” Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves” – Carl Jung
Lights. Camera. Andaman. ❤
Everyone has this mystic feeling when they hear the name “Andaman.”
And true to its word it really is a mysterious and beautiful land away from the chaos of the day to day life.
The local legends say the name was adopted from “Hanuman” where he stopped on the islands on his adventure to reach Sita Devi.
It indeed is mystic, right? 😉
My Backpacking started to the land of surplus way before my trip was scheduled.
And it was a week-long trip.
To reach the destination: you can either fly via Chennai or Kolkata
or cruise through the sea via. Chennai, Vishakapatnam, and Kolkata.
Day 1 was local Andaman Tour.
We have museums full of stories and legends of the then lands.
Marine and Anthropological and the Cellular Jail which is the mainland popular.
Not to mention the chills you get while you go through the horror the people have gone through in the evening light show.
P.S: The evening light show tickets need to be booked online. Make sure to have them booked in advance as there are no 3G/4G services available on the Island.
Let your taste buds enjoy the delicious flavor of the coconut water whilst you watch the sunset and the sea. ❤
P.C: Water Sports Complex, Andaman
Day 2: Ross Island and North Bay
Heads up to all the photographers out there, it’s a picturesque place for amazing picture backgrounds.
That being apart, Ross Island is a historic place.
With ruins of the then civilization, it’s beautiful to tour through them.
You get to spend only 1 hour here. Make sure to make the most of it.
When she thought I’m worth smiling at. That smile.. Awww ❤
From Ross, the boat takes you to North Bay.
North Bay has water sports. Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Sea Walking, Submarine.. Name it and they have it. 🙂
By the time I was done watching the sun and got completely tanned, it was evening. 🙂
Day 3: Chatham Sawmill; Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park; Wandoor
An old sawmill, constructed in 1883 which is currently active.
The wood that was processed was used in the construction of the Cellular Jail.
The Padauk being the most popular.
On the way to Wandoor beach; you’ve Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park.
Wandoor beach is a calm one. Caution is advised as there seem to be crocodiles.
We spent 3 hours shopping for pearls there. ❤
They’re for real and you can also get a bill. (Place your bargaining skills to a test here 😛 )
And if you’re not into shopping, the beach is a beautiful place to sit under the shade of trees and feed the doggos there. ❤
Day 4: Botanical Park; Sunset Point, Chidiya Tapu
Our travel guy bailed on us, but we did not let the day bail out on us.
Took a tuk-tuk and we were off to watch the sunset point. ❤
The ride in the tuk-tuk through the dense forest has chills down your spine.
The botanical garden is one of my top-favorite places I visited in all of Andaman.
Just wander off into the naturally maintained eco-system you rarely find.
Surprisingly we ran into a lady who spoke my mother tongue. It was more exhilarating than I expected it to be.
One hour here and we were off to watch the sunset at the sunset point.
P.S: Chidiya Tapu also has a beach, which is a little crowded but worth sitting there and watch the daily chores of localites. 🙂
Day 5: Baratang
First things first, you got to wake up early. 😛
Okay, jokes apart there are certain rules to reach this place.
If you’re going with a travel agency, they’d brief you about it.
If not, here are some rules to keep in mind, It’s a strict no photography place.
You are required to submit your original identity card; In case of foreign nationals, the rules are more similar to Immigration.
The journey to this place started early in the morning at 6. After driving for almost 2 and a half hours we reached this checkpoint, where you get to refuel your energy levels while your names are registered to enter the Island.
From this point onwards, It’s a strict no on photography, you can look out the windows of your car and if you’re lucky you’ll spot 1 or 2 Andamanese people.
I saw 7 of them but for the flash of a second. 😛
After 2 more hours of the dense forest and coolest ride, we reached Middle Strait.
From here, you’ll have to take a Govt. Ship for a 15 mins ride to another Island.
Freshen up, refuel and get set go to Lime Stone caves through Mangrove forests.
P.S.: It was pretty hot when we went, carry your sunglasses.
After a 35 min boat ride, the boats drop you at a wooden bridge from where you walk for 3 more km to reach the limestone caves.
Fortunately, we had umbrellas with us where the weather forecast said it’d rain.
All is well. 😀
Mind you the islands are inhabited.
You get lemon water to quench your thirst (for a price, though) 😛
Our final destination, the limestone caves was small but beautiful.
I say small because I’ve visited the Borra caves in Vizag.
And while returning, in the middle of the sea, in a small boat, it drizzled.
All I got to say was bliss. ❤
Day 6: Havelock Island; Scuba Diving; Radhanagar Beach
Legends told me Havelock Island is the best Island for Scuba Diving. And I, like a good girl stuck to that.
We cruised in a luxurious ship called markruzz to reach Havelock.
And headed towards scuba diving. ❤
Scuba diving is a 1-hour course.
Over which you’ll be trained with instructions and will have a personal instructor assigned to you.
Irrespective of whether you know to swim or not, fear not and go ahead.
Thank me later. 😛 ❤
Scuba diving: Once in a life time experience, unless of course if you’re a scuba diver.
Haha I know. Cheap joke. Jokes apart, it’s a beautiful once in a lifetime experience for swimmers and non swimmers, just go for it.
Signals for scuba diving
PROBLEM : 👋 AND POINT : ☝
GO UP: 👍
GO DOWN : 👎
And some more which I will let the Instructor tell you.
Any other problem; immediately look at your instructor and signal.
So my instructor was this amazing guy.
Said he’s the chief instructor at that institute.
He patiently taught me, took me to the dive where I was scared to the pit of my stomach and I wanted to drop and go back.
I was sure I’d screw up, fortunately I didn’t.
I had some ear pain after that but I came out safe ; not drinking the ocean up. 😹
All credits to that guy.
If you’re going to Havelock, reach out to these people, they are real friendly and believe me my friend you’re in safe hands.
After the “I do not have any more words to express my feelings” episode of scuba diving, we reached Radhanagar beach to spend the rest of the afternoon.
Day 7: Today marks the last day on this mainland Andaman.
Tomorrow morning I’ll be back on my way to my abode.
The day I arrived, I wanted to leave as soon as possible. I counted days. 6 more, 5 more..
But now, I feel a little sad.
These people away from mainland India, where supplies reach after 2 months of departure, with low connectivity and the expression on their face when they can access 3G services, has inspired me a lot that indeed, there was a time before technology hit us and we became robots.
If you have the time and money, do visit this land, land not so away from technology but away, and enjoy the serene beaches, dive into the ocean, explore the corals, get tanned and pack away a suitcase of memories for a lifetime with you. ❤
Signing off until my next backpacking, sayonara. ❤
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