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Their remoteness and unspoiled character capture the imagination of seasoned travelers.
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The Andaman Islands lie 960 kilometers (600 miles) off the southeastern Indian mainland. Less than 10% are inhabited.
Government visitor permits
All travelers must get one. And foreigners are limited to slightly over a dozen of the several hundred islands.
Most popular activities
Favorites are swimming and sunbathing at unspoiled white-sand beaches, diving and snorkeling in pristine lagoons and reefs, and hiking through lush tropical rainforests.
Note:There is little to see in terms of conventional sightseeing.
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This is the popular destination for divers and snorkelers.
Absolutely no visitors are allowed to come ashore. Those who have tried have been aggressively met with well-aimed arrows from the local primeval tribe.
This archipelago lies directly south of the Andaman Islands. Obtaining a visitor's permit to any but Car Nicobar is extremely difficult.
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When to come
Mid January to early May is the best period. Skies are clear and the sea is calm. Avoid the main monsoon period, late May to early September.
Fly from mainland Chennai or Kolkatta to Fort Blair, the main Andaman city. Snail-paced passenger ships are the alternative.
Very basic is the norm.
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