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Andaman Nicobar Orientation


One of the most unexplored corners of India is the union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Located in the Bay of Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are an archipelago of over 300 islands (most of these are still uninhabited). A 90 mts deep, 150 kms strait divides the Andamans from the Nicobar Islands. The Andaman comprises of 204 islands (of which only 26 are inhabited) and are divided into the North, Middle and South Islands. The Nicobar group has 19 islands (only 12 inhabited) that are segregated as Car Nicobar in the North, Camorta and Nancowry in the middle and Great Nicobar in the south.

Coral reefs, sandy beaches and clear water make the Islands as beautiful as they are. Most of the inhabitants are Indians, Burmese and Malays - either the descendants of British prisoners or the refugees from Burma and Bangladesh. Tribals dominate the population here and are mostly living in the Nicobar Islands.

Port Blair or most popularly known as kala pani (?black water? after the Indian nationalists protested against the blood shed caused at the Cellular Jail here) is the gateway to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Port Blair is a fascinating town, built along ridges, valleys and coves. This small town, today has grown with such beauty that it has gained recognition all over the world.

Travel Attractions in Andaman Nicobar

Forts in Andaman Nicobar

Cellular Jail - Built by the British in 1906 to imprison Indian soldiers, this three storied prison has mutely witnessed the most inhuman atrocities borne by the convicts. It now serves as a museum.

Anthropological Museum - Small but informative museum, it showcases some valuable photographs and artifacts of the four Negroid tribes of the Andamans.

Marine Museum (Samudrika) - Houses an extensive collection of 350 species of sea-life, rare varieties of coral and shell have been beautifully displayed.

Forest Museum - Gives us information about the type of local woods used - red paduk, satin and marble wood and also different woods in timber industry. It also gives us some insights about the methods of lumbering and fishing.

Viper Island - This is where the British imprisoned Indian freedom fighters before the Cellular Jail was built.

Sippighat Farm - This is one of the best examples of the agricultural assets. The farm, on a 14 kms stretch, cultivates cash crops and spices and is like a mini forest spilling with a plethora of horticultural innovations A water-sports complex has also been developed nearby.

Mini Zoo - It has a collection of some of the very interesting specimens of island fauna, one of which is a sea crocodile.