The Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a union territory of India consisting of 571 islands, of which 37 are inhabited, at the junction of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. The territory is about 150 km (93 mi) north of Aceh in Indonesia and separated from Thailand and Myanmar by the Andaman Sea.
A Trip to Andaman Summary
The writer had been longing to make ci trip to Andaman. His father fulfilled his desire during the last summer holidays. After the examinations were over, the writer’s family took the Pinakini Express on the 25th of April from Vijayawada and reached Chennai Central by 1 p.m. Later they reached the port. In the evening, they boarded a ship for Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Sitting in the ship, the writer and his sister Amalai waved their hands to the people who cheered the travellers. The writer could not feel. the movement of the ship when the doors and the windows of the cabin were closed. When the ship was going, they saw dolphins swimming along the ship to know. Dolphins sprang and dived again and again. If was very amusing to the writer. Later, the writer went around the ship to know what other people were d oing in the ship. He saw some people eating and drinking in the restaurant. He was surprised to see some people in a saloon getting their hair cut. The medical staff was busy treating the patients suffering from sea-sickness. The sanitary workers were doing their work. The crew of the ship gladly answered all the queries of the writer about the ship.
After two days, they reached Port Blair. The writer learnt that there are about six hundred islands between India’s coast and Myanmar. Only 37 of them were inhabited. The inhabitants were the aboriginal tribes. Some of them lived far away from the civilized society. Despite this, the islands look today like a miniature India. There are people of different languages, cultures and faiths. Yet they all live happily together.
The writer’s family visited the Cellular jail, built by the British. But now it is not a jail. It is now used as a big hospital. Next, they visited the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. There one can find open creeks running through the park area. There they watched coral reefs, fishes of different colours and sea turtles through glass-bottomed boats.
Later they travelled by a ferry from Port Blair to Havelock island where they saw a majestic lighthouse. They saw tourists enjoying swimming in the sea and riding on elephants. They took lots of pictures of the beautiful scenery.
Next, they visited Elephant beach. They watched Scuba’diving in which the swimmers dive into the sea from the motor boats and I stay for a long time beneath the sea. They swim along with beautiful fishes and sea turtles. Scuba diving filled the writer’s heart with a spirit of adventure.
Lastly, they visited Radhanagar beach. There the writer and his sister Amala enjoyed a jolly ride on the elephant. There they tasted Tandoori fish and other sea foods. The writer felt he could never forget his trip to Andaman.
The Andaman Island is governed by the Central government of India. The islands have a unicameral legislature, which is elected every five years. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are also represented in the Indian Parliament by two Members of Parliament.