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A remote outpost, blue waters, coral reefs & white sandy beaches, make Andamans an experience of a lifetime
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Not many venture into this remotest outpost of India that goes by the name of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. But those who do are blessed by an experience that is hard to find elsewhere. Andaman & Nicobar Islands is an archipelago of 572 islands, situated 1000 kilometers of the east coast of India in the Bay of Bengal.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a union territory of India, with Port Blair as its capital. Of all the 572 islands only 38 are permanently inhabited. Once upon a time these islands were used as an isolated prison for the fighters of Indian Independence, but the winds of change swept through these islands soon after independence and they became a favourite haunt of the discerning traveller looking for a unique experience in the sea.

Scuba Diving in Andaman

What makes Andaman a popular choice? Its blue waters, coral reefs, scuba diving, white sandy beaches or the fact that the islands are as pure and pristine as the blue water itself. It can be either of these or a combination of all. After all beauty is what you see and experience. Two tourists may experience the same place in two different ways.

Andaman & Nicobar Islands are all about experiences that last a life time. There are a number of ways and a host of places to make your trip to Andaman & Nicobar Islands an experience to cherish. Tourism in Andamans & Nicobar Islands is largely concentrated in the islands in and around Port Blair as well as Havelock.

Tourist places in Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Things to do

Visit
- Cellular Jail
- Ross & Viper Islands
- Enjoy Light Show

Check out Museums
- Fisheries Museum
- Naval Museum
- Anthropological Museum
Climb
Mount Harriet
Scuba Diving, Snorkeling

Places of tourist interest in Andaman are scattered in and around Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Mahatma Gandhi National Marine Park, Wandoor is located at a distance of 29 kilometers from Port Blair and is great place to check out the mangrove forests, beautiful beaches, coral reefs and schools of ornamental fish and marine life. Jolly Buoy and Redskin islands are other tourist spots worth visiting in Wandoor.

Neil and Havelock are the most popular and easily accessible islands from Port Blair. You can take small boats that leave the Phoenix Bay Harbor four times a week to Havelock, usually docking at Neil on the way. You may spot dolphins, giant sea tortoise or flying fish on your way to Havelock, which lies north of Neil.

Ross Island is another place to hop and see the several reminiscences of the British administration including a Church, Cemetery and Swimming Pool. Viper Island is known for its old jail where the British used to keep the prisoners.

Mini Zoo in Port Blair

Port Blair has many interesting places that one can visit. Mini Zoo of Haddo is a good place to see some of the rare species of endemic birds and animals found in the Andaman and the Nicobar Islands. Cellular Jail, an important landmark is a must visit. Do not miss sound and light show. Andaman Water Sports Complex is where you can head to for safe water sports such as Rowing Boats, Paddle Boats, Kayaks, Aqua-cycle, Aqua-glide...etc. Other places worth visiting in Port Blair are Mount Harriet and Kalapathar.


Reaching there and Best time to go
Quick Facts
Area: 8,249 sq km  

Max Temp: 31°C
Mini Temp: 23°C

Capital: Port Blair
Languages: Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Nicobarese, Telugu

Indian, Simplifly Deccan, Jet Airways and Kingfisher run regular flights to Port Blair from Chennai and Kolkata. You can also check out SpiceJet and JetLite flights from Kolkata.

The other way of reaching Port Blair is through sea route. You can get here by ship from Kolkata and Chennai. A ship from Visakhapatnam also departs for Port Blair.

Best time to go: November - April

Eating out in Andaman & Nicobar Islands
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Seafood is common as well as popular in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Fish, Crabs, Lobsters and Prawns are easily available and deliciously cooked. From upscale restaurants in Port Blair to local dhabas on Havelock, fish abounds. Basic Indian food is also available, though a bit expensive; since many of the ingredients has to be imported. North Indian, South Indian, Vegetarian, Continental and Chinese dishes are also available.


About Andaman & Nicobar Islands: Facts & Information
Altitude Sea-Level
Temp
Summer 31 (Max) & 28(Min) Degrees Celsius
Winter 24 (Max) & 21 (Min) Degrees Celsius
Best time to Go October – March
Monsoon May to October
Summer March-April
Clothes Light Cottons all year round
Nearest Airport Port Blair ( also Capital City)
Hospital & Doctor

Ample health facility that includes 2 District Hospitals and 19 Primary Health Centers

Places to see Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park , Sippighat Farm, Chidiya Tapu, Collinpur, Mount Harriet, Neil Island, Long Island, Rangat, Mayabunder.. 
   
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