Since pre-historic times, these islands have been the home of aboriginal tribes. But the first settlement by the British took place in 1789, which was later abandoned in 1796.
The second settlement was basically a penal settlement, taken up in 1858.Read More
Arrival at Port Blair in the morning by flight/ship and transfer to hotel. After lunch, visit the Corbyn’s Cove Beach
9 kms from Port Blair - a coconut palm fringed beach, ideal for swimming, sun-basking & bathing.Read More
Cellular Jail, located at Port Blair, stood mute witness to the tortures meted out to the freedom fighters, who were incarcerated in this Jail.
The Jail, completed in the year 1906 acquired the name, ‘cellular’.Read More
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The Andaman Islands are a group of Indian Ocean archipelagic islands in the Bay of Bengal between India to the west, and Burma (also known as Myanmar), to the north and east. Most of the islands are part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Union Territory of India, while a small number at the north of the archipelago, belong to Burma.
The name "Andaman" first appears in the work of Arab geographers of the ninth century (Soleyman in 851),, though it is uncertain whether ancient geographers like Ptolemy also knew of the Andamans but referred to them by a different name. They were also described as being inhabited by fierce cannibalistic tribes by the Persian navigator Buzurg ibn Shahriyar of Ramhormuz in his tenth century book Ajaib al-Hind (The wonders of India), in which he also mentioned an island he called Andaman al-Kabir (Great Andaman).
During the Chola Dynasty period in South India (800-1200AD), which ruled an empire encompassing southeastern peninsular India, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the Maldives, and large parts of current day Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Malaysia, the island group was referred to as Timaittivu (or impure islands). Marco Polo briefly mentions the Andamans (calling them by the name "Angamanain"), though it is uncertain whether he visited the islands, or whether he met the natives if he did, as he describes them as having heads like dogs.