15 Top Things to do in Andaman Nicobar Islands

A dose of history, a shot of adrenaline, a leisurely ambiance or anything you want on your perfect beach holiday, Andaman almost fulfills every fantasy. Naturally, when it comes to things to do in Andaman Nicobar Island there are plenty. In this post we have tried to compile the list of best things to do.

Here are the top 15 Things to Do in Andaman & Nicobar Islands:

Visit the Cellular Jail

Cellular-Jail

Narrating the poignant tale of Indian history of Independence, Cellular Jail must be visited on your trip to Andaman. Known as Kala Pani, the brutal prison is now been transformed into a museum. Check out Freedom Fighters Photo and Exhibition Gallery, Library on Freedom Movement, Old Photographs Gallery and an eternal flame of Freedom-Swatantrya Jyot erected in memory of all freedom fighters and martyrs.

Do not miss the touching Light & Sound show. In a Peepal tree’s narration, voiced by the veteran actor Om Puri, hear the stories of the prisoners tortured to death in the jail. Read More

  • Best time to visit: October to April
  • Timings: Tuesday to Sunday; 8:45 am – 12:30 pm & 1:45 pm – 5 pm
  • Entry Fee: INR 10 for entry; additional costs of INR 25 & INR 100 respectively for cameras & video-cameras

Explore Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park

Mahatma-Gandhi-Marine-National-ParkThe Mahatma Gandhi National Park embodies the essence of Andaman. The rare ecosystem of the islands can be explored here. Though wrecked after the 2003 Tsunami, it has been restored and re-opened. Abundant species of the Bay of Bengal make their home in the national park. Rare species of flora, fauna, and marine life are found here.

Get prior permission to visit the national park. Ferries are available to reach the park environs. One can go for snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming in the Jolly Buoy Island or the Red Skin Island. Read More

  • Best time to visit:  November to March

Marvel at the Limestone caves

Marvel-at-the-Limestone-cavesThe fascinating Limestone Caves of Baratang are nature’s rare beauty. Exploring the intriguing caves is one of the captivating things to do in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Limestone is a sedentary rock originally formed at the bottom of the sea. Deposits of marine life, shells, skeletons and coral after a million years has create this unique spectacle.

Marvel at limestone deposits of many different hues, textures and degrees of purity. A common characteristic is that it gets easily dissolved by rain water. In addition to the cave exploration, the ride in a speed boat to the cave is thrilling experience. Read More

  • Best time to visit: November to March

Get charmed by Radhanagar Beach

get-charmed-by-Radhanagar-Beach

Visiting the Radhanagar beach in Havelock Island is one of the unmissable things to do in Andaman.  The beautiful beach has been titled “Asia’s best beach” and the “7th best beach in the world” by Time Magazine. The silvery stretch of sand draws a lot of tourists and beach lovers.

Take a ferry to the island and then spend time on the beach. The extraordinary curve of white sand cerulean blue waters, lined by lush forest and palm trees is a postcard perfect view. Sun bathe in the sands and marvel at the sunset, or go in for a quick swim. Read More

  • Best time to visit: October to May

Discover Corbyn’s Cove Beach

Corbyn's-Cove-Beach

Corbyn’s Cove is Andaman’s most coveted beaches. The coconut-palm fringed beach is ideal for swimming and sun-basking. Tourist facilities like hotel, restaurant, bar, changing room, adventure water-sports are available here. The intriguing draw is the historical relics of Japanese Bunkers, seen en-route the beach. Situated right across this beach is the Snake Island popular for scuba diving.

Tourists can enjoy delightful food at the Waves Restaurant & Beer Bar run by Tourism department at reasonable rates. Spend time reveling in the blissful ambiance. The feel of Andaman’s thrilling beach remains in the cherished memories of tourists.

  • Best time to visit: October to May

Scuba Diving

Scuba-Diving

Scuba diving in Andaman is a unique lifetime experience. The waters surrounding the Andaman archipelago is unrivalled. It is the blessed habitat of one of the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world. The unexploited coral-reefs and breathtaking underwater marine life inspires travelers to try out scuba diving.

There are numerous scuba diving centres in Andaman from where you can get your PADI certificate. There are no pre-requisitions for the activity, even the knowledge of swimming is not needed. On your trip to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands do not miss this one of the best water sports of the islands. Read More

  • Best time to visit: November to March

Spend time in Havelock’s Elephant Beach

Havelocks-Elephant-Beach

Considered as one of the unique beaches in Andaman, Elephant Beach is untouched by commercialism. Situated at one isolated corner of Havelock Island, jetties or a short trek is the best way to reach. Popular for snorkeling, Elephant beach also has a vast population of Elephants.

It is blessed with some of the vibrant coral reefs in Andaman. The beach is just not know for its pristine beauty but also for its peaceful environs. Enjoy the gentle waves, walk on the silver sands dotted by bare trees and the vast horizon creating a sense of tranquility.

