Jul 21, 2012

Andaman and Nicobar for a splendid beach holiday

What can be greater after a year's hard work to get on a plane and visit the Andaman and Nicobar islands near the Bay of Bengal? It is a great idea as there is much to see and enjoy, especially the people and the culture. It’s away from the maddening crowd and a great place for snorkeling, scuba diving, a great shore line to take walks and the waters are clear and warm and great for a swim even in the evenings. Port Blair is the capital and the only entry and exit. Havelock is the most visited of the islands with the most infrastructure. You can relax on the beach with a cool martini and watch the children play.

Other islands to visit

• You can take a road trip to Diglipur to the far north and visit the Smith and Ross Islands. It is known as a great camping place and you can camp out overnight.

• Rutland Island is clean and quiet and has a mangrove forest and beautiful coral reefs. If you love wandering around this is a perfect place. The island is 274 square kilometers with a 45 acre resort which has quaint little huts. It is great for eco tourists and is used as a base camp for exploring the island.

• You can also visit Wandoor which is laid back and relaxed and has a national park and a luxury resort.

• If you want to know more about the other islands, Barren Island is the only island in India which has had a volcano.

• If you are a Robinson Crusoe type you can do some camping here. There are no amenities on this island and you are required to bring along your own food and camping gear.

• If you want surfing included in your holiday package the Little Andaman Island would have been perfect but it was devastated in the 2004 tsunami. You can find out more about this by checking the current situation in Port Blair.

The languages spoken in the Andaman Islands are English, Tamil, Bengali, and Telugu. Visiting the Andaman Islands is both a holiday and a cultural experience. The best weather is between mid January and mid May although the days are sunny for most of the year. What you should take into account is that the monsoon comes around in late May and lasts until the end of July when the island has strong winds, frequent downpours and low visibility; this is the worst time to visit the islands.

You can reach the Andaman Islands for your splendid Andoman Nicobar holiday by flying with JetLite, Kingfisher Red, SpiceJet, and Indian Airlines. Travelling by plane is cheaper than any other route. Your exit point from the Andaman Islands would be Port Blair.

Hotels and accommodation are inexpensive and you can register for a tour package where everything is included for a reasonable rate. They specialize in Andaman and Nicobar holiday and honeymoon packages and you can get a package that includes yacht services, scuba diving, fishing and snorkeling. The islands are beautiful with long stretches of pearly sand and you will make this your future and very splendid Andaman Nicobar beach holiday whenever you want to get away.


German holidays and celebrations

Looking at the German calendar for customs, holidays and observations, it is surprising to discover the background and history of Christmas in Germany and to learn that most Anglo-American traditions have been adapted from Austria in Germany. The Christmas carol ‘Silent Night’ is one of them and in Salzburg is celebrated annually as the origin of the world’s most popular Christmas carol – first performed with guitar accompaniment in a church on Christmas Eve in 1818. A photograph of the interior of the chapel can be seen in their Christmas e-cards in German.

How Germans celebrate Christmas

This varies from region to region. Advent, Latin for the words arrival or coming, is the four week period leading up to Christmas when open air markets appear in many cities, the most famous ones in Nuremberg and Vienna. Shopping does not cease and shops are open on weekends and evenings during this period. Germans are fond of candles and candles are used in winter celebrations as symbols of the sun in the dark of winter.

Holidays in Germany

Family holidays in Germany mean great fun for all, with leisure and theme parks and even the world’s steepest wooden roller coasters. For hot days there is the canoe tour of the countryside or a climbing course for those who are brave enough and don’t fear heights. There are also themed routes with a range of attractions and an ideal place for couples and families alike to explore the romantic medieval castles or some rare fossils. Europe is known for its wonderful museums and allows children and families to experience an earthquake or travel back in time to historical Berlin. In Austria, Germany and Switzerland celebrations are ongoing until the end of the ‘twelve days of Christmas ‘between Christmas and January 6.

Hotels and accommodation

There are plenty of affordable places to stay during your holiday, including apartments, youth hostels, or just camping out for those who want to be outdoors. There are also hotels which are inexpensive and a pleasure to stay in. If you are interested in experiencing a wonderful winter retreat over Christmas and visit Germany, all you have to do is look at the calendar, select a month and a linked holiday for more information about the traditions and celebrations for that month. To make understanding the language easier, holidays and traditions are linked to a glossary of English and German terms.

Some families prefer independence and go for a self-catering holiday apartment. They have a rating system of 1 to 5 indicating the level of quality and service you can expect so there is nothing stopping you from having the holiday you can afford. If you have children and need a babysitter, there are hotels which provide childcare and children’s activities. These services are a lifesaver for when you want to go out with your partner and know your kids are safe in the hotel. With a huge choice of sports, recreational facilities and parks there is enough fun for everyone. Finding a holiday place in Germany has become easier and promises a lot of fun.