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Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Located in the Bay of Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a group of Islands. It is one of the Union Territories of India. Geographically, it is located in the east of India and separated by Thailand and Myanmar by Andaman Sea.

However, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are group of more than 570 islands; among which only about 38 larger islands are permanently inhabited. With its capital at Port Blair, Andaman Island and Nicobar Island are the largest one; however, both of these islands are separated by Ten Degree Channel.

Andaman & Nicobar Islands are covered by tropical rainforest canopy; furthermore, largely, the islands are adorned with wet evergreen type of forest; but vegetation varies with the islands from moist deciduous to evergreen. And, the overall forest area covers more than 86% of total land area. In addition, it has about 50 varieties of forest mammals including Andaman Wild Boar and Rodents.

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Historically, the islands have been inhabited for thousands of years past. However, the earliest archaeological evidence that has been documented till now goes back to some 2,200 years past. On the other hand, genetic and cultural studies suggest that the indigenous Andamani people may have been isolated from other populations during the period of the Middle Palaeolithic. Over the period of time, the Andamanese have diversified into distinct ethnic, cultural, linguistic and territorial groups. In the last, it was occupied by British but after independence of India, it has been incorporated as Union Territory of India.

Andaman & Nicobar Islands Tourism

Places to visit in Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Port Blair: The capital of islands is the only town that not only manages administrative functions but also fascinates tourists. Capital Port Blair has various fascinating tourists’ spots such as Mount Harriot, Chidiya Tapu, Carbyn's cove beach, Mini zoo and of course Aberdeen Bazaar.

Islands:

• Havelock Island
• Redskin Island
• Cinque Island
• Viper Island
• Barren Island
• Jolly Buoy Island
• Baratang Island
• Ross Island
• Chatham Island

Beaches:

• Radhanagar Beach
• Corbyns Cove Beach
Vijayanagar Beach

Museum:

• Anthropological Museum
• National Memorial
• Navel Marine Museum

Monuments:

• Cellular Jail
• Viper Island

Other Attractions in Nicobar Islands:

• Car Nicobar
• Great Nicobar
• Katchal

Attractions of Andaman & Nicobar Tourism

Scuba Diving: Interestingly, the coastal water all around the islands is the home of beautiful and rarest varieties of corals and rich marine life. Hence, Scuba Diving in Andaman & Nicobar Islands is an exceptional lifetime experience.

Snorkelling: Snorkelling in Andaman and Nicobar Islands is one of the most memorable lifetime experiences. However, you can enjoy snorkelling nearby Port Blair and Havelock Islands.

Sport Fishing: Nearby Port Blair and Havelock Islands, you can enjoy fishing; technologically advanced boats are available here, you can hire for sport fishing.

Yachting: Andaman and Nicobar Islands also offer you a fascinating opportunity of yachting and sailing. In the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea, you can enjoy unforgettable yachting.

How to Reach:

Andaman & Nicobar Islands can be reached either by air or by sea route. It is located at the distance of about 1200 km from Chennai (sea route distance) and 1255 km from Kolkata. The ship journey takes about 60 hours. However, passenger ships are available from Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Kolkata (West Bengal) and as well as from Vishakapatnam (Andhra Pradesh). The frequency of ships from Chennai and Kolkatta are four times in a month and from Vishakapatnam only once in a month. And, flights are also available from Kolkata and Chennai.

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