The Andaman Islands form an archipelago in the Bay of Bengal between India, to the west, and Myanmar, to the north and east. Most are part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Union Territory of India, while a small number in the north of the archipelago, including the Coco Islands, belong to Myanmar.
The Andaman Islands are home to the Andamanese, a group of indigenous people that includes a number of tribes including the Jarawa and Sentinelese tribes. While some of the islands can be visited with permits, others including the North Sentinel island are banned for entry by law. The Sentinelese are generally hostile to visitors and have had little contact with any other people. The government protects their right to privacy.
Best time to travel: The ideal season to visit these Islands is during the months between October and May. You will feel calm and soothing amidst fresh air and heart warming sun with temperatures exceeding up to 30°c. This season is also famous for its annual tourism festival that takes place in the month of January.
National language: Hindi is the official language of the Andaman, while English is declared an additional official language for communication purposes. Bengali is the most spoken language in Andaman
National Tree: Banyan tree
National Flower: Lotus
National Animal: Bengal tiger
National Bird:Indian peacock
National Day:15 August
Currency: Indian Rupees
Food: Sea foods are the main cuisine of Andamanese. So Andaman is the paradise of sea food lovers. Lobsters, Crab, Prawns, Cuttle fish, and fish of every kind is found here. Vegetarians don’t worry!! There are plenty of delicious vegetarian dishes are available.
Arts & Crafts: The Andaman Islands is the best place for those who love to collect different handicraft items from different places to decorate their interior or to keep them as a treasure. The art of the Andaman Islands could be best seen in their crafts made of shells. These shells are used for making beautiful and colorful designing ornaments.
Living Culture: Andaman culture show a mix of the indigenous cultures of the Negroid and the Mongoloid settlers of the island, as well as a more mainstream culture brought down by the descendants of the early settlers in the island from the Indian mainland.
The migrants also contributed to the culture of Andaman Islands. The greatest feature of Andaman Islands culture is the peaceful coexistence of these two strains of cultural lives.
GETTING TO Andaman
By Air: You have direct daily flights to Port Blair from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore. And some flights from Visakhapatnam on certain days. Flights from Kolkata & Chennai take roughly 2 hours while the one from Delhi & Mumbai takes 5 hours.
By Boat: They sail from Chennai, Vizag & Kolkata. There are usually 3-4 sailings every month and the tentative sailing schedule can be found here. Ship voyage takes about 60-70 hours.