The many trekking opportunities on the Andaman Islands is a testament to the varying landscape. Through the sticky marshes of Elephant Beach or up Mount Harriet, or through the comforting silence in paradise or the wild cry of exotic birds, hiking is a great pass-time and the best way to experience these gems tucked away in the Bay of Bengal.
Remnants of an opulent past beckon at Ross Island, once British administrative centre for all the islands. Ruins of bazaars and community centres are overgrown with moss and creepers, making them seem much older than they really are. As you walk around looking for the perfect angle to photograph this memory, straight across you’ll see Viper Island with its infamous gallows where Indian Freedom Fighters were tortured for their dissent. Only a deafening silence prevails.
Life began in the ocean, and down there is the best place to observe it. The marine ecosystem of North Island is especially rich and colourful; you don’t even need to know how to swim to experience it! With a simple helmet and a trusted team of lifeguards, you can walk the ocean floor while interacting with a plethora of corals and fish species. You can even grab a picture of your high points on the walk as a souvenir on your way out.
A glass of Prosecco is served under a starlit night as you lie in wait to experience the vastness of the Andamans. The protected secrets of the archipelago are finally yours for the taking, on a luxury adventure through the islands. You can enjoy unimaginably beautiful dive sites in the far corners of the Andamans, state-of-the-art equipment aboard the ship and even an active volcano on Barren Island thrown in the mix!
Secrets are an exciting prospect for anyone. The lure of the secluded and unknown is mindboggling to say the least; none more so than at Baratang Island. The indigenous, aggressive Jarawa Tribe ensured few ever ventured into the depths of what is now a Tribal Reserve. The tropical side of Andamans is brought to the fore when you explore the limestone caves or mud volcanos, after a short boat ride through a mangrove.
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Known for its limestone cave formations and more importantly the aggressive Jarawa Tribe, this protected reserve is a quiet getaway from the raucous beach life on the other islands.
Home to India’s only active volcano, this is a must visit on most anyone’s list.
Infamous Viper Island lost the status quo when a larger jail was constructed near Port Blair. Home to the first torturous jail the British set up, it is now just one dilapidated wall away from truly being an untouched island.
A quick ferry ride away from the main island, this is a historian’s paradise – a timeless reminder of how a nation thousands of miles away could rule with an iron fist. It also serves as a reminder that no one can withstand the wrath of Nature.
With its picturesque villages and friendly inhabitants, Neil Island is just a little too connected to really feel like it is an entire universe away! But hop on a bicycle and melt away into the coconut tree lined beach roads that all lead to the same place.
A very popular spot for the tourists, many remain here for the entirety of their vacation and it’s easy to see why. The superb diving spots, white beaches and little beach huts are all encompassing of a perfect beach getaway.
With a healthy mix of Indians from the coastal states of the mainland and a few historical monuments, Port Blair makes for a great stop along your way to the more secluded islands.
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