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Andaman and Nicobar Islands

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Andaman beckons you with serene beauty

The Andaman and Nicobar archipelago is a group of nearly 500 islands, most of them uninhabited, at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea, and are a Union Territory of India. The territory is 150 km north of Aceh in Indonesia and separated from Thailand and Myanmar (Burma) by the Andaman Sea. It comprises two island groups -- the Andaman Islands and the Nicobar Islands. The Andaman Sea lies to the east and the Bay of Bengal to the west.
The territory's capital is the Andamanese town of Port Blair. The total land area of the territory is approximately 8,073 sq. km. The capital of Nicobar Islands is Car Nicobar. The islands host the Andaman and Nicobar Command, the only tri-service geographical command of the Indian Armed Forces. The Andaman Islands are home to the only known Paleolithic people, the Sentinelese tribes who have no contact with the outside world. For India, the Great Andaman and Nicobar group of archipelago acts a strategic fortress ensuring the transparency of sea lanes of communication (SLOC). Moreover, the Andaman and Nicobar islands offer an exclusive gateway to southeast Asia for India.

Unique land and culture

Andaman and Nicobar culture shows a mix of the indigenous cultures of the Negroid and the Mongoloid settlers of the island, as well as a more mainstream culture brought down by the descendants of the early settlers in the island from the Indian mainland. The migrants also contributed to the culture of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The greatest feature of Andaman and Nicobar Islands culture is the peaceful coexistence of these two strains of cultural lives.
The most distinguishing aspect of Andaman and Nicobar culture are the culture of the indigenous people of the islands.
Andaman and Nicobar islanders can be divided into two major groups. The inhabitants of the Andamans are of Negroid origin and migrated from Africa thousands of years ago, way back in the later Paleolithic age.

The main ethnic groups are:

Andamanese, Onge, Jarawa, Sentinalese

Lesser known fast facts about Andaman and Nicobar

Here are some facts that one may not know about this archipelago spread in Bay of Bengal between Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia:

  1. Andaman' is derived from the Malay word for the Hindu deity Hanuman, and 'Nicobar' means ‘the land of naked people.’
  2. The most common language here is Bengali followed by Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam
  3. Residents of these islands mainly belong to the ‘Jarwa’ tribe, fondly known as the adivasi. They are less than 500 in number and do not interact with outsiders.
  4. These islands inhabit endless marine cultures, but the most famous of them all are sea turtles.
  5. Commercial fishing is banned on the Andaman Islands.
  6. During World War-2, Andaman and Nicobar islands were the only part of India to come under Japanese occupation.
  7. The state animal of Andaman and Nicobar islands is Dugong.
  8. Katchal Islands enjoyed the distinction of being the first place to receive the sun rays this millennium sunrise.
  9. Barren Island, situated 135 km away from Port Blair, is where you can see the only active volcano in India.
  10. Two islands at Andaman are named after officers of the East India Company -- Havelock and Neil islands.