Andaman Tourist Places To Explore In 2023

by Rebecca Lal
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Andaman Tourist Places: Andaman is a beautiful Union Territory treasured by India. It is a must-see destination for those seeking an out-of-the-ordinary vacation for which we recommend you to opt for any Andaman tour packages. Andaman is a paradise in the form of an Indian island in the Bay of Bengal for ramblers, hitchhikers, and backpackers, with magnificent white beaches flanked by palm trees and mangroves jungles and the majestic Andaman Sea of the Indian Ocean. Incredibly beautiful sea world, coral reefs, and more may be found on around 300 islands of Andaman.

For different reasons, the majority of Andaman Islands are off-limits to the visitors and are under preservation, while the remaining islands welcome travelers from all over the world. Andaman Islands are also a perfect destination for luxury tours but our personal recommendation for you is to always consider a good Andaman luxury tour packages for a hassle free and well planned Andaman trip.

Andaman is a glory in the middle of the ocean, and all the places it has to offer to the world are a gem. As a result, we’ve prepared a collection of must-see destinations in Andaman and Nicobar Island to help you discover the wonders of the Indian Ocean. 

Scroll down to read about Andaman Tourist Places or check out the Travel Tips for adventurous planning!

Places To Visit In Andaman And Nicobar Island:

Havelock Island

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One of the main attractions of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is the world’s richest coral reef ecosystem. The clear water on this island makes it an ideal and popular spot for scuba diving. Havelock Island’s dramatic contrast of natural components gives it the appearance of unspoiled natural beauty. Havelock attracts visitors from all across the world and has built elegant resorts and hotels to provide a comfortable stay amidst lush foliage, a white beach, and the big blue ocean. The three most popular beaches on Havelock Island or you can say “Places to visit in Havelock Island” such as Elephant Beach, Radhanagar Beach, and Kalapathar.

Elephant Beach

Elephant Beach is a popular watersports site in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Diverse, adventurous sports like scuba diving, snorkeling, jet-skiing, swimming, sea walking, bird-watching, trekking, and kayaking can be enjoyed while visiting the coral reefs.

Radhanagar Beach

Radhanagar beach, with its subtle beauty, tropical jungle, birds, and marine life, is the major tourist destination on Havelock Island. Large fish, turtle dolphins, and “Beware of Crocodiles” warning signs may be found along the shore.

Kalapathar

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The black rocks among the white sands opposite the blue water gave the beach its name. Although it has a tragic past, Havelock Island’s Kalapathar beach is currently a tourist hotspot and it is one of the famous Andaman Tourist Places. This beautiful place that offers the best sunset views has a historical Central Jail, which was once the horrific death ground for Indian Prisoners during British Rule in India. There were also elephant training camps in Kalapathar’s woods. Today, the beach only provides pleasant memories, exhilarating boat trips, mesmerizing views of the ocean and terrain, and an ideal site for photography, water sports, and other excursions.

Neil Island

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Neil Island was inhabited in the late 1960s and it is easily accessible by ferry from Port Blair or Havelock Island. The island has its distinct attraction with white sand beaches, woodlands, crystal clear waterways, magnificent reefs, and marine life. Apart from scuba diving and snorkeling, one can experience glass-bottom boat rides. Glass bottom boat rides are ideal for anyone who strives to explore coral reefs but is terrified of going underwater. This island is an important member of the Andaman and Nicobar located at Ritchie’s Archipelago.

Ross Island

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With pre-independence Indian history, Ross Island is rich in heritage and architectural ruins. It was named after Sir Daniel Ross, a British Marine Surveyor when India was under British Rule. The island will transport you to another time with its architecture and remnants. On the island, there are British-era churches, troop barracks, a ballroom, a press, a swimming pool, a hospital, a bakery, the Chief Commissioner’s House, and the Government House. Ross Island is 2 kilometers from Port Blair and offers a mix of historical and luxurious nature. Deer, ducks, and peacocks can also be found on the palm-lined beaches of the island.

Mount Harriet National Park

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The park was established in 1969. Mount Harriet, part of the National Park, is the Andaman archipelago’s third highest mountain peak, behind Saddle Peak and Mount Thuillier. Mount Harriet National Park is a reserve forest where you can explore exotic birds, vivid butterflies, rare flora-fauna with mountain ranges, and beautiful coastlines. It is 2 kilometers away from the infamous Kalapathar. A tribal population of the negrito race, mostly hunters and gatherers, dwells in the depths of Mount Harriet and practices a primitive way of life. The trekking in Mount Harriet stretches upto 16 kilometers and promises a magnificent experience.

