Beautiful pieces of land scattered across the Bay of Bengal like an unsolved puzzle is how we can describe Andaman Island. Being a group of some amazing small islands; breathtaking beauty, quite a number of serene places, and a neverending list of things to do makes Andaman absolutely amazing.
What a lot of people don’t know is that Andaman is divided into 572 amazing small islands where each one of them is unique in its own way. Not just the natural beauty, but even the marine life around here is quite amazing. If you want to know it better, Great Andaman is the right place for you. It is also a part of the Great Nicobar Biosphere attracting divers and marine lovers.
Here are 12 beautiful islands that can be visited on your Andaman Trip:
1. Havelock Island
Sprawling across 113 sq. km. and approximately 39 km away from Port Blair is the beautiful Havelock Island. Its stunning charisma brings a lot of tourists towards it. The beautiful island is one of the most visited places on Andaman Island. The white sand beach, greenish-blue clear water, unfathomable beauty, and calming environment are what make Havelock Island a must-visit destination in Andaman.
If you want to spend your vacation at a place that has breathtaking beauty and pleasant services, this supreme destination should be on the top of your list. There are a number of ferry rides from the government to privately owned. This island was named Swaraj Dweep in 2018 by the prime minister to pay a tribute to Subhash Chandra Bose.
2. Neil Island
If paradise exists in the form of an island then Neil has to be it. Not only Neil Island is a wonderful place to visit but it also serves as the vegetable bowl of Andaman. The extensive farming practices on this island make its existence of utmost importance.
But it is also an ideal destination for visitors who want to have a rejuvenating vacation. Apart from the natural beauty, Neil Island also offers some amazing water activities that include scuba diving and snorkeling. So take a peak in marine life at Neil Island.
3. Baratang Island
About 100 km from the capital of Andaman- Port Blair, is an unexplored, untouched, beautiful island named Baratang. It is a wonderful gem of Andaman and nature’s wonder. Covered with thick mangrove forest and green meadows; Baratang Island is the heart of Andaman for all the good reasons.
There are a number of limestone caves that are present throughout the island and they are made over a million years. These caves surely increase the beauty of the island multiple folds. While you visit here during the evening, it will be the best trip for you. There are hundreds of species of parrots that can be seen flying in the clear sky during this time.
4. Little Andaman
When it comes to creating a list of “not to miss islands” in Andaman, then Little Andaman is one place where you should definitely pay a visit. Not only is this place amazing but also the least populated one that encourages serenity lovers to visit here.
Moreover, if you are looking for a good escape then heading to a cliche attraction or destination won’t be serving the purpose. If you too agree on the same, head for Little Andaman. Moreover, getting here is also easy and comfortable because you can take a ferry or a helicopter as per your convenience and allowance from your pocket.
5. Car Nicobar
Car Nicobar island is also a highly visited destination or island which is located northernmost of the Nicobar Islands. It is a significant and important island in the region. The Car Nicobar falls between Nancowry and Little Andaman.
This amazing island was highly affected by the 2004 tsunami, causing a lot of trouble for the inhabitants as well as the visitors. The entire island is a flat surface except for the cliff and the hill on the edge. But more importantly, Car Nicobar is a wonderful tourist attraction where a lot of people visit every year.
6. Barren Island
As the name suggests Barren Island is the only place where no one resides. There are just a few animals and birds that live here. The reason behind this is the active volcano that erupted in 1991 and then again in 1994.
After this the volcano has erupted six times in the past years, 2nd May 2006 being the latest eruption. Barren Island is the only place in India where active volcanoes are present. You can take a trip to Barren Island but you need to take a permit from the forest department first.
7. North Andaman Island
When there is a list of the best islands created; you cannot leave the North Andaman Island alone. Amongst all the shimmery beaches and stunning coastlines, the North Andaman island is surely one of the best in the entire place.
You can head to this island for a lot of amazing views, pictures, scrumptious food, and endless fun. The breathtaking beauty of North Andaman island makes it an absolute must-visit place.
8. Viper Island
Viper is one of the main islands of Andaman and it has become a highly popular attraction in Andaman and Nicobar. To reach here you can approach by sea as well as by road. Both of which can be done from Port Blair which is the capital city of Andaman.
It takes about 45 minutes to reach the island by road as you will have to first head to the Phoenix Bay jetty harbour and then head forward. If you are planning to explore Viper Island, don’t worry, that can be done easily on foot.
9. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island
The island is named after Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, a prominent Indian freedom fighter who played a significant role in the Indian independence movement. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island is also known as Ross Island. It was once the administrative headquarters of the British government in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and was later taken over by the Japanese during World War II.
Today, the island is a popular tourist attraction and is known for its rich history and natural beauty. Visitors can take a ferry from Port Blair to Ross Island and explore the ruins of the British era, including the Governor’s residence, church, and other colonial buildings.
10. Red Skin Island
The Red Skin is also one of the best islands in Andaman for honeymoon. The island is known for its pristine beaches and crystal clear waters, making it a popular destination for snorkeling and swimming. The island is surrounded by coral reefs and a variety of marine life, including colorful fish and sea turtles. Visitors can take a boat ride from Port Blair to Red Skin Island and spend the day exploring the beaches and enjoying the water sports activities. The island also has several huts and picnic spots where visitors can relax and enjoy the serene natural surroundings.
The island is named after the red corals that can be found in the waters around the island. Visitors can also take a walk around the island and enjoy the lush green vegetation and exotic bird species. Red Skin Island is a must-visit destination for those looking for a peaceful and secluded beach experience, and for those interested in snorkeling and marine life.
11. Middle Andaman
Whenever you talk about the list of islands in Andaman; Middle Andaman is a prominent name. The island is known for its lush green forests, exotic wildlife, and beautiful beaches. Visitors can take a ferry from Port Blair to Middle Andaman and explore the island’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. The island is home to several indigenous tribes, including the Andamanese, Jarawas, and Onge tribes, and visitors can learn about their history and culture by visiting the tribal villages and interacting with the locals. The island also has several wildlife sanctuaries, including the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park and the Mount Harriet National Park, where visitors can enjoy trekking and birdwatching while surrounded by beautiful natural surroundings.
12. South Andaman Island
To start with, a lot of people think that South Andaman Island is among the best islands to stay in Andaman. The capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair, is located on this island, making it a hub for tourism and commerce. South Andaman Island is home to several popular tourist destinations, including the Cellular Jail National Memorial, which is a reminder of the Indian freedom struggle and the sacrifices made by the freedom fighters who were imprisoned here.
Other popular destinations on the island include the Samudrika Naval Museum, which showcases the marine life and history of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and the Chidiya Tapu Beach, which is known for its beautiful sunset views and exotic bird species.
If you are creating an itinerary of your Andaman visit, then do consider all these islands that are listed above. Make sure you don’t leave any of these because they are important for a complete experience. So while you think of just Port Blair, rest assured there are endless amazing places where you can go and enjoy your time at.
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