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  • As I said, holidays at beaches are phenomenal thing to experience. But for this you always need a perfect place to groove at night and socialize a bit at this Island far away from your home and also to munch upon delicious Andaman Cuisines. Need not worry Andaman Islands take care of your this need with its hugely appreciated restaurants, bars and cafes.

    • Nemo Café & Bar, Havelock(aka Havelock Island Beach Club)

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      If you’re in Havelock and are yearning for a sea view, a DJ night, commendable hospitality, lively ambience, lip-smacking food, and quick service, Nemo Cafe is the place to be. You’ll get pretty much everything here. They can do party arrangements in case you plan to surprise your better half or your friend(s). Candlelights are a plus. Enquire before you go to know, as some days the place is closed for large party bookings.

      Nemo Café , also known as Havelock Island Beach Club is especially the best idea for the guests of the resort as it is just a few steps away from the comfort of your room. After spending your day sightseeing, beach hopping or doing scuba diving, night time is the most perfect time to just rejuvenate and chill. Spend some time strolling on the while silky sand of the beach amidst the calming sound of waves and lush greenery. Appreciate the beauty of the star-studded sky and the moonlight touching the ocean. This is something that you cannot ever experience in your city. Such is the gorgeousness of Havelock Island! The fascinating lights used for decorating the whole place further enhance the beauty of the café and bar. Relax on the sun deck, and order your favorite drink as well as the food of your choice. All this while getting spellbound by the splendor of the Nemo Café. And after spending a few hours enjoying and relaxing, you can simply go back to your lavish room and have a good night’s sleep.

      Location: Beach No.2, Havelock Island Beach Resort, Govind Nagar Beach, Havelock Island

    • Amaya, Seashell, Port Blair

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      With a magnificent rooftop sea view in Port Blair, Amaya is a fine multi-cuisine restro bar. The outdoor seating overlooks the sea and is a perfect location to enjoy the sea breeze, an intimate candlelight dinner, or just sing along (to the live music) with your friends. Amaya offers excellent seafood, barbeque, sizzlers and cocktails. Live music, sets the mood. This place tops our chart of Restaurants in Port Blair.
      Recommendation: Amaya Seafood Platter and Signature Flaming shots

      Location: Seashell Hotel, Marine Hill

    • Nico-Bar, Fortune Bay Island, Port Blair

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      Nico Bar (the bar of a famous hotel in Port Blair) is a well-stocked bar with one of the best views of the islands. It overlooks North Bay island and one can see the lighthouse (behind the old 20 rupee note) from here. They offer various selections of spirits, wines and beers along with lip-smacking snacks (can get the main course at a family restaurant in the same hotel). They vouch on their fruity concoctions served in coconut shells – their barman’s speciality.

      Location: Marine Hill, Port Blair, 744101

    • Pink Fly Lounge Bar, Port Blair

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      Port Blair’s only night club, this place is for those who like to party and dance the night away. They keep changing their night party themes to keep the regulars hooked. Situated on the ground floor of Hotel Shompen, it is adorned with pink lights and motorbikes that creates an electrifying ambience. Snacks are good and the bar is well stocked. If you still have some space left for food, you can visit ‘The Love Garden’, Hotel Shompen’s in-house rooftop restaurant.


      Location: 2 Middle Point, Opposite Bengali Club, Port Blair

    • Full Moon Cafe, Havelock

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      A view of the beach, friendly staff and delightful food – there is no place that brings all these together like the Full Moon Café. This charming restaurant is set inside island Vinnies (Dive India) and has grown to be one of the most recommended places to enjoy a quiet dinner at the beach. The setting is cosy with comfortable sofas, dim ambient lighting and pleasant music. Though some of the dishes may seem pricier than those of other restaurants, we believe it’s a good value for money.

      Location: Dive India, Beach No. 3

    •  Bonova Cafe and Pub, Havelock

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      eashells in-house Pub, it is one of the best in Havelock. It’s vibrant ambience owes it to its interior design and the occasional DJ nights. For food and drinks, Bonova cafe is an outstanding dining area that offers delicious snacks, cocktails and seafood. It’s a lot of fun, especially for large groups.


      Location: Beach Number 2, Govind Nagar Beach, Havelock

    • Something Different – A beachside Cafe, Havelock

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      It’s a beautiful seaside cafe, located very close to the Havelock jetty. With low seating and beach murals on the wall, the interiors here are a fresh change from the several other restaurants that dot Havelock’s beaches. Multi-cuisine veg and non-veg dishes are available. With a 100 pax capacity, this cafe is perfect for lazy meals and large groups. To make your journey hassle-free, they provide free pick and drop from hotels. Upon prior request, they even cater to beach camping and bonfire requests. Best for families with children!

      Location: Beach No. 2

    • Venom Bar, Havelock

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      It’s a part of Symphony Palms beach resort, and is one of the most happening and the oldest bars in Havelock. Famed for its drinks and ambience, the bar also boasts of a stunning beach view. What makes it happening is that the live music doesn’t lose its charm as they invite different artists every month. Generally thronged by travellers, it offers a good chance of meeting them and exchanging interesting travel stories.

      Location: Symphony Palms Beach Resort, Beach No. 3

    • Fat Martin’s Cafe, Havelock and Neil

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      There are some places where if you go once, you keep coming back. This is one of them. They have an interesting menu, sit down dining, live music (on most days), great vibes, and is comparatively easy on the pocket. They also provide free (but slow) wifi – a luxury in Andamans. Though we recommend you to try everything here, but in case you cannot visit again, do not miss out on the dessert ‘Hello to the queen’.

      Location: Vijayanagar Beach, Havelock Island and Sitapur Beach, Neil island

    • Cicada Lounge Bar and Grill

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      Created in the design of a forest, Cicada Lounge Bar & Grill calls for a visit, owing to its amazing setting. An ideal hangout point, the setting here gratifies you in its strange aura. Enjoy the real-time jobs and offer yourself a superb experience. Groove your body to the exciting songs as you sip a glass of exquisite wine. The outstanding selection of liquors available here is an utmost joy. Avail the excellent service offered at Cicada and makes you check out worth cherishing. Also, the prices charged at this bar are quite reasonable, thus letting you reduce your costs. As the name suggests, the grill items offered right here are genuinely ambrosial and leaves you craving for extra. Go ahead and participate in a craving experience at this fantastic location.

      Location: Beach #5, Havelock Island, 744211 Aberdeen, Andaman And Nicobar Islands, Indi

  • Available throughout India, jet skiing is counted among the most enthralling water sports. The Andaman Islands is the best place to try your hand at this activity for a number of reasons. It has the right amount of thrill and pleasure that any adrenaline junkie could ask for. The cherry on the top, jet skiing in the clear waters of the Andamans is definitely a mesmerising experience. Grasping you at a high speed, a jet ski takes you to ride the powerful waves. The best part is that people of all age groups can enjoy this adventurous activity. Thus, it is a good way to cherish family time together. Moreover, the pricing for jet skiing is comparatively low with regard to various other water sports in the Andamans.

    Jet skiing definitely stands out among all the water sports in the Andaman Islands. However, it is affected by weather conditions. It should not be done during a heavy downpour or a storm; otherwise, it would be highly dangerous. Therefore, before heading out to enjoy this superb activity, don’t forget to check the weather conditions first. And for your own safety, don’t stand up while driving the jet ski.

    Things you should know about jet skiing in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands

    • Activity type: Fun and adventure

    • Suited for: Both adults and kids

    • Age limit: 10-60 years

    • Time duration: Ten minutes

    5 best places for jet skiing in the Andaman Islands

    You may think that the experience of jet skiing is the same everywhere, but that is not true. The experience is definitely far better when done at a top place. Andamans is a great destination where you can go for jet skiing, and there are some places there that have the right amount of current, wind, and ensured safety. These places offer you an unforgettable jet skiing experience.

    1. Corbyn’s Cove Beach (Port Blair)

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      Corbyn Cove Beach in the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is counted among the most popular tourist destinations on the island. Jet skiing is a preferred water sport there as it has a fair amount of thrill in it and at the same time, it is absolutely safe as well. When in Port Blair, don’t miss out on this activity at any cost. The thrilling ride on the powerful waves of the beach gives you the much-needed adrenaline rush. Its tides are comparatively high with regard to other beaches in the town. You fly above the water and dive through it. An experienced jet skier will accompany you at all times to keep you safe. Thus, anyone can go for this activity as your complete safety is ensured.

      Port Blair has a number of options for beach bums who are looking for the best beaches and islands to relax under the sun and laze around. Its nearby beaches are perfect for a rejuvenating escape that lets travellers soak in the beauty of Mother Nature. After a long day, all everyone wants is to take a leisurely stroll surrounded by peaceful beach vibes. Corbyn Cove is one of the most famous beaches in Port Blair. People come here for boating, water scooters, and jet skiing as well. It is easily accessible, and you can spend hours here while relaxing, shopping, and eating

    2. Water Sports Complex (Port Blair)

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      Commonly known as Water Sports Complex, Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex is one of the top tourist attractions in Port Blair, the capital town. Locals as well as travellers love this place equally. The complex serves as a memorial for the battle between the British and the Andamanese that took place in 1859 and which is known as the Battle of Aberdeen. The complex spans around an area of two kilometers. It was built as a park for relaxing and walking. You can reach there easily by taking the stairs down from the Cellular Jail. There are a lot of activities that you can do at the complex and jet skiing is the most popular one.

      Jet skiing is a popular water sport in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. You can ride a jet ski and have fun on the mighty waves. If you love speed and want to whizz over the powerful waters of the Bay of Bengal, then this adventurous water activity is just for you! Also, if you don’t want to ride, then you can just enjoy the adrenaline rush by sitting behind the trainer

    3. Elephant Beach (Havelock Island)

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      If you are looking for an adrenaline rush while vacationing in the Andamans, then jet skiing is what you need to do. Opt for this thrilling water ride if you are a big fan of adventure sports and speed. It is sure to offer the ultimate adventure experience. If you are not confident enough to try several other underwater activities, then jet skiing at Elephant Beach stands as the best option for you. An exhilarating experience, make your Andaman holidays fun-filled and memorable with this water sport. Indulging the adventuresome side of your personality, jet skiing is an action-packed ride that is a must-do here. While you zoom on the calm waters and feel the wind, admire the clear blue water and splendid coastlines of the Andamans that are sure to leave you awestruck. For an invigorating experience on the seas, just hop on a jet ski at the gorgeous Elephant Beach.

      Elephant Beach is heaven! It is beautiful beyond any words. It is like a huge, endless blanket of different shades of blue. The grandeur of bright green trees grown on white sand below the white clouds that look like cotton candy tucked in a clear blue sky is indescribable. There are a variety of beautiful shells spread all over the place like jewels. The splendor of this beach cannot be described in any words or photographs. You get to feel it yourself by seeing it with your own eyes. Apart from getting surrounded by an aura of magnificence here, you can also indulge in an underwater fun activity- sea walking. Earlier, scuba diving could also be done there but now that has been discontinued and is open for sea walking only.

      There is no road network to reach this beach. One has to take either ferry or trek for an hour to get there.

    4. North Bay Island

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      A must-see island in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands that promises to make your vacation super special is North Bay Island. It is located near Phoenix jetty in Port Blair. The corals spread over the extensive region of North Bay Island are majestic. You can spot different fishes, lobsters, or even shellfishes on the coral reef. While you are on this island, you can appreciate the natural beauty of the whole region.

      Andaman Island, the untouched Indian union territory, is a storehouse of adventure sports for adrenaline junkies from all over the world. Especially famous for its water sports, North Bay Island is popular for offering such activities that can be enjoyed by swimmers as well as non-swimmers. The island is famous among adventure seekers owing to the diversity of water sports one can experience here. Having a multitude of activities available for one and all, no one can get bored on this little piece of paradise. Jet skiing is one such activity that can be done here by tourists of all age groups.

