South of France is unaffordable to us, so is the Cape Town of South Africa to have opted as our Honeymoon destination. Yet another domestic location of Goa, Ooty or Nainital will obviously not be listed by us, as we had already been to those places with our families and friends earlier in our separate lives. Then finally, the prospective option of Kerala as travel destination had never struck us until one of the aunts of my dear wife is married to a MalayaliUncle had invited us to visit them on any of our leisure time. I still remember, even after our marriage, that name of Nilambur was somewhere in my mind. When I discussed this with my better half, she said that they are actually settled somewhere in Kozhikode district of Kerala. Then it was the time for some utter confusion. Then why did he mention the name of Nilambur in even in those casual ice-breaking talks with me?
This was haunting my thoughts for a while. With the sole of knowing more about the thing he had said, I did search somebody named Ravi.K.Nair on in the friend’s list of my wife’s Facebook account. The moment I found him, I quickly sent him a request and started chatting online. Just like any Mallu I meet, I also found Ravi Uncle to be a very friendly guy. Therefore, in our later conversations, he clarified that their home is at Mukkam in Kozhikode district. Moreover, he had informed that Nilambur was so mentioned in the talks as it is a beautiful location yet not much unexplored among the usual travellers to Kerala. Consequently, he added that even when we are planning to visit the place for honeymoon, it would be unlikely to find any tour packages based on them. However, we luckily found a tour company called Dream Holidays. Moreover, very pleasantly, they agreed to customize one of their honeymoon tour packages to cover more locations in Nilambur, rather than following that typical romantic stuff.
Once scheduling our dates with the tour company, we were in the land of Kerala at the Calicut International Airport that is the nearest to Nilambur. We boarded an evening Indigo flight with a layover of around half an hours in Mumbai. It was almost approaching midnight when we arrived at the airport. Without waiting much in the lobby, we got to meet the tour executive of the company we had booked with. He introduced himself as Thomas Kurien, he is basically from Tamil Nadu, yet from the very first meeting, and he seemed to be an efficient guy. As we already had a light dinner in the flying time itself, we just needed to doze off for some time. We reached the resort at 2 in the morning and completed the checked-in process quickly. Consequently, we were preceded by a room with a balcony. We could not find anything outside, as it was utter darkness.
After a sound sleep in the cosy room, it was my beautiful wife who woke me up in the eventful day. As the weather was a bit cold especially when I walked up to the balcony, it was a spectacular view of small natural spring flowing slowly. I don’t know if it was for viewing such a sight, I was feeling reluctant to take a bath. However, she compelled me to do so. If ignored whatever she had ordered she will be moody for the entire day. I did not want to ruin our honeymoon trip right from the first day from the very first venture. So after our refreshments, we waited for Thomas in the Reception of the resort. When he came, he handed us a brochure kind of things, in which it was listed the travel spots and activities we are to be indulged in. There was the visit to Teak Museum, Conolly’s plot and Adyanpaara and the activities consisted of a trek to Nedumkayam rainforest.
Walking past the bamboo installations and beautifully set garden area, stepped on to the sophisticated museum. I think it was for the first that, I am visiting a museum exhibiting and promoting solely a single species of tree that is the majestic hardwood teak tree. From there we gained a lot of information obviously about teak, agricultural tools. We also got to know that the largest ever teak tree of the whole world is in Kerala! It can be seen at Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary and is known as ‘Kannimara.’
Later, from Butterfly Park situated adjacent to the museum, my lovely wife was not willing to return as she was startled by the illuminating animations of thousands of butterflies together. Then we moved slowly to the Bio-Resource Nature Park which was a bounty of hundreds of both medicinal and ornamental plant. We were dumbstruck when realizing the expansiveness of the park. After those meaningful visits, Thomas asked us to be ready for clicking as many pictures for our honeymoon.
We were next approaching to the large teak plantations, otherwise called as Conolly’s plot that can be reached after crossing a hanging bridge which is one the longest hanging bridge of Kerala. Moreover, such an estate is not only the oldest one in Kerala but also in the entire world. Thomas was right! We clicked numerous pictures from the bridge when it was approaching sunset. It is the River Chaliyar, which is flowing beneath this exotic suspension bridge. The final tourist destination of our tour in Nilambur was the spellbinding Adyanpaara Waterfalls.
After a drive sparing 45 minutes of drive in our allotted cab from our resort (the same time is taken to reach our home from the main city of New Delhi), we reached the foothills of the waterfalls. Such a facility was available to us only because we were vacationing in customized honeymoon tour packages. As we were a bit tired after the time consuming walking in museums and teak plantations the previous day, we were trekking slowly in the forested path. The views of the alluring cascading waters caught our attention quite abruptly, as they cannot be fetched initially. Thomas said that the locals do believe that the water of Adyanpaara is filled with medicinal properties and is also purified. With a refreshing dip in the cold waters, we put curtains to our eventful honeymoon trip.
We all were eagerly waiting for the exams to get over. You might be thinking it would be our annual exam and that is why we are very impatient. Before you think more about it. Let me clarify one thing it was not our annual exams but it was our quarterly exams or more commonly known as Diwali exams. I hope now you might have understood the reason why we were desperately waiting for our exams to finish soon. In our school, most of our friends had already bought new dresses for Diwali and they said they will wear it for the Diwali Celebration in our school. When we shared the matter to our parents they said to wait till the last day of the exam. Usually, on the previous day of the exam, we used to do rigorous preparation but this time I and my brother were discussing which dress to purchase and which colour it should be and so on. It is a normal practice soon after the exams we used to go out with our friends to play football and cricket. But on that day I still remember I and my brother were busily engaged in household chores such as cleaning the floor, bedrooms, arranging things in a proper manner and so on. At 6 pm our parents arrived from offices and were surprised to see the house so clean and tidy and that too on the final day of the exam. For a moment they thought they have wrongly stepped into some other’s house. They said that even though we had done all these good activities to bribe them, they really appreciate their effort and expect us to continue the same in the future. As we were able to impress them, they got ready soon for shopping than they used to be.
We entered into one of the prominent shopping malls of Pune. We used to rarely visit the mall as it is a little far from our house. But this time as they were providing reasonable discount offers so we decided to shop from there. My parents purchased ‘ghagra choli’ for me and ‘sherwani’ for my brother. My mother bought lightweight ‘Kancheepuram saree’ and my dad bought lightly decorated ‘sherwani’ for him. After purchasing the dresses we entered fireworks shops and bought various kinds of crackers. By then we were so tired that without wasting a single moment we entered into one of the fine restaurants of the malls to satiate our hunger. Over there we accidentally met our family friend Shekhar Uncle and Purva Aunt. My dad invited them to join us for dinner. Our parents were deeply immersed in the conversation with them and within minutes our chicken fried rice was served on our table. Its aromatic scent started testing our patience. But our mother, through eye gestures asked us to wait until Shekhar Uncle’s and Purva Aunt’s dishes arrive. Sometimes seeing her powerful eye gestures reminds me of the performances of Kathakali artists. Even though we obeyed their commands we were a little bit upset with them. But we didn’t express our emotions in front of our guests. Our parents continued their talk. Aunt invited us to the conversation by inquiring about our school matters. When compared to us they had done heavy shopping and my mother asked do they have any plans to go for a tour. They both together nodded their heads with a smile. Shekhar Uncle told us they are planning for a Dubai tour. My dad asked them when they are planning to fly. It would by the end of December. I thought about why they are waiting until the month of December and also what special is there to see. I don’t know how my dad understood my thoughts to my surprise he asked the same question to uncle and aunty. They said it is because they wanted to participate in the well-renowned Dubai shopping festival and it is held every year from January to February. For that, they had already availed of the tour packagesfrom the famous travel operator Dubai Tour Trawell. Within minutes uncle and aunt’s dishes arrived. By savouring the delicacies I and my brother were discussing the Dubai shopping festival as it for the first time we were hearing the name. Hearing to our whisper Uncle inquired and explained more about it.
