Andaman and Nicobar is a union territory of India and it is located in the Bay of Bengal. It is a group of 200 small islands. This is a very exotic and beautiful place and it attract a lot of tourists. Many places in the Nicobar group of islands are restricted for non Indian tourists but they can still visit most of the places in Andaman group of islands. The Andaman Islands are famous for its beautiful beaches, rich under water coral reserves and its beautiful evergreen forests. The following are the most popular Tourist Destinations in Andaman Islands.
Havelock Islands: This is the most easily accessible island from the capital Port Blair. It is only 54kms away from Port Blair. The sea here is rich in dolphins, flying fish and giant sea tortoise. The beaches are unpolluted with clear blue waters.
Ross Island: This Island is named after the British surveyor Reginald Ross. It is considered to be one of the most exotic islands among the islands of Andaman and Nicobar. The British made a township in this island in the year of 1858 when they established a colony in Andaman. Now you can see the ruins of old British buildings. There is also a museum named smrithika set up by the navy. It depicts the history of Ross Island.
Baratang Island: it is a 5 hour journey from Port Blair to Baratang. In this road trip you get to explore the natural rain forests of Andaman and Nicobar. The famous active mud volcano is situated in this Island. It is only 9kms from Baratang. You can also see the famous Limestone Caves in Baratang. It is only a half hour ferry ride away from Baratang.
Parrot Island: This is a small island near Baratang. It is a habitat of large number of parrots. It is a fascinating experience to see the parrots coming back to the island in groups at sunset.
Chatham Island: This Island has the famous sawmill which is the largest and the oldest sawmill in Asia. It also has the main harbor in the Island.
Barren Island: This tiny Island is 120km away from Port Blair. The only active volcano in India is situated in this Island. It erupted recently in 1994 after 177 years. The tourists are not allowed to land on this Island.
Cellular jail: This is the most famous tourist destination in Andaman and Nicobar. It was constructed by the British in the year of 1906 to imprison the freedom fighters from India. The construction was started in the year 1896 and it consists of 698 cells. The cellular jail was declared as a national memorial by the Indian Government after the independence in 1947. The jail now has an art gallery and a museum and also a sound and light show is performed in the evening.
Tourist attractions in Andaman and Nicobar don’t end here. Places like the Red skin Island, Mahatma Gandhi marine National park, viper Island, Neil Island, Mayabunder, Rangat and Diglipur are beautiful and worth visiting.