      If you are a nature lover or marine life enthusiast, then you will be amazed to see the lovely coral reefs that are extremely appealing. If you consider yourself a water baby and the ocean is your second home, then North Bay Island should be your next stop. The splendor of coral reefs is sure to take your breath away. This island is a paradise for adventure seekers. Here, you can spend some quality time enjoying the sights of nature while basking under the sun. Adrenaline junkies can indulge in activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, sea walking, jet skiing, and more.

    5. Bharatpur Beach (Neil Island)

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      Neil Island is famous for jet skiing. The Bharatpur Beach here is known for the beautiful and colorful coral formation. That’s why the population of fishes is more here. This beach is a must-visit on this island owing to the coral population. The place is a popular spot for fishing and angling as well. The beach is the perfect place to try your hand at jet skiing as it has the required amount of water current.

      Some of the prettiest beaches in the Andamans are located in Neil Island, and Bharatpur Beach is one of them. The scenic beaches boast white sands and uninterrupted views of the clear blue skies. During monsoon, the sight changes entirely as the sky becomes way too dramatic. Evenings here are the best moments to view nature at its best. If you are willing to spend a relaxed time amid long secluded beaches, then this beach is best suited for you. It is like a gold mine for solo backpackers as well, especially solo female travellers.

      Excited to try jet skiing at any one of these best places in the Andaman Islands? All you have to do is contact Andaman Island Travels to make all the bookings for you. Its experienced tour operators will take care of all your travel requirements including accommodation as well. If you are in the planning stage of your vacation in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, then contact Andaman Island Travels to make all your bookings. A well-known and trusted tour agency, it is located in Port Blair and is committed to help you in planning the holiday of your dreams as per your budget and requirements. If you are also seeking that thrill and natural splendor, then choose us to design the best tour package for you. Whether you want to see the most popular points of interest or explore the unexplored, just brief our experienced team and they will give you nothing but the best!

      Quaint beaches, crystal clear blue water, and rich history make the Andaman Islands the best choice for a relaxed, fun-filled vacation. Whether you want to go for long treks, sunbathe or enjoy deep-sea diving, this little paradise has something for everyone.

      The Andaman Islands, the union territory of India located in the Bay of Bengal, comprise nearly 600 islands, islets and rocks. Among these, only around 40 are inhabited till date. Speaking of major tourist attractions across the islands, Port Blair- the capital city, is among the top choices. Along with that, there are so many other pristine islands that are capable of mesmerising travellers from around the world. These islands promise 360-degree entertainment to you whether you are a history buff, a beach bum, or an adrenaline junkie. Here, you have the most fabulous photo opportunities, enthralling water sports activities such as jet skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, parasailing, and so many others, along with secluded destinations that are waiting to get explored by adventurers like you.

      The Andaman Islands is a highly preferred travel destination among honeymooners and families because of its natural marvels. But you should know that the island has a lot to offer to a solo traveller as well, irrespective of gender. The place is extremely safe for everyone. The best time to visit the islands is from October to May. The below-mentioned attractions should be included in your travel itinerary if you want to see the best of the Andaman Islands. Let’s get ready to dive into this amazing jewel of the Bay of Bengal! Get set go for an ultimate solo backpacking journey!

      So what are you waiting for? Plan your adventurous trip to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and get, set, go! It is the hotspot of a number of water sports and trying all of them while holidaying here would be the best thing to do. People of all age groups will find something interesting to do here!

  • The beach is a prime spot to spend a romantic getaway. The natural beauty and breaking waves set the perfect ambiance for ideas for romantic, day or night. Whether you’re a seasoned couple or fairly new in your relationship, here is an awesome place recommendation when we talk about romantic things to do on your beach getaway. And, the place is none other than ours very own live paradise- Andaman Islands. 

    India’s most romantic destination, the Andaman and Nicobar islands is situated off the east coast in the middle of the Bay of Bengal. It is connected to the mainland through sea and air routes from Kolkata, Visakhapatnam and Chennai. It is best known for its white sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters all around, deep green tropical forests and uninterrupted presence of peace. Striking beaches and pristine reefs that ring most of the islands are the principal attraction for tourists. It makes for an optimum honeymoon location, not different from any foreign land. Romantic weather, delectable scenes of the nature and a place which offer couples to spend the high-end of a quality time together. Newly wedded couples can find a safe and friendly environment at the Andaman Islands. One can find various attractive tour packages to go to the destination, or can plan their own trip and get a local guide at the island itself.

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    * Places to Visit

    The beaches of the Andaman Islands offer a lot of activities to do with your loves ones. Each beach in Andaman is different from the other. They provide attractive scenes, place to relax under the sun or a casual swim in the crystal clear waters. One finds it a place for surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, jet skiing and sea walking. Junket of nature, marine parks and gilded beach resorts are preferences for honeymooners in Port Blair. Sea views, sunsets, cellular jail tour, and light and sound shows are must see. Day tour can include shopping, games and local foods. Live music in the evening bring great romantic mood for dinner.

    Havelock Island Beach(aka Swaraj Dweep) is a most talked about spot among romantic travelers. Blue waters and white sand makes a perfect combination to laze around it with your loved ones.Here, a resort named as Havelock Island Beach Resort compliments your all romantic ideas at this heavenly island surrounded by clear water and tropical green canopy of the rainforest.

    Neil Island is another place to visit in the entire tour. It is known for its scenic natural bliss with white sandy beaches and green forests. It can be reached by ferries. Snorkeling and scuba diving is also available. Non adventurous guests can get glass bottom boat rides to witness visually ecstatic world of corals and fishes without entering into the water.

    Ross Island has historical and archeological ruins of British era. One can find himself transported to pre independent Indian era after travelling to Ross Island.

    The North Bay Island gives comprehensive feel of summer and sand. Apart from all other sports offered at other Andaman Islands, it provides the option of being in a semi submarine which takes the couples down to the ocean bed, even without touching water, and gives the feeling of being under water. It can easily be reached from Port Blair by a boat in just 15 minutes.

    Radhanagar beach on Havelock Island is sort of a dream out a fairy book because of its grandiose beauty. It has white sandy beaches with lavish green forests bordering it. This place is good for spending time with your loved ones.

    Newly wedded couples can find some peace and break from the crowded world at Kaala Pathar beach. Laxmanpur Beach, a quiet beach at the tip of Neil Island, is idle for honeymoon couples in Andaman as it is hardly crowded. Water is clear and the sunset is the delight of all visitors. Munda Pahar Beach, Amkunj Beach, New Wandoor Beach, Bharatpur Beach, Elephant Beach, Baratang Island and Little Andaman Island are also must go for newly wedded couples. One can visit these places at affordable costs. If someone wants to go for honeymoon or to spend quality time with loved ones or want to visit some foreign destinations with low budget, a tour to Andaman and by visiting these beaches and islands can bring the same feel in Indian land itself.

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    * Some can’t resist Ideas for your quality Romantic Memories:

    1. Candle light dinner: Candle light dinner beneath the moon, along sea shore, is great thing to experience. Deep conversations are taken forward with a glass of wine is more romantic thing to do. Several restaurants in Andaman offer such candle light dinner. Candlelight dinner on the beach is a must-do sensory delight, probably it is the most romantic dining experience, ideal for an under-the-stars celebration. The aromatic candles spread the romantic mode and you will be led to the dining table arranged near the beach. Enjoy the delicious food on your table as the sea waves play the chorus music.
    2. Dine on a cruise ship: Cruise ship journey is demanded by every tourist. Couples can have a romantic dinner with the open blue sky and sea to get heavenly experience.
    3. Dive: Swim along the marine life of the sea with your partner makes your honeymoon more memorable.
    4. Wobble along with the music: No matter whichever club you go, this adds more romance in between you and your partner.
    5. Indulge each other, together: Couples massages encourage bonding, increase the comfort level for both individuals, and offers a rare opportunity. For you do something together where you’ll both leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. As if these weren’t reasons enough, imagine experiencing all of these things on a pristine beach. The sound of waves lapping on the shore in the background, and the cool ocean breezes teasing your skin.
    6. Scavenger Hunt on the Beach: Scavenger hunts on the beach make for such a cute date idea. This is particularly true if going in the late evening or early morning as there will be fewer people around and the things that get hidden won’t be disturbed. Not only is this a fun activity to do with a significant other, but it really sparks up the bond between two people.This is because the scavenger hunt revolves around their relationship and there is usually a prize at the end. This could be the proposal ring from the last idea, flowers, jewellery, tickets to something, etc. Basically, the prize is any kind of gift the other wants to give their boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, or wife! Planning out a scavenger hunt may sound like a lot of work, but it is not! In fact, it can be quite simple. It all depends on how much hunting has to be done. Shorter scavenger hunts can be fun and still result in a great time. However, going too overboard and it taking too long can ruin the experience. There should be a balance! This balance can be 5 to 10 clues. The clues can be pictures or quotes from the relationship or a favoured television show. The key is to create a build-up for the prize. The clues will drop subtle hints as to where the other clues are and ultimately the prize. It can also be clues describing bits of the final prize as well. When doing this on the beach, planning is key. The clues can be put in envelopes or small boxes from a dollar store that can be buried in the sand. They can be found through playing “hot or cold” by telling the person how close they are to a clue. Another great way to execute it can be through a small map that is drawn up for the clue locations. Other places to consider hiding clues can be in driftwood, behind rocks, or even plant life that backdrops a beachfront. This fun idea really makes an exciting beach date!
    7. Collect sea shells and make each other jewelry: Part ways from your significant other and find seashells and other beach items to make jewelry for your other half. Even if the jewelry is not 100% wearable, it is the thought that counts.
    8. Have a Private Slow Dance Party: Pop in your I-Phone into portable speakers and make a playlist with the most romantic slow songs(perhaps Lag ja gale would be the best one, thank me later) for couple dance. Dance the night away under the moon lite sky.
    9. Carve your names into the sand: Use a stick or your fingers to carve you names into the sand. Although, the water might wash away your words, you love will live through you both.
    10. Holds hand while you star gaze: When you are at the beach, the stars seem bigger and brighter than usual. You can try guessing the name of the star constellations while holding each other’s hand.
    11. Pitch a tent and wait for sunrise: Sunsets are always amazing to watch but if you can catch the sunrise, it is even better. Pitch a tent together and stay up all night waiting for the sunrise. You can fill in the time to talk about your likes, ideas, and hobbies.
    12. Under-water proposal: Proposals are most special yet important part of a relationship for any couple. So, its highly advisable that it should be done in a way that its romantic essence never gets faded even after decades. The more creatively done, the romantic it becomes and what can be more creative than doing it underwater, where the thoughtless mind intensifies soulful values to the proposal. 

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    Destination wedding

    The best destination wedding offered in India is in Andaman. Beaches at Havelock Island are the best choice for destination wedding. Resorts with sea in the background are most preferred. All the arrangements are done by the resort booked for the wedding. Being at one of the best honeymoon destinations in the world, couples can take a honeymoon package for sightseeing and relaxation, and to spend some quality time with each other.

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    Underwater Wedding

    Underwater wedding is a unique concept for the couples who seek to make their special day memorable. This will be something which will make families and friends to talk for years. Havelock Island is the best location for this special occasion. Resorts over here have beaches which provide destination and underwater weddings. They provide best professional divers and a priest to accompany the couples and guests underwater. After all the ceremonies are done, a beautiful reception can be hosted in stunning gardens or pools and bars of the resort.

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    Adventurous activities to try

    Not all dates have to be focused on food or drink. The beach is such a great area to partake in water sports. Whether someone is a pro at all the fun the beach has to offer or they are new to the game, some fun can be had!

    A couple can explore a new water sport together or do something they regularly do.

    The reason water sports make for a great beach date is because they get to spend time together doing something they enjoy! Andaman Island’s beaches can be the source of some really exciting water sports for a couple to enjoy.

