Andaman and Nicobar Lakshadweep Islands

  • Andaman and Nicobar Lakshadweep Islands, India, Andaman and Nicobar Lakshadweep Islands, India
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Amy Adejokun
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The Andaman, Nicobar and the Lakshadweep Islands have a lot going for them. Situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean, in the southern part of the Bay of Bengal, these two archipelagos boast superb white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Relatively unknown as destinations, they escape from mass tourism and therefore have been able to preserve their fauna and underwater flora. This makes them the ideal location for those looking for a complete change of scenery, an encounter with a very distinctive culture, and magical scuba diving excursions or boat trips.

Andaman and Nicobar Lakshadweep Islands: the key figures

Surface area : 8267.6 km2

Population : 379944 inhabitants

Time difference : The UK is 5 hours and 30 minutes ahead of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the Lakshadweep Islands in winter and 4h 30m in summer.

  • The beautiful beaches and turquoise waters
  • The ideal climate all year round
  • The islands are not overpopulated unlike the cities in India
  • The lack of nightlife on Andaman and Nicobar

Andaman and Nicobar Lakshadweep Islands: what to visit?

Coasts

  • Bangaram Island , India
    Bangaram Island
  • Minicoy , India
    Minicoy
  • Minicoy , India

Activities and leisure

  • Saddle Peak , India
    Saddle Peak
  • Port Blair Prison , India
    Port Blair Prison
  • Port Blair Prison , India

The fauna and flora

  • The Andaman butterflyfish , India
    The Andaman butterflyfish
  • The dugong , India
    The dugong
  • The palm trees , India
    The palm trees
  • The palm trees , India

Enogastronomy

  • Kerala-style fish , India
    Kerala-style fish
  • Naan bread , India
    Naan bread
  • Naan bread , India

Andaman and Nicobar Lakshadweep Islands: what to buy?

Other than the Port Blair Market, there aren't many places for shopping, but you'll find almost everything you need there. There are lots of different products, such as fruit and vegetables, high-tech gadgets, fabrics and plants. A pretty piece of jewellery made out of coconut makes a great souvenir.

Andaman and Nicobar Lakshadweep Islands: what to eat?

Andaman cuisine is heavily influenced by all the cultures that came into contact with the region. Like many other aspects of Andaman culture, the influence of the Hindu, Christian, Muslim and Sikh religions in the island's traditional food is very apparant. You are sure to find a lot of very spicy poultry and pork, as well as of course lots of fish and seafood. You can also try fresh coconuts during your stay.

Andaman and Nicobar Lakshadweep Islands: main cities

Andaman and Nicobar Lakshadweep Islands: travel tips

We recommend that you plan your trip well before you arrive otherwise once you do you will just want to lounge on the gorgeous beaches. Make sure to include a visit to the Port Blair prison, the Anthropological Museum, and a spot of scuba diving. Keep in mind that some of these activities can be quite expensive. The local currency is still the Indian Rupee. Remember to change your pounds before leaving, as credit cards are often not accepted.

Pack some long-sleeved jumpers or cardigans for evenings to minimise mosquito bites. Otherwise, bring very light clothing as it gets very hot here in summer.

Lastly, don't forget to ask for permission to take photos, especially of people in small villages who might not want their photo taken. If you don't, expect to get shouted at or be demanded to give money.

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