White sand glimmers in the sun as a gentle salty breeze makes the palms sway lazily. There is something very easy and relaxing in a beach and some of the best beaches for that laid back vacation can be found in the Andamans. Boasting a cluster of beautiful islands, the Andamans is the perfect getaway for a family vacation or a romantic holiday!
While Neil Island and Havelock are some of the most popular spots, we give you four alternative locations that are equally enchanting.
Port Blair might pale in comparison to some of the beautiful islands around Andaman but that’s no reason to not spend time here. Apart from the historic Cellular Jail, Port Blair has the scenic Corbyn’s Cove beach where you can see a beautiful sunrise. If you want a different experience go to Munda Pahar beach, just 25 kms away from Port Blair, where you can see stunning mangroves and breathtaking sunsets. If you are up for a mild adventure, do the 1.5 kms trek through dense forest to emerge onto the sandy beach where you can walk through shallow waters.
Where to stay: If you want a sense of luxury and beautiful panoramas then look no further than Hotel Silver Spring. Situated right in the heart of the city, Silver Spring has great restaurants to go with its views and is close to all the attractions.
Lying around 4 kms away from Port Blair, the historic Viper Island was recently opened up for foreign tourists. Deriving its name from the wreckages of an 18th century war ship, Viper Island is perfect for a day trip where you can take in the ruins of a jail that the British built and enjoy a walk in the coconut plantations.
Where to stay: Basing yourself in Port Blair is the best way to access Viper Island. Hotel Silver Spring, in fact, overlooks the island, giving you some superb aerial views.
Ross Island was once the capital of the Andamans during the British rule and is named after a British marine surveyor named Daniel Ross. It was an important location for the British who established a Penal Colony here to house prisoners captured during the Sepoy Mutiny in 1857. Today, one can see glimpses of the life of the British who lived here through the remains of bakeries, hospitals, officers’ quarters and other facilities.
Where to stay: Ross Island is just a few kilometers away from Port Blair and is best accessed from there.
Guitar Island got its name from its unusual shape which can be seen from an aerial viewpoint. Long sandy beaches, some fishing boats, and thick green vegetation are the few things you will find on this island. During low tides you can even walk across the exposed sandy pathway joining the neighbouring island. Guitar Island is quite serene due to its lack of human population and can be accessed from Long Island which is approximately 5 hours away from Port Blair.
Where to stay: There are government guest houses on the island named Vanashree and Tapovan, and a couple of other options like the Blue Planet Homestay on Long Island, which are perfect for an overnight stay.
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