Located in the Bay of Bengal, far away from the country’s mainland, the Andaman & Nicobar Islands is arguably the most exotic tourist destination of the country. A group of 572 islands, islets and rocks, these islands stretches over a length of more than 800 km from North to South. Right from the lush green forests, pristine beaches, picturesque lighthouses, splendid coral reefs and exotic aquatic fauna, these Islands are shimmering emeralds in the endless sea that offer a memorable and unforgettable holiday.
These islands were inhabited by indigenous tribes before the colonial rule here. It was a strategic naval base for kings of the Indian mainland since the medieval period for naval expeditions and maritime trade with the islands of Indonesia, Java, Sumatra and Bali. During the British rule, these islands became notorious for the atrocious ‘Kalapani’ prison. The cellular jail is one of the primary tourist attractions in the islands now and a symbol of the sacrifices by the revolutionaries and freedom fighters for the independence of India. Today the majority of the population comprise mainland settlers living around PortBlair, the administrative capital of these islands. The islands have witnessed a metamorphosis with numerous infrastructure developments and has emerged as a tourist hub. But even after these developments, the islands are still visited by only a few owing to its distant location from the Indian mainland.
One can plunge into pristine and untouched natural beauty in this islands while enjoying the amazing sea food, unique cuisine, indigenous culture and unexplored marine life. Several tour operators offer amazing Andaman tour packages, one of the major ones being Southern Travels.
You can book a tour to Andaman here.