The Dubai shopping festival (DSF) is the annual festival of Dubai which is held every year. The festival was officially started in the year 1996. The festival comprises of 100+ shops run by various nationalities. Travellers could purchase antiques, utensils, jewellery, and dresses belonging to different nations at cheap rates. So if only shopping centres will be available at the festival then what will one do if he feels hungry? All of us smiled at his innocent question and Purva aunt replied don’t worry kids like you can fill your tummies with scrumptious delicacies as an array of gastronomy stores will be opened there. I just wanted to know apart from DSF is there any other festival which is celebrated globally. Yes, of course, my dad replied. The other most famous festival is the Dubai International Film Festival which is abbreviated as DIFF. The festival was started in the year 2004. It hosts many academy-award nominated movies from various languages. It not only attracts artists but also many cinephiles, volunteers, viewers and so on. It also acts as a platform for question and answers sections, special appearances and presentations DIFF is treated as one of the best film festivals across the globe.
The other most important festival in Dubai is the National day festival. What is the national day festival I asked them? My mother said just as we celebrate Independence Day on the 15th August every year to commemorate independence from the British. Likewise, they also celebrate their Independence Day as a national day on December 2nd every year to honour their freedom struggle with Great Britain. Like us, they celebrate their national day with many cultural and traditional art forms. Flash mobs, stage performances and so on. Dubai Jazz festival, Dubai Marathon, UAE desert challenge, Dubai World cup, Dubai Tennis Championship, Art Dubai are the few prominent festivals held in Dubai every year. Not only Dubai citizens but people all over the world are attracted by the colourful festivals. I and my brother were really thrilled by the conversation. Uncle said that it is not too late even we can avail of the tour packages by Dubai tour Trawell. My parents said that some of our relatives are residing in Ahmedabad, therefore, they wanted to discuss with and ask them whether they would like to join us for an exotic trip. Anyways one thing was confirmed our family will definitely avail of packages to Dubai. From that day onwards I and my brother started to tailor those mesmerizing days in our dreams. We are desperately waiting for that auspicious day.
As tomorrow is second Saturday and it is already declared as an official holiday for all public and non-public organizations and also to schools in India, I completed almost all the household chores today itself so that I could wake up late in the morning. The next day I woke up at 7.30 in the morning and went to the kitchen to begin my daily battle, but to my surprise, my husband was busy preparing tea and bread toast for breakfast. The lovely image of a hardworking husband made my day. I was very pleased and happy. Like a romantic husband, he kept the cups of tea and bread toast with spicy and sweet tomato ketchup on a tray and asked me to move to the front of the house so that we could enjoy the beauty of nature while savouring breakfast.
While having morning meals we shared some gossips of our offices which actually added more spice than the tomato ketchup!!! Suddenly we saw one of our neighbours, Ravi passing by. As it is a long time we have interacted with our neighbours, my hubby called him to join us for the morning meals. I offered him a cup of hot tea. While discussing some common topics he asked us whether we have any plans for long vacations as the summer holidays are commencing soon. Till now we haven’t thought about it. When we asked about their plans he replied they are planning to visit a nearby hill station for the summer but planning a splendid vacation in the month of December to Dubai. I just asked him why they don’t change the destinations. Dubai which is far away from our country needs more time to explore and it would be the right choice to visit in the summer. He smiled and asked me whether I have the habit of reading newspapers. I wondered why he asked so and before I could say anything my husband interrupted the conversation by saying she spends most of her leisure time surfing social media and rarely finds time to watch the news channels. As support to my husband, he added that it is a common issue in all houses and also said that there is a purpose for visiting the city in the month of December. I inquired about the matter.
While sipping the hot tea he said it is for the first time Dubai is hosting a mega Expo which will last for 6 months and it will be held in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia (MEASA) countries. Oh! Just for watching mere and cheap exhibitions are you crazy to avail of a Dubai tour package, I teased him. He replied that it is not just a mere exhibition. It is a platform where more than 200 participants from 192 countries will be participating to showcase their extraordinary talents. One could experience the marvellous works from art, culture, technology, geography, science, and innovation. With Expo 2020 you will move further to inspire the next generation by grasping the future scope of brilliant innovations.
By hearing it I was very excited and asked him whether it was for the first time in the world the expo is being held. My hubby who reads journals replied it is not for the first time the world expo is being held in London known as The London’s Great Exhibition of 1851 was the world’s first expo. The mega expo is held once in 5 years and the last expo was organized in 2015 in Milan. World Expos are mainly regulated by an intergovernmental organization named The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) formed in 1928. On 2013 November 27th, the UAE was elected to host World Expo 2020. Before having the next bread toast he added that this time the theme for the World Expo 2020 is ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ and with sub-themes as ‘Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability’.
I was curious to know more about it. I asked Ravi whether they have started the preparations for the same. He told me that since 2016 the whole of Dubai is running behind the Dubai Expo. As part of the Expo, the first thing which they did in 2016 was they designed the logo. The logo comprised of a ring that was taken from the Saroug Al Hadeed archaeological site. As part of the expo lakhs of travellers will be visiting the city and won’t the traffic will be congested I asked to quench my curiosity. My hubby replied to it, The Dubai Expo 2020 is going to be sprawled in 4.38 square kilometres in the South District of Dubai which is close to Dubai International Airport, Al Maktoum International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport and also Dubai and Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminals. Also, a special metro station will be dedicated to Expo 2020 in Dubai.
I expressed my wish of participating in the expo to my husband also shared my anxiety that our kids are small and will not be able to enjoy the expo to its full extent. As an answer to it, Ravi replied, the expo is not only completely dedicated to stupendous innovations abut also gives equal prominence to all the sectors. Such as more than 60 theatre performances will be played per day with various live music concerts, flash mobs, and national day celebrations. Apart from these, you can spice up your taste buds from gastronomy sections. Along with it, you can also purchase many items that are officially licensed at reasonable rates from more than 100s of licensees. Obviously, if you have small kids you will not be able to enjoy the shopping. Therefore the Dubai Expo 2020 has made several arrangements. Such as you can safely indulge your kids in various games at Al Forsan and Jubilee parks. Hearing to his reply we were relaxed even if we availed of the tickets our kids will not be bored. My husband had anxiety that as the Dubai Expo 2020 has already gained much prominence, all the tickets would have been sold out. But he replied the tickets will be officially available from April 2020 and even he is desperately waiting for the same. A single-day ticket for an adult will cost Dh120 (USD 33) i.e. Rs.2342 whereas a three-day pass is available which can be utilized any of the 3 days of 6 months of the expo and the cost for it is Dh260 (USD 71) i.e. Rs. 5074.
