The Andaman and Nicobar Islands put one in mind of a cluster of quiet paradise in the middle of the Bay if Bengal. With its stretches of white sandy beaches, deep seas decorated with coral reefs and a land abound with lush rainforests, this Union Territory of India has long been a local tourist favourite. Quite a few among its 300 islands are inhabited by indigenous tribes and are out of bounds for visitors. Among the areas one can access, however, are a long list of things to do and explore that reveal the stoically beautiful spirit of the islands.
- Mount Harriet National Park: Andaman Islands have rainforests of sizable proportions and many of these have been transformed into protected areas and national parks. The most notable among these is the Mount Harriet National Park in Port Blair. While its convenient accessibility does add to its popularity, Mount Harriet is also known for its incredible views and diverse wildlife that makes for a good few photography sessions. Well maintained and serene, the Park will keep you engaged for more than just a few hours.
- Chidiya Tapu: A birdwatching spot near the beach complete with a mini zoo around the corner, this scenic spot on the islands is a perfect place to spend a few quiet hours, watching the sunset, or observing the birds. You can take boat rides in the gentle waters, or visit the nearby mangrove forest to refresh yourself better.
- Ross Island: Once the capital of the island territory, Ross Island on the south side of the Andaman has managed to preserve its history amidst its many monuments and other historical structures. The Ross Island graveyard and the Subordinate’s Club are the most popular destinations.
- Saddle Peak: Andaman's highest peak is located on its northern side, and it’s marked by the Saddle Peak National Park. The mountain itself provides some excellent views, and it’s a challenging trekking site too.
- North Bay Island: If you’re looking to enjoy the best of water sports that Andaman Islands have to offer, look no further than the beaches of the North Bay Island. With activities like sea walking, scuba diving and snorkeling, North Bay really offers you a fix for your water sport cravings.
- Havelock Island: Probably Andaman’s most famous spot, the Havelock Island gives you the best views of the beautiful coral reefs that enrich the bay of Bengal through its deep sea diving, snorkeling, and glass boat rides. Elephant Beach and Radhanahar Beach is famous for its sunset watching spots, and on the interior of the island, you’ll find forests that are home to birds like the white-headed mynas and woodpeckers.
- Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park: This sprawling natural reserve is spread across two islands, Jollybuoy and Redskin, and consists of a marine Life center that is home to coral reef and sea turtles among others. The atmosphere is relaxing, and you’ll find some of the island's best food at this spot, as well as arguably the best spot for snorkeling in the islands.