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Suchismita Bhattacharya

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1 reviewPosted 2 years ago
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Awesome experience, must go for everyone

If you are a nature lover, if you love Sea/Ocean/Water, if you like to see Marine life, if you love seafood (with Bengali preparation though), if you love peaceful, blue sea, lovely people, non-commercial place. This is the place to go.

7 days in Andaman is one of the best days spent so far.

Places to visit :

1. Cellular Jail in port blair - It's a must go to pay homage to the lives of great freedom fighters of undivided India. Especially the next generation should hear & know how we had achieved our freedom. All the suffering and sacrifices of the great men. There are light & sound shows in evening. It's only in Hindi.

You can go inside the cells & the watchtower during the day. A guide is a must. They charge really less (400/- for a group).

2. Day trip to Jolly Buoy/Red Skin Island - They are part of Mahatma Gandhi National Park with 13 other islands which are not open to tourist. Of JB & RS, only one of them remains open every 6 months. Need to take a govt ferry from Wandoor at 9:00 am. All the ships leave at the same time and come back together. So make sure you are in Wandoor before 9:00 am. It's a 45 min journey including 10 mins ride in Glass Bottom boat. You can stay there till 2:00 pm. One should try ride in Glass Bottom boat & Snorkelling here (preferably both, if you can afford). We paid 500/- per head for GBB and 600/- for Snorkelling. You don't need to know swimming to snorkel. Kids above 6-7 yrs can easily snorkel. Very rich variety of Coral and pristine clear water. You can see fishes of beautiful color swimming next to you. Parrot fish, Butterfly fish, many clown fishes in sea anemones, different varieties of Coral (Boulder coral, Mushroom coral, finger coral, Butterfly coral, Needle coral with Radium etc) colorful starfish, magic flower which disappears if you try to touch it, colorful water lily... And many more.

Carry an underwater camera if you can as you would love those pics for life.

There is no food or water in the island. You should carry both.

Plastic bottles are not allowed here. You can rent Milton bottles from Wandoor at Rs 20 (200 deposit).

There are basic changing room & a restroom (don't have high expectation).

PLEASE DO NOT LITTER. Make sure you carry all the wrappers/wastes/tissues/Napkins/Diapers etc back to the boat. There are bins in the boat. Let's keep this beach clean, so that our next generations can enjoy the beauty.

“Take only memories, leave only footprints. "Chief Seattle".

3. Day3 we went to Baratang Island. It was a 3+ hr. Bus journey from port Blair. We started from port blair at 4:30 am. Our first stop was at Jirkatang (Forest/Police checkpoint) you will have to fill in a form with travellers details & ID. Can have light breakfast here. Enjoyed homemade fresh Idli/wada here. Cold drinks, water, biscuits were also available.

Next stretch is 49 kms forest (Jarwah Reserve Forest), where you cannot halt your vehicle or walk on foot or take snaps/video. Vehicles leave in convoy from Jirkatang. There are 4 such convoy (6 am, 9 am, 12 pm, 2. 30 pm). You can only travel in convoy in 4 wheeler. You will see the tribes (Jarwah) in this stech. Photography, offering food or any kind of interaction with Jarwah are strictly prohibited.

After crossing the Forest we reached the Jetty and took 15 mins ride boat to Baratang then 20 mins ride in speed boat & finally 15 mins trek to reach the Limestone caves. The view from the speed boat was beautiful with mangrove on both side. Disappointed not to spot any saltwater crocodile. Limestone cave was small but nice. We spend an hour here (including the walk to the cave) and returned to Baratang Jetty. Enjoyed the fresh Lime juice & Mango juice after trek in hot Sun.

We then took 10 mins cab ride to the mud volcano (don't imagine anything close to a Volcano). Heard from locals that after 2003 earthquakes these small eruption started.

We didn't go to Parrot Island as you need a night stay in Baratang with limited option.