He also added that to avoid last moment’s hurry burry it would be better to avail of packages from travel operators like Dubai Tour Trawell. As he is going to avail of their tour packages he asked whether we are willing to join them. Reading the willingness from my face my hubby partially agreed to it and told him that he will confirm it within a week after discussing it with the manager at water authority in Hyderabad, the place where we currently reside. Availing the package to Dubai in the month of Christmas will not only help us to enjoy the expo but also allows us to participate in the New Year programs.
Suddenly my phone ranged. I went to my room for attending the call. The moment I saw the name of the caller I ran to the front of my house and told that it was Mrs Ravi’s call. Only then we realized that it going to be noon and no wonder why she called us. Ravi asked to attend the call and tell that he has left our house now only as he was repairing our switchboard so that he can escape from his wife’s scoldings. We smiled and I said the same to his wife. Also, I told him it would be better to carry some chocolates and a bouquet of flowers to reduce her temper. He smiled and agreed to do it.
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are known for their charming glory and virgin nature. Travelers are captivated by the stunning beauty, transparent sapphire waters, cerulean seas, white-colored beaches, a wide range of tropical deciduous forest areas and many more. When we hear the name of Andaman the first picture which comes into our mind is the seas and rivers. The island is blessed with a plethora of water bodies. Travelers from various corners of the world such as Ahmedabad, Kolkatta, Dubai, and many more visit the iconic destination to discover the hidden majestic world beneath the water. When people avail tour packages to the Andaman Island the first thing which they ask their tour coordinator will be what all games are included in the itinerary and whether swimming is mandatory. Many people drop their Andaman tour only because they think swimming is required to practice water sports. But the truth is there is no connection between swimming and water sports. Out of an array of aqua venture sports snorkeling, scuba diving, sea walking and parasailing are the popular ones. Water sports are practiced not only to entertain ourselves but also to learn more about the majestic aquatic world living under the water. Andaman waters are blessed with gorgeous coral reefs seen in various sizes, shapes, and colors. Different kinds of marine animals are also seen on the island. Before availing tour packages to the island it is good to have a small idea about the aquatic animals seen in Andaman waters. The following paragraphs will help you to understand commonly seen marine organisms on the island.
Green hump head parrot fish
The Green hump head parrot fish is scientifically known as Bolbometopon muricatum. It is mainly seen in the Pacific and Indian oceans and also in Australia. It is considered as the largest species of parrotfish. It grows up to a length of 1.5 m and weighs nearly 75 kg. The green hump head parrotfish is also called as giant parrotfish, double-headed parrotfish, hump head parrotfish, buffalo parrot fish and bump head parrotfish. It is also called as the largest herbivores fish consuming only coral reefs. It has a vertical head profile. It is surrounded by scales except on the edges of the head. The lifespan of the green hump head parrot fish is up to 40 years. They are always seen in small groups. Their reproduction rate is always delayed. An adult green hump head parrot fish consume live corals and benthic algae. They consume 5 tons of carbonates annually. Due to overfishing and overharvesting, a huge decline is observed in their population. Their names have entered the list of endangered species.
2. Peacock Mantis
Peacock Mantis is
commonly seen in the Pacific and Indian oceans. It is scientifically known as Odontodactylus scyllarus. Peacock
Mantis is also known as clown
mantis shrimp, harlequin mantis shrimp and painted mantis shrimp. It is
known for its attractive charm. And at the same time, it is also termed as a
dangerous pest. They grow up to a length
of 3 to 8 cm. They are generally seen in green color with orange legs.
They have the ability to identify
circularly polarized light. It is a well-known hunter. It mainly
consumes on bivalves, gastropods,
3. White banded Shrimp
The coral banded
shrimps are commonly seen in red and white colors. These coral banded shrimps
are really not coral but decapod crustacean which looks like shrimps. The
white-banded shrimps are scientifically
baptized as Stenopus
hispidus. Coral banded shrimps are also called as banded prawns. They
grow up to 2 or 4 inches in
length and males are generally shorter in size. They are largely
seen in the Caribbean and
Indo-Pacific regions. They are normally seen in either red or white
color except the legs and antennas. They are always white in color. These coral
banded shrimps have the ability to regrow their lost legs. They usually love to
live beneath of overhangs and caves. They are normally termed as nocturnal. The
shrimps feed on parasites,
carrion, algae, worms, snails, small hermit crabs, and detritus during
the night and hide in the daytime. The
lifespan of coral shrimps is up to 2 to 3 years.
4. Manta Ray
Manta ray is
generally seen in tropical and sub-tropical water areas. They mainly consume on
zooplanktons. As Manta ray carries medicinal values it is invaded by the human
in large quantities. Manta rays are also known as ‘devil fish’. Due to protruding cephalic fins they are not able
to swim backward. To learn more about the manta rays, habitat and lifestyles,
scuba diving would be the best option.
5. Giant Moray
The Giant Moray is
one of the largest eels among the aquatic organisms. They grow up to a length of 3 m and weigh nearly 30 kg. Like white banded
shrimps they are also nocturnal feeders and spend their day time in rocks. They
cannot move fast as other marine organisms do. They identify and locate food
with their excellent ability of sense smell. Their eyes are small in size and
this makes them innocent. Their sluggish appearances resemble them to snakes.
By shaking their heads on either side they welcome other members for hunting.
They are mainly seen in areas like Thailand,
Spain, Indonesia, Western Australia, Fiji Islands, and Cayman Islands.
I hope you might have got a clear idea about the marine organisms after reading the above passages. Nearly thousands of travelers visit theAndamanand Nicobar Island to witness the beguiling beauty. People purchase the tour packages not only to be part of the serene nature but also to spend some quality time with dear ones in the least crowded areas. The island is popularly known as least populated and least polluted. The island is also termed as the cleanest islands in the world. Andaman Tour Travel is one of the leading travel operators who curate several packages to the island to the travel enthusiasts. They always focus on customer satisfaction and are always ready to customize the packages. If you have any doubts regarding the itinerary and the package travelers can directly contact with the customer support team of Andaman tour travel. 24*7 their services are available for the customers. Purchase the packages before it expires.
The distant archipelago of Andaman and Nicobar Islands is known for their exotic characteristics in whatever you find across. Whether that is the white sandy beaches, dense mangrove forests or turquoise blue ocean, everything of Andaman stands out from those which can be found in the Indian mainland. Even the diverse flora and fauna are endemic to the islands of Andaman. You may have to travel up to the islets in their natural habitat to behold at the real beauty of its wildlife. Furthermore, they can be easily visible to any vigilant and nature-loving traveler, as around more than 80% of the land portion is covered with dense jungle.
Here we are going to take a close tour around the State Symbols of Andaman by providing a rough idea of these charming endemic species.
State Animal:Dugong or Sea Cow
Dugong is considered as the state animal of Andaman that is otherwise known as Sea Cows or Sea Pigs. These herbivorous marine mammals of Andaman are only one of its kinds. These harmless mammals live on the shallow waters of the Andaman Coastal Belt, or more precisely along Landfall Islands, Mayabunder, Rutland Islands, Jollybuoy and along the Dugong Creek of Little Andaman. Furthermore, they are dependent on the seagrasses that grow in large expanse under the shallow sea waters of Andaman. On your next tour to the islands, you may watch them coming up to the surface for breathing in every 11 minutes.