    Adventure sports are available at affordable prices in safe environment. Scuba dive is one of the most demanded adventurous sports in Andaman. The best place for scuba diving in India is in Andaman itself. Also, scuba dive in Andaman is one of the best in the world. It neither requires any swimming skill nor a training course. The program is conducted under supervision of fully trained dive professionals. One can swim across colorful corals, beautifully patterned fishes, and seabed gardens in silent waters with full certitude and no fear. Places for scuba diving are- in and around Havelock Island, Lighthouse, Aquarium, Mac Point, Barracuda City, and Seduction Point. Havelock Island is best for dive in Andaman. One can also experience night diving at Lighthouse, a large diving site in Andaman. One can easily spot Dugongs, only after Australia and Eastern Africa, at Mac Point. Here, you get to dive with Dugongs. You can also swim with sea turtles while dive at Barracuda City. Unexplored sites and lots of underwater marine life can be seen while dive at Seduction Point.

    Banana Boat Ride is another sport to try at Andaman. A safe banana shape boat is provided with life jackets and thrill loving couples love to experience this ride.

    Underwater Sea Walk is best moment to spend with your loved ones as you take photos while walking through the peculiar aqua life and heat-stopping coral reefs. Glass Bottom Boating, Snorkeling, Kayaking, Parasailing and Jet Skiing are must try sports for couples. Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex is also a must go for the couples.

    If you are planning for honeymoon, wedding or a tour with your family and friends, Andaman is the best place to choose. Beautiful beaches, eye-catching scenes, beaches, resorts and lots of adventurous places and games are ready to host your visit.

  • There has been a common perception that beaches and sunny days are best pairs to cherish but trust me sunset and nightlife at beaches are the next level heavenly thing to experience in this hell called Earth. Nights adored with twinkling stars and pleasant bgm of waves add phenomenal values to the delight of your night parties at beach side.

    I know the common image that has popped up in your mind is of Goa beaches(plans that never fails to let us fail them).But hold my beer pals, very few of you know about kind of underrated gem- Andaman and Nicobar Island.

    This reluctant nature is quite understandable as for most of us India ends at lower peninsula.

    Natural beauty of Andaman and Nicobar makes it one of the best tourist places in India. Every year, number of tourists visit the union territory to enjoy its scenic beauty. To get an idea about the tourist attractions of the islands, you can make a good research by using sources like travel related books and magazines on Andaman and Nicobar islands. This way, you can thoroughly enjoy Andaman and Nicobar’s natural beauty when you actually visit the island. Located in the Bay of Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar islands comprise of around 572 islands, wonderful beaches and evergreen forests. Though some of the islands have been colonized, few amazing islands offer exciting beach activities. Amid hidden natural beauty of the deep sea, you can explore the deep and clear waters of the islands and the natural beauty of Andaman and Nicobar with fool-proof planning.

    So, let’s take you to a textual trip to this paradise and see what really makes it to talk about in context of spending your best weekend and vacation.

    *Havelock Island Beach Resort

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    Havelock Island Beach(aka Swaraj Dweep) is a most talked about spot among travelers in Andaman. Blue waters and white sand makes a perfect combination to laze around it with your favorite mock tail in hand.

    Here, a resort named as Havelock Island Beach Resort compliments your chilling out at this heavenly island surrounded by clear water and tropical green canopy of the rainforest.

    With its convenient location hotel offers easy access to the city's must see destinations. This Resorts facilities and hospitality ensures a pleasant stay for the guests.

    8 rooms spread over floors provide a warm and pleasant home away from home. 

    If you are a party animal and are wondering how the nightlife is in Havelock Island and how are you going to experience the much-hyped Saturday night there, then let us tell you that this island has a very lively nightlife that is popular all across the Andaman Islands. If you want to know do clubs exist in Havelock, then let is share the secret with you. Head to Havelock Island Beach Resort to get happening party vibes. Here, lavish beachfront resort hosts the best parties across the island. Here, you will get the best drinks and the best music. All this by the seashore where you can have an unforgettable tropical party. Party animals come here to enjoy nightlife in Havelock Island and Havelock Beach Resort do their best to make their time memorable.

    Here staff is highly experienced in taking care of all your needs. The trendy music beats will make you groove to their tunes. Whether you are on a honeymoon or a bachelor party, everyone is going to have a blast at the night parties at Havelock Island Beach Resort. The bar serves a wide variety of beverages including cocktails, mocktails, wine, scotch, etc along with non-alcoholic drinks as well. Start the party with mouth-watering starters and appetizing seafood. Enjoy your refreshing drink with a fantastic view. Parties at Havelock Island Beach Resort are one of their kinds. Not too loud but full of fun! Have a great time amidst greenery, tropical breeze, and stunning beach.

    This hotel offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest:

    Modern comforts such as television LCD/plasma screen, internet access – wireless, internet access – wireless (complimentary), air conditioning, wake-up service can be found in selected rooms. The hotel's private beach, outdoor pool, diving, fishing, garden are ideal places to relax and unwind after a busy day. Whatever your purpose of visit, Havelock Island Beach Resort is an excellent choice for your stay in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

    Built in 2014, Havelock Island Beach Resort is a distinct addition to Andaman and Nicobar Islands and a smart choice for travelers. The hotel lies 62 Km from the city center and provides accessibility to important town facilities. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

    Havelock Island Beach Resort is located at beach no.2,Govind Nagar Beach(a km away from Havelock Harbor).

    Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep), welcomes you to the Aqua Wonder of India, where gigantic ships seem like a small aquatic animal while sailing in the vast sea. Where human existence seems as meaningless and a numb mind creates a matter of inner peace because on one side it offers lavish night parties and musics but on other side it also takes you to inner peace journey of your soul. People here seems as a small as a drop of saline water, but as meaningful as the sun that sets every evening only to rise again next morning with high spirits and novelty in is old yet eternal.

    The pristine surroundings of Havelock entice us. Be it the crystal clear water changing variety of shades between blue and green, the spotlessly white sand with diamond-like shine and softness of sandalwood powder, tropical greenery, picturesque corals, sparse underwater gems, multi-coloured aquatic animals, submerged rocks, or exciting sites for adventure sports. Havelock Island is a paradise hiding in plain sight. Whether you want to relax in isolation and enjoy the inherent pleasure of stillness on its halcyon beaches, swim along with the corals and marine species while enjoying the water sports, or enjoy the unusual coalition of serenity and adventure while exploring the tropical greens and mangroves while kayaking or trekking through the jungles. This destination has all in its platter to make a holiday memorable and joyous.

    * Refreshing restaurants ,bars and pubs-

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    As I said, Nightlife at beaches are phenomenal thing to experience.But for this you always need a perfect place to groove at night and socialize a bit at this Island far away from your home.Need not worry Havelock Island Beach also takes care of your this need with its hugely appreciated restaurants,bars and pubs.

    • Nemo Café & Bar, Havelock(aka Havelock Island Beach Club)
      If you’re in Havelock and are yearning for a sea view, a DJ night, commendable hospitality, lively ambience, lip-smacking food, and quick service, Nemo Cafe is the place to be. You’ll get pretty much everything here. They can do party arrangements in case you plan to surprise your better half or your friend(s). Candlelights are a plus. Enquire before you go to know, as some days the place is closed for large party bookings.

      Nemo Café , also known as Havelock Island Beach Club is especially the best idea for the guests of the resort as it is just a few steps away from the comfort of your room. After spending your day sightseeing, beach hopping or doing scuba diving, night time is the most perfect time to just rejuvenate and chill. Spend some time strolling on the while silky sand of the beach amidst the calming sound of waves and lush greenery. Appreciate the beauty of the star-studded sky and the moonlight touching the ocean. This is something that you cannot ever experience in your city. Such is the gorgeousness of Havelock Island! The fascinating lights used for decorating the whole place further enhance the beauty of the café and bar. Relax on the sun deck, and order your favorite drink as well as the food of your choice. All this while getting spellbound by the splendor of the Nemo Café. And after spending a few hours enjoying and relaxing, you can simply go back to your lavish room and have a good night’s sleep.

      Location: Beach No.2, Havelock Island Beach Resort, Govind Nagar Beach, Havelock Island

    • Amaya, Seashell, Port Blair
      With a magnificent rooftop sea view in Port Blair, Amaya is a fine multi-cuisine restro bar. The outdoor seating overlooks the sea and is a perfect location to enjoy the sea breeze, an intimate candlelight dinner, or just sing along (to the live music) with your friends. Amaya offers excellent seafood, barbeque, sizzlers and cocktails. Live music, sets the mood. This place tops our chart of Restaurants in Port Blair.
      Recommendation: Amaya Seafood Platter and Signature Flaming shots

      Location: Seashell Hotel, Marine Hill

    • Nico-Bar, Fortune Bay Island, Port Blair
      Nico Bar (the bar of a famous hotel in Port Blair) is a well-stocked bar with one of the best views of the islands. It overlooks North Bay island and one can see the lighthouse (behind the old 20 rupee note) from here. They offer various selections of spirits, wines and beers along with lip-smacking snacks (can get the main course at a family restaurant in the same hotel). They vouch on their fruity concoctions served in coconut shells – their barman’s speciality.

      Location: Marine Hill, Port Blair, 744101

    • Pink Fly Lounge Bar, Port Blair
      Port Blair’s only night club, this place is for those who like to party and dance the night away. They keep changing their night party themes to keep the regulars hooked. Situated on the ground floor of Hotel Shompen, it is adorned with pink lights and motorbikes that creates an electrifying ambience. Snacks are good and the bar is well stocked. If you still have some space left for food, you can visit ‘The Love Garden’, Hotel Shompen’s in-house rooftop restaurant.


      Location: 2 Middle Point, Opposite Bengali Club, Port Blair

    • Full Moon Cafe, Havelock
      A view of the beach, friendly staff and delightful food – there is no place that brings all these together like the Full Moon Café. This charming restaurant is set inside island Vinnies (Dive India) and has grown to be one of the most recommended places to enjoy a quiet dinner at the beach. The setting is cosy with comfortable sofas, dim ambient lighting and pleasant music. Though some of the dishes may seem pricier than those of other restaurants, we believe it’s a good value for money.

      Location: Dive India, Beach No. 3

    • Bonova Cafe and Pub, Havelock

      Seashells in-house Pub, it is one of the best in Havelock. It’s vibrant ambience owes it to its interior design and the occasional DJ nights. For food and drinks, Bonova cafe is an outstanding dining area that offers delicious snacks, cocktails and seafood. It’s a lot of fun, especially for large groups.


      Location: Beach Number 2, Govind Nagar Beach, Havelock

    • Something Different – A beachside Cafe, Havelock
      It’s a beautiful seaside cafe, located very close to the Havelock jetty. With low seating and beach murals on the wall, the interiors here are a fresh change from the several other restaurants that dot Havelock’s beaches. Multi-cuisine veg and non-veg dishes are available. With a 100 pax capacity, this cafe is perfect for lazy meals and large groups. To make your journey hassle-free, they provide free pick and drop from hotels. Upon prior request, they even cater to beach camping and bonfire requests. Best for families with children!

      Location: Beach No. 2 

    • Venom Bar, Havelock
      It’s a part of Symphony Palms beach resort, and is one of the most happening and the oldest bars in Havelock. Famed for its drinks and ambience, the bar also boasts of a stunning beach view. What makes it happening is that the live music doesn’t lose its charm as they invite different artists every month. Generally thronged by travellers, it offers a good chance of meeting them and exchanging interesting travel stories.

      Location: Symphony Palms Beach Resort, Beach No. 3

    • Fat Martin’s Cafe, Havelock and Neil
      There are some places where if you go once, you keep coming back. This is one of them. They have an interesting menu, sit down dining, live music (on most days), great 

      vibes, and is comparatively easy on the pocket. They also provide free (but slow) wifi – a luxury in Andamans. Though we recommend you to try everything here, but in case you cannot visit again, do not miss out on the dessert ‘Hello to the queen’.

      Location: Vijayanagar Beach, Havelock Island and Sitapur Beach, Neil island

    * Scuba Diving at Night-

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    If you’re a scuba diver, this is an experience you just cannot miss. Diving with a torch in hand at night in itself can be a ‘resume glorifying’ event, but what’s going to be memorable are the diverse varieties of marine life you shall spot down there. This is seasonal and is subject to weather conditions. You can enquire about this from established PADI Dive centres. 

