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Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Beautiful Andaman

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands consist of 572 islands, islets, reefs and rocks in the Bay of Bengal, of which 38 islands are inhabited. These islands form an arch of 700 km long, from north to south, located 1200 km from the mainland. They are a living museum of the planet earth.

The topography of the islands is mountainous and over 86% are covered with coniferous forests. The clear blue waters surrounded by coral reefs hide an underwater world full of fish of all possible species and a myriad of other marine animals.

The lush green forests are festooned with bright tropical flowers, butterflies and orchids. They are home to other wild cats, green lizards, wild pigs and a variety of deer, monkeys and snakes. In all, there are 242 species of birds, 46 species of mammals and 78 species of reptiles. These islands are a paradise for scientists, ecologists, ornithologists, experts on marine wildlife and nature lovers.

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