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Top 5 Beaches to Explore In India

India can proudly boast about its 6,000 kilometer coastline as tourists are rapidly planning to visit India and spend their valuable time at one of the splendid beaches that this coastline comprises off. Tourists, be it domestic or international have been drawn to India’s beaches which spread across numerous states and share rich culture and heritage. Gone are the days when tourists used to long to visit beaches at the coastlines of Rio or the Maldives for that matter. Goa, Kerela, Tamil nadu and even some places around Mumbai have picturesque beaches. On the onset, as the curiosity of tourists keep growing by the year, the search for new locations and shores are on full swing, with people striving to search for secluded and virgin beaches which present a cleaner and greener picture. But at the same time, there are some locations that will always be one of the best sites where people will always prefer to visit frequently. The top 5 beaches amongst many will surely catch the eye of any travel enthusiast are mentioned below. Kovalam – Kerela is famous for its beaches and better known as God’s own country, it is a state that has the Arabian Sea flowing right next to it. Kovalam is situated at Thiruvananthapuram. The word Kovalam means coconut groves, and the beach is a silent shore outlined by splendid and fully blossomed coconut trees swaying flawlessly in the wind. Among many beaches at Kovalam, the lighthouse beach is one of the best beaches among them. It is one of the best beaches on the 17 kilometre coastline with the old Vizhnijam Lighthouse standing tall amongst the groves as it turns out to be a breath-taking moment to watch the sun set and rise. Mahabalipuram – Situated in the state of Tamilnadu, this place is rich in history. It has an average elevation of 12 meters and is a seventh century city of the South Indian Dynasty. Situated just 60 kilometres away from Chennai city, it is a perfect destination to be at for a vacation. Classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, Mahabalipuram is a showcase of one of the pages lost in history books. Palolem – One of the places most visited by international tourists, Goa is a state that captivates the tourists with its magnificent beaches. Amongst all beaches of Goa, Palolem Beach is situated within 2 kilometres of the market town of Chaudi in the south Goan taluka of Canacona. The beach remains intact and is not harmed by the local fisherman and the tourists make sure that the beach is clean too. With a coastline that spreads across 1.61 Kilometres, the whole beach presents an awesome view of the whole coastline only because of the curved shape of the shoreline. Being one of the shallowest beaches in India, people can dare to venture far into the beach as compared to other locations. Gokarna – Gokarna is situated in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. It is a popular tourist destinationand is rich in culture as it is also a Hindu Pilgrimage centre. Sporting the Mahabaleshwar Temple, Gokarna Beach is one of the best known to beaches to most of the travel enthusiasts. The Temple is 1500 years old and is a sanctuary to the stone lings, encased in brass placed on a coiled stone serpent. The beach is calm and shore is guarded by greenery and tall mountains. Havelock Island – This island is named after a British general active in India; Henry Havelock. It is one of the islands that come under the Andaman and Nicobar Island territory. The Radhanagar beach is one of the best shorelines that the Havelock Island presents to the tourists. The crystalline beach waters enhance the view of the corals and a perfectly conserved beach. This location is a blessing for divers and tourists who are interested in getting a glimpse of the beautiful life underwater.
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Ghummo Andaman For a Sea Walk..!!!!

