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Andaman and Nicobar Islands

About Andaman & Nicobar Islands

The Andaman & Nicobar are groups of picturesque Islands; a total of 572 islands, islets and rocks lying in the South Eastern Part of the Bay of Bengal. They lie along an arc in a long and narrow broken chain, approximately North-South over a distance nearly 800 km.

The original inhabitants of Andaman & Nicobar Islands are the Negritos and the Mongoloids Tribes. The tribes of the Andaman group of islands are the Great Andamanese, Onges, Jarawas and Sentinatese, all of Negrito origin, while the tribes of Nicobars are the Nicobarese and Shompens; both of Mongoloid stock. These islands remained secluded from the mainland till the end of the 18th Century when people from the outside world first arrived. The history of these islands could be divided into four broad periods ; The period of seclusion and piratical disturbances; the British regime - a period of foreign intrusion and settlement; the Japanese regime; and the Post-Independence period. Today, people of all faiths - Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and so on, and of all languages like Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi, Nicobari et cetera, live together in complete peace and harmony. Inter-religion and inter-regional marriages are common here, giving it an amazing racial and cultural mix.

The sandy beaches on the edge of the meandering coastline are fringed with coconut-palms that sway to the rhythm of the sea. The rare flora and fauna, underwater marine life, corals, crystal-clear water and mangrove-lined creeks offer a dream-view of the rare gifts of nature. While the clean and wide roads and the unpolluted fresh air attract nature-lovers seeking peace and tranquility, adventure activities like trekking, island camping, snorkeling and scuba diving are the real attractions. A visit to these islands will definitely be a memorable lifetime experience.

OTHER PLACES OF INTEREST IN AND AROUND PORT BLAIR

This beautiful island of South Andaman with lush green forest and sandy beaches is the vegetable bowl of Andaman. Connected by boat from Port Blair, it provides an ideal holiday for eco-friendly tourists. Beautiful beaches at Laxmanpur, Bharatpur, Sitapur and the bridge formation on the sea- shore (Howra Bridge) are some of the attractions

Havelock is one of the few islands that is inhabited, although most of it is a natural paradise, replete with white sand beaches, coral reefs with a colourful array of aquatic life, palm trees, as well as dense forests in the interiors.

Radha Nagar beach on Havelock has been voted Best Beach of Asia, by Time Magazine. Other notable beaches include Elephant Beach on the northwest coast and Vijaynagar Beach. The coral here is probably the best on the island, making this an excellent spot for snorkelling. It's a place where snorkelling and diving is possible.

Long Island is a beautiful, unspoilt island, with varied walks around the beaches, village and forests, and one of the loveliest beaches in the Andaman Islands, Lalaji Bay. You can reach Lalaji by walking through the forest (1.5 2 hours), going along the shore at low tide, or by boat.

Baratang Island is famous for lime stone cave, Mud Volcano, Parrot Island and thick mangrove forest, the place is accessible through ATR as well as boat service.

Rangat is 170 kms from Port Blair and 70 kms south of Mayabunder. The town is well connected by road and sea routes. The town has been described as a "ramshackle sprawl around two rows of chai shops and general stores divided by the ATR .Some nearby tourist attractions are Amkunj Beach (8 km away) and Cutbert Bay Beach (18 km away). The latter is an important turtle nesting ground, especially from December to February.

Mayabunder is a way station for several tourist attractions, such as excellent scenic beauty, mangrove creeks and beautiful sandy beaches. Beaches at Avis Island (30 minutes from Mayabunder), and Karmatang Beach.

Diglipur is the largest and farthest town located in the North Andaman Islands. It is more like a division or a county. It is 325 kms by road and 185 kms by sea from Port Blair which means a road trip might take the whole day. Yet, the beauty of Diglipur makes the escapade from the daily routines to this pristine place a worthy holiday.

Diglipur is a hub of a lot of tourist activities and attractions. Eco-friendly tourists flock in large numbers on the island for its abundant forest cover & marine life. Diglipur not only promises a rich flora and fauna but is also famous for its orange and rice production. There are a whole lot of places to explore in and around Diglipur.