About Andaman

Introduction:

 

Some says it’s “Paris of East” and some says “emerald Island”, while we might say it’s the “corals’ Island”. The beauty of the islands lies in the fact that all of the above beliefs are true but still incomplete. In fact, we find this archaeology of 572 islands to be an inexplicable and intriguing destination, which evokes tranquility, and adventure both at the same time in travelers. It’s a mesmerizing feeling to walk alongside the blue ocean splashes. Its unique serenity can ease out the chaotic worldly pressure, as if it seems to be washing away the so called ‘stress quotient”. This healing place is none other than the “Andaman & Nicobar Islands”, which is located in the Indian Subcontinent. The pristine and chic islands host plethora of adventurous and scenic beauty, which makes these a must visit tour destination for all ages. Not only the experiences at the islands are relishing, but the 3Ws (what, where and when) of the islands are quite interesting too.

 

Historical Snapshot:

 

Apart from the quintessence of serenity and scenic beauty, Andaman & Nicobar Islands are also known for patriotic fervor. Port Blair, the capital city of the islands, holds the honor of a Union Territory and proudly stands today as the home for Indian naval base and Indian coast guard.

 

The history of the islands can be dated back to several centuries. It was mentioned by different names in different contexts by different people. The modern history of these islands commences with the establishment colony by British in 1789 which was abandoned after a few years. The attacks of the native people on the shipwrecked crew and also the Sepoy mutiny in India demanded British to establish a penal settlement at Port Blair for convicted freedom fighters. The raising numbers of convicts led to the decision of constructing an exclusive cellular jail. During the early 20th century many of the revolutionaries were sent to these islands along with their families. During World War II, the Japanese forces acquired these islands from British and ruled for a period of four years. The Japanese reign had seen advancements in terms of establishing arms and ammunitions and improving the roadways as a move to counterfeit the enemy strategies. The British showed their foothold again on the island by recapturing it in 1945. Later the administration was passed on to the Indian Government after its independence in 1947.

Havelock Island:

Havelock Island, situated 57 km northeast of Port Blair, is spread across an area of 11.93 Sq km. The island was named after the British General Henry Havelock. Originally inhabited by indigenous tribes, the island now is the home for mostly Bengali and Myanmar immigrants.

The splendid beauty of the island is inevitable with the blue horizon and long stretching sand beaches alongside the green palm fringes. The island is also a hotspot for eco tourism development for its varied marine species and greenery.

Radhanagar beach which was rated as the Asia’s best beach and one among the world’s top ten beaches is the Beach #7 located in Havelock Island. The serenity and the beauty of the beach provide solitude to the tourists from the chaotic city life. It’s a feast to the eyes of the tourists of all ages. Couples can capture some memorable private moments to their life albums at this beach.

Beach #5, Vijayanagar beach is another scenic beauty on the island. It is known for its rocky sections and Mahua trees grown along the seashore which gives it a distinct look

Elephant beach (Hathi Thapu) is another distinct beach on the island. The name is derived from the elephants that take walks around the region. The beach being the best place for Snorkeling and Diving stands apart from its counterparts. Seahorse and Fringe-lip Flathead are few of the rare marine species existing in the region. Elephant beach is one of the few favorite destinations of the Macro Photographers. The Tsunami hit left the island behind with interesting sculptural formations.

Ross Island:

Ross Island, located a kilometer away from Port Blair, was once the administrative headquarters of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The history of the island is captured in the ruins of old buildings that stand as a reminiscence of British rule. British had a strong foothold on the island till 1942 until Japanese occupied it. Later in 1945, British abandoned the island after recapturing it from Japanese forces. Deers and Peacocks are the part of natural habitat on the island.

Viper Island:

Viper Island is an example of the brutal colonial rule of the British and also the magnificent cellular jail. The four-storied building has individual cells spread across three floors for the prisoners and the fourth floor served as the watchtower. A light and sound show is organized now to tourists to explain the history of the jail.