Andamans The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, located in the east of the Indian mainland, float in splendid isolation in the Bay of Bengal. Once a hill range extending from Myanmar to Indonesia, these picturesque undulating islands, islets numbering around 556, are covered with dense damp and evergreen forests and endless varieties of exotic flora and fauna. Most of these islands are in the Andaman Group, 24 of which are inhabited. In the Nicobar group 13 islands are inhabited.

The Andaman and Nicobars are separated by the Ten Degree Channel which is 150 Kms. wide. These islands also boast of freedom fighting days, historically significant landmarks viz. Cellular Jail, Ross Island, Viper Island, Hopetown and Mount Harriet. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands have been declared as two of the 218 endemic bird area of the world. As many as 280 species and sub-species of birds have been reported existing in these islands, 105 of them being endemic.

The Andaman Wood Pigeon, Andaman Padauk and Dugong are declared as State Bird, State Tree and State Animal respectively. There are about 96 Wildlife Sanctuaries, nine National Parks and one Biosphere Reserve in the islands. These islands are blessed with the bounties of both south-west and north-east monsoons. Best Time To Visit Andaman Islands Vist thourghout the year Andaman has a moderate temperature all through out the year within the range of 23°C to 31°C. It has a tropical climate.

There are no severe climate conditions except for tropical storms and rains in late summers and monsoons. Summers -March to May- are warm but pleasant with sea breeze and have humidity level about 80%. It is suitable for all kinds of tourist activities.

Monsoon season is also recommended for visit to Andaman & Nicobar Islands as tourist can have more options both indoors and outdoors.

There is no water logging or traffic jams. The lush green vegetation and scenic beauty of the islands are more predominant in monsoon. Monsoons -May to August- and Post Monsoons -September to November- accompany medium to heavy rainfalls. Hoteliers in Andamans offer attractive discounts during monsoon seasons. Winters -December to February- are not chilly and ideal for sight seeing.

Normal tourist season from October to May, isideal for sight seeing and also to engage in water sports activitie