The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a group of islands located in the Bay of Bengal, to the east of mainland India. The Andaman Islands are known for their tropical rainforests, white sandy beaches, and crystal-clear waters, making them a popular destination for beach vacations and scuba diving. The islands are also home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including the famous Andaman Nicobar Island parrot, saltwater crocodiles, and various species of marine turtles. The island group also has a rich cultural heritage, with several indigenous tribes living in the islands. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a Union Territory of India, which means they are directly governed by the Government of India and not by the state government.