  • The weather is warm, the days are long, and flowers are in full bloom, summer truly is a magical time of the year. After saying yes to the love of your life, you might be in the process of finalising a wedding date. But it doesn’t just stop there. Does it? You have yet to decide upon the shenanigans. Right from the decor to the cuisine served, there’s a lot that needs your attention while planning a wedding. Summer weddings have their charm, and we are here to bring you up to speed. What if we tell you that we have some fun and easy ideas that will make your wedding, unique, interesting, and a picture-perfect affair? Unconventional is the new conventional. Destination weddings are just another trend that became a norm after grabbing attention for their intimate and memorable take on weddings. So, let us begin at the beginning.

    1. Take Vows At A ‘Cool’ Destination

    Summers are a perfect time to sip on a pina colada while sunbathing on a beach. Well, imagine a beach wedding, under the shade of palm trees, and the perfect sound of the waves crashing against the shore, leaving little shells behind. Summer weddings can be a sultry affair when you are in the wrong place at the wrong time. With the right venue in hand, to get hitched and lo and behold, your summer wedding might just become a tale of its times. Though the first destination that pops in anyone’s head at the mention of the beach, is Goa, here is another place that is just right for a summer wedding. We agreed to take the unconventional route, did we not? Andamans in all its glory, with its exotic backdrop, crystal clear waters and famed beaches can be ideal for your D-day. A treasure trove of exquisite vistas, Andaman is full of things that can make you go gaga. Don’t you want a wedding that is as incredible and unique as you? Well, what better way to ensure that by deciding to take vows at a place we would like to call 'a little slice of paradise'! As songwriter Van Morrison says and we quote, "Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly."

    2. Turn Your Outdoor Function Into A Pool Party!

    An Indian wedding hardly is what you call a day’s affair. Unlike English weddings, our celebration lasts up to three to four days; to say the least. One of the days hosts functions for either Haldi or Mehndi or both combined. The best way to have an outdoor day-function in summers and literally not get fried in the heat is to turn it into a pool party. Summers are yet another chance of plunging into the waters and taking a chill pill. What better way to celebrate your Mehndi or Haldi, dancing to the pop chartbusters while playing in the pool with your friends and cousins? The photos during the function will definitely give out some major Bollywood vibes! It sure is a way to notch things up a little. With a poolside bar and a DJ on board, the guests are going to love it. And, so are you!

    3. Take your cocktail party on a cruise!

    While some wedding ceremonies revolve around the family, some functions are a treat, especially for your friends and cousins. A cocktail or an engagement party sounds like one of them. What can your cocktail party have in common with some dope Bollywood party songs, other than the drinks and glamour? Well, how do you like the idea of a cocktail cruise party? Andamans is a delight in summer. Owing to the star-studded night sky, the ocean below transforms into a shimmering sea of stars. With a live DJ, cocktails, mocktails, seafood cuisine, and your guests on board, the cruise will be ready to set sail in the evening. Put your dancing shoes on and swing to the tunes of your favourite dance number! Your close ones, a cruise, a celebration, hmm, where have we heard a song for that? Hint Hint, our pick for the same has to be, Gallan Goodiyan! What do you say?

    4. Choose a unique theme!

    Theme plays the most crucial role in a wedding. Choose breezy and fresh summer hues for the decor. The flowers can be arranged according to the season, adding a touch of summer in the ambience. You can also play around the idea of shells and sand while sending out the wedding invitation. Basically, you can experiment a whole lot with the theme and colours. While the attire most couples go with for a wedding is traditional, that doesn’t mean you can’t try different outfits for other functions. Experiment with breezy, flowy, breathable fabric and style. Remember, the backdrop is exotic on its own, and the right theme in hand might just accentuate everything.

    5. Try your hand at water activities

    Andamans and adventure go hand in hand. When the wedding preparations get a little overwhelming at times, there is no harm in letting go for a while and taking in your surroundings (we mean nature and not the chatter) to feel at ease. Even the guests might find themselves looking for ways to blow off some steam. What better way to this, than by indulging in a little aqua adventure? The vast ocean seduces you to take a dip and traverse the world of corals and fishes underwater. On your visit to Andamans, you have snorkelling, scuba diving, parasailing, undersea walking, speed boating, and kayaking at your fingertips. Might we also recommend an underwater photo shoot for the couple? You are welcome.

    To plan your fairytale wedding in Andaman, get in touch with us and drop an inquiry here. Andaman Island Travels have been hosting events and weddings in Andaman and will connect with you at the earliest to understand your requirements. Congratulations and cheers! We would love to hear from you.

  • While sun-kissed beaches with gleaming waters seem like the idea of a perfect retreat, in Andamans, there is a longing for more. The archipelago floating in the Indian Ocean offers a tropical oasis with an exotic landscape with its cluster of islands, extraordinary biodiversity, and a plethora of natural marvels. Wondering what natural wonder we are exploring in this article today? Well, behold, a comprehensive know-it-all guide for travellers about 'Turtle Nesting' in Diglipur.

    Turtle Nesting - What is it?

    Turtle Nesting is a term collectively used to describe the process of sea turtles laying eggs on sandy beaches and the hatching of those eggs. The location and season of nesting entirely depend on the species of sea turtles. Andamans is a popular nesting site in the South Asian region— and the only one in India. During the nesting season, female turtles make their way to the beaches and dig a hole in the sand where they further lay their eggs. These sea turtles manage to place around 100 eggs in each nest and make 3–7 nests during the nesting season. Female turtles lay their eggs late at night and leave them unattended; ordinarily, the eggs take 45 – 90 days to hatch. They break open the shell with their temporary tooth, after which a plethora of hatchlings begin crawling through the soft sand towards the ocean for the first time.

    Types of Sea Turtles Found in Diglipur

    Diglipur relishes the geographical advantage that ensures the annual visits by four kinds of the turtles, namely Olive Ridley ?(Lepidochelys olivacea)?, Leather Back (Dermochelys coriacea) , Hawksbill ?(Eretmochelys imbricata) and Green Turtles ?(Chelonia mydas)?. The Olive Ridley turtles are well-known in the Andamans. They produce about 100 eggs on each occasion with an incubation period of approximately 60 days. The leatherbacks are an unusual species in the Andaman archipelago for their population is among the significant territories in Indi-Pacific region. They produce about 85 eggs in each nest with an incubation period of almost 80 days. Hawksbill turtles are deemed vital for they are the most abundant species in India. They lay around 150-200 eggs in each nest with an incubation period of 60 days. Green Turtle is the most prevalent species in the Andamans. The eggs of green turtles hatch in almost 50 days with a success rate of 90% on a natural nest. If the nest is artificially relocated or caused any disturbance, the success rate may drop to 65%.

    Where in Diglipur?

    To witness turtle nesting in Andamans, one can visit Rangat and get to the Aamkunj beach, the Dhaninallah beach or head to Karmatang, also known as ‘Turtle Paradise’ of India. When in Diglipur, Kalipur beach is one of the few beaches in the world, where four magnificent and rare species of sea turtles, as named above, arrive annually to nest their eggs. There are amenities rendered by the Forest department for turtle nesting at Kalipur beach. In fact, it is one of the few beaches where the government has built a hatchery for solely this purpose. Ross and Smith Islands are home to Olive Ridley turtles that are widely popular for turtle nesting. Being at the right time at the right place, travellers might get to witness this natural wonder. ?Ramnagar Beach also relishes the topographical advantage that ensures the annual visits by Olive Ridley turtles and is also a nesting ground for these magnificent creatures. There is an artificial hatchery set up here, and visitors can witness the female sea turtles laying their eggs in the sand, and after they hatch, watching them make their way to the vast ocean.

    Getting there

    The remote beaches of Diglipur Island attract uncounted numbers of sea turtles to nest along the island's shore. On the populated and popular nesting sites, the hidden nests are located, unearthed and relocated to guard these endangered species. ?Diglipur Island lies roughly 298 kilometres via road and 100 nautical miles (180 kilometres) via sea from Port Blair. Via road, Diglipur from Port Blair is a journey of almost 13 hours traversing through the Andaman Trunk road. Daily buses between Port Blair and Diglipur run in the morning. Travellers also have the alternative of private AC buses that offer more convenience and are more expensive. One can also hire a private cab from Port Blair to Diglipur to make the journey comfortable. While planning a getaway to Diglipur, one can also take the journey of almost 8-9 hours sailing via ferry from Port Blair to Diglipur.

    Nesting Season

    Turtle nesting takes place during the winter season, and visitors can witness this must-see occurrence between October and March. A sight to watch, if lucky, people can witness both phenomenons, the nesting and the hatching. The phenomenon is hugely influenced by weather conditions. The nesting season of Olive Ridley turtles starts in October and ends in April. The nesting season of leatherbacks starts from March and ends in July. The nesting period of Hawksbill starts in September and ends in October. The nesting season of green turtles starts in June and ends in November.

    If you are a traveller

    Turtle nesting is usually witnessed at night, and it is advised to hire a local guide. They know the region well, and would be the best bet at educating you about the process.
    Remember, you must be quiet as a mouse during this time.
    Remember, to not try and touch the turtles or the eggs or go near them. They might feel threatened and go back into the ocean.
    Remember, to not feed the turtles.
    Remember, to not litter on the beach. Especially with plastic as turtles often mistake it for jellyfish.

    While you plan your vacation to Andamans, remember to keep the nesting season in mind, if you too would like to observe turtle nesting live in action. Andamans, with its idyllic beaches, awaits your arrival and Diglipur, with its concealed natural marvels. What are you waiting for?

  • Overview

    Saddle Peak, at the ascent of 732m, is the highest point in the Bay of Bengal and overlooks the glorious coasts of North and Middle Andaman. Surrounded by Saddle Peak National Park, the trail is steep and 8 kilometres long. The abode of the highest peak in Andamans, wild flora and fauna, deciduous evergreen rainforests, and natural wonders, Saddle Peak National Park lies approximately 5 kilometres from Diglipur and 300 kilometres from Port Blair. Set up in the year 1979, the national park houses Andaman wild pig, hill myna, water monitor, dolphins, imperial pigeon, the saltwater crocodile, and several more. With an area of roughly 33 square miles, the national park runs north to south along the eastern coast of the North Andaman Island, bordering the sea, adjacent to a long-drawn rocky beach. The park experiences a humid, warm and wet tropical climate, also identified as typically oceanic.

    Uninhabited by humans, tourists need to take permission from the Forest Department to be able to trek through this park. Herewith ensuring the safety and preservation of wildlife and the environment. After an 8-kilometre long trail to the peak from the entry gate, trekkers arrive at a vantage spot created at the top so that they can bask in the panoramic landscape. While taking a hike to the Saddle Peak, trekkers cross several huts and benches at close intervals to take short breaks to rest. There are three viewpoints on this trek, one offers a bird's eye view of the Andaman and Nicobar islands, the second peak also called, "ice degree peak" is the coldest point, and the third peak presents a phenomenal view traversing Diglipur to Mayabunder. Saddle Peak, which is the highest point in the archipelago lies in close vicinity to the Kalipur beach, Lamiya Bay Beach, Ramnagar Beach and the Twin Islands.

    How to reach

    Saddle Peak National Park is roughly 300 kilometres from Port Blair and 5 kilometres from Diglipur. Visitors can take a bus to Kalipur which is just 18 kilometres from Diglipur. From here, it hardly takes 10 minutes to reach Lamia Bay, which is the base of the Saddle Peak. Permits are issued from the Forest Department Office which lies opposite to the park entrance at the trailhead.

