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It is one of the many Union territories in India.
Andaman and Nicobar is home to some of the most primitive tribes.
Cultures, rarest flora and fauna, and the most exquisite destinations for tourism.
The sandy beaches on the edge of meandering coastline are fringed with coconut-palms that sway to the rhythm of the sea.
The sea around the islands offer excellent scope for water sports.
Real attractions-trekking, island camping, snorkeling, scuba diving etc.
A visit to these islands is a memorable lifetime experience.
Territory located- Indian ocean, and geographically is considered part of southeast asia.
Comprises two island groups- Andaman islands to the north of this latitude and the nicobar islands to the south.
The name Andaman is derived from the name of Hindu God Hanuman.
Capital- Port Blair
Forest Cover- more than 92%
Ideal time to visit- December-March.
Wildlife- 96 Wildlife Sanctuaries, 9 National Parks and 1 Biosphere Reserve.
Mammals - Out of 55 terrestrial and 7 Marine mammal species reported so far, 32 species are endemic.
Reptiles - There are 76 terrestrial reptiles of these 24 species are endemic.
The total land area of the territory is approximately 6,496 km² or 2,508 sq mi.
The andaman sea lies to the east and the bay of bengal to the west.
The seas surrounding these islands are absolutely perfect to indulge in sports.
Luxuriant mangroves, perhaps the richest in the world, occupy nearly II. 5 % of the territory.
Ninty Two Percent (92%) area is covered by forest.
There are 572 islands in the territory, of which only approximately 38 are permanently inhabited.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands is home to people of all faiths
The Andaman islands offer endless opportunities for nature lovers.
To pamper themselves with bird watching, relaxing on a secluded beach, or hiking in the islands unpolluted environments.
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park -rich in corals,varieties of colored fishes, sea turtles etc., besides other marine life.
Specialities- Megapode, Swiftlet, Hornbill and Nicobar Pigeon.
The best time to visit is is between mid November and April.
From May to October heavy rains flush the islands.
How to reach
The Andaman group of Islands are well connected by Air and Sea.
The island has its domestic airports at Port Blair, which has regular flight operation from Kolkata and Chennai.
The Bay of Bengal is also a delightful experience to reach Andaman. Regular passenger ship services operate to Port Blair from Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam.
There are now available on arrival at Port Blair\'s Veer Savarkar Airport.
Foreign Nationals are required to obtain a permit from the immigration authorities soon after landing on the islands.
Visit only the permitted areas in the Islands.
Consult life guards before entering the sea.
Keep the beaches and environment clean.
Observe decency and decorum in dress.
For Scuba Diving avail the service of Scuba Dive instructions having certification of international professional organizations like PADI, CMAS, NAUI, BSAC or SSI for safe diving experience.
Do not enter into restricted/tribal areas. Do not take video, film or photographs inside Tribal Reserve areas or of the indigenous tribes.
Do not carry sea fans and seashells unless specific permits are obtained from the Fisheries department. Do not collect dead coral or touch/break live coral. Do not stand on the coral reef while snorkeling/Scuba diving.
Do not enter the National parks without permission.
Do not stay on the beaches or the forest areas during nights by putting up own tents/hammocks.
Do not light fire in the forest areas.
Do not throw garbage and plastics in public places, beaches and into the sea.
The recent culture of Andaman and Nicobar islands is a blend of varied religions, languages and ethnic groups.
The majority of Andamans are Hindus, but there are significant Muslims and Christian and Sikh minorities.
All people live here with peace and harmony and maintain a unique culture of the territory.