"Andaman & Nicober Island: A Paradise on Earth!!" Top 5 Page for this destination Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands by goutammitra

Sea, Snorkelling, Sea Food: What else you want ???

Finally, I was there in Paradise but only for a brief period. May be God wanted me to go back to hell again and do some penance! May be then He will send me back there for a longer period.

I took the Jet Light flight on Monday ( 10th August) morning and by 11.30 AM I was there. The flight from Calcutta ( Kolkata) takes exactly two hours over Bay of Bengal. I checked into Fortune Bay Resort, surely the best hotel in the Island, with all modern facilities and situated at fantastic location on the Marine Hills, facing North Bay( See hotel picture).

Now the Island is very well connected by Air and Sea, with Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai by Air and with Kolkata and Chennai by Sea. There are several flight operated by all Airlines daily due to influx of tourist. I noticed, most of the foreign tourist prefer and visit to Havelock Island only either for relaxing or for Scuba diving. But the city of Port Blair and Andaman has much more to offer.

For all Indians, the place Andaman is a highly revered place as The British Rulers kept the Freedom Fighters of India in Cellular Jail, tortured them, starved them, and finally hanged them. The Govt of India has converted the Jail a National Monument and opened it for the tourists.
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Information on Andaman & Nicobar Island.

Andaman & Nicobar Island is Union Terrytory of India.The territory is located in the Indian Ocean, and geographically is considered part of Southeast Asia. It comprises two island groups, the Andaman Islands and the Nicobar Islands, separated by the 10° N parallel, with the Andamans to the north of this latitude, and the Nicobars to the south. The Andaman Sea lies to the east and the Bay of Bengal to the west.

The territory's capital is the Andamanese town of Port Blair. The territory's population as per the most recent (2001) Census of India was 356,152. But the current population is about 400,000. Added together, the total land area of the territory is approximately 6,496 km² or 2,508 sq mi.

The Andaman and Nicobar islands have been inhabited for several thousand years, at the very least. The earliest archaeological evidence yet documented goes back some several thousand years; however, the indications from genetic, cultural and linguistic isolation studies point to habitation going back 30,000 to 60,000 years, well into the Middle Paleolithic.( Source: Weikipedia& Anthropological Museum , Port Blair).

In the Andaman Islands, the various Andamanese peoples maintained their separated existence through the vast majority of this time, diversifying into distinct linguistic, cultural and territorial groups. By the 1850s when they first came into sustained contact by outside groups, the indigenous peoples of the Andamans were:

the Great Andamanese, who collectively represented at least 10 distinct sub-groups and languages;
the Jarawa;
the Jangil (or Rutland Jarawa);
the Onge; and
the Sentinelese (most isolated of all the groups).
In total, these peoples numbered somewhere around 7,000 at the time of these first encounters. As the numbers of settlers from the mainland increased (at first mostly prisoners and involuntary indentured labourers, later purposely recruited farmers), these indigenous peoples lost territory and numbers in the face of punitive expeditions by British troops, land encroachment and the effects of various epidemic diseases. The Jangil and most of the Great Andamanese groups soon became extinct; 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 peoples of the Nicobars (unrelated to the Andamanese) have a similarly isolated and lengthy association with the islands. There are two main groups:

the Nicobarese, or Nicobari, living throughout many of the islands; and
the Shompen, restricted to the interior of Great Nicobar.

There are 572 islands in the territory, of which only approximately 38 are permanently inhabited. Most of the islands (about 550) are in the Andamans group, 26 of which are inhabited. The smaller Nicobars comprise some 22 main islands (10 inhabited). The Andamans and Nicobars are separated by a channel (the Ten Degree Channel) some 150 km wide.
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The total area of the Andaman Islands is some 6,408 km2 (2,474 sq mi); that of the Nicobar Islands approximately 1,841 km2 (711 sq mi).
Country : India
District(s) 3
Established 1956-11-01
Capital :Port Blair
Largest city :Port Blair

Population
• Density 356,1521 (32)
• 43 /km2 (111 /sq mi)
Language(s) Nicobarese, Bengali, English, Hindi,Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Area 8,250 km2 (3,185 sq mi

Address of Official Tourist Site of Andaman:

www.and.nic.in

For details on How to Reach Andaman : www.and.nic.in/C_charter/IP_T/reach.htm

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  • Pros:Heavenly place on Earth : No Pollution all Fresh air
  • Last visit to Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Aug 2009
  • Intro Updated Aug 14, 2009
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  • nixca316's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    First time I've heard about this place...thanks! It's great to learn "new" things!

    • goutammitra's Profile Photo
      Dec 10, 2012 at 5:41 PM

      Yes, it is also one of the most beautiful place on earth! It has live volcano, unfortunately, we could not go to Havelock , it's their best place!

    • nixca316's Profile Photo
      Dec 11, 2012 at 4:46 PM

      Wow!

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Great page here with good comprehensive tips and photos, Goutam.
    Like the idea of shopping at the co-op.
    Love to you all xx

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Jul 28, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    i liked the restaurant of the hotel cooking food on guests' requests. very nice. seems like a very clean and watersports oriented destination.

  • besal's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    Excellent tips on this historical Island. Amir

  • illumina's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    Nice page! I went there last year and am still working on writing my tips!

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2009 at 12:45 AM

    Wow - fascinating photos/detail on this little-known location. A great page in your excellent style. Grazie, Carol <(•¿•)>

  • Florida999's Profile Photo
    Aug 28, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Very informative page on a place I have never even heard of! Not sure I want to visit an old prison on my vacation.....but the beach looks ok. Food sounds good:)

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    Great tips. Wow... a less travelled remote island distination. No wonder it was used as a British jail just like Seychelles and Tasmania.

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2009 at 8:25 AM

    Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a very interesting place, thanks a lot for sharing the information & photos!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2009 at 2:52 AM

    Lots of information and effort here thanks Goutam, the architecture looks interesting even for a jail!Hi again, back to finish seeing yr tips thanks - youve got interesting pics with yr tips and lovely sunset shots!

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