Places To Visit In Andaman
Whether it is a family holiday or a romantic getaway, there are a large number of places in Andaman that will lure you. These islands are surrounded by dense forests, pristine waters and soft sandy beaches which makes them an ideal holiday destination. Where there is Radhanagar beach which has won the title of the best beach in Asia in 2004 by Time magazine or the hubbub of Port Blair which is the capital city, there is a lot of intrigue and interest that these islands generate. If you want the best diving experience then Havelock Islands are a must visit while you can also take a ride across the Mangrove Creek at Baratang Islands or opt for sea walking in North Bay.
Cellular Jail National Memorial: This memorial in Port Blair is a reminder of the somber history of the country's colonial rule. This jail was also known as kalapani where many Indian freedom fighters were jailed and killed. You can also witness a moving light and sound show in the evenings from Monday to Wednesday which speaks volumes about the experience of the prisoners here. Just like many other political prisons, the Cellular Jail became something of a university for freedom fighters who exchanged books, ideas and debates in spite of the tight security. You can find many guides who will show you around the jail.
Wandoor and Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park: Situated about 30 km outside Port Blair, Wandoor is a hotspot for marine sightings and a base for the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. You can enjoy a slow boat ride among the mangrove islands. The other popular activities here are snorkeling and other underwater experiences. In fact, some tourists prefer to dive here rather than at the Havelock Islands. At the same time, Jolly buoy and Red Skin are the islands most popular for underwater adventures, however, you should be careful about the timings as they are open to the public only between October and May.
Anthropological Museum: Even if you are not very interested in anthropology, you should definitely visit this museum. The exhibits may be a little old and dusty, but they will give you an in depth view of the culture of the original inhabitants of the islands. This will make it all the more interesting when you see the local tribals known as Jarawa on your way to Diglipur. At the same time, you will be able to find out about other tribes and their cultures. You can enjoy studying the simple geometric patterns etched into Jarawa chest guards, or a skull left in a Sentinelese lean to, or the totemic spirits represented by the Nicobarese shamanic sculptures.