The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are one of the most mysterious places on Earth that lies across the Bay of Bengal. Andaman is famous for its unique wildlife, biggest crocodiles, heaviest turtle, longest snake, most colorful fish, all can be found here.
There are about 572 islands consisting of tropical rain forests, white sand beaches and the past of the island has a lot of untold stories that are buried.
Here are some lesser known facts about Andaman and Nicobar Island:
The only active volcano present in India is In Andaman. Yes, you read it right, an active volcano in India 135km away from Port Blair is Barren Island where you can see this volcano live.
Katchal Island experienced the first sunlight of this millennium.
The scenery on our 20 rupee note is a natural scene on the Andaman Island.
The widely spoken language in Andaman is Bengali followed by Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.
Dermochelys Coriacea, the largest sea turtles in the world nest here. They are huge in size and thousands of them flock to the Andamans every year. Additionally, even the Olive Ridley turtles come to the Andamans and use it as their nesting ground.
Andaman and Nicobar represent the highest peaks of an underwater mountain range. An extension of Myanmar’s Arakan Range and the Sumatran Barisan range which began to rise from the sea floor around 38 million years ago.
Narcondam Island in Andaman is a dormant volcano with no signs of eruption in the past and is home in Narcondam hornbill.
The largest living Arthropod Birgus latro – also known as the “coconut crab” resides here.
Before Britain, Andaman and Nicobar island was ruled by Denmark and it was renamed and “New Denmark”.