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#ATOZCHALLENGE DAY02: B FOR BEACHES BEACHES BEACHES

The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of ocean on a beach     – Henry Beston 

Why would  one not fall in love at first sight when you look at the clear blue waters of Andaman and Nicobar islands. With about 572 islands, almost every island is surrounded by beach what more can you ask for? Ever done a beach-hopping ?? 😉 And even though these beaches are flocked by so many tourists you can always find an isolated corner for one to relax and rewind. Shimmering stretch of water, every hue of blues and greens ever seen hitting the pure white sand? Anything that I say would not do justice to the beauty of these pristine beaches. No wonder they are called the “Emerald Islands” by travelers.

Before I talk about the famous beaches, I would want to really mention this point here that all the beaches in Andaman and Nicobar Islands are neat and clean. It’s a punishable offense if one found throwing garbage or littering the beaches. Apart from the govt officials the residents and shopkeepers by the beach side take charge in maintaining the beaches clean and beautiful. 

Since there are a lot of beaches that are worth mentioning I ll stick to few and exclude the most famous ones being Radhanagar (which I have mentioned in my earlier post as well) and few others on this island like the Elephant and Kalapathar in Havelock island along with the beaches Sitapur, Laxmanpur and Bharatpur in Neil Island definitely hold an important place so individual posts for them. 🙂 so don’t forget to check out my future posts for alphabets N and R for the same. 

Corbyn’s Cove

Courtesy -andamantourism.in

This is the most famous beach in the Capital of the islands – Port Blair. The crescent shaped coconut palm fringed Corbyn’s cove is ideal for swimming, water sports (my advice save the water sports for other beaches) and just relaxing. Tourists come here mostly on day 1 of their itinerary after completing the light and sound show at Cellular Jail or vice versa depending on your arrival and if you have a day stop in Port Blair.

The 8 km drive from the city center to the beach itself would make you realize that how clean the air is and without any pollution and passes several Japanese WWII bunkers along the way will give you a peek in history these islands hold. This definitely is a go to beach for the people of the islands here. My first time was when I was in kindergarten and had gone for school picnic 🙂

The Waves Restaurant, The Peerless Sarovar Portico Resort and the Hornbill Nest Guest House are at a stone’s throw from the beachfront.

Chidiyatapu

The beach name means Birds Island which literally holds good as you can see for over 3000 kinds of birds flocking to these islands during sunset and hence this beach is famous as the Sunset Point. To be true the sunsets in many of the beaches is a treat to the eyes. But being this being the more famous one to the Port Blair island since it is just 15 kms from the city. It’s also one of the popular picnic spot for the locals and for the honeymoon couples as well because of the romantic allure.

For adventure lovers Chidiyatapu has a little more to offer. A trekking trail, which passes through forest and beautiful coast line to reach the Munda Pahad(Black Mountain). The trail starts at the shore of Chidiyatapu beach and moves up passing through dense forest. It’s advisable to take a guide or travel in groups to reach the Munda Pahad. Upon reaching Munda Pahad, an elongated black cliff at the edge of Chidiyatapu with an open seascape is an amazing site, which most travelers visiting these islands miss.

Jolly Buoy

clicked by a friend

Jolly Buoy Island is one the most popular tourists attractions in the vicinity of Port Blair. This beautiful and scenic island is situated 15 miles from Wandoor jetty, which is part of Mahatma Gandhi National Park. Wandoor beach is 30 kilometers from Port Blair by road, and from there it will take a one hour boat ride (15 miles) to Jolly Buoy Island. The journey is an unforgettable experience that takes you through a luxuriant forest surrounded by clear, immaculate sea water.

The name Jolly Buoy is an apt description of this delightful island with its spotless, shimmering white sands and turquoise-blue clear waters masterfully adorned by vibrant corals. It is one of only two islands (together with Red Skin Island) that are open to tourists within Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. Jolly Buoy is a veritable diver’s paradise. Because of limitations on the number of visitors at any one time, Jolly Buoy Island is still in pristine condition. This means visitors are treated to an atmosphere like that of a private beach. It is gloriously rich in corals and has an amazing variety of fauna. The underwater marine environment with its brilliantly-colored fishes will leave you awestruck.

It is famous for its glass bottom boats available which will give you a panoramic view of the fauna and flora underneath.

The lonely planet describes the beaches of Andaman’s as – With its breathtakingly beautiful coastline, lush forested interior, fantastic diving possibilities and far-flung location, the Andaman Islands are a perfect place to ramble around or simply chill out on sun-toasted beaches.

Wandoor

The Wandoor beach is yet another popular beach for the tourists and the locals. The beach is about half an hour drive from the city and is close to the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. The park was created 24 May 1983 under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 to protect marine life such as the corals and nesting sea turtles prevalent in the area.

