Inter Island Transport at Andaman and Nicobar Islands
There are inter island passenger cum cargo vessels operating between Port Blair and other islands like Neil, Havelock, Long, Little Andaman, Car Nicobar, Long South Islands.
For regular commuters, ferry services are also available.
Details on Shipping Schedules and tariff can be obtained from the
Directorate of Shipping Services
Rangat(170 km), Mayabundar (242 km) both in Middle Andaman are connected to Port Blair through the Andaman Trunk Road. State Transport Services operates direct express bus services from Port Blair to and from Rangat and Mayabunder. The buses pass through dense forests and Jarawa Tribal Reserve and there is a restriction for travelers to disembark in the reserve forest.
Buses are also available for Diglipur (290 km) which includes crossing of three creeks by boat.
Private buses are available from Port Blair. Buses leave from Central Bus Stand, Port Blair.
You will enjoy visiting the Andaman and Nicobar Islands also known as the Emerald Islands. An archipelago of 572 islands adrift in the Bay of Bengal, the union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands stretches over an area of more than 700 sq. km.
Since pre-historic times aboriginal tribes have lived on these islands. The Andaman group is inhabited by tribes of Negrito origin, while the Nicobar Islands are inhabited by the Mongoloid stock. The first settlement of the British took place in 1789 and later in 1858, it became a penal settlement.
Today, the people if all faiths live here -Hindus, Muslim, Christian, Sikhs and of course the tribes. This amazing linguistic and racial mix has resulted in a culture that is innately hospitable and uniquely distinctive.
For the nature lover the island offers rich and varied delights. The sea around offers ample scope for water sports while the islands themselves consist of their territory lush green forest cover extending over 86% of the territory. The rarest of rare flora and fauna have flourished undisturbed on these islands, more so because 36 out of these are inhabited.
Adventure sports like trekking, island camping, snorkeling and scuba diving are the not to be missed attraction. And for tourists who want to get away from the madding crowd, a visit to these islands remains etched in the memory forever.
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