A first of its kind in India, Andaman & Nicobar Island host the ultimate experience of Sea Walk. Though Andaman offers various adventure sports but Sea Walk has a separate joy to share..!!!It provides a absolutely fascinating option of exploring and enjoying the underwater world is through a fairly new, unique and uncomplicated sport called sea bed walking. North Bay(included in our package) a spot 20minutes away by ferry ride from Port Blair is a hub for this sea walk.The most unskilled of swimmers and even beginners can indulge in this delightful sport right from the very word “GO”. It is much easier when compared to scuba diving because you do not need to practice breathing through your mouth. Sea bed walking allows one to explore the brilliant marine flora and fauna off the Islands from extremely close quarters and more often than not, from within touching distance of fish, in their natural habitat. The Sea walk is experienced under the strict supervision and guidance of highly trained and internationally certified instructors who are with you throughout the entire experience. They ensure infallible and uncompromising safety while completely averting any difficult eventuality. The tour begins with a boat ride transferring you onto a pontoon which is anchored of the coast, measuring 1600sq ft with elaborate facilities such as changing rooms, lockers, wash rooms etc. At this point the guides brief the walkers on basic hand gestures, safety procedures and the actual steps to be taken during the sea walk. The vital part of the gear is a heavy framed glass helmet, very similar to that used by astronauts. This provides for an extensive all round viewing. An integrated hose pumps air into the helmet providing uninterrupted supply of fresh air to the seawalker.The air pressure prevents water from getting into the helmet. This ensures that the users face is not exposed to water when sea walking. Attached to the pontoon is a specially custom built stairway that will lead the walker underwater and on to the shallow sea bed. Once you land your feet on the sands of the sea bed, the experience is a sheer joy to behold, an amazingly new and enthralling one which people often compare with their imaginations of space walking. As per the prior guidance on the pontoon, the guides communicate with the walkers by a series of hand gestures like “left or right” ”ok” “no problem” etc. The guides walk you through the sea walking area which is cordoned off by nets. One gets to view and touch underwater life such as orange clownfish, sea anemones, star fish, shell fish, which essentially are slow moving creatures that cannot be experienced otherwise. The joy of having numerous brilliantly coloured tropical reef fish swim around you is magical indeed. You can feed the fish and indulge in underwater photography. These memories will relish forever. The walk finishes with your accessing the hand railings of the stairway to come out of the water and mount aboard onto the pontoon. It ultimately gives our guest a experience of lifetime..!!!! So come Sea Walk Port Blair with Ghummo Andaman…!!!!  
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Emerald Island Andaman in fun with ‘Maati Ke Rang’ an exclusive food festival!!!

Buoyed with the success of first-ever food festival organised at ITF Ground Port Blair last year with the active participation of state cultural associations in the Island the Tourism department has decided to make the event an annual feature in the calendar of events proposed for attracting tourists to this islands. This year it has been decided to organize the ‘Food Festival 2012′ from 23rd to 27th Sept. 2012 (3.00 PM to 10 PM) at ITF Ground Port Blair in a more attractive way.  This year the Ministry of Culture, Government of India is celebrating Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Zonal Cultural Centres under the name “Maati ke Rang’. Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre is one of the seven Zonal Cultural Centres set up by the Government of India to promote, propagate and disseminate the rich folk and tribal heritage of India. Added to the ‘Maati Ke Rang’ celebrations will be Octave Festival, a celebration of the culture of the eight north eastern states of India. North East India is unique not only in their performing art forms but also in the many crafts that they create. During the festival at Port Blair, there will also be an exhibition of the crafts from the north east region. Artistes from   eight north east States i.e. Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya,   Mizoram, Nagaland,   Sikkim and Tripura will take part in the Octave festival along with artistes of Silver Jubilee Celebrations from Punjab, Rajasthan,Jharkhand, Odisha, Haryana, Uttarakhand and West Bengal. Folk Dance troupes from Andaman and Nicobar Islands will also participate in the festival.  The mega Cultural festival along with ‘Food Festival’ at ITF Ground during 23-27th September 2012 will be an added attraction for the islanders besides Island Tourism Festival and will take the islanders on a journey through kaleidoscopic India.
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Quick View Andaman

