Andaman Nicobar Islands Travel Guide Andaman and Nicobar Islands
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The color of contrast

Mythologically presumed to be the land of Hanuman (the Hindu monkey God is supposed to have stopped here while on his way to look for Goddess Sita), Andaman and Nicobar islands are like emeralds set in the deep blue of the Bay of Bengal. This archipelagos is beauty untamed and unlimited.

Andaman and Nicobar beaches

Welcome aboard! Port Blair, the capital city, is a convenient base between the various islands and it needs only a day or two to explore. It has a number of museums dealing with tribal artifacts, forest products, marine life and animals found on the islands. The highlight is the Cellular Jail, which was used by the British to house India's freedom fighters while the Chatham Saw Mill, is said to be the largest in Asia.

Nothing comes close to the experience of camping under the moonlight, with the sounds of the waves crashing into the darkness. Well, there is plenty of opportunity to do that in the Andaman Islands. Pristine white beaches and crystal clear water at places like Havelock, Neil and Long Island. Cooking is allowed on the beach, so a quick meal of fresh crabs or fish and potatoes in the bonfire is a fantastic way to round up the evening.

A four day journey from Andamans leads to the other side of the turbulent ten degree channel, Nicobar. Time passes quite sluggishly specially since the Ship has to make daytime halts at Hut Bay, Car Nicobar, Kamorta and finally at Campbell Bay- the last island on Nicobar. It is possible to get off the Ship during these stopovers and get a feel of the island and its people who are equally interested in passing visitors. At Hut Bay, meet some of the tribesmen of the Onges, some of whom are interact more openly with Bengali and Tamil communities. The primitive tribes whose culture dates back to the Paleolithic era are the real treasures of these islands. Even so, the Nicobarese, are today, perhaps the most integrated into other communities.

On Campbell Bay, head out for the Indira Point. Despite popular belief, Kanniyakumari is not the southernmost tip of India. It is only after a five-kilometer walk through the forest resembling scenes from 'The Faraway Tree' that one reaches the authentic tip at Indira Point. Along the way, keep all senses tuned for the endangered and unique bundle of feathers called Megapode, a bird endemic to this part of the Country. The same place is also one of the main nesting grounds for the Leather Back and the Green turtles which come all the way from Australia to lay their eggs.

It comprises all the ingredients for an exotic holiday - solitude and distance, the unfathomable depths of the underwater world, a mix of cultures, and sheer simplicity of lifestyle. Perfect!!.



Facts at a Glance - Andaman Nicobar

Area : 8,249 sq km
Population : 4,50,000
Temperature : 20?C - 32?C
Rainfall : 2,540 mm, (monsoon - May to mid September & November to mid- December).
Altitude : 730 mts
Language : Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam and English.
Latitude : 6? to 14? North
Longitudes : 92? to 94? East
Dialing Code : 03192 (Port Blair)
Permit : Foreign visitors require a ?Restricted Area Permit? that is valid for 30 days. Permits can be obtained from Indian embassies abroad or from Calcutta, Chennai and Port Blair. A 15-day permit is issued, that can be extended for another 15 days. The permit allows foreigners to stay in South Andaman, Little Andaman, Bharatnag, North Passage, Neil, Havelock and Long Islands. On arrival, they need to report their presence to the Deputy Commissioner of Police.
When to Go : Best season to visit port Blair is end of November to mid April.

History of Andaman Nicobar

The history of Andaman and Nicobar Islands bring along with itself some very interesting facts. It was first spotted on Potlemy?s 2nd century map, lying on the trade route between Burma and India. It was also recorded later in the 17th century by I-Tsing, a Chinese traveler. For long, the islands were the base for the Marathas till the British occupied it in 1788 by Lt. Blair, a representative of the Governor General of India. The British eventually turned the area into a penal colony for its prisoners, more so after they built the Cellular Jail in 1906.

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