Car Nicobar is an island that’s part of India’s chain of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The small island offers idyllic beaches, friendly people, and dense vegetation that can force tourists to extend their stay. It is also home to the Indian Air Force’s base which was completely destroyed with almost everything on the island due to tsunami back in December 2014.
Located on the Southern side of Port Blair, the island is a perfect destination to be visited during all seasons. The destination is ideal for nature lovers, water sports lovers, and adventure lovers.
About Car Nicobar Airport
The island’s Car Nicobar Air Force Base also serves as its airport. Currently, the Andaman & Nicobar Islands Administration and the Indian Air Force operate two flights between Port Blair and Campbell Bay via Car Nicobar. At one point, Air India use to offer direct flights to this island from various Indian cities. But, the flight remains withdrawn since 2016. So, travelers can book a trip to Port Blair Airport (Veer Savarkar International Airport) and then use a helicopter or a chartered flight operated by the Indian Air Force to reach the Car Nicobar Airport.
Attractions in and around Car Nicobar
The tiny island is a perfect place for water sports lovers. Tourists can enjoy surfing, diving, and snorkelling along with other water sports. As attractions are several kilometers away from each other, exploring Car Nicobar and other island attractions require proper guidance and planning. Plus, tourists also need a special permit to enter some parts of Car Nicobar. So, advice from a local tour operator is necessary. Tourists can avail ship or cruise service to travel from one island to the other.
- Spend some time at the beaches on the island
Surrounded by coconut and palm trees, the idyllic beaches on Car Nicobar Island are perfect for swimming and to spend some peaceful time with loved ones.
- Samudrika Marine Museum
Situated in Andaman Island, the Samudrika Marine Museum offers artefacts and details about the marine life, archaeology, and geographical factors of the Andaman Nicobar Islands.
- Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
Amazing is probably the best word to describe the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. It is located on the Andaman Island. The park is made up of more than 15 small and large islands and open sea creeks. Tourists can take a closer look at endangered fishes like Surgeonfishes, Lion or Scorpion Fish, Angelfish, etc. Glass bottom boat ride is something that every tourist would enjoy.
- Barren Island
Barren Island is home to South Asia’s only active volcano. Besides, it is also considered as one of the best destinations for scuba diving around the world.
- The Cellular Jail
No matter whichever island from Andaman Nicobar Island(s) tourists plan to visit, they should surely visit the Cellular Jail at Port Blair before heading back home. The jail was specially constructed by the British administration to keep Indian political prisoners in isolation.
Dining options while at the Andaman Nicobar Islands
Seafood lovers can enjoy crabs, prawns, lobsters, fishes, squids, and oysters. Instead of opting for a hotel, tourists should prefer eating at the shacks nearby beaches or local joints. Locals use traditional cooking style and old customs while cooking, so, local joints can offer the real taste. Travelers can easily find local joints and shacks on every Island. Continental and Asian cuisine are available at hotels in Port Blair.
Where to stay while at Car Nicobar Island?
As there are no accommodation options on Car Nicobar, it is advisable for tourists to stay at Port Blair. There are several hotels at Port Blair that have well trained family-friendly staff, clean and cozy rooms, and other facilities, including free Wi-Fi.
- Hotel NK International
- J Hotel
- Hotel Shompen
- Sinclairs Bayview
- The North reef hotel
- Fortune Resort Bay Island
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