Tourism in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Tourism in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Located in the Bay of Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands is an archipelago of over 572 tropical islands, with only 38 inhabited. Known for their pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and rich biodiversity, UT's tourism sector include water sports and adventure activities such as trekking, island camping, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

Adventure Tourism and Water Sports

  • Popular adventure tourism activities include scuba diving, sea walking, parasailing, kayaking, game fishing, semi-submarine rides, glass-bottom boat rides, and night cruising.
  • North Bay Island and Havelock Island are the top destinations for adventure tourism.


  • Accommodation options are available on major islands like Port Blair, Havelock Island, and Neil Island.
  • Visitors can choose from a range of hotels, resorts, and guesthouses based on their preferences and budgets.

Natural Resources

  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands have approximately 86% forest cover.
  • The islands are home to 96 sanctuaries and nine national parks.
  • Notable sanctuaries include Narcondum Hornbill Sanctuary, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Nicobar Pigeon Sanctuary, South Sentinel Island Sanctuary, and North Reef Sanctuary.

Major Tourist Attractions

  • Cellular Jail (Kālā Pānī): A colonial prison used by the British to exile political prisoners. Now a national memorial monument.
  • Swaraj Island (Havelock Island): The largest island in Ritchie's Archipelago, known for its natural beauty and beaches.
  • Radhanagar Beach: Voted the best beach in Asia by Time Magazine in 2004, considered one of the top 100 beaches in the world.
  • Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island (Ross Island): Former seat of British administration, currently managed by the Indian Navy and open to tourists.
  • Viper Island: Located near Port Blair, it was a jail used by the British to imprison convicts and political prisoners.
  • Baratang Island: Known for its mangrove creeks, limestone caves, and mud volcanoes.

Recognition and Awards

  • Radhanagar Beach was awarded the prestigious Blue Flag certification in 2020, recognized for its environmental sustainability and services.

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