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.