Andaman Islands are a group of islands in the Bay of Bengal spread across the Indian Peninsula in the west to Burma in the east and north sides. Most of the Andaman islands are part of Union Territory of India. A small number of islands at the Northern side belongs to Burma. Andaman islands number around 550.
Andaman Islands, India. (Photo credit: Wikimedia).
The white sandy island beaches of Andaman islands are famous among tourists. Being remote islands there are not much of pollution or crowds at these islands. Andaman islands are famous for adventure sports. Scuba diving and snorkeling are famous among the tourists to Andaman islands. You get a rare glimpse of marine life here in Andaman.You can for inside the deep forests of Andaman in trekking groups.
Majority of Andaman Islands India are are not inhabited by humans. 26 islands have human settlements. Historical evidence suggests human settlement in Andaman islands for the last 2200 years.
The cellular jails in Port Blair were used during Indian freedom struggle for the imprisonment of freedom fighters there. The Japanese invaded Andaman islands during World war II.
Andaman is rich in flora with its deep forests which are famous for the timber. Around 200 Timber varieties are found in the Andamans. Havelock island have a Sanctuary for saltwater crocodiles. Be aware of crocodiles wandering outside the sanctuary!
Interview island has a wildlife sanctuary with many animals. Andaman islands has sizable birds population. Edible-nest swiftlet are found in some of the Andamn’s caves.
How do I go to Andaman Islands?
Port Blair is the capital of Andaman Islands. There are regular flights to Port Blair from Chennai in Tamil Nadu and Kolkata in West Bengal. Ships also service from these two metropolitan cities of India to Port Blair.
Passenger ferries connects the islands. Catamaran services are also available to travel between islands.
Once inside an island, you can hire a taxi, auto rickshaw, motorbike or a scooter.