History Of Andaman Nicobar
The Andaman & Nicobar Islands remained the dwellings of the aboriginal
tribes such as Negritos and the Mongoloids respectively, who occupied the
Islands for centuries. These islands remained secluded from the mainland
till the end of the 18th Century when people from the outside world first
arrived. Though little is known about Portuguese activities in these
islands, it is evident that the Portuguese missionaries started preaching
Christianity among the islanders.
These Islands are blessed with a unique' luxuriant evergreen tropical rain
forest canopy, sheltering a mixed germ plasm bank, comprising of Indian,
Myanmarese, Malaysian and endemic floral strain. The clean environment,
roads, greenery as well as unpolluted fresh air attract all nature lovers.
Topographically the islands are hilly in places fringed with coconut palm,
covered with tropical jungle and interspersed with flat stretches of
crescent shaped beaches. Adventure tourism like trekking, Island camping,
snorkeling, scuba diving etc. and other water sports are the real
Islands & Beaches
The islands & beaches of Andaman & Nicobar offers a breath taking
underwater view of coral and marine life. It is an ideal place for
snorkeling , sea bathing and basking on the sun kissed beach. Other
recreational activities are diving, swimming, fishing and Camping. Tourist
can have spectacular view of corals and marine life.
Andaman & Nicobar has lots of Museum which has helped in preserving the
valuable history of this exquisite place. The museums include National
Memorial which was once a pilgrimage destination for freedom fighters. It
also houses the models of the aborigines and their tools. Fisheries Museum
exhibits species of marine life peculiar to the islands and found in the
Indo-Pacific and the Bay of Bengal. Samudrika, the naval marine museum is
meant to create awareness on various aspects of oceanic environment.
Places of Interest in and around Port Blair
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
This Marine Park made-up of open sea, creeks and 15 small and large islands,
is one of the best found anywhere in the world. Viewing of rare corals and
underwater marine life through glass bottom boats, scuba diving and
Snorkeling are a lifetime experience for anyone.
This beautiful park at Port Blair has facilities like amusement rides, safe
water sports, nature trail around the lake, garden, restaurant and historic
remains like Japanese Temple as well as a bunker. The erstwhile Dilthaman
tank, which was the only source of drinking water to Port Blair, and the
area around it has been developed into Gandhi Park in an unbelievably short
time of 13 days.
Mini Zoo Situated at Haddo (Delanipur - Chatham road), it houses some of
the rare species of endemic birds and animals found in these islands.