A fully grown Dugong can be measured up to a length of 3 meters and weighing around 300 kg. However, the populations of Dugongs were fast diminishing during the last five years. Thanks to the illegal fishing of the heavy mammal all across the seas of Andamanfor the purpose of meat and oil. After further processing, they are exported to the mainland in various packages. Moreover, the reproduction of these calm marine mammals is very slow, as they give birth only to 3 or 4 baby dugongs.
State Bird:Andaman Wood Pigeon
The state bird of the Andaman Islands is Andaman Wood Pigeon. Again these adorable birds are endemic to the region. Wood Pigeons are different from the normal ones that you see in your locality for its contrasting shades of light blue and graphite grey. Besides, the hues of eyes and the skin color underneath are very striking to any bird watcher. Even the long tails of these pigeons with a total length of 35 to 40 cm make them unique. Strangely shaded beak and feet in reddish-pink provide them with an ethereal visual appeal.
However, if you compare the shape and size of the Wood Pigeons, they are almost the same. This small variation can be heard in their distinct voices too. Great Nicobar, Katchal, Trinkat, Little Nicobar, Camorta, Car Nicobar, Nancowry and Tillangchong are the habitats in Andaman and Nicobar Islands were these pigeons are found. They would love to live in the dense evergreen and tropical rainforests. So you may find it difficult to spot them in busy human hamlets.
State Tree: Andaman Padauk
The tall trees of Padauk all along the tropical rainforest of Andaman are deemed as its state tree. It grows up to a height of 130 feet on an average with its crown-like branches right up the top. Most of the trees and its strong roots had withstood the catastrophic Tsunami of last decade unlike the Marina Beach of Chennai. When you are dropping into some of the beaches in your tour like Wandoor in Port Blair, you may still find the uprooted Padauk trees. They are endemic to the Islands in Andaman.
Apart from all these physical features of the exotic tree, the leaves and barks collected from the Padauk tree are used for various medicinal purposes. These are collected in packages and later sent for manufacturing requirements. Logs of these tall trees are also cut down for making furniture and musical instruments, as they are believed to be resistant to the bites of termites and the likes. Moreover, during the earlier days, they were called Vermillion that is reddish-orange. However, with the diminishing numbers of Padauk in the Islands, they are not much encouraged to cut down presently.
State Flower: Andaman Pyinma
Although added very last to the list of State symbols in 2014 September, the Andman Pyinma had been blooming as an endemic species of the Islands. They are otherwise known as Pabda, Crepe Myrtle, or Jarul and belong to the family of Lythraceae. The state flower of Andaman is predominantly in lilac or light purple colour. Moreover, they really bloom in large numbers in either pyramidal or cylindrical panicles. Once they are bloomed, they would stay for some time without being withered. If you get to pluck its dark brown coloured fruits, you would feel that they are rather woody.
Actually, they are the florets of the tall Pema tree as they are very familiar with the locals. When visiting the islets, you may easily identify them from their distinct thinner whitish barks. Furthermore, if that holidaying is in any months between July and September, you could behold the large bunch of Pynima flower in its full glow.
Besides being the habitat of the state symbols, the group of Islands is home to a diverse populace of Blue-eared kingfisher, sea turtles, scop’s owl, feral elephants, saltwater crocodiles, fulvous breasted woodpecker, wild boars, Narcondam Hornbill, and many more. You may witness these endemic species in their natural habitat once dropping into the Andaman Islands. Henceforth, without the emergence of any hesitation, you may contact Andaman Tour Travel. As in the absence of such as external aid, you would be having a tough time in making arrangements for your journey considering its remoteness. They have the best tour packages that would engage you with enough bird watching and wild safaris. So without wasting much time, pack your bags and fulfil your dream of vacationing in an exotic place like Andaman.
The beautiful strip of land amidst the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats has a lot to offer for the tourists visiting Kerala. Of late Kerala had been chosen as a honeymoon destination by couples, by visiting the hills of Munnar, backwaters of Alappuzha, beaches of Kochi, peaks of Wayanad and many other such popular tourist places. Even with these many locations to choose from, few ‘out of the box’ thinking newlyweds long for spending their honeymoon in any exotic destinations away from the rushes and other crowded places.
Listed here are some unexplored locations of Kerala that had never known before as a honeymoon destination.
Floating Cottages of Poovar
Although the golden beaches of Poovar are not that popular in terms of the number of tourists visiting, the scenic place has got its own set of tourists. As they are close to the more renowned Kovalam Beach in Thiruvanathapuram, honeymooners can easily reach this hidden picturesque destination. Cottages of Poovar are mainly set in the vast expanse of backwaters, which are surrounded by numerous coconut palms and azure ocean waters. Honeymooners may go for a boat riding in the backwaters of Poovar. The coastal village and its beaches are visited only by some laidback tourists, unlike the overcrowded counterpart in Kovalam. You can have your special moments on the pristine beaches, especially during the evenings. Whereas the mornings can be spent at the floating cottages.
Green Meadows of Vagamon
Couples on their honeymoon trip to Munnar should never return without dropping in its Green Meadows situated in Vagamon. The charming lush green grass and shrubs are spread along the valleys resembling a laid carpet. Newlyweds may climb through the valleys and feel young at heart. The cool breeze that fills the air all through the day invokes a romantic mood in the honeymooners instantly. Once the sun sets in, you could witness yet another shade to the meadows that are different from the one that you had seen in other times of the day. Moreover, couples may have their selfie time in the backdrop of the alluring green meadows.
Athirapally Tree Houses
Being on the location through which flows the largest waterfall of Kerala, the destination is known to have an exquisite beauty that can be seen nowhere else in the state. Honeymooners can enjoy the ethereal beauty from atop the treehouse set amidst the rainforest of Athirapally. Moreover, the view from these tree houses to the cascading waterfalls is indeed refreshing. Therefore, without any second thoughts, you can readily book a treehouse that is sited inside a resort to stay in once you are on the tour to Athirapally. The resort had taken exceptional care not to disturb the natural habitat of the diverse region. Even when the honeymooners are in the poolside of the resort, they get to behold the beautiful waterfalls at a distant. So in every aspect, the treehouses of Athirapally are perfect secret honeymoon destinations of Kerala.
Kumarakom Houseboat Cruises
Going for a cruise in the houseboat across the Vembanad Lake in Kumarakom along with your better half would take you both to another world. Especially these central parts of Kerala with its vast expanse of water bodies would seem as if they are never-ending and is spread up to the Arabian Sea. At some point in time, while cruising you would sheer feel that you both are in the middle of the lake all alone. This offers the couples on honeymoon in total isolation void of any external barriers. Newlyweds may seek to book the houseboats after referring to any good packages. Furthermore, if you are lucky enough to choose those exclusive routes through the Kumarakom Sanctuary, you will be blessed to behold at the large flock of migratory birds flying close to you.
