Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Andaman and Nicobar IslandsIt’s not known when the first inhabitants arrived on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands but their presence was documented in the 2nd century by Greek astronomer Ptolemy. In the late 17th century, the islands were annexed by the Marathas who then ruled vast areas of India and by the 19th century the British took over and used it as a penal colony to send those proven guilty of crimes and also the freedom fighters for India’s independence, to keep them off the mainland India. This resulted in it being called Kalapani – Black Waters. Following independence in 1947, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands were incorporated into the Indian Union and since then it is a relaxed tropical island providing a haven for tourists to unwind and soak in the untouched natural beauty.

The original inhabitants of these islands are various aboriginal tribes who live more-or-less out of the mainstream. There are some tribes who have had no contact whatsoever with the rest of the world. Of the nearly 600 islands, only 9 are open to foreign tourists. We would highly recommend visiting Andaman and Nicobar Islands between the months of October and May. Travelers flying here have to first arrive at Port Blair before taking a boat or ferry to any of the other islands. Frequent flights fly to Port Blair from Kolkata and Chennai.

Main Attractions:

Port Blair

Port Blair

Port Blair: The capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands sprawls around a harbor on the east coast of South Andaman and is the administrative nerve centre of the islands. There’s plenty to see in town relating to the islands’ colonial past including interesting museums like the Anthropological Museum, Forest Museum, Samudrika Marine Museum and most importantly the Cellular Jail National Memorial.

Neil Island

Neil Island

Neil Island: A beautiful island with lush green forests and sandy beaches. Neil is populated by Bengali settlers involved in fishing and agriculture. This is the place to lie on the beach, jungle-walk, snorkel, cycle through paddy fields and farms, and lie on the beach.

 

 

Havelock Island

Havelock Island

Havelock Island: This island has some of the best beaches for travelers offering excellent snorkeling and scuba-diving opportunities. It is the most developed of the islands, but is still very low-key and simple.

Diglipur: the main town of North Andaman and as far North as you can get in the island chain. It is famous for its oranges, rice and marine life. Saddle Peak, 732 meters, the highest point in the islands is nearby. Kalpong, the only river of Andaman, flows here.

Mayabunder & Around

Mayabunder

Mayabunder & around: Situated in the northern part of Middle Andaman, Mayabunder offers excellent scenic beauty and serene beaches. Inhabited by the settlers from Burma, East Pakistan and ex-convicts, Mayabunder has a distinct culture. Beach at Avis Island (Karmatang Beach) and mangrove lined creeks are the main attractions. Karmatang beach is also a turtle nesting ground. One can view nesting of turtles during December-February season.

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