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Tourism of Andaman & Nicobar

The music of waves breaking on the coral reef, palm leaves dancing in mild breeze, green rain forests, powder white beaches and chirping of rare birds - all these make a dream called Andaman & Nicobar Islands, which, by the way, also happen to be a reality. Located in the Bay of Bengal, the Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands is a virtual paradise for tourists. These islands contain three different ecosystems such as coral reefs, tropical forests and mangroves. Many regions of these islands are designated as restricted areas for preserving the rich bio-diversity of the region. Tourism of Andaman & Nicobar holds great potential.

Andaman & Nicobar 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.

The climate of these islands is tropical. It remains humid and warm throughout the year. The incidence of rainfall is irregular. The period between October and April is the best time for the tourism of Andaman & Nicobar. When you plan your trip to Andaman & Nicobar, don't forget to carry a lot of good books, a hammock, snorkeling equipments and strong sun lotion. They would enhance the enjoyment of your travel to Andaman & Nicobar.

The major tourist attractions in these islands include:

  • Port Blair
  • Chatam Island
  • Mount Harriet
  • Ross Islands
  • Madhuban
  • Neil Island
  • Cellular Jail
  • Beaches
  • Museums

Port Blair: The capital city of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Port Blair is a small, picturesque town. It is blessed with the natural heritage, which includes evergreen forests. It is frequently visited by large number of tourists to enjoy its clean beaches, and diving and snorkeling options.

Chatam Island: It has one of Asia's largest saw mills owned by the Forest Department. The huge logs are extracted by the elephants. The forest contains enchanting flora and fauna including the rare, colourful varieties of orchards.

Ross Island: Previously, it was the center of British administration. Situated at the north of Port Blair, this island, spread across 200 acres, has ruins of old buildings and monuments of immense archaeological and historical value. When in Ross Island, visit the museum established by the Navy. Named as 'Smritika', it showcases the interesting history of this island.

Mount Harriet: Situated on the other side of Ross Islands, Mount Harriet is the highest hill around south Andaman. In the past, it was used as the headquarter of the Chief Commissioner. The top of the hill offers a spectacular view of the Port Blair city, and an outline of Ross Island and Havelock Islands.

Havelock Island: This idyllic island characterized by its virgin beach and unpolluted environment, is a wonderful destination to go for some dolphin watching. Located just 54 km from Port Blair, its crystal clear blue water and white beaches are the best setting to let go of your self and discover yourself.

Cellular Jail: It is referred to as the Bastille of India. Many freedom fighters were incarcerated in Cellular Jail during the British rule. There are about 600 cells in the jail.

Beaches: Tourism of Andaman & Nicobar offers an excellent opportunity to explore the beautiful beaches. Jollybuoy or Redskin Beach and Corbyn's Cove Beach are the popular beaches in these islands. Chiriyatapu Beach is known as the 'Paradise for the Bird Watchers'.

Museums: The museums like the Forest Museum, the Anthropological Museum, the Fisheries Museum and Marine Museum are very popular.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/04