Being an MBA student I rarely get chance to travel and explore the travel destinations in and around the country, but this time my idea was to take a one week leave from college so that I could enjoy some time in any peaceful and adventurous destination far from the stress of the exams, studies and college. But the travelling alone to some-place far was not that a good idea so I asked 2 of my friends to join. As we are from Chennai, the 3 of us were looking forward to travelling to someplace with a climate that is blessed, a place with water, adventures, hills, forests and more. We were looking to explore something unique and different. At our home town, Chennai, that entire one could see was buildings, houses and constructions, as we were looking something different we were in hunt of a destination that has the least amount of constructions and rich and more of greenery and nature. It was after debating for about 2 whole days that we finally came to a conclusion. With equal votes, we decided to trip to Andaman exploring the waters and the marine world. filled with pristine beach destinations, water adventures, nature, marine attractions, history, and more, the Andaman and Nicobar and was an ideal destination for the travellers like us from Chennai, where they could travel to so as to escape from the rush and stress of the city lives. Andaman was a completely new destination for us and none of knowing anything about the place, thus travelling alone to an unknown island destination was a real risk which none of us was ready to take up. Like all the other first time travellers the first option that crossed our mind was to plan the trip with the help of a travel operator. Now picking up one that travel partner from a lot of travel operators that offers and looks exactly the same was one hard thing. Here we were looking for a travel operator who would offer us an Andaman tour package from Chennai at a cheap and affordable rate by including all that activities and attractions we like to visit. Finally, after searching for 2 to 3 hours we locked our options on Andaman tour travel, which was a travel operator functioning in the land.
January was supposed to be the peak season for tourism in Andaman and we were planning to explore the destination by the end of the month when the rush to the place has slowed down a bit. We started our trip from Chennai on the 27th of January, as the air tickets were not included in the travel package we choose, we were all on our own until we reach the capital city, Port Blair where we met with the travel representative. As per the itinerary organised we were to explore three main island destinations in Andaman and indulge in some of the best water activities the place offers to the travellers visiting. The one thing that excited us the most in Andaman was the beauty of the beaches with crystal clear waters and white sands. Back at Chennai you never get to see the beaches this clear, or the water so cold and clear. Being at the capital city Port Blair the first destination we were to explore was the capital city, after which we were to explore the Havelock Island. Given below are the description of the places and some of the best things that we enjoyed while at these island destinations.
Port Blair, the Capital City
A light escape exploring the waters and the beaches into nature is one thing that most of the travellers wish for. The capital city of Port Blair is an ideal destination for the travellers from Chennai who wish to indulge in nature by letting loose of oneself in the laps of nature. The place offers the travellers and the tourists visiting with a number of adventure options and sightseeing destinations which hold in the rich history of the place. Port Blair, at Andaman and Nicobar Island, according to me is one of the best and most sought after travel spots in the land that grabs the attention of the travellers with its charm. Being the capital city of the union territory, this fascinating island destination serves the travellers with the best of the phases of Andaman and Nicobar islands. Given below are some of the best destinations in Port Blair that we loved exploring the most.
- The Cellular Jail
The cellular jail at Port Blair is one destination that any domestic traveller visiting the island should never miss exploring. Being the travellers from Chennai the place was one of the most fascinating and emotionally connecting destinations for me. The place will remind you of the trials and the nightmares and traumas that most of the Indian freedom fighters had to face during the British rule. The cellular jail was a place that was built by the Britishers with an aim to capture the political prisoners and to punish them in the most inhuman ways. There are a number of things that the travellers, especially the domestic tourist from Chennai and such state visiting the place could enjoy.
Things to do:
- Light and sound show
- Explore the architectural magnificence of the place
- Get a perfect view of the Port Blair lighthouse
- The Japanese Bunkers
Even though Chennai had a number of historic destinations I was never fantasized by one, but here the Japanese bunkers did grab my attention to a greater extent. The place did offer a small peek into the era of the World War 2. Located near the Corbyn’s cove these bunkers showed the importance of protection during the times of the war. Along with a visit to the bunkers, the travellers can also make themselves involved in a number of other things.
Things to do:
- Explore the rose island
- Visit the lighthouse at Port Blair
- The Chatham Saw Mill
Set up in the year 1883 by the Britishers, the Chatham Saw Mill is not just a historical destination but is also a place that offers an employment option to a number of people in the area. The place in addition also holds in a museum which exhibits the history of the place. The museum, in addition, holds in a bomb crater that was left behind by the Japanese during the time of the wars.
Things to do:
- Forest museum trip
- Tour of the factory
- Relax at the cafes
Havelock Island, a Prised Beach Destination
As we are all travellers from a city like Chennai, it was the beach destinations and the different adventures that were offered at the place that fascinated us the most and the Havelock Island was referred to as the beach paradise and the moist explored beach destination in the Andaman cluster of islands. Filled with white sand shorelines and corals the place is a price beach destination that offers the travellers with the best option for adventures. After our first-day tour of the capital city, we moved into the 2nd destination to enjoy and explore the underwater lives in the place. Listed below are some of the main destinations we explored at Havelock Island and the things that we enjoyed at the place.
- Radhanagar Beach
Famed as the best beach destination in Asia, the Radha Nagar beach is one of the most explored beach destinations in the Andaman cluster of islands. Unlike the beach destinations in Chennai, the Radhanagar beach had clear and clean shore with crystal clear water the facility and offers you with the best view of the coral reefs. The place offers the travellers with a number of best water adventures given below are the best of water adventures we enjoyed at the place.
Things to do:
- Enjoy snorkelling
- Relax at the shack
- Enjoy the view of the sunset explore the blue lagoons at the beach destination
- Elephant Beach
Known for the magnificent coral view that the place offers, the elephant beach is one famous beach destination in Andaman and Nicobar islands. The place holds in a number of best diving and snorkelling centres that offers the travellers with the best opportunity to explore and enjoy the best view of the marine world. The place offers the best of adventures from the adrenaline junkies like travelling from places like Chennai and such cities.
Things to do:
- Jet Skiing
- Glass Bottom Boat Rides
- Kalapathar Beach
Located a bit too far from the main town, the Kalapathar Beach is one must explore destination by the travellers visiting the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. As its name suggest this fascinating beach destination is home to black colored rocks that are lined in the coastal line of the beach destination. Being an isolated travel destination far from the main city the place is an ideal destination for couples and honeymoon travellers, in addition, a number of best tour packages are also being organised to this fascinating black rock beach destination of Andaman and Nicobar islands. Apart from just exploring the beauty of the place, there are a number of other best things travellers love to do at Kalapathar Beach.
Things to do:
- Picnic at the Beach
- Explore the Pace
- Enjoy Eating from the Shacks
The trip to Andaman was the best most memorable in our whole life, the beaches, the waters, the marine world all offered us with the best memories of a lifetime that we wrapped back home as we traveled back to Chennai.