    Offers

    One of the most desirable places for botanists, nature and bird lovers, tourists can hike in this rain forest. Only day trip visits are allowed in this National Park, and one has to pay an entry fee and explore it from morning to evening. As of now, the camping facility is not there in this National Park. Visitors can discover various rare species of plants, reptiles, and birds. Hiking is the best way to explore this park for all ages of people. It is a secure park as you can find forest guards throughout this park and it's advisable to start your visit early in the morning and carry enough snacks and water as there is nothing available in Saddle peak National Park.

    Wondering what to do on Saddle Peak National Park?

    1. One of the most desirable places for botanists, nature and bird lovers, tourists can hike in this rain forest. Saddle Peak National Park houses Andaman wild pig, hill myna, water monitor, dolphins, imperial pigeon, the saltwater crocodile, and several more animals, along with a landscape that offers a freshwater pool, 10 perennial streams and 132 seasonal streams inside the Park.

    2. Saddle Peak, at the ascent of 732m, is the highest point in the Bay of Bengal and overlooks the glorious coasts of North and Middle Andaman. Trekking and hiking are a popular activity with tourists. After an 8-kilometre long trail to the peak from the entry gate, trekkers arrive at a vantage spot created at the top so that they can bask in the panoramic landscape.

    3. There are three viewpoints on this trek, one offers a bird's eye view of the Andaman and Nicobar islands, the second peak also called, "ice degree peak" is the coldest point, and the third peak presents a phenomenal view traversing Diglipur to Mayabunder.

    4. Visitors can expect to pass Kalpong, the only river of Andamans that flows through the forest and offers a refreshing freshwater stream where water is drinkable. Often trekkers stop for a while to wash their faces and catch some breath before continuing their hike.

    Closing statement

    Saddle Peak National Park houses a freshwater pool, which supplies water to Diglipur. Other than this, there are 10 perennial streams and 132 seasonal streams inside the Park. To maintain and preserve biodiversity, activities like development, forestry, poaching, hunting and grazing on cultivation are strictly prohibited. The forest is lush green and offers opportunities like scaling the natural steps made by the roots of old trees.

    Getting There: Make your way from Diglipur to Lamiya Beach. It marks the foothill of Saddle Peak, the highest peak of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Permits are issued from the Forest Department Office which lies opposite to the park entrance at the trailhead.

    What to do: Trekking, Bird Watching, and spotting rare animals.

    What not to miss: After an 8-kilometre long trail to the peak, trekkers arrive at a vantage spot created at the top so that they can bask in the panoramic landscape of North and Middle Andaman Islands.

    Best time to visit: Saddle Peak National Park welcomes visitors throughout the year. The best time of the year to visit is between the months of November to March. The monsoons last from June to October and the biodiversity blooms at that time as well, though monsoons in Andamans are a bit harsh.

    What to carry: Carry bottled water, sunglasses, cap/hat, comfortable clothing, and hiking shoes to enjoy the exploration. A camera to capture mesmerizing moments while trekking through the rainforest, and the bird-eye view of the archipelago.

    Nearby Attractions: Lamiya Bay Beach, Kalipur Beach, Alfred Caves

    Essential Info:

    Medical Facilities in Saddle Peak National Park- There is no medical facility near the beach, the closest community Health Centre is at Diglipur, and the closest medical facility is the G.B.P Hospital at Port Blair offering a team of super-specialized Doctors in the various departments.

    Timings- Saddle Peak can be visited anytime between Sunrise to sunset, thus 4 am to 5 pm is the best time to visit the national park to explore the national park wholeheartedly.

    Mobile Connectivity- Mobile connectivity in Saddle Peak might not be up to one’s expectation, thus keeping aside all the worldly attachments to overlook the magnificence of the neighbouring islands from the top.

  • Overview:

    Among the reigning landscapes of Andamans, Diglipur's crowned glory lies the tranquil village of Kalipur. What comes to mind when we talk about Kalipur are images of famed Kalipur beach, volcano grey sand, and turtle nesting. Kalipur beach is one of the few beaches in the world, where four rare species of sea turtles, Olive Ridley, Leather Back, Hawksbill and Green Turtles, come to nest their eggs. When the tide is low, the usual serene beach looks glum with corals scattered throughout and some mangrove trees embracing the coast. There are amenities rendered by the Forest department for turtle nesting at Kalipur beach. In fact, it is one of the few beaches where the government has built a hatchery for solely this purpose.

    Wherever you go in Andamans, crystal clear water follows, making it perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Kalipur beach is no exception to it. Snorkelling and scuba diving here offers a chance to dive deep in an ocean of rich coral reefs, fishes, and endangered species of turtles. Jellyfish, dead corals, mangrove plants at the beach shore grants it a warm and subtle vibe. Kalipur beach is a blend of sand and rock shores with a fishing village nearby. Visitors are advised against sunbathing as sandflies frequent the beach often. Despite the reports of spotting saltwater crocodiles around the stretch, no crocodiles have been found for quite some time now.

    How to reach:

    The tourist season in North Andaman is between November and March in a year. 90% are domestic tourists, and the rest are foreign nationals. Kalipur Beach is 300 kilometres from Port Blair, just 18 kilometres from Diglipur and is easily accessible via taxis or local buses. Tourists can take the bus from the main market (bazaar) in Diglipur to reach the beach as it lies behind the idyllic village of Kalipur.

    Offers:

    With an endless number of turtles that belong to rare species, Kalipur Beach in Diglipur is a beautiful beach where these magnificent creatures arrive annually to lay eggs. Turtle nesting takes place during the winter season, and visitors can witness this must-see occurrence between October and March. Female turtles lay their eggs late at night, and baby turtles begin crawling in morning hours. Visitors can expect to watch a plethora of hatchlings crawling through the soft sand towards the ocean for the first time. A sight to watch, if lucky, people can witness both phenomenons, the nesting and the hatching.

    Wondering what to do on Kalipur Beach?

    1. The beach is famed for its turtle nesting, and four kinds of turtles come here to lay their eggs. The site is preserved, and security guards are present 24x7 to ensure the safety of the turtles. One might need a guide at night to witness turtle nesting.

    2. If you want to witness the picturesque coral reefs in abundance and a variety of marine animals, then you must go for snorkelling and scuba diving at Kalipur beach. You might even get to see an octopus or a sea turtle deep in the water if you get lucky. If water adventures are not your thing, one may also enjoy swimming along the seashore. The ambience of the beach and lush mangrove backdrop makes swimming a surreal experience indeed.

    3. A twenty-minute swim away from the beach lies Craggy Island where the water is clear as a crystal and one can see fishes swimming beneath it. With vibrant coral reefs that are home to a range of colourful fishes and sea beings, Craggy Island is a beautiful sight to behold, swim and relax in.

    4. Saddle Peak, which is the highest point in the Bay of Bengal lies in close vicinity to the beach, and visitors can either trek to the peak or simply get the view of the same from the Kalipur Beach. You can see Kalipur Beach, Craggy Island and Lamia Bay once you reach the top.

    Closing statement:

    The beach relishes the geographical advantage that ensures the annual visits by four kinds of the turtles, namely Olive Ridley, Leather Back, Hawksbill and Green Turtles. Fringed by dense forest and sparkling sapphire waves, the grey-sand beach at Kalipur is one of the most loved spots for locals and tourists alike in Andaman and Nicobar Island.

    Getting There: Kalipur Beach can be easily reached from Diglipur by either hiring a car or travelling in public buses that run from Diglipur Bazaar.
    What to do: Snorkelling, scuba diving, turtle nesting, craggy island.
    What not to miss: Witness what the beach is famous for, turtle nesting.
    Best time to visit: Turtle nesting season is between the months of October to March making it the best time to visit the Kalipur beach to have experience of this natural phenomenon. Being close to the ocean, the climate remains pleasant throughout, welcoming visitors throughout the year.

    What to carry: Bottled water, sunglasses, cap/hat, flip flops, and swimwear to enjoy beach time. A camera to capture mesmerizing moments spent at the beach. You can get snorkelling gear from rental hire in Diglipur Town or Kalipur Beach.

    Nearby Attractions: Craggy Island, Lamiya Bay Beach, Saddle Peak

    Essential Info:

    Medical Facilities in Kalipur Beach- There is no medical facility near the beach, the closest community Health Centre is at Diglipur and the nearest medical facility is the G.B.P Hospital at Port Blair offering a team of super-specialized Doctors in the various departments.

    Timings- Kalipur Beach remains open throughout the day. The turtle nesting occurs most often at night.

    Mobile Connectivity- You might find a functional 2G network, and experience call drops, voice breaks during calls throughout.

  • Overview

    The abode of palm-fringed beaches, long shores, emerald ocean, and natural wonders, Ross & Smith Islands lie at a distance of 20 kilometres from Diglipur and 320 kilometres from Port Blair. Cradled in the lap of the Andaman archipelago, these twin islands orchestrate a colour play in nature's palette that changes with the tide and the sun. One of the most sought after destinations, Ross and Smith Islands can be identified in the pictures by its symbolic natural sandbar connecting these sister islands. To preserve the environment commercial activities are not licensed. The crystal clear water surrounding Ross & Smith Islands is ideal for snorkelling and swimming. Nevertheless, in the absence of service providers for the same, visitors are encouraged to bring their snorkelling gear to explore the hidden underground gems.

    One of the primary highlights to visit Diglipur is being able to cover the mystic twin islands. The oh-so-beautiful islands gained so much popularity among the travellers owing to the published articles and pictures. An aerial shot of two islands surrounded by emerald waters connected by a strip of sand has made rounds in several publications and social media. Ross & Smith Islands are two separate islands connected by a slim fifty-meter long natural sand bar where travellers get to walk from one island to the other while being surrounded by crystal clear tranquil sea. Visible during low tides, the crescent-shaped "Sandbar Beach" gets submerged during high tide. While reading up on these islands, a description like picture-perfect virgin beaches, turquoise water and tropical forests, is most likely to come up. Lush forests envelop the beach and are ideal for exploring natural hiking trails. The beaches are seldom overcrowded, owing to its remote location, and visitors can bask in the experience at their own pace.

    How to reach:

    To avail a visit to these islands, one requires a forest permit that can be obtained from the Forest Office at Diglipur on all days barring Sunday. The entry fee imposed for the permit, is 500 INR for foreigners, 50 INR for Indian adults, 25 INR for children. To preserve and sustain the serenity of the island, the government does not permit visitors to stay back into this island. As the island is in the closer vicinity of Diglipur, one can reach Aerial Bay to travel to the island by ferry. It takes around 20 minutes to reach the island, and Dungis or wooden boats are no longer permitted, so visitors hire fibre boats.

    Offers:

    Smith Island has a lot in store for travellers, offers ample bamboo huts, changing rooms and toilets. It's also best suited for island camping and exploring the coastal village life. At times the wild elephants that reside in the forests can be found bathing in the sun. The most prominent highlight of the island is a Marine Sanctuary which makes it the perfect place for spotting gorgeous coral reefs underwater and a rare collection of colourful fishes. Ross and Smith Islands are home to Olive Ridley turtles that are widely popular for turtle nesting. Being at the right time at the right place, travellers might get to witness this natural wonder. If you visit Ross islands offseason, chances of you experiencing the beach exclusively to yourself rise exponentially.

    Wondering what to do on Ross & Smith Islands?

    1. Turquoise water makes Ross & Smith Island ideal for snorkelling and swimming. One side of the bar has shallow water, making swimming easier for beginners and crystal clear waters make snorkelling a cherishable experience.

    2. There is a Marine Sanctuary on this island where one can spot beautiful coral reefs and numerous colourful fishes underwater.

    3. The beach is surrounded by tropical forests and is a favourite amongst trekking and hiking enthusiasts. Travellers can indulge in hiking these trails on their own.

    Closing Statement:

    What an experience it would be if you could go walking from one beautiful island to another attached by a picturesque white sand bar amidst crystal emerald sea! Littered with sea-shells these islands offer an engulfing solitude where visitors can spend hours sunbathing in solace along with other aqua adventures. The boats arrive at Smith Island from where the visitors can take a ten-minute walk to Ross Island. One side of the sand bar has shallow and calm lagoons which makes it ideal for children and adults who are not sure about their swimming skills. The other side has mild waves for people who prefer a certain level of thrill while venturing into the sea. Minutes turn into hours in the blink of an eye captivated in the beauty of these islands. Lazing around on the beach, strolling barefoot over the fine sand from one island to the other, swimming in the clear waters, and just soaking up the sun takes up an entire day at these twin islands.

