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Find Out The Top Reasons Why Andaman & Nicobar Islands Is More Than Just A Beach Destination 

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Among the primary reasons to visit the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are the calm white sand beaches. The clear water and comparatively low crowds make it a delight for the seafarer. But the islands have much more to offer beyond the beaches. However, before embarking on this trip, it would be appropriate to consider evaluating travel insurance plans offered by Bharti AXA GI.

The history

Visit the Cellular Jail built by the British to see where our freedom fighters were once imprisoned. This foreboding site of many atrocities is bound to give you goose bumps. The name Kaala Pani is still synonymous with the toughest prison sentence. Stay back throughout the evening to watch the light and sound show that walks you through India’s freedom struggle.

The culture

The islanders take great pride in their rich and varied culture. In Port Blair, you will find many museums covering a wide range of themes including anthropology, agriculture, wildlife of the region, and aquatic fauna found around the islands. You should also pay a visit to the science centre and the Chatham Saw Mill built in the 19th century.

The aquatic adventures

There is no better way to discover underwater wonders than a sea-walk around the islands. You could also choose to put on your scuba gear and dive to meet the marine life. Maybe you will get to meet Dugong, the gentle sea cow which is the state animal of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. If you are not the adventurous type, you can always enjoy a ride in a glass-bottomed boat and see deep into the clear waters of the ocean. If you prefer sports, Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex is the place to be. You can participate in jet skiing and parasailing, among other activities, here.

The greens

No trip to the islands can be complete without a drive on the Andaman Trunk Road. The road winds its way through lush green forests and takes you to the limestone caves of Diglipur. These caves are home to Swiftlet birds, which are among the very few species that build an edible nest to live in. With a guide, you could also experience the lifestyle of the indigenous tribes like the Jarawa. And the islands are also home to the only active volcano in South Asia. Barren Island is a small 3km by 1.6km island about 135km northeast of Port Blair and houses the said volcano.

The food

No trip to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands can be complete till you have feasted on the local delicacies. Take your pick from the many restaurants in Port Blair to taste freshly caught fish, crabs and lobsters. From fine dining to the casual eatery on the beach – you will find it all here. The cuisine is a nice mix of South Indian, Sri Lankan and North Indian sensibilities. You should also try out Pandanus, a wedge-shaped fruit indigenous to the region that is a staple ingredient in Nicobari food.

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