The Andaman and Nicobar archipelago consists of two island groups, the Andaman Islands and the Nicobar Islands. Located in the Bay of Bengal, these islands are one of the most amazing tourist destinations in the world.
Tourism in these island groups has flourished over the time. The scenic beauty of the Andaman and Nicobar islands attracts thousands of tourists every year.
The location of the islands is favourable for those planning to take the Andaman Holiday Package. Well connected by ship and air, the capital Port Blair is at a distance of 1190 km from Chennai, 1255 km from Kolkata and 1200 km from Vishakhapatnam.
Although a part of India, they lie closer to Myanmar and Thailand and thus are easily accessible. The best season to take a trip to Andamans is from January to mid May, the perfect sunny days, rest will either be full of heavy showers or cool temperature.
The capital of the island group, Port Blair serves as a base to travel around the islands. Also, a large number of hotels, resorts, banks, tour operators and sports complex are present here. The Aberdeen Bazaar, the Anthropological Museum and the Fisheries Museum are other places of interest in Port Blair. The Andaman Water Sports Complex serves the needs of the adventure seekers. Offering a range of activities like parasailing and wind-surfing, it is open daily.
This is undoubtedly the main tourist attraction here. Built specifically for solitary confinement, it reflects the torment that the Indian freedom fighters underwent. A sound and light show is held here every evening; it is now a memorial to the prisoners of the Indian Independence Movement.
Mount Harriet National Park
The highest peaks in the Andamans can be found in the Mount Harriet National Park. Mount Harriet is 365 m high and is surrounded by evergreen forests that are home to a large variety of wildlife. Birds like the woodpecker and the imperial pigeon predominate the area. One can trek upto the Madhuban Beach through a 16 km (10 mile) nature trail.
The Ross Island served as the administrative capital of the British. Situated at a distance of 2 km east of Port Blair, it can be reached by taking a short ferry ride. The area, now lies deserted and is under the control of the Indian navy. 'Smritika', the museum established by the Navy, records the lives of its political prisoners.
Wandoor Marine National Park
The Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park was established in 1983 to preserve the tropical ecosystems of the uninhabited islands in the Andamans. Jolly Buoy Island and the Redskin Island are open during season. Magnificent coral reefs and rich marine life can be seen here.
Andaman and Nicobar Tourism runs a lot of hotels on the beaches, that provide perfect accommodation for the tourists. These hotels or guest houses are around the island areas itself, to provide best location to the tourists.
Andaman & Nicobar Islands are actually the peaks of a submerged mountain range extending from Myanmar to Indonesia. Supporting a staggering variety of plant and animal life, the islands are popular not only for their pristine natural beauty, but also for various adventure sports and water sports options that they offer.
The large coastline of these islands provides ideal opportunity for different water sports such as scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, para-sailing, water skiing and boating. Tourism of Andaman & Nicobar Islands must also include watching its varied marine life.
In the Islands you would not find luxurious malls and shopping complexes, but a few street markets, run by native people, are full of traditional handicrafts made up of sea shells and corals, and you can also buy tribal jewelery from the market. Some spices and sea food can also be bought, but in all, Andamans is a place to explore the charming locations, not shopping.
Last updated : Dec 8, 2011.