Isn't it that time of the year when you want to leave everything behind and just set your foot in one of the most exotic islands in India? As the summer comes to an end, don't we just feel like diving right into the water and experience its bliss? Well, if that is the case, then a family trip to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands is what you need. With white-sand beaches and blue lagoons, Andaman & Nicobar Islands are all about living your life to the fullest.

A Family Trip to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Must visit places -

Andaman and Nicobar islands form an archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. Most of the islands are vastly unexplored and some of them have only become so popular in recent times. These tropical islands boast of long stretches of undisturbed beaches, lush greenery and exquisite tropical and aquatic fauna. These are also home to a lot of indigenous tribes who have limited contact with the outside world. Following are the must visit places in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands:

a Radhanagar Beach -

Radhanagar Beach is known to be one of the best beaches in Asia. The beach offers a beautiful sight. The beach is blanketed with soft, white sand. The azure seawater offers a variety of activities including Fishing, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Parasailing, etc. The sunset at Radhanagar Beach is as magical as it can get. With the sky playing with all shades of orange and yellow, your eyes fixed on the show, an evening on this beach can be a wonderful way to spend time with your family. Ranked as one of the top beaches by the TIME magazine, Radhanagar Beach is a must visit beach.

A Family Trip to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands
The iconic Cellular Jail is one of the most popular sites in Port Blair
The iconic Cellular Jail is one of the most popular sites in Port Blair

a Cellular Jail -

The British had built prisons in Port Blair and had imprisoned a lot many freedom fighters during the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 and Indian Independence movement. The monument was declared as a national monument in 1969. This monument and the museum give us the picture of the atrocities committed during the British colonial rule and pays homage to the sacrifices made by the freedom fighters in the quest of the country's independence. It is always wonderful to know about such inspiring stories from our country's rich history and make it a compelling reason why should we visit Andaman and Nicobar islands.

A Family Trip to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Laxmanpur Beach on Neil Island is a beach lover delight
Laxmanpur Beach on Neil Island is a beach lover delight

a Laxmanpur Beach -

Laxmanpur Beach is a gorgeous white sand beach, dotted with palm trees. Known for its variety of coloured shells and stones, it is just two km from the Neil Jetty. Though the shells cannot be taken back home, you can certainly fill in your heart with pictures and memories of this place. It makes quite a lovely sunset spot, too.

A Family Trip to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Barren Island is home to the only active volcano in the Indian subcontinent
Barren Island is home to the only active volcano in the Indian subcontinent

a Barren Island -

Barren Island is where one can find South Asia's only active volcano. These uninhabited islands are located 135 kilometres from Port Blair. This volcano last erupted in 2017 but mostly has little amounts of eruptions post that. There are interesting basalt formations on this island.

A Family Trip to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Visitors enjoying their time at Bharatpur Beach on Neil Island
Visitors enjoying their time at Bharatpur Beach on Neil Island

a Bharatpur Beach -

The Vijaynagar Beach is one of the lesser known beaches located in the Havelock Islands. It is an exceptionally beautiful place and also amongst the top places to visiting in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. With Crystal clear water, the beach stretches into the ocean like a never ending marsh. This beach is a wonderful place for photographers and nature lovers. You can enjoy a number of activities over here like bird watching, snorkelling, kayaking, game fishing, sun bathing, surfing, etc.,which will ensure this beach will be etched into your memories.

A Family Trip to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands
A scuba diver exploring the breathtakingly beautiful aquatic life in the Andaman Sea
A scuba diver exploring the breathtakingly beautiful aquatic life in the Andaman Sea

Fun things to do -

a Scuba Diving -

Picture this: You are in the middle of a sea, surrounded by thousands of fishes and turtles swimming effortlessly around you. Is it not magical? Scuba Diving is something totally out of this world. At dive site around the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, are home to colourful coral reefs and a bevy of aquatic species. Hence, make sure that you don't wait for too long and book this water sport in Andaman. You can also do a course in Scuba Diving in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

A Family Trip to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands
A woman having a great time whilst Snorkelling in the Andaman Sea
A woman having a great time whilst Snorkelling in the Andaman Sea

a Snorkelling -

If you are unsure about going underwater, then snorkel around the crystal clear, shallow water to see what you've been missing out in life. You can wear a life jacket and explore the exotic marine life while snorkelling. Moreover, a majority of first-timers indulge in this water adventure sports in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. So, be sure to enjoy the underwater marine life and spot a variety of fishes that shimmer through your goggles in the best spot under the guidance of an instructor.

