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Explore the Best of Andaman Tourism : 15 Best Places to Visit in Andaman

Andaman is a place where beauty in a true sense really enthralls. Not only it is blessed with drop- dead gorgeous beaches but also its a crowning glory of India in terms of biodiversity. Tourists from all over the world love to visit this ecological paradise.

For some it is a place where one can behold the gorgeous beauty of nature and seek solace, for some it is a treasure trove of thrilling adventures. For some it is an inspiration to create an amazing art, for some it is a place to cherish the moments of togetherness.

No matter what the beauty, Andaman has always been luring different kinds of tourists for ages.   People never get bored here. Stunning wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, awesome beaches, museums and primitive jungles and Mangrove forests makes sightseeing in Andaman so interesting and engaging. Andaman is truly a place worth visiting for memorable holidays.

In this blog we will cover the top 15 best travel destinations to visit in Andaman- Let’s explore!

  • Havelock Island
  • Barren Island
  • Cellular Jail
  • Chidiya Tapu
  • Ross Island
  • Wandoor Beach
  • Jolly Buoy Island
  • Mount Harriet National Park
  • Saddle Peak
  • Red Skin Island
  • Butler Bay Beach
  • Dhaninalah Mangrove Nature Walkaway
  • White Surf Waterfall
  • Long Island
  • Anthropological Museum

Recommended Andaman Tour Packages

Havelock Island – Beach more, Enjoy more

Havelock Island Andaman

Havelock Island or Swaraj Island is a most popular Island in Andaman. It’s a wonderful paradise of white beaches, lush green forests, amazing aquatic life and beautiful coral reefs. It has three awesome beaches Radhanagar Beach, Vijayanagar Beach and Elephant Beach. Azure waters of the stunning Andaman Sea all around, less crowded, lush tropical greenery- it’s a perfect scenery you can only imagine in your dreams or see in movies. If you are looking for a secluded place with abundance of beauty and tranquility, you must visit Havelock Island for a relaxing Beach holiday in Andaman.

Highlights

  • Radhanagar Beach – Rated as Asia’s one of the best beaches by Time magazine. It is one of the best beaches to visit in Andaman.
  • Vijayanagar Beach – It is one of the best beaches for amazing water sports. Kayaking, scuba-diving, trekking and bird watching are some of the best activities to indulge here.
  • Elephant Beach – This beautiful beach is very famous for snorkeling, Jet skiing and Kayaking.

Best Time to Visit – October to May

There is no nightlife in these islands but you will be able to relax your spirit and rejuvenate your mind which makes every moment memorable. 

Also Check Out: Other Popular Islands in Andaman

Barren Island- Secluded and Unique Tourist Attraction

Barren Island Andaman

Do you know Barren Island houses India’s only active volcano? Located in the active tectonic plates in the Andaman Sea, Barren Island is one of the most unique tourist attractions that you can ever behold. No one is allowed to visit this island; one can only see it from far. The last volcano erupted here around the year 1994-95. From your ship you will witness the enchanting sight of a smoking volcano. Uninhabited by humans as the name suggests, this place will enrich your travel experience to a different level. You will also need a visiting permit from the forest department.

Highlights

  • The enchanting waters around Barren Island is ideal for Scuba diving and witnessing the amazing aquatic life.

Best Time to Visit- November to February

Also Read: Must Visit Museums in Andaman

Cellular Jail – The dark and bright Kalapani

Cellular Jail Andaman

An historical tour to the land of beautiful beaches is not a bad idea, isn’t it? Cellular Jail is one of the best tourist places to visit in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. It is a place where the dark past of Indian freedom struggle and the first war of independence comes alive. Known as ‘Kalapani’ it was constructed by the Britishers in 1906 to torture and exile Indian freedom fighters. It was constructed to keep only an individual in each cell for the purpose of solitary confinement so that the prisoner would not be able to communicate with one another. This is one of the most important historical landmarks and popular tourist attractions to visit in Andaman as it showcases the dark period of Indian history and the life of Indian freedom fighters.

