ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are now a relaxed tropical island outpost that belongs to Indian but is geographical closer to Southeast Asia . Superb deserted beaches ,incredible corals ,marine life ,an intriguing colonial past and remains of a stone age culture lure travelers to these mysterious islands , 1000km off the east coast of India in the Bay of Bengal .
The beginnings of colonial rule , the islands were populated mainly by indigenous people ,but the majority of the Andaman s population are mainland settlers or the descendents who live in and around Port Blair , the capital ,on South Andaman . The territory comprises 572 tropical islands (of which 36 are inhabited ),with unique wildlife and lush forests ,although the Nicobar Islands are off –limits to tourists .
The southwest monsoon come to the islands between roughly mid may and early October and the northeast monsoon between November and December . The best to visit is between December and early april , the days are warm ,but not oppressive ,and the nights pleasant .
Getting there and away
Getting to the Andaman you take the boat from Chennai or Kolkata . It’s a long journey and you ill need a plan ahead as there s usually only one or two sailings a fortnight city . Flying from Chennai , kolkata or delhi quick and easy .