    Getting There: The most convenient way to get to the Ross and Smith Islands is via a boat from the Aerial Bay Jetty.
    What to do: Snorkelling, sunbathing, long walks on the beach, nature trails in the tropical forests.
    What not to miss: The natural sand bar connecting the islands.
    Best time to visit: Summers in the twin islands are warm and sultry. The best time to visit the islands would be in the months of October to May.
    What to carry: Light clothing, beachwear, sunscreen, lunch boxes, drinking water, snacks, slippers and cap
    Nearby Attractions: Kalipur Beach, Lamiya Bay Beach, Saddle Peak

    Essential Info:

    Medical Facilities on Ross & Smith Islands- There is no medical facility near the beach, the closest community Health Centre is at Diglipur and the nearest medical facility is the G.B.P Hospital at Port Blair offering a team of super-specialized Doctors in the various departments.

    Timings- Ross & Smith Islands can be visited anytime between Sunrise to sunset, thus 7 am to 6 pm is the best time to visit the twin islands to experience the serenity of nature.

    Mobile Connectivity- Mobile connectivity in Ross & Smith Islands is very similar to what your reason to be here is, disconnect. After Diglipur visitors face severe network issues.

  • Diglipur, a remote hamlet in North Andamans, hums with a sense of liveliness. Being an offbeat destination, the tourist influx is less as compared to its sister islands. The infrastructure is expanding gradually and still does not count as a luxurious place to stay. Owing to its eco-tourism, Diglipur houses a few guesthouses and resorts, with all the necessary amenities. It is advisable to pre-book the accommodation as the demand runs high among travellers. Here are a few recommendations on where to stay, when in Diglipur.

    1. Turtle Resort- Located in Kalipur Beach, Turtle Resort is a government accommodation that provides spacious and well-kept rooms at a reasonable price. The property offers 11 rooms spread across two floors and is couple as well as family-friendly. The amenities include 24-hour front desk assistance, restaurant, garden, laundry and medical assistance. Some in-room amenities include a wardrobe, telephone, bed, separate sitting areas and attached bathrooms with a supply of hot/cold water.

    2. Pristine Beach Resort- Located in Kalipur Beach, Pristine Beach Resort is a perfect and pristine eco-resort for your vacation. The property has an impressive unique beachfront style and a multi-cuisine restaurant, at a modest price. Whether you are a couple on honeymoon, planning a family vacation or solo traveller, they have standard AC rooms, deluxe cottages and villa grand cottages as per requirement.

    3. Saddle Peak View Resort- Located in Kalipur, Saddle Peak View Resort as the name suggests offers a sublime view of the highest mountain peak of Andamans, Saddle Peak. The property welcomes honeymooners, family, and group holidays, all the same. The amenities include garden, restaurant, room service and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi, and private parking at extra cost.

    4. Titlee Guest House- Located in Diglipur Market, Titlee guest house was constructed in late 2013 with the aim of rendering the most dependable private settlement one can find in the market in Diglipur. Unlike Turtle Nest, Pristine, and Saddle Peak View, which requires travel, Titlee guest house lies right in the heart of Diglipur. Markets, restaurants and bus stops are at a walk-able distance from the property.

    5. APWD Guest House- Located in Diglipur, New APWD Guest House offers comfortable accommodation at modest prices. Ideal for business and leisure travellers, the property lies in the heart of the island and offers amenities like an in-house restaurant that serves appetizing meals. The property provides basic travel information & assistance, local guides, reservations, pickup/drop facilities from airport/railway station/bus stand.

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    A gentle yet essential reminder for travellers is that they need to ensure bookings to stay in any of the accommodations in Diglipur as these places are mostly reserved well in advance. The most well-known amongst these is the Turtle Resort run by the Director of Tourism. Besides that, there is Pristine Beach Resort which presents travellers with eco-friendly huts, and Saddle Peak View Resort which grants visitors an unforgettable view of Saddle Peak. As mentioned above, several tourists prefer to stay at Kalipur, a little away from Diglipur, where the stay options are ample and the beach is a stone's throw away.

  • Andaman and Nicobar islands are a cluster of 572 islets, of which 36 are inhabited, and fewer are open to tourists. With the government easing up on permits, tourism in the union territory has been swiftly picking up since 2018. Some islands are home to several indigenous tribes who have zero  contact  with  the  outside  world.  The islands located north of 10° north latitude are called Andaman, and the islands positioned south of 10° north latitude are termed Nicobar.

    North, Middle, and South Andaman, are collectively known as Great Andaman, and Diglipur is one of the hidden gems in the Northern Andamans. With hills and linear longitudinal valleys, the Andamans has rough terrain. Constituted of sandstone, limestone, and rocks of Cenozoic age (i.e., formed during the past 65 million years), flatland is scarce and is limited to Betapur region on Middle Andaman and Diglipur on North Andaman. Diglipur is the largest town in the Andaman Archipelago lying at a distance of 185 miles north of Port Blair via road and 100 nautical miles via sea.

    Northern Andamans is surrounded by several small island groups, and the island's primary town is Diglipur. Spread across the area of 1400 square kilometres, Diglipur is considered to be the biggest inhabited town of the Northern Andamans. Formerly, the island was home to an indigenous population of the Great Andamanese, the Bo community, that are nowhere to be found today. Currently populated by immigrants from the Indian mainland and their descendants, the island also boasts of the highest point in the archipelago, Saddle Peak at 731 metres.

    Nestled at an elevation of 43m above sea level, Diglipur lies in the southern region of Aerial Bay. The Aerial bay is the solitary seaport for Diglipur and is the primary boarding point for all the inter-island ferries arriving into Diglipur from Port Blair, Havelock, Neil, and other parts of the island. This is also the point from where you take a motorboat to Ross n Smith Island. Diglipur also benefits from tourist influx to nearby attractions in North Andamans, which include the likes of Ross and Smith islands, the Saddle Peak National Park, the beaches at Lamiya bay, Ram Nagar, Kalipur and mud volcanoes.

    Diglipur has a diverse geological composition with beaches, misty peaks, mud volcanoes and limestone caves. It is traversed by the Kalpong River, the only river of the Andaman islands. Otherwise known for its oranges, rice and marine life, Diglipur offers an experience of living in a peaceful village, away from the hustle-bustle of urban life. An untouched beauty for the tourists, Diglipur offers a remote landscape and an off the beaten path experience.

    Every year nearly 200,000 visitors visit the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, but sadly, 95% of them never omit the sacred Port Blair- Havelock- Neil Island triangle. The lush backdrop of rainforests, extensive stretches of sand, and crystal clear waters add to the appeal of the beaches while also offering aqua adventures such as snorkelling, scuba diving, and sea walking to the tourists. We implore you to discover Diglipur, one of the beautifully kept secrets in Indian destinations, unique for its heterogeneity in culture, language, religion, cuisines, landscapes, sea, and climate.

  • “With the winds caressing our cheeks spreading smiles across our faces, we witness the best sunset in each other’s arms as my heart races.”

    Deep down in our hearts, we have always pictured ourselves with the love of our life on an island at an idealistic romantic vacation. Far from the responsibilities of lives, we wish for at least once to have a quality get away with our soulmate on a distant land where our hearts sink in the ocean of love. To embrace and celebrate the journey of love, Andaman Island offers the couples an occasion to fall in love again with their partners as they spend their vacations cherishing the breath-taking picturesque view.

    Andaman Island is considered to be one of the best places to spend honeymoon, hereby emerging as the paradise of romance. The list of the places that can be visited by the newly married stretches as wide as the white sands and crystal clear waters which can be an exhilarating and blissful experience. Andaman Islands consists of many islands, all of which perfectly suits the needs of the honeymooners, from romantic beaches to fancy restaurant – the lovers can open up their hearts to harmonise with the perfect backdrop of clear blue skies, sparkling water under the scorching sun and the gleaming sands. So if you are looking for romance with a pinch of adventure, then you can drench your soul with the ambience of Andaman.

    Places to visit in Andaman Island:
     
    Filled with coconut trees and lazy beaches to relax with arms stretched laying under the open sky, Andaman has some really fascinating places that can swept you off your feet. The most visited and preferred destinations of couples include Port Blair- the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Havelock Island and Neil Island. They also prefer some isolated and less commercialised islands such as the Little Island and Diglipur which act as the perfect places to sneak away from everyone and enjoy their romantic vacation.
     
    Here we list out some of the best places in Andaman that you must visit with your other half.

    Port Blair: The Captivating Capital City

    Port Blair is renowned to be the hand-picked place of every tourists as this place provides an all in one experience, from luxurious hotels to scenic beaches and from thrilling water sports to fascinating tourists spots, this city has it all. The couples can fill their travel bags with some amazing memories and memoirs from the gift shops that are located at every turn.

    The spots that can be covered during your stay in Port Blair can be noted as:
    1) North Bay Island
    2)Chidiya Tapu Beach
    3) Fisheries Museum
    4) Wandoor Beach
    5) Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
    6) Cellular Jail
    7) Anthropological Museum

    The couples can involve in a lot of fun and frolic activities such as:
    Trekking, scuba diving, Kayaking and viewing sunset at Munda Pahar Beach
    Jet skiing, scuba diving, speed boat riding, parasailing, sea carting and take a relaxed sun bath at Carbyn’s Cove Beach
    Bird watching at Chidiya tapu
    Trekking at Mount Harriet
    Shopping at Aberdeen Bazar and Samudrika

    Havelock Island: The Heavenly Abode

    If you have the option to just pick one island to travel, make sure you choose Havelock Island because if you don’t, then you shall be missing out on the best part of your Andaman tour. Havelock provides a perfect blend of exotic and classy resorts with exciting water sports activities. The beaches located here are the veins of this island and are counted amongst the top visited beaches by tourists. So if you and your partner are wanderlusts who can’t help themselves but explore every bit of visit, then Havelock Island is the place for you. One of the best resort at Havelock Island ( Swaraj Dweep ) is Havelock Island Beach Resort.

    The places that we would recommend you to visit in Havelock are:
    Radhanagar Beach
    Elephant Beach
    Kalapathar Beach
    Govindnagar Beach
    Vijaynagar Beach
    Neil’s Cove

    Couples can indulge in a lot of fun activities such as:
    Snorkelling at Elephant Beach
    Scuba Diving at Elephant Beach
    Candlelight dinner at Havelock Island Beach Resort
    Forest Camp Beach
    DJ Party at Nemo Café ( Havelock Island Beach Club )
    Shopping at Hi-land Supermarket

    The other water sports that can be enjoyed in the beaches of Havelock are:
    Glass Bottom Boat Ride
    Jet Ski
    Parasailing
    Kayaking
    Sofa Ride
    Banana Boat Rides
    Sea walking

    Neil Island: Peaceful Paradise

    Neil Island is a small yet beautiful and isolated island which attracts all the nature lovers. If you are looking for peace and private hours with your partner then we shall recommend you this island. With limited tourist spots and some of the best romantic hotels and resorts, Neil Island paves its way into the top choices for honeymooners. Often known as the vegetable bowl of Andaman

    The beaches named after the Indian Epic- Ramayana that fall into this island and are a must visit:
    Ramnagar Beach
    Laxmanpur Beach
    Sitapur Beach
    Bharatpur Beach
    Natural Bridge

    The water sports and memorable moments that you can enjoy with your partner here are:
    Scuba diving
    Snorkelling
    Jet skiing
    Glass bottom boat ride
    Witnessing sunset at Laxmanpur Beach
    Exploring curved bays, small caves and limestone formations at Sitapur Beach
    Observing colourful coral reefs at Ramnagar Beach
    Howrah/ Natural Bridge

    Little Andaman: Luxurious Get Away

    Located approximately 120 km away from Port Blair, this place is a soothing delight to warm you with a list of natural views that you can enjoy with your partner holding hands. The wondrous waterfalls, catchy creeks, flourishing rain forests, and winsome white beaches are the USPs of this place which shall leave you spell bounded. This little island is located at the southern tip of Andaman, making it a perfect must visit place for the couples with handful of surprises and mesmerising experiences.

