Andaman is intriguing in more than one ways. Of 572 islands only 36 are inhabited and that leaves 93.7 percent of it unexplored. It hides within its waters, lands and forests the secrets of fascinating underwaters, layers of political conspiracies, and painful, yet inspiring stories of brave patriotic men. Besides, it also holds dear certain tribes untouched by civilization, and their dying culture, customs, and languages.
Of many secrets, we bring you some really beautiful and controversial ones. This is a quick run-through of Andaman’s natural wonders, troublesome past, facts about the soon-vanishing tribes and developments in the state in the post-independence era.
1. Havelock, Port Blair, Neil, Ross and Smith are a few of the many islands in the Andamans, named after British officials who ruled there
2. Barren Islands in Andaman are home to the only confirmed active lava volcano of India
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3. And not just the active lava volcano, Andaman also houses the only place in India with mud volcanoes – Baratang
4. The biggest wonder, bioluminescence can be witnessed at Havelock Island
5. Not many know that Ross and Smith are a single island. Well, sometimes
Pristine islands Ross and Smith are connected by a natural sandbar, which hides during high tide making two separate islands. During low tide, the water recedes from the sand bar making them one single piece of land.
6. Had it not been for Ross Islands, Port Blair would have been destroyed in the 2004 Tsunami
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7. The native tribes do not interact with outsiders. The Sentinelese are considered as the most isolated tribes
When the government of India sent relief helicopters after the Tsunami of 2004, the Sentinelese people aimed arrows at them to scare the helicopters away.
8. In the Chola Chronicles the islands were called Timaittivu, meaning the impure islands, due to the cannibalism that existed on these islands
9. The native language, Andamanese, is nearly extinct today
The extinction is the result of an epidemic disease that wiped off a major chunk of the native population about 200 years ago.
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