If someone asks this question, which is the Southernmost tip of India, then our thought jumps suddenly to Kanyakumari. But, according to history, the actual location points to Andaman and Nicobar islands. Surprised right? Yes, the one of the best tourist destination among island holidays, Andaman houses this point. Another interesting aspect about this point is that it has been named after the valiant women Prime minister of India, Indira Gandhi. Thus, India's Southernmost tip, Indira point is located at the Great Nicobar islands. A number of tour packages are sold to trip Andaman and the ones who have travelled would be known about Indira point. Nicobar islands are mostly not tourism friendly thus not many have visited this spot. Andaman has achieved its fame owing to its spectacular comeliness and tourism opportunities. And when nature demanded, it has gone through several changes. Once it witnessed the historical powers of many nations and fell prey to its atrocities. It has started experiencing its freedom after it came under the official possession of India. If you dig deeper into its roots, then an amazing blend of culture and ethnicity can be explored. Indira point is one such place where India has marked its supremacy in the Andaman and Nicobar islands. Maybe owing to this reason, it has been named as a World Heritage site by UNO.
Indira point is, in fact, a village in Great Nicobar islands and previously it was named as Pygmalion point and after the visit of the former prime minister of India, Smt Indira Gandhi, his son Rajiv Gandhi has renamed the point to after his mother. Earlier this place was known by several names. The renaming was done during 1985 October 18 Th and before which its name was Pygmalion point. Indira Gandhi has visited Nicobar islands and the point, this made the place acquire its name. It has geographical significance too, the point lies about 500 kilometres North of the epicentre of the tragic tsunami of 2004. This portion is on the eastern side of the Indian ocean. Since it is away from Kanyakumari, the region has been claimed as the Southernmost point of Nicobar islands as well as of India. The interesting aspect of India point is the presence of a lighthouse having a height of almost 35 meters made with high cast iron. This lighthouse served as the important landmark for local fishing ships, trade ships as well as international ships.The lighthouse was built during April 30Th, 1972 but nature has taken a wrong turn and its result was seen in 2004 with the Tsunami. Nicobar islands being near to the Sumatra tectonic plates had been under the control of the sea. The tsunami caused devastation to the Indira point and submerging the lighthouse. The base of the lighthouse has gone to several metres down but it was not fully submerged. Slowly, it has started to partially appear as the violent impact of the sea has lessened in years. The lighthouse has helped the trade to progress in Andaman.
Here doesn't end the importance of this area. The great teacher and philosopher, Swami Vivekananda had ended his travel in India at this point in search of enlightenment at this very place. He used to meditate at this spot for days. He continued his meditation, till the sea wrapped him. Indira point is claimed to be the last place visited by Swami Vivekananda during his tour after Kanyakumari. It is a worth to watch this spot. The place enjoyed the presence of over thousands of households but all of it soon devastated after the inflicting of 2004 tsunami. If someone wishes to see the place, then it is a bit difficult as it is a buffer zone as stated by Government. So, it requires the permission as well as the Tribal welfare document. It is located near to Campbell bay and for further details, contact your travel operator arranging Andaman and Nicobar tour is suggested.