Andaman Tour Guide

Andaman & Nicobar Islands Travel Guide & Travel Infrmation

The Andaman & Nicobar Islands are an archipelago and are situated at the meeting point of the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal. These islands constitute a union territory of India. Despite the fact that this archipelago forms a portion of the Republic of India politically, they are nearer to Thailand and Myanmar in comparison to the land mass of India. The archipelago consists of around 600 islands in all.
The capital of this Indian territory is the town of Port Blair. The overall area of the territory is around 3,117 sq miles or 8,073 km2. Car Nicobar is the capital of Nicobar Islands and is named as Malacca as well.

Geographical location of Andaman & Nicobar

The distance of Andaman & Nicobar Islands from Aceh in Indonesia is 93 miles or 150 km in the north. The Andaman Sea dissevers the group of islands from Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand. Andaman & Nicobar Islands are made up of two clusters of islands and they are the Nicobar Islands and the Andaman Islands, divided by the 10°N latitude, where the Nicobars lie towards the south and the Andamans lie towards the north of this latitude. The Bay of Bengal lies in the west and the Andaman Sea is situated towards the east. The group of islands is situated between 6° and 14° North latitudes and 92° and 94° East longitudes. The principal island, suitably named as Great Andaman, is split into three parts – South Andaman, North Andaman, and Middle Andaman. Port Blair lies on South Andaman.

Some interesting facts and figures about Andaman & Nicobar

  • Territory area: 8,073 km2 or 3,117 sq miles
  • Altitude: Differs from sea surface to 732 meters. Saddle Peak is the tallest point in the archipelago.
  • Climate: Andaman features a tropical climate round the year. During the latter months of the summer season, the residents experience tropical storms and rainfall which often turn out to be quite severe. The maximum temperature in this area can rise to 31°C and the minimum temperature recorded is 23°C. The average annual rainfall in the state is close to 3,180 mm and the rainy season spans from May to middle of September and from November to middle of December. The relative humidity ranges from 70%-90%.
  • Largest city: Port Blair
  • Capital city: Port Blair
  • Population: 380,500 (2012)
  • Lt. Governor: A.K. Singh
  • Languages Spoken: Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, and Nicobarese.
  • Best season to visit: From January to May.

Union territory symbols

  • Animal: Dugong
  • Bird: Andaman Wood Pigeon
  • Tree: Andaman Padauk

The major places of interest in Andaman & Nicobar islands

Andaman & Nicobar is typically famous for its natural and historical features. The place was severely affected by the tsunami of 2004. Other than the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park and Little Andaman, the other tourist draws are doing pretty well. The coral reefs and scenic beaches make it a special tourist draw. The flora and fauna (especially, fishes) of this place are quite diverse. You will find rare indigenous tribes like the Jaroa and Sentinelese in this place. The most famous tourist attractions in the union territory of Andaman & Nicobar are as follows:

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How to Reach Andaman & Nicobar Islands

By Air: The most convenient mode of reaching the Andaman and Nicobar Islands from the mainland of India is by air. Port Blair houses the airport serving the archipelago. There have been proposals for launching airline services from Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. This initiative can radically alter the scenario in the archipelago. During the peak time, it might be difficult for you to get tickets. The immigration rules are quite stringent for visitors who come to the place with no booked flights to return. Therefore, it is always prudent that you reserve a return ticket and modify the date of flight if you choose to stay for more time Read More….

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