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10 Things to do in Andaman

1. Scuba Diving & Snorkelling

 

In the event that you’ve generally longed for investigating the energetic ocean life that lives in clear turquoise waters, you’ve picked one of the best places to experience that fantasy. The go-to put for all scuba partners is Barefoot Scuba Resort on Havelock Island. Whether you are an amateur hoping to get PADI confirmed, or an expert jumper who’s searching for some fun plunging, Barefoot has a lot of choices.

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2. Visit the Cellular Jail Memorial

 

Yes, this sounds dim and discouraging, and no, you will love going to. Some time ago known as “Kaala Paani” (Black Waters), this was utilized by the British as a pilgrim jail for political detainees. Visit the Memorial to comprehend the criticalness of the islands in India’s battle for autonomy. It is situated at Port Blair, and is open Tuesday – Sunday from 8.45 am to 12.30 pm, and 1.30 to 5 pm. Affirmation expenses are just Rs.10, and an additional charge of Rs.25 and Rs.100 for utilizing cameras and camcorders individually.

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3. Relax at Radha Nagar Beach

 

It is one of the best shorelines on the planet, and you have to visit to comprehend why. Havelock Island is around a four-hour ship ride from Port Blair, and once you arrive, you will express gratitude toward yourself for having made the voyage. With unblemished white shorelines and sky blue waters, Havelock is a place where time stops. Simply laze on the wonderful Radha Nagar shoreline for a couple days, and you won’t recollect what “stretch” means.

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4. Visit the Mahatma Gandhi National Marine Park

 

Situated in Wandoor, a little town around 30 km from Port Blair, this National Park is home to some beautiful coral reefs and other ocean life. The islands of Jolly Buoy and Red Skin are interested in voyagers. This is an awesome day trip from Port Blair.

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5. The Chatham Saw Mill

 

Home to one of the most established sawmills in Asia, Chatham Island is associated with terrain Port Blair by a long scaffold. The wood scented air welcomes you as you close to the island, and there’s a dreamlike feeling of sentimentality. Visit the Forest Museum to see some wonderful wooden antiquities.

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6. Trek in Madhuban

 

One of the best trekking courses in the nation is that from Mount Harriet to Madhuban. Mount Harriet is home to the absolute most colorful verdure on the islands. It is found a short ship ride from the Chatham Harbor in Port Blair.

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7. Sea Walking at North Bay Island

 

Yes, believe it or not. You can stroll submerged and make proper acquaintance with the wonderful schools of fish. North Bay Island is a standout amongst the most prevalent ocean walk destinations, and has incredible spots with coral reefs where you can do this walk. There is uncommon apparatus that you should wear, which permits you to inhale ordinarily submerged, and there are lifeguards and prepared staff who will make it a sheltered and agreeable experience for you.

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8. Bird Watching at Chidiya Tapu

 

Home to several types of winged animals, Chidiya Tapu is a little town, 25 km from Port Blair. This is an unquestionable requirement visit goal on the off chance that you cherish fledgling viewing. Spend a couple of hours in supreme serenity listening to birdcalls while you visit these parakeets, emerald pigeons, ocean hawks and different fowls.

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9. Do a Museum Circuit

 

Since these islands are saturated with history, exhibition halls are an awesome approach to get a sneak crest into the past. Aside from the Forest Museum we delineated for you, visit the Anthropological Museum, which gives bits of knowledge into the lives of the indigenous tribes and the Samudrika Naval Marine Museum in Port Blair. The Naval Marine historical center is controlled by the Indian Navy, and is incredible for comprehension the biodiversity of marine life

10. Enjoy Water Sports

 

For that adrenaline surge, you have an assortment of exercises to browse in the Andamans. Whether it’s parasailing, windsurfing, kayaking or water-skiing, Port Blair has some flawless water brandish edifices that you can visit, the most prominent one being the Andaman Water Sports Complex.

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History & Geography Of Andaman

 

 

  • The capital of Andaman & Nicobar Islands is Port Blair. Most of the islands are in the Andamans group, 26 of which are inhabited.

 

 

  • The Nicobars comprise some 22 main islands, 10 of which are inhabited. The Andamans and Nicobars are separated by the Ten Degree Channel, some 150 km wide.

 

 

  • The territory’s population as per the year 2001 Census of India is 356,152. The total land area of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands is approximately 8,249 Square km’s.

