Relax and explore the Andaman Islands

the Andaman Islands

The Andaman Islands, an archipelago in the bay of Bengal, are mostly covered in dense forest, giving way at the borders to some of the most perfect tropical beaches anywhere. Virtually cut off from the rest of the world until the eighteenth century, and subsequently used as a penal colony by the British until Indian Independence, this is a place where Nature and history come together to create a holiday destination at once fascinating and romantic.

The Andaman Islands are a tropical kaleidoscope of Natural beauty, sheltering many endemic plant, animal and bird species amid their thickly forested slopes. The waters teem with fish and coral, and at least four species of turtles still visit the islands to lay their eggs. Sufficiently remote, until the advent of modern transportation, to largely escape contact with the outside world, the Andamans have remained something of a hidden gem, managing to escape many of the environmental ravages of late-twentieth-century tourism to emerge now as a prime location for eco-tourism at its very best.

In Port Blair, you’ll visit the Cellular Jail, begun in 1896 by the British to house those who fought for Indian independence, and still being used as such until as late as 1943. You’ll also learn about the struggle for independence in a vivid performance enacted at the jail. You’ll visit Mount Harriet and South Button, both of which are National Parks, and Tamarind Camp on Henry Lawrence Island, covered in forest where wild pigs and deer abound.

To truthfully describe a tropical island as “unspoiled” is becoming increasingly difficult, but Havelock Island is one of the few still worthy of that epithet. For seven days you’ll stay at Barefoot at Havelock, an eco-camp in the jungle just behind the bizarrely named “Beach no. 7”. Despite the prosaic name, this two-kilometre stretch of pristine white sand has been repeatedly voted one of the best beaches in the world.

If you’re looking for a relaxing holiday in a beautiful, tropical setting that offers opportunities to explore both a fascinating cultural history and stunning natural surroundings, the Andaman Islands definitely fit the bill. The itinerary for this tour ensures that you get to experience some of the best features of the islands without having to feel like you’re rushing about; the emphasis is on taking time to explore and enjoy, with a good balance between organized, guided activity and languid leisure time.

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