Having said all that, I wouldn't recommend this in your itinerary unless you are staying in Andaman for 10 days or more. Better enjoy time in Havelock.

4. Day4 we went to the Beautiful Havelock Island. We took Green Ocean ferry from port blair Jetty. There are govt and private ferries available. Makruzz is the best among them. Ferry bookings can be done online.

We stayed in 'Holiday Inn Beach Resort' which has no connection with Holiday Inn chain or anything close to a 'Resorts' :). Decent hotel on Govind Nagar Beach.

After lunch we went to Blue Coral Dive for Scuba. It's a life changing event. It's a must do thing in Andaman. We again saw the beautiful marine life. It was great swimming among the fishes. Speant 40 mins in sea roaming around the beautiful fishes and sea animals. Couldn't spot a turtle though. But it was clearly one of the best 40 mins of my life.

We went with Nikhil who is from Delhi and ''who worked in a software firm in Bangalore for couple of years but they came here and fell in love with this ocean and scuba". I so feel J of you.

You should plan Diving in early morning, Water is very clear during morning time. As the day progress, planktons make the water musky. Carry your own water proof camera if you can.

Radhanagar Beach (Beach #7) is the most beautiful on the island and was rated as the best in Asia by Time in 2004. Silky white sand with blue water and forest in the background is heaven. Never imagined a beach like this in India. Picture perfect! Very good for swimming and some with excellent coral reefs that are great for snorkeling. Sunsets was beautiful. Was not sure what to see & capture in my camera and what to leave. Alas the Sunset and we had to leave for hotel.

We enjoyed drinks & dinner at the beach in the hotel.

5. Day 5: Next we headed to Neil from Havelock in Makruzz. The natural bridge formation is worth a visit. Although not advisable for elderly as the path to natural bridge is through uneven ground.

Beautiful, pristine beaches in Neil Island are treat to the eyes. Kids loved the range of the sea shells found there. Very photogenic beaches with old tree trunks lying here and there. It's not an ideal place for bathing.

We stayed at The Pearl Park hotel on Lakshmanpur Beach. Enjoyed the beautiful Sunset at Sunset point. But waves and corals n shells were keeping most of people at bay. Try the coconut water, best I ever had.

Hotel was very nice with very courteous staff. Food in the hotel was very tasty. They have Wifi as well.

Enjoyed our one day stay in Neil. Would have loved to stay over for more.

Highly recommended to have it in your itinerary.

6. Next the day return journey started to Port Blair, Enjoyed the food in local restaurant and did some shopping. Had flight to Bangalore.

End of a lovely vacation!

Andaman, I am leaving my heart here. I will come back soon. Hope you remain this beautiful ever. Untouched by the stupid urbanization.

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Sanjukta Banerjee

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1 reviewPosted 2 years ago
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Andaman-Nicobar Tour!

It was really a memorable one. I was there for 7 days. And Trust Me 7 Day is Enough for Andaman Nicobar Trip. It was a family trip. We went there on November 2015 by Air. We covered all of Andaman and Nicobar. Radhanagar Beach (Havlock) thats the most clean and beach I ever see in India. (I prefer Havlock beach more than all of the beaches of Goa too). Its so clean, so Pure.

Climate is very healthy and pure there. The main city Port Blair is so clean city. Swimming, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving facilities are there.. Enjoy It. Birds and The Natural Beauty of Nicobar is great. Oh! Yeah how can I forgot the jarwa land. Its also there to see.

In a word its just worth spend your money on Andaman Trip. The places to visit:-
1) Cellular Jail
2) Water Sports Complex
3)Aquarium
4)Mount Harriet(Highest Peak of Andaman)
5)Baratang
6)Mayabandar
7)Rangat
8)Diglipur(Mud Volcano)
9)Lime Stone Cave and Andaman Mangroves
10)Havlock Island
11) North Bay(Coral Reef)
12)Neil Island
13)Ross Island
14) Little Andaman and many more.

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