Andaman Travel Photos

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Andaman and Nicobar Quick Facts

Region : South East India
Established : November 1, 1956
Capital : Port Blair
Size : 8,250 sq km
Rivers : Kalpong, Alexandra, Dagmar, Galathea
Forest / Park : Mahatma Gandhi Marine NP, Middle Button Island NP, Saddle Peak NP, Campbell Bay NP. Galathea Bay NP
Neighbour States : Andaman Sea & Bay of Bengal.
State Animal : Dugong
State Bird : Andaman Wood Pigeon
State Tree : Andaman Padauk
State Flower : Andaman Wood Pigeon

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, located in the Bay of Bengal (1400 km east of the Indian mainland) are one of the most remote spots on the planet. The original inhabitants are various aboriginal tribes who exist more-or-less out of the mainstream. Lying south of the Andaman Islands, Nicobar Islands are the smaller part of the Andaman and Nicobar Union Territory. These small islets are divided into three group, northern group, central group and southern group. Today this union territory stretches over a length of more than 700 km from north to south and of nearly 600 islands 36 are inhibited islands. These undulating islands are covered with dense forests and endless varieties of exotic flora and fauna. The mind-blowing sandy beaches fringed with coconut palms offers excellent scope for adventure water sports. The rare flora and fauna, the underwater marine-life and corals and creeks with dense mangrove forests offer a fascinating view of the rare gifts of nature. Port Blair, the only sizable town on the islands, serves as the administrative capital. Non-Indians need a Restricted Area Permit to visit the islands at the Port Blair airport.

Port Blair is the largest town and a municipal council in Andaman district in the Andaman Islands and the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a union territory of India. It lies on the east coast of South Andaman Island and is the main entry point to the islands.

Port Blair is the headquarters for the Indian district of South Andaman, and the local administrative sub-division, which is also called Port Blair. It is home to several museums and a major base for the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard and Indian Airforce. It is also the headquarters of the Tri Services Command. Port Blair is famous for the historic Cellular Jail and other small islands which were once home to British colonists.

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