11 Unknown Facts about the Andamans

Written By Go2andaman Editorial Team on January 23, 2021 Uncategorized


11 Unknown Facts about the Andamans

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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. Andaman Islands during World War 2

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 Corbyn’s 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.

Go2andaman Editorial Team

Hello! We’re a bunch of content enthusiasts writing about all things Andaman. Our blogs are the result of our immersive first-hand travels to the Andamans and the experiences of those we know closely. We keep a close watch on the travel space in the Andamans, so we can always bring to you the most updated information. Hope you enjoyed reading this blog as much as we enjoyed writing it!

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