It’s been 10 months since my trip to the Andaman Islands, but the memories from the trip ever so remain fresh and still linger on. And each time I come across pictures and posts of the islands, I’m reminded of my 7 days’stay in the islands. Each time I open the folder of pictures from the trip, I’m filled with this strong urge to go back to these beautiful group of islands.
When I go back in time and reminisce my week long stay there, all I have in mind are images of those untouched stretches of pristine white sandy beaches, giant tropical rain forests that look like they came straight out from some Anaconda movie, views like the amazon rain forests which I saw through the aircraft window before landing in Port Blair, the exquisite marine life, those beautiful winding roads and the peacefulness and the tranquility the place offered and most vividly, life running at its own slow pace.
Cycling along beautiful winding roads towards Kalapatthar Beach.
The calm and serene Wandoor beach. Cycling to this beach from the resort I was staying at was pure bliss.
Me and my best friend enjoying some ‘we’ time along beach number 5 in Havelock Island
We (me and my best friend from school) were aching to set out somewhere after our last trip to Jaipur in the month of November in 2014. So plannings and research began as early as July 2015, two months ahead of the trip. We asked our other friends around but when they couldn’t make it, that didn’t stop the both of us from making this trip possible. We booked our flight tickets almost two months in advance I remember hence, we got a pretty good deal. With a round trip flight ticket booking for as cheap as Rs. 7500 from Chennai to Port Blair, we knew we couldn’t have had a better start – the best part about off season travel. We made some prior bookings after a lot of research on the net before heading to the islands – some of them I’d say, were mistakes we made on this trip (something I might elaborate in the future posts) but it was just our second independent trip and there was bound to be some let downs in terms of decision making about places to stay or travel to. No complaints though, as we learnt a great deal from this trip.
So the day finally arrived and we couldn’t contain our excitement like two little puppies about to get a treat after days of starvation. It didn’t take us long to fall in love with the beautiful place. There are some things that cannot be explained in words but are best experienced.That feeling was one of them. I was no doubt blown away by the beauty and serenity of the place, but more so, it was life in the islands that made me step back and wonder how with the little things they had, people there were so much contented, no latest phone in hand, no network connectivity, no wifi and they were still quite happy that way and then I had the images of these set of people back in the city I work in, who just go nuts in this race to fit themselves in the society, who would do anything for a little show off and anything to make them look good and superior. I guess that’s what living in the city does to most of us.
We visited beautiful islands and beaches, cycled through beautiful winding roads, dived in the turquoise blue waters and experienced the exquisite sea life underneath. We ate to our hearts’ content at cafes serving us delicious and exotic food and stayed at resorts located far away from city life, run by warmhearted friendly locals. We enjoyed long walks and talks on white sandy beaches that stretched as far as our eyes could see and rode on speed boat through the mangrove forests to creeks in Baratang Island. We also missed out on few of the places we wanted to visit but we decided not to rush things and enjoy what we had in the moment cause there’s always a next time 🙂
And at the end of the 7th day, we returned with hundreds of moments captured in pictures, a truckload of memories and experiences that will forever remain close to our hearts. We returned as better and wiser individuals learning from all the issues that we faced together in the trip and as better best friends.
While I am at a loss of words to describe my experiences, I leave you with these beautiful moments captured on our cameras throughout our 7 day travel in Andaman.
Wouldn’t you want to soak yourself in the serenity of this place and experience what I did? Perhaps it’s time to pack your bags and plan a trip to the Andamans this season? Let me know what you thought of these pictures.
Don’t we all love Andaman?
Early mornings along beach number 5 – a one minute walk from the resort we stayed -Emerald Gecko.
Of untold sufferings, valiant defiance and the undaunted spirit of our freedom fighters. Life behind these walls – Cellular Jail – going back in time
The rain drenched speed boat ride to this creek – Baratang Island towards limestone caves
Towards Baratang island – Monsoon travels ^^
After passing the Jarawa Reserve forest area towards Baratang island. Such pretty sight!
Church ruins at Ross Island