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Little Andaman

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About:

Little Andaman is the 4th largest island in the Andaman islands. Lies at the Southern end of the Archipelago. In great Andaman it is seperated from Rutland island by the Duncan passage. Tourists season are between the months of November to April. Consists of Palm Oil plantations. And it consists of 4 graam panchayats.

This island is said to be a virgin i.e. the island has quite very low tourist attractions compared to that of other parts of Andaman & Nicobar.

Located at: It is located at the southern end of the Archipelago and it’s at a distance of 120km from Port Blair.

History:

Every place has its own History and Geography which makes it more interesting and makes it the best reason for travelling purpose. Cultivation & Fisheries are the jobs of people since several decades. Due to the advancement in the technology Oil plantation Industries are also setup. This is the home of Onge aboriginal tribe that existed in little Andaman. They named the island as “Egu Belong”. Also settlers from Bangladesh are also present there.

Geogarphy:

The low lying island has very few attractions but it has a widespread rainforest and serves as a homeplace for many species of Marine turtle. The island has white sandy beaches and excellent waterfalls. The areas offer and entertain with Surfing, boating through the creeks, elephant safaris, Elephant Lumbering & Elephant caves training.

Local Languages spoken: Tamil, Bengali,

Tourist Attractions:

  • Waterfalls:

Waterfalls are of the ultimate attraction in Little Andaman. But the tourists are advised not to swim in Waterfalls due to the existence of Crocodiles.

  • White Surf Waterfalls is located in the midst of a tropical forest. Aslo elephant Safaris are available.
  • Other waterfall that attracts the tourists is the Whisper wave waterfalls. It’s located in the midst of Jungle surrounded by Bamboo grass. The trip to these waterfalls are like going on a hike.
  • Bala Reef: Bala reef is a reef that consists of multiple coral gardens and one can spot various types of fish. Adventures like Scuba diving are highly encouraged.
  • Beaches: There are 2 famous beaches in Little Andaman. They are Butler Bay Beach & Netaji Nagar Beach
  • Butler Bay Beach: It’s a virgin beach that offers a long sandy shore. ANIFPDCL maintains the beach and it offers Nicobaree style cottages to the Tourists at a reasonable payment. But the sea is quite rough with crocodiles wandering. It’s a place to take rest. There’s also a Boat ride from Butler Bay to Palm Oil factory is quite interesting. It’s an excellent place for sun basking, coral viewing and surfing.
  • Netaji Nagar Beach: This is another beach that attracts less tourists and located along the roadside of the village.
  • Dams: There are two dams in Little Andaman namely Ramakrishnapur and Vivekanadapuram. These are not yet explored by the tourists but these are the potential attractions of Little Andaman.
  • Travel around the areas in bikes. Also Buses, Auto-rickshaws are also available for the transportation of Tourists. And the people are also friendly. You can get free lifts too if you’re lucky.

Important: Entry to Little Andaman is only from Port Blair where 7 to 9 hours voyage is required. Stay facilities are also limited in Little Andaman.

Koh Tao

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About:

          Koh Tao was named by the first settlers where the geographic location was like a Turtle. At first this island was uninhabited. Later people started to move on to the island due to Storms. The economy of the island is centered on tourism. These are natural breeding grounds for Hawksbill turtles and Green turtles. It’s a great centre of attraction for the tourists.

Located at: At the Central Gulf Coat of the Southern Thailand.

History:

Every place has its own History and Geography which makes it more interesting and makes it the best reason for travelling purpose. It has a great big history behind it.

During 1933 these islands were used as Prison land as they were at a great distant from the Mainland. During 1980 the popularity of the island has increased, since this was discovered by Young Tourists. From that time it became a popular Tourist spot.

Geogarphy:

Koh Tao is the 3rd largest island. And the translation means “Turtle island” where large number of sea turtles have been settled. Due to the “Biorock project 2008”(an environmental project) an artificial reef off the Sairee beach has been created. This added to the beauty

Local Languages spoken: Thai language

Climate:The year can be split into 3 seasons namely hot, dry and rainy.

  • Hot season: March- August

Humidity increases with increase in rainfall and it creates a sticky condition where the temperature of sea gets up to 30°C.