Traditional Cottages of Marari
The vintage cottages of Marari can inexorably be included under the list of secret honeymoon destinations of Kerala, as they are not usually picked as one by many. Tourists do drop in the white sandy beach situated in Alappuzha and return by. However, there are some enticing places such as the Traditional Kerala style cottages to stay over, especially for the honeymooners. The real essence of Kerala culture can be experienced when residing in these chalets. Along with your significant other, you may take a dip in the private swimming pool of the Kerala Cottage. Amidst all these, you should not miss the obvious chance of beach walking in Marari alongside the ravishing ocean waters. On any ideal sunny day, the couples may engage in any interesting water games such as beach volleyball.
Heritage Streets of Fort Kochi
Fort Kochi is not an unknown place for anyone who had been to Kerala. It is one of the most crowded tourist places where you can see travelers from all over the world visiting Fort Kochi. But, here we have put before some varied and different ways of touring this post-colonial colony. If the couples are willing to think out of the box, they may explore this old city alongside the heritage bungalows in their respective angles. For example, you may take your lady love across the vintage streets of Fort Kochi such as the Jews Street and Princess Street. And buy her some souvenirs and colorful cloths that can exclusively be bought from Fort Kochi. Stroll through the famous beach surrounded by numerous Chinese fishing nets by holding your hands with your partner. You may even take a ride on the ro-ro ferry service to the nearby Vypeen Island.
Hills of Gavi
The scenic region of Gavi itself was unknown to the outside world until the last decade. Merely the natives of the place lived there with only them being the commuters of this picture-perfect location. Considering all these favorable characteristics of this alluring place, it had later flourished as a full-fledged tourist location. Lately, the place had opted as a honeymoon destination also. So as newlywed couples you may visit the measureless spread of lush green plantations, beautiful hills, small streams and everything that is required for a peaceful holidaying. However, not all tour companies provide packages to Gavi. As in the rural roads of the region, only Kerala State Road Corporation buses ply through. Therefore, in every aspect, the hill of Gavi is an isolated exotic honeymoon destination. So the honeymooners who are wishing to have a secret honeymoon can readily opt for Gavi as their location.
Rocky Promenade of Kovalam
Sojourning at any beach town with your partner on the honeymoon trip is always a delightful thought. So is the case with the Kovalam beach in the southernmost district ofKerala. With its natural beaches and a tall lighthouse, Kovalam offers you with vast possibilities of clicking your best memorable honeymoon picture with the love of your life. Choose the rocky promenade as the background of your snaps to bring about yet another aura to its frames. The stony large rocks laid long across the beach gives an elegant look to it. When the day approaches dusk, along with your partner you may mount up to the cliff with the lighthouse to witness a mesmerizing view of the entire beach. That said every couple would love to spend their secret honeymoon at the opulent beachside of Kovalam. Opt for any good tour packages with the inclusion of Kovalam beach in its itinerary to spend your memorable honeymoon days at this seaside village.
Kundala Dam in Munnar
The artificial lake formed from the reservoir of Kundala could be said as the Keralite adaptation of Dal Lake in Kashmir. Notably, along the serene waters of Kundala cruises specially made Shikara boats, which are of the same kinds primitively seen in the Dal Lake. Romantic couples may also pedal together in other kinds of boats once they are wishing for total solitude in this picturesque lake. The lucky lots may get to behold the blooming of Cherry Blossoms in its valley. Or if you are very much particular of witnessing the blooming of rare flowers amidst the lush green regions, you try visiting them when Neela Kurinji flowers bloom. However, for that, you have to wait for the whole of 12 years. Anyhow, a tour to the Kundala Dam is a must once you are already honeymooning in Munnar, as it is barely a 26kms drive from Munnar Town. Moreover, a trip to this part of the Idukki district will be worth a visit.
Since these exotic locations are not as popular as other major tourist places of the state, honeymooners would be in dire need of some external aids for their trip. The help can appear in the form of an abled tour company such as Gogeo Holidays based in Kochi. The firm had already programmed exclusive itineraries for the honeymooners following the likes and favors of the couples. They just need to opt for the best package that suits their preferences.
Andaman is deeply and exceptionally picturesque. It is a treat to all senses and makes for an absolute destination for honeymoon couples precisely. The cerulean seas, the pleasant flurry of air, the concealed beaches along with the eccentric beauty of the corals and the lively underwater marine world make Andaman a very tantalizing destination for all ages.
Visiting isles in the midway sea is one of the finest ways to spend your staycation. Revitalize your souls with a tropical sojourn in the Andaman Islands. Positioned to the southeast of India in the Bay of Bengal, the peninsula of 527 islands is a favored Garden of Eden in India. With its turquoise green waters, effervescent beaches, stupendous natural spectacle, and tropical woodland, it is admired among just married couples. Thus, making Andaman honeymoon packages a desired choice of honeymooners. The package has been curated by considering the preferences of the couples by the prominent Andaman Tour Travel, the leading travel partner in Kerala. The travel partner has formulated the package by comprehending a wide multitude of activities and expedition tours.
The tour package mainly comprises a profusion of aqua sports activities that are obtainable on the island such as snorkeling, scuba diving, banana boat rides, parasailing, and sun marine tide. Go for sightseeing and explore the blissful island on an intimate excursion, you can observe alluring island-like Neil Island, Port Blair, Havelock Island, and Ross & Smith Island, etc. You can also uncover Samudrika Marine Museum, Cellular Jail National Memorial, and Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex. Moreover, a number of starry-eyed experiences are propounded as a part of the packages. There are a few affairs that you can discover on your own on the tour for a misty honeymoon. You can go for the inter-isle helicopter tour and enjoy the scenic views of the beautiful Andaman Island. Join for scuba diving or snorkeling classes together and witness the radiant underwater world together. Enjoy the dazzling dusk on the beaches and take a long romantic stroll together. If you are an escapade lover, you can go together for hiking into the tropical forests. Honeymooners have multiple options to book a package from anywhere in the world by visiting the website.
How honeymoon becomes so special in Andaman?
Romantic trip in Andaman corresponds to spending time in a magical land or in heaven. Conceptualize an immaculate beach with the colorless seashore, transparent seawater, and exuberant palm trees on the shore oscillating back and forth with the tropical humid air – these components present at Andaman and Nicobar Islands add a whole lot of exoticism to a romantic vacation. It’s not just this untouched foliage that would make a honeymoon a romantic extravaganza in Andaman Nicobar, but the heritage and activities that a couple gets to encounter at this staggering destination are praiseworthy too. The life hastens at a slow momentum here permitting the people and the tourists to relish things and feel relaxed. Savor the local delicacies overviewing the seawater, indulge in water games, or go sightseeing at the various parts of the beautiful island. All these things will add a whole lot of delight to your lovely honeymoon vacation in Andaman.
How to visit Andaman?
Generally, there are two methods by which you can reach Port Blair, the seat of the government of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The two ways are mentioned below:
You can board a direct flight to Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair which is the only airport in Andaman. Airlines like Jet Airways, Vistara, IndiGo, and many more operate constant flights to Port Blair. One can take direct flights from these cities in India – Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Kolkata. Travelers from the other parts of the country have to reach the aforementioned cities by any means of transportation to board the direct plane to Andaman.
Another way to reach Andaman is by sea route. One can board a ship from Chennai, Kolkata, and Vishakhapatnam to reach Port Blair. Even though the entire voyage is time-consuming and tedious, however, the views are extraordinarily stunning and astonishing. In total, every month there are 3-4 sailings and the overall water expedition might take 50-70 hours to reach the island.