There are 2 major island groups in the park: the Labyrinth Islands and the Twin Islands. The islands are situated 16 km (10 mi) south from Port Blair. The marine park covers 281.5 km² made up of 17 islands and the open sea creeks running through the area. There is a chance for ecotourism on the islands Jolly Buoy and Red Skin. The islands belongs to the Rutland Archipelago and are located between Rutland Island and South Andaman Island.

Few more clicks 🙂 

Other notable beaches in the islands are  – Lalaji Bay, Casurina and Ram Nagar beach in Diglipur which is about 300 kms from Port Blair. The Ram Nagar beach is famous for its sea turtle nesting grounds from Dec to Feb 

All I can think of as I end this post is this beautiful quote ❤

Disclaimer: I am not into photography so all the images that I upload are clicked by my friends or would leave a link to their insta profiles. Also some amazing folks work in Andaman’s as diving instructors and their profiles are treat to the eyes. If you want to drop by and have a look at more pictures. Also an amount of information are taken from the and.nic.in website of Andaman and Nicobar administration and other travel sites of my friends for more accurate and factual data. 

Happy Blogging 🙂 I hope everyone is having a good time !!!

#AtoZChallenge Day01: A for Amazing Andamans

Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a tourist destination for the travel junkies a once in a lifetime experiences, for the Indians (not trying to offend anyone here) they are just a group of islands in the Bay of Bengal, another Union Territory and for rest of the world some land in the world map. But there is MUCH MORE to these beautiful islands.

Over the years i have read many travel blogs where people have penned down their experiences and memories of these islands and am sure you can do that too if you want to know about this place. So, i decided why not being born and brought up in these islands i should take you on a tour to these islands with me. So if you are ready and excited, hop on!!!


ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS are a group of picturesque Islands, big and small, inhabited and uninhabited, a total of 572 islands, islets and rocks lying in the South Eastern Part of the Bay of Bengal.They lie along an arc in long and narrow broken chain, approximately North-South over a distance nearly 800 kms. It is logical to presume a former land connection form Cape Negris at South part of Burma to Achin Head (Cape Pedro) in Andalas (Sumatra).

Administration: The two island groups Andaman and Nicobar are divided by a 10 degree channel. The capital being Port Blair which falls in the Andaman group of islands. The administration is directly governed by the Central Govt in New Delhi under the Governor . Being located in a very strategic location which is important for the security of the country it hosts the Andaman and Nicobar Command, the only tri-service geographical command of the Indian Armed Forces.

Natives: Apart from the strategic geographical location it also is the home to the only known Paleolithic people, the Sentinelese peopel who have no contact with the outside world including the people residing in the islands. There are about seven native tribes to these islands which is just one of the other faces to these islands.

Presence in the world history: Besides the beautiful blue clear waters, mesmerizing beaches which is delight to the photographers eye the islands have witnessed the most dreadful of times in history – the Indian Independence Struggle for Freedom. Once known as the Kalapani the word itself used to send down shivers to the prisoners back in the 1900’s. Rules by many of dynasties like the Cholas, Marathas followed by Danish colonial and Britishers until the set up the World Famous Cellular Jail which was where the prisoners were tortured to death as part of the penal colony settlement for the convicts. 

The islands were under control by the Japanese during the World War II During the independence of both India (1947) and Burma (1948), the departing British announced their intention to resettle all Anglo-Indians and Anglo-Burmese on these islands to form their own nation, although this never materialized. It became part of India in 1950 and was declared as a union territory of the nation in 1956.

The islands have also been witness to one of the most dreaded nature’s fury – the 2004 December TSUNAMI. Just half an hour away from the epicenter of the earthquake in Sumatra, Indonesia the islands were devastated by the 33ft high water walls there by killing almost over 10000 islanders and leaving more than half the population homeless. The worst affected were the Nicobar and Katchal islands along with Indira point(the southern most tip of India). While locals and tourist of the islands suffered the greatest casualties from the tsunami, most of the aboriginal people survived because oral traditions passed down from generations ago warned them to evacuate from large waves that follow large earthquakes.

With all this to its history these islands is one of the most well known tourist destinations for Indian travellers and in the world. The beaches in these islands are one of the worlds best and one among them the Radhanagar beach has been rated as Asia’s best beach and the World’s 8th best beach by the Trip Advisor. The tropical rainforest canopy helps in the growth of some unexplored flora and fauna of the world. The amazing marine life makes even the non swimmers take a deep dive during the scuba to see it from their own eyes.

