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Andaman & Nicobar Islands Travel Guide

The Andaman & Nicobar Islands are a veritable Garden of Eden and a naturalist's heaven. The clean environment, roads, greenery as well as unpolluted fresh air attract all nature lovers. The tropical rain forests and waters of Bay of Bengal are the home of a vast collection of plant, animal and marine life. Topographically the islands are hilly in places fringed with coconut palm, covered with tropical jungle and interspersed with flat stretches of crescent shaped beaches. Adventure tourism like trekking, Island camping, snorkeling, SCUBA diving etc. and other water sports are the real attractions. A marvelous mix of nature's most precious delights, the Andaman & Nicobar Islands are a once in a lifetime holiday experience.

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, home to a number of aboriginal tribes, lie in the Bay of Bengal, approximately 1,220 km south east of the coast of West Bengal and 1,190 km east of Chennai. Boasting of an idyllic landscape and immense natural attractions, it is one of the popular tourist resorts in the country.

Andaman & Nicobar eGuide

At a glance
History
Land and People
Indigenous Tribes
Map of Andaman & Nicobar
Tourist Information and FAQ
Weather Report

The main islands in the Andamans are Land Fall Islands, Middle Andaman, South Andaman, Port Blair and Little Andaman. Nicobar, lying to the south, comprises of Car Nicobar, Great Nicobar, Chowra, Teresa, Nancowrie, Katchal and Little Nicobar. The two groups of islands, Andaman and Nicobar, are separated by a deep ten degree channel. 12 of the islands, particularly Car Nicobar in the north, are inhabited, while Great Nicobar, the largest and southernmost islands in the group, is virtually uninhabited. The capital of this Union Territory is Port Blair, on the Andaman Islands.

The existence of these islands was first reported in the 9th century by Arab merchants. The main aboriginal group in the Andamans are the Onges, who live on Little Andaman. Onges, like other Andamanese tribes, are of Negrito origin. They practice food - gathering, hunting, honey - collecting and fishing, and are the only tribe on the islands, who freely accept contact with the outside world. In the Nicobars, the only aboriginals are the Shompens, who are averse to any contact with the outside world. The Nicobarese, the largest group, seem to be of mixed Burmese, Malay, Mon and Shan origin. They are a friendly and cheerful lot, who do not accept money and prefer the barter system. The islands of Port Blair has been named after Lt. Reginald Blair, who conducted a survey of the area, in 1789.

Explore Andaman & Nicobar Islands

  • Islands
  • Beaches
  • Monuments
  • Museum
  • Picnic Spot
  • Package Tours
  • Places of Interest in Andamans
  • Places of Interest in Nicobar
  • Places of Interest in Port Blair
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