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The Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Listed under Islands in India.

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These two groups of tropical islands are to be found in the Bay of Bengal and are of fascination not only to seekers of golden beaches and coral seas, but also to explorers of dense, lush rainforests, lovers of diverse wildlife such as enormous, brightly-coloured butterflies, turtles and rare deer, and those who relish cultural history.

Evidence suggests that human habitation here dates back over thirty thousand years and despite the islands' occupation by the British up until the start of the Second World War and their use in Colonial times as a penal colony for captured members of the Indian independence movement, there is still evidence of the local industries of indigenous tribes.

However, many of the visitor attractions (aside from the natural ones) date from the Indian wars of independence and the strikingly austere jail at Port Blair, the Ross Island colonial complex and the old gallows and chain-gang jail on Viper Island form a strange contrast with the surrounding idyllic beauty.

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“Five Indian beach houses”

By Theodora Manassieva for The Independent. First published 8th November 2008. Barefoot At Havelock, Andaman Islands: Geographically closer to Thailand than India, the Andamans are characterised by tropical rainforests, white sand beaches and teal-col… Read more...

Written by press. See the full article in The Independent, 9th November 2008.

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Traditional Culture of the Andaman Islands

Untouched by modern man until the late 1700s, the A & N Islands were home to prehistoric tribes, the descendents of whom still inhabit the islands to this day and remain largely cut off from the outside world. A diverse range of flora and fauna thrive in rainforests that cover the islands as well as in the coral reefs off the islands’ sandy shores, including the Coelacanth, long believed to be extinct.

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