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Andman and Nicobar Islands

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a Union Territory, is situated between 6E and 14E North Latitude and 92E and 94E East Longitude. This group of 572 islands / islets lie in the Bay of Bengal 193 Ian from Cape Negris in Burma, 1255 km from Calcutta and 1190 km from Chennai. Two principal groups of islets are Ritchie's Archipelago and Labyrinth islands. The Nicobar Islands are situated to the south of Andmans, 121 Ian from Little Andman Island. There are 36 inhabited islands, including 24 in the Andman and 12 in the Nicobar District.

Two-third population live in Nicobar, while the Andman population is cosmopolite consisting of Indians, Burmese and aboriginal tribes. Almost the entire population of the Nicobar Island is tribal.

The Andman Islands were once called Kala Pani, a penal settlement established by the British in India. It was intended for political prisoners and criminals serving a life sentence. The island gained importance on the arrival of the Europeans in India in 16th century.

Area: 8,249 sq.km; Capital: Port Blair; Languages: Bengali, Hindi, Nicobarese, Telegu, Tamil and Malayalam. Airport: Port Blair; Best Season :October to May; Forest Cover: 92%, Forest Area: 86%.

Port Blair

The capital was named after Lt.Reginald Blair who conducted survey of the area in 1789 AD until World War II.

Distance

1255 kms from Calcutta (Kolkata);1190 kms from Chennai;1200 kms from Vishakhapatnam.

Places of Interest

(1) The Cellur Jail (2) The Chathan Saw Mill (3) Marine Museum (4) Anthropological Museum.

Excursions

(1) Burmah Nalla (17 km) (2) Madhuban (14 km) (3) Sippighar Farm (14 km) (4) Wandoor Beach (28 km) (5) Chiriya Tapu (30 km)

Island Destinations

(1) Neil Island (36 km) (2) Havelock Island (62 km) (3) North Passage Island (70 km) (4) Baratang Island (100 km) (5) Rangat (170 km) (6) Mayabunder (242 km) (7) Diglipur (290 km) (8) Little Andaman Island (120 km)

Adventure Sports Activities

Andaman waters are suitable for adventure water sports like scuba diving, skiing, sailing, para sailing, wind surfing, snorkeling, high sea fishing etc. Trekking through the dense evergreen forests and island camping in beach front forests are the other adventure activities.

How to Reach

Port Blair is connected with Chennai and Calcutta by air. Regular passenger ship services are available to Port Blair from Chennai, Calcutta (Kolkata) and Vishakhapatnam and back.

Hotel Accommodations: Andaman Teal House, Dolphin Yatri Niwas, Hawabill Nest, Hawksbill Nest, Swiflet Nest, Turtle Resort, Megapode nest, Green Grace, Nicobari Huts, Hotel Bay Island, Hotel Sentinel, Peerless Beach Resort, Hotel Sinclairs, Hotel Shompen, Hotel Blair, Hotel Dhanalakshmi, Hotel Gem Continental, Hotel Abhishekh, Holiday Resort, Hotel N.K.International, Jungle Resort, Welcome Group Bay Island.

Chandigarh

Union Territory and capital of two States – Harrying and Punjab – is India’s most modern and well – planned city, laid by Le Corbusier.Chandigarh – an architect’s delight – is a stepping stone to the attractions of the hills of Himachal Pradesh.The city is named after the Goddess Chandi Devi whose white domed temple stands on the slop of a hill in the north – east of Chandigarh on the edge of the Shivalik hills. Chandigarh and the area surrounding it were constitute as a Union Territory on November 1,1966.

Places of Interest

(1) The Rock Garden (2) The Capital Complex (3) The Rose Garden (4) Sukhna Lake (5) The Central Business District (6) Yadavindra Gardens (7) Bhakra – Nangal.

How to Reach

Chandigarh is connected by air with Delhi, Srinagar, Jammu, Leh and Kulu.Chandigarh is connected by train with all major cities of India. Tourist can travel by road to Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and rest of India.

Hotel Accommodations: Hotel Mountviw, Hotel Piccadily, Hotel Sunbeam, Hotel Shivalik, The Aroma, Maya Palace, Hotel Park Inn, Hotel Classic, Hotel Heritage.

Dadra and Nagar Haveli

Dadra and Nagar Haveli lie near the west coast surrounded by the State of Gujarat and Maharashtra.It consists of two pockets namely Dadra and Nagar and these two pockets are intercepted by the territory of Gujarat.

How to Reach

Nearest airport: Mumbai; Nearest railway station: Vapi – 18 km on Mumbai-Ahmedabad route.

Daman and Diu

Daman, a quaint little settlement, spread over an are of 72 sq.km., is a picturesque port town, and a popular get – away with city dwellers. Situated on the west coast and hugged by the Arabian Sea, Daman has been the home away from home for the Portuguese till its liberation in 1961.

Diu, which makes the other half of the Union Territory of Daman and Diu,is a tiny island measuring less than 40 sq.km.,off the west coast near Saurashtra.Diu is perhaps the most exotic destination on the west coast of India.

Places of Interest

(1) Devka Beach (2) Jampore Beach (3) Nagoa Beach.

How to Reach

Diu is connected by air with Mumbai; Daman –nearest railhead-Vapi; Diu – nearest railhead – Dalvada.

