Well, I think I would take a shot at writing about my recent trip to the most peaceful and romantic place of all times.My Travel to Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Honestly, there are no words to describe the refreshing feeling one would get while sitting on the beautiful beaches.
I took this trip in the month of February’ 2016 (probably the best time to visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands) and landed at Port Blair. It was sunny and humid but the idea of sitting on the beaches with a cold beer in my hand was something I was looking forward to (not that I’m an alcoholic but i like to be one on vacations). hahhaha….
After 5 hours of long flight, from New Delhi to Port Blair (via. Kolkata) we checked into Sea shell resort, Port Blair. We took some rest followed by an amazing breakfast at the resort.
Our first destination was the Corbyn beach which was just 8-10 kms away, it was a lonely island with only a few diving instructors at that time. Some of them approached us and told about our options for having some fun at the beach.
On our way to Corbyn Beach
We decided to go for water skiing, obviously it was my first time to try any kind of water sports but my hubby was quite comfortable with it as he had tried it before also. I was pretty excited about it, folded up my jeans to enjoy the touch of the water. It was a yellow water skiing bike, I hopped on it with my instructor behind me holding the steering and giving me some tips about how not to fall off or hit my jaw on the bike. As I saw my hubby also getting the same instructions as me, my instructor accelerated the bike and it was ON 🙂 yeiiiii…
The waves were high, so the bike also went way above the sea level, as the speed increased, I would admit it was a little scary for me and I told the instructor to take it a little slow, although, in my dreams I always thought I would never get scared to do these adventurous things. BUT when the speed was a little in control, it became all the more splendid, later, I myself took the steering and steered away above the waves.
Afterwards, we drank some of the refreshing coconut water and headed back to the hotel. We were damn hungry by the time we reached the hotel, so directly went to the restaurant, called Salt & Pepper. The food was very delicious and with many options of seafood and non-vegetarian delicacies, my husband was pretty happy with the menu.
We took a nap and a shower before heading to the famous Cellular Jail, also called “Kaala Pani Jail”. It was cleaner than I expected. First, we roamed around the museum built inside the area, which showed us the true picture of how our patriotic national heroes were treated in the earlier times. The jail was built like the 7 spokes of a car-tyre with a very strong security. There were thousands of cells made in a synchronized order and in a way that all the prisoners could see the harsh reality of the ill-treatments done to a prisoner by the wardens. There was a area in front of the cells where prisoners were beaten up and a room where they were hanged to death.
Andaman Cellular Jail
I was curious as many other tourists, so I went inside a cell and DAMN!!!! I could sense a chill go through my spine, seriously, I could not spend 2 minutes inside it and came out instantly (but also gave a pose for my camera hahahaha…). We also watched the famous Light & Sound Show at 5:30pm and it’s a must for anyone visiting the jail.
Anyways, after the show we came back to our hotel and went to the lounge up on the terrace of the hotel. The environment was pleasant, the cool breeze touched my hair and from where we were sitting, I could even see the stars clearly (which is an impossible view in the city to look at). We took the seats in the open area and ordered some wine, shockingly, because of poor importing facilities to the island there was scarcity of a good wine. Luckily, a bottle of Jacob’s Creek was available for us but, unfortunately, IT WAS NOT EVEN OLDER THAN ME, as Joan Collins said,
“Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.”
As we drank the whole bottle sip by sip, it seemed as if all the despair and sorrows of life has gone by the wind.
So, after a good night sleep, it was time to wake up to a splendid scenery of coconut trees swinging with the wind and the blue ocean just in front of us.
We started the day with a light breakfast as we had to take a ferry ride from Port Blair to Havelock Island, which is the main attraction. We took Makruzz cruise and it was a 2 hour ride, which I do not regret at all because of the excitement to reach the destination, however, there was a little glitch while coming back. Anyways, we passed the time by looking at the wide blue ocean and many small islands that we crossed by..
View on the way to Havelock Islands from Port Blair
After 2 hours, we reached the famous Havelock Island and took a cab to Sea Shell Resort, Havelock. It was just 5 minutes away from the port.
There are only a few resorts in Havelock Island, with Sea Shell, Havelock being one of the best with its private beach area. We were welcomed with a glass of coconut water and were escorted to their restaurant for the breakfast.
We got a very nice cottage with wood work, cute interior work and the best beautiful view. The cottage was just next to the beach so we could just sit outside our room and enjoy the view of the beach and the resort garden.
After taking some rest we went out in the ocean, took a dip in the clean water, digged out some sea shells and rocks. One could easily enjoy the view of the ocean over here.
