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Andaman And Nicobar Islands- The Sea of Tranquillity

Close your eyes and let the languid waves roll against one another, crashing onto the shore with a gentle pitter-patter sound of footsteps. The sand beneath your feet crawls between your toes, cool and soft, whiter than you could have ever imagined. The breeze rustles your hair, carrying with it the smell of salt and water. You open your eyes and are confronted by the bluest sea you've ever seen, contrasted by the stark white of the sand, the pale sky, the lush, vibrant green of the trees around you and the thick clouds with a texture which you can almost touch, if only you could just reach out that far.

Welcome to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Located to the east of the Indian peninsula, the islands of Andaman and Nicobar are a traveller's delight. The scenic beauty of the place is irresistible. While the journey to the place itself is a little rough, considering the sporadic weather conditions, it is worth the effort, once the scenic beauty entrances your mind. Gazing at everything around you almost makes you feel like you are at the end of the world and the time has become a malleable entity, completely at your command.

But, that's not all Andaman and Nicobar Islands have to offer. One can discover the coral reefs and the abundant marine life, while snorkelling or scuba diving at places like Cinque, a largely uninhabited area where you find nature in its purest form. One can also go hiking to places like the Saddle Peak and enjoy a panoramic view of the archipelago.

The best time to visit the islands is from December to April, as the weather is usually calmer and bestows a fresher feel to the island. In terms of food, the cuisine is a blend of local flavours and recipes with exotic food products and this appeals to tourists, who are unaccustomed to the local food, offering them the best of both worlds.

Hotels are designed with comfortable rooms to rest in and also include luxury suites that are available at a reasonable price and are inexpensive. For all the eco-conscious folks out there, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands also offers a few eco-friendly resorts that are government run and privately operated.

However, one needs to keep in mind keep in mind that the Nicobar Islands, have been officially declared as a 'tribal conservative area' by the Government of India and even Indian nationals require a permit to tread here.