Travelling, exploring new places, meeting new people, trying new cuisines, indulging in new experiences, help you step out of your comfort zone, take risks and grow as a person. With that, travelling is also a great way to de-stress as it fills you up with new energy and enthusiasm, preparing you for the next step of your life.
Talking about the next step, there will come a time in your life when you’ll have to plan a de-stress trip; where you can party and have some fun, breathe some fresh air on serene beaches, watch beautiful sunrises’ and sunsets, explore new places and indulge into new experiences.
Thinking of beaches and parties; Goa and Andaman are the two options that come to mind. While Goa is still the official party hub for the millennials, it may not appease the young minds looking for a peaceful yet relaxing time. Firstly, Goa is overcrowded for obvious reasons. Secondly, it’s almost impossible to plan a pocket-friendly trip to Goa during the peak season. So, if you are not much into carnivals, dancing to loud music, and beach parties; head to Andamans – India’s very own Island Capital for a peaceful relaxing time with scenic views of the sea, amazing food, beautiful beaches and whatnot. Though Andaman may seem an expensive bid due to the high-priced flight tickets, the whole experience is guaranteed value for money.
All said and done, we understand things said above might not be enough to convince you into planning a trip to the Island Capital. So, here we are with 5 reasons why Andaman and not Goa should be the next in your bucket list.
1. More than just beaches
Andaman & Nicobar Islands are a collection of over 500 small islands, most of which remain inaccessible for tourists. Therefore, people are likely to take Andaman as a beach-centric holiday destination but it’s clearly not that.
Andamans is much more than just untouched & unexplored Islands; it has a lot more to offer. For instance, the Cellular Jail – a colonial prison in Port Blair, stands as a reminder of the sacrifice our freedom fighters had to make during the freedom struggle. These inaccessible islands and distant rainforests hold the secret to ancient life, still far beyond human reach. The unique white sand bridge beautifully connects two islands, Ross and Smith. Andaman is also home to some endemic species which are pretty rare in other parts of India. In addition, one can check out the various museums and naturally occurring limestone caves that are a rare sight and you definitely must not miss.
2. Andaman puts you on a ‘Log out’ mode
Goa is all about party and fun but there’s no way you can stop the workaholics from wandering around the beaches with a laptop in one hand and a Bluetooth in their ears, ruining the whole vibe that represents Goa. Well, that’s not the case in Andaman!
When you’re in the Island Capital for vacation, relaxing and having fun are the only options you’ll have. Whether you like it or not, thanks to limited network connectivity in Andaman, you’re officially on ‘log out’ mode, restricting workaholics from wasting time doing office work.
3. The Nightlife is a pleasant experience
Rejuvenation and relaxation are the two words that perfectly inculcate the nightlife in Andaman & Nicobar. The island is a perfect party destination with some cool pubs and hookah bars that host great parties and events. Apart from that, there are some tour packages which offer curated experiences to ensure people get the most of Andaman and the nightlife. You can check out the list of curated experiences on our website.
4. Less crowded
Both Goa and Andaman have their own perks. For instance, Goa is more popular than Andaman and easily accessible by train and buses along with flights. On the other hand, Andaman can be reached only by flights or ships. However, despite its poor connection with mainland India, Andaman remains one of the best destinations for travellers.
Thanks to Goa’s popularity and easy accessibility, most people skip the beautiful paradise that Andaman is, saving India’s Island capital from overcrowding. So, no matter which time of the year you pick to visit Andamans, you’ll always find its roads and beaches serene and calm.
5. Seafood like no other
The local population of Andaman is essentially a mix of Bengalis, Burmese and South Indians; making Andaman the official paradise for foodies, especially seafood lovers. The local cuisine is a mix of rich species and recipes from West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, etc. and one can find a Burmese and Thai influence in the cooking. If you want to assuage your tastebuds with the authentic cuisines from across India in one plate, Andaman is the place to be.
In and all, Andaman is nothing less than heaven yet unexplored. So, if you want a relaxing, peaceful experience with lots of fun things to do – Andaman & Nicobar is the place to be. Though, as wise men have always said, “good things take time” and so if you want to make the most of your Andamanian visit, make sure you have no plans of going back for at least 8-10 days.