Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andaman and Nicobar Islands shimmer like emeralds in the Bay of Bengal. The dense forest which covers these islands and the innumerable exotic flowers and birds create a highly poetic and romantic atmosphere. Here the white beaches on the edge of a meandering coastline have palm trees that sway to the rhythm of the Sea. The beat of tribal drums haunt the stillness and techni colour fish steer their way through crystal clear water. Cellular Jail built over twelve years from 1896 to 1908 and home to hundreds of freedom fighters whose names are now engraved on the walls of its watch tower, stands as a symbol of colonial oppression, cruelty and untold suffering. Situated in the north-east corner of Port Blair, it is a national memorial now.
The islands are well connected by both air and sea with regular flights to Port Blair from Chennai, Kolkata and New Delhi. Regular passenger ships are available from Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam.
The best time to visit Andaman and Nicobar islands is from early November to mid May. The climate is pleasant and ideal for sightseeing and enjoying water sports. The summers can be a bit warm and humid to enjoy the beaches. Monsoons are around mid May till September and are not recommended at all to visit with frequent rains, strong winds and very low visibility underwater.
The islands are the most sought after tourism destination in India. The islands are best known for their palm lined white sand beaches, mangroves and rain forested interiors. The islands offer ample opportunities for water and adventure sports. Some of the key attractions include - Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is made-up of open sea, creeks and 15 small and large islands and is one of the best parks in the world. The Water Sports Complex, in north-west Port Blair, close to the Cellular Jail, comes alive with the purr of outboard motors. One can rent a water scooter or speedboat, and ride the waves towards Ross Island, or even be launched into the air on a parasail for a fantastic view of the harbour. Fisheries Museum near the Water Sports Complex houses nearly 350 species of marine life, including live coral, sharks, polyps and starfish. Chatham Saw Mill at the north tip of Port Blair, houses Asia's largest saw mill. Samudrika Museum, run by the Navy.