The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, one of the seven union territories of India, are located at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.

There are 572 islands in the territory having an area of 7,950 sq. km. (3,070 sq. mi.). Of these, about 34 are permanently inhabited. The capital of the union territory, Port Blair, is located 1,255 kms. (780 mi) from Kolkata, 1,200 kms. (750 mi) from Visakhapatnam and 1,190 kms. (740 mi) from Chennai.

In Port Blair, the main places of interest are the Cellular Jail, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Andaman Water Sports Complex, Chatham Saw Mill, Mini Zoo, Corbyn's Cove, Chidiya Tapu, Wandoor Beach, Forest Museum, Anthropological Museum, Fisheries Museum, Naval Museum (Samudrika), Ross Island and Viper Island. Other places include Havelock Island famous for its Radhanagar Beach, Neil Island for Scuba diving/snorkeling, Cinque Island, Saddle Peak, Mt. Harriet and Mud Volcano. The southern group (Nicobar Islands) is mostly inaccessible to tourists.

Indian tourists do not require a permit to visit the Andamans; if they wish to visit any tribal areas they would require a special permit from the Deputy Commissioner, Port Blair. Permits are mandatory for foreign nationals; for those arriving by air, these are granted on arrival at Port Blair.



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