Travel – Andaman Islands (I)

How do you know that a place is still in the hands of nature and humans haven’t still taken over it the way they do…

Well, when the lil lil things are in tandem with each other and there is this rhythm in the movements of all natural things there that only they know has no plastic or damage between them.

So when The purple Frog hopped on to this group of islands together called the Andaman & Nicobar set of islands, it felt this perfect rhythm and harmony between the sea and its shore every time the waves rose and fell.

It was almost like the rough & rogue ocean around this corner of the world hadn’t seen the wrath of human growth and the shore with all its big and tiny creatures from (trees to snails) was only used to dealing with Poseidon’s wishes and like a yet-not-noticed love affair, no one was in between them. Probably, a sea capable of Tsunami-like rage keeps everyone away and the shore surely knows how to deal with that rage too…Perrfect.

As a human, I felt like an extra and exploitative with those greedy taste buds that devoured the juicy seafood that only an untouched, healthy ocean can offer. As The Purple Frog, completely belonged there…

A Long Island Trip (14 days)

Yeah, sounds extremely wishful in our time and age and with those expensive package deals of the likes of 4Nights and 5 Days, pretty impossible for most of us. But, here, wishes are horses and frogs do ride them…

About the place

It is happening – human habitation of the modern kind.

It is only wise for some native tribes to be a part of mainstream comfort and join other humans to go to the next level. Some tribes refuse to accept this reality and are living in the small communities exactly how they deem fit.

The Purple Frog hopes the exotics do stay and multiply.

However, government manifestation is not bad either…they are just protecting some exotic species that the ignorant may consume till those species turn endangered.

For instance, a local told how much they love a good Turtle catch. Feeds many of them and they just love the meat… Tastiest stuff they have known. And they think there are way too many of them in the waters here…

So yeah, the government is very protective here – trying to keep the exoticism alive for as long as they can without anyone feeling the pinch.

Just that sometimes in these settings what always seems unclear is – protecting what from whom…lol. It does get restrictive and that’s why a lot of people (The Purple Frog had a chance to interact with) who were used to beach vacations were easily bored and had no clue what to do…

 This is why

It is a nature lover’s paradise and not a typical beach vacation sorta city. It is still not developed to give the nature lover a comprehensive trip, that’s why a short vacation may confuse people and they may find the place boring, like a small town of India that if grows bigger will still be like the small town got crowded.

Design wise…

Since it is still pristine and growth has almost just started, as a traveller you do feel that nature is far more stylish and creative than us humans. Given a piece of land with such richness and beauty, not getting to see something different in the way it is being constructed is a bummer.

It is a tropical paradise so the vegetation offers a great relief to the eyes every once in a while, especially flowers. Otherwise, with human intervention, the place is moving towards the same uneven, non-descriptive skyline that lacks a character or rather displays a character of – let’s just build something and get over with it kinda aesthetic…

That hurry shows in these newly done housing projects and buildings that have nothing special to them that says, you’re in Andaman…Exoticism Dying.

The Design Verdict: It is nature’s masterpiece…let’s just let it be till we figure out some thoughtful way of doing it up…or just go slow to match its natural beauty.

Food wise…

The best seafood ever and they make it well too…Authentic recipes and restaurants can be looked for. People are sweet and welcoming. If you find someone from one of the Nicobari tribes (now settled in the city) to host you, you can taste some authentic food too…Otherwise, good breakfast menus are all over the place.

Word of caution: They still need to learn how to fix good cocktails…

Ignore the above and

Just go like a traveller. Live for days & months next to a beach in a basic hotel/grove…dip in water day in and day out…lie on the soft sand bed under the tree shade…hire a bicycle and eat, drink in the cafes around…spend nowhere else except on exploring the sea. Scuba dive, snorkel, ride the waves on tubes, jet skis, boats, engage in activities of the locals, board their fishing rafts, watch the sun rise and set…go to one beach after another and spend all your time in the luxurious lap of nature…

The best part of the beaches here is that they are lined by dense trees, not just mangroves and coconut rather dense forest trees and that just makes them so shaded cool. The sand is super soft even though the beaches are quite rocky.

Since the beaches are not crowded and so many beautiful ones all around you, try a skinny dip under the stars, if that’s one of your wishes…

Again temperature-wise, the place feels comfortably hot during the day and soothingly cool from evening onwards.

The Purple Frog | Travel Andamans

Overall, it is all so yummy that you will never want to come back once you live like this for fourteen days…That’s why just like a traveller and yes, please don’t litter. The Purple Frog lives in the hope that one day a mastermind designer, artist and engineer trio will just redo the world. Lol. For that day, just keep the planet clean.

Things That Week

To remember the place and its colours, made two things during the stay. Canvas work in Port Blair with coral and shell filled sand and a coral inspired piece with protruding edges at one of the islands.

The Purple Frog | Travel Andamans

 

The Purple Frog | Travel Andamans

Some other things made in these months 

A photo frame and a feather drawing on a distressed piece of wood.

The Purple Frog | Travel Andamans

The Purple Frog | Travel Andamans

Tried some glass paint with acrylic…glass paint on wood has a glossy mirror-like effect. For those of you who know how to draw and paint, try this combination…Wish to call it the juxtaposition effect.

Bought a lot of shells from Andaman. Have put one here…Hope to dedicate one full post about the shells & corals of Andaman and the things made using the materials bought from there.

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