Andaman Islands, India
The Andaman Islands are a group of Indian Ocean archipelagic islands in the Bay of Bengal, between India to the west and Burma to the north and east. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands stretch out almost 500 km in length, with the Andamans in the north and the Nicobars in the south. The main island, aptly known as Great Andaman, is divided into 3 portions - North Andaman, Middle Andaman and South Andaman. Port Blair, the chief community on the islands, is located on South Andaman.
The Andaman Islands are known for their beautiful beaches, great snorkeling and scuba diving. Havelock Island is the most visited of the Islands as is Neil Island. Wandoor Island offers a new luxury resort and is known as the gateway to the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park.
Things to See & Do
* Port Blair
* Scan corals reefs in glass bottom boats off Jolly Buoy Island, at the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park at Wandoor, 29 km from Port Blair
* Scuba diving & snorkeling at Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
* Havelock & Neil Islands
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Indian Rupee (INR)
Language – Hindi, English
Population – 343,130 approx
Land Area – 8,249 km²
Electricity – 2 round pins European style or with a round pin below
Time – GMT plus four hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 91
Port Location – The port is located at Port Blair.
Travel Links – For now the only way to reach the Andamans by air is from the Indian mainland to Port Blair. The only airport in the islands is Vir Savarkar Airport in Port Blair, which has scheduled services to Kolkata and Chennai.
It is possible to take a ship from Kolkata (~60 hrs), Chennai or Visakhapatnam which takes almost 4 days to arrive in Port Blair.