The green, ramshackle capital sprawls around a harbor on the east coast of South Andaman and is the administrative nerve centre of the islands. There’s plenty to see in town relating to the islands’ colonial past plus a couple of interesting museums, and as this is the only place to change money, reliably access the internet and book (and wait for) onward transport, most travelers will spend at least a couple of days here. If you want to experience the more natural beauty of the Andaman – above and below the water – book a ferry and move on to Havelock or one of the other islands. Mythological, the name Andaman was presumed to be derived from Hanuman, who was known to the Malays as Handuman. Since Prehistoric times, these islands were the home of aboriginal tribes. The tribes of, the Andaman group of islands are the Great Anamneses, Onges, Jarawas, and Sentinatese, all of Negrito origin, while the tribes of Nicobars are the Nicobarese and Shompens, both of Mongoloid stock. The first settlement by the British took place in 1789, which was later abandoned in 1796. The second settlement was basically a penal settlement, taken up in 1858, after the First War of Independence, followed by the settlement of convicts, Moplas, some criminal tribes from Central and United Provinces, refugees from erstwhile East Pakistan, Burma and Sri Lanka as well as ex-servicemen.
Mysore forms the southern most district of Karnataka state and is situated in the southern part of Deccan peninsula. The name Mysore is derived from Mahishasura, the buffalo-headed demon who lived in this area and was killed by Goddess Chamundi.
Mysore was the name, by which Karnataka state was known prior to 1973. It is now the head quarter of the district and also the revenue division. It is also known as one of the garden cities of India and is famous for the pomp and gaiety of its traditional Dasara festival. It also has a historical significance of being ruled by Hyder and Tipu. Some of the places belonging to the Mysore district are of great antiquity, which includes Tirumakudalu Narasipura, Hemmige etc.
Located in the Blue Mountains of the Western Ghats, Ooty draws a large number of tourists every year. Lofty mountains, great lakes, dense forests, sprawling grasslands, miles of tea gardens and eucalyptus trees greet the visitors en route to Ooty. The hill station itself is a land of picturesque picnic spots. It used to be popular summer and weekend getaway for the British during the colonial days, later it was made into a summer administrative town. It is situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters (7,350 feet) above sea level