Havelock Island is known for its beautiful beaches and one of those was Radhanagar Beach, our next stop. There are many other beaches to explore as well, but we chose to visit this beach which is about 15 kms away. We reached Radhanagar Beach by 3pm and spent our evening over here. I just have one word for it, MESMERIC. The sand was like small gleaming diamonds and the ocean was so symmetrical, on the left side there were trees up to 15kms, on the right side it was just some more sand and in front, VOILA wide clean ocean with two ships far away, which i believe were of the Indian navy. We were captivated by the sunset and we just sat in the water (not very far from the shore) so that the waves could go up to our shoulders. IT WAS AN IMPECCABLE VIEW..!!
Later in the night we enjoyed live music and cocktails at our resort under the sky with coconut trees all around us. The candle light dinner was just amazing.
TIME FOR SCUBA DIVING.. Next day morning at 7AM, our Scuba diving activity was booked and we were both geared up for it. Our diving instructor, gave us a 10 minute training for how to function under the water. We were told about the sign language, breathing and controlling the water pressure under the water.
We were told that there might be an Octopus which we could see, only if he had not yet moved from his position. YEEIIIII SUPER EXCITEDDDD!!!!!
It was not like we saw in the movie, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, tears coming out getting all emotional about life and stuff, but yeah it was mind blowing. As we went under the water, we saw so many fishes all around us. There were clusters of different species of fishes gathered upon the sea plants, however, I did not see the Octopus but my husband did. BUT I saw the most beautiful fish which I earlier thought wasn’t even real. Remember NEMO, yes the movie, well i saw that fish, it was just exactly the same and soo cute, colourful and tiny 🙂
The scuba experience was so charming. Loved IT!!
My Scuba Diving..
After scuba, we had our breakfast which made us soooo veryyy sleepy, so, instead of going back to our room, we lied down on those wooden laid back chairs alongside the beach and took small naps looking at the view for not less than 3 hours.
Those 3 hours were the most lethargic but also the most peaceful moments of my life, we did nothing but just looked at the view. There was no one around us, only the sound of the waves, SIMPLY FABULOUS!!!
And it was time to head back to the ferry ride from Havelock to Port Blair. We took the Makruzz ferry in the afternoon and it was already around 7PM by the time we reached back to Port Blair and checked into J Resort, Port Blair.
I can say, I was not very impressed by the staff of the hotel in the starting, but their delicious food made up for it. My husband was delighted by the dinner that his exact words to the waiter were, “Since i came on this trip, I did not get to eat such mouth watering food” and he is a person who does not make any fake appreciations.
The next day, was planned for a trip to the tribal area, Baratang Island. It is another major attraction for most of the tourist visiting the islands. The fact is the whole Baratang Island is sitting right on top of a volcano. The Baratang island trip brings forward the tropical side of the Andaman islands. Dense Forest, Tribes, Mangroves, Dongi rides, beaches, birds, caves and trekking. One can experience it all.
Our driver picked us up at 4:00 am, so that we would reach the border of the island on time, which opens up by 6:00 am. Approximately, 110 Kms from Port Blair, we reached Jirkatang (border) a little early so we had to wait in the long queue of cars and buses.
After refreshments and security check from Jirkatang to Middle Strait we might get an opportunity to see these tribes along the road. After passing through the tribal reserve we reached Nilamber Jetty. We were then transferred to a vehicle ferry, which would took us to the Baratang Island. These ferry can accommodate buses, trucks, cars & bikes.
Upon reaching Baratang Jetty we took a dongi(boat), these boats took us through dense mangroves to reach the starting point of our journey to reach the Limestone caves. The journey to the cave is a lifetime experience for me. After 45 minute trek, passing through walkways made by cutting through dense forest and large stones. Inside the cave the temperature is lower than outside and it was dark also. The cave contains beautiful cave formation. Limestone is mostly made up of the mineral calcium carbonate. The place was rather stinky, which I believe was the smell of the ocean and algae, but for a one-time experience the trekking in the forest was unforgettable..
We were then back at Baratang jetty again cruising through the same backwaters. From here we went to visit the Awesome Mud Volcano. I could see the mud and hot water coming out of the depths of our planet. It’s really hard to imagine what may happen if it erupts some day. After some photographs, we were ready for some relaxations and we arrived at Baludera Beach. This was a fantastic beach pre-Tsunami. Now we could see the destroyed corals and fallen trees all over the place.
By evening, we were back to Port Blair through the same route and guess what, it was Valentine’s evening. I just had an amazing dinner with my husband.. 🙂 🙂
It was hard for me to say GOOD BYEE to such a nice place after such an exciting trip, but it was the last day of my journey. We took our flight back from Port Blair to Delhi in the morning and back to my Home Sweet Home….!!!! 🙂 🙂Share This: