Saturday, December 31, 2011

Amazing Andamans !

It is that time of the year when one tends to sit back and reflect on the year gone by. Some wishes fulfilled, some others carried forward to the future. These become resolutions for the next year.

For me, one of the highlights of the year gone by was undoubtedly a visit to the Andaman Islands. A completely chance meeting over the internet with a long lost friend who is now in Port Blair, and the next week I had landed there, wife and kids in tow, for a trip he said ‘you will never forget in your life’.

Little did I know how true these words would be. After all, how much excitement can you pack in a single week? 

Stunningly beautiful islands with water as clear as mineral water. 
Thick tropical rain forest with trees towering tens of meters above ground. 
Limestone caves standing still since the beginning of time. 
An aboriginal race that takes you back to the origins of Homo Sapiens. 
Snorkeling, undersea corals and a glimpse of the exceptionally beautiful marine life. 
Amazing mangroves and strange trees like you have never seen before. 
First hand stories of the Tsunami. 
A luxury boat cruise. 
Japanese bunkers dating back to World War II. 
A British era jail where conditions were so harsh that its inmates wished for death. 
And much more, Andaman even has India's only live volcano.

Andaman has so much to offer. It turned out to be a place like no other I have ever visited.

Andaman has things you will not find elsewhere

Grub Island, one of the 572 Islands that form the Andaman & Nicobar Group of  Islands

Rhizophora Mangle roots grow up from the ground and reach the tree  top !
Trees such as the Andaman Padauk grow taller than a ten-storied building
The Limestone caves takes you back to the origins of the Earth
The Cellular Jail is the harshest chapter of India's freedom struggle. Don't miss the Sound & Light show here.

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