Andaman & Nicobar
Andaman and Nicobar are a large group of nearly 600 islands in the Bay of Bengal. Though they are a
part of India politically, they are closer to Myanmar and Thailand than to the Indian mainland. They are grouped here
with Southern India. They were just north of the epicenter of the Boxing Day quake of 2004, and were the site of dozens
of aftershocks. The Nicobars were badly hit by the resulting tsunami, while the Andamans escaped with a few bruises.
With the exception of Little Andaman Island and the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, the rest of the tourist
destinations are operating normally again.The dominant language in the Andamans is Bengali. Tamil, Telugu, English
and Hindi are widely understood by the inhabitants of the islands that are open to tourism. Mid-January until mid-May sees the best weather, and often the best diving conditions.
The days are mostly sunny at this time of year, and the sea sometimes flat enough to reflect the clouds.
Seafood is the order of the day. From upscale restaurants in Port Blair to local
dhabas on Havelock, fish abounds. Be prepared to pay a little more for good fish and seafood dishes than for standard Indian
food, but it's well worth it. Basic Indian food is also available, and as cheap as on the mainland in most
of the small dhabas