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Thursday, 29 October 2015

Trip to Andamans - Dussera 2015

Dussera Vacations 2015
There comes a time when you start feeling that you need to go somewhere. The daily work schedule starts taking its toll on you. As schools closed for Dussera, we decided do go somewhere with a beach. It was a toss up between Goa and Andamans. The thing going in favor of Goa was that I could drive there, but Goa beaches don't even hold a candle to Andamans beaches. So the decision was in favor of Andamans and that meant that driving was out of the window.
Depending on the days of vacation, we decided to drop the Cellular Jain from the itinerary because we had been there in our earlier Trip. If you are going there for the first time, it is a must visit place. Here are some photos from my earlier trip to Cellular Jail.

Displays depicting prisoners

Displays depicting prisoners

Displays depicting prisoners

Model of Cellular Jail



Gallows


Savarkar Cell

Main Gate


Port Blair also has a very interesting aquarium. If one is going there for the first time, it is a must visit place.
If one is interested in beaches in Port Blair, then Corbyn Cove seems to be the popular destination.  In my last trip, I visited the beach but it is nothing compared to other beaches in other islands in Andamans.



Andamans 2015, Day 6, Beach, beach and beach

23-October-2015
The dive place was sold out for the day so the whole day was spent on the beach. Here are some of the photos from the day.


Resort


Sunset on the beach

Sunset on the beach

Sunset on the beach

Resort bar

Resort restaurant

Just before sunset


Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Andamans 2015, Day 4, Wandoor, Jolly Buoy, Red Skin


21-October-2015
This was our last day in Port Blair before we move on to Havelock. We had planned on visiting Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park in Wandoor.
MGMNP is located in Bay of Bengal covering approximately 281.5 sq km area. It is about 30 kms from Port Blair, the capital city of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Wandoor is the main entry point into the park which is situated on the park's north western tip.
The lush green mangrove forest alongside the dense tropical rain forests and the enchanting diverse coral reefs with sea grass meadows are a visual treat. The national park harbors the richest coral reefs and associated marine line in the country.
Some important animal species found in the park are
  • Estuarine crocodile
  • Leatherback sea turtle
  • Green turtle
  • Olive ridley turtle
  • Hawksbill turtle
  • Sea cow or Dugong
  • Manta Ray
  • Common Dolphin
  • White bellied sea eagle
Most of the Islands that form  MGMNP are completely protected areas and tourists are allowed only in two islands i.e. Red Skin and Jolly Buoy. These two islands are rotated on six monthly basis. At the time we were there, the island where we were allowed was Red Skin.


Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Andamans-2015 Day 1 Bengaluru - Chennai - Port Blair

Everytime I have to travel by air, the night before travel, I am reminded of the reasons why I hate air travel in India. For example, I need to travel from Bengaluru to Port Blair, which should not be more than a 3 hours flight. But I have to get up at 3 AM, take a flight to Chennai and I will reach Port Blair only around 2:40 PM. Most of this time you are sitting in a airport which in itself is a make belief world.

I decided to book a cab the night before and I realized that it is impossible to reach a human to book a cab. I seriously believe that this app only world is going to kill us one day. Anyways, tried Ola Cab and they said that for the window that I am looking for a taxi, all the taxis are booked and I should try 15 minute before the journey. Uber just said that only way to book a taxi is 15 minute before journey. Finally Meru app allowed me to book a taxi. Thinking that there is still some hope for this world, I slept.

As I got up, I see a message from Meru with a taxi number etc. We got ready, the taxi had still not arrived  and it was beyond the time that I had booked it for. I opened the Meru app and the location of taxi was in Arabian Sea. I suspected that something was amiss.  I called the taxi driver number, for first few times, nobody picked up and then it went switched off. Now I was getting worried. Tried Uber app, they politely said no taxis are available. Finally tried Ola again and there was a tax near my house which was showing 5 minutes away. I called that guy, he said he is coming. No taxi still and it was half an hour past  my comfortable departure time. Finally few calls and SMSes later, the taxi fellow showed up and we started to Airport.

Bengaluru Airport has been declared a silent airport so there are no announcements, that is a good thing because earlier announcements were anyway hard to understand.
Restaurant at Bengaluru Airport
Finally Indigo announces boarding and there is a complete stampede for boarding. Everybody is standing, pushing and jostling with each other as if it is the end of the world and this is the Noah's Ark in which only one couple from each species will be allowed. After 15 minutes, Indigo realizes that they forgot to get the bus which will take the passengers to the aircraft.
Eventually everything falls in place and we are on board the aircraft for a 40 minute flight. We have already spent 4 hours of a good early morning to take a 40 minute flight.
6:15 AM Left Bengaluru Airport


Chennai Airport Arrival
7:25 AM Chennai Airport has improved quite a lot since I visited it last in the year 2009. It is still nowhere compared to Bengaluru or Delhi. We had to kill good 5 hours on the airport before the flight to Port Blair would be ready.
12:00 PM Left Chennai Airport to Port Blair.
2:15 PM Arrived in Port Blair Airport.
If you book Barefoot at Havelock, they provide complete transit arrangements to/from Port Blair. They will pick you up at the airport, drop at hotel, put you up in ferry, pick up at havelock and all the things above for return journey. In our case the havelock journey was after 4 days, but they still arranged everything. So we saw a friendly face from Barefoot, they dropped us at our hotel in Port Blair. We were staying at Fortune Resort Bay Island. Here is my review of the place.