  • Best time to visit: October to May

Try Sea-Walking

Sea-Walking

The Sea walking activity is an exciting adventure sports in Andaman Islands. There is absolutely no experience required or the use of complicated equipment to handle. It is a golden opportunity to walk on the unspoilt sea floor enjoying a close up view of the underwater world without any hassle. Undoubtedly, it is one of the most popular water sports in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

It’s perfectly safe as well because the instructors are constantly available. Also, you could keep your glasses or contact lenses. Dress up according to your comfort, there are no fixed costumes for this activity. Read More

  • Best time to visit: October to May
  • Costs- 3500- 4000 INR

Bird Watching

Bird-WatchingAndaman and Nicobar owing to its blessed location is a haven for variety of birds. Home to over 240 species of birds, of which 18 are endemic, there are numerous beautiful creatures to spot. Andaman’s Bird Island or Chidiya Tapu is the best spot for bird-watching. Blessed with forests, mangroves and plentiful species of birds, hear the constant chirruping and sights of birds found in every shape, size and color. Look out for parakeets, drongos, doves, eagles and many more birds that have made this island their home. Bring your binoculars and be quite to get up close with them. Read More

  • Best time to visit: September to November and February to April.

Trekking

Trekking

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are blessed with the opportunity of exciting trekking. The unique topography offers the thrill to explore. Mount Harriet to Madhuban is an interesting wilderness trek of 16 Km. For the hardcore adventure lovers, Chidia Tapu to Kala Pahad (Black Mountain) is an exhilarating trail.

Trek through Havelock through mangrove mesh to reach the Elephant beach. Trekking from Baratang to the limestone caves is also amazing. At 732m Saddle Peak is the highest point in the Andaman, and a thrilling trekking trail. Read More

  • Best time to visit: November to March.

Soul searching at the Chidiya Tapu

Chidiya-Tapu

Chidiya Tapu is one of the best places to enjoy fabulous sunset views in the Andaman. 40 km away from Port Blair, it is a beautiful place for soul searching. Known as “Sunset Point” and “Bird Island”, a visit to Chidiya Tapu it is one of the unmissable things to do. The island is mostly famous for some of the most wonderful sunset views of the archipelago.

Nature appears to bare all her hidden charms during sunset. The beauty of the sun setting against the backdrop of the multi-hued sky will for long remain etched in your Andaman trip memories.

  • Best time to visit: October to May

Jet Ski

Jet-Ski

Jet Skiing is one of the best adrenalin water sports Andaman has to offer. Ride the ultimate machine on the gleaming blue waters of Andaman. Riding a Jet Ski features in the wishes of every water lover. Experience the thrill alone or with an experienced pilot. The lagoons of Andaman are ideal for the sport.

There are many places on the islands where you can ride the Jet Ski. Every beach has its own watersport complex where you can find required gear for your sport.

  • Best time to visit: October to May

Taste the thrill of Snorkeling

Snorkeling

Snorkeling is a water sport activity that has no limits of age or fitness level. Any trip to Andaman and Nicobar islands remain incomplete without a session of snorkeling. Gear up with the required mask and explore the underwater world. There are varieties of colorful fishes and various other marine species. Andaman offers rarest varieties of corals.

Snorkeling can be carried out at most of beaches at the Andaman Islands. The waters are very warm, calm and without currents, offering the perfect conditions for the sport. Havelock Island, Elephant Island, Neil Island and Corbyn’s Cove are the best places to go snorkeling.

  • Best time to visit: October to May

Sport Fishing or Angling

Sport-Fishing-or-Angling

Andaman offers world-class sport fishing and angling. Many varieties of fish call the pristine waters home. For the hard core angler, the waters that drop off 1000-2000 metres from the East and West coasts of the main islands. Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Yellow fin Tuna, Dogtooth Tuna and Dorado are easily caught in Andaman waters. Andaman’s fishing communities follow a firm catch-and-release policy. This helps ensure that future generations will have the opportunity to test themselves against these magnificent fishes.

If game fishing is your scene, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is perhaps the last of the earth’s best environments still available.

  • Best time to visit: November to March

Glass bottom Boating

Glass-bottom-Boating

A relaxing and thrilling thing to do in Andaman is glass bottom boating. Boats with glass bottoms sail through the sea. You can board these boats and enjoy the views of waters and the marine life. Fishes swim under the boat surfaces. You can also spot undisturbed corals without even stepping in the water. Glass bottom boat rides can be boarded from Water Sports Complex to North Bay Coral Island or form Port Blair to Jolly Buoy Island.

  • Best time to visit: November to March

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Debashree Chakraborty

A travel writer by profession and self-professed addict to literature, momos, dancing, music and travelling, Debasree Chakraborty has all interesting things to share. Go through her penned down travel experiences and collected intelligence in her write ups. Read on!

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4 Responses

  1. Sharvi Sharma says:

    Wow these are some amazing things to do in Andamans, will surely try to cover them in my trip! 🙂

    • Debashree Chakraborty says:

      Hey Sharvi,

      Thank you for your kind words. Hope you cover all the points mentioned on our blog on your trip. Will be glad to hear some of your experiencea. Till then, follow our blog for more posts.

  2. Jayashree says:

    Hey Debashree. Good list there. I think you missed a couple of cool things though – the Baratang mud volcanoes and the active volcano. Snorkelling around Barren Islands is also a great highlight. Andaman is also home to the edible nest swiftlets which are found in the limestone caves.

  3. suraj says:

    Wow glorious picture and blog.. Andaman is one of the most beautiful destination in India there is lot of things to do. and beaches i’m also planning to visit Andaman this year. thanks for sharing this post with us.

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