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Join the author on an interesting and adventurous tour of the Andaman Islands. The chapter leaves the readers with an awe-worthy imagination of the island.
The Journey to Port Blair
The voyage began on the 25th of April with a train, the Pinakini Express from Vijayawada to Chennai Central. Then a ship to the capital of Andaman, Port Blair was boarded. Cell towers, factory chimneys, and tall buildings started to gradually fade.
While the medical staff was busy treating the patients suffering mostly from sea sickness, the sanitary staff maintained the cleanliness and order on the ship. The writer, a curious young boy found the crew incredibly cordial and friendly. Five days later, the passengers alighted on the coast of Port Blair.
Andaman comprises around six hundred islands, located between India’s coast and Myanmar. Only 37 of them are inhabited. They have plant, animal and marine life in abundance. The Cellular Jail, built by the British has been transformed into a hospital. The Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, filled with coral reefs, fishes of different colours and sea turtles, spreads over a wide area of 15 islands.
Next, the writer hops on a ferry to Havelock Island. He was welcomed by a magnificent lighthouse and the clear greenish blue sea. On the beaches, visitors were enjoying themselves by riding elephants and soaking up the sun. The writer was drawn to the sea’s fresh breeze, frothy tides, and smooth sands.
When they arrived at Elephant beach, the writer noticed some swimmers diving into the sea from the motor boats. They were attired distinctively. Their faces were masked and they had air cylinders on their backs. These scuba divers explored the waters to watch the beautiful coral reefs and majestic marine life. His desire to experience adventure was stoked by scuba diving and he wished he could too.
Lastly, they visited Radhanagar beach. It was a lovely location, with deep green forests lining the coast and white beaches. The brother-sister duo enjoyed a jolly ride on the elephant. These lifetime experiences are treasured by the writer, and they continue to bring him joy.
The islanders are descendants of indigenous tribes. Some of them are isolated and distant from modern culture. Despite this, the islands now resemble a tiny version of India. The island houses people of different languages, cultures, and faiths living together happily.