Are you fond of Marine life? Does the sea world lure? Have you ever explored the world of corals, then visit this Marine Park in the Andaman Islands and the unexplored treasures of sea.
Islands of Andaman & Nicobar : Most of the Andaman and Nicobar islands are densely forested; the open spaces are covered with scrub and creepers. But the major treat is the marine world, that is if you are fond of the sea and like to explore its mysterious depths.
Port Blair is the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar islands. It is the only town of size and has the same atmosphere of any lively Indian market town. Except sniffing the lively atmosphere, you can visit the Cellular Jail. This is a large prison built by the British in the early 1900’s. It still gives a powerful impression of the terrible conditions the prisoners, mostly Indian freedom fighters,
were held. It is now a monument to those freedom fighters and had and excellent Sound & Light show, both in Hindi and English. Other sights in Port Blair are the Marine Museum, the Anthropological Museum, and the Chatham Sawmill
A visit to the Mahatma Ghandi Marine National Park will be an unforgettable experience. You can view the spectacular coral reefs and other life forms through glass bottom boats, SCUBA-diving and snorkelling. The park covers an area of 281.5 square km. and encloses open sea filled with coral reefs and as many as 15 islands covered with mangrove creeks and tropical rainforests.
Port Blair can be reached from Calcutta and Chennai in India by air and from Chennai, Calcutta and Vishakhapatnam by sea. Indian tourists can freely through the archipelago, but foreigners need a special permit to visit. This can easily be obtained in Port Blair, but only grants access to a limited number of places and islands in the Andaman area. Everybody (Indian as well as foreigners) need special tribal area entry permit to visit Nicobar Islands, and it is very difficult to get. Despite this, it still is a true Garden of Eden for those who seek peace and quiet and a beautiful beach.
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