Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Know About Andaman & Nicobar
Since the British times Andaman and Nicobar islands has remained a kind of mystery for everyone. No, they are not haunted islands or have any religious sentiments associated with them but their mystic aura is the biggest attraction. Since British era, Andaman and Nicobar served as the Kaal Pani (a place of great historical importance), and has the Asia's largest jail (used to imprison the Indian rebels). But with the passage of times this isolated island became one of the India's biggest travel attraction. The most fascinating aspect being the travel lifestyle in Andaman and Nicobar.
Andaman Nicobar Tourism
The alluring blue beaches, a perfect tropical climate, blue water of Bay of Bengal, Arabian sea and immense natural charm, what else do you want to make your holidays memorable? Yes you get this and more all at one place while you come to Andaman and Nicobar islands. The bright sunshine, white sandy beaches, natural beauty make this place a perfect getaway not only for honeymooners but also for those who want a break from daily life. So lets explore the different aspects like people,cutlure of Andaman and Nicobar islands.
Interesting Facts About Andaman And Nicobar Island:
1. Andaman consist of total of 550 islands, out of which only 26 are inhabited and the rest are left as only thick tropical forests. If we talk of Nicobar, it has only 22 islands out of all only 12 are inhabited.
2. The Andmans and Nicobars are separated by a channel called (the Ten Degree Channel) which is some 150 km wide.
3. These islands come under the rule of Indian government and has 2 different managing government bodies and divided as Andaman district and Nicobar district.
4. Although the weather of islands is very much tropical but during summers it can be very hot. Winters are the best season or time to visit Andaman and Nicobar islands.
5. The capital of the territory Port Blair is the biggest travel destination here was once completely destroyed by the tsunami.
6. Today honeymoon holidays in Andaman and Nicobar islands has become a major revenue generating means for the government.
Major Attractions of Andaman and Nicobar
1. Port Blair - The capital city
2. The Cellular Jail also called Kaala Pani (that created an historical importance of Andaman and Nicobar islands)
3. Diglipur & Around
4. Havelock Island
5. Mayabunder & Around
6. Middle & North Andaman
Andaman and Nicobar Travel Guide
Lot has been said and written about the island, now lets have a precise look at its travel guide.
One can find the mention of Andaman and Nicobar even in Ramayan. According to Chinese travelers I'Tsing referred these islands as the land of naked people in his travelogue. In 1050 A.D, the Chola Dynasty also quoted Andaman and Nicobar islands as Nakkavaram or the land of naked in their Tanjore stone inscription.
Andaman Islanders and Culture :
Considered to the land of tribal people, Andaman and Nicobar has a mix of many culture and people belonging to different regions and different parts of world. Tribes like Shompens, the Onges, the Sentinelese, the Jarawas and the Great Andamanese can be found here.
Even Andaman and Nicobar islands is called mini-India, where people follow varied culture and their lifestyle is somehow similar to India.
Andaman Cuisines :
Being a tropical destination, sea food like lobster, prawn and several other sea-fish dishes are the main cuisine that you can have here. Apart from sea food you can also have South Indian delicacies available for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians.
Fairs and Festivals of Island :
Because of cross cultural unity, the islands' people have given rise to their own share of colourful fairs and festivals. Among the various festivals, most popular include Durga Puja, Janmasthami, Holi, Deewali, Onam, Pongal and Christmas.
Monuments and Museums :
Due to its historical connection there are many historical monuments to see here like the Cellular jail, Ross island and Viper island etc. Talking of museums there are the Anthropological Museum, National Memorial, Fisheries Museum, Samudrika (Naval Marine Museum), Forest Museum, Zoological Survey of India Museum.
Andaman Beach Adventure with Wildlife :
Being tropical islands, the vast stretches of beaches here are no less then a heaven, like of the Corbyn's Cove Tourism Complex, Radhanagar Beach, Karmatang Beach, Harminder Bay Beach, Ramnagar Beach etc. And beside enjoying sun bath you can also see different types of species of water animals like Green Sea Turtle, Leather Back Turtle, Olive Ridley Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle etc. In addition to these, you can also see reptiles like Water Monitor Lizard, Reticulate Python and Salt Water Crocodiles.
The most important activity of females, how can we forget about it. The main shopping hub of Andaman and Nicobar is Port Blair. From multi hued corals and seashell souvenirs you can buy them all here. Aberdeen Bazaar in Port Blair is the main commercial center of Andaman and Nicobar islands where you can also enjoy island nightlife at pubs and clubs.
1. Andaman and Nicobar islands have a tropical climate that never reaches to extreme.
2. During the monsoon seasons of May to mid September and November to mid December, medium to heavy rain is recorded.
3. In summers, the temperature in Andaman and Nicobar islands reaches to a maximum of 31°C while it drops to a minimum of 23°C.
Travel Andaman and Nicobar - Fairs and Festivals
Andaman and Nicobar are mainly the home of the tribal people, but in these
islands you will observe a unique culmination of several Indian cultures.
Due to cross cultural unity, the islands' people have given rise to
their own share of colourful fairs and festivals. In addition to their own
festivals, these islands celebrate several festival derived from India.
Among the various festivals, most popular include Durga Puja, Janmasthami,
Holi, Deewali, Onam, Pongal and Christmas. The fortnight long Island Tourism
Festival is the main festival of the Andaman and Nicobar islands, which
highlights excellent art and crafts, unique marine life and traditional
dances and songs of Port Blair.
How To Reach
Andaman and Nicobar islands have their domestic airport at Port Blair. Regular flights operate from Kolkata and Chennai to Port Blair airport. Indian Airlines, Jet Airways and Air Deccan have frequent flights to and from Port Blair.
By Ships :
You can also reach Andaman by sea. Cruising through the Bay of Bengal is a thrilling experience and you will come across a number of surprises on the way. Frequent passenger ship services are available to Port Blair from Chennai, Kolkata
Local Transport :
Buses, taxis, auto rickshaws, motorcycles, bicycles are available for local transport across the islands. In addition to these, the Directorate of Shipping Services operates inter-island foreshore and harbor ferry services to cater to the needs of inter-island travelers.