THE ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS

Andaman and Nicobar Island is a Union territory in India located at the juncture of Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. It is a group of Island, which comprise two islands namely Andaman Islands and Nicobar Islands. The capital of this union territory is Port Blair. Andaman and Nicobar is gifted with immense natural beauty as it is surrounded by mystique sea and lush green vegetation.

What was once synonymous with Kalapani Prison and a land where many became martyrs has now transformed into one of the best and the most exotic tourist locations in India. There is an exciting aura about the islands which fills every adventure lover and travellers with enthusiasm. 

History of THE ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS

Andaman and Nicobar Island have a rich history associated with it. Its history dates back to 800 BC suggested by archaeological evidences. Indigenous population called Andamanese can be distinguished from other people according to their distinct culture and language. The Nicobar Islands which is located at 10 degrees North Parallel to Andaman seems to have been inhabited by people with distinct backgrounds. When it came in contact with Europe, the indigenous population was of the Nicobarese who spoke Mon - Khmer language and that of the Shompen.

 

In the period of 1014 CE, the king of the Chola dynasty of Tamil Nadu had captured Andaman Nicobar Island to use the place as their Naval Base for waging a war against the Srivijaya Empire in Sumatra, Indonesia. The islands were the called Tinmaittivu and were also used as a temporary base for Maratha Empire in the late 17th century. The legendary soldier and leader Kanhoji Angre had achieved supremacy in the Navy and is also credited with attaching the islands to India.

In the year 1755, a group of Danish settlers has arrived at the group of Islands and established Danish East India Company. Within a few months, Nicobar became a Danish Colony but was abandoned many times in 1759, 1768, 1814 to 1832 due to the malaria epidemic. In 1868, Denmark sold the islands to Britain and it became the part of British India. Britain used the island for setting up a cellular Jail, which was infamously called ¨KalaPani¨ where the Indian freedom fighters and dissenters were kept. Subhash Chandra Bose had once named the Island Shaheed-Dweep because many Indians were martyred on this land.

During the World War II, the island came under the rule of Japan and nominally under Azad Hind Army under S.C Bose. However, in the year 1945, Britain again established control over it by defeating Japan. It is now a part of the Indian Subcontinent and a Union Territory from the has been using the Island for making it a strategic military base which give a strong hold of Bay of Bengal and Strait of Malacca.

How to Visit Andaman

BY AIR

Port Blair (Capital of Andaman & Nicobar Islands) is connected with Chennai, Kolkata & Delhi by air. The following flights are presently operating in these sectors are

From Chennai **
AirlinesFrequencyNo.of flights
Go Air DailyOne Flight
Spice Jet DailyOne Flight
Jet Airways DailyOne Flight
Air IndiaDailyOne Flight

From Kolkatta **
AirlinesFrequencyNo.of flights
Go Air DailyOne Flight
Spice Jet DailyOne Flight
Jet Airways DailyOne Flight
Air IndiaDailyOne Flight

**Airline schedule and fare are subjected to change based on availability and other reasons. Please take help from Arti tours and travels for bookings.

BY SHIP

Port Blair (Capital City of Andaman & Nicobar Islands) is also connected with Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam. Regular passenger ship services are available between Port Blair and Chennai/ Kolkata/Vishakhapatnam and back. There are three to four sailings between Port Blair and Chennai/Kolkata, one sailing between Port Blair and Vishakhapatnam in a month. The sailing duration is approx 60 to 72 hours.

by Ship **
Name of VesselClass of Accommodation
M.V.Swaraj Dweep / Nancowry /Nicobar Deluxe Cabin
1st Class Cabin
2nd Class Cabin
Bunk
M.V.Harshvardhana Deluxe Cabin
1st Class Cabin
2nd Class A Cabin
2ND Class B Cabin
Bunk
M.V.Akbar Deluxe Cabin
1st Class Cabin
AC Dormitory
Ordinary Bunk

**Ship schedule and fare are subjected to change based on availability and other reasons. Please take help from Arti tours and travels for bookings.