Little Andaman is situated at the southern end of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands opposite the Great Andaman Island. It is the fourth largest island of the archipelago. The Duncan Passage separates Little Andaman from Rutland Bay of Great Andaman. A major part of Little Andaman was affected badly by the Tsunami in the year 2004. The island is still recovering from the loss.
Little Andaman has an evergreen rain forest which paves way for a very rich biodiversity. There are two waterfalls in the island – White Surf waterfall which is 6.5 kms from Hut Bay Jetty and the Whisper Wave which is 20 kms from the same. It also involves a 4 km trek through the rain forest. On the way to White Surf waterfalls, elephant safari can be enjoyed. One can also visit the Elephant lumbering sites and the elephant calves training sites. Also, Little Andaman is famous for Red Oil Palm Plantation and has a large area under the plantation regime. Both these places can be visited on the way to White Surf and Butler Bay.
The most famous and beautiful beach on Little Andamans is the Butler Bay Beach. It lies at a distance of 14 kms from the Hut Bay Jetty. Accommodation is offered in the form of small tourist huts right at the sea front lined by coconut plantation. This provides a surreal feel to the whole experience at night when one can listen to the waves crashing right at their feet. Activities at the island also involve snorkelling, Diving, Swimming, Game Fishing, Coral watching, Sun Basing etc. Though the Northern side of the beach is a popular surfing site, equipment are not available. It is advisable that tourists carry their own surfing equipment if they wish to go surfing in the sea. Boating at the creek near Butler Bay gives a chance to the bird watchers to catch a glimpse of species like Hawabill and Nicobarese pigeon. Butler Bay is also home to some of the rarest marine turtles. There are beaches like Netaji Nagar and Harminder Bay Beach. Netaji Nagar Beach is good for a visit but not for activities like Snorkelling. Too many reasons for which we can claim that these islands are literally untouched by the human hand!
The Andaman Islands are an archipelago in India’s Bay of Bengal. These roughly 300 islands are known for their palm-lined, white-sand beaches, mangroves and rainforested interiors. Surrounded with coral reefs that support marine life including sharks and rays, they’re destinations for scuba diving and snorkeling. They’re also popular for water skiing, windsurfing and fishing. Oceanside camping and hiking is possible on some islands.
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a Union Territory of India. This is a group of 572 islands, islets and rocks formed by a submarine mountain range in the Bay of Bengal, more than a 1000km from the east coast of India. The islands form an arc over a distance of 800km, from near Myanmar towards Indonesia.
The original inhabitants of the islands are many tribal groups. Over the last century due to the policy of settling people from mainland India here, the indigenous tribes are facing extinction. These tribes belong to two groups: the Onge, Sentinelese, Jarawa and Andamanese of Negroid descent inhabit Andaman islands, while the Shompen and Nicobarese live in Nicobar Islands. Non-Indian nationals need permits to visit Andaman Islands while the Nicobar Islands are inaccessible to tourists.
The Andaman Islands are divided into South, Middle and North Andaman. The islands are important for their unique ecosystem and are known for their evergreen tropical rainforest, corals, fishes and other marine life. Port Blair is the capital, the main town and the tourist hub in these islands.
In Port Blair the Cellular Jail was part of the British penal settlement during their rule in India and is now a national monument. The Chatham Saw Mill is one of the oldest and largest saw mills in Asia. Mount Harriet is the second highest peak in Andaman Islands and ideal for trekking and bird watching. Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park at Wandoor comprises 15 islands and offers a rich variety of marine life and activities like snorkeling and glass bottomed boat rides. Andaman Water Sports Complex is under repairs after the damage due to the tsunami in 2004. It offers water surfing, skiing, water scooters, etc.