The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, located in the Bay of Bengal (east of the Indian mainland geographically), is a splendid tropical island outpost, belonging to India but closer to south east Asia. Andaman and Nicobar Islands have the longest coastline which stretches to approximately 2000 km. The Islands were declared as a Union territory in the year 1956 and these Islands have total islands of 572 out of which 32 are inhabited. These islands were populated mainly by indigenous tribes until the beginning of the colonial rule, but the majority of the population now, comprise of mainland settlers who live in and around Port Blair, the capital of South Andaman. The common languages they spoke were Onge, Andamanese, Sentinelese, Jarawa and Nicobarese. The islands of Andaman and Nicobar have a tropical climate which is generally humid and warm.
The Andamans is an archipelago of over 570 tropical islands, of which only 36 are inhabited. Tourism is a major industry in Andaman. Major tourist attractions are Ross Island, Viper Island, Radhanagar Beach, Cellular Jail, Havelock Island etc. The exotic beaches blessed with coral reefs and amazing marine life making the landscape breathtakingly exquisite, cater a perfect beach holiday away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. This group of islands is an empyrean for both nature admirers and adrenaline junkies alike.