About Andaman and Nicobar Islands
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National parks 7.11193.7971 Campbell Bay National Park  — forms part of the Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve 6.94193.8562 Galathea National Park  — part of the Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve with rare species of plants and animals 11.5854492.614533 Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park — a national park of India in Wandoor on the Andaman Islands 12.163293.01344 Middle Button Island National Park  — spotted deer can be found here 11.716192.73395 Mount Harriet National Park  (Mount Manipur National Park) — named after Harriet Tytler who did early work documenting the monuments of Delhi 12.190293.04056 North Button Island National Park  — home of the dugong, dolphin, water monitor and other animals 12.1349493.067647 Rani Jhansi Marine National Park  — a national park known for its coral reefs and marine life 13.093193.0028 Saddle Peak National Park  — surrounded by tropical vegetation and forest, many species can be found here 12.132693.01139 South Button Island National Park  — shallow water coral reefs popular for scuba diving
Planning a Trip
The main spoken languages are Hindi, Tamil and Bengali. Telugu and English are widely understood by the inhabitants of the islands that are open to tourism. Foreigners can hire a guide to communicate with local people. Most of the guides work as volunteers and have been serving tourists for many years.
By boat It's possible to take a ship from Kolkata (c. 60 hr), Chennai or Visakhapatnam (almost 4 days) to Port Blair. It is less expensive at only ₹1961 (as of November 2011). Facilities are basic, though and many prefer to sleep on the deck rather than in the cramped bunks. The ferries can take up to five days to arrive depending on weather and various other variables. This can be quite frustrating for many. The Bay of Bengal is not calm, and those who get seasickness easily should consider flying, instead.
Within the islands Auto-rickshaws are available in Port Blair and on Havelock Island. Taxis are available in Port Blair, Havelock and Neil Island. All kinds of vehicles except for high end luxury vehicles are available to rent in the islands. Cab bookings can be done inside the airport on arrival from dedicated travel counter approved by the Airport Authority of India. Scooters and motorcycles used to be available for rent in Port Blair and Havelock. In Havelock Island two-wheelers are the best option to get around, especially to Radhanagar beach. 2 wheeler rental will cost ₹400-500 per day excluding petrol and security deposit.