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General Information of Andaman

  • Total Island - 572

  • Capital - Port Blair

  • Location - Bay of Bengal, 92° to 94° East Longitude, 6° to 14° North Latitude

  • Total Area - 8,249 Sq. kms

  • No. of Districts - Three

  • Altitude - Varies from sea level to 732 meters

  • Maximum Temperature - 31°C

  • Minimum Temperature - 23°C

  • Average Annual Rainfall - 3180.0 mm

  • Relative Humidity - 70% to 90%

  • Total Population - 3, 80,581 (2011)

  • Forest Cover - 92%

  • Climate - Tropical throughout the year. Humidity is relatively high - 70% to 90%

  • Best Season - October to May

  • Clothing - Cottons throughout the year

  • Main Language - Hindi

  • Religion - Hinduism (67.52%), Christianity (23.94%), Islam (7.60%),

  • Others (0.94%)

  • Literacy Rate - 81.18%

Do's and Dont's For Tourists


  • Treat National Parks as they are sanctorum of our precious natural heritage.

  • Obtain permits from the Chief Wildlife Warden for photography/videography/investigation inside a sanctuary or a Marine National Park.
  • Make use of services of authorised Tourist Guides.
  • While driving, follow the traffic rules, keep left. Carry legal documents like driving license, permit, passport etc.
  • Consult life guards before entering the sea.
  • Swim in safe areas only.
  • Dispose of the garbage and plastics at proper places/dustbins.
  • Do not pluck or damage corals.
  • Take back only photographs and sweet memories leave behind only footprints and ripples.
  • Obtain transit pass from the Deputy Conservator of Forest, Wildlife Division, Port Blair, to transport any wild animal/trophy, article etc. outside the islands.
  • Foreign nationals are requested to obtain the Restricted Area Permit
  • Visit only permitted areas.
  • Avail the service of Scuba Dive Instructors having certification of international professional organisation like PADI, CMAS, NAUI, BSAC, or SSI for safe diving experience.
  • Keep the beaches and the environment clean.
  • Observe decency and decorum in dress.
  • On beach, parents are requested to keep an eye on their kids at all times.
  • Please drink sufficient water to avoid dehydration.
  • Please consult reception desk of Tourism Division of Directorate of Information, Publicity and Tourism before availing the services of any tour operators/travel agents/Scuba Dive Centres.


  • Do not enter into restricted/tribal areas.
  • Do not take video film or photographs inside Tribal Reserve areas of the indigenous tribes.
  • Do not take pictures of the Airport, Government Dockyard, Defence Establishments, Naval Wharf, Dhanikhari Dam and Chatham Saw Mill.
  • Do not collect, destroy coral or touch/ break live coral. Please do not stand on the coral reef while snorkelling/Scuba Diving.
  • Do not take video or film without permit, wherever such permits are required.
  • Do not carry sea fans and seashells unless specific permits are obtained from the Fisheries Department.
  • Do not throw garbage and plastic in public places, beaches and into the sea.
  • Do not swim after consuming liquor.
  • Do not light fire in Forests and Protected Areas as it not only destroys forests but also damages wildlife habitat.
  • Person who commits breach of any of the conditions of the wildlife protections shall be punishable under law.
  • Do not stay on the beaches or forest during night by putting up tents/hammocks.
  • Nudity on beaches and public places is strictly forbidden.
  • Do not enter in the National Parks without prior permission.
  • Corals & Shells, collection of which are prohibited under Wildlife Protection Act, 1972
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