Nicobar, the Emerald Islands, consisting of two island group
lies east of the mainland between the Bay of Bengal and the
Andaman Sea. Its southernmost island is only 200 km (120 mi)
from the northern tip of the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
also known as Parsons Point which has since been renamed as
"Indira Point" is the southernmost tip of India and not "Kanyakumari"
as is popularly known. The island of Katchall at the southern
end was in the news in 1999 as the first rays of the sun of
Jan.1, 2000 were believed to hit it.
The archipelago of 572 emerald islands, islets and rocks known
as the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Andamans are separated
from the Nicobars to the south by the Ten Degree Channel, which
is 145 km (90mi) wide.
This Union Territory is spread over a distance nearly 800 Kms.
from North to South with 38 inhabited islands. A hill range
extending from Burma (Myanmar) to Indonesia, these undulating
islands are covered with dense forests and an endless variety
of exotic flora & fauna.
The untouched and pristine marine life, corals, crystal clear
water, mangrove - forests and birds offer a dream view of the
rare gifts of nature. The capital is Port Blair on Andaman Islands.