Published: June 7th 2012June 7th 2012
Once known as a feared penal settlement, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, is now mostly known for its virgin beaches and coral reefs.
The Union Territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is located in the Andaman Sea, about1000 km away from the mainland and comprises of about 572 tropical islands out of which only 36 islands are inhabited.
Until the British started detaining Indian prisoners, Andaman and Nicobar Islands were populated mainly by indigenous tribes. Today the majority of the population belong to the Tamilian, Bengali and other settlers from the mainland and some descendants of the tribes.
Andaman and Nicobar Packages offered by various hotels and travel agencies will help the visitors to plan their holidays according to their budget and interests.
Whether you are interested in adventure, history, wild life or water sports, tailor made Andaman and Nicobar packages are available.
During the colonial rule, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands was infamously called ‘kalapaani’ or black waters.
A visit to the cellular jail in Port Blair as part of your Andaman and Nicobar packages will definitely be an eye opener. The cellular jail was where the prisoners were tortured and kept captive.
Ross Island, a tiny island in the Port Blair harbour, presently houses the ruins of old buildings, all remnants of the colonial rule. What remains are the ruins of a ballroom, Chief Commissioner’s house, a church, hospital, swimming pool, troop barracks and even a bakery.
Another island, the Viper Island has gallows that was used to hang the prisoners.
Keep a day for visiting all the museums on the islands. Some of the museums are the Anthropological Museum, Naval Marine Museum, Zoological Survey of India Museum, Fisheries Museum and the Forest Museum.
For the adventurous, Andaman and Nicobar Islands is the ideal spot, as a lot of marine activities like scuba diving, kayaking, sailing, snorkeling and adventure activities like trekking and island camping, can be done. A lot of Andaman and Nicobar packages include a visit to the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park and Elephant Beach where one can indulge in these sports.
The major beaches of Andaman and Nicobar are the Ramnagar Beach, Harminder Bay Beach, Radhanagar Beach and Corbyns Cove.
A drive to Baratang through the Jarawa reserve gives you a glimpse of the life of one of the tribes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the Jarawas. Baratang is also known for its limestone caves and Mangrove forests.
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands were close to the epicentre of the undersea earthquake that resulted in a devastating tsunami wave that caused not only the loss of lives of more than 6000 people but also a lot of coral reefs along with marine life.
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