North Bay Island

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The island, which has a summery vibe to it, is home to beautiful corals that run the length of the shoreline. It lets you catch a glimpse of lobsters, stonefish, and clownfish families from behind the corals. North Bay Island offers various water sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, sea walking, glass boat ride, and much more, along with semi-submarine thrills. You can descend into the ocean bed without touching the water for the sensation of being underwater and surrounded by marine life. The sunset and sunrise are immensely captivating, and the lighthouse that peeks from above greenery in the 20 rupee note of Indian Currency is found in the region of the North Bay. The island can be easily reached by boat from the Phoenix Jetty at Port Blair. 

Baratang Island

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One of the adventurous, exquisite, and enigmatic destinations in Andaman is Baratang Island. The destination is well known for its mysterious limestone caves, mud volcanoes, mangroves, shorelines, and hidden beaches. You may need to acquire a guide or special permission from the Andaman Forest Department to explore the bewildering limestone caves in the region. Other than the island itself, the route to reach Baratang is enthralling. To reach the island’s hidden gem, you have to pass through the tribal inhabitants of Andamans. If you get lucky enough, you might get a chance to live the notorious tales of tribes on the way. Baratang Island is located around 150 km north of Port Blair and can be reached using ferry services.

Viper Island

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Historically significant and one of the popular andaman tourist spot, Viper Island has its name derived from the ship named H.M.S. Viper, which landed in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in 1789, carried a Britisher called Archibald Blair. The ship was later reported to have drowned nearby. This legendary island is a land of blood and sacrifices. In the pre-independence era of India, Viper Island witnessed the inhumane execution and torture of Indian freedom fighters.

Before the Cellular Jail of Port Blair was created, there was a jail in the area where inmates and Indian freedom fighters were held captive. Because of the most heinous torture inflicted on the inmates when iron couplings chained them together, the infamous facility was called Viper Chain Gang Jail.

The original jail building’s ruins can still be spotted on the island. Aside from the historical significance of Viper Island, the location is endowed with vast natural beauty. Although most parts of the islands have been destroyed by the tsunami of the past years, the destination is worth visiting. 

Rutland Island

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Among other Andaman Tourist Places, Rutland Island is located 20 km away from Port Blair and is known for being home to the Jangil tribe of Andaman, who inhabited the island’s interiors. On the island, you can find Mount Ford (433 m high) and Mount Mayo (227 m high), aside from the beautiful coral reefs and marine life that attracts Snorkelers and Scuba divers worldwide. Being rich with dense jungle and hills, the island has beaches like Jahaji Beach, Bada Balu, Photo Nallah, and Dani Nallah for your relaxing vacations. 

Chidiya Tapu

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“Chidiya” is a Hindi word that means bird in English. The name itself suggests the specialty of the destination. Chidiya Tapu is a heaven for bird watchers, and it is a Bird Island if translated into English. This destination is home to around 46 varieties of endangered species of birds and animals, along with the rich fauna in the vicinity. Chidiya Tapu is a perfect combination of Forests, Hills, and Beaches that offers mesmerizing sunset and sunrise to capture in memory. You can enjoy adventurous activities like trekking, boating, snorkeling, and swimming on the island, located 25 km away from Port Blair.

Rangat

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In the middle of the Andaman, Rangat is blessed with a bundle of natural joy in beaches, vegetation, waterfalls, wildlife, and marine life. The destination is inhabited by Tamils and Malayali, whose main occupations are fishing and cultivation in the region. Rangat has the famous Cuthbert Beach and Panchavati Waterfalls, along with the clear sky, sandy beaches, and surrounding greenery that provides a sense of peace to those who visit the island. The island presents a beautiful glimpse of sunrise and sunset and is considered one of the less-traveled places. Rangat is best visited in December and January when the island becomes a turtle nesting ground and has breathtaking scenery. The nearby locations of Errata Creek and Errata Mangrove Park can also be visited for a panoramic view of the mangroves and surrounding forests.

