About Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Land of pristine beaches, rich coral ecosystems, and best dive sites.

Location Bay of Bengal
Base Yomah Mountain Range
Position 92° to 94° East Longitude, 6° to 14° North Latitude
Distance 1255 Kms from Kolkata,
1190 Kms from Chennai
1200 Kms from Visakhapatnam.
Area Andaman District: 6408 Sq. Kms.
Nicobar District : 1841 Sq. Kms.
Spread Total Length – 726 Kms.
Average width – 24 Kms.
Total Islands 572 Nos. (Big, Small & Rocks)
Total Population Four Lakhs
Altitude 0 To 732 Mtr
Highest Peak Saddle Peak (North Andaman) -732 Mtrs.
Mount Thullier (Great Nicobar) – 642 Mtrs.
Mount Harriet (South Andaman) – 365 Mtrs.
Forest Density 86%
Climate Tropical Through out the year. Temperature varies between 23 C to 31 C
Rain Fall 3180 mm
Capital Port Blair
Literacy 65.38%
Density 43 persons per sq kilometer
Biggest Island (Inhabited) Middle Andaman – 1536 Sq Kmts.
Smallest Island (Inhabited) Ross Island – 0.8 Sq Kmts.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a group of beautiful islands in India’s Bay of Bengal, South-East of the Indian mainland. The islands offer a picturesque view and are covered with white sand. There are a number of pristine beaches, rich coral ecosystems, and has one of the best dive sites. The islands shine like a gem in the blue waters of the Bay of Bengal.

Andaman and Nicobar islands have so much to offer that it is a “holiday paradise”.  Also, these islands are notorious for being home to one of the most infamous prisons in India during the British occupation. The island covered by dense forests, different kinds of flora and fauna. Crystal clear beaches, underwater marine life, mangrove forest and an active volcano making this island more interesting.

Andaman and Nicobar , both groups of the island have their own different characteristics. Andaman word is referred as angamania, which means naked people. Most of the Ancient travellers gave different names to this island like Arab travellers used the term Lakhabalus or Najabalus, which means Nicobar as historian says and the Indians used the term kaala paani – black water regarding this island.

The islands offer an interesting mixture of history, nature and adventure. From the white sand beaches to the crystal clear water, the chaste beauty of the islands creates a rather romantic atmosphere. These islands are a perfect escape from the mundane life that most of us lead today.

Climate in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

The best time to visit Andaman islands is between October and May. This is the time after the monsoons and the water is also clear. From summers to winters, the islands have a pleasant weather which makes it the apt time to travel. The islands experience a tropical climate and heavy winds during monsoons.

Humidity is high all round the year, 70-80% approx. The temperature too varies from 23-30 °C. The annual tourism festival is also held around this time in which tourists from different parts of the world take part.

Culture of Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Andaman and Nicobar Islands have a unique culture where all religions, languages, ethnic groups live in total peace and harmony and hence it is rightly called Mini India by some. Port Blair is one of the major islands and being the capital of the Andamans has a cosmopolitan character where people from all religions and walks live together. All festivals are celebrated with equal enthusiasm and zeal and attended by all tourists and the local population.

So now you can plan your trip to this wonderful place without any worries as you have the right information with you.

Andaman Weather (Temperature in Degree Centigrade)

Months Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. 29.2 29.8 31.1 32.7 31.0 29.1 28.9 28.8 28.8 28.7 29.0 29.0
Min. 22.7 21.8 22.5 23.9 23.9 24.2 24.1 24.1 24.1 23.6 23.6 23.1

Top Tourist Attractions in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Andaman Tourist Map

Andaman and Nicobar Islands are known for their spectacular islands and white sandy beaches. A perfect escape from the chaotic lifestyle of today in the lap of nature. Away from the India’s mainland, Andaman Islands offers number of activities to do including water sports and adventure. Scuba Diving is very famous in these islands as the Andaman sea has some of the most beautiful marine life in the world.

Best Beaches in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Beaches in Andaman are magnificent where you can enjoy watersports or you can relax. Here are top beaches you must visit in the Andaman Islands.

Top Islands in Andaman and Nicobar

Not all islands in Andaman can be visited by tourists. Most of them still are uninhabited. Here are some best islands you must include in you holidays.