Andaman & Nicobar Islands
A tropical paradise in the truest sense of the term, this archipelago is located about 1,000 km off the eastern coast of India in the Bay of Bengal and a Union Territory of India. Out of total 572 islands, 38 are inhabited. Port Blair is the capital with the only airport in Andaman. Tourists can visit the Andaman group of islands, but the Nicobari islands are restricted from tourism activities to avoid causing disturbance to the tribals, who constitute the majority of the population residing there.
Picturesque beaches, crystal clear water, and a bit of history make Andaman the perfect choice for a laid-back, enjoyable vacation, with long treks, lazing around in the island backwaters, and for the more adventurous ones, deep sea diving. From the multicultural town of Port Blair to the pristine white beaches of Neil and Havelock Islands and the limestone caves of Diglipur, Andaman offers something for to tourist.
Home to Asia’s second most beautiful beaches – Radhanagar Beach – the island is unbelievably scenic and a tranquil place to relax. The beach, popularly known as Beach No. 7, is largely quiet, with only the sound of the waves breaking at the shore for most part of the day. One can enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, bird watching, game fishing, kayaking, and much more here. Havelock is connected by sea and air from the capital city Port Blair. Vijaynagar Beach, Elephant Beach, and Kalapather Beach are some of the other famous beaches in Havelock Island.
Neil Island is yet another small and pristine island in Andaman, being the best place to watch coral reefs and marine life. The wonderfully clear water allows one to watch reefs and fishes sitting in the sea shore. Lakshmanpur Beach, Bharatpur Beach, and Sitapur Beach are some of the beautiful beaches at Neil Island. You can experience snorkeling, scuba diving, game fishing, trekking, cycling, bird watching, and many more activities here.
The climate of Andaman and Nicobar Islands is tropical and have a humid weather. There is no winter season at these islands. The rainy season occurs twice a year, south-west monsoon in mid-May to September, and north-east monsoon in November to January. The best time to visit Andaman is between November and April when the weather is pleasant and less humid.