A Glance of Andaman Nicobar Islands, Ross Island Andaman, Havelock Island

Top Quote The union territory of Andaman Nicobar Islands is a group of Picturesque 574 Nicobar Islands like Smith Island , Ross Island, Havelock Islands some uninhabited some inhabited. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 18, 2012 - Making it as Andaman District with District headquarters in Port Blair also the Capital of Andaman Nicobar Island and Nicobar group of Islands as a separate District with district headquarters at Nicobar.

    Traveling in Andaman Nicobar Islands
    The Andaman Trunk Road which is the largest Road network in Andaman Nicobar Island. Connects the Andaman group of Islands(Smith Island , Ross Island , Nicobar Islands, Havelock Islands). Right from Port Blair in the South to Diglipur island in the North. Nicobar group of islands are separate islands and are commuted by Ship and local ferries.

    Even though there are almost 572 islands in Andaman Nicobar of which islands in Nicobar is hard to visit because of lack of infrastructure, accessibility and time consuming. Same few islands in Andaman group is also very beautiful but difficult to access and becomes expensive when you charter a private yacht to visit. But because of Government effort and increase in tourism some of the islands are now easy to access and few of them are known throughout the world for its beauty. We brings few selected one which are inhabited and not so difficult to discover.


    Aberdeen Bazaar 1920 (Photo)
    Andaman derived its name from a Sanskrit word "Angamania "means the land of Naked People. And is a native of some of the oldest aborigines of the world. There is no evidence suggesting where from & when these aborigines came to the islands. But aborigines in the Andaman group of Islands resemble like the Negrites and aborigines from the Nicobar group resembles like the Mangolities. Among the first travelers to these islands Marco polo has also mentioned in one of his book about these sea side roaming naked people.

    British Vessel Carrying Officers to Ross island In the year 1789 The British established their colony in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. But, the island was abandoned in the year 1796; yet, the British resumed control over the island in the 19th century used Andaman and Nicobar as a penal colony to convict crime against East India Company. Thus giving rise to the infamous name of "saza "a- Kalapani" But, with the end of the British rule, I.e., after the Indian Independence, the 'Kalapani' gave way to a conglomeration of beautiful islands. It was in 1947 that Andaman and Nicobar Islands formed a part

    The Second World War introduced the Japanese regime in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. On March 21, 1942, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands went under the Japanese regime and continued till October, 1945. The regime in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands maintained an amicable relationship with the aborigines at the initial level. In the years, succeeding their supremacy over the Islands, the Japanese regime at Andaman and Nicobar Islands had sympathy for the natives of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands; but, the scenario changed shortly. With the passage of time, the Japanese regime of Andaman and Nicobar Islands became harsh and lost sympathy for them. This gave rise to series of revolt in the island territory. Situation was rendered worse when the Japanese regime became suspicious of the natives: the aborigines took this as a form of insult towards them, and so started rebellion against the erstwhile government.

    The Japanese suspected the natives to have relation with the British, and so they tried to nip the problem in the bud. As a result, a fierce combat took place between the Japanese regime in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Many innocent people of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands were killed in the combat: the Humfreygunj massacre is one such combat, which saw the death of many people.

    But, the Japanese regime has also played a great role in making the natives of Andaman and Nicobar Islands self-sufficient. It was the Japanese regime that taught the aborigines of the Islands to grow crops and to use more and more land for cultivation. Moreover, the Japanese regime also constructed roads in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Thus, it can be said that the Japanese regime in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, played a great role in paving the way for a bright future.


    Sightseeing in Port BlairTourism in Andaman Nicobar is still at its preliminary stages & tourism Infrastructure is limited to only few selected islands.

    Any body who wish to get away from the hassle of city life .And want to enjoy the nature at its best , Andaman is the right places

    Beaches in Andaman Nicobar Island are pristine, crystal clear & absolutely unattended. But is segregated throughout the Andaman Islands.

    Events like turtle nesting, Deep Sea Fishing, Snorkeling; tracking can be experienced at its best. Started in the year 2007 Andaman Escapades conducts exploration / Day excursion trips to bring you the local flavors of Andaman Islands. This trips moves around the national Parks, Wild Life Sanctuaries and remotest of the beaches.

    Bowling Ross
    Sightseeing around the cosmopolitan city of Port Blair revolves around the Historical background of British era and Japanese occupation.

    Cellular Jail An imprisonment centre to convict the criminals of British East India Company. From 1896 the construction of Cellular Jail was started and it was completed in 1906 with 698 cells. The Jail was constructed with seven wings, spreading out like a seven-petal flower. In its centre it had a tower with a turret. Connected to this were the three storeys high seven wings with 698 isolated cells. This is why it is called the Cellular Jail. Every Day from 0530 hours a light and sound show is conducted in the Jail premises which explain the History and atrocities faced by the Freedom fighters.

    Ross Island, a few km from Aberdeen jetty at Port Blair, is yet another member of the Andaman group of islands. To any onlooker it may give the impression that it has no "life" " in the sense that there is no human habitation. But, a few decades ago, this island was the seat of "British power." Ross Island was the headquarters of the Indian Penal Settlement for nearly 80 years. It had everything " bazaar, bakery, stores, water treatment plant, church, tennis court, printing press, secretariat, hospital, cemetery and what have you.

    Today, everything has disappeared except some buildings, which housed some of these landmarks. Named after the marine surveyor Sir Daniel Ross, the Island soon became the base. Initially, crude barracks of bamboo and grass were put up for freedom fighters while the rest of the party stayed on board the ships that had brought them. Later, the freedom fighters built houses, offices, barracks and other structures at the Ross Island, after which they were promptly sent to Viper Island, where the first jail was built. The bungalow, meant for the chief of the Penal Settlement, was constructed at the northern summit of the Island. Called Government House, the large-gabled home had Italian tiled flooring on the ground level. Now, some remains of the flooring are there, of course in a decrepit condition.

    In 1872, the post of Superintendent was elevated to the level of Chief Commissioner and Sir Donald Martin Stewart, who was at Ross Island for one year, was made the first Chief Commissioner. Stewart held the post from July 1872 to June 1875.

    Waterfall, who became the Chief Commissioner in 1938, was captured by the Japanese in March 1942 when the latter invaded the Andaman and Nicobar Islands during World War II. He was held as a prisoner of war and his deputy, Major Bird, was beheaded by the Japanese at a clock tower in Aberdeen, Port Blair. Netaji hoists tri-colour

    The Japanese too left their imprint on the island which stood in the form of bunkers. The bunkers were used as watch points to safeguard the Island from any foreign invasion.

    After the War, the island came back under the control of the British but they never went back to the Island.
    About nine months before the Japanese take-over of the entire set of islands, Ross Island witnessed an earthquake, which made the people there to leave the place.

    In April 1979, the island was handed over to the Navy, which set up a small post,INS Jarawa, named after one of the indigenous tribes of the Andaman group of islands.

    Viper Island Visit on Harbour Cruise
    Named after British Surveyor "Archibald Blair "ship "The Viper Island "this island was used before the construction of Cellular jail. Since it was getting difficult to keep both the Male and Female inmates together and due to scarcity of water resources this islands was abandoned. After the construction of Cellular Jail.

    Today a Popular Sightseeing Spot covered during Harbour Cruise Viper Island has noting left to witness. But the evening cruise around the different harbour is some thing which anybody cannot miss. The scintillating view of Port Blair cubed with Sun Set in the middle of the Sea is amazing

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