Scattered across the Bay of Bengal, the Andaman & Nicobar Islands are endowed with a breathtakingly beautiful coastline, lush forests and fantastic turquoise seas. The far flung location of Andaman & Nicobar Islands in the middle of the ocean makes it a traveler’s paradise. If you don’t like the idea of following the typical tourist trails, here are some amazing offbeat places to visit in Andaman
The stunning Ross Island is just a 20-minute boat ride away from the capital city, Port Blair. It once used to be the administrative headquarters of the British. However, following a devastating earthquake and the sudden exit of the British, the island fell into a state of ruin. Now the ancient ruins have been taken over by Mother Nature and it now resembles a jungle-clad lost city. Discovering this deserted yet beautiful island is an exhilarating experience.
The lush Barren Island is home to India’s only active volcano. It has been dormant for 150 years, however, it has shown intermittent activity since 1992. While the island is not inhabited by humans, it is home to a small population of goats, birds and rodents. Tourists can visit the Barren Island via a 4-5-hour ferry ride from Port Blair. However, nobody is allowed to land on the island, so you can observe the past lava formations and its unique topography from the boat. Observing a live volcano up-close is surely a thrilling experience you wouldn’t want to miss.
Baratang Island is among the best offbeat destinations of the Andaman and Nicobar tourism. The island is home to the indigenous Jarawa tribes. In the earlier days, everyone was afraid to visit Baratang Island fearing attacks from the tribes. However, at present, the government has made peace with the Jarawa tribes and exclusively reserved the island for their inhabitation. Tourists are only allowed to visit for day trips. Ancient limestone caves and lush mangrove forests are the main attractions of the Baratang Island.
The sublime silken beaches of Havelock Island are definitely among the highlights of Andaman Tourism. The beautiful Radhanagar beach in Havelock Island has been named the best beach is Asia. It features a perfect beachfront with thick tropical jungles, crystal clear water and white sand. The island also houses the best diving sites and coral reefs in Andaman i.e. the Elephant Beach.
Without a doubt, the beautiful Andaman and Nicobar Islands offer numerous unique travel experiences. So if you want to experience the offbeat side of Andaman, make sure to include these destinations in your Andaman Tour Packages.