    Keeping in mind the beauty of this place, we would recommend you the following place to visit in Little Andaman:
    Hut Bay
    Butler Bay Beach
    Harminder Bay Beach
    The couples can get involved in surfing and trekking to spend their precious time together intimately.

    Diglipur:  Distant Land of Love

    The untouched trails and beaches of Diglipur take you to another world and charms you with the enigmatic and enticing views. This place lies in North Andaman Island which falls separately in the lap of nature to give the couples cosy and nature fresh experience. The Saddle Peak is an awe inspiring place of beauty which shall catch your attention at one go. This place’s luxury lies in its aesthetic experience of nature with you partner to imprint your minds with enchanting memories of love.

    Diglipur offers some of the best places to explore such as:
    Pathi Level Beach
    Kalipur Beach

    For making yourselves comfortable with your partner, you can plan out you day to explore the magnificent and bucolic aroma of Chalis Ek Caves and Alfred Caves.

    Ross Island at Port Blair: The Historical Realm

    This island associates British history of the 1857 rebellion. According to the historic documents and sources, this island served as the penal colony by the British to punish the activists and nationalists involved in the rebellion. Thus, this island is the land of sheer courage and nationalism portrayed by the ones who gave off their lives to free Indian from the shackles of British colonial rule. Tourists come here to pay their respect and homage to the patriots and hence, this place is revered to be of utmost importance historically.

    The places that you can visit as you witness the historical framework of this island are:
    The ruins of Church, Tennis Court, Hospital and many such aged monuments and structures
    Printing Press
    Sanctuary

    The eye catching light and sound show can be a calming experience to witness with your partner during your visit to Ross Island.

    North Bay Island: Colossal Corals – Known as Coral Island at Port Blair

    Closely located to Port Blair, this island gives you and your partner the feel of witnessing one of the best coral reefs in Andaman and offers a variety of options to choose from the water sport activity. The gateway to North Bay Island is the Andaman Water Sports Complex from where your ferry can be through a boat to reach the island. The sea walk can be a relishing experience to boost up the romance between you and your partner where you can notice immensely beautiful coral reefs.

    The activities you can thoroughly enjoy on this island can be listed as:
    Jungle Safari
    Beach shopping
    Hill Trekking
    Light House visit

    Some Adventure Sports that you can be a part in pairs in this island are:
    Scuba Diving.
    Sea Walk.
    Parasailing.
    Dolphin Glass Bottom Boat.
    Coral Safari Submarine Ride.
    Snorkelling.

    Jolly Buoy Island: The Wondrous Verdure

    Located in South Andaman, this is a small islet with lush green forests covering it almost entirely. It falls under Mahatma Gandhi National Park's Marine Sanctuary and thus is preserved and protected by the Andaman Administration. The vivacious aura of the dense tropical forest shall calm your souls and help you to relax with your partner. You can also take a look at the dense corals and prolific schools of fishes which might leave you awestruck.

    The water sport that you can enjoy on this island are:
    Glass Bottom Boat Ride
    Snorkelling

  • Just like the size of the word, Neil Island is also a small island spread across 13.7 square kilometres of land floating over the mesmerising ocean. Officially termed as Shaheed Dweep, this island along with Havelock Island come under the administrative part of South Andaman district and hence are located separately far from the mainland in the sea towards east. It is almost 37 km away from Port Blair, thus easily accessible via ferries. Locally known as the vegetable bowl of Andaman, this island has the suitable climate to Carrying with it a soothing aura to relax and admire the beauty, this island has very much contrast characteristics with that of Havelock Island. If you are an adventurer who wishes to find serenity in the beaches of Andaman, then Neil Island should be your first choice. The unmatchable biodiversity that is left untouched on the white sandy beaches sharing the space with the enthusiastic ocean water is truly admirable. Travellers with the motive of spending quality time alone or with you family/friends in a comparatively less crowded place, away from the hustle-bustle of commercialisation should visit this island without a second thought. Since, it has not been many years that this island was made available for tourists, so it is also one of the reasons for less crowd, which is an added advantage for peace lovers.

    This island is known to be much popular amongst foreign tourists than Indian tourists because they tend to spend weeks in comparison to Indians who just visit here for a day. The untrodden paths and isolated beaches are not the things to miss when you come here to give yourself a treat. The roads are a delight, filled with paddy cultivation and banana plantations that diffuses a delicious smell in the air as you travel by.

    Best Time to Visit Neil Island:

    The ideal time to pay your visit to Neil Island is from December to February as the winter season is bearable and enjoyable. If you don’t want to have a sweaty and exhausted sightseeing experience then you should definitely plan your trip during the winter months. Light rain showers can also result in spotting spellbinding rainbows, adding vibrant colours to your trip. This season is preferred over summer and monsoon because it does not create hindrances in terms of temperature and water sports availability. And on the top of it, you won’t face issues regarding ferry delays during this time of the year so you can enjoy a convenient vacation.

    How to Reach Neil Island:

    Once you reach Port Blair or Havelock Island, it is very easy to make your way to Neil Island. The closest airport to Neil Island is the Veer Savarkar Airport in Port Blair. There are inter island ferries available to connect you to Neil Island via Government ferries, private ferries and helicopter services. The most preferred and recommended route for the tourists is Port Blair – Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) – Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep) – Port Blair route but if you wish to avoid crowded journeys you can definitely take up Port Blair – Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep) – Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) – Port Blair route. It totally depends on you to decide upon the route and mode of transportation as per your preferences. The ferry takes 60-90 minutes to land you to Neil Island whereas the helicopter takes only 15 minutes to travel the distance.

    Airways:

    The Government administered helicopter services- Pawan Hans operates in this island which allows tourists to travel to and fro Port Blair and Neil Island within no time. This service was introduced as an addition to the faster mode of travel in case of Government officials and medical emergencies. It is considered to take 15 minutes to land you on Neil Island with proper safety and precautions. If you have a restricted time period for travelling and spending your vacation, then you should definitely consider this option to save time and invest it in dwelling the time in moving around the island.

    Seaways:

    Travelling via seaways could be a warm hug in the cool splashy ocean. The sight of the never ending sea would want you to reconsider your idea of spending your rest of the life on land. There are two available option to avail via seaways- government ferries and Private ferries, out of which private ferries give you a comparatively more enjoyable and commodious journey. The jetty at Bharatpur Beach is the only jetty on the islands and this is where all private and government ships dock.

    Government Ferries:

    Government ferries are the budget friendly mode of transportation except the fact that it requires lot of patience to stand in the queue to book your tickets. These have to be done 3 days before the departure so if you have planned to stay in Andaman for long then you might go for this option. If you have hired any tour operator or travel agent then you can approach them for your conveyance but then it would bear extra charges. The sailing schedules for these ferries are also published in the Administrative News of Andamans daily so you can take a look and decide accordingly. The most annoying disadvantage of travelling via Government ferries is that there is a high possibility of tickets not being confirmed so why take a risk, isn’t it? The earlier you sort out the mode of transportation, the better it is for you to experience less hectic journey.

    Tickets can be booked in advance in Port Blair and Havelock; you can even get the tickets done from our portal. From Rangat  (via Long Island and Havelock) there is also a ferry coming from the north to Neil that takes approx. 1 hour but the boat timings are subject to change/cancellation due to weather and one should always check the latest boat schedule (incl. fares) for a smooth journey overall. The timings of the regular ferries leaving at Phoenix Jetty are:
    Time
    Duration to Reach Neil Island
    6:00 AM
    2 hrs
    11:00 AM
    2 hrs

    Private Ferries:

    The private ferries is preferred to provide a touch of luxury to your travel journey. It is not only the destination that one should enjoy, the journey has its own beauty- which stand true in case of surfing through the ocean waves in private ferries. You can have a feel of Tiny Titanic and enjoy the prestige of the royal travel. These ferries ply from Port Blair Phoenix Bay Harbor & Haddo wharf. There are various private ferries operators you can choose from, amongst which the popular ones are:
    Makruzz
    Green Ocean Cruise
    ITT Majestic
    The bookings can be made via our portal for your convenience.

    Transportation of Neil Island:

    Since Neil Island is a tiny one spread around over only a few kilometres, the transportation ways are far more convenient and easily accessible than any other island. The flat, easy going and well navigated roads is the reason why tourists do not find it difficult to make their way around the entire island. Along with it if you cannot locate your way, the local residents would make your heart melt with their warm and kind gestures to help you out. There are various transportation available depending upon the personal choice of the tourists. It is generally recommendable to rent two wheelers and turn on the beach mode by putting on your favourite outfits.
    The options available to you can be listed down as:

    Bicycles: To give your young bones a remembrance of childhood fun, you can definitely go for a bicycle as the eco-friendly mode of transportation. It is one of the best mode to witness every minute scenic beauty with a pause and appreciation. Many hotel, resorts or transportation services can provide you rental bicycles @ Rs. 150/- approx.

    Scooters: This is the best possible option for you to explore the Neil Island with your family and friends. There are many options available near the jetty and around the hotels too to book your rental bikes and scooters for a day. It almost costs around Rs. 500-600/- for renting a scooter for the entire day along with the licence card. Pro tip: Since there is no petrol pump on this island, make sure you fuel in the tank before 5 in the evening and make your travel worth by visiting all the best places and not missing out on any place.

    Bus: There is only one Government bus that is available here for the public transport and starts from the main bazaar (market) and goes till Sitapur Beach. It comes after every 1.5 hrs, through which you can have the entire visit to the Island twice. The ticket costs around Rs. 20/- which is very cheap. The bus cater you to have interaction with other tourists and local people to collect verbal and heartful memories.

    Auto-rickshaws: The tourists can also go for auto-rickshaws, for which there is no fixed price and thus differs largely depending upon the mode and place of bookings.

    Rented/ Pre-booked Cabs: If you are with your family, then the best option for you is pre-booked cabs that can be booked online and are available throughout the year. Also, to cover the 3 point trip, Rented cabs is the most suitable option.  The rates for this also varies but they are around Rs. 1500/-

    Duration of Stay in Neil Island:

    It solely depends on the tourists regarding their duration of stay. Frankly, this place deserves a lot more importance as the vibes are unmatchable along with the
    tranquillity and relaxing atmosphere. Usually tourists with families plan their trip to Neil in their itinerary as a one day event but wander lust and peace lovers spend more than a week here, jamming, playing and calming their bubbling thoughts of eternal life. Technically, the tropical greenery of this island is one of the reasons of why one should reconsider spending more time on this island.

    People of Neil Island:

    This island has a population of 3,040 (2011 census), thus making it an unpopulated environment to isolate and find peace in the phenomenal beaches of this island. Like Havelock, the vast majority of settlers at Neill were refugees from erstwhile Bangladesh, following the exodus of Hindu Bangladeshis prior to that country's war of independence in 1971. Agriculture is the primary occupation of the villagers, and the island supplies vegetables to the rest of Andaman. The people will guide you to the tour of this tiny island very conveniently and they are the most reliable people to ask for directions and reviews on the island.

    Culture of Neil Island:

    The culture of Neil Island is subtle, chill and breezy. Tourists come here to find their inner peace and takes away a whole set of memories while exploring this small island. Just like Havelock Island, here too the tourists enjoy the diverse cultural festivals which adds colours to the skies. The exotic dishes, fancy restaurants, luxury hotels and perfect ambience is the USP of this place. The loveliness of this island is reflected through its rich, painted like green surroundings with plantations and agricultural avenue.

