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Emerald Islands - Andaman and Nikobar Islands

October 04, 2011  by: ushakiran  Points: 12   Category: Travel & Places  Earning $0.45   Views: 753

The islands are blessed with immense beauty of nature , innumerable species of orchids, luxuriant mangroves creeks, marine gifted bio-diversity rich in corals and colorful attractive fishes and other marine life

         

The Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands belonging to India ,consisting of about 526 islands ( Out of which 39 islands are inhabited) is situated in the Bay of Bengal. Most of these islands are covered with dense rain forests and cannot be explored. Andaman group of islands consists of North Andaman, Middle Andaman, South Andaman and Little Andaman besides many smaller islands.
The Nicobar group of islands comprises of Great Nicobar, Car Nicobar, Nancowry, Katchal and Chowra. Port Blair which is situated in the South Anadaman is the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar islands. It is also named as the 'Emerald Islands'.

There are many hotels in and around the place to suit every kind of budget. The islands are blessed with immense beauty of nature , innumerable species of orchids, luxuriant mangroves creeks, marine gifted bio-diversity rich in corals and colorful attractive fishes and other marine life, a paradise for bird watchers and of course dense green forests that cover most of the islands ,streams and waterfalls.The Goden palm fringed beaches and the cool blue waters are the main attractions of these islands.



All in all there are far too many attractions here in these islands that make it a must see place ! The Islands are still inhabited by primitive tribes, prominent among them being the Great Andamanese, the Jarawas, the Onges, the Shompen, the Sentinels and the Nicobarese. The earthquake and tsunami of December 2004 caused quite a lot of damage and huge changes in the coastal systems of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In fact, these islands were the worst hit area in this region with more than 3000 deaths, which is almost 10 percent of the total population!

Most of the inhabitants of these islands are refugees who settled down from countries like Bangladesh, Burma and Srilanka many generations ago and also Government officials and army personnel from India who manage the administrative affairs of the place. Tourists coming from other countries who wish to visit these Islands have to get prior permission from the Indian government. They are normally granted a visa for 30 days to visit the Islands.There are many attractive places that include limestone caves, mud volcano, coral reefs and the turtle nesting farm.The other tourist spots waiting to be discovered are Havelock, Mount Harriot, Jolly Boy, Ross Island, Smith Island etc - all pristine and immaculate spots that thrill the tourists.Sea food is in plenty and visitors can have their fill of various types of fish, squids, crabs, lobsters etc...There is plenty to do here on these islands- scuba diving, jet skiing, snorkeling, trekking, camping and many more !



Port Blair can be reached by air and sea from Kolkotta and Chennai.There are daily flights from both the places.The islands are very popular tourist destinations, referred to as Tropical Paradise.Ross Island , which was the administrative capital of Andamans during the British rule over India is a tiny island just outside the Port Blair harbor. It extends over an area of just 0.6 sq km , which is roughly about 200 acres is famous for its historical ruins and a museum. We stayed for 8 days in Port Blair and explored the other islands and places of interest...

But , one can go on staying there for any number of days enjoying the natural beauty of the place .




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Author: Paulose        
Posted Date: 10/10/2011    Points:2    

Very interesting with picture illustrations. It describes about Andhaman and other islands in the Bay of Bengal. The pictures are beautiful. Thank you Usha. Hope to have your friendship.
Author: gaurisood        
Posted Date: 10/15/2011    Points:1    

I was always very attracted by the Beauties of this island and your article makes me want to visit the place soon !! The pictures are indeed lovely .

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