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The Andaman and Nicobar Islands were hidden in mystery for centuries because of their inaccessibility. These are the paragon of beauty and present a landscape full with scenic and picturesque extravaganza. These islands shimmer like emeralds in the Bay of Bengal.
Andaman & Nikobar Islands are a group of Islands in the Bay of Bengal and a Union Territory of India far away from the main land of India. It comprises two island groups, the Andaman Islands and the Nicobar Islands, with the Andamans to the north, and the Nicobars to the south. The Andaman Sea lies to the east and the Bay of Bengal to the west. The Andamans are separated from the Nicobar group by a channel some 150 km wide. There are 572 islands in the territory, only 38 are permanently inhabited.
The territory's capital is the Andamanese town of Port Blair. The capital of Nicobar Islands is Car Nicobar. The Andaman and Nicobar islands have been inhabited for several thousand years. The capital of the union territory, Port Blair, is located 1,255 Kms from Kolkata 1,200 km from Visakhapatnam and 1,190 km from Chennai
Presently there remain only approximately 400-450 indigenous Andamanese, the Jarawa and Sentinelese in particular maintaining a steadfast independence and refusing most attempts at contact. The indigenous people of the Nicobars (unrelated to the Andamanese) have a similarly isolated and lengthy association with the islands. There are two main groups:
On 26 December 2004 the coasts of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands were devastated by a 10 m (33 ft) high tsunami following the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake. At least 5,930 people were believed to have been killed on the Nicobar and Andaman Islands during the disaster. The worst affected Nicobar islands were Katchal and Indira Point where the latter subsided 4.25 m and was submerged in the ocean.
- The Nicobarese or Nicobari, living throughout many of the islands; and
- The Shompen, restricted to the hinterland of Great Nicobar.
How to reach Andaman
You can reach Andaman by two ways, the first one and most preferred is by Air. Most of the airlines are connected with Andaman usually via Kolkata, Chennai. Some flights are connected directly. The other way to reach Andaman is by Sea. Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) operate ships to and fro Andaman from Kolkota, Visakhapatnam and Chennai. It takes 2-3 days to reach Andaman by ship. SCI announces schedule only last week of the month for next month, so you have to wait for the schedule announcement to go by ship.
Tourist Places in Andaman
Cellular Jail - in Britist era also called as "Kala Pani ki saza"
Baratang, Barren Island, Elephant Beach
Havelock Island, Rock Island, Mt. Harriot
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Day 1: Arrive Port Blair + sightseeing
Arrival at Port Blair in the morning by flight and transfer to hotel. After lunch, visit the Corbyn's Cove Beach and Port Blair City Tour - covering the famous Cellular Jail, Saw Mill, Forest Museum, Mini Zoo, Anthropological Museum, Fisheries (Marine) Museum, Centre, Naval Marine Museum (Samudrika), Andaman Water Sports Complex (for water & adventure sports like water-skiing, boats, water scooters, tube rides, etc.). In the evening, attend the enthralling Sound and Light Show at Cellular Jail. Overnight stay at hotel in Port Blair.
Day 2 : Port Blair - Havelock
Morning around 8:00 Hrs departure by inter-island ferry to Havelock Island by Ferry. Visit to Radhanagar Beach at Havelock Island , in evening Visit to Kalaphathar Beach at Havelock. Overnight stay at hotel in Havelock Island.
Day3: Havelock Sightseeing + Return to Port Blair
After Breakfast, day is free to enjoy the water activities. Evening Return from Havelock Island and transfer to hotel in Port Blair. Overnight stay at Hotel in Port Blair.
Day4: Port Blair - Ross Island - Port Blair
Start after breakfast for a full-day Excursion to North Bay (Coral Island) - to see coral reefs, in the glass bottom boat. Optional Activities - Snorkeling, Swimming, Trekking. Return to Port Blair and overnight stay at Hotel in Port Blair.
Day5: Depart Port Blair
Depart Port Blair with best memories.
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