Centuries ago, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, were inaccessible for people. Even now some of these islands are out-of-bound for the outsiders. Therefore, these islands with palm-fringed white beaches were a mystery for the mainland inhabitants. This region is a group of many big and small islands, both inhabited and uninhabited, along with islets in the Bay of Bengal.
This region is covered with thick forests and is home to several varieties of birds and flowers. It is also home to tribal groups, who are particularly vulnerable such as the Great Andamanese, Onges, Sentineleses, Jarawas and Shompens.
These islands have a maritime significance according to history. During colonial times, the political leaders who proved a threat to the British Raj were imprisoned in the Cellular Jail, located on the Atlanta Point sea coast of Port Blair. Therefore, these islands came to be known as Kala Pani or Black Water Prison.
There are several attractions in these islands, like Natural Mangrove Forest of Yerrata, Havelock Island and Karmatang Beach that are flocked by tourists from across the country and abroad, as well.
The Havelock Island is known for its sandy beaches, including Vijaynagar, Radhanagar and Elephant Beach, which are dotted with rain-fed forests. Travelers visiting this place can trek through these forests or indulge into adventures of Island Camping organised by the Tourism Department on Radhanagar Beach during the tourist season. Other than that, the Vijaynagar Beach is perfect for coastal walks.
Other adventurous activities available on this island are water based like scuba diving and snorkeling. Another ideal place for snorkeling can be the Elephant Beach, which is rich in coral reef and underwater marine life. Travelers who want to indulge in adventurous activities at this place can opt for best holiday packages to Andamans for a perfect vacation experience. This island is easily accessible to tourists as it is directly connected to Port Blair by everyday speed boat services and domestic flights.