  • Dry season: December-February

This is the coolest time of the year where the average temperature is 22 to 29 °C and the temperature of the sea will be 28°C

  • Rainy season: September to November.

During this season the weather is totally unpredictable with heavy and intense downpours.

Tourist Spots:

  • Sairee beach:

The white Sandy beach that lies to the West coast that extends upto 1.7km is the Sairee beach. This long beach is often interrupted by Boulders and Resorts. You can loosen up either playing in the beaches or having fun at the adventurous sports or you can take a day off by relaxing in any of the resorts.

  • Mae Haad:

The sunset view from the beach gives a pleasant view. Hiring Motorbikes and enjoying a ride in them is the ultimate best journey you’ve ever made. Ofcourse there are many other options for transportation. But hiring Motorcycles are the best choices you can make.

  • Shark Bay:

Shark Bay is the wonderful and most preferred spot for Snorkelling. Don’t fear about the name there aren’t sharks in the beach it’s the reefs that look like sharks.

Other than these Ko Nang Yuan Freedom Beach,  Mango Bay, Laem Thian, Hin Wong Bay, Tanote Bay are good spots for one day excursions. Other than these there are several viewpoints such as John Suwan Mountain viewpoint in the south and Fraggle Rock in the north.

Adventure Sports:

Sports like Snorkeling, Free diving, Scuba Diving, Boating, Water Bikes, Hiking, Rock climbing and Bouldering are highly encouraged. Tourists might find themselves highly entertained by all these adventurous sports.

Ko Phi Phi of Thailand

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About:

The Phi Phi islands are located in Thailand. It consists of two Krabi provinces namely Ko Phi Phi Don (most populated island) & Ko Phi Phi Lee (visited by many people). Phi Phi Don originally populated by Muslim Fishermen but later it became a Coconut Plantation.

Ko Phi Phi Lee was used in the film named “The Beach” (British-American film). But they has devastated the location to make it suitable to the Novel. The following link provides the tourism details. http://www.tourismthailand.org/Where-to-Go/Koh-Phi-Phi

Located: Between Phuket & Western Strait of Malacca.

History:

Every place has its own History and Geography which makes it more interesting and makes it the best reason for travelling purpose. These islands are said to be the oldest province in all of Thailands and is said to exist from pre-historic period. Krabi means Sword. Phi Phi originated from the original Malay word Pulau Api-Api (The Fiery Isle).

Geogarphy:

There are 6 islands in the group known as Phi Phi. Lies 50km south east to Phuket. Among them Phi Phi Don & Phi Phi Lee are the most famous and largest islands. The Hadnopparattara-Koh Phi Phi National Park  serves as the home for many corals and is the mother of Marine Life. And there are also Limestone mountains with Cliffs, Caves with Long and White Sandy Beaches.

Local Languages spoken: Thai Language

Climate:

The wether is usually tropic. There exists only two seasons. Hot season from January to April & Rainy Season from May to December.

Tourist Spots:

Maya Bay:

Maya Bay is popular for Diving. And after the advent of the Hollywood film “The Beach” in these beaches have gained more popularity for Diving. The Tsunami that striked during 2004 has improved the look of Maya Bay. These high waves have cleaned up the beach landscaping it.

Ko Phi Phi Don:

Largest of Phi Phi islands. It consists of the large towns and Resort Areas. These islands were formerly of Ultimate sceneric beauty, but due to the over-population of the Tourists and also the improvement of Restaurants, shops and Internet Cafe the place has been exploited.

The view of the twin bays with the curved areas of the Sandy Beaches gives a spectacular view. Boat trips and Snorkelling are encouraged for visualizing the Coral Reefs inside the shallow waters.

Ko Phi Phi Lee:

2nd Largest of the Phi Phi islands. Consists of a Ring of steep of Limestone hills which is surrounded by Maya Bay, Loh Samah (shallow Bays). There’s one large shallow called Pi Ley with a coral reef as the entrance. Gives a spectacular sceneric vies of the bays Ao Pi Le, Ao Maya, Ao Lo Sa Ma. Lies to the Northern East part the Tham Viking Cave. The cave was renamed as Tham Phaya Nak (or) Naga Serpent Cave by the King Bhumibol Adulyadej because it resembled a mythical creature.

