Andaman and Nicobar islands are an archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. It is bordered by Myanmar, to the north and east. These Islands are inhabited by the Sentinelese tribe, who till date have no contact with the outside world. Andaman derives its name as per popular legend from “ANDOMAN”the monkey God Hanuman. Another theory by Italian Traveller Niccolò de' Conti (c. 1440) sates that the name means the “ISLAND OF GOLD”, since as per common folklore the island was a haven for lost treasure. Documentary Filmmakers and Underwater Photographers, in India have all shot at this picturesque island.
RECOMMENDED PLACES FOR FILM PRODUCTION IN ANDAMAN
PORT BLAIR : Tropical forest and rugged coastline dot this provincial capital. It’s multicultural blend of Indian Ocean inhabitants namely the Bengalis, Tamils, Telugus, Nicobarese and Burmese are all part of this fascinating history of the place. Though tourists and travellers only use Port Blair as a stepping stone for their wayward journey into the island, the city certainly deserves a fair share in the adventure and is famous for its Underwater Photography amongst other things.
HAVELOCK ISLAND: An island straight out of a picture postcard. The beautiful clean and silken beaches, mangrove teal shallows is renowned to be one of the best diving places in South Asia, A traveller’s paradise. and amongst the most frequented by tourists visiting this state. The place is ideal for T.V Commercials, Fashion Photography and Corporate Filmmaking to name a few.
NEIL ISLAND: Though as beautiful as its neighbouring island, it seems to be an inferior cousin of Havelock. Still the place as its own tranquil and rustic charm. The island offers amazing vistas of picturesque little villages that could be explored by renting out bicycles. The Main bazaar or Central Market is a popular hangout in the evening where the locals meet and share the days gossip. Though the island is only 40km away from mainland Port Blair and a short ferry ride from the popular Havelock, the island seems to be steeped in nostalgia and offers Time Travel to a Universe of calm and solitude. An absolute Nirvana for those seeking cam and quite and a must for those looking for the perfect location for Travel and Lifestyle Photography or Documentary Filmmaking
CELLULAR JAIL NATIONAL MEMORIAL:Popularly called “KALAPAANI” this former prison was host to some of the most eminent political leaders during India’s freedom struggle since 1906 . Some of the original wings was destroyed during the Japanese bombing during World war II . The jail was the mecca for freedom fighters, a political asylum of sorts where Ideologies and Debates occurred. Documentary Filmmakers take note of this must visit place thats a slice of history.
RANDHANAGAR:An idyllic beach surrounded by a Tropical Forest. and is about 12 kilometres away by Jetty. The sunset here is picturesque and ideal for Fashion Photographers, Adventure and Travel Photographers.
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