Highlights

  • Don’t miss the sound and light show of the evening.
  • It also houses freedom fighters’ photo and exhibition gallery, an art gallery and a library to honor the freedom movement and freedom fighters.
  • There is a Swatantrya Jyoti at the center of the jail constructed in the memory of the freedom fighters.

Timing – 9:00am to 12 noon and 1:30pm to 4:45 pm Open all days except National holidays)

Also Read: Explore Heritage Tourism in Andaman

Chidiya Tapu – Bucket full of serenity and picturesque vistas

Chidiya Tapu Andman

If you are planning to visit Andaman Islands, you must include Chidiya Tapu in your list of top places to visit in Andaman. Why? because if you don’t you would miss the most beautiful location to soothe your eyes and seduce your senses. Chidiya Tapu is a carpet of lush greenery all around as it is surrounded by enchanting Mangrove forests. Numerous species of migratory birds and exotic floral and faunal wealth makes this place the best to visit for wildlife enthusiasts. Moreover, you will also behold amazing sunset views, delightful trekking trails and wonderful picnic sports- Isn’t it an amazing travel destination for a soulful family holiday?

Highlights

  • You must visit the mesmerizing Sunset Point for stunning sunset views.
  • Trekking trail that leads to the Black Mountain would be interesting.
  • It is one of the best adventure destinations to visit in Andaman& Nicobar Islands. Snorkeling, scuba diving, sea walking and trekking are some of the most thrilling adventure activities to do here.
  • Enjoy a wonderful picnic in the middle of dense forests and enjoy the exotic wildlife of Chidiya Tapu Biological Park
  • Chidiya Tapu Biological Park houses endangered species of flora and fauna indigenous to the island.
  • Bliss of natural beauty in abundance also makes this place one of the best honeymoon destinations in Andaman. Do visit Mandapahad Beach and spend some romantic moments with your loved one.

Also Read: Wildlife Tourism in Andaman

Ross Island- Beauty in Ruins

Ross Island Andaman

Ross Island is one of the most popular tourist attractions to visit in Andaman. This place has an amazing history. It is very popular for the ruins of British and Japanese buildings. This small magical island used to be the capital of the British from 1858 to 1941 but the Japanese occupied it and converted it into a POW site.

Once flourished as a very powerful capital for the Britishers, today you can only witness the remnants of those times in the form of Church ruins, Cathedral, British Graveyards, swimming pool, printing press and chief Commissioner house etc.  A place different from any normal tourist place, Ross Island will take you back to the time of Britishers.  If you are interested in exploring something unique you must visit Ross Island for a unique travel experience in Andaman.

Highlights

  • There is no place to stay at night here. You can plan a morning trip and come back by ferry in the afternoon. The timings for the Ferry are 7:00am to 3:00pm.
  • You will also witness Peacocks, Deers, and many ducks calling with their soothing voices.
  • Man caves in Ross Island showcases how the Britishers used to run from attacks through man caves.

Best Time to Visit – October to March

Also Read: Religious Tourism in Andaman

Wandoor Beach – Relax and Revive Your Toil-Weary Soul

Wandoor Beach Andaman

Wandoor Beach is a major tourist attraction in Andaman for beach lovers. Those who are planning a beach holiday on very calm and serene beaches, Wandoor Beach is one of them. It is less crowded.  White sandy beach, the gorgeous shoreline, tranquil vibes and forests all around will rejuvenate your soul from the chaos of the city. You will find lots of shops for snacks and souvenirs which will make your day the most delightful one. This Beach is perfect for a family vacation in Andaman.

Highlights

  • You can witness colorful corals and enjoy swimming
  • It is a plastic free zone. So, don’t throw any plastic garbage here.
  • Natural caves formed over the decades by high tides would be awesome to trek and satisfy adrenaline desires.