 

 

  • The total area of the Andaman Islands is some 6,408 km² & that of the Nicobar Islands approximately 1,841 Square km’s.

 

 

  • The major languages spoken in Andaman & Nicobar Islands are Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam, English, Tamil, Nicobarese and Telugu.
    Since pre-historic times aboriginal tribes have lived on these Islands. The Andaman group is inhabited by tribes of Negrito origin, while the Nicobar Islands are inhabited by tribes of Mongloid origin.

 

 

  • There are 4 tribes in the Andaman District and they are Great Andamanese, Onges, Jarawas, and Sentinelese, while 2 other tribes, Nicobarese & Shompens of Mongloid origin live in Nicobar district.
    The topography of the Andaman islands is hilly and they abound in evergreen forests. Timber is plentiful and of a vast variety.

 

 

  • These undulating islands are covered with dense forests and endless variety of exotic flora and fauna. However, the Timber of Andaman & Nicobar Islands cannot be commercially extracted due to the order & ruling of the Supreme Court of India.

 

 

 

  • The reserved and protected forests extend over 86% area of the territory and the forest cover is more than 92%. About 50% of the forests has been set aside as Tribal Reserves, National Parks, and Wildlife Sanctuaries.

 

 

 

  • Mythologically, the name Andaman is presumed to be derived from Hanuman, who was known to the Malays as Handuman. Since pre-historic times, these islands were the home of aboriginal tribes.
    The first settlement by the British took place in 1789, which was later abandoned in 1796.

 

 

  • The second settlement was basically a penal settlement, established in 1858, after the First War of Indian Independence, followed by the settlement of convicts, Moplas, some criminal tribes from Central and United Provinces, refugees from erstwhile East Pakistan, Burma and Sri Lanka as well as ex-servicemen.

 

 

 

  • People of all faiths like Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhist etc., live together in complete peace and harmony.

 

 

 

  • Inter-religion and interregional marriages are common. This amazing racial and cultural mix is correctly described as Mini-India.
    The sandy beaches of Andaman & Nicobar Islands are fringed with coconut-palms. The sea around the islands offer excellent scope for water sports. Adventure tourism like trekking, Camping, snorkeling, scuba diving etc., are the real attractions.

 

 

 

  • A visit to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands is a memorable lifetime experience.
    The Indian government is trying to develop the Andaman Islands into a low volume, high yield tourist zone. To promote eco-friendly tourism, the Andaman and Nicobar Administration is developing 36 beach sites on the islands. India’s first ever marina is to be developed in A&N islands.

 

 

 

 

  • To promote eco-friendly tourism, the Andaman and Nicobar Administration is developing 36 beach sites on the islands. India’s first ever marina is to be developed in A&N islands.

 

 

 

  • The Government is starting unique projects like the introduction of seaplane service for the first time in India. The administration will set up canopy walkways, luxury cottages, and procure luxury boats to attract high-end tourists.

 

 

 

  • Plans are afoot to start more sound and light shows and setting up de-compressions chambers for scuba drivers in the islands in the near future.
    Annual tourist arrivals at the Andaman & Nicobar Islands increased to 130,000 in 2009 as compared to 33,716 tourist arrivals recorded in 1990.

Major Attractions

 

 

Following are the major tourist attractions in Andaman and Nicobar islands.

 

 

Ross Island

 

Ross Island was the seat of British administration.

 

 

Viper Island

 

Viper Island is near Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, was the site of the jail where the British used to imprison convicts and political prisoners. It has the ruins of a gallows atop a hillock. The jail was abandoned when the Cellular Jail was constructed in 1906.

 

Radhanagar Beach

 

Radhanagar Beach is a beautiful pristine clean beach located on the western coast of Havelock Island. It was voted the best beach in Asia by TIME in 2004 and is now one of the top 100 beaches in the world.

 

Cellular Jail

 

The Cellular Jail, also known as Kālā Pānī (Black Water), was a colonial prison. The prison was used by the British especially to exile political prisoners to the remote archipelago. Many notable dissidents such as Batukeshwar Dutt and Veer Savarkar, among others, were imprisoned here during the struggle for India’s independence. Today, the complex serves as a national memorial monument.

 

Havelock Island

 

Havelock Island, with an area of 113.93 km2, is the largest of the islands that comprise Ritchie’s Archipelago, a chain of islands to the east of Great Andaman in the Andaman Islands.

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