Amazing and Lesser known Facts of Andaman Group of Islands.


Most of us are aware of the fabulous charm and beauty of the Andaman group of islands, these emerald green islands are captivating in more than one way and attracting tourist from all over the world to admire its beauty. Once a colony of fierce man-eater tribe, Andaman has become a favorite Holiday destination that has some incredibly interesting facts about these islands. Your Andaman Holiday Packages should be mixture of spending some leisure time at beaches at the same time visiting and experiencing some bizarre and unusual and amazing things by exploring deep in to the Andaman. Plan a trip to Andaman to explore unusual wonders of Andaman Islands. Your Andaman Tour will not only be entertaining but will be enriching too.

  1. The word ‘ Andaman’ is derived from the Malay language and is believed to come from Hindu Monkey God Hanuman, who has been recognized as Handuman to the Malays Language. The word Nicobar a distortion of the South Indian word ‘Nakkavaram’ (Land of the Naked). 
  2. Neither Andamanese or Nicobarese is the most extensively used language on the islands the most regularly spoken language on the islands is Bengali accompanied by Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam. Andaman Creole Hindi is commonly used in the Andaman Islands as a commercial language as well. Tourists on the Andaman holiday will not face any problem vis a vis language in the Andaman tour. 
  3. The Andaman Islands are home to the biggest sea turtles in the world, three types of marine turtles- Green Turtle, Hawksbill, the Leatherback are Breeding and nesting here.  The breeding Leatherback turtle population in Nicobar is one of the rare colonies in the Indo-Pacific that reaches 1,000 people, and therefore is of global importance.
  4. North Sentinel is home to one of the world’s most threatened stone age groups and most separated from human populations. The Sentinelese, numbering around 250, rejected all interaction with the modern world and fired their arrows on anyone trying to get in touch.  
  5. The gentle sea cow, the Dugong, is the Andaman state animal Large, plump marine vegetarians with short, paddle-like front flippers. The gentle Dugongs can be found grazing quietly on seagrass in the Andaman coastal waters. These animals, also known as the’ sea cow can be seen in the archipelago of, North Reef, Ritchie Little Andaman and areas of Nicobar.
  6. The only active volcano in India is present on the Barren Island of Andaman Island, it is the only lively volcano, not only in India but in the entire South of Asia. Situated about 140 km north-east of Port Blair, this remote, 3-km-wide island comprises a 1.6-km-wide crater partially filled with a clinker cone that has been the site of eruptions since the first one was informed in 1788.
  7. Have you ever seen a crab on a Coconut tree, yes you can see Robber crab or Birgus Latro, the world’s largest living arthropod (An arthropod is an animal with no internal spine), lives here and also called the Coconut Crab, is the world’s largest land-living arthropod. They normally live on land, but they climb up the coconut trees in the evenings and cut a hole into the tender coconuts to consume the soft kernel. The highest numbers of these giant crabs are seen in the Andaman archipelagos.
  8. Have you ever heard of edible bird nest, yes you can see them in your Andaman holiday trip. The very narrow calcareous Alfred Caves are home to Swiftlet birds that make edible nests. The Diglipur calcareous Alfred Caves modify their shape every monsoon because of a chemical process. The Swiftlet birds are home to these narrow caves which make a unique edible nest. This tiny brown bird uses its saliva and attaches its gummy home to the most unapproachable places on the walls of the cave as a little cup. You can plan a visit to Baratang to visit limestone caves with stalactite creations.
  9. Baratang is the only place with mud volcanoes in India. According to available records, the first mud volcano explosion was detected in Nilambur Village of Baratang Island in 1983. A mud volcano is shaped by emitting depressurized pore water and natural gas from decaying underground organic matter, accompanied by loud explosions and fire flares. It slowly shapes a small volcano with a crater covered with thick mud at the top. 
  10. Jal Hans, by Pawan Hans, launched its commercial Seaplanes at the Andaman Islands. These amphibious aircraft that can take off and land both on land and on water. In 2013, the government-owned Pawan Hans renamed it the Jal Hans and announced India’s first seaplane service in the Andaman Islands. Jal Hans is a small Cessna 208 ( eight Seater) plane, equipped with the latest navigation feature and can travel up to 250 km in an hour and can land on the land or Water.
  11. At Havelock, the tourists can kayak through thick mangroves to reach the open sea. kayaking through the mangroves is a stimulating way to see the interesting wildlife of Havelock Island. The mangroves act as both a nursery and a breeding ground and host a large number of life forms such as algae, shrimps, barnacles, oysters, mud lobsters, sponges, and mangrove crabs, to name but a few. On No Moon night, tourists can experience the bizarre phenomenon of Bio-luminescence while kayaking.
  12. Yes, you can see waterfalls during your Andaman tour, there are two stunning waterfalls on Little Andaman Island–which is Whisper Wave which is 20 km from Hut Bay Jetty and the White Surf waterfall is 7 km away from the same jetty. To reach the awesome waterfalls, one can take an elephant safari or hike through the island’s verdant woods.

When you plan your Andaman trip make sure you include some of these wonders in Your Andaman itinerary.