Travel to Andaman: Located in the Bay of Bengal, the Andaman is among the group of 572 islands, 193 kms from the Cape Negrais in Myanmar, 1255 km from Calcutta, and 1190 km from Chennai. The Nicobar Islands are located to the south of the Andamans, 121 km from the Little Andaman Island.
Of the total 572 islands, only 36 islands are inhabited. The Islands are located between the latitudes 6° to 14° North and longitudes 92° to 94° east. The topography of the islands is hilly and abounds in evergreen forests.
The sandy beaches on the edge of meandering coastline are fringed with coconut-palms that sway to the rhythm of the sea. The sea around the islands offers excellent scope for water sports. A visit to these islands is a memorable lifetime experience.
The lovely beaches and coral beds of Andaman Islands are a traveler's delight. At Port Blair, the capital of Andaman, the Cellular Jail and Anthropological Museum merit a visit. Excursions can be taken to the beautiful islands of Wandoor and Jolly Buoy and to the bird sanctuary at Chiriyatapoo.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands have people from all religion ,languages and ethnic group staying here , thus lending the island a cosmopolitan outlook. In fact Andamans is called mini India because of people of various religions and races staying in perfect harmony here. Indeed you find unity in diversity here.
Thus naturally all festivals are celebrated with fervor and enthusiasm and people take part in all of them. The festivals in Andamans which need special mention are ;
This exhibition depicts the development process of the islands.
You get to see performances from cultural troupes as well nationally and internationally renowned artists during the Island Tourism Festival .
Mythologically, the name Andaman was 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 tribes of the Andaman group of islands were the home of aboriginal tribes. The tribes of the Andaman group of islands are the Great Andamanese, Onges, Jarawas, and Setinalese, all of Negrito origin, while the tribes of Nicobars are the Nicobarese and Shompens, both of Mongoloid stock. The first settlement by the British took place in 1789, which was later abandoned in 1796. The second settlement was basically a penal settlement, taken up in 1858, after the First War of Independence, followed by the settlement of convicts, Moplas, come criminal tribes from Central and United Provinces, refugees from erstwhile East Pakistan, Burman and Sri Lanka as well ex-servicemen.
In these islands people of all faiths - Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs etc., and of all languages like Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi, Nicobari etc., live together in complete peace and harmony. Inter-religion and inter-regional marriages are common. This amazing racial and cultural mix is correctly described as Mini-India.
Forests are the green gold of the islands. 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, Which are inviolate. Luxuriant mangroves, perhaps the richest in the world, occupy nearly 11.5 % of the territory. More than 150 plant and animal species are endemic in nature. Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is rich in corals, varieties of coloured fishes, sea turtles etc., beside other out of which 39 are endemic. Megaopde, Swiflet, Hornbaill and Pigeon are some of the specialities of the Andanman & Nicobar Islands..
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