Other than this the tourist attractions are the Stone beaches at Koh Yung, Coral spots at Ao Maya & Ao Lo Sama. Also there exists marvellous beaches along the coast that stretches from north to south of the island at Ko Mai Phai.

Adventure Sports:

Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Diving, Kayaking and other Marine recreational activities have been encouraged for the tourists.

Kauai – The Garden Isle of Hawaii

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About:

Kauai is 4th main largest Island and oldest one in the Hawaiin Islands. It’s also known as the Garden Isle. It’s the most large populated city ever. The following link provides you the details of Kauai. http://www.gohawaii.com/kauai. Rivers, Waterfalls and evergreen Tropical forests are of great sceneric beauty. These islands due to their natural beauty has been featured in almost 70 Hollywood films including the Animated film Lilo & Stitch.

Located at: Northwest of O’ahu across the Kauai channel.

History:

Every place has its own History and Geography which makes it more interesting and makes it the best reason for travelling purpose. Hawaiin tradition says that the name origin was due to a Polynesian navigator who first discovered these islands. He named it after his favourite son. Kauai means “place around the neck” where he wolud carry his son usually. Also there exists another possiblity for the translation namely “Food Season”.

In 1778, Captain JamesCook arrived at Waimea Bay who was the 1st European who arrived at Hawaiian islands.

Geogarphy:

Origin of the islands are Volcanic. The island is formed due to the passage created by the Pacific Plate over the Hawaiian Hotspot. The island is approximately estimated to be 6 million years old. Highest peak is said to be Kawaikini. And the second highest peak is Mount Wai’ale’ale which exists at the centre of the island.

Local Languages spoken: Hawaiian language.

 Climate:

Capital climate exists is tropical but it experience different changes in the climate due to the Altitudes.

Oct-Apr: Winter

May-Sep: Dry conditions

Jul-Nov: Tropical storms and Hurricanes occur.

Tourist Spots:

  • Poipu Beach Park:

This is one of the most safest and popular beaches in the world. Poipu beach is said to be the “America’s Best Beach”. From December to May it’s a common thing to spot Humpback whales that spouts on shore. And if you’re lucky you can also see Monk Seals that take a sunbath on the shore. Snorkeling gives you a new experience about viewing the colourful fish. Additionally there’s a wading pool for youngsters and Toddlers.

·       Wailua River:

Located to the east side of the island is one of the famous rivers in Hawaii which extends for about 20 miles. It has 2 famous waterfalls namely Opaekka Falls and Wailua Falls. Boat tours are available. This serves as a romantic area and is a popular wedding venue. There exists a mountain ridge between the Wailua and Kappa taht looks like a human figure that lies on its back. Also there are 7 different temples present at the center of the island (Mount Waialeale)

·      Kokee State Park:

Located north to the Waimea Cnyon is the Kokee state park. Kokee state park serves as the homeplace of various kinds of flora and fauna and it supports the endemic species too. Hiking through these forest gives you quite the adventure. And there’s a Natural History Museum where you can see the trails of the forest because you don’t want to get lost in the forest do ya?

There are 2 lookouts namely the Kalalau and Puu O kila which stretches over to the sea. The glimpse of this view is highly exceptional.

Other than these places there are a variety of places to view such as the Northern Shore, Napali Coast, Waimea Canyon, Old Koloa town, Hanapepe town, Hanalei town etc.

Adventure Sports:

Also water sports such as Snorkeling, Scuba Diving and Kayaking are highly encouraged for the tourists. Also Ziplining is also available for the Tourists (For the bird view of the forests). A thrilling yet a wonderful experience for the challenged ones.

Great Nicobar

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About:

Nicobar islands are the largest islands in India and north of Sumatra. Great Nicobar is sparsely inhabitant with dense and thick forests suitable only for maintaining Reserves.

Located at: Southeast Asia. Located as a chain of islands in the eastern Indian Ocean. Indira point the southern tip of Great Nicobar is the southernmost tip of India.

History:

Every place has its own History and Geography which makes it more interesting and makes it the best reason for travelling purpose. These islands refer to the Sri Lankan Pali Buddhist chronicles. The modern name is derived from the Chozha dynasty(Nakkavaram) inscribed in Thanjavur. This was under the Danish East India company during the Colonization period. And during World war 2 these islands were occupied by Japan.

