The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a group of about 572 islands at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. They have a vast history and form part of India, but only 37 of them are inhabited and currently open to tourism in order to preserve the fragile ecology.
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to visit this piece of paradise, but to consider and preserve the natural habitat by being eco-conscious while there and leaving only with beautiful memories and photographs.
What to Expect in Andaman and Nicobar
The biggest attraction is the beaches and the marine life, and because eco-tourism is promoted in the islands and most Andaman Nicobar tour packages include this aspect, it is also a paradise for nature lovers.
The islands are one of the remotest spots on the planet, and have a rich history of enslavement. The British used this area as a penal colony where they imprison rebels and freedom fighters, as well as hardened criminals, and many of the inhabitants are descended from the prisoners. This history can be seen in the capital, Port Blair, which houses British-era colonial buildings, including the notorious Cellular Jail, and some WWII bunkers dating from the brief Japanese occupation.
Most of the people in the islands speak Tamil and Bengali, but Telugu, English and Hindi are also widely understood in the tourist areas.
The islands consist of a vast variety of tribes, including:
- The Great Andamanese
- The Onge
- The Jarawas
- The Sentinelese,
- The Shompens
There are some tribes who have had no contact whatsoever with the rest of the world, such as the indigenous Sentinelese tribe, but these are obviously not on the islands that are open to tourism, and it is actually illegal to visit North Sentinel Island.
The inhabitants of the Andamans are of Negroid origin and migrated from Africa thousands of years ago, and the inhabitants of Nicobar are of Mongoloid origin. They have all continued their indigenous cultures, which has been easy due to their relative isolation.
Add to this the descendents of the early settlers, and you find a very diverse culture, albeit one where everyone lives in harmony and peaceful coexistence.
There is no specific attire in Andaman and Nicobar islands; in actual fact there are many people who shirk so-called civilisation altogether and move about naked, and others who only wear clothing below the waist.
Most inhabitants in Andaman and Nicobar Islands believe in the religion of Animism. Paluga is the only deity and lived at Saddle Peak, the highest mountain peak of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Other religions followed are Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism.
Seafood, seafood and more seafood is the order of the day in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. All Andaman Nicobar packages will include meals and operators will be able to tell you where the best places are to eat.
Basic Indian food is also available very cheaply, and resort restaurants can supply some Western dishes, but this will cost you quite a bit.
We have daily departures to Andaman and Nicobar (India) by Cruise/Ship from several international places (Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Saudi Arabia, England, United Kingdom (UK), United States (USA), Australia, Fiji, Mauritius, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Brazil, Qatar, Philippines, Ireland.