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The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are one of the seven union territories of India. It is a group of islands at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea.

It comprises two island groups, the Andaman Islands and the Nicobar Islands, separated by the 10N parallel, with the Andamans to the north of this latitude, and the Nicobars to the south. The Andaman Sea lies to the east and the Bay of Bengal to the west.

The total number of islands is about 570, of which about 550 are in the Andaman Islands. The inhabited islands in the territory are only about 40, including 26 in the Andaman part.

The territory's capital is the Andamanese town of Port Blair. The total land area of these islands is approximately 8,249 km2 (3,185 sq mi). The capital of Nicobar Islands is Car Nicobar.

The Andaman Islands are home to the only known Paleolithic people, the Sentinelese people, who have no contact with any other people.

During World War II, the islands were practically under Japanese control.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands are developing into a major tourism place with exotic-looking beaches and pristine islands, wonderful opportunities for adventure sports like snorkelling and sea-walking.

In Port Blair, the main places to visit are the Cellular Jail, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Andaman Water sports complex, Chatham Saw Mill, Mini Zoo, Corbyn's cove, Chidiya Tapu, Wandoor Beach, Forest Museum, Anthropological Museum, Fisheries Museum, Naval Museum (Samudrika), Ross Island and Viper Island. Other places include Havelock island famous for Radhanagar Beach, Neil Island for Scuba diving/snorkelling, Cinque island, Saddle peak, Mt Harriet and Mud Volcano. The southern group (Nicobar islands) is mostly inaccessible to tourists.

Indian tourists do not require a permit to visit the Andaman islands but if they wish to visit any tribal areas they need a special permit from the Deputy Commissioner, Port Blair. Permits are required for foreign nationals. For foreign nationals arriving by air, these are granted upon arrival at Port Blair.

Andaman Islands, Port Blair

A 2-3 days' sea ship journey...
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... and you are in Andamans in Port Blair
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The pictures by courtesy of Dima from Kiev.

Andaman & Nicobar Islands photo gallery, photos of India