Geogarphy:

It consists of 3 divisions each having both habitant and inhabitant places. The population is about 42,000 alone and consists of various indigenous tribes. But the major disadvantage is that Non Indians are not allowed to visit these islands. A special permit should be required from the government.

Tribes:

Shompen are the indigenous people of the interior Nicobar islands. They belong to the Scheduled Tribes. The ylive on the western side of the islands and call themselves “Kalay” and those who live on the eatern side are known as “Keyet” with both groups referring each other as Buavela.

Divisions:

It consists of 22 islands approximately. And are divided into Northern, Central and Southern group.

Northern group:

Consists of Car Nicobar & Battimaly.

Central group:

Consists of 9 islands.

  • Chaura
  • Teressa
  • Bompuka
  • Katchal
  • Camorta
  • Nankowry
  • Trinket
  • Laouk
  • Tillangchong

Southern group:

Consists of 5 areas namely:

  • Great Nicobar
  • Little Nicobar
  • Kondul
  • Pulo Milo
  • Meroe

Local Languages spoken: Nicobarese language is the local language spoken by tribes.

 Climate: The climate is typically tropical but is moderated by sea breezes. Heavy showers occur due to the southwest monsson from May to September. And during October to November Tropical cyclones occur.

Tourist Spots:

Indira point:

Named after Prime minister Indira Gandhi. It’s the southernmost tip of Nicobar islands. Formerly it was known by many names such as Pygmalion point, Parsons point & sometimes India Point. It’s locates 540km from Port blair. Takes a day sea voyage to reach here. Kanyakumari (southern most tip of India) is loctaed slightly north of Indira point.

The lighthouse stands as a beacon in not only for the ships but also to Nicobar. It’s the biggest landmark on the International shipping lane. It also has a helipad.

Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve:

          It has 2 National parks of India namely the Campbell National park in the north and Galathea National park in the south. This reserve is the home for many species of Flora and Fauna. And still the endemic species are also preserved here. The non biosphere parts have been set for agricultural purposes.

Campbell Bay:

Campbell bay is a part of the Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve. One can reach Campbell Bay from Port Blair by Pawan Hans helicopter service.

Beaches:

Beaches are sparsely populated give a way to an ocean brimming with interesting marine life and many beautiful Coral gardens are also present.

Great Andaman

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Planning to go for a vacation and thinking about going somewhere. Do you have Andaman & Nicobar islands in your mind? This article guides you through the islands.

Andaman & Nicobar islands are one of the most important Union Territories in India.

Located at: Juncture of Bay of Bengal & Andaman Sea.

History:

Every place has its own History and Geography which makes it more interesting and makes it best for travelling purpose. The Kings like Rajendra Chozha (Tamizh Chozha Dynasty) have created a naval base. Marathi admiran Kanhoji Angre used these islands as a base and fought against British army.

One of the best history in the islands is that an American photographer John S Callahan with the help of SEAL (UK owned dive charter company) crossed the Andaman sea in a yacht “Crescent” with a few professional surfers where they proceeded to Little Andaman where they stayed for about 10 days surfing spots like Jarawa point for the first time. This was mentioned in the article “Quest for fire” in SURFER magazine

Geogarphy:

Andaman & Nicobar are a large group consisting of nearly 600 islands in the Bay of Bengal. Closer to Myanmar and Thailand. Ranges in length of about 500km with Andaman in the north and Nicobars in the South. Comprises of 5 major islands:

  • North Andaman
  • Middle Andaman
  • South Andaman
  • Baratang
  • Rutland island

Local Languages spoken: Tamil, Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, English & Hindi.

Climate:

Islands are preferred best for their climate. They are typically tropical. During the months of Oct-Feb are the climate is comfortable and we can sit back and relax at the beach. Nights are cool. A walk during nights give you a peace of mind. From June to August all the tourist activities are closed due to heavy rains.

