There are 572 islands in the territory, of which alone about 38 are assuredly inhabited. Most of the islands (about 550) are in the Andamans group, 26 of which are inhabited. The abate Nicobars comprise some 22 capital islands (10 inhabited). The Andamans and Nicobars are afar by a approach (the Ten Degree Channel) some 150 km wide.
The absolute breadth of the Andaman Islands is some 6,408 km2 (2,474 sq mi); that of the Nicobar Islands about 1,841 km2 (711 sq mi).
Andaman & Nicobar Islands are adored with a different close rainforest canopy, fabricated of a alloyed flora with elements from Indian, Myanmarese, Malaysian and ancient floral strains. So far, about 2,200 varieties of plants accept been recorded, out of which 200 are ancient and 1,300 do not action in acreage India.
The South Andaman forests accept a abounding advance of epiphytic vegetation, mostly ferns and orchids. The Middle Andamans harbours mostly clammy deciduous forests. Arctic Andamans is characterised by the wet beloved type, with affluence of coarse climbers. The arctic Nicobar Islands (including Car Nicobar and Battimalv) are apparent by the complete absence of beloved forests, while such forests anatomy the ascendant frondescence in the axial and southern islands of the Nicobar group. Grasslands action alone in the Nicobars, and while deciduous fore=sts are accepted in the Andamans, they are about absent in the Nicobars. The present backwoods advantage is claimed to be 86.2% of the absolute acreage area.