25 Unknown Facts About Andaman and Nicobar Islands

25 Unknown Facts About Andaman and Nicobar Islands


Among the travellers along its gorgeous beaches, underwater wonders and the primeval location in the middle of nowhere is the Andaman and Nicobar Islands which are still the ideal place to get away from it all. Around 572 archipelago islands of which only 36 are open to tourists with a population is an interesting mix of South Indian and Southern Asian settlers, which is as well as Negrito ethnic groups on some islands whose arrival here still has the anthropologists baffled. It also comprises two of the Island groups, the Andaman Island and the Nicobar Islands, which is separated by 10°N parallel to the North of its latitude the Andaman Islands. Port Blair is the territory capital in the Andamanese with a total land area of this island is approximately 8,249 sq km. The capital of the Nicobar Islands is Car Nicobar. The Andaman Islands are the only home to the only known Paleolithic people, who have no contact with any other people.

As you know some of the facts of the Andaman, and its other Islands, it is also necessary to explore the unknown facts of the Islands with some that you may not know and would like to come up with the new facts.

Astonishing Unknown Facts about Andaman and Nicobar Islands

1. ‘Andaman’ and ‘Nicobar’ the words are taken from the Malay Language.

The word ‘Andaman’ is derived from the Malay word for the Hindu deity Hanuman, and ‘Nicobar’ means the land of naked people.


2. The most widely spoken the language on the Islands is not Andamanese or Nicobarese.

The most common language here in Bengali which is followed by some other languages Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam.

Andaman language

3. Tribes inhabiting these Islands don’t interact with outsiders.

“Jarwa” is the residents of these islands mainly belong and they are fondly known as the adivasi. They are less than 500 in numbers and do not interact with the outsiders.


4. Andaman and Nicobar Islands part to come under Japanese Occupation.

It is the only part of India to come under the Japanese occupation and they occupy parts of the North-Eastern India, but only for six months. It is surprisingly these islands were a part of Japanese occupation for three years.

under the Japanese occupation

5. Restaurants in Port Blair the local dhabas on Havelock, fish abounds which is prepared to pay a little more for good fish and seafood dishes than for the Indian standard food but it is well worth and as cheap as on the mainland in most of the small dhabas. Fresh Crab and Tunu can be enjoyed here.

local dhabas on Havelock

6. Coconuts are fresh which are widely available and are popular. Alcohol is available in some of the restaurants and at ‘English Beer & Wine Shops’ in Port Blair and on Havelock Islands. Beers will not be cold when purchasing across the counter but except in local bars.


7. There is no Pub culture or even a Dance Club. Local bars are dingy and for some odd reason, it is very poorly lit giving it a very feel of eerie to it.

Dance Club

8. Subramanyam is the only online to get free registers campaign service or to rent, a Tent, do Camping in Hill Forest side village with an unorganized campaign in 5 acres and it is yet to start operations though.


9. A variety of hotels around the Islands which are run by Andaman and Nicobar Tourism and you can book all A&N tourism hotels both in person at A&N tourism in Port Blair by only a phone on 03192 232694 or by an email on accomodation6@gmail.com. Tariff is Rs.1000 for per night for a double occupancy room but these rooms also get booked months in advance.

variety of hotels

10. Andaman and Nicobar are malarial and they are although generally no more so than mainland India.

Andaman and Nicobar

11. Andaman is fairly a safe destinations and tourism is still in its early stages which can make it more hassle-free. The Andaman Islands are the home of some of the last un-contacted tribes of Eurasia.

Andaman Islands

12. Revisit Havelock is just to taste the Red Snapper in Burmese garlic sauce at Benny and Lynda’s Wild Orchid Beach Resort.


13. Andaman Trunk Road is the zipping in the car idiot to the curious jarawas is the ride which is long but the journey that takes you is through some gorgeous reserve forests and up to Maya Bunder and beyond is worth it.

Andaman Trunk Road

14. Glass bottom boats are a scan corals reefs off Jolly Buoy Island, at the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park at the Wandoor, 29 km from Port Blair.

Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park at the Wandoor

15. Snorkelling is a traditional attraction of the Andamans but is the sadly resulted in the destruction of most of the coral and they are signs of recovery but the snorkelling is not good. Regardless of the best spots are Jolly Buoy, North Bay, Mua Terra Beach and Havelock Islands. Equipment is cheap and can be bought or rented at North Bay for 100 Rs. The price for its Snorkelling at various locations is about Rs.500 for 15mint and Rs.1000 for 25mint.


16. Scuba Diving is the main dive destinations but it is at the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park has reopened. South Cinque Island is the another possibility enquire at Anugama Resort at Wandoor

Scuba Diving in Andaman

17. One of the dive shops on Havelock was talking about opening a shop in the Diglipur soon which it would open up newly discovered sites.


18. Very remote and the best dive sites in the Andamans are in very remote locations and are accessible via a life aboard. The best diving in the Andamans is the Barren Island, Narcondam Island, Invisible Bank and 4 other spectacular but un-named sea mounts off the West Coast.

Barren Island

19. One of the Historical attractions of note is Port Blair, which houses both British-era colonial buildings which are including the notorious Cellular Jail and a few World War II bunkers dating from the brief Japanese occupation.

Japanese occupation

20. Andaman has a moderate temperature all through the year within the range of 23 degree to 31 degrees Celsius with its tropical climate there are no severe climate conditions except for the tropical storms and the rains in the late Summer and Monsoon.

Andaman Temperature

21. Non- Indians also need a restricted area to permit to visit the islands, but these are now issued on arrival at the Port Blair airport. If you are planning to arrive by sea, you’ll need to arrange your permit before arrival either in Chennai or when applying for Indian Visa.

Port Blair airport

22. The state animal of Andaman is Dugongs which is a special sea mammal that is extremely shy to mate and there are only five breeding centers for these sea animals and Andaman is one of them. This can be the spot in Little Andaman.


23. The Andaman Islands are happy lads of butterfly and lot of butterflies flock to Andaman and Nicobar from nearby tropical Islands.

butterflies flock to Andaman

24. The only active volcano in India is present in Andaman in the Barren Islands which is situated 135 km away from the Port Blair and is where you can see the live volcano.

volcano in India

25. 20 rupees note also depicts a scene from Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the scenery of its red coloured note are a natural scene on the Andaman.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the scenery

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