Andaman & Nicobar – travelog


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“Over looking the sea at Port Blair, Andaman”

Andaman & Nicobar Islands, an archipelago or a collection of various small islands; Very little is known about this beautiful union territory of India and most surprisingly Indians form a small percentage of tourism to these islands. Located close to Chenai coast, the place can be accessed by flight or by sea journey. Nicobar islands are not accessible to tourists considering they are still occupied by native tribes

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“Megapode”

Many reasonable accommodations are available and can be booked through various reputed travel agents like @Make My Trip or @Yatra. However quality of accommodations should be expected to be average considering the islands depend on daily supplies from Indian coast

We were fortunate however to find accommodation at “Megapode” which overlooks the majestic Indian ocean at Port Blair. The bugle sound of the cargo ships give an early morning wake up call along with the clutter of birds outside your rooms. Megapode is a name of a local bird found in Andamans, full of mischief and capable of running top speeds on ground

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Among the various tourist locations in Andamans, Indian history records the suffering of prisoners during the British rule in India. These are the famous “Central Jail” also known to many as “Kalapaani Jail”

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Legend has it that these jails never allowed a prisoner to escape being surrounded by Indian ocean on all sides. The waters possible devoured many dead trying to escape.

The corridors here have an eerie feeling. Our hearts sank in those corridors with the mind painting the horrific image of prisoners being confined to dark dungeons, death altars and gallows where prisoners were given the death sentence. It also houses a room specially created in that era for lashing prisoners on bare skin. A testimony to the struggle put up for our dear freedom 

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There are endless options of beautiful white sand beaches. Little wonder these islands are a top choice for honeymooners

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Do expect a tropical climate for most months in the year. These islands play host to foreign campers and tourists for most months in a year. Monsoons can be choppy in some parts. Our chosen month for travel was July which is in midst of monsoon for Andamans. Though a few places were beyond our reach, what came as a boon was a rainforest and crocodile sanctuary close to Havelock islands.

Best advice is not to stick out your hand from the speed boats which take you to the little marooned island through a series of thick vegetation and mangroves 

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Deep within the rainforest area lie these amazing creation of nature. These limestone caves are in formation since the dinosaur age adding a few mm each year

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Most foreign tourists leave the Andaman island almost as soon as they arrive to another island nearby called “Havelock”.

Government transport to this island is by Ramanujam ship which carries passengers once a day each way. Private transport is available but expensive. Be careful to have to plan a day in between traveling back to Port Blair and catching a flight. Transport to and from Havelock is often suspended due to weather and sea conditions 

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Havelock is scarcely populated and there are beaches where you may be the only human species around. The water is clear and calm and you can walk through corals and fish until a few hundred meters off shore. Options of scuba, fishing, snorkeling etc are available

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Andaman and Nicobar are home to some of the oldest tribes of this world. Among the main five tribes, The Jarawa tribe has still not crossed over to civilization while government programs are ongoing

Tourists are asked to be cautious when passing through Jarawa tribe areas. However I was lucky to have spotted a few and missed a near death experience with a jarawa ready with an arrow. Jarawas are mainly hunters and mainly depend on hunting and farming for their survival 

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Andaman islands are a bundle of adventure and peace. Plan a trip lasting a week to enjoy most parts of these islands. Tag your tent, camping gear and a camera along

Coral reefs, rainforest, scuba diving, Asia’s largest timber cutting factory, or a peaceful retreat to Havelock and other islands, Andaman islands offers an experience and memories for a lifetime

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The default woman


Why are women surprised with the ongoing wrongs against them suddenly??No i don’t mean to spark off a hate and dismiss here. I am as much against these wrongs today, and like most citizens watch the typecast spurt of news, rapists getting convicted, and news on innocents getting targeted.

But what I wish is we don’t get carried away and think this is all happening suddenly. Wrongs against women have been happening since a very long time. It is only that media decided to report more often now with may be a minimal selfishness of increased readership after the recent harsh incident in the capital.

These wrongs start not in the society but in your own home and often with your own parents. A parent brings up a girl child with more protection than a  boy child. They are tuned to perform soft works and chores. Many find their way to girl only education system until colleges whilst often getting dropped  to their schools and colleges by their fathers overprotective security cordon.  When they get into offices, women often find it harder to succeed due to the system that exists. All life the girl is taught to suppress, seek protection, and subconsciously act weak. If she is still very successful, it wont be a surprise if she has to end up in a marriage where the society pushes them into a sacrifice.

Incident of gang rapes, dowry etc are nothing but vents of a frustrated breed  in this society which has been separated from their developed counterparts for variety of reasons. These sick people were unable to keep pace with a society which matured, moved away from unethical social norms against women, got better educated and found more avenues like sports and career to vent their aggression.

Do you feel your children are being brought up in the right manner ?