Andaman Islands

The only airport in the Andaman islands is Vir Savarkar Airport (India) in Port Blair, which has scheduled services to Kolkata and Chennai and Delhi, Banglore and Bhubaneswar. With a single 10,000 ft runway, the airport can serve landings and takeoffs of the Boeing 737.

Archipelago Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Consisting of over 500 islands and atolls, the major islands are North Andaman Island, Little Andaman and Middle Andaman Island.

Most of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are Union Territory of India, while a small number in the north of the archipelago, including the Coco Islands, belong to Burma.

The Andaman and Nicobar islands were occupied by Japan during World War II.

The islands are part of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mystery, The Sign of the Four. In The Sign of Four, Mary Morstan presents two puzzles to Sherlock Holmes in 1888. The first puzzle, the disappearance of her father is solved when Holmes discovers Captain Arthur Morstan died, and links his death to a Major Sholto. While it seems her father died of natural causes, his death occurred during a struggle for the subject of the second part of the puzzle, 6 pearls received by Mary each year since 1882, by post. Doyle also introduces a one-legged man, Jonathan Small into the plot and poison darts and malaria. John Watson falls in love with Mary too.