Few Words About Andaman and Nicobar
Sprinkled across the Bay of Bengal, about 620 miles from the mainland, the Andaman and neighbouring Nicobar Islands are an archipelago with about 300 islands which are actually the peaks of a submerged mountain range which runs from Myanmar to Indonesia. This island paradise is a unique destination for our EDventurers as the combination of the turquoise sea kissing white sand beaches, the alluring marine life, tribal heritage, water adventures and pieces of the remains of the colonial era make Andaman a perfect destination to relax and learn for our students. The islands weave a panorama that speaks to the soul.
Moreover, they are fascinating in feel, far more akin to parts of Indonesia or Myanmar than of India and are astonishingly fertile, as they encompass three distinct ecosystems – tropical forests, mangroves and coral reefs supporting an incredible abundance of plant and marine life. Some of the largest crabs in the world like the rare Giant Robber Crab are found here and the lobster from Diglipur, which could be considered a work of art, so beautifully marked is its shell, puts all other lobsters to shame with its sweet succulence. Then there is the fruit, lemongrass, the coconut and the variety of dishes which comes from the wide range of settlers who have made this their home. The coral reefs are still colourful and prolific despite some damage from climate change, with 89 per cent of India’s coral diversity found in this archipelago. The beaches are like a crescent-shaped lick of sand that goes as far as the eye can see, tightly bordered by jungle. The rare wildlife can be spotted by taking a guided walk through the interior of any of the jungle-clad islands which reveals skinks, emerald doves, white-bellied eagles, Andaman nightjars, Andaman’s krait.
Andaman islands are also a testimonial to India’s struggle for independence. In Port Blair, the capital of the archipelago, the Cellular Jail stands as a memorial to the political prisoners incarcerated there. The area was originally a penal colony, started whilst under British occupation. The jail was designed specifically for solitary confinement, it became a symbol of colonial oppression and today, as a museum, catalogues in detail the atrocities of life there.
Thus, Andaman Islands offer a vivid learning experience to our EDventurers with a glimpse into the tribal culture and India’s struggle for freedom along with fun and relaxation!