Beach More worry less: Yes if you’ve always dreamed of traveling to beaches now is your time. Obviously, you don’t want to bankrupt yourself, but you should consider this time as an opportunity to realize a life-long fantasy. Here we will elaborate you how Andaman destination will do this.
Basically Andaman is known for its beaches, islands and water sports activities. Andaman and Nicobar Islands stretches over a length of over an 800 km from north to south. The main landmasses are north, middle and south Andaman Islands that are separated by narrow waterways.The sea around the island offers a good scope for water activities, but the real attractions in Andaman are water sports, scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking etc. Havelock Island, Neil Island and Port Blair are the major attractions in Andaman Nicobar.
Mid-January until mid-May sees the best weather, and often the best diving conditions. The days are mostly sunny at this time of year, and the sea sometimes flat enough to reflect the clouds. The monsoon usually hits around late May, lasting until the end of July, and is probably the worst time to visit the islands – strong winds, frequent rain and low visibility underwater. August through November some occasional showers and slightly rougher seas are possible but diving can still be great at this time of year. The weather often takes a turn for the worse for the month of December through early January. Andaman has a moderate temperature all through the year within the range of 23 degrees to 31 degree Celsius. It has the tropical climate, there are no severe climate conditions except for tropical storms and rains in late Summer and Monsoon.
Port Blair is the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Island and is the entry gateway to the Island. It is one of the most famous tourist destination in Andaman known for its beaches, museums and historical sites .Cellular Jail is the main attraction of the city which was built by the British to house political prisoners far away from the mainland. You can visit it from morning 9:30 a.m to 4 p.m. A light-and-sound show in Hindi (6 pm) and English (7 pm) available in the evenings. Some days the timings are alternated. Jail is closed on Mondays although the light and sounds is still on in the evenings. You have to stand in a long queue from 4.30 pm onwards till the ticket counter opens at 5.20 pm.
Havelock Island, the most visited of the islands, with the most (although still minimal) infrastructure. Beautiful beaches, great snorkeling and scuba diving. Radhanagar Beach (Beach #7) is the most beautiful on the island and was rated as the best in Asia by Time in 2004. Gorgeous, silky white sand backed by a forest that provides welcome shade looks out over turquoise water, some stretches with a sandy bottom good for swimming and some with excellent coral reefs that are great for snorkeling – a great combination indeed.
Rutland Island, is pristine, non-polluted and least visited island. Beautiful Mangrove forest and coral reefs welcomes you to the 274 sq.km island. There is also a 45 acre Totani Resort which has quaint little huts which can be used as a base camp for exploring the island. It is the ideal place for eco-tourists.
Neil Island, quieter than Havelock with nice beaches and decent snorkeling. Neil is quite small compared to Havelock. Its widest part is about 5 km in length. You can walk the whole island in about an hour or two. The total population of this island is 2675. In Neil there have three good sand beaches. The colour of sea water is light blue, dark blue and green. Neil Island is a peaceful island.
Wandoor, a relaxed destination in its own right, but known more as the gateway to the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park.There is a newly setup luxury resort called Sea Princess Beach Resort. Easily reached, and near the Wandoor jetty is Anugama Resort, the newest property there.
Baratang Island, Mud volcano, Limestone caves (not worth watching), and Mangrove creeks in back waters. Total journey is very hectic. Road condition is very bad. The boat charge from Baratang to limestone cave is 800/- per passenger.
Long Island, great if you’re looking for Robinson Crusoe style camping. You can bring all of your own gear and food but there is new establishment called Blue Planet with decent huts and foods. This is the only resort in the island as of January 2015.
Jolly Buoy Island, a small island, is a part of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. It is undoubtedly the best place for snorkeling with its extremely clear waters and a rich and diverse marine life. It has a small beach with thatched huts and the location is quiet scenic. To reach here, one has to first go to Wandoor and then take a jetty from there. Prior to going, one has to get the permission from the forest department office at Port Blair, charge is Rs 50/- per head. Boat charge is 750/- per head. Glass bottom boat watching is extra 600/- per person for 1 hr. And it is worth watching the undersea. Jolly Buoy is open from December to May