Exploring Hidden Gems: Offbeat Places in Andaman

When one thinks of Andaman Islands, pristine beaches, azure waters and coral reefs often come to mind. While these are undoubtedly the highlights of this tropical paradise, there's much more to discover beyond the tourist hotspots. If you are seeking an offbeat adventure away from the crowds, here are five unique and lesser-known places to explore in Andaman Islands.

Chidiya Tapu (Port Blair)

Chidiya Tapu, also known as the "Bird Island", is a serene paradise located just 25 km from Port Blair. While it is not entirely off the radar, it is often overlooked in favour of more famous destinations. What sets Chidiya Tapu apart is its lush greenery, diverse birdlife and stunning sunsets. It is a haven for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. Take a stroll through the forested trails, enjoy the breathtaking views from the Munda Pahad viewpoint, and witness a mesmerising sunset at the Chidiya Tapu Beach.

A couple dancing on Chidiya Tapu beach with the sun setting in the background
silhouettes of two adults and a child on a boat rowing to reach a destination

Fishing in Neil Island

Neil Island, also known as "Shaheed Dweep", is a tranquil paradise where time seems to stand still. It's primarily visited for its pristine beaches, like Laxmanpur and Bharatpur Beach, but what makes Neil Island truly offbeat is its vibrant fishing culture. Engage in a unique and immersive experience by joining local fishermen on their traditional fishing boats. Learn the art of net casting, witness the daily life of the island's fishing community and savour freshly caught seafood cooked in the traditional Andamanese style. It's an opportunity to connect with the island's authentic culture while enjoying the tranquillity of its waters.

Limestone Caves (Baratang Island)

Baratang Island is a hidden gem that boasts natural wonders rarely found elsewhere in the world and is very offbeat. Andaman's most remarkable attraction is the Limestone Caves. To reach these awe-inspiring caves, embark on an adventurous journey through a dense mangrove forest and take a boat ride along the meandering creeks. Inside the caves, you'll be mesmerised by the spectacular limestone formations and ancient stalactites and stalagmites. The journey to Baratang Island and the Limestone Caves is a thrilling experience for adventurers looking to explore off-the-beaten-path destinations.

a cave with limestone covering the entirety of it
a brown coloured turtle swimming underwater

Walk Under the Sea (Havelock Island)

While Havelock Island is popular for the stunning Radhanagar Beach, it also offers a unique and lesser-known experience — walking under the sea. Put on a helmet with a transparent visor, descend a ladder into the ocean and embark on a surreal underwater walk along the ocean floor. Witness vibrant coral reefs, colourful fish and marine life up close, all without getting wet. It's an excellent option for those who want to explore the underwater world without diving or snorkelling. This adventure offers a completely different perspective on the Andaman's marine beauty.

Dhaninallah Mangrove Nature Walk (Mayabunder)

Mayabunder, situated on the northern part of Middle Andaman Island, is a serene and relatively untouched destination. One of its hidden treasures is Dhaninallah Mangrove Nature Walk. This picturesque boardwalk takes you through dense mangrove forests, providing an opportunity to spot a variety of bird species and other wildlife. The wooden walkway is surrounded by tranquil waters and lush greenery, offering a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. It's the ideal spot for nature lovers and birdwatchers seeking a unique and serene experience.

a wooden bridge amongst a cover of trees

While Andaman Islands are known for their famous beaches and water activities, these Andaman offbeat places offer a different perspective on the archipelago's natural beauty and cultural richness. If you want to experience something unique, book your stay at Symphony Summer Sand Beach Resort And Spa on Neil Island. This resort offers a unique stay option where you swim from your room to other places on the resort, and this surely is one of the offbeat things to do in Andaman. Symphony Summer Sand Beach Resort & Spa is the only resort in Andaman that offers this unique feature. So, what are you waiting for? Start your Andaman journey and check out the offers section of this resort to add discounts to your thrilling experience. If you are planning a stay in Port Blair, check out the rooms and offers at Symphony Samudra Beachside Jungle Resort And Spa. Planning a stay in Havelock? Check out the accommodations and promotions at Symphony Palms Beach Resort And Spa.

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