Mayabunder

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Mayabunder is located 242 km away from Port Blair, in the Northside of Middle Andaman. The island, which is noted for its mangrove creek, beaches, and vegetation, is home to the Burmese Karen Tribes. They were known to work as logging laborers for the British during India’s pre-independence era. Andaman tourists can participate in a variety of water activities in Mayabunder.

Mayabunder’s main attractions include Karmatang Beach, Interview Island, Rampur Beach, and Avis Island. Karmatang Beach is famous for being the nesting ground for turtles. The deserted Island of Avis, on the other hand, is famed for its natural scenery and coconut plantations. Rampur Beach is known for its natural beauty and ancient mangrove woods. Interview Island is home to a diverse range of faunas, woodlands, and water supplies. The western coast of Interview Island is well-known as a supply of fresh water for the surrounding area.

Diglipur

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Diglipur lies on the North Andaman Islands, 325 kilometers from Port Blair. This location is well-known for its orange groves and rice farms. You can find Saddle Peak surrounded by Saddle National Park in the region. The peak is the highest point of Diglipur and on the Andaman island.

Diglipur is home to Andaman’s only hydroelectric project, situated on the Kalpong River, the archipelago’s only river. There are a plethora of viewpoints and attractions in the region that lure travelers from all over the world, such as – Lamiya Bay Beach, Mud Volcano of Shyam Nagar, Kalipur Beach, and Ramanagar Beach, Pathi Level Beach, the Alfred Caves, and more.

Button Islands

This collection of three-button islands: the North, South, and Middle Button Islands. This island is part of the Rani Jhansi Marine National Park, located off the coast of South Andaman. You can spot Dugongs, Water Lizards, Sea Turtles, Dolphins, Blue Whales, Snappers, Sweetlips, Lionfish, Devil rays, Manta rays, Barracuda, Octopuses, Shrimps, Sea Eagles, and more in and around the island group. 

Barren Island

This island is known for possessing India’s only active volcano and the only active volcano in the entire ring of volcanoes stretching from Sumatra to Myanmar. The volcano began erupting again in 2018 and is currently in an active state, visiting this island possible from a measured distance.

Cuthbert Beach/Cuthbert Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

It is one of the most important turtle nesting beaches in Andaman and Nicobar, located in the Middle Andaman Islands. You can spot Saltwater Crocodiles, Olive Ridley turtles, Green sea turtles, Hawksbill and Leatherback turtles, Water Monitor Lizards, and other reptiles such as the water and terrestrial snakes in the surrounding mangroves and region.

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The Andaman comprises hundreds of islands, and the greatest places to visit in the archipelago are endless.

Wonderful Andaman Tourist Islands groups include:

  • Long Island – It is rich’s creation and marine ecosystem. Lalaji Bay and Merk Bay of North Passage Island are the nearby destinations to experience the glory of mother earth.
  • Panchavati Waterfalls – 200 km away from Port Blair, is located on Panchavati Hills. 
  • Dhaninallah Mangrove Nature Walkway – Located 20 km away from Rangat, it is 715 meters – an amazingly long walkway, one of a kind and unique in the country. Surrounded by the mangroves, the walkway leads to Dhaninallah beach, famous for being a turtle nesting ground. 
  • Guitar Island – As the name suggests, this one is island-shaped as Guitar; that does not offer night stay facilities in the region since it is uninhabited but offers an epic day and evening experience.
  • Merk Bay Beach – This tranquil beach is known for its Dolphins spotting and Bird watching. 

So, the next time you plan a trip to the “paradise on the sea,” keep these Andaman tourist places in mind for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Frequently Asked Question

How many days in Andaman is enough?

You may require a 5-6 day trip to cover all the major sightseeing and activities. You can also extend your vacation for 9-10 days if you want to visit all the islands.

Which is the off-season in Andaman?

Since June to September is the monsoon period on the island, it is considered the off-season in Andaman. The weather can be cyclonic or with strong winds.

What is the language spoken in Andaman?

People in Andaman speak Hindi or Bengali, but Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam also are common. Since the Andamanese (native people) were small isolated groups, you may also encounter people speaking dialects of the Andamanese language.

What is the best time to visit Andaman?

The best time to visit Andaman & Nicobar Islands is the duration between October and May. During these months, the weather remains pleasant, ideal for sightseeing, beach excursion, and water sports.

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1 comment

lavina nolan October 25, 2022 - 6:04 am

This is a very good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere.
Short but very accurate information… Many thanks for sharing this one.
A must read post!

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