Floating in splendid isolation, cast of the Indian mainland is the archipelago of 572 emerald islands, islets and rocks, popularly known as “Andaman & Nicobar Islands.”
Andaman and Nicobar Islands have been considered as an eco-friendly tourist’s destination. As a tourist paradise, these islands have something very special to offer like Cellular Jail, Ross Island and Havelock Island.
The Andaman tropical evergreen rain forests, beautiful silver sandy beaches, serpentine mangrove-lines creeks, marine life abounding in rare species of plants, animals, corals, etc., provide a memorable cherished experience to the tourists. There is tremendous scope for enjoying nature in the beach resorts, water sports and adventure water sports, adventure tourism like trekking, Island camping, Nature trail, Scuba Diving, etc.
Tourism Department runs guest houses in various different parts of the Islands for comfortable accommodation to tourists visiting these Islands. The primary places of tourist destination are Anthropological Museum. Marine Museum, Water Sports Complex, Gandhi Park, North Bay, Viper Island, Ross Island, Chidiyatapu, (Bird watching), Red Skin Island, Corbyn’s cove Beach, Islands like Neil Island, Havelock Island, Cinque, Little Andaman, Diglipur (Ross and Smith), etc.
As regards the connectivity, the islands are well connected to the mainland by air and sea. Indian Airlines, Air Deccan, Jetlite operates to Port Blair from Kolkata and Chennai. There are regular passenger ship service from Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam.For adventurous lovers, there are many unique opportunity such as SCUBA DIVING, SNORKELING, TREKKING, ISLAND CAMPING.
Culture: The recent culture of Andaman & Nicobar Islands is a fusion of various ethnic groups, religions and languages. The capital city of Port Blair characterizes a cosmopolitan culture with various people from different parts of the world settling here. Here the regular fairs and festivals are celebrated enthusiastically by all sections of the people. Now, the people from Andaman & Nicobar celebrate many festivals.
Arts and Crafts
The shell and exotic wood crafts are the main crafts of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Cane and bamboo works from Andaman & Nicobar Islands are also very popular. The shell crafts include ashtrays, lamps, buttons and jewellery made from the polished, decorative shells. Basketry and mat making are the two other important traditional crafts of Nicobar.
Thus, Andaman and Nicobar Island is a unique place to explore the natural beauty. It offers unique opportunity which seduces the visitors mentally to visit this place again and again with some cherished memories for their life time.