Andaman – The Beach Paradise

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Andaman – The Beach Paradise
Andaman is a part of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, which are a group of islands located in the Indian Ocean. Andaman and Nicobar is a Union Territory of India. Andaman and Nicobar is an arc spread over 800 km, comprising of islands, islets and rocks formed by an underwater mountain range in the Bay of Bengal, located at a distance of more than 1000 km from the east coast of India. Port Blair, a town of Andaman, is the capital of the Union Territory. The Andaman Sea separates these islands from neighboring countries of Indonesia, Thailand and Burma among others. 
Andaman was inhabited from time immemorial. The earliest documentation of human inhabitation in Andaman is dated back to around 2000 years. Of the 600 Andaman & Nicobar Islands, only 38 are inhabited.
It is said that Andaman was named Nakkavaram (Land of Naked People) by the first known ruler of the place, Rajendra Chola, of the Chola dynasty. It is also believed that the name Andaman was derived from the name of Hindu god Hanuman. Andaman & Nicobar Islands is believed to have functioned as the temporary naval base of the Marathas in 17th century.  
The early inhabitants of Andaman are the tribal population belonging to the tribes of Onge, Sentinelese, Jarawa and Andamanese of Negroid descent. These indigenous tribes are nearing extinction because of migration and settlement in Andaman from the mainland, which disrupted the peaceful lives of these aboriginals. 
The Andaman Islands are classified into three divisions, namely, the South, Middle and North Andaman. The Andaman Islands have a unique ecosystem and are well-known for their evergreen tropical rainforest, corals, fishes and other forms of marine life. 
The main attractions in Andaman are the Cellular Jail (which was a part of the British punishing arrangement during their reign over India, but now converted into a national monument), The Chatham Saw Mill (one of the oldest and largest saw mills in Asia), Mount Harriet (the second highest peak in Andaman Islands, an ideal spot for trekking and bird watching), Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park at Wandoor (comprising of 15 islands that offer a rich variety of marine life and activities like snorkeling and glass bottomed boat rides) and the Andaman Water Sports Complex (for activities like surfing, skiing and water scooter) among others. The tsunami of 2004 had devastated the Andaman Islands.
The islands of Andaman are known for its pristine blue water beaches. Havelock Island of Andaman is a popular destination that is famous for its Radhanagar Beach, scuba diving, snorkeling and its unique mangrove creeks. Other Andaman Islands like Neil Island and Long Island can be accessed from here. Baratang, Rangat, Mayabandar and Diglipur of Andaman are known for their tranquil beaches.
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This article was published on 2012/03/05