Radhanagar beach Courtesy – makemytrip

Well well can’t just write everything here cause this blog post alone would be too short to accommodate all the amazing things these amazing islands have to tell you. So all this and more in the next chapter s of the #AtoZChallenge 🙂 

From a recent trip Feb 2017 with my friends who had come down to visit these islands. An awesome one week trip. This is on the beaches of Neil Island

 

 

Today is also a special day as its my brother Sanjay’s birthday!!! Here is my fav pic of the two of us then and now and a message to him

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Growing up as a kid wouldn’t have been a happy memory if it was not you by my side to fight and play. Thank you for always showing me the right path, standing up for me in front of mom and dad and sharing my share of scolding and beatings.For making sure am not hurt by anyone or anything, for keeping your calm and being strong in front of me the entire time when mom passed away so that i don’t cry..for deciding to move back home so that i can continue my career here in Bangalore and many other moments. I have memories with you that would always make me want to be born as your little sister again and again ❤ ❤ ❤
You have been my strength all this while and shall forever be. I know you would do anything in this world to make me happy. I love you. Hope you have the best birthday brother Be the coolest Sanjay that everyone knows you for. To the most handsome man i have known, the one with most warmest heart and the strongest man who always stands up for his loved ones and beyond. I love you and i miss you tons. Loads of hugs and kisses to the most charming brother one can have.

Wishing all the participants the very best! Let the games begin and celebrate the joy of Blogging 🙂 

Live.Love.Laugh and Keep Blogging!!!

DRUM ROLL – #ATOZCHALLENGE -THEME REVEAL 2017

#AtoZChallenge 2017 Theme Reveal is here !!!!

Yipeeee!!! My second year into blogging and my second time in the #AtoZChallenge and I can’t tell you how much i had to convince myself to take this up this year as well. Not that i hate anything about the challenge but more on the other side that is I love the concept of A to Z challenge and being the perfectionist kinda person i am, I wanted to do complete justice with the challenge.

I had my own reasons for being doubtful about it more so because I was not into blogging for the last six months for valid reasons Click here to read I was not sure if I could commit to myself 26 days of continuous writing and that too when i had no theme in my head. And even if i ended up on a theme , alphabets like Q, X and Z alone would make raise the bar of challenge to a whole new level 🙂 I am sure most of you would agree with it. But, i have learnt not to give up and so i wouldn’t this time as well at any cost.

What is the #AToZChallenge about?
Now #AtoZChallenge is all about blogging for 26 days, one day for each alphabet during the April month except for Sundays. It not only helps in networking with many new and old bloggers but you get to learn a lot about yourself while taking up this challenge. Most of us would do a #Reflections post once we “Survive” – yeah that’s what we tell once you finish the challenge. Trust me it seems easy to blog 26 days but when you get into it you fall short of words, you fall short of time, you even fall short of interest. Its not just about writing, you even need to read other blogs which are participating which is essentially the idea behind this challenge.

Does a theme help?
Having a theme is totally up to the participant. While having a theme filters down your ideas about posting it also makes it tough (majority of the times) when it comes to specific alphabets. Many people chose a theme in order to come up with an ebook later on. Some write stories which is good if you have a script in mind; some write poems, some do DIY, some receipes all in all you would find everything under the sky in this blogging world during the challenge.

Theme Reveal
I was certainly wanting to have a Theme as it filters down my random thoughts running all over the place but i ended up banging my head as i would fall short of words for few alphabets and then give up on that idea. Does that happen to you as well ?? (~~ wondering ~~) So today on my way to work i had this Eureka moment of an idea and surprisingly jotting down words for this was the simplest things i have ever done in my blogging life. Sometimes you underestimate the simple pleasures of life.

So let the drums roll while I present to you this years theme of #AtoZChallenge2017 on my blog Life as a Potpourri which is extremely close to my heart and that is 

🙂 🙂 🙂 I am so happy with my theme that you guys have no idea right when the day is about to end here in India. It would be an honor and pleasure to talk about my hometown Andaman and Nicobar Islands where i have been born and brought up with all you people out there. Many of you am sure wouldn’t even have heard the place but just to give a sneak peak here are some facts about #ANDAMANS 

  • It’s one of the Union Territories of India.
  • It’s an archipelago of about 300 islands.
  • It’s has a history related to Indian Independence.
  • The island’s #Radhanagar beach has been rated Asia’s best beach and World’s 8th best beach by Trip Advisor
  • The waters of Andamans have been rated as the 6th best blue waters all over the world
  • It has the only active volcano of India – Barren Island
  • The 26th December, 2004 Tsunami had majorly affected the islands at it was just about 30 mins from Sumatra the origin of the earthquake which measured about 8.9 to 9.1 on Richter scale
  • Your blog friend – Sneha(that’s me) was born in these islands …just kidding, need to save the info for the blog posts ❤

If those details got you glued and thinking then you should definitely check out this blog cause these islands have a lot to offer, only if you ask 🙂 Also i would be using the hashtag #AmazingAndamans  which is the theme as well along with #AndamanswithSneha and #Galfromtheisland

It would be really great if you could give your feedback, comments,suggestions and keep visiting my blog during the April month. Please feel free to connect via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Google +

Wishing all the participants the very best! Let’s do this together and celebrate the joy of Blogging 🙂 Hoping to meet many new and old folks during the one month of blog marathon..woohoo!!! Let the games begin.

Live.Love.Laugh and Keep Blogging!!!

~~ Sneha, gal from the islands ~~