If you’re bored of the regular hill station holidays you’ve been taking over the years and you’re looking for something fresh and beautiful, it’s time to head to Andaman & Nicobar Islands for a holiday hat you will never forget. These islands are beautiful and you will enjoy every minute you spend here. Known for the popular beaches, museums and fort, this is an ideal place to take a vacation. Indians do not require a permit to enter Andaman, but if you wish to enter the tribal areas of Nicobar you need special permission from the Andaman District.
About Andaman And Nicobar
Andaman is an old island which also has some mentions in the Ramayana. It is said that The Monkey God ‘Hanuman’ landed here while searching for Ravana’s kingdom. This is how most people believe the Andaman got its name. Andaman is the Malay word for ‘Hanuman’. The island of Andaman and Nicobar remained isolated many years till it was people who visited from the outside that discovered the islands towards the end of the 17th century.
Nicobar means ‘the land of the naked’ which is what the tribal’s here are referred to as. Andaman and Nicobar Islands were inhabited by Japanese for a long time during the World War II till 1947 when India gained Independence and acquired the islands.
Things To Do
There is a lot to do in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. You can visit some of the most beautiful beaches, take a walk down the parks, visit the jails and museums here and also check out the fort. The Cellar Jail is a must visit when in Andaman where you will get to witness the agony and torture that the prisoners were put through during the fight for freedom. You can shop for some amazing handicrafts when here.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands are eco friendly and you will enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds the islands. Port Blair is within a 20 km radius, so make sure to take a trip there.
Best Time To Visit
The islands have a tropical temperature that doesn’t change much all year around. You can thus plan a visit during any time of the year. However, if you’re more of an outdoor person and you want to experience snorkeling and other water activities here, it is best to avoid visiting during the rains. The islands receive rainfall twice a year, once during May to September and then again in November and December. The best time to visit is between May and October.