Andaman & Nikobar’s Treasured Icons
Scantly populated beaches that give way to an ocean crammed with interesting marine life and coral gardens are one of the reasons to visit the precious Island, i.e. Andaman & Nicobar. It is a cluster of over 572 islands either small or large all surrounded by blue water. The only island that greets with its stunning beauty as you set your foot there.
Scenic landscape, shimmering water, pristine beaches, cuisines, water sports and some mysterious places that undoubtedly attract the visitors in a large number. Many more things are there to explore this mysterious island. A serene atmosphere of it makes it a wonderful tourist spot. Some of the major destinations and activity spots are given here to make your travel easy and fun filled.
Havelock Island is one of the best island destinations for visitors. Its environment is so elegant that nobody wants to leave it earlier. A guest house of the tourism department dolphin resort is also available there. The beaches of the island have crystal clear water. Many water sports like diving, snorkeling, cruising, etc. are available there for the youngsters so that they enjoy to the fullest. It is the easiest accessible island from the capital.
Radhanagar Beach is the second beach that comes under the category of Havelock Island. Both of these beaches are comes under the best beaches in Asia. These are the luxurious island beaches as they are non-polluted and untouched by humans for a long time.
Ross Island is one of the most exotic of all the islands in the Andaman & Nicobar group. It stands as a guard of the Port Blair harbor. The island was named after a British surveyor Reginald Ross. Once it was a desolate island but after some time it was transformed into a thriving township when the British established a penal colony on the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
It is one of the main tourist attractions in the group of islands as it had the administration of British government. ‘Smritika’ is the museum on this island that was established by the Navy and contains the history of the island.
Parrot Island is a tiny island located near Baratang. The name of the parrot island depicts itself that it has thousands of parrot species. Sunset is the time when the number of parrots land of this island and it is a wonderful experience to watch these parrots in a huge number. So, one can say that Baratang is a place of nature’s paradise.
Chidiya Tapu or Bird Island is an ideal picnic spot, full of lush green vegetation and picturesque beaches. It is located on the southernmost tip of South Andaman. Mangroves are in large number there and the whole forest cover is the home of chirping birds. There is a forest guesthouse that is located on the top of a hillock and provides a fantastic view of the adorable islands, corals and the shimmering sunset.
Sippighat farm spreads over an area of 80 acres of land. Many programs related to research & development conducts there for cultivation of many items in various manners. The major programs related to this are cultivation of spices like cloves, nutmeg, rubber and pepper.
This museum was set up at Port Blair to preserve and display the cultural and historical heritage of the people belongs to these islands. It contains the preserves of pre-colonial inhabitants namely andamanese, onges, jarawas, shompens and the nicobarese. Basically, the motive of the museum is to display the life of the tribal people of these islands.
Cellular Jail is the most visited places of tourists on this island. It was constructed by the British in 1906 and the importance of the jail is much as it is the place where freedom fighters imprisoned during the India’s struggle for Independence. It is a national memorial for everyone after the independence and now houses a museum and an art gallery that holds light & sound show daily that displays the jail’s premises and struggle of prisoners during the time of independence. The jail has 698 cells inside it and of three storey building that connected the turret.
This island is the major attraction of tourists. It is the southern most point of India, i.e. the Indira Point. It has a biosphere reserve area. It has a vast turtle ground for giant leather back turtles. So, it is one of the most visited places of the island.
Thus, with all the developments and facilities, these islands are maiden in the sense of unpolluted natural beauty and unexplored marine life. Throughout the year, a large number of people from across the globe visit this place.
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© 2013 Prithima Sharma