Best Time to Visit
Being a tropical coastline destination, the climate of Andaman remains relatively sunny to cloudless almost all year round. Nevertheless, the blue-grey water, exuberant green plants and cool puff of air from the sea refresh your mood. Although a vacation in Andaman can be devised at any time of the year like April-June and May-September, the exemplary season to visit this place remains to be October-May. And, if you are not able to determine on a befitting month to explore this island destination, then you can always communicate with the travel agents for the booking of an exotic Andaman trip, and let them lead you to get the attractive offer in a budget of your wish. Trip to Andaman and places to be visited are studied below in detail for your benefit.
Must to visit places in Andaman
1. Cellular Jail
Cellular Jail is situated in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which stands as a crepuscular anecdote of British rule in the Indian subcontinent. This most terrifying and enervating colonial prison situated in the remote archipelago was used by the British particularly to detained Indian political prisoners. Secluded from the mainland, this jail, also mentioned as Kala Pani (where Kala means death or time and Pani means water) observed the most nefarious retribution imposed on prisoners. India’s struggle for liberty saw eminent freedom warriors like Batukeshwar Dutt and Veer Savarkar being immured in this jail. A few years ago the jail was declared as National Memorial and opened for public viewing.
2. Radhanagar Beach
Radhanagar Beach in Andaman Island is graded 8th among the top ten stunning beaches in the world based on travelers’ appraisals and ratings available on multiple sources and the beach earns it for many causes. One of the most captivating beauties in Andaman with a lot of visitors visiting it every year, Radhanagar Beach is the solitaire of Havelock Island. A half kilometer away from the beach, one can see only the extensive pelagic and the thick green tropical woodland but when you reach the beach, the sights are allegedly stupendous. The silky beach lures kids and families to spend their vacation or a short holiday.
Activities: Scuba diving, Parasailing, Boating, Snorkeling, Swimming, etc… are some of the most commonly practiced activities on the beach and among them, Scuba Diving is popular as it offers a clear association with the wide range of aquatic animals and coral reefs living in harmony.
Distance from Port Blair: From Port Blair, it will take more than three hours to cover 72 km to reach Radhanagar beach.
Leave aside the anxiety of traveling to an undisclosed destination, get linked to the travel negotiator at any time of the day and circumvent even the smallest bit of discomfort. That leaves passable time for you to enjoy the pleasure of togetherness and bask in the quintessence of honeymoon.
Holidaying in Kerala is a dream of all nature lovers. The coastal state is famous for its coconut trees-fringed beaches, crystal blue waters, pristine lakes, breath-taking hill stations, elaborate temple festivals and snake boat races etc. The pace of life in Kerala is moderate and thus makes it an ideal destination for leisure vacations. Every year an inadequate number of tourists visits the state to enchant its mesmerising beauty and also to watch exotic species of elephants wandering in dense forests and many more. Kerala is a perfect place for rejuvenating and relaxing. Don’t think that the state is meant only for adventure enthusiasts and green panthers. Along with backpackers honeymooners rush to the state to explore its flawless beauty. The coolheaded atmosphere and pleasant climate attract newlywed couples to spend the precious days of their life in the arms of Mother Nature. Do travellers always get confused about what to do when they reach Kerala? How to spend their tour days effectively? Which all places must be visited? Where to stay? And so on… there will be no end for these anxieties. To get rid of these tensions it is better to depend on travel partners. Dream holidays is one such tour organiser team which curates various types of packages to its customers according to their purposes. Tour packages for honeymoon couples are their latest and cheapest tour packages to Kerala. The package includes both up and down airfare of the journey. Don’t worry they are ready to customise their package as per travellers’ request. Below is the list of few important things that must be included in your itinerary.
How could Kerala trip be complete without experiencing houseboat voyage? Have you ever imagined a voyage where you can relish scrumptious delicacies comprising plates of seafood and local traditional dishes and also different flavours of art forms? All these could be cherished under a single rooftop-houseboat. Houseboats were first constructed with an aim to exchange commodities and to encourage business and trade. Now it is being widely used to nurture tourism. You can splash waters on dear ones and can catch the first rays of the sunrise while sailing in the houseboat cruises. Where houses sail over backwaters, where every cruise is a marvellous experience. Chase your dream and avail the houseboat tour and enchant the splendid beauty of nature.
2. Tea Plantation/ Taste Tea
How romantic it would be to hold your loved one’s hand and stroll in the thriving green meadows by inhaling the scented air. Kerala is blessed with tea plantations and it is mainly seen in places like Munnar, Thekkady, Vagamon and Wayanad. The lush green gardens act as a blanket to the highlands and pyramidal valleys and it looks more beautiful in monsoon days. They also act as a splendid backdrop for lovely photographs. To understand more about tea plantations and the formation of tea powders you must definitely visit tea factories adjacent to it.
3. Spice Plantation
How could Indian food be complete without adding redolent spices? Even though the vast area of land in Kerala are occupied by the tea and coffee plantations, one could see the cultivation of various kinds of spices like cardamom, pepper, cloves, nutmeg, ginger and so on in small and large areas of high ranges. These exotic spices not only grabbed national and international tourist but also had lured Britishers to India. Travellers can enchant the mesmerising spices grasslands by availing tour packagesto Kerala at a reasonable price.
4. Munnar Trekking
Munnar is a perfect destination for spending a marvellous tour with dear ones. Munnar is a haven for adventure enthusiasts and photography lovers. Munnar comprises of several small and high peaks. And among them, Chokramudi Peak is the highest peak and hiking it is really a challenging task. The trekking to the peak can be broadly classified into four sections:- the grass stroll, shola walk, steep climb and the dangerous terrain. Trekking begins with strolling in shola forest followed by striding in the thick grasslands and finally conquering the breathtaking terrain. Beginners can successfully complete level 1 without much difficult but later sections require immense courage and faith. You will remain amused by viewing foggy clouds, cool breeze after covering 7200 ft.
Kerala is not only proud of its green plantations but for its salty sea waters and sun-toasted sandy beaches. Nestled along the beautiful coastline on the Arabian Sea, each of these beaches is marvellous in its appearance and ambience. You can drive your vehicle on Kerala’s only drive-in the beach at Muzhappilangad in Kannur, indulge yourself at an extravagant resort near Kovalam’s unspoiled crescent beaches or spend days cherishing Varkala’s tantalizing cliff-side setting Varkala. Submerge in Kerala’s history at Bekal Beach and Fort, as well as at Kappad Beach, the landing place of Portuguese Wayfinder Vasco da Gama’s ship in 1498. If you’re looking for contentment, traverse the unblemished beaches of Thiruvambadi, Cherai, Marari and Kappil.
