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In April 1998, American photographer John S Callahan organised the first surfing project in the Andamans, starting from Phuket in Thailand with the assistance of Southeast Asia Liveaboards, a UK owned dive charter company.With a crew of international professional surfers, they crossed the Andaman Sea on the yacht Crescent and cleared formalities in Port Blair. The group proceeded to Little Andaman Island, where they spent ten days surfing several spots for the first time, including Jarawa Point near Hut Bay and the long right reef point at the southwest tip of the island, named Kumari Point. The resulting article in Surfer Magazine, "Quest for Fire" by journalist Sam George, put the Andaman Islands on the surfing map for the first time.Footage of the waves of the Andaman Islands also appeared in the film Thicker than Water, shot by documentary filmmaker Jack Johnson, who later achieved worldwide fame as a popular musician.Callahan went on to make several more surfing projects in the Andamans, including a trip to the Nicobar Islands in 1999.

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1.Havelock’s Gem- Radhanagar Beach

imageIt’s been over a decade since this beach has been crowned as ‘Asia’s Best Beach’ by TIME magazine, however, it’s charm hasn’t dropped one bit. Famed for the white sand, breathtaking sunset and turquoise blue waters, Radhanagar beach is amongst the most beautiful places to visit in Andaman and one of the best places in India to visit before you turn 30 . Surely, you’ll end up clicking thousands of selfies as the landscape is just picture-perfect!

2. Mount Harriet and Madhuban- Winding Across a Picturesque Terrain

imageTrekking is another awesome thing to do in Andaman especially if you’re travelling with friends. And if you are trekking buff, then you’re going to love this 16 kilometre trek from Mount Harriet to Madhuban. It’s a gorgeous route where you can witness exotic flora and fauna of the land amidst spectacular sceneries. Elephant safari is also an option to explore the forest of Mount Harriet.

3.Go on a Museum Circuit

imageA museum tour is a great way of getting to know the history and culture of a place. And since these islands are soaked in history you’d find the museums to be few of the greatest places to visit in Andaman. Take a tour down the Anthropological Museum giving insights into the lives of the indigenous tribes of the place and the Samudrika Naval Marine Museum in Port Blair that offers glimpse into the biodiversity of the marine life.

4.Sea Walking at North Bay Beach

imageIn the North Bay Beach you can walk under the sea and finally visit ‘Octopus’s Garden’! Colourful school of fishes, coral reefs and various other marine life forms you’ve never seen before would be swimming right by you. After all, North Bay Beach is the finest place for sea walking in Asia.Also, you don’t have to know anything about swimming for this activity! You can normally breathe under the glass helmet. In fact, this is a convenient location for this activity as it is safe and there is no air pressure that bothers.

5.Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex- Strictly for the Water Junkies

imageBanana rides, parasailing, jet skiing, rowboat paddling, speed boat rides, you name it and you got it here at Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports complex. To all the water babies out there: coming here is the first thing to do in Andaman right after you land at Port Blair!Regardless of whether you’ve tried your hands on watersports or not, the service providers do a great job in giving instructions and providing safety equipments.Price: The watersports activity price here starts from INR 300 and reaches up to INR 5000

On 26 December 2004, the coast of the Andaman Islands was devastated by a 10-metre high tsunami following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, which is the longest recorded earthquake, lasting for between 500 and 600 seconds.Strong oral traditions in the area warned of the importance of moving inland after a quake and is credited with saving many lives. In the aftermath, more than 2,000 people were confirmed dead and more than 4,000 children were orphaned or had lost one parent. At least 40,000 residents were rendered homeless and were moved to relief camps.On 11 August 2009, a magnitude 7 earthquake struck near the Andaman Islands, causing a tsunami warning to go into effect. On 30 March 2010, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck near the Andaman Islands.

The islands are prominently featured in Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes mystery, The Sign of the Four, as well as in M. M. Kaye's Death in the Andamans. The magistrate in Lady Gregory's play Spreading the News had formerly served in the islands. Marianne Wiggins' novel, John Dollar , is set on one of the islands; the characters begin an expedition from Burma to celebrate King George's birthday and after an earthquake and tsunami it becomes a grim survival story. A principal character in the book Six Suspects by Vikas Swarup is from the Andaman Islands. Kaalapani and Sirai Chaalai, a 1996 Indian film by Priyadarshan, depicts the Indian freedom struggle and the lives of prisoners in the Cellular Jail in Port Blair. Island's End is a 2011 novel by Padma Venkatraman about the training of an indigenous shaman.

The only commercial airport in the islands is Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair, which has scheduled services to Kolkata, Chennai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Visakhapatnam and Bhubaneswar. The airport is under the control of the Indian Navy. Previously, only daylight operations were allowed, but since the beginning of 2016 night flights have also operated.A small airstrip of approximately 1000 metres is located near the Eastern shore of North Andaman near Diglipur.Due to the length of the routes and the small number of airlines flying to the islands, fares have traditionally been relatively expensive, although cheaper for locals than visitors. Fares are high during the peak seasons of spring and winter, although fares have decreased over time due to the expansion of the civil aviation industry in India.

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