Lakshadweep

How have these beautiful enchanting isles emerged lacing the vast blue sea? Coral Paradise-a tropical fantasy is what awaits you with an unusual, unforgettable and fulfilling holiday experience. Tranquil, palm tree shaded coral islands fringed with smooth silvery sand, stand edging the lagoon with varying hues of blue. The crystal clear water and abundant marine life - watch it yourself. You can swim, suntan, go beachcombing or explore the islands through many walking trails and reefs. The tiny islands hold many surprises and many impossible contrasts- Yes; you are sailing there now.

The islands look like emeralds in the vast expanse of blue sea. Varying hues of turquoise blue translucent water surround them. Coral atolls, the matchless marine environment with myriad colors resulting in complex interaction of animate and inanimate things. Built on ancient volcanic formations is the Lakshadweep (meaning a hundred thousand islands), the tiniest Union Territory of India. It consists of 12 atolls, 3 reefs and 5 submerged banks. The atolls poised on submarine banks, harbors 36 islands having an area of 32 sq. km. Of these, 10 islands are inhabited namely Agatti, Amini, Andrott, Bitra, Chetlat, Kadmat, Kalpeni, Kavaratti, Kiltan and Minicoy. The islands lie about 220 - 440 Kms from the Malabar coast between go and 12° 13' North Latitude and 71° & 74° East Longitude. Kavaratti is the Administrative Headquarter of the Union Territory.

Each island is fringed by snow-white coral sands, are marked by a huge, shallow, calm lagoon on one side which separate it from incoming swells of the outer sea by the fort wall -reef made of massive coral boulders and live corals. The only coral islands of our country are the result of gradual assimilation of calcium from the water by corals and their turning into reefs.

These islands are linked to the mainland by Ship, Helicopter, Indian Airlines and the mechanized cum sailing wooden vessels. Most essential commodities, except fish and coconut, come from mainland. The chief occupation of the people is fishing, coconut cultivation, sea faring and coir twisting. Tourism is an emerging industry.

The population of this Territory is 51,681 according to 1991 census. Indigenous population consists of 93% Muslims, majority of them belonging to Shaft school of the Sunni sect. Malayalam is spoken in all islands except Minicoy where Mahl is spoken and written in Divehi script. Mahl is spoken in Maldives also.

While the islands have emerged as a unique tourist destination, our motto is low volume high value eco-tourism. Our slogan is enjoy, do not destroy the beauty of the islands. The fragile ecology has to be preserved at all costs and therefore is not to be disturbed.

Organized tourism is of recent origin to Lakshadweep.These islands are basically restricted areas but those who avail the package tours being conducted by SPORTS (Society for Promotion of Nature Tourism & Sports in Lakshadweep) are exempted from entry restriction. At present 3 inhabited islands - Kalpeni, Kavaratti, Minicoy- have been opened for domestic tourists only and

Kadmat, Agatti and Bangaram, are open for international tourists also.

The popular package tour is "Coral Reef" which takes tourists to Kavaratti, Kalpeni and Minicoy for day excursion. In the evening they return to the ship and thus spend 4 nights onboard m. v Tipu Sultan. The order of the islands of visits changes according to the standard voyage schedule of the ship. You get a whole day on each island to spend after disembarking from the ship at around 8.00 AM and lunch is served at tourist complexes. You return to the ship at around 4.30 PM after which it sails to the next island. To and fro travel from island to ship is by special mechanized boats. Staying tourists can visit Kadamat, Kavaratti, Kalpeni and Minicoy, which too have fully furnished resorts.

How to Reach

Air: Agatti is connected by air with Cochin (Kochi).

Ship: Vessels ply from Cochin.

Pondicherry

Pondicherry appears a tiny speck on India’s sprawling eastern coast. A Vedic association glamorizes its past. Sage Agastya is believed to have set up his ashram here in the distant Vedic past. The evidence is sought in the town’s ancient name - Vedapuri, and in the nomenclature also known as ‘Agastishwara’. Sanskrit scholarship thrived in Vedapuri, assumed to be the seat of a Sanskrit university in the 9 th century, a couple of centuries after the decline of leaning at Nalanda in Bihar.

A former French colony settled in the 18 th century, Pondicherry is indeed is a beautiful Indian town with traces of French culture still intact and ashram by the sea. Together with the other former French colonies of Karaikal (Tamil Nadu), Mahe (Kerala) and Yanam (Andhra Pradesh), it was voluntarily handed over to the Indian Government in 1954 and now forms the Union Territory of Pondicherry.

Places of Interest

(1) Sri Aurobindo Ashram (2) Sri Aurobindo Handmade Paper Factory (3) Auroville (4) The Pondicherry Museum (5) Botanical Garden.

How to Reach

The nearest airport is at Channel, about 165 kms away from Chennai.There are regular train services connecting Pondicherry to Chennai.You can travel by road to other cities to Tamil Nadu.

Hotel Accommodations : Aristo Hotel, Blue Star, Hotel Soorya, Hotel Surguru, Hotel Jayram, Kanchi Hotel, Ram International, Rende Hotel, Hotel Rolex, Vailan Kanni Hotels, Felix Hotel, Hotel Priya, Hotel Ravikrishna, Hotel Pondicherry Ashok and Hotel Mass.

 

 

   
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