Silence, absolute silence and perfectly gorgeous silence!! If you are wondering how one could witness the gorgeousness manifested in silence, you should get deep into those blue waters which embody a compelling charm of yellows, reds, purples, pinks and what not.
I wish I were a fish which gets to live in such perfect harmony of silence and beauty.You just can’t get enough of the marine life once you start exploring it. Everything that I could describe here is an understatement, one should experience it deep under the sea.
Well, the previous post was definitely not a wrap to my Andaman story.Here goes a continuation to an exhilarating trip.
Kalapathar Beach, Havelock Island
Day 4- Day 5- Day 6
Jolly Buoy island is one of the 14 islands in Andaman which is under the protection of National Marine Reserve Department.This island is open to tourists only for six months-November to April and Red Skin Island would be open to tourists for the remaining six months.
Location : 45-60 min journey from Port Blair to Wandoor and then a 45 min ride to Jolly Buoy on a ferry
Timings: 1st batch is 8:00 -12:00 am and 2nd batch is between 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Ticket price : Rs 750 (complimentary 10 min glass boat ride)
Things to do:
- Snorkeling – One should never miss doing snorkeling at Jolly Buoy.You get to see color changing corals, magic flowers (which disappear when touched), star fishes in different colors, nemo fishes and many more. Snorkeling is reasonably priced here as well. Only certain area is accessible for snorkeling legally and hence, we get to explore only that portion of island waters
- Glass Boat Ride – There is a boat with a magnifying glass bottom which enables one to clearly see the marine life.It’s worth a try at this place considering that you won’t be exploring a huge area in snorkeling.A guide would be explaining about the fishes and corals
- Wandoor Beach – This beach is a 5 min ride on road from the ferry point.One can just sit back and relax for sometime here.
Things to plan:
- Marine reserve department allows only 120-200 people to visit this island per day.It happens in two batches.One needs to ensure that the tickets are booked prior a week
It’s a very tiny island covering not more than 3000 acres of land with a couple of important places to visit.
Location : 40km from Port Blair- approximately 2 hr ferry ride from Port Blair
Places to visit:
- Laxmanpur Beach – Head to this beach to witness sunset.You also get good local food here.If you can do snorkeling without a guide, then you got to try it out here
- Natural Bridge – This is a hub of dead corals which form a very strong bridge.A guide will help explaining the details of the corals and fishes all over the place
- Bharathpur Beach -It’s not very famous but do visit this beach which is known for its amazingly clear water. Best time to visit is in the morning
Things to Do:
- Sunset stroll in Laxmanpur beach
- Dead corals exploration at Natural Bridge
- Rent a bike and roam around the village.Unlike Havelock, this place is less-commercialized and hence, one can have a pleasant ride on the streets
Natural Bridge (Made of dead corals)
Way back, Ross Island remained as an administrative capital of Andaman for more than 85 years but was later abandoned and is now open for tourists.
Location : 3 km from Port Blair – 20 min ferry ride
Things to Do:
- Light and Sound show describing the tragic history of Andaman is captivating and needs to be there on one’s to-do list.
- Ruins of the old buildings which are surrounded by trees, rabbits and deer is an ideal place for some good photography
Drive through dense forests to finally end up in Munda Pahar which gives an exhilarating view of sunset.
Location : 20 km from Port Blair by road
Things to do:
- Just sit back and relax here, what else do you want to do at such a beautiful place?
All along this trip,I tried to keep it comfortable with midi skirts,shorts and dresses
Orange top, Skirt,Dress – HnM
Crochet top – Lifestyle stores
Denim Short – People
Short – Zara
Accessories – Colaba Causeway
Pointers for the entire trip:
- Be ready for a gadget free vacation because mobile internet cannot be accessed in the entire group of islands.However, you have wifi in restaurants and few hotels
- Mobile network is better for Vodafone in Port Blair, Havelock and you can expect zero signal in all other islands
That’s a wrap to my entire travel story.Also, video on snorkeling will be out on my Instagram soon.
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Photos by Rahul Kongala and Durga Pulijala