The allure or these islands of the marigold sun, strung along the aquamarine waters of the Bay of Bengal, weaves a magical spell, even after millennia of upheavals, both natural and man-made. An integral part of mountainous landmass running from Myanmar to the outer reaches of Indonesia, they were strangely enough bypassed by the main shipping lines that plied the waters of the Bay of Bengal. This isolation only enhanced the air of mystery that enveloped this emerald of 572 islands, islets and rocks. Also called the Bay Islands, both groups of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands have their own distinctive identity. Port Blair is the capital as well a bustling commercial hub in the region. The main landmasses in the northern group- the Andaman Islands – are North, Middle and South Andaman islands that are separated by narrow waterways. Smaller islands lie dotted around these. Further south across Duncan Passage is Little Andaman. Northeast of Port Blair is Ritchie’s Archipelago, in which lies Havelock Island, boasting of beaches rated amongst the best in the world. Rising from the azure waters northeast of Ritchie’s Archipelago are two islands of volcanic origin-Narcondum Island and Barren Island. The latter is India’s only active volcano. The southern group – the Nicobar Islands – is mostly inaccessible to tourists. It is separated from the Andaman Islands by Ten Degree Channel. The southernmost island, Great Nicobar is the largest island in this group whereas the northernmost island Car Nicobar, is the administrative headquarters. LOCAL WATCHABLES – PORT BLAIR – Cellular Jail – The prison where countless martyrs of India’s Independence struggle laid down their lives. See a poignant Sound & Light show. Timings : 9 am to 12 noon and 2 pm to 5pm. Monday closed. Chatham Saw Mill – One of the oldest and largest in Asia. Was set up on a small island in 1883. Destroyed in World War-II, revived in the 1950s. Mount Harriet – The highest peak in South Andaman, ideal for trekking, picnics and bird watching. Mahatma Gandhi Marine Park – Comprising 15 islands including Red Skin and Jolly Buoy Islands, it showcases the natural tropical wealth of the islands and the rich marine life of waters here, Activities – glass bottomed boat cruises, scuba diving, snorkeling. Cinque Island – Rich in marine life and pristine coral gardens. Corbyn’s Cove – Port Balir’s only beach. Chidiya Tapu – Pristine beach, coral gardens and snorkeling. Ross Island – Once an exclusive preserve. Andaman Water Sports Complex – Motor boats, paddleboats, glass bottomed boats, water scooters, windsurfing, sailing and water skiing trips. Mini Zoo – See the endemic Megapode, an exotic bird, the size of a chicken lays eggs of the size of a goose’s egg and the Nicobar pigeon, with its stunning green plumage and plum red feet. Museums Forest Museum – Exotic native woods on show. Timings : 9 am to 1 pm & 2 pm to 5 pm. Sunday closed. Anthropological Museum – Insight into the world of pre historic inhabitants of the island. Timings : 9 am to 4 pm. Thursday closed. Fisheries Museum – Over 350 species of marine life. Timings : 8.30 am to 5 pm. Sunday closed. Samidrika Museum – Collection of shelld and marine creatures. Timings : 9.30 am to 6 pm. Sunday closed. HAVELOCK ISLAND AND AROUND Havelock Island – Boasts of Beach No 7 (Radhanagar) ‘The Best Beach in Asia’ (Time Magazine), mangrove creeks, rainforest trails, swimming elephants, scuba diving and snorkeling-excursions and instructions available from your resort on Havelock Island. Island Hopping in Ritchie’s Archipelago Visit Neil Island, The vegetable bowl of the Andamans, Long Island, and number of uninhabited islands. Barren Island : India’s only active volcano. Marketing – Aberdeen Bazaar and government emporia. Total Area – 8249 sq. kms., consisting of 572 islands, spreading about 700 Kms from North to South. Longitude – 6 to 14 degree East. Latitude – 6 to 14 degree North. Population – 3.56 lacs as per 2001 census, out of which 1.93 lacs are male and 1.63 lacs are female. There are some primitive tribes viz. the Great Andamanese, the Shompenes, the Sentinelese, the Ongecs and the Jarwas. While the Jarwas have withstood pressure to join the mainstream, the Shompenes have managed to keep themselves isolated. The Sentinelese are hostile to the outsiders. The Great Andamanese have lost their identity to the mainstream. The rest of the population hail from all over India who came at different times under different government rehabilitation schemes as well as on conviction or individually for search of livelihood. The medium of communication between them is Hindi. Literacy is 81.18 % as per 2001 census. PORT BLAIR (Capital city of Andaman & Nicobar Islands) Situation – About 1200 km. from Kolkata or Chennai, in the Bay of Bengal Best Season : October to May. Temperature – 23 to 30 Degrees (approx). There is no extreme cold or heat, and temperature remains moderate throughout the year. Humidity is high, and annual rainfall is 3180 mm. Approach – City can be approached only by Air from Kolkata or Chennai, and by ship from Kolkata, Visakhapatnam or Chennai.      
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Baratang’s Mud Volcano- India’s Only Live Mud Volcano

