Andamans

Radhanagar Beach, lieve, flickr

Words fall short when you have to describe the beautiful islands of Andaman. You have got to feel it and see it to believe that there could truly be a heaven on earth… The lovely opaque emerald waters surrounded by primeval jungle and mangrove forest; the white luxurious beaches on the edge of a meandering coastline, magical sunsets, the colourful rich marine life and its history makes this an intriguing holiday destination!

The clear waters of Andaman are an enticement for anyone with an interest in marine life. The richness and variety of the marine life is astonishing, with dazzling spectacles of huge coral walls, magnificent caves and schools of brightly coloured fish await you when you get down to the reef. With some of the best diving and snorkelling sites experience the magical world that will leave you hypnotized!

Geographically, the Andamans are more towards Southeast Asia about 150km from Indonesia 190km from Myanmar and around 1000kms off the eastern coast of India. The territory comprises of 572 tropical picturesque islands with 36 inhabited and rest uninhabited. These islands were shrouded in mystery for centuries because of their isolation. There are 5 major tribal groups that inhabit these islands viz., Great Andamanese, Jarawa , Jangil or Rutland Jarawa (almost extinct), Onge, and Sentinelese.

It is not known when the first inhabitants arrived on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands but their presence was documented in the 2nd century by Greek astronomer Ptolemy. In the late 17th century, the islands were annexed by the Marathas, whose empire consumed vast areas of India. Later, infamously known for its Kalapani Prision- Black Waters – where the freedom fighters were kept in solidarity confinement by the Britishers in the Cellular Jail. Now the mute witness to the tortures meted out to the freedom fighters, today serves as a national monument.

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