Best Time to Visit – October to May

Also Read: Popular Beaches in Andaman

Jolly Buoy Island – For Beautiful Coral Reefs

Jolly Buoy Island Andaman

Ecologically preserved and less crowded, Serene and beautiful – Jolly Buoy Island is a paradise of joyful vistas. It is one of the cleanest tourist attractions of Andaman. After reaching here you will be mesmerized by its cleanliness, tranquil vibes, beautiful coral reefs and stunning forests. One side of the Island is open to a cliff which ends in water. So, don’t stand at the edge of the jungle.

The beauty of the coral reefs found here is unparalleled with the other coral reefs found in the tourist attractions of Andaman. This island comes under Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. You will need a visiting permit to enter this Island. The Island is rich in biodiversity and it is a plastic free zone. The secluded serenity and beautiful vistas of the ocean will melt your heart. This is an ideal place for a calm and relaxing beach holiday in Andaman.

Highlights

  • Snorkeling, scuba diving and Glass Bottom Boat Ride in the most clear and shallow waters of Jolly Buoy would be an amazing travel experience in Andaman. The water is so clean and transparent that you will be able to witness the magical underwater world.

Best Time to Visit – November to April

Also Read: Popular Water Adventure Sports Activities in Andaman

Mount Harriet National Park- Paradise for the tourists of all kinds

Mount Harriet National Park

One of the best tourist attractions to visit in Andaman – Mount Harriet National Park has a series of beautiful vistas of beautiful reserve forests, Beaches and lofty mountain ranges. Bliss for all, from honeymoon couples, families, to solo travelers and backpackers. If you want to relax on scenic beaches, this park houses lovely beaches, decked with lush greenery all around.

This Park would also delight any nature lover and honeymoon couple to cherish some moments of peace and togetherness. Wildlife enthusiasts must visit this park as a variety of flora and fauna and different species of birds like Andaman Treepie, Black Woodpecker, Black-Naped Tern and Sunda Teal etc. would make your heart dance with joy. Visiting here would be absolutely worth it if you include Mount Harriet National Park in your travel Itinerary for Andaman.

Best Time to Visit – November to May

Also Read: Scuba Diving in Andaman

Saddle Peak – Highest Peak in Andaman

Saddle Peak Andaman

Fantastic views of Andaman Islands can only be seen if you visit Saddle Peak in Andaman. As You trek to Saddle Peak which is the highest Peak of Andaman, you will be mesmerized by the beautiful wonders God has bestowed on the Andaman Islands. The area is surrounded by amazing tropical forests which come under Diglipur National Park. Trekking here would be a spine-chilling experience as you climb the roots of the old trees. It is one of the best adventure destinations to visit in Andaman. You will also witness the gorgeous coasts of North and Middle Andaman. Blue waters of the Kalipur beach, Craggy Island, Lamia Bay and witnessing the sunrise would make it a perfect family getaway and a perfect place for nature lovers.

Best Time to Visit – October to May

Also Read: Snorkeling in Andaman

Red Skin Island – Blend with the Nature

Red Skin Island Andman

Get ready to witness Red Skin Island which is the most beautiful travel destination in Andaman & Nicobar Island.  A perfect haunt for honeymoon couples, a source of inspiration for artists, bliss for nature lovers and solace seekers due to its clean water, beautiful vistas and tranquil vibes and a favorite spot for adventure junkies, this island is the most preferred destination for amazing holidays in Andaman. The Island got its name from the red coral reef which you can see on the seaside area of the Island. Tourists from all over the world come here to feel the chill and grill vibes of Red Skin Island. The scenic vistas and calm vibes make it a perfect family getaway in Andaman.

Highlights

  • You need a permit to visit this Island from Wandoor Village.
  • Night Stays are not allowed here.
  • Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Glass Bottom Boat Ride and Sunbathing are some of the best activities to do in Red Skin Island.
  • Dolphin sightseeing would make things more delightful.

