Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Bengali, Hindi, Tamil,
Best time to visit
All year round
Tropical at all times: 32 - 22 degrees
Humidity: 70% - 90%
Andaman & Nicobar Islands are located in the Bay of Bengal 1000
km off the east coast of India.They consist of 572 islands and streches
over an area of more than 700 sq. kms. 372 of the islands are volcanic
and only 37 are inhabited. Aboriginal tribes have lived on these
islands since pre-historic times. The Andaman Islands is inhabited
by tribes of Negrito origin, while the Nicobar Islands are inhabited
by tribes of Mongloid origin. The first settlement of the British
took place in 1789 & later in 1858 it became a penal settlement.
How to get here
Port Blair is connected with Chennai & Calcatta.
Regular passenger ship go from Chennai, Calcatta &
Vishakhapatanam to Port Blair. There are 3 - 4 sailings in a month
from Calcatta & Chennai and once a month from Vishakhapatanam.
All foreigners need a permit to visit the Andaman Islands. The
Nicobar Islands are only open to Indian nationals that are involved
in research, or trade. You can obtain a permit to The Andamans either
from the Foreigners' Registration Office in Chennai or Kolkata or
you can apply for it when you arrive in Port Blair (you must do
this immideatley when you arrive though).
People & culture
People of all faiths and religions live peacefully together on
these islands. Marriage between races and religions are quite common.
The indigenous people are only about 10% of the total population.
They are the Onge, Sentinelese, Andamanese, Shompen and Nicobarese.
Places to visit
Port Blair -Havelock Island - Neil Island - Ross Island
- Long Islands - Barren Island - Viper Island
Is the capital Of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Not a place to
hang around, but a good starting point to get supplies for exploring
the other islands. Port blair is also where both flights and ferries
arrive, so most people need to pass through here.
An island situated about 57 kilometer North East of Port Blair.
This island is the most visited by tourists. It is beautiful with
perfect white beaches, turquoise waters and coral reefs with lot
of marine life. The waters here are ideal for snorkeling & scuba
diving. In the surrounding forests you also can find elephants.
They were once brought to the island to work.
Situated 36 kilometer East of Port Blair. The island's green forest
and sandy beaches make it an ideal holiday destination for tourists.
Each beach has a number. The beach west of the village is popular
with campers. It is also possible to put up a tent on the beach.
Once developed as the administrative headquarters by the British.
It had beautiful lawns, clubhouses, swimming pools, tennis courts
and a majestic church in the middle. It used to be called Paris
of the East. However it is all ruins now, destroyed by an earthquake
in 1941. A small museum displays pictures of its old beauty. It
is open every day except Wednesday. This island can be explored
by foot. There are ferries to and from the island from Phoenix Bay
82 kilometer from Port Blair. Home to a fantastic beach at Lalaji
Bay. It also has evergreen forests, coconut plantations and a unpolluted
atmosphere which makes it a perfect destination.
Containing India's only active volcano. It erupted in 1991, after
177 years and then again in 1994. Visiting the island is not allowed,
but you can watch the volcano from a boat.
The British used to harbour convicts here. Dangerous convicts found
guilty of breaking the rules of the Penal Settlement, were put in
chains and forced to work with their chains on. Freedom fighters
like Nanigopal and Nandlal Pulindas, who had resorted to hunger
strike at the Cellular Jail, were imprisoned at Viper Island. Due
to the working conditions, the jail earned the name Viper Chain
Gang Jail. You can still see the remains of it. You need yo hire
a private boat or take a cruise to get to this island.