Floating in splendid isolation, East of the Indian mainland is the archipelago of the 572 emerald Islands , isles and rocks known as Andaman& NicobarIslands . The union territory of Andaman Nicobar Islands stretches over a length of more than 700 kms from north to south with 36 inhibited Islands . These undulating Islands are covered with dense forests and endless varieties of exotic flora and fauna . The topography of the Islands is hilly and abounds in evergreen forests. The sandy beaches on the edge of meandering coastline of the Islands are fringed with coconut palms that sway to the rhythm of the sea . The sea around the Islands offers excellent scope for adventure water sports. The rare flora and fauna, the underwater marinelife and corals , crystal clear water and mangroove-lined creeks offer a dreams view of the rare gifts of nature.