Andy and Jo
Decide to go
and thus begins ‘The Adventure of A&N Islands’
It was a 5night and 6day trip to Andaman with Kingfisher
flights from Chennai.
Date: 11th June, 2011 – 16th
Day 1 - Reach Port Blair Airport, Go to Hotel Room, Watch
the heavy monsoon showers and get upset, Have breakfast, lunch, Explore the
Aberdeen Bazaar, Visit to the Corbyn Cove beach, get drenched in rain, do some
shopping if required, missed cellular jail light and sound show, have dinner,
go back to room.
Conclusion : Don’t assume things about Port Blair. Its
just like any other city, Little less traffic, reminded me of the 10-15yr old
Bangalore, Since diesel costs less most of the people own big vehicles. We were
very upset with our first day experience and We looked at each other’s
face and wondered whether this trip would end up a disaster considering the
Day 2 – Go to the Phoenix harbor and board a
ferry to Havelock Island which has the famous Radhanagar Beach. We dint get
tickets for the ferry and go to know that tickets for next three days were
booked. The look on our faces was horrible. Get back to room, Have breakfast, decided
to go to a Three island tour.
Ross- Viper-North bay + guided snorkeling trip at North Bay.
Conclusion : Day 2 had got the smile on our face back. We felt
that we had come for a trip. Snorkeling is fun and exciting when the water is
All the islands mentioned above are worth a visit.
Day 3 – Radhanagar beach and Snorkeling at Elephant
beach in Havelock Island. Our travel agent arranged two tickets somehow.
Radhanagar beach is considered to be one of the best in Asia. Snorkeling at
Elephant beach was once in a lifetime experience. Ferry Ride from Havelock to
Port Blair, was like a real life water ride. Experienced what a rough sea could
mean, Frightening and exciting.
Conclusion : Day 3 was simply awesome. All the Day 1 thoughts
had got eliminated and we were talking about how the day went and what
experiences we had.
Day 4 – Baratang, limestone caves, Mud Volcano, A
sneak peek into the life of the ferocious ‘Jarawa’ tribe. It’s
a 3 hour ride in a bus, we can catch a glimpse of the tribal people. Few of
them looked normal with pant and short, few others were in their traditional costume.
The entry to the Lime stone cave was awesome and the caves have amazing
structures created by limestone. Mud volcano is a tourist spot, just go, see
and come back
Conclusion : This day was fun too. We were talking about the
Jarawas, how would it be to spend a day with them.
Day 5 : This was day meant for city tour. We were very
apprehensive about two museums, but I must say its worth a visit. Highly
informative, We got to know about the so called barren Island, North Cinque
island and about the significance of the famous hindi dialogue ‘Do Kauri
ka aadmi nahin’.
The two museums were ‘Samudrika’ and ‘Anthropological
Museum’. One of Asia’s biggest and oldest saw mill at Chatham, The
prowess of the machines there will make you standstill. Finally a visit to the ‘Cellular
Jail’, knowing about the history of the Indian freedom fighters and
mourning for a minute near the ‘Vir Savarkar’s’ Cell. In the
end, the most awaited and well known ‘Light and Sound’ show at the
cellular. Its made really well and yes it is a National Memorial.
Conclusion : We felt every visit to every place was worth
it, since the day ended with the light and sound show, we were silent .
Day 6 : Little shopping, Board the flight back to Chennai at
12 noon. Had lunch on board.
Conclusion : With great memories, great experiences, we
returned wanting more of such holidays.