The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, located in the Bay of Bengal (east of the Indian mainland geographically), is a splendid tropical island outpost, belonging to India but closer to south east Asia. From being known as "Kalapani" (Black waters) due to the atrocious history of the British Regime in India, to being known as one of the best tourist destinations of India, Andaman Islands have come a long way. They are no more being called by that name.
These islands were once a hill range extending form Myanmar to Indonesia, but are now a group of 572 near deserted islets(small islands), covered with lush forests and endless varieties of exotic flora and fauna. Incredible corals and marine life,crystal clear water and mangrove-lined creeks lure travellers to these picturesque islands.while the sandy beaches form as nesting homes to turtles, animals such as spotted deer, wild boar, gecko,crab-eating macaque and python can be spotted in the 86% area still covered by dense forests.
These islands were populated mainly by indigenous tribes until the beginning of the colonial rule, but the majority of the population now, comprise of mainland settlers who live in and around Port Blair, the capital of South Andaman.
Even with tourist infrastructure developments, these islands still remain virgin in the sense of unpolluted natural beauty and unexplored marine life.There if you wish to visit these islands, now would be a good time.
Flight : You have direct daily flights to Port Blair from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore. And some flights from Visakhapatnam on certain days. Flights from Kolkata & Chennai take roughly 2 hours while the one from Delhi & Mumbai takes 5 hours.
The road network in Chennai is excellent and is well-connected to most of the neighbouring towns. There are 5 national highways that navigate towards major Indian cities like Kolkata, Bengaluru (330 kms), Madurai (326 kms), Tiruvallur (47 kms), Nellore (181 kms), Vellore (136 kms) and Pondicherry (162 kms). Many cab vendors like Clear Car Rental, Avis and Carzonrent provide various cab rental facilities for tourists. The drive from Chennai to Pondicherry is indeed a scenic one backed by a good road network.
Home to the headquarters of the Southern Railway, Chennai has three major railway stations namely Chennai Central (code MAS), Chennai Egmore which is just 2 kilometres from the city (code MS) and Tambaram which serves the suburban areas of Chennai. Many super-fast and express trains run on a daily basis and are well-connected to cities like Bengaluru, Mumbai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Cochin, Hyderabad, Kolkata and other Indian cities. Some of the popular trains are Chennai Mail, Guwahati Express, GT Express, Chennai Central and Andaman Express. Outside the station, you would find many prepaid taxis, cabs and auto-rickshaws that are available for hire.