Located at just 4 KM away from the Baratang Jetty and about 100 Km from the city of Port Blair is the one of its kind in the whole India- Live Mud Volcano. This mud volcano is one more main attraction for visitors travelling in Andaman islands. Though this Volcano is nature’s wonder. It takes atleast a day to visit this place and return to Port Blair. People have to travel through road in a Jarwan tribal reserve (forest area) and cross the sea at Baratang jetty. After crossing the sea people reach the Uttara Jetty . From Uttara Jetty this place is 20 minutes journey by road. These mud volcanoes have erupted sporadically, with recent eruptions in 2005 believed to have been associated with the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. The previous major eruption recorded was on 18 February 2003. The locals call this mud volcano jalki. Mud Volcano is created by natural gases emitted by decaying organic matter underground. As the mud is pushed upwards by the gas, it deposits and hardens above ground. As more mud oozes out and spills over the edge it grows in sizes, gradually forming what you can see today a miniature volcano with rich, creamy mud crater at the top. Ghummo Andaman in  its Standard Packages include an exclusive trip to this Natural Wonder –The Mud Volcano..!!!
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Andmans Destiny To Adventure Lovers

Andaman and Nicobar Islands 1. Seasoned scuba divers love the clear waters around Barren Island and Narcondam Island. 2. India’s only active volcano is also on the picturesque Barren Island. And the best views can be had from the Pawan Hans Cessna flight that flies daily from Port Blair. The flights don’t operate during monsoon. 3. Watch elephants being trained for logging as you trek the Madhuban nature trail on Mount Harriet, 55 km by road from Port Blair. Saddle Peak, the highest peak in the archipelago, is also a good day trek option. For other trekking routes, check http://tourism.andaman.nic.in 4. Snorkelling, diving, canoeing… You name it and the beautiful Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park in Wandoor, 30 km from Port Blair, offers it. The park is also known for its birding sites. At last count, more than 100 species were spotted here. None of these activities, however, can be done during the monsoon. Yahoo Travel Blog recommends Andamans as one of the best diving spot in India and we at Ghummo Andaman delivers our guest with a tailor made best to suite diving program. Come and Dive with Ghummo Andaman
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God’s Own Paradise- Andamans

Overview of the destination Andaman is a beautiful place to visit. It’s kind of international tourist destination people who are fond of island and beaches. With kind and helpful people it makes the entire trip very easy and exciting. The lovely weather adds a sweet flavor to it. Numerous and famous island attached to the port blair makes it more beautiful and lively. Having a candle light dinner next to the beach with your beloved is an life time experience. Food, sight-seeing and shopping You can get all types of meals which includes all the south indian meals, north indian meals, oriental and even continental at some places. AFC is good place at port blair to have andaman fried chicken. They keep fresh chicken. Then Annapurna is nice and good place to have any north or south indian meals. Another place is Blue Sea Hotel restaurant. At Havelock Island there is a restaurant named as Blue Moon. They serve most of the international cuisine there. Try Nariyal Paani any where to quench your thirst. Sight seeing at port blair consist of Cellular Jail’s light and sound shows.Then there are numerous aquarium to spend your leisure time. Ross Island is a very beautiful island to visit.Then at middle port blair(andaman) you can even see limestone caves, only thing is that it takes 12 hours to reach limestone caves from Veer Savarkar Airport. Bus service starts by 4 in the morning.Last but not the least Port Blair’s beautiful beaches are amazing. Sea green , blue water and nice and clean beaches are very rare to see in India. For shopping Abadin Bazar is the best place. You can get everything over there. There is one more good market there known as middle market. Activities & things to do  Activities at Port Blair (North Bay) are Water Sports. At north bay water sport are open. Water sports such as Speed Boat ride, Sofa ride, Banana ride, Jet Ski ride, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving are all open to tourist. At Havelock island water sports facility are open but its bit expensive. Corals can be seen at North Bay island with naked eyes Another activity is ship ride from one island to another. Ship ride is amazing. You can come out in open or even can sit on the deck of the ship (once you have the captain’s permission)and can see the waves moving and roaring high while the ship strides on towards the island. Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc. Best way to get at Andaman is the air plane. It takes approx. 2 hours from Kolkatta or Chennai. Avoid going in monsoons as the weather and ocean are worst in that period. Travelling in ship to Andaman takes approx. 5 days and the headache that you’ll get once you reach the island takes about one week to get rid off. Keep necessary items with you such as first aid box, torch, scissor, plastic bag while travelling.
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