The Andaman Islands number 572 in all, with most but a few under the administration of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Union Territory of India. Being far removed from the Indian subcontinent, these islands – the largest among them being North Andaman Island, Middle Andaman and Little Andaman – have evolved a unique biodiversity. The islands are also home to five unique ethnic people – the Great Andamanese, the Jarawa, the extinct Jangil, the Onge and the isolated Sentinelese – whose numbers are fast diminishing. The Andamans and its wildlife also draw naturalists, bird-watchers and photographers. Natural history enthusiast and wildlife photographer M V SHREERAM returned from the islands with a treasure of photographs, which he eagerly shared with us along with notes from his diary.
Andaman – the name brings to mind pristine beaches, clear emerald waters, lively coral reefs and lots of sunshine. This archipelago is also home to some of the most beautiful evergreen forests. The varied habitats have ensured that this island has a thriving eco-system, with many of flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world. Experience the natural bounty of these islands, up-close, in the following slides.