When we think of Andaman, the general picture that comes to mind is a beautiful landscape with white sands, crystal clear waters, shores lined with coconut trees, and colourful marine life. But, there is so much more to the archipelago! You can indulge in water sports like scuba diving, snorkeling, underwater walking, jet skiing, parasailing, and kayaking. You can also check out the limestone caves at Baratang Island, visit the Cellular Jail light and sound show, and witness the only active volcano of South Asia at Barren Island. However, all of these are either very expensive to experience, or have huge fees to capture in a camera. While these are some of the most unique experiences you must include in your list while you plan your travels in Andaman, there are other amazing experiences that you can have without paying a penny! So, after you have experienced all that you wanted to and had planned to visit in Andaman, and you still want to explore the island further, but are short on your budget, here is a guide that can help.
Experience the amazing bioluminescence at Havelock Island
What would you think if we said that the sea at Havelock Island lights up at night to give an appearance of tiny stars twinkling to form a galaxy? Unbelievable, isn’t it!? But, it’s true! If you are on Havelock Island on a moonless night, you can experience this amazing view. Well, the truth behind this amazing fact is that the waters of Havelock have the presence of phytoplanktons, small organisms that produce light of their own by a chemical reaction taking place within their bodies. These phytoplanktons give the effect of a starry sky by forming constellations within the waters. This is a must-see experience, and the best part is that there is no fee to pay to watch this amazingly unique Nature’s craft!
Trekking on a beach holiday? This is what you may ask yourself when you learn about trekking in Andaman. But yes, you can and you must go trekking from Mount Harriet to Madhuban if you have the chance to. One of the best trekking routes in Andaman, you can explore amazing mangrove forests, with exotic flora and fauna too – absolutely free!
Enjoy bird watching and sunset at Chidiya Tapu
Just as the name says, Chidiya Tapu is where you can explore various bird species. So, if you are a bird lover, go birdwatching to this tiny village just 25 kilometers from Port Blair, where you can explore parakeets, sea eagles, emerald doves, and many other bird species. You can also reach there before sunset to experience the amazing sunset view the place is famous for.
Watch the turtles on the Kalipur Beach
The Kalipur Beach at Diglipur Island is home to lots and lots of turtles. It is the rarest turtle nesting place where four types of turtles – Olive Ridley, Leather Back, Hawksbill and Green Turtles – come to lay their eggs. The best months to see turtles here are from October to March.
Climb up the Little Andaman Lighthouse
“Climb up the Little Andaman Lighthouse” – the statement itself brings an amazing feeling of magnificent views. Although it requires an effort of climbing 200 steps spiraling up to the top of the 41 meter high lighthouse, the Little Andaman Lighthouse offers a magnificent view of the coastlines and forests. So, put in the effort and you will see that it’s worth it to witness the beautiful landscape there.