6. Head into Periyar Jungle
One of the most popular national parks in South India, Periyar National Park in Kerala lies in the lush green lofty Western Ghats. The sanctuary lies near to the Lake Periyar, which initially was a water reservoir. The national park is known to be shelter to elephants, tigers, jungle cat, lion-tailed macaque, wild pig, stripe-necked mongoose, gaur, Golden Langur, Indian wild dog, Nilgiri langur, Bonnet Macaque, mouse deer, Indian bison, sambar, barking deer, etc. and the rare Nilgiri Tahr. It is also home to 112 kinds of butterflies as well as 265 species of birds. One could spot 22 species of fish, 28 types of reptiles and 9 species of amphibians. Floral species and varieties of plants are also found in large number here. Periyar Jungle is also known as Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary and Periyar Tiger Reserve. The sanctuary was declared as Project Tiger Reserve in the year 1978. Trekking is a famous activity practised over here. The best ways to take a look at the sanctuary is through boat safaris, jeep safari and elephant safari. The ideal time to foe wildlife safari is during mornings.
Timings for safari
Boat Safari in Periyar takes place for 30 minutes. The forest department of Kerala runs 2 boats and five trips are allowed on a daily basis whereas each trip is of about 90 minutes.
07:30 AM – 09:00 AM, 09:30 AM – 11:00 AM, 11: 05 AM – 12:45 PM, 01:45 PM – 03:15 PM, and 03.30 PM – 05:00 PM
Day safari:- 06:30 AM – 03:00 PM & Night safari:- 11:00 PM – 03:00 AM
06:00 AM to 05:00 PM (On a daily basis for 30 minutes)
Popular activities in Periyar Jungle:
Apart from various types of safaris, other major activities here are boa, angling, bullock cart ride to visit farmland, guided day trekking, border hikes, guided camping, and guided nature walk. Hike to the temple of Mangla Devi can also be done. One can also enjoy bathing and feeding of the elephants.
7. Visit Rural Village
The soul of real Kerala resides in the unsophisticated terrains of villages that stimulate fresh experiences on every visit. Village life of God’s Own Country is a harmony composed of strings of beauty coloured with countless traditions and cultures. Untouched and unexplored by the dark hands of industrialisation, the rural life of Kerala offers travellers a pristine and peaceful experience.
The concept of Village Life tourism sector was formulated with the aim of protecting the ancient native crafts, traditional jobs and the unique lifestyle of Kerala. Indirectly this tourism sector supports farmers, traditional artisans, small-scale entrepreneurs, and so forth. Far away from the hectic and stressed life of the city, the rural land decorated with placid backwaters, green-carpeted grain fields, swaying coconut palms, fishing hamlets and unique art forms is an auspicious experience to cherish forever.
Following are the important activities which can be seen while striding through the streets of a rural village:
Kerala in vernacular language means land of coconuts. The coir is made from coconut fibre extracted from the coconut husks. The husk consists of 20% to 30% fibre on which can be twirl into strong threads that can be used in making mats and handicrafts. The first step in making coir is to “ret” the husks of coconut by putting them in salt water and then covered with mud. From the retting mound, the husks are removed after nine months and taken to the threshing compounds where retted husks are then pounded and crushed with mallets or machetes by mostly females where husks are pulled off to collect fibres from them which are dried up for spinning. The dried coir is then spun by a spinner using gear at a wheel with a small spinning axle to create strong yarn thread that can be used in mats and handicrafts. Kerala village tour involves watching the process of creating the coir thread by two lady staffs in a wheel as coir making is the usual means of the lively hood in rural Kerala backwater villages.
Try Some Toddy
Toddy or Kallu is a sweet alcoholic beverage extracted from palm or coconut trees in Kerala. Toddy is tapped by tappers belonging to Hindu community known as Ezhava or Thiya (in Northern parts of Kerala). They climb the coconut trees or palm trees to extract fresh Madhura Kallu (sweet toddy) or fruits of the palm have to be cut in its bud and must be covered in pots for the whole night and by the next day, the pot will be full of white toddy.
8. Bird Watching in Kumarakom
Birding or bird watching is one of the best recreational activities of spotting various kinds of birds with the naked eye or with the help of binoculars. Kumarakom bird sanctuary situated in Kottayam district is the perfect place for dotting birds in Kerala. It is spread in an area of 14 acres of land. It is popularly known as ornithologists’ paradise. It is home to different species of birds such as cuckoo, cormorant, egret, moorhen, darter, owl, waterfowl, parrot, flycatcher, teal, lark and migratory birds such as brahminy kite, heron, Siberian crane etc. Migratory birds are mostly seen here during the migratory seasons -November to February.
9. Attend a Temple Festival
Have you ever thought what makes Kerala so beautiful and charming? Is it only the emerald mountains and sapphire waters? Along with them the unique ritual and cultural festivals of the state makes it more popular. The 14 districts of Kerala celebrate different kinds of temple festivals in different seasons and months. Even though the mode of celebration may be alike but their aim is the same – showing gratitude to the presiding god or goddess in the temple. Followed the deity lord the other main role is grabbed by the elephants. They are donated by devotees. Temple festivals are commonly known as pooram in colloquial language. While every year temple rituals are blushing in Kerala, the state’s temple festivals are a highpoint on everyone’s social calendars. You can expect overcrowded roads, processions of elephants with ornaments and flowers, traditional drummers and other troupe members, people dressed as gods, and the sky would be illuminated with fireworks on the days of festivals. The festivals are very noisy. Cultural programs, including classical music and dance performances, will also be held.
10. Watch Snake Boat Race
Kerala is blessed with serene backwaters, shallow rivers and pristine sandy beaches. Along with this, the state is an ideal destination for water sports and various adventurous activities. Among them is the snake boat race(Vallamkali) which captivates not only the tourist to visit the land but also grabs the locals from their workstations and home towns. Don’t think that in the snake boat race, the snakes will be swimming in water!!!. It is actually a competition of canoes between several groups in the locality and winner would be gifted with awesome and precious gifts from the eminent personalities of the state. The procession of canoes represent the picture of snakes crawling and therefore the boat race got that name. The famous boat races of Kerala are as follows:- Nehru trophy boat race, Aranmula boat race, Kallada/Jalotsavam boat race, Champakulam Moolam boat race, Payippad boat race and Sree Narayana Jayanti Vallam Kali.
Above are a few important tourist destinations and unavoidable events in Kerala. No doubt you will remain dumbstruck after visiting these unique and hot tourist spots. To be part of this magnificent state, grab the package and enchant the fascinating beauty of ‘God’s own country’ – Kerala.
Elegant beaches, extremely clear water, and the significance in Indian history make the Andamans the perfect pick for a laid-back, engaging vacation, coupled with trekking, lazing around in the beaches and, indulging in some adventurous water activities. From the capital city of Port Blair to the serene white-sandy beaches of Neil and Havelock Islands and the limestone caves of Baratang islands, the Andamans has a lot to offer for tourists. As far as the true nature lovers are considered, beaches, forests, caves, mangroves, etc. make it as a place of retreat. You can simply spend some time with nature coupled with a little bit of adventure, history, and forests. Thus, it is a place suitable for all age groups. There is something that entertains people belonging to each age group. This is the major reason behind theAndaman being the favorite choice for families wishing to go on a tour.
What to do in Andaman?
The Andaman Islands are rich in vibrant aquatic life and there is no better way than snorkeling in the clear turquoise blue waters to enjoy its beauty. The colorful schools of fish and amazing corals in various shapes and sizes are something you should never miss on your trip to Andamans. Scuba diving is also a great way to get up close to the amazing aquatic flora and fauna of the Andaman coral reefs.