A Family Trip to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands
A visitor enjoying Parasailing at Rajiv Gandhi Water Complex in Port Blair
A visitor enjoying Parasailing at Rajiv Gandhi Water Complex in Port Blair

a Parasailing -

Parasailing is one of the most popular fun things to do in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is a thrilling combination of water and airborne adventure. You are tied behind a motorboat and harnessed with a parachute while you are up there soaring high in the sky. Usually, parasailing is done to give you an entire view and perspective of the island from above.

A Family Trip to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands
A sea plane ride is the best way to get a birds eye view of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands
A sea plane ride is the best way to get a birds eye view of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands

a Sea Plane -

Would it not be amazing if you can get an aerial view of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in a more intimate way? Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands offer a lifetime experience of flying in a seaplane. These gorgeously designed planes can carry up to 9 passengers at a time on a ride that lasts for 15 minutes. So, see to it that you add this ride on your list of fun things to do in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

A Family Trip to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands
A group of friends having a blast while taking a banana boat ride in Andaman
A group of friends having a blast while taking a banana boat ride in Andaman

a Banana Boat -

A Banana Boat ride is the most water sports in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, especially for children. While these boats topple and turn on your ride, all you have to do is tighten your grip to enjoy this fun ride. A banana boat can carry six to eight people at a time. The riders are provided with a life jacket each and each boat has an instructor.

A Family Trip to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Three friends doing a sea walk in the Andaman Sea
Three friends doing a sea walk in the Andaman Sea

a Seawalk -

Sea walk is one of the newest water activity introduced in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The activity allows people to walk on the sea floor with the help of an oxygen head gear. It is a great way to explore the marine life, especially if you do not know how to swim.

Where to stay -

a Sinclair's Bayview Hotel -

Situated just 5 km from the airport, Sinclair's Bayview is a prime beachside hotel in Port Blair. It offers the best services and sea view from the rooms. Guests can walk down the beach directly from the hotel or take a dip in the outdoor pool if sea is not your calling.

a Fortune Resort Bay Island -

Fortune Resort is an elegant hotel located in Port Blair. Surrounded by one of the world's last virgin outposts, the hotel overlooks the beautiful pristine waters of the Bay of Bengal. With an open-decked restaurant and a gorgeous view of the blue waters it is all you need to leave the stress behind and embrace the beauty of the serene nature of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

a Barefoot at Havelock -

Barefoot at Havelock is one with the aesthetic appeal to appease you. It is a just two minutes away from a white sandy beach. From clear azure water and lush green rainforest Barefoot at Havelock is in the middle of them all. So leave behind the toxicity of a city life and breathe in the freshness of nature in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

a Munjoh Ocean Resort -

A private cottage is one thing but imagine a beach all to yourself. This is what the Munjoh Ocean Resort in Havelock promises to its guests. With a beach house all to yourself, guests get to experience as if they are on a private island. It offers handpicked amenities, trained staff at your call, organic produce and activities to keep you engrossed in this life.

a Jalakara Havelock Resort -

It calls itself the Boutique hotel or Private Villa. Its best qualities being that it gives travellers the feel of home, the informality of homeliness and bespoke private feeling with its private villa's, service and staffing. It is a small hotel with 3 suites, 3 rooms, and a private villa. With beautiful floral arrangements, exotic cuisine and majestic scenery, it is a place you should consider.

A Family Trip to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands
The lounge bar at the Barefoot @ Havelock is calmly nestled in the laps if nature
The lounge bar at the Barefoot @ Havelock is calmly nestled in the laps if nature

Food -

There are many restaurants, serving a number of delicacies and cuisines. Whether you are a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian lover, Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a delight for foodies. A wide range of sea food and a variety of exotic tropical fruits are easily available. Many locals indulge in game fishing and eat their prized catches.

A Family Trip to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands
A plate full of freshly cooked lobsters and sauces being served in the Andaman and Nicobar islands
A plate full of freshly cooked lobsters and sauces being served in the Andaman and Nicobar islands

Budget -

In spite of offering so much, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are not that expensive. For a family of two adults and two kids, the daily budget can easily be within INR 8000 to INR 10000. That includes transportation, accommodation, food, and basic entertainment.

When to go -

October to May is when the Andaman and Nicobar Islands attract the maximum number of visitors. June to September is considered to be an off-season there, due to monsoon. The best time to be in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is between October to November and from January to February. December is a high season and it gets crowded there; whereas March marks the beginning of hot summer in the islands.

How to Reach -

Port Blair is well connected with all the metropolitan cities in mainland India by air and/or sea. From Calcutta, Vizag, and Chennai, there are cruises that connect directly with Port Blair. Regular flights take-off from New Delhi, Bombay, Bangalore, Chennai, and Calcutta to Port Blair. A return airfare will cost you at least INR 10000. If you opt for travelling in a cruise, a deluxe berth will cost you around INR 8000 per person.