Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Land Of Emerald Waters
Popular among tourists for its white sandy beaches, the opaque emerald waters and the mystic mangrove forests, Andaman and Nicobar Islands endows an exhilarating experience. The archipelago contains 362 volcanic islands dispersed in the blues of Bay of Bengal. Out of these many, only 37 islands are inhabited. The history of the islands dates back to the time of the great epic Ramayana. It is believed that God Hanuman, landed on this island on his way to Ravana's kingdom in Sri Lanka while he was searching for Goddess Sita. And that is perhaps the reason for the name 'Andaman' which is derived from Malaya word 'Handuman' or Hanuman. These islands were the abode for the Negritos and Mongoloids who lived here for centuries. During the 17th century, Marathas annexed the land. In the early 18th century, the islands were the naval bases of Maratha Admiral Kanhoji Angre, whose troops often attacked and captured British, Dutch and Portuguese merchant ships. The British finally captured Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the 19th century and used it to jail Indian freedom fighters. The exile was known as ‘Kalapani’.
Turning to sightseeing, the place has several options. The Cellular Jail is one of the major attractions of Andaman and Nicobar islands. It is the mute witness to the gruesome behaviour carried out with the Indian freedom fighters. The Son-et-Lumiere show conducted here brings alive the history of freedom struggle. Marina Park is again one of the best experiences in Andamans. The first of its kind in India, the park offers amusements like giant wheel, paratrooper, Dragon Coaster, Andaman's sports water complex and children's traffic park. Jolly Buoy, Red Skin Islands, Chatham, Ross Island and Anthropological Museum are some of the other main attractions of Andaman and Nicobar islands.recommended tours