The Andaman Islands is one of India’s best holiday destinations for the traveller. Andaman is not only the land of beaches, but it’s also a feeling of excitement and pleasure in the most amazing way. The mind-blowing beaches, secluded islands, scuba diving, caves & the corals, there is absolutely nothing to not love about this place. Explore various places and know about the culture and lifestyle of the natives.
Tourists often ask, what are the best things to do in Andaman? But, shopaholics are always looking for something unique and innovative and want to know about the shopping scenario in the Islands. So, let’s have a look at what are the popular things you could buy in the Andaman Islands and what are the things that shouldn’t be bought in Andaman?
First, let’s discuss what should not be bought in Andaman and why?
There are different types of things one should not buy on Island like “Clothes” and “Gadgets” because most of the items in Andaman Islands are transported from dryland. So, if you are planning to buy these things, it is not a wise decision for you. Instead of buying here, you can buy them at fair prices from your city.
Now, let’s discuss what should be on your shopping list?
Andaman Islands has a huge variety of these beautiful riches from the sea. If you want to give a gift to your special ones or close friends, what else can be better than shining pearls? There are many street markets near beaches that offer the best of the products at reasonable prices.
If you love to cook, you can buy the superior quality of spices and herbs including cinnamon, the king of herbs, cardamom, cloves, and black pepper should be on your shopping list. These aromatic spices are available in Andaman, so pack a bundle for your friends and family.
3. Coconut Handicrafts
You will get different kinds of decoration pieces here including coconut-shaped bowl, coconut lamps, coconut-shaped mugs, etc. You can buy these handicrafts from these markets: Golghar, Junglighat, Prem Nagar and Delanipur.
If you are a shell-collector, it is going to be disappointing for you to know that collecting shells in Andaman is strictly prohibited, in fact, it’s a punishable offense. If you want to get shell items, instead of going through the trouble of collecting them from the beaches, you can simply buy them from various stores and don’t forget to keep the receipt safe, as you’ll be required to show that at the airport during security checks.
5. Jute Items
Jute handicrafts are one of the most important industries in Andamans. You can find there a wide range of jute items like bags, footwear, hats, jewellery items, etc. You can either buy jute from the local markets or the big emporiums.
6. Sarongs and hat
As we know, “Andaman” is known for its beaches. So, for your beach trip sarongs as well as hats are a necessity in Andaman, it will protect you against the harsh tropical sun of the place. The best part, there’s no need to get it from your home destination, as various colourful, quirky, and reasonably priced varieties of these are available for purchase almost everywhere in Andaman.
7. Nicobari Mats
These Nicobari mats are a perfect combination of peculiar and unique. Though you can’t visit the Nicobar Islands as per a ban imposed by the Indian government long ago for safety purposes, but you can buy these unique items from select markets in Andaman.