach the volcanoes and the caves. The travel to the tourist site is simply exquisite and quite relaxing.
It involves boating through mangrove forests and trekking through the jungles of Andaman. It can tire even the most avid explorers but is worth the visit. Mud volcanoes and Limestone caves are rare to see anywhere globally, making this an unmissable addition to the Andaman itinerary.
Sun, Sea, and Food
Andaman tourism boasts of beaches, thrills, adventures, and more. There is something for everyone on the islands, making it a prime vacation destination for solo, group, or family travelers.
Besides the stunning locales, Andamans are also steeped in indigenous culture, and one must soak it in during the visit. Andaman cuisine, architecture, and people add to the beauty that is Andamans.