Andaman Islands tourism has gained quite a lot of popularity among travelers who are looking into both leisure and adventure trips in India. The underwater experience in Andaman is quite unique and still in its pristine state. The different shades of green can actually be seen in the Andaman Islands. The tourism at the islands has seen a steep increase for the past 2 - 3 years. With the international airport expected to be operational from 2022, Andaman tourism will start getting international travelers.
Currently, the Andaman Island tourism industry is still in its nascent phase, however, if you notice the tourism in Andaman Islands has improved and developed finely over the years.
The Andaman Archipelago has over 570 islands out of which only 36 are inhabited. Andaman Island tourism offers varied kinds of experiences for travelers on a visit to the islands. Please note that tourism is open only in the Andaman Islands and is closed for the Nicobar Islands. Nicobar Island entirely falls under the tribal restricted area and travelers are to visit Nicobar without valid and permissible reasons. Even the Andaman Islanders cannot go to the Nicobar Islands without government orders. The government employees are posted in Nicobar which is the only way they can see Nicobar in their lifetime.
However, lately, discussions are underway were some parts of Nicobar to be open for tourism purposes as well. Let's see over time if anything positive comes out from Nicobar tourism as well. We will discuss the Nicobar Islands separately.
The Andaman Islands were initially an iconic holiday spot for the British who settled down here for a while before converting the island into a place for punishing the convicts. They built the Cellular jail and the island was mainly used for exiling the freedom activists from the mainland. Tourism, in reality, started here way back before independence when the British visited these islands for the beauty and charm and set up a colony in Ross Island and when the earthquake shook this place the Bristish moved to Port Blair abandoning this island.
The island slowly recovered from its past anguish and started welcoming people gradually for both settlement and tourism. The people of mainland India feared to enter the island post-independence as the Kalapani horrors haunted them for quite some time. Eventually, people started visiting the islands and the islands were targeted for promoting tourism on a large scale. Andamans Island tourism has white sandy beaches, dense emerald forests and the rich biodiversity of the island all together is something that you cannot easily see anywhere in mainland India. Also, the island is a place of great historical significance and has a lot of historical evidence of the British colonization.
Now at present, the Andaman Islands have tourists traveling from domestic and international platforms. People from all over the globe visit Andamans annually and it has become a favorite destination to a lot of travelers.
The Andaman Islands authorities have worked hard over the years on providing the best of facilities to the tourists visiting the islands. They have developed tourist infrastructures that suit all your needs and all the amenities are improved to provide you with comfort throughout your journey. The islands can be accessed via air and sea only. Numerous aircraft and ships keep traveling from the major cities in the mainland to the islands regularly.
There are eco-friendly properties that offer you accommodation; the island has the basic/modern amenities to suit your taste and preferences. The island practices ecotourism to sustain the beauty of the islands. The tourism authority of India and the island maintain the islands well and keep it away from exploitation.
All the beautiful islands around well connected with ferries and cruises with all the safety types of equipment. The major attractions are the beaches and water sport activities. The Swaraj Dweep (Earlier known as Havelock Island) houses the 7th best beach in the whole of Asia that gathers tourists from around the globe every year. Lately, Radhanagar beach in Andaman was awarded the prestigious blue flag certification.
Over the years the tourism in the islands has boosted rapidly and people keep visiting it to experience the charm of this spectacular island territory.
The island that was once feared and was a nightmare to many people is now an island that is loved by all and visited by many. Even with the growing competition the Andaman Islands tourism stands out and have an increasing number of tourists coming in for its charm.
The Andaman Tourism is preferred by all types of tourists (Couples, Family, Friends, and Solo). The tourism industry has evolved to a great extent in the years and has achieved a lot of accolades and has captured the favorite destination in many people’s hearts.