Andaman and Nicobar Islands is Consisting of two major archipelagos, with the Andaman Islands to the north and the Nicobar Islands to the south is a union territory of India. Here is a complete Andaman Travel Guide that has all the tips for the best places to visit in Andaman, the best things to do in Andaman islands and all the major Andaman and Nicobar Islands tourist places and attractions.
About Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andaman and Nicobar Islands is the union territory of India and its capital is Port Blair. Interestingly, It is 1200km far from the mainland of India but 190 km from Myanmar and 150 km north of Aceh, Indonesia, and the Andaman Sea separates it from Thailand and Myanmar. To the east of this archipelago lies the Andaman Sea and to the west the Bay of Bengal.
It is located in the Indian Ocean south of the Bay of Bengal. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are made up of about 572 small islands, And of these 37 islands are populated only, the rest are empty.
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History of Andaman
The Andaman-Nicobar Islands lived in the British Raj for 200 years. During this period, the British government used to send rebels and dangerous criminals to the cellular jail here, which Indians know as ‘Kalapani’.
How many tribes are there in Andaman?
The Andaman Islands are home to four ‘Negrito’ tribes – the Great Andamanese, Onge, Jarawa and Sentinelese.
The Nicobar Islands are home to two ‘Mongoloid’ tribes – the Shompen and Nicobarese.
The ‘Negrito’ tribes are believed to have arrived in the islands from Africa up to 60,000 years ago.
The Jarawa tribe living on the island is considered quite dangerous. Jarawa people are usually dark black. The Jarawa tribals have no contact with the outside world. The clan also attacks those who try to reach there. People of this tribe neither keep contact with any outsider nor let anyone keep contact with themselves. More than 400 Jarawa community people live in Andaman.
Andaman Nicobar Islands Tourism
Andaman and Nicobar Islands are developing into a major tourism hub with exotic-looking beaches and unspotted islands having equally exotic names, wonderful opportunities for adventure sports like snorkeling and sea-walking. Plans to develop various islands under NITI (National Institute of Transforming India) Aayog is also in progress.
Do we need a passport for Andaman?
Indian tourists do not require a passport or permit to visit the Andaman Islands, but if they wish to visit any tribal areas for special purposes (e.g. research, educational, etc) they need a special permit from the Deputy Commissioner in Port Blair.
PM Modi renames 3 Andaman & Nicobar islands
As of December 2018 PM, Narendra Modi renames 3 islands of Andaman Nicobar. The Ross Island was renamed as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep, the Neil Island would now be known as Shaheed Dweep and the Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep.
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Places to visit in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Cellular Jail National Memorial
The foundation of this prison was laid in 1897, a silent witness to the atrocities committed by the British government on India’s freedom fighters. There are 694 cells inside this prison. The purpose of building these cells was to stop the mutual interaction between the prisoners.
Like the octopus, there are now only three parts of this huge prison spread over seven branches. The names of the brave martyrs are written on the walls of the prison. There is also a museum where one can see the weapons from which the freedom fighters were tortured.
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Veer Savarkar Park
A small beautiful park in front of the main gate of Cellular Jail. This park is dedicated to all patriots who were locked up in the Cellular Jail till the end of their life. There are many statues of freedom fighters in this park. And It is best for the waiting place before entering or after exit from cellular jail. Some historical artifacts are also painted on the wall of the park.
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This is located on the west coast of Havelock Island, is considered to be more famous among the tourists. Radhanagar Beach is one of the best beaches in Andaman. According to the information, this beach has been considered as the best beach in India and the 7th best beach in the world by English magazine time. This is a photogenic beach where model photoshoot is also performed.
Diglipur is the largest town of North Andaman Island, in the Andaman Archipelago, India. The city is located on the southern side of Aerial Bay, at 43 meters above sea level, 298 km north of Port Blair. It is crossed by the Kalpong River, the only river of the Andaman islands.
Mount Harriet National Park
The peak named Mount Harriot is the highest peak in South Andaman and it is also a national park. Its height is 365 meters above sea level.
It is the most preferred and popular tourist spot for birds watching & sunset viewing. Chidiya tapu and its Munda Pahad Beach is the cleanest and well-organized beach in the Andaman island.
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35 other top things to do in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
North Bay And Elephant Beach – Snorkeling
Bioluminescence Beach – Witness Bioluminescence
Banana Boat Ride
North Bay Coral Island – Take The Glass Bottom Boat Ride
Havelock Island – Swim With Elephants
Port Blair – Travel In A Sea Plane
Mt Harriet – Trek To Madhuban
Wandoor – Go On Nature Walks Via Mongluton Rubber Plantations
Baratang Island – Explore The Limestone Caves
Island Hopping – See The Sunrises And Sunsets
Semi Submarine Ride
Sea Walking At Andaman
Mayabunder – Mangrove Kayaking
Barren Island – Tour The Volcano
M.V Makruzz Cruise
North Bay Island – Witness Enticing Coral Reefs
Jolly Buoy Island – Witness Crystal Clear Water
Cinque Island – Witness Its Stunning Pieces
Interesting Visit To Barren Island
Silent Ocean Of Lakshmanpur Beach
Kalapathar Beach – Give Yourself A Treat
Ross Island – Visit The First British Settlement
Stay In A Beach Resort
Try Seafood At A Nice Restaurant
Andaman – Go Fishing
Corbyn Cove Beach – Enjoy Watersports
Bharatpur Beach – Enjoy The Surreal Environs
Vijaynagar Beach – Relax And Unwind
Aamkunj Beach – Walk Along The Shore
Forest Museum – Know More About Flora
What is the best time to visit Andaman?
These tourist places receive minimum fluctuations in the temperature and are always pleasant and range between 23°C and 30°C. The best time to visit Andaman Nicobar Island is from November to May. And Andaman hosts an annual tourism festival in December & January.
The waters are clear and calm, perfect for snorkeling, swimming and other water activities to do in Andaman.
Monsoons are however recommended to be avoided for Andaman Nicobar tour because of the high tides, incessant rains, and strong winds.
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How can I go to Andaman from India?
Best Way To Reach Andaman is by Air. Port Blair, the capital to Andaman and Nicobar Islands is connected via Air with all major cities in India. Veer Savarkar International Airport, also known as Port Blair Airport.
Another convenient option besides air travel is the water route. The ship takes about two to three days to reach Port Blair from the Indian Mainland. Ship services are available from Chennai, Kolkata, and Vizag.
This is all about these beautiful places called Andaman and Nicobar Islands has India’s beautiful untold beaches. Visiting these amazing islands will be your memorable experience forever.
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