About Andaman

About Andaman

The words 'Andaman' and 'Nicobar' are taken from the Malay language. The Andaman Islands are an Indian archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. These roughly 300 islands are known for their palm-lined, white-sand beaches, mangroves and tropical rainforests. Coral reefs supporting marine life such as sharks and rays make for popular diving and snorkeling sites. Indigenous Andaman Islanders inhabit the more remote islands, many of which are off limits to visitors. The majority of people of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are Hindus (69.44%), with Christians forming a large minority of 21.7% of the population, according to the 2011 census of India. There is a small but significant Muslim (8.51%) minority. Andaman and Nicobar Islands are developing into a major tourism hub with exotic-looking beaches and pristine islands having equally exotic names, wonderful opportunities for adventure sports like Scuba, snorkelling and sea-walking.
In Port Blair, the main places to visit are the Cellular Jail, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Andaman Water sports complex, Chatham Saw Mill, Mini Zoo, Corbyn's cove, Chidiya Tapu, Wandoor Beach, Forest Museum, Anthropological Museum, Fisheries Museum, Naval Museum (Samudrika), Ross Island and Viper Island. Other places include Havelock island famous for Radhanagar Beach, Neil Island for Scuba diving/snorkelling, Cinque island, Saddle peak, Mt Harriet and Mud Volcano. The southern group (Nicobar islands) is mostly inaccessible to tourists. Indian tourists do not require a permit to visit the Andaman islands but if they wish to visit any tribal areas they need a special permit from the Deputy Commissioner, Port Blair. Permits are required for foreign nationals. For foreign nationals arriving by air, these are granted upon arrival at Port Blair. According to official estimates, the flow of tourists doubled to nearly 300,000 in 2012 from 130,000 in 2008–09. The Radha Nagar beach of Andaman’s was chosen as Asia’s best Beach in 2004.

Fast Fact About Andaman & Nicobar

  • 1). The tribes inhabiting these islands don’t interact with outsiders.
  • 2). The largest sea turtles nest here.
  • 3). Commercial fishing is banned on the Andaman Islands.
  • 4). The largest living arthropod Birgus Latro resides here.
  • 5). The 20 rupee note depicts a scene from Andaman and Nicobar islands.
  • 6). Two islands at Andaman are named after officers of the East India Company.
  • 7). During WW2, Andaman and Nicobar islands were the only part of India to come under Japanese occupation.
  • 8). The state animal of Andaman and Nicobar islands is Dugong.
  • 9). These islands are the happy land of butterflies.
  • 10). These islands received the first sunrise of this millennium.
  • 11). The only active volcano in India is present in Andaman.

Famous Places To Visit In Andaman

Port Blair Havelock Neil
Ross Island Radhanagar Lakshmanpur Beach
North Bay Island Kalapathar Sitapur Beach
Jollyboy Island Elephanta Beach Bharatpur Beach
Chidtya Tapu    
Wandoor Baech    
Carbynscove Beach    
Cellular Jail    
Anthropological Museum    
Fisheries Museum    
Mount Harriet    
Ross & Smith Island