Andaman, a group of 550 islands, is located in the Bay of Bengal. It is part of the Union Territory of India, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Many islets and rocks add the topography of the Andaman Islands. There are about 26 islands which are human inhabited. It is believed that the origin of the name Andaman is related to Hanuman, the monkey disciple of Lord Rama, the epic hero of the Ramayana.
Some of the Islands such as North Andaman, Middle Andaman, South Andaman, Little Andaman and Baratang are vast expanse of lands. The lands of Andaman are very fertile and the islands are thriving with lusting greeneries. The sea coasts are eye catching with the spectacular sea waved and the dense coconut palms line up over the islets.
Anadaman carries the legacy of many historically important events and locations. The name of Andaman even appears in 9th century Arab literatures. The place was used by many rulers in India as the camping location of military troops. The Cellular Jail in Port Blair is closely knit to the Indian Independence struggle. It was in this jail, thousands of freedom fighters were imprisoned as exile hostages.
The topography of the Andaman Islands consists of hilly regions with dense green forests. Many rocky mountains and islets are also seen in the region. The peak point in Andaman is Diglipur, a majestic picnic spot from where one can see the surrounding sea shores and the majestic sea embracing the sand enriched shores. Four tribes inhabit in these centuries old Islands.
Andaman rain forests are blessed with vast varieties of plant species. Sea surrounding the Andaman Islands is a natural habitat of many kinds of marine life. The tropical rain forests and water of Bay of Bengal are the home of a vast collection of plant, animal and marine life.
The soft sandy beaches are real attraction for the tourists, who seek for seclusion in a serene, unpolluted and unexplored atmosphere. The Andaman is a perfect location for many adventurous activities like scuba diving, Snorkeling, Camping and Trekking. This is one of the rare tourist destinations in India in which one can enjoy the breathtaking views of praise worthy marine life.
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by Afia Ahmad on Mar 01, 2013
India is a myriad country and the people of the country completely believe in the saying – ‘Atithi Devo Bhava' – meaning Guest is God
by Madhav Srinivasan on Jan 30, 2012
The ethical and moral implication of showcasing tribal communities for the purpose of tourism has often given rise to fierce controversy.Should these communities be made to expose their culture and lifestyle in return for money? The arguments are intense.
by Nandika Nongthombam on Jan 30, 2012
In the name of tourism, Jarawa tribes of Andaman are being harassed recently. Harassing them in exchange of food is completely inhuman act. Action needs to be taken right away to avoid such incidents being repeated.
Travel within city
The Andaman Islands are an extremely beautiful chain of island that can take away the breath of any tourist setting foot on them. Travelling between the Andaman Islands is quite easy, as there are many auto rickshaws, taxis, scooters and motorcycles available for travelling within the island. You can travel between two islands through passenger ferries too.
Passenger ferries are the most preferred mode of transport that tourists go for in the Andaman, in order to travel between the various islands. These are run by the government and are quite cost effective, as the charges hover around Rs 150 to 200 only. Small ferries are available for tourists and large ferries are available for the locals. You can also opt for catamaran ferries to travel between islands and these are quite expensive, as they cost around Rs 700 to 1000. Ferries need to be booked in advance and these are a safe mode of travel.
Auto rickshaws are available in the main islands and you can use these to travel within the island. They do not run on meter and negotiating a predetermined rate is advisable. There are no night charges involved, and fares may range from Rs 10 to 40.
Taxis, available in the Port, will charge slightly more, around Rs 100 to 200.
Scooters can be rented from local dealers for a deposit of around Rs 750 to 1000.
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