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About ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS


The Andaman Island located in Bay of Bengal is one of the highly searched for fancy holiday destination in the country. With its tranquil waters, sandy beaches and pristine environment, Andaman has won the hearts of national and international tourists.


For centuries, Andamans has been nick named as Kala Paani. Mythological, the name Andaman was presumed to be derived from Hanuman, who was known to the Malays as Handuman. Adding to the intrigue is its remote location, some 1370km from the Indian mainland, meaning the islands are geographically more Southeast Asia – just 150km from Indonesia and 190km from Myanmar.


Megapode, Swiflet, Hornbill and Nicobar, Pigeon is some of the specialties of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Need to know more about Andaman and Nicobar.
The State animal of Andaman is the dugong, also known as the sea cow, which can be found in Little Andaman.

All the information provided at our website is one of the best kinds of Andaman & Nicobar Travel Guide that one can have.

  • Best Time to Visit   :   Mid - January to Mid - May
  • Airports   :    Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair
  • Administrative capital  :   Port Blair
  • Language   :   Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Nicobarese
  • Highest peak  :   Saddle peak - 732 meters
  • Tribes    :   Onge, Jarawa, Andamanese and Sentinelese of Negroid descent Shompen and Nicobarese of Mongoloid descent.
  • Forest Area   :    92% protected forest; 86% reserve forest.
  • Currency  :    Indian Rupees

Weather

Though situated in the tropics, the islands have a pleasant temperate climate, due to the regular breezes coming off the sea. Humidity rarely ever dips below 70 percent. The islands receive both the southwest monsoon (mid-May to October), and the northeast monsoon (November, December), the former bringing torrential downpours.

  • Normal Rainfall at Port Blair    :    3900mm
  • Mean Minimum Temperature   :   23.2° C
  • Mean Maximum Temperature   :    25° C
  • Mean relative Humidity   :    80%

Port Blair

Port Blair is the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Port Blair is a popular tourist destination. The Island is surrounded by rugged coastline and tropical forest but despite the fact for having hot and moist biome, this Island has a picturesque environment.The city is popular for the infamous Cellular Jail National Memorial, which was once a prison where many freedom fighters and people of other nationals were imprisoned.
Cellular jail also known as KalaPani was used by the British to imprison political prisoners, today; this site serves as a museum. Today, this place serves as a famous attraction that must be visited.Port Blair attracts tourists from all over the country not just for being a clean city but for its remarkably beautiful coral reefs.
Other famous places are in port Blair is Ross Island, Corbyn’s cove beach, wandoor and Chidyatapu.

Havelock Island

50kms by sea from port Blair & 62 KmsVia Neil Land.
Havelock Island is part of Ritchie's Archipelago, in India's Andaman Islands. It's known for its dive sites and beaches, like Elephant Beach, with its coral reefs. Crescent-shaped Radhanagar Beach is a popular spot for watching the sunset. On the island's east side, rocky sections mark long, tree-lined Vijaynagar Beach. The island's forested interior is home to birdlife such as white-headed mynas and woodpeckers.

Beaches are there in Havelock Island:

Radhanagar Beach - Radha Nagar Beach situated 12kms from Havelock's ferry pier is undoubtedly one of the beat beaches of Andaman Islands. Fine white sand, turquoise blue waters and a lot of peace and serenity are the hallmark of this beautiful.
Elephant Beach (HaathiTapu) - Also known as 'HaathiTapu'; the Hindi version of Elephant Beach.Well, the island derives its name from the walks that the elephants of Havelock have been known to take around this region.This place is considered to be the best place for Snorkelling and Diving because of the clear blue conditions.

Vinayagar Beach

Vijayanagar Beach is also one of the very sought after islands on Havelock, situated on the east coast region. Apart from the sparkling waters and white sand, there are many things that set the beach apart. There are rocky sections on the beach which one might occasionally bump into. The beach line is a perfect setting for a quiet beach walk. One very unique thing about the islands is that there are a lot of Mahua trees which grow several feet along the ground before taking up virtual heights. This gives a very distinct look to the shoreline and also a very comfortable shade to the tourists just near the water.

Neil Island

Neil Island Known as the "vegetable bowl" of Andaman Islands for its quality and quantity of agricultural produce, Neil Island is a small settlement 36kms from Port Blair and takes around 2 hours by sea. It also has a decent cattle population and is known for milk production, most of which gets transported to the capital city.

The best beaches to visit on Neil Island are Bharatpur, Sitapur&Lakshmanpur. Among them, Sitapur is considered to be the best. Neil Island is being considered as another 'Havelock in the making'. But we really leave it up to you to decide.It has a small village life with most people occupied with Agriculture or tourism activities. Neil Island is yet another place which is considered ideal for eco-tourism owing to the lush green paddy fields, banana plantations and tropical trees. Sporting activities are picking up pace at Neil Island with a dive center coming up soon. There are a number of private resorts opening up, but for now the Hawabill Nest is the most popular one. It belongs to the Govt. of India.

Baratang Island

Baratang Island is situated between Middle and South Andamans, approximately 100 kms from the capital city Port Blair. Connected well through road and boats, the main transportation point is the Baratang Jetty. The road to Baratang from Port Blair passes through the Jarawa Tribe Reserve also known as Andaman Trunk Road (ATR Route). Hence, security personnel also travel for the safety of the tourists and the tribals in a convoy.
Interacting with them, giving them food or clicking their pictures is strictly prohibited and a punishable offence.it has a beautiful coastline that boasts of rich marine diversity. Some of the beaches are Baludera, Rogalchang, Nayadera etc. It has mangroove creeks on both sides and a dense tropical forest apart from the beaches. This gives scope for adventure and fun activities like Jungle Trekking, Creek Safari, Island Camping, Beach Tours and Bird Watching and water sports like Snorkelling and Scuba Diving.

Littlee Andaman

Little Andaman is situated at the southern end of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands opposite the Great Andaman Island. It is the fourth largest island of the archipelago. The Duncan Passage separates Little Andaman from Rutland Bay of Great Andaman. A major part of Little Andaman was affected badly by the Tsunami in the year 2004. The island is still recovering from the loss. Little Andaman has an evergreen rain forest which paves way for a very rich biodiversity. There are two waterfalls in the island - White Surf waterfall which is 6.5 kms from Hut Bay Jetty and the Whisper Wave which is 20 kms from the same. It also involves a 4 km trek through the rain forest. On the way to White Surf waterfalls, elephant safari can be enjoyed. One can also visit the Elephant lumbering sites and the elephant calves training sites. Also, Little Andaman is famous for Red Oil Palm Plantation and has a large area under the plantation regime. Both these places can be visited on the way to White Surf and Butler Bay.

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