Mayabunder, situated in the north of the Middle Andamans is also referred to as Maya Bunder. Not only is it a part of the Indian Union Territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, it is also one among the five local administrative segmentations of the Indian district of Andaman. It functions in a way a county does. Mayabunder is a second largest “tehsil” in terms of area but has the smallest population. Mayabunder is inhabited by the settlers from Burma, East Pakistan and ex-convicts and has a distinct culture of its own. Mayabunder is famed for its oceanic beauty and gorgeous beaches. About 70 km by road from Rangat, Mayabunder provides you the opportunity to enjoy a holiday in the serene and unpolluted environs.
242 Kms. by road & 136 Kms. by Sea Situated in the northern part of Middle Andaman, Mayabunder offers excellent scenic beauty and beautiful beaches. Inhabited by the settlers from Burma, East Pakistan and ex-convicts, Mayabunder has a distinct culture. Beach at Avis Island (30 minutes boat journey from Mayabunder), Karmatang beach (13 kms.) and mangrove lined creeks are the attractions.
Karmatang beach is also a turtle nesting ground. One can view nesting of turtles during December-February season. One can go to Kalighat (for Diglipur) by boat from here
Andaman and the Nicobar Islands are the best options for the adventure seekers and the merry makers alike. There are a variety of water sports that you may indulge in while at the Andaman and the Nicobar Islands. The most popular sports though are scuba diving and snorkeling. You must check out the Wandoor or the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Carbyn’s Cove Tourism Complex and the Havelock Island for snorkeling at the Andaman and the Nicobar Islands. Similarly to enjoy the marvelous marine life and get entangled in the mysteries of the wrecked ships you may try scuba diving. The Andaman Scuba Club trains amateurs in scuba diving. In fact right from Water Skiing, Water Scooters, Boats, Parasailing, Sail Boats, Wind Surfers, Speed Boats to Glass Bottom Boats For Coral/ Ship Wreck Viewing Andaman and the Nicobar Islands have it all. Elephant Safari, Island Trekking and Lagoon Cruises are other adventure activities you may enjoy at the Andaman and the Nicobar Islands.
Port Blair the capital city of the Andaman and the Nicobar Islands celebrates an annual Island Tourism festival. The festivities of the Island Tourism Festival that include exhibitions, cultural performances and water sport competitions carry on for a fortnight in the months of December and January. In case you are at the Andaman and the Nicobar Islands in January you may even participate in the Subhash Mela and the Vivekananda Mela that celebrate the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Swami Vivekananda at the Havelock Island and the Neil Island respectively.
Other Tourist Spots in Andaman Nicobar
The Mahatma Gandhi National Marine Park, Wandoor at a distance of 29 kilometers from Port Blair is the place to check out the mangrove forests, breathtakingly beautiful beaches, captivating coral reefs and schools of ornamental fish and marine life besides the right spot for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling. Jolly Buoy and redskin islands are other tourist spots worth visiting in Wandoor.
You may visit some of the rare species of endemic birds and animals found in the Andaman and the Nicobar Islands at the Mini Zoo of Haddo.
Amongst the many islands of the Andaman and the Nicobar group is the Ross Island with several reminiscences of the British administration including a Church, Cemetery, swimming Pool et al. Similarly you may visit the Viper Island renowned for its old jail where the British used to keep the prisoners.
You may even visit the Sippighat Farm where the research & development programs for cultivation of spices are run by the government.
More great destinations can be found in the Explore India page.