The island of Andaman and Nicobar floats in the Bay of Bengal to the east of the Indian Mainland. The Island is about 1367 km from Chennai and around 1304 km from Kolkata.
The island is made up of a group of 572 deserted islands, islets and rocks. The forest cover is wonderful and rich in exotic flora and fauna. The Andaman and Nicobar has very less growth of modernization activities which is also a reason behind its 86% of the Island being covered by Forest. Besides forest, wildlife is also evident here and you could see some animals like spotted deer, gecko, wild boar, pythons, and crab eating macaque here. The white sandy beach of Andaman is also home to a variety of sea turtles that are seen in plenty here.
The famous Cellular jail, Kaala Pani, is present here which has a great role in the movement before Independence. This cellular jail was home to many prisoners who had just revolted against the British for Independence. The hardships of the Jail cell were drastically miserable and being sent there was the worst thing that could happen to anyone.
The Andaman and Nicobar island have a culture that is far different than the kind of culture the rest of India had to go through. The major origins of the inhabitants of the Island are of Negroid Origin who had migrated from Africa, years ago. The main ethnic groups that co exists here are:
The inhabitants of Nicobar are of a Mongoloid origin. The main groups of tribes that exist in the Andaman and Nicobar islands are the Nicobari (Nicobarese) and Shompen tribes. All these tribes have been carrying forward their culture and tradition from hundreds of years ago and still continue to do so, The inhabitants of the Island have very fewer connections to the outside world, but their isolation from rest of the world have helped them to preserve their culture well.
The most popular attraction of the Andaman and Nicobar is its marine life. The blue crystal clear water, beautiful corals and unique creatures that inhabit the ocean are a treat to watch. There are many activities here that let you explore the marine life here, like Snorkeling, Scuba diving, and fishing. These activities are a medium that brings you closer to the rich marine life of the Island. The main secret behind the existence of beautiful things to do due to closeness to Nature is that their environment is untouched and a high percentage of their area is still covered by forests. Let us have a look on few activities.
An exciting underwater activity called Snorkeling is a great way to observe and explore the exquisite underwater marine life. The pleasure of snorkeling in Andaman is a feeling that is out of this world and too exciting to be expressed in words. Its warm and clear waters are a great destination and home to captivating underwater species. Snorkeling in Andaman and Nicobar is very popular with the kids holidaying in Andaman. While it makes a memorable experience for the children, the adults also get involved in the underwater activity for a great experience beneath the sea.
It is a great blend of air and water adventure activity that attracts global thrill seekers to Andaman and Nicobar Island. Your dream of flying like a bird can finally come true through Parasailing. It is an activity in which one end of the rope is tied to the boat and the other is tied to your Parasailor, which is harnessed with a parachute that allows you to fly and experience the sky. It is one of the best unique activities that Andaman and Nicobar Island have to offer to its visitors. The sand and beaches are present everywhere but adventure activities like these build up a reputation that attracts visitors that love to take the risk.
One of the newest and most exciting ways to enjoy the marine life in Andaman and Nicobar Island is by trying Sea Walk. It is one of the most direct options which allows you to witness the beautiful underwater marine life of the area around the Island. The activity is very engaging and a fun experience with a chance to view some of the most beautiful scenes of the underwater life that may be hard to find anywhere else. Sea walking is a once in a lifetime experience for everyone including the non-divers. The thrilling near encounter with the sea floor and incredible fauna, corals, and fishes in their natural habitat is one of the most memorable unique adventures that must be experienced at least once in your life. The activity is safe and done under strict supervision and is available for everyone between the ages of 7 to 70. A sea walker is accompanied by a skilled guide and a diver to ensure maximum safety.
Trekking on an Island is a dream trip which is even more exciting if the destination is the Island of Andaman and Nicobar. The untouched beauty of the Island and its vast forest cover makes it a great destination for thrilling activities like Trekking here. The Island is blessed with hilly regions which makes it a unique destination worth exploring. The Andaman and Nicobar is covered in Tropical Rainforests, rare wildlife, and flora. The variety of flora and fauna on the Island makes it a great place for trekking which provides a learning experience to the trekkers about the gifts of the Andaman and Nicobar and the secrets about the Island which has not been discovered until today due to its close relations to outside world.
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