“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.”
I sat on the beach quietly – sea water brushing against my skin, granules of salt searching their way in the maze of my entangled hair, sun rays kissing my body, coarse grains of sun-scorched sand tickling my bare feet. And in that moment, I just knew- This is it! If there is heaven on earth anywhere, it is here.
Welcome to the Dream Vacation- The Andaman Islands!
Day 1- 11th Feb 2017
Our flight started from Delhi at 5 a.m and reached Port Blair( The capital) at 10 a.m with a stop over at Kolkata. The most amazing part of the plane journey is the aerial view of the Islands and water. Trust me, it’s a treat for the eyes.
(Nature lovers and photographers-Beware. You would suddenly have the urge to jump off the plane. Do NOT try.)
We set out for sightseeing after lunch and visited Science museum(You can easily skip this), Corbyn’s cove beach and the cellular jail(Highly recommended).
There is a light and sound show in the cellular jail which tells us about the history of the place. Amazing and totally worth standing in the queue for the tickets.
(Note: Please buy the tickets in advance. Tickets for the same day’s show get sold out pretty quickly.)
Day 2: 12th Feb 2017
ROSS ISLAND and NORTH BAY ISLAND
We headed towards Ross Island and North Bay Island from Port Blair via ferry and returned back to Port Blair on the same day.
Ross Island was the capital of the British and is almost in ruins after the Tsunami. Yet its beauty is unparalleled!
North Bay Island is a private island which is famous for its water sports. Please, please, please go for Scuba Diving if you are here. For Rs. 2500/-, you will have a once in a lifetime experience. My friends know what a weakling I am when it comes to adventure sports. If I can do it, you definitely can!
Have dinner or lunch in ‘Annapurna Restaurant’ in the Aberdeen Bazaar in Port Blair. It is 100% vegetarian and serves sumptuous food to brighten you up after a hectic day.
Day 3: 13th Feb 2017
We headed for Havelock Island from Port Blair via a private cruise.
Caution: Book your cruise well in advance. Government cruises are far cheaper than private cruises and their tickets are sold out in the bat of an eyelid.
Our resort was on the ‘Vijay Nagar Beach’ from where we headed to ‘Kalapathar beach’ and ultimately reached the ‘Radha Nagar Beach’.
The ‘Radha Nagar Beach’ has been named as the best beach in Asia and you’ll know why once you are there. You will pat yourself on the back for your decision of coming here once you experience the crystal clear water, long coastline and happy faces soaking themselves in the water.
But the best part of the day was the moonlit beach in our resort where we relaxed after coming back. In simple words, I had never experienced this kind of bliss before!
Day 4: 14th Feb 2017
We reached Neil Island at 4 in the afternoon again via a private cruise and went straight to the sunset point (Yeah, Valentines Day and a beautiful sunset ;)).
Top it up with-Maggi, pakode and tea.The simple joys of life! 🙂
Day 5: 15th Feb 2017
NEIL ISLAND and PORT BLAIR
We visited a natural bridge called the ‘Howrah Bridge’ which is formed by natural corals.It takes courage and a lot of walking to reach there but the view is spectacular. We also spent a little time at the Sitapur, Laxmanpur beaches and did a quick sunbath at the Bharatpur beach after which we headed back straight to Port Blair.
We finally explored the Aberdeen market there and simply soaked up the air of the place we were going to leave the next day.
Note: You can skip this island if you are short on time.
Day 6: 16th Feb 2017
NEW DELHI- All good things come to an end. 😦
Reality sinks in.After shopping some nice pearl rings from the famous Sagarika emporium at the Airport, we headed back to New Delhi with loads of memories.
Word of advice: I broke my beloved phone while checking in at the Airport on the first day and nobody gifted me a pink geisha phone( Life is not always like ‘Zindagi na milegi Dobara’). But in retrospect, staying away from technology helped me enjoy the place much more than I would have with constant FB, Instagram and WhatsApp updates.
Don’t break your phone but try to stay away from technology as much as possible while on vacation. Trust me, it works!
PS: Trust me, this post is not sponsored.Nobody sponsors such a petty blog anyway.