11 unknown facts about the Andamans
1) Home to the lost tribe
Andaman is home to the sentinilese who are said to be the most isolated tribe in the world. They respond with intense hostility at any attempt of outside contact, hurling arrows and stones at any unlucky visitor approaching their shores. Nobody has ever been able to contact them for over 60,000 years.
2) The word Andaman is derived from the malay word Hanuman:
Lord Hanuman (The Hindu Monkey god) is said to have landed in Andaman islands on his way to Lanka (Now Sri Lanka). People thus believe that the name Andaman has been derived from the word Hanuman or Handuman.
3) The Andaman islands is much closer to Indonesia and Burma than India:
The Andaman isles is at a distance of 150 km from Indonesia and about 800 kms from india.
4) The Coconut crab
The largest land living arthropod, coconut crab, lives in Andaman. These are super huge crabs and they hate water ,they are mostly like land animals and they love climbing coconut trees.
5) The happy land of butterflies
Thousands of butterflies flock to the Andaman Island every year. I.e Andaman is a proud host to butterflies that migrate to the islands. Even postal stamps have been issued in honor of this phenomenon.
6) The largest sea turtles nest here
Dermocheleys Coriacea, the largest sea turtles in the world nest in the Andaman islands. They are huge in size and thousands of them flock to the Andamans every year. Additionally, even the Olive Ridely turtles come to the Andamans and use it as their nesting ground. These turtles can be seen nesting between December and January in Diglipur and many other places specially in north and middle Andaman.
7) The back of the 20 Rupee note has a view of the Andaman islands.
The image that one can see behind the 20 rupee note is a view of the lighthouse at north bay island from mount Harriet. Both of which are close to Port Blair and can be visited on a day trip.
8) During World War 2 Andaman islands were the only part of India to come under Japanese occupation
The Japanese did occupy parts of north east India but this was only for 6 months. The Andaman islands stayed under them for 3 years. Japanese underground tunnels and bunkers can be seen all around the island. One near Carbyns cove and one at Ross island too!
9) The islands get the first sunrise of the millennium
Katchal Islands in Andaman enjoyed the the first sunrise of this millennium.
10) About 90% of the Andaman islands is covered with rich forests
The andaman islands have a very wast and wide range of flura but very few know that the area covered by it is more than any other state in India.
11) Only 6.7% of islands are inhabited
There are 572 islands that make up the Andaman and Nicobar islands. Only 38 of them are inhabited.