Recorded forest is 7,171 sq km of the total geographical area of the Islands. Many types of
      forests are found, such as tropical wet evergreen, tropical semi-evergreen, moist deciduous,
      littoral mangrove and swamp forests. A large variety of timbers are also found. The most
      valuable timbers are padauk and gurjan. These species are not found in Nicobar.
            There are 96 wildlife sanctuaries, 9 national parks and 1 biosphere reserve in these Islands.
      Mammals—out of 55 terrestrial and 7 marine mammal species reported so far, 32 species are
      endemic. Birds—as many as 246 species and sub-species of birds are reported to inhabit these
      Islands and of these 99 species and sub-species are endemic. Reptiles - there are 76 terrestrial
      reptiles found here, of these, 24 species are endemic. Marine Life - Islands harbour more than
      1,200 species of fish, 359 species of echinoderms, 1067 species of molusscs and many more
      lower forms of life. Among vertebrates dugongs, dolphins, whales, salt water crocodiles, sea
      turtles, sea snakes, etc., are common. Reefs are mostly fringing type on eastern coast and barrier
      type on the western coast.
            There are 1833 registered MSMEs and handicrafts units. Two units are 100 per cent export
      oriented in the line of fish/prawn processing activity. Apart from this, there are shells and wood
      based handicraft units. SSI units are engaged in the production of paints and varnishes, mini
      flour mills, soft drinks and beverages, steel furniture and fixtures, readymade garments, steel
      gate grills and structures. MSMEs handicraft units are also engaged in shell crafts, bakery
      products, rice-milling, furniture-making, etc. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands Integrated
      Development Corporation in the public sector has spread its wings in the field of tourism,
      fisheries, industries and industrial financing and functions as authorized agents.
            The Motor Transport Department operates from 14 stations in northern and southern
      Islands. The Department has a fleet of 264 buses in operation mainly in rural area. Computerized
      advanced ticketing for ATR express service is in operation since 2007 where advance tickets can
      be obtained.
            Andaman and Nicobar Islands have been recognised as an eco-friendly tourist’s destination.
      As a tourist paradise, these Islands have something very special to offer like historic Cellular
      Jail, Ross and Havelock Islands. The Andaman tropical evergreen rain forests, beautiful silver
      sandy beaches, serpentine mangrove-lined creeks, marine life abounding in rare species of
      plants, animals, corals, etc. provide a memorable experience to the tourists. There is a
      tremendous scope for enjoying nature in the beach resorts, water sports and adventure water
      sports, adventure tourism like trekking, island camping, nature trail, scuba diving, etc.
            Tourism Department runs guest houses in various parts for comfortable accommodation.
      The important places of tourist interest are Anthropological Museum, Marine Museum, Water
      Sports Complex, Gandhi Park, North Bay, Viper Island, Ross Island, Chidiya Tapu, (Bird
      watching), Red Skin Island, Corbyn’s Cove Beach, Islands like Neil Island, Havelock Island,