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"Andaman & Nicobar Islands, these emerald jewels floating in splendid isolation, part of the Indian mainland is indeed a tourists' delight. The name the island got as Andaman was presumed to be derived from Hanuman, who was known to the Malays as Handuman."
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Hiding In Nature

Situated on the eastern side of Indian mainland, Andaman and Nicobar is a union territory consisting of 572 small and big islands. The total land area is nearly 8249 sq. km. Andaman and Nicobar Islands have been divided into two separate districts Andaman Islands and Nicobar Islands. Andaman is the larger section with nearly 550 islands. Nicobar on the other hand has just 22 islands. Port Blair, situated in the Andaman group is the administrative center for Andaman and Nicobar Island. Out of 572, only 36 islands are inhabited and not all are open to tourists.

Special permit is required by Indians to visit the magnificent islands of Nicobar group; although non Indian are not allowed to these groups. Though geographically both these groups are similar to each other, the social map is totally different. When tribes in Andaman group are friendlier and open to contacts with outsider, most tribes in Nicobar are vary of the outside world. Not only is the culture in these two island groups is vast; it is absolutely beautiful and awe strikingly original.

Major Island Groups

Andaman Islands

Covering an area of 6,408 sq. Km, Andaman is the bigger part of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Situated on the northern part of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman group is a constellation of 550 islands. Only 26 of these islands are inhabited. Port Blair , being the major city of not only Andaman, but the entire union territory, has the only airport in Andaman and Nicobar. The major tribes that are found here are The Great Andamanese, Jarawa, and Onge. The main attractions of the islands are the adventure options that are present here. One can indulge in Scuba diving, Snorkeling and trekking in Andaman Islands.

Nicobar Islands

Situated further south to its bigger counterpart Andaman Islands, Nicobar Islands are the lesser traversed of the two. There are only 22 islands in this group out of which 10 are inhabited. Non Indians are not allowed to visit these islands and Indians are required to take a special permit from government to visit these one of a kind islands. Nicobar is more famous for its natural wonders and widlife. The 22 islands here are further divided into three groups, Northern group, Central group, and Southern Group. Out of 42.000 around population 65% are indigenous tribes. Shompen and Nicobarese are the major tribes.


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