Best Time to Visit – October to May

Also Read: Trekking & Hiking in Andaman

Butler Bay Beach – Spend a Serenity dipped day

Butler Bay Beach Andman

Another pearl in the necklace of the beaches in Andaman is Butler Bay Beach which is one of the very popular tourist destinations in Andaman. Fascinating blue waves, yellow sand, pleasant weather and emerald green trees all around would be a perfect match to soothe your toil-weary soul. You can find your moment of delight by reading a book, sunbathing, daydreaming and relaxing in the golden sunlight. The lush green jungles nearby would give an amazing opportunity for trekking. The beauty in abundance makes this beach one of the most soul- pleasing and must visit places to see in Andaman.

Highlights

  • Snorkeling and swimming is possible but when there are low tides, otherwise it would be very dangerous.
  • Bonfire at night with family and friends would be a memorable experience.
  • Trekking in the jungles is one of the best things to do here.

Best Time to Visit – April to June

Also Read: Bird Watching in Andaman

Dhaninalah Mangrove Nature Walkaway

Dhaninalah Mangrove Nature Walkaway

Dhaninalah Mangrove Nature Walk away as the name suggests is a series of enchanting trails of Mangrove creeks where your heart will definitely melt with the beauty of nature. As You pass through these awesome Mangrove creeks you will end up in the most stunning Dhaninalah Beach. It is a very popular hatchery ground for sea turtles including Olive Ridley Sea turtles. The center of attraction of this place is the walkaway. It is the longest nature walk away of its kind in India. You can spend your day by overlooking the sea and sunbathing to cherish some moments of peace. Swimming is one of the best things to do here and enjoy the best of Andaman Tourism. Rich marine life and variety of birds would add more delight to your travel experience in Andaman.

Best Time to Visit – December to February

Also Read: Mangrove Creek Safari in Andaman

White Surf Waterfall – Natural source of joy amidst the lush forests

White Surf Waterfall Andaman

Hidden in the midst of Verdant forests, White Surf Waterfall is one more gem in the crown of Andaman Island. It can be visited throughout the year due to its cool and serene atmosphere. A Perfect place for photography and nature sightseeing, this gigantic tropical waterfall surrounded by the awesome tropical rain forests would inspire a normal person to be a poet and artist. You can enjoy the serene beauty of this lovely spot with your family and friends. It is one of the best places to see in Andaman. A trek to the top of the waterfall and witnessing the white glittery water is worth your time. It was badly affected by the 2004 Tsunami but it is still beautiful and visiting this place would be worth it.

Best Time to Visit – Throughout the Year

Also Read: Fishing Adventure in Andaman

Long Island- Untouched Paradise

Long Island Andaman

Visiting Andaman would be incomplete without visiting Long Island. This Island is one of the best travel destinations to visit for a wonderful beach vacation. Caves, beautiful beaches, rolling hills, evergreen forests and stunning marine ecosystem makes Long Island a place worth spending a day. If you are here, don’t miss the stunning Lalaji Bay. This awesome sandy beach on the west coast is the best place for beach lovers and honeymoon couples.  A romantic boat cruise through Mangrove creeks will enable you to spend some quality time with your beloved. Another gorgeous tourist attraction here is Guitar Island which is in the shape of a guitar. Here you can spend your day by overlooking scenic azure waters, reading a book and sunbathing.

Highlight –

  • Diving, snorkeling are the best water activities to do here to enjoy the thrill of adventures.
  • Do visit Guitar Island, Button Island and Merk’s Bay.
  • Evergreen and Tidal Swamp Forests would give you amazing vistas for photography.
  • Romantic Boat cruise in mangrove creeks here is an awesome way to spend your day.

Best Time to Visit – October to May

Also Read: Forest & Beach Camping in Andaman

Anthropological Museum – Revel in the Age-old History of Old Tribes

Anthropological Museum Andaman

Apart from the beaches and Islands, if you visit this popular tourist attraction named Anthropological Museum then your Andaman Tour would become one of the best tours you’ve ever done in your life. It is an ethnographic Museum.  It beautifully displays the life and times of the four negrito tribes of Andaman i.e. Jarawas, Sentinelese, Great Andamanese and the Onges and two Mongoloid tribes of the Nicobar – the Nicobarese and the Shompens. Nowhere else you will get such authentic information on the oldest tribes in the world. This place is one of a kind. If you want to experience something unique than normal tourist type places then you must visit the Anthropological Museum. For history buffs this place is a treasure trove of historical information on some of the rare and unknown facts on Paleolithic Islanders.