2. Cellular Jail Memorial
The tortures faced by the Indian freedom fighters haunt the walls of the Cellular Jail even today. The journey to the prison for their exile sentenced by the British was not only traumatizing but crossing the Kala Pani (dark water) also meant their (cast) varna is lost. Cellular jail is situated in Port Blair and it is the place where the British used to exile many freedom fighters and political prisoners. It’s open to tourists from Tuesday to Sunday. It is such a heart-touching moment for any Indian who is proud of his country. The light and sound show further depicts the tough life the freedom strugglers had to go through in the hands of the British. They were treated inhumanely and was made to do tough works that cannot be carried out by humans. It is must-see place in the itinerary as you will know the price they had to pay for the freedom we enjoy today.
Madhuban is one of the best trekking routes in the country and the trek between Mount Harriet and Madhuban results in a huge tourist turnout. The trekking enthusiasts simply love the lush green forests and the exotic fauna in the region. A ferry ride from Chatham Harbor, Port Blair is the first step you need to take in order to reach here. Chatham, Bamboo Flat, Junglighat, Dundas Point, Viper Island, Hope Town, and Mithakari are connected to Port Blair by three major ferry routes. Ferries make around 45 trips a day from these towns. A ferry will take only a few minutes to take you to any of the trek points nearby.
4. Watch Bioluminescence
How about spotting the entire galaxies right below your feet! If you can be on a moonless night in Havelock, chances are high the phytoplankton in the sea waters will illuminate the oceans and beaches by lightening up.
5. Swim in the Lagoon
A well-known swimming area situated in the butler way is the Kalapathar lagoon. You enjoy your time swimming or simply strolling or going on a picnic in the sandy patches. If you want some more fun and get a better view of the stunning natural beauty of the surrounding, you can scramble through the cave in the cliff face.
6. Rubber plantation walk
A walk through the rubber plantations in Wandoor will feed your curiosity on the origination of erasers or other rubber goods. However, you will also get a chance to explore the spice plantations teeming with pepper, betel, clove and cinnamon trees.
7. Climb up a Lighthouse
The Little Andaman Lighthouse which is 41 meter high has around 200 steps and once you climb it you can behold the magnificent views of the forests and coastline in Andamans. It is situated 14 kilometers east of Hut Bay. Carrying a camera will allow you to capture some breathtakingly beautiful photographs or if you are an artist you can take a sketchbook with you.
8. Bird Watching at Chidiya Tapu
A trip to Chidiya Tapu must feature in your travel plan if you are an avid bird watcher. 25 kilometers from Port Blair is a tiny village, Chidiya Tapu that houses a variety of exotic birds including emerald doves, parakeets, and sea eagles.
9. Have a look at the historical ruins of the Ross Island
Ross Island was the ruling capital of the British when they occupied the Andamans. There exist the ruins of buildings built during those times and you can have a look at them.
10. Turtle watching at Kalipur
Beach: Kalipur Beach on Diglipur Island witness turtles coming every year to lay eggs. There are basically 4 types of turtles such as Olive Ridley turtles, Green Turtles, Hawk Bill turtles and Leather Back turtles. If you are coming in between October to march you will definitely find them scuttling about the beach.
What to eat in Andamans?
Seafood: Being a coastal area, seafood is undoubtedly a highlight of Andaman and Port Blair is especially famous for it. New Lighthouse Restaurant serves the whole lobster which is a lip-smacking meal. Red snapper is another restaurant famous for serving the seafood platter. It is also common in the Andamans to get fresh fish fried from the morning’s catch in most of the islands.
Other options: Havelock is quite famous for delicious samosas. If you are looking for good foods at agreeable prices, there are a lot of small local restaurants in the Andamans that serve Indian thalis. However, Andamans is not limited to seafood and Indian thalis but also Italian, Thai and Continental cuisine. So don’t hesitate to pick Andamans as your destination even in case you are allergic or hates seafood.
When to go?
October – May: Chilly winters are never a part of the Andamans climate. The climate in Andamans stays pleasant for the most part of the year. This time is the best for capturing the best sights of landscapes with foliage that are luscious and the sea so pristine, you will surely fall in love with the destination immediately. However, in winters the heat will be comparatively less and this makes it the best time to enjoy water sports and other water activities. Therefore, this is the time in which Andaman tourism packages are most in demand.
January: January is the time to visit if you want to visit the culture and tradition of Andamans as a lot of trades and fairs happen in the city during this month. The best thing about visiting Andamans in January is that there is a 14 day-long festival that shows the various traditions followed by the tribal of the region. In addition, on the birthday of Subhash Chandra Bose, Subash Mela is conducted in the Andamans every year. Also, the diversity in culture and rural life of locals in Andamans is captured by the block mela.
May – October: This is the time of monsoon in the Andamans but still it retains a distinct beauty of its own during this season. Thus, you should never consider a reason for not visiting the Andamans.
How to get there?
By flight: Kolkata or Chennai is the most popular airports to take flights to Andamans. Go Air and Spice jet are the most famous flight operators in this region.
By ship: Vishakhapatnam, Kolkata, and Chennai are the main ports from where ship service operates to Andaman. The voyage takes around 50 to 60 hours and the ship will be docked at the port for 2 to 3 days
How to get around?
Reaching Havelock: Reaching Havelock: Just 38 km away from Port Blair, Havelock has an elite camping facility near Radha Nagar beach. Between Port Blair and Havelock 2 to 3 ferries operate. A visit to Havelock island should definitely be in your travel plan as it comprises of some amazing beaches like Radha Nagar beach, Elephanta beach etc.
Jeeps and Minivans: Airport pick up by car costs around Rs 500-800 and Rs.1500 is the cost for 1-day sightseeing, covering famous points. However, to reach Diglipur from Port Blair, the cost is around 10000. The fun stopovers on the way actually make the high cost worthy. You can in fact easily hire Scooters and motorbikes for covering short distances in and around Port Blair at about 400 per day. But in the tribal regions, there are certain prohibitions for the tourists to drive a vehicle. That is the case basically in Middle and North Andaman.
Bus: Diglipur, Baratang, Mayabunder and Rangat in the North, and Wandoor in the South are connected by buses from the Port Blair.
What to Pack?
· Soft cotton clothes are suitable in summers as the islands are tropical and you are prone to sweating. Light cardigans and jackets are suitable in winters to keep you safe from cool crisp winds in the evenings.
· Dark sunglasses, umbrella, raincoat, and trekking shoes, sunscreen are irreplaceable when coming to the Andamans.
· To prevent dehydration you should bring Basic medicines, anti-allergic medications, glucose supplements. Also always carry a bottle of water with you and also drinks like ORS with you to keep you hydrated from the inside.
· Beach wears are a must when coming to the Andamans but modest. Immodest beachwear may earn unwanted stares from people around. If you have a plan for doing Scuba diving and snorkeling, kits are available at the beach for hire.
Your dream trip to the Andamans will be done efficiently by the tour operator. Andaman tour travel is one such famous tour operator who is efficient in coining tempting travel itineraries to Andamans. They have a well-known customer support team who will guide you until the last day of your holiday. In fact, getting a tour operator to do your holiday arrangements is especially useful in Andamans. This is because not even 2g internet has been launched in the Andamans and it would be difficult to do everything alone without having someone to guide you around in Andamans.