Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Limestone Cave in Andamans

In Baratang Island, particularly at Nayadera near Wrafters Creef, there is a huge deposit of Limestone, where some deposits are in the form of caves and the rest of it are in the form of layers or beds one upon the other.
There are more than 300 big and small deposits of limestone, out of which only one in the form of a cave is opened for the tourists. In the cave, massive limestone formations are dangled from the ceiling, glowed from the sides and sprouted from the ground.
The cave is a sight to behold- massive limestone formations dangled from the ceiling like chandeliers, glowed from the sides and sprouted from the ground like short pilasters. One hung like a thick pillar from the ceiling of the cave. The serrated edges of the limestone blocks shine in the dark. There is a narrow walkway of the cave inside and constant dripping of water from the ceiling.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Andaman Teal

The Andaman Teal (Anas albogularis) is a species of small duck found in the Andamans. The species was considered as a subspecies of the Sunda Teal.
The species is dark brown with buffy markings. The face and throat are pale with a white ring around the eye. The bill is bluish grey and the iris is red.
They are found in inland pools as well as mangroves and lagoons. They feed at night in rice fields. The breeding season is July to October and nests in reed patches. The nest is made of grass and about nine eggs forms the clutch. They were formerly considered to breed in tree hollows but recent studies found no evidence. They feed mainly on molluscs and arthropods.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Laxmanpur Beach, Neil Island

A secluded beach, Lakmanpur, lies 2 km north of Neil jetty. The beach is a broad spur of white shell sand with shallow water offering good snorkeling. Sun basking & swimming are other options. One can view spectacular sun sets from this beach.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Bharatpur Beach, Neil Island

It is one of the best beaches known for swimming & coral watching with vast sandy stretch. This beach is ideally recommended for youngsters because of activity options. One can avail from here glass bottom boats for coral viewing. The private operators charge Rs.100/- from person for a 10 minutes ride in glass bottom boats .The Sea around the Jetty area is full of corals with schools of fishes swimming around. The vegetation along the beach is simply soothing.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Beach Life

At the beach, life is different. A day moves not from hour to hour but leaps from mood to moment. We go with the currents, plan around the tides, follow the sun.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Independence Day celebration in Andaman & Nicobar Islands!

Message from  Lieutenant Governor

I extend my heartiest greeting to the people of Andaman and Nicobar Islands on the 64th Anniversary of our glorious Independence.
  Significance of Independence Day is of great value in the wellbeing of our nation. This is an occasion when the countrymen recount the sacrifices of heroes of freedom struggle as it was thier indomitable courage and relentless effort which freed this nation from the shackles of imperialism. It is the path of peace and non-violence which forms the bedrock of the modern, democratic, progressive and secular India of today.
  Independence Day assumes a great significance in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as this territory occupies a special place in the history of our freedom struggle. It was our Island where the first batch of Indian freedom fighters were brought in 1858. It was in our Islands that the National Flag was first unfurled on 30th December 1943, by Netaji.
   It should be our bounden duty on this occasion, to take pledge that the sacrifices and struggles of these brave heroes do not go in vain. It was their dream of a freedom which inspired them to walk on the path of struggle with resistance and unselfishly. We must also resolve to make this country a peaceful, prosperous and harmonious nation.
   Commemoration of the Independence Day reminds us of the great sacrifice made by our brave and courageous freedom fighters who got us independence from the colonial rule on this Day in 1947. I would like to remind my fellow citizens of Andaman and Nicobar Islands that the freedom fighters of our Islands played a monumental role in the freedom struggle. The Cellular Jail bears testimony to the heroic deeds and sacrifices of the immortal islanders who were incarcerated in the jail and actively participated in the freedom struggle.
  On this solemn occasion let us pay tribute and homage to all those great men and women whose sacrifices brought us freedom. Let all of us take a pledge on this Day to uphold the honour and dignity of our country in the time to come. I am confident that our Islands will march on the path of progress and development in the years ahead and we shall be a proud member of the family of our great nation.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Happy Independence day! Jai hind!!!

Independence Day is a day when people in India pay homage to their leaders and those who fought for India's freedom in the past. The period leading up to Independence Day is a time when major government buildings are illuminated with strings of lights and the tricolor flutters from homes and other buildings. Broadcast, print and online media may have special contests, programs, and articles to promote the day. Movies about India's freedom fighters are also shown on television.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Happy Raksha Bandhan!!!

Raksha Bandhan is a festival primarily observed in India, which celebrates the bond of affection between brothers and sisters. It is a day when siblings pray for each others' well being and wish for each others' happiness and goodwill.
The festival is marked by the tying of a rakhi, or holy thread, by the sister on the wrist of her brother. The brother in return offers a gift to his sister and vows to look after her as she presents sweets to her brother.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Ramnagar Beach, Diglipur

Ramnagar Beach of Andaman and Nicobar Islands is situated in the northern region at the Diglipur Island and is accessible through water and road. The sandy beach is only 15 kilometers away from Kalighat. The beach is surrounded by palm and coconut trees and other coastal shrubs. The beach is surrounded by natural beauty from all sides has a very calm and quiet environment. The weather of the Ramnagar Beach is very pleasant.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Science Centre

One of its kind in Port Blair, the Science Centre is a must see for all visitors, and not only children, as it enthrals with every turn. Providing knowledge to the visitors on the science behind the functioning of Oceans and the growth of Corals and how school of fish make way and behave to climatic changes, the centre integrates facets of Geography & Science.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Robber Crabs

The largest of the land-living arthropod (Birgus Latro) lives in Andaman Islands. These are land-living crabs. Since they climb up coconut trees at night time for the soft kernels of tender coconuts stealthily they are nick-named as - ‘Robber Crabs.’ They make a tiny hole and suck the entire kernel portion leaving out the shells as they are. These crabs are found in some parts of Nicobar Islands as well as areas of South Sentinel Island.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Beaches of Andaman

Laxmanpur Beach: A secluded beach, Lakmanpur, lies 2 km north of Neil jetty. The beach is a broad spur of white shell sand with shallow water offering good snorkeling. Sun basking & swimming are other options. One can view spectacular sun sets from this beach.
The natural bridge formations on the sea-shore are the main attraction here.