“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”- Rumi
To make the cited quote more pertinent, this Valentine’s Day take your partner to the archipelago of Andaman and Nicobar, the land of sapphire coastline and a perfect place for romantic escape.
Nestled in the midst of sandy beaches, impenetrable bush and cobalt waters; there are numbers of isles to explore when in Andaman and Nicobar. This is why the Andaman and Nicobar are reckoned as the most preferred group of Islands for honeymooners and travellers from all across the sphere.
February 14 is a red-letter day for all the love birds. Be it college goers, newly mingled spouse or close pals; Valentine’s Day leaves its charismatic impact on their lives significantly. So if you are in the quest of any amorous escape around the breath-taking beaches, Andaman and Nicobar is the worth visiting destination to give your adorable tale an aromatic feel.
Considering the connotation of togetherness in the isles, we bring the following five attractions for you in the Islands of Andaman and Nicobar:
1.Guitar Island Beach
As the name suggests, an aerial vista of this alluring seashore exactly looks like a guitar. The Guitar Island Beach is one amongst the least visited seashores in Andaman. Therefore, you can expect a tranquil ambience here with your partner. This beach is often compared with another popular Island called Ross and Smith Islands. This is because; during low tide, the Guitar Island Beach also gets in touch with its adjacent Islands like the Islands of Ross and Smith. However, what distinguishes these two beaches is the connecting source. Ross and Smith Islands gets connected to a sand bar. On the other hand, the Guitar Island Beach gets connected to the stones. One can reach the Guitar Island Beach from Long Island jetty via dunghi. It takes nearly 15-20 minutes time to reach you to the island shore. From there you need to walk further to reach the Guitar Island Beach.
2. Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island
Having said, Andaman and Nicobar is an abode to group of isles. The terrain offers you nearly 600 tempting islands to step around. One such rejuvenating beach in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is Radhanagar Beach. Located on the western coast of Havelock Island, Radhanagar Beach was crowned as the Best Beach in Asia in 2004 by the TIME Magazine. Strolling aside the azure waters along with your partner makes the ambience more phenomenal. Apart from witnessing the picturesque vista of Havelock Island, you can also involve in various exciting underwater activities here including scuba diving and snorkelling. Stepping around Radhanagar Beach thus makes your trip more enchanting and adventurous on the eve of Valentine’s Day.
3. Mangrove Creek, Baratang Island
Situated around 100Kms away from the Port Blair, Mangrove Creek is quite eminent amongst the visitors for performing boat-safari amidst the green tunnel of mangrove plantations. This place offers you an emerald environs with vivacious water flow. Presence of various exotic bird species can also be observed during the thrilling boat-safari. Besides, during the joyful boat safari you can also come across some Lime Stone Caves on the go. Due to dimness inside the caves, it is advisable to carry a torch with you. So this 14 February give your romantic voyage a touch of thrill and romance amidst the coastline.
4. North Bay Beach, Port Blair
Just imagine a bare-footed walk on the base of a sea! To turn your imagination into reality, make sure you pay a visit to the North Bay Beach. At North Bay Beach you can step around the corals. Picturesque vistas of rich marine life will goosbumps your walk on the base of the sea to a large extent. During the walk, you will be accompanied by skilled life guards under the water. You can enjoy the thrilling sea walk form morning to afternoon. While practicing this daring walk, you need to wear a transparent helmet. So, what are waiting for? Go and grab the thrill!
5. Bharatpur Beach, Neil Island
If you want to have an astounding coral viewing experience, look no further than the Bharatpur Beach. To experience the same you can hire a glass bottom boat. In addition, the beach also offers you a blend of scuba diving and snorkelling. Some other key attractions of this beach are lush green vegetation and fishes amidst the clean water.
In addition, the land of isles also offers you several other destinations to explore as well. Some of which include Katchal Island, Nicobar; Ray Hill, Mayabunder; Mount Harriet National Park; Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park; Limestone Caves, Baratang Island; Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, Port Blair; Laxmanpur Beach, Neil Island and the Lalaji Bay Beach, Long Island.
Visiting Andaman and Nicobar remains incomplete unless you taste the scrumptious seafood. In order to meet up your gastronomic desires, head towards Port Blair, which is laid out with plenty of renowned eateries.
The popular holiday hub can be visited either by air or by sea.
By Air: The nearest airport is Veer Savarkar International Airport or Port Blair Airport, which located around 32Kms away from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Regular fights are available for Port Blair from some of the major cities like Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi, Visakhapatnam, Bangalore and Bhubaneswar. The key airlines that connect Port Blair with several other cities of India include Jet Airways, Spice Jet, Air India and Go Air. From Kolkata and Chennai, the air journey can be completed in around 2hours time. On the other hand, the flights from Delhi and Mumbai takes around 5 hours time to reach Port Blair. Depending on the place, time of booking and airlines the charges may start from INR 7000 and more.
By Sea: The nearest sea port is Haddo Wharf Port in Port Blair. Reaching Andaman and Nicobar Islands by ship is quite time consuming. Every month three to four sailings are there from Chennai, Kolkata. From Vishakhapatnam on the other hand, there is only one sailing in a month. Having said, the ship journey is quite time taking, and this may consume 3-4 days time to reach Port Blair. Please note that the sailing schedules are announced a month before the journey. However, there is no provision for online booking. One tourist needs to visit Chennai, Kolkata or Visakhapatnam to book tickets. Depending on the type of ships (Ship MV Swarajdweep, Nancowry, Ship MV Harshvardhana, Ship MV Akbar) and passengers (islanders, tourists, non-islanders) the ship fares may range from INR 660 to INR 8000.
Note: While travelling to Andaman, Indian tourists need no prior permission. If you a foreign tourist, you are not allowed to stay here exceeding 30 days. In case of any exigency or unavoidable circumstances, the limit can further be extended up to 15 days. However, if you are Indian citizen and visiting to Nicobar Islands or any other tribal terrains, you must obtain a special permission.
To make your Valentine trip more significant in the Islands, don’t forget to buy some of the arresting souvenirs and beautiful handicrafts for your beloved partner from the local shops.
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