Monday, March 11, 2013

Amazing Andamans -- Chayan

Vijaynagar Beach Havelock
Your heart fills with delight when after a seemingly unending stretch of blue sea, you finally spot a patch of green from your window. As the flight starts to descend, the designs of the landscape seem to unravel in front of you. Welcome to one of India's best kept secrets- a treasure of sea, sun and sand.

Andaman & Nicobar are a group of archipelagic islands in the Bay of Bengal cast away from mainland India. Of the 572 islands, islets and rocks that constitute the Andaman and Nicobar chain, as little as 36 are inhabited. 

With an aura of dense tropical rain forest across the landscape that is complimented by soft, white sands across the beaches, Andaman boasts of a rich variety of flora and fauna.

Ross Island
Port Blair, the present capital of Andaman, provides an insight into a tortured, colonial history of the "Saza-e-Kalapani" and its transformation into a tourist haven. Ross Island, North Bay Island and Chidiya Tapu are some of the worthwhile destinations that can be accessed from the capital.

Radhanagar Beach Havelock
Havelock, a breathtakingly beautiful island, is the largest of the islands which comprise Ritchie's Archipelago a chain of islands to the east of Great Andaman in the Andaman Islands. It is the most visited of the Andaman Islands because of the quality of beaches that funnily enough follow a numbering system for identification.  Beach No. 7 on the western coast, better known as "Radha Nagar" Beach, leads the pack and has become a popular destination among Indian & foreign tourists after it was named "The Best Beach in Asia" by Time magazine in 2004. It is a long white sand beach that is beautifully framed by lush tropical forest and rising hills and a warm and emerald sea. Havelock also has other notable beaches like the Elephant Beach on the northwest coast and Vijaynagar Beach (Beach No. 5), Beach No. 3 and Beach No. 1 on the east coast.

Bharatpur Beach Neil Island
Neil Island is a place forgotten by time. With its laid back vibe and long, serene beaches is the best place to chill out in Andaman. You can wake up at your cottage experiencing the sea breeze choreographing the tall, lanky coconut trees. Just walk through them and you will see the sun-kissed, soft, white sand of the Bharatpur beach and pristine, transparent aqua inviting you to indulge in madness. You can also opt to hire a bike or a scooter for yourself and get taste of the lifestyle in this island which has a vast Bengali population. Who wouldn’t like to spend some time in the proximity of marine flora & fauna during low tide near the naturally crafted bridge in Laxmanpur-II beach? And you can always end your day witnessing spectacular sunset while relaxing in the fine, soft, white sands of Laxmanpur-I beach.

Natural Bridge Neil Island
If you are amazed by the beauty above the sea surface, you will be surely enthralled to discover the fascinating world or corals & marine life beneath the waves! Andaman is definitely the best place for Scuba diving and Snorkelling in India and is also a wonderful venue for all the water-sports activities.
Andaman's proximity with the wilderness infuses a sense of freedom that is refreshing and fulfilling at the same time. Andaman is the place for explorers, adventure seekers, honeymooners and anyone and everyone.

Wandoor Beach

Quick facts
Administrative capital
Port Blair

1255 from Kolkata
1190 from Chennai
1200 from Vishakhapatnam

Varies from sea level to 732 meters

Highest peak 
Saddle peak - 732 meters

Tropical throughout the year
Temperature at 23°C and maximum at 30°C
Humidity - 70% to 90% with a gentle breeze blowing all the time. The weather is generally pleasant
Average annual rainfall of 3,000 mm

Forest cover
92%, protected forest 86%

Cottons throughout the year

ISD code
+91 3192 (STD 03192)

Access (by air)
Direct charter flights from Bangkok to Port Blair and vice versa operate between January and April. See section on flights for more details.

Port Blair is connected to Chennai and Kolkata by daily flights. These flights are operated by Go Air, Spicejet, Air India and Jet Airways.

Access by sea
Regular passenger ship services are available to Port Blair from Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam and back. 

There are three or four sailings every month from Kolkata and Chennai to Port Blair and vice versa. There is one sailing from Vishakhapatnam in a month. The voyage takes about 50 to 60 hours.

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