Best Time to Visit – Any time of the Year

Also Read: Popular Fairs & Festivals in Andaman

We hope this blog will help you in planning a wonderful Andaman holiday trip. There are many other tourist attractions in Andaman which are not mentioned in this blog but they are equally very beautiful and definitely worth your time but we promise we will definitely cover other attractions in our next blog. If you have visited any of these places, we would like to hear from you in our comment section.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.What is the history of Andaman & Nicobar?

Nobody knows who were the first settlers in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. But according to archaeological evidence some 2,200 years ago, some people arrived to settle in Andaman during the old stone age. It finds a mention in Ramayana. It was known as Handuman in Ramayana Period. In the 1st century it was known as Agadaemon Angademan according to Ptolemy. Many travelers from around the world like Marco Polo in the 13th century, Friar Odoric in the 14th Century, Caesar Fredericke in the 16th Century, and 17th century Lieutenant Archibald Blair visited this place. In 1789 Britishers first established their colony in Andaman &Nicobar Island and it was abandoned by the British in 1796. In the 19th century the British resumed their control in Andaman & Nicobar and made it a penal colony named Kalapani- Cellular Jail.

Q.Why Andaman & Nicobar is famous for?

Andaman Nicobar Islands is famous for its absolutely stunning beaches, rich biodiversity, beautiful marine ecosystem and tropical evergreen forests teeming with wildlife.

Q.How many minimum days are required for holidays in Andaman?

Andaman has so much to offer to the tourists. From stunning beaches, national parks to verdant forests, gorgeous Islands with amazing and thrilling water adventure sports. A day or two wouldn't be sufficient to explore Andaman & Nicobar Islands. You at least need a week to explore the best of Andaman Tourism.

Q.What must visit attractions in the Andaman Tour itinerary?

Some of the must visit places in the Andaman Tour Itinerary are:

  • Havelock Island
  • Cellular Jail
  • Ross Island
  • Long Island
  • North Bay Beach
  • Mount Harriet National Park
  • Chidiya Tapu
  • Neil Island
  • Wandoor beach
  • Saddle Peak
  • Anthropological Museum
  • Jolly Buoy Island
  • Little Andaman
  • Barren Island

Q.What is the best time to visit Andaman for holidays?

The best time to visit Andaman for holidays is the month of October to May. It is visited throughout the year as each season in Andaman has its own charm.

  • Summer (April to June): During the summer season which starts from April and ends in June, it is absolutely the best time to indulge in water adventure activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, banana riding etc.
  • Monsoon (May to September): Monsoon season is avoided due to heavy rainfall; you will not be able to enjoy adventure sports due to high tides.
  • Winter (December to February): Winter is the best time for sightseeing, beach volleyball, jet skiing, speed boating, water zorbing etc.

Q.Are adventure tourism activities safe for tourists in Andaman?

Yes, adventure water sports are absolutely safe and enjoyable for the tourists in Andaman but always do it under the supervision of an expert and licensed adventure guides. Monsoon is not a favorable season for water sports due to heavy rainfall, the tides in the ocean are high which makes it unsafe for thrilling water adventure sports.

Q.Is any permit needed to visit Andaman & Nicobar?

Indian Nationals do not need any permit to visit Andaman & Nicobar Islands but foreign nationals do need a permit. Entering the Tribal areas is strictly prohibited.

Published: 27 Sep, 2021

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Pallavi Roy

She is a candle who burns and melts in the chaos of infinity, from where her visceral whistles and leaves an imprint of desire in her heart to know the map of an Island where there are different sunrises and sunsets. Her curiosity brightens to conquer the hearts unrelieved and sometimes mysterious. Her name is - Pallavi Roy - A traveller by soul and a writer by Profession.