Complete Information About Islands to Visit in Andaman and Nicobar.
Andaman and Nicobar is an archipelago in India’s Bay of Bengal. The Island stretches over a length of over an 800 km from north to south. The main landmasses are north, middle and south Andaman Islands that are separated by narrow waterways. Smaller island is scattered around these. The northernmost point of the island is landfall Island and the south most point is Indira point.
Andaman and Nicobar island is separated by ten-degree channels, most of the islands are in the Andaman group and there is some 28 islands in the Nicobar, most of the island in Andaman and specially Nicobar is prohibited. These are because the majority of the people living in those Islands are tribes.
The sea around the island offers a good scope for water activities, but the real attractions are trekking, scuba diving, snorkelling etc. More than 80% area of the Andaman and Nicobar Island is covered with forest, it is led to the evolution of many plants and animal species, like mammals, wild pigs, the coconut crab, crab-eating macaque etc. Almost 50% of the island 250 birds are regularly found in the Islands, including ground-dwelling megapodes, swiftlets, and the bright green Nicobar pigeon. The isolated beaches are breeding grounds for the turtles, rivers are prowled by saltwater crocodiles and dolphins are frequently sighted.
Relatively quiet, you will not find the buzz of Havelock here-which is a blessing if you want to avoid the tourist clutter. Beach at Avis Island and mangrove creeks are the main attractions.
Shaped exactly like a guitar, this island is a blessed paradise teeming with greenery and gorgeous landscapes. With pristine white sands and turquoise blue waters, this lesser known beach in Andaman is like god’s own home. It is ideal for swimming.
Another Island in Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park has a nice beach and offers some spectacular view of corals and marine life. The diverse species of corals can be observed in their natural ambiance. If you happen to be an adrenaline freak and enticed by water sports, the Red Skin island will surely live up to your expectations as there is plenty of scope for snorkelling.
A boat ride of 25 minutes off Diglipur gets you to the serene twin islands called Ross and Smith Island. These islands are connected by a path formed of white sand. The beaches here promise uncluttered vistas and soft waves sweep up along the shore.
Hut Bay Island has a varied variety of tropical forest, and is a home for a number of extraordinary classes of marine life. Unlike Port Blair this island has no natural harbour and therefore an artificial break water is constructed to provide safe harbour for ships. Some of the rarest flora and fauna have thrived in peace on this island. Many tribal habitats can be found at the island.
If you happen to possess a mellow spot for exploring the enigmatic and intriguing underwater life, the venue of Jolly Buoy will certainly not disappoint you. It is an island in Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, it offers a breath taking under water view of coral and marine life. It is an ideal place for snorkelling, sea bathing and sun basking
The Great Nicobar Island is the only island in Andaman and Nicobar, which has perennial rivers- the Galathea, Alexandria and Doyma. The northern half of the Great Nicobar Island has hills and mountain ranges while the rest of the island is fairly flat. The island also houses the biosphere reserve area.
Little Andaman beckons for those who want to elope from the mundane and monotonous urban life to enjoy the beauty of the sea, sandy shore and the green symphony of the nature. This island offers a perfect mix of white sandy beaches, bewitching waterfalls, boating through the creeks, elephant safari. It is also famous for its red oil palm plantation.
It has the distinction of being the only active volcano in India. There is no monument or any such thing on Barren Island but still people like to have a glimpse of it. In the South-East part of the Barren Island, two cold water fountains have been located in the dry drains.
Diglipur is one of the most famous islands in Andaman. The main town of North Andaman, it is famous for its oranges, rice and marine life. Saddle Peak (732 meter) is the highest point in the island is nearby. Kalpong the only river in Andaman flows here, and the only Hydro-electric project of the islands is on the river.
Situated in the northern part of Middle Andaman, Mayabunder offers excellent scenic beauty and serene beaches. The beaches have a mangrove ecosystem which not only appeals the eco-friendly tourist but also attracts the general eye.
Rangat falls in Middle Andaman with pristine beaches, waterfalls and interesting island. There is a well known, beautiful beach known as Aamkunj beach. Fisheries and cultivation are two primary occupations of people in this island. One can enjoy the quiet village life and solitude of virgin nature here.
Baratang island between South and Middle Andamans has beautiful beaches. Andaman Trunk Road to Rangat and Maayabunder goes through this island. Baratang is quite unexplored from the tourism point of view. Mud volcanoes and Limestone Caves can also be seen in this island with the permission of Forest department.
It sees far fewer visitors than either Neil or Havelock but boasts a couple of excellent beaches. The beautiful Long Island is home to a lovely sandy beach at lalaji Bay. It also has a beautiful forest patch and coconut plantations. The island is less visited, which is good news if you’re looking for some isolated spots to yourself.