Andaman is a perfect weekend escapade from India which shines with its emerald green islands as we fly above it. Once landed in Port Blair, the capital of Andaman has so much to offer. The Ross Island, Neil Island and the North Bay islands attracts the tourists with its warm embrace. The ferry rides from Port Blair to Havelock treats our eyes with great sceneries and the light house in the elephant beach can be seen which marks the effects of Tsunami 2004.
Cellular Jail or Kala Pani (known for the deaths in water) located in the Port Blair played a dark reminiscence in the history of British rule in India. It was built by the british for 10 long years as a prison to confine the freedom fighters inside its 7 wings which can be accessed from one another only by reaching the centre like the spikes of a wheel. It is a three storey building where one inmate in a wing cannot be seen or communicated with the other wing’s inmate. They were under the watch of the jailer called David Barry. Veer Savarkar, Batukeshwar Dutt, Diwan Singh Kalepani, Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi are some of the freedom fighters who were confined in the jail and bhagat singh’s associate Mahavir singh and the inmates went on a hunger strike to protest against the cruel treatments. Just the thoughts of it, sends chills down our spine. Every cell is so narrow and the light and sound shows happen in two languages that tells the cruelty that happened inside the Kala Pani and how it finally came to an end. As of today, two of the wings have changed into hospital and it is maintained as a symbol of dark history with guided tours.
North Bay Island
The North Bay Island is the land for adventurers. We can reach the North Bay Island by a ferry ride from Port Blair Island where we could find a statue of Rajiv Gandhi. Abode the ferry to North Bay Island which is a private owned island that is only accessible for the water sports activities like the Sea Walk, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Glass Boat rides, etc…
Tourists and families enjoy their much needed break from the world and get into the mermaid and merman life by engaging with the sea creatures. The Sea walk lets us to walk in the sea bed like the cursed pirates from the pirates of Carribean and touch the colorful corals, nemos and other fishes. Remember the awesome memories by taking underwater pictures. Rejoice the snorkelling where the guide might dive into the deep ocean just to fetch a little fish in his hands to show it to you. The scuba diving is another great sport to enjoy when in Andaman.
Ross and Neil Island The Ross island is a place where we can find the Japanese bunker and a Commissioner's office, a post office and a church, even some water distilling plants that are rusted from the sea breeze. The whole island is only 1.5 kms of area. We can witness spotted deers and rabbits free in the island roaming among the tourists. We can also see a ballroom that was once constructed full of glass with water below the floor. But only the concrete planks remains as the floor today. The Neil island is like the sister island of Ross with a sandbed connecting both. The Neil island is best during a sunset and perfect place for shutterbugs to click the natural rock arch.
The havelock island is a place that must have been etched by the god with utmost care. It’s crystal clear water and white sandy beaches attracts the tourists. The first thing we ever want to do while seeing the Vijayanagar beach is to just run wild and take a dip in the cold water. The second thing is of course to collect the corals from the sea, but it’s not possible for us to take it back as souvenir. The Radhanagar beach offers a great sunset with the clear still water with no waves during a bright day. The Elephant beach is open to the tourists only if the weather favours, else the beach remains closed for snorkeling and scuba diving or even taking a banana rides upon the sea. Create sand sculptures or enjoy the deep ocean diving to swim with the starfishes or get tangled with the baby octopuses after getting trained for three days in Scuba diving to learn the sign language.