Tourist Spots:

  • Port Blair: Capital of Andaman & Nicobar islands. Chief community of the island and the Administrative centre of Union Territory. It’s known as the “Veritable Garden of Eden” by the tourist department. Flight Live Tracker is one of the best things you should try when you are at Port Blair. Estimated Fares are between ₹1,510-₹5880. Transportation available are Auto-Rickshaws, Local busses, Scooters, Hire cars, Boats.
  • Cellular Jail: Also known as “Kaala Paani” (Black water) was a prison used by the british to exile political prisoners who strived for India’s independence”. It has 7 wings with a tower at the centre for keeping an eye on the inmates.
  • Barren Island: Located eastern to the Andaman Islands. And it has the active volcano in all of South Asia. 1st erruption occured during 1787. Recent erruption occured during 2005-2007.
  • Havelock Island: Named after the British general. Most of the population comprises of Bengali people. Lies 57km north to Port Blair. Elephants are used to entertain the tourists. Time magazine has mentioned the beach as “Best beach in Asia”. Comprises of 5 villages.
  • Other than these famous tourist spots places
  • Carbyns Cove beach
  • Limestone Caves
  • Little Andaman
  • Cutbert Bay beach
  • Long, Neil,Parrot islands
  • Samudrika Marine Museum
  • Forest Museum and
  • Anthropological Museum are quite the tourist spots to hit.

Important Note: Mondays are holiday in Andamans and all the places except the North Bay, Ross Island Tour & Havelock.

Car Nicobar

About:

Car Nicobar is often referred as Pu in the local language. It’s the important town.  There are two main festivals held at Car Nicobar. They are conducted with immense enthusiasm. They are:

  • Subhash Mela festival
  • Island Tourism Festival

Subhash mela: Subhash Mela is a very famous festival that occurs throughout the island of Car Nicobar. This is celebrated every first month of the year i.e. January. This festival marks the birth anniversary of Nethaji Subhash Chandr Bose. The festival lasts for a week and various cultural events are organized during this festival.

Island Tourism Festival: This festival is specially for the tourists. It’s a 10 day continuous festival and is held during the onset of Winter season i.e fro December. This is a worldwide popular festival where all sorts of dance and cultural festivals will be held. Tourists from all over the world come and enjoy this show. The main aim of this festival is to promote tourism in Andman & Nicobar by expressing their culture.

 

Located at: Northernmost to the Nicobar islands. It is one of the two local administrative divisions of Indian district of Nicobar.

History:

Every place has its own History and Geography which makes it more interesting and makes it the best reason for travelling purpose. It’s a land of Natural beauty. If you are interested in learning about the area so much then this article might interest you.

http://anglicanhistory.org/india/srinivasan1962/. This tells you a lot about the Nicobar Islands.

Geogarphy:

Car Nicobar lies between Little Andaman and Nancowrie. With some cliffs in the north and small hilly areas in the interior. And are bordered by silvery beach. It is a small island compared to Middle & South Andaman. There are 15 villages where the largest of them is called Urekka often referred as “Malacca” by the tourists. Area of Car nicobar is well suited for agriculture and Plantation crops. Places surrounded by beaches and Coconut trees.

Local Languages spoken: Car-Nicobarese

 Climate:

If you’re planning to spend your holidays at Car Nicobar is the winter season and the onset of summers. Favourable months to visit the islands are between November to April. Climate is pleasant during these periods.

During the months of April to July Summer seasons are hot and humid with a temparture of 20-30°C. And coll breezes often occur.

Winters are pleasant and occurs during the period of November to February with a temperature range of 12-23°C.

Tourist Spots:

There aren’t specificall tourist spots in the Car Nicobar region. But these are the known and famous tourist spots in and around the Car Nicobar region

  • Corbyn Cove

It’s a quiet and clean beach with lots of lush and green thriving Coconut trees. And the most exciting thing about the beach is all kinds of Water sports such as Scuba diving, surfing and Boating are encouraged.

  • Samudrika Marine Museum

It’s located in the Andaman islands and the main aim of this is to spread the awarness regarding the different Oceanic environments. It consists of 5 parts dealing with the Archaelogy, History, People, Geographical information and Marine life.

  • Baratang Island

The famous and the most tourist attractive Mud volcano can be seen from here. It’s just 4kms away from the island and 90kms from Port Blair. It’s of the highest tourist attraction ever.

Other than this Havelock island and Barren Island are also famous here.