    Language of Neil Island:

    The communicating language is diverse as this place is influenced by the refugees and their mother tongues. Most frequently, Hindi is used by most of the people and hence widely understood but along with it, regional languages such as Bengali and Tamil. Because of increased foreign tourism, English language has also prevailed as one of the conversing languages, which is also now common amongst the local residents.

    Exploring Neil Island:

    Beaches: The sands of the overwhelming beach sticks to the body and gleams under the bright sun while one embraces the soulful breaths filled with the sound of playing water in this Island. The beaches of this island serves you the perfect get away with your family and friends away from the overburdening city chores. The glorious mood of these beaches would want you to lay down from dusk till dawn with a lovely, heart-warming sunset. The beaches are comparatively quiet and offers the perfect location to give a rest to your ears and mind. There are 5 beaches on this island which are named after the characters of the Ramayana- the Hindu epic, namely: Ramnagar Beach, Laxmanpur Beach, Sitapur Beach, Bharatpur Beach and Natural Bridge Formation.
     
    Ramnagar Beach: This beach is close to the Atreya Mangrove Point and is highly underestimated by the tourists. The beauty of this beach lies in its splendid sunset which many of the tourists fail to encounter due to tiredness of their day tour of the island. The beach is located in an off area near the Sitapur Beach, full of varied species of trees and vibrant coral reefs. The water sport available on this beach is snorkelling as the ample of fishes, swimming and cutting through the water hypes up the thrill of this water sport.

    Laxmanpur Beach: Crowned by the title of being the 2nd best beach of Andaman after Radhanagar Beach, this triangular beach is an awe of wonder in terms of sightseeing with a wide shoreline. The sides separates the beach into a dense forest canopy and a never ending ocean where the forest side locates small benches and huts to relax and calm the mind. The white shell along with shallow water is the perfect place to try the hand on snorkelling and embrace the experience of vacations. The waters of this beach resides amusing creatures, the natural rock and coral formation is a terrific geological creation and the witnessing the sunset on this beach is like a dreamy note with musical backdrop.

    Sitapur Beach: Sitapur Beach gives you the start to your tour in Neil Island. With the heart clinching sunset, one stands irresistibly still to appreciate the morning rays that falls on the faces, glowing up the face golden and glossy. It has a curved shoreline stretching all over with surrounding tropical trees and hilly rocks on the sides, trapping the water in the middle and opens up into a wide view of the horizon. The ocean is not suitable for swimming and other water sports because of the deal corals and rocky features but the dual curved bays and small caves still makes this beach a worth visit. The natural vegetation and limestone formations cover most of the part of this beach’s attraction.

    Bharatpur Beach: This beach is located half kilometres away from the Neil Island jetty, and it glorifies the presence of one of the best corals which can be explored by glass boat riding. This beach offers variety of options to try out various water sports activities like scuba diving, jet skiing, snorkelling, game fishing etc. to enjoy with family and friends. The shoreline is stretched wide and is seen to be parked with both personal and commercial boats. The natural aura along with commercialisation makes this place to pay heed to.

    Natural Rock Formation: This magnificent geological structure has surpassed the tests of time by projecting its eyes-warming sight of beauty to the tourists. It is located near Laxmanpur Beach 2 but it is not visible from the beach thus tourists shall have to take a left from the Laxmanpur beach shoreline to reach there. The best time to visit this place is during the low tides as the waves take away the dead coral, making it easier to walk and reducing the risk of slipping. In addition to this, Natural Bridge 2 can also be explored if you are a travel freak.

    Water Sports: These beaches provide ample of opportunities for tourists to indulge in several water sports activities to rejuvenate the playful vibes and get lost in the ocean of madness and fun. With pleasant morning, sun and frolic afternoon and relaxing evening, your stay in Neil Island can be a fairy tale with all the modern and classic facilities provided by the hospitality businesses and resorts. The water sports available here can sink your heart in the ocean of excitement. The vendors are available to guide you and give you the most memorable experience to imbibe in your memory book. The water sports available in Neil Island can be penned down as:
    Scuba diving
    Snorkelling
    Jet skiing
    Glass bottom boat ride
    Swimming

    3 Point Tour of Neil Island: If you have set your itinerary of one day stay at Neil Island, then this plan is for you to cover all the beautiful beaches of Neil Island. This tour allows you to visit the 3 main beaches of Neil Island, namely: Sitapur Beach, Bharatpur Beach and Laxmanpur Beach. The beautiful sunrise of Sitapur Beach, followed by the marvellous and enriching experience of the water sports and activities of Bharatpur Island and lastly, the soothing white sand walks on Laxmanpur Beach will set your soul on fire and water at the same time.

    Trekking and Bird Watching: The tropical forest of the Neil Island suits best for trekking, but with a proper hired guide to ease the pathways and prevent from losing sight of your group. The forest is also a home to wide variety of bird species which can be carefully observed by patiently keeping an eye on the movements and sounds in the dense forest. Your binoculars could be your best buddy and camera your best tool to capture the diversity and dynamism of this island.

    Candlelight Dinner: What could be more perfect than to spend the tired evening with your partner under the moon hung sky along the beach side, with 2 perfectly lit candles and exotic food served on the platter? Such daydreams can come true during the nightlife of Neil Island. The Gentle romantic music diffuses a charm and passion in the ambience, serving as the perfect place to shred off the tiredness of the entire day with your loved ones. With less tourism in Neil, the candlelight dinner is generally chaos free here unlike Havelock and other commercialised islands.

    Nightlife in Neil Island: Even though not being a place to party and have a nightlife, still this place offers some private rooms and halls in some resorts and hotels to enjoy in Neil Island. Certain hotels and resorts also hosts pool parties, outdoor parties and other café parties for their customers and in the tourism season.

    Village in Neil Island:

    The 5 villages of Neil island, namely: Sitapur, Bharatpur, Ramnagar, Laxmanpur and Neil Kendra are vivacious and full of amazing beauty. The evergreen splendour of the forests and the cultural ethnicity of these villages brings to you the traditional lifestyle of Andaman. These villages have the 5 beaches of this island and thus, a lot of people take a tour of both the villages and the beaches hand in hand. You can go lost in the villages and revive in the beaches with the cool winds and bouncy sea waves.

    Hotels to Stay in Neil Island:

    Through the tourism rate is low here, but the hotels are no less in luxury and comfort. There are various hotels and resorts available in Neil Island which offers you both traditional and modern life setting aroma within your rooms. The hotels that you must consider when you visit Neil Island are listed below:

    Restaurants in Neil Island:

    The delicious beachy cuisine would trigger the food explorer in you and you won’t be able to resist yourself to try out the meals from one of the best places of Neil Island. The eateries here are really rich in taste and offers a calm and cool environment to eat and enjoy with family and friends. Some of which we would really like you to go and give a try are:
    1. Hungry Stone Restaurant
    2. Seashell Restaurant
    3.Ripon Sea foods
    4.Yatri Dhaba
    5. Full Moon Café
    6. Dugong Restaurant
    7. Sea Zaika

    Markets in Neil Island:

    Neil Island has a sophisticatedly small market which has small shops that sell all the required commodities for the locals and the tourists. Since, Neil Island is the vegetable bowl of Andaman, there is ample supply of the fresh fruits and vegetables. It is duly noted that Port Blair also attains the fruits and vegetables from Neil Island market. The local population can be found here in great numbers during the evening and often it is seen to be the most crowded place on Neil Island. On an interesting note, this island has only two ATMs and both are located at the bazaar – Syndicate Bank and Cooperative Bank. Here, no money exchange takes place and some small resort owners do accept foreign currency especially in emergency situations and later exchange this in Port Blair.

    Connectivity in Neil Island:

    This island does not support broadband connectivity and data network is available but is turtle-slow and difficult to operate. BSNL provides a better range of network and connectivity but only at some specific locations.

    Healthcare and Safety in Neil Island:

    Neil Island has only one primary healthcare centre which serves free treatment. Emergencies and special healthcare, the Port Blair hospitals are referred. Here as well, the Andaman and Nicobar Police operates and ensures the law enforcement with proper discipline efficiently. In case of emergencies, the following numbers could be of great help and support:
    Primary Health Center & Ambulance Service: 03192-282627
    Police Station: 03192-282602
    Police Radio: 03192-282676

  • Baratang Island, also known as Ranchiwalas Island, belongs to the North and Middle Andaman administrative district, almost 150 kms away from Port Blair. It is the gateway to the north from Port Blair and is counted amongst one of the main islands of the group, closely situated near the archipelago in the Bay of Bengal that adjoins the Andaman Sea. This magnificent island of an area of 243 square kilometres has some wonderful geographical features such as marvellous mangrove creeks and startling limestone caves. Famous in Andaman for giving a one day enriching experience, this Island has some of the distinct features too like the only mud volcanoes found in India. Baratang Island is still unexplored and untouched which is why it is not commercialised and has almost negligible tourists’ facilities such as luxury hotels and resorts like other islands of Andaman, which is an added advantage to this island. But, there is availability of private accommodation along with Forest and PWD guest houses that need permits accordingly. The blues and hues amalgamate here on this island, turning your journey memorable with endless snaps and unexplained beautiful views. The classic rustic scenery of villagers and tribal inhabitants is a treat to the city people to get to live their lifestyle and embrace their customs and traditions. On your way to this island, if you are lucky enough then you may spot the Jarawa tribes on your commutation from Jirkatang to Middle Strait, especially when you’ll go through by Great Andaman Trunk Road.

    The untarnished beauty of this island separates it from the rest of the islands and maintains its position as a popular destination for tourists even without some exotic and extravagant facilities. Since human safaris are banned in this island as per the orders of Supreme Court to maintain and decrease the exploitations of the tribes, this place feels much more connected to nature and its glory. The mangrove boat ride would entice your heart strings and the local Indian cuisine would please your tummy while you lose yourself in the aura of Baratang Island.

    Best Time to Visit Baratang Island:

    This island allures the tourists throughout the year but the best time to visit is from November to February. The calm sea during these month provide the best environment to experience the available water sports and go trekking in the undulation trails, and witness the awe of nature in its lap. The weather during these months is the most suitable to experience the USPs of this island to the fullest. It is generally advisable to avoid the visit during the monsoon season to avoid risk and travel hindrances. It is also advisable to wear light cotton clothes along with comfortable shoes because this island requires a lot of walking.

    How to Reach Baratang Island:

    Great Andaman Trunk Road is the path that leads you to Baratang Island from Port Blair. The duration of travel from Port Blair to Middle Strait is approx. 2.5 to 3 hours which is divided into two parts- from Port Blair to Jirkatang and then from Jirkatang to Bartang Island. It is important to note that two-wheelers are not permissible and thus, small four wheelers are the only option available to visit Baratang Island. The undulating topography may cause a little travel sickness but the scenic outdoors will woo your heart with ample of awe-striking natural beauty. You may also track Jawara tribe on your way along the roadside.

    The types of transportation available for travelling are government bus from the STS Bus Terminal at Aberdeen Bazaar, private bus from Mohanpura Bus Terminal, taxi/ cabs from Veer Savarkar Airport and jetty from the Nilambur Jetty.

    Government Bus: If you are willing to save out on travelling cost then you must consider taking a government bus from Port Blair from the STS Bus Terminal at Aberdeen Bazaar. These buses offers shared trips and aren’t equipped with air conditioners. The starting point of these buses is in the morning from Port Blair which covers Baratang Island, North and Middle Andamans. There is a possibility that the bus do not take a return trip to Port Blair on the same day so be prepared well in advance to board adifferent bus if you wish to return to Port Blair on the same day from Baratang. The only disadvantage of choosing government bus is that it does not pick you up from your location and hence, you would have to board it wither from the main Bus terminus or from some bus stops on the Andaman Grand Trunk Road. Thus, make sure you book your tickets will in advance and take a confirmation before you head towards Baratang Island.

    Private Bus: These buses also start from Port Blair in the morning itself. They are well equipped with air conditioner because of which its fare is a bit more expensive as compared to that of the government buses. But if you want to ease your travel experience then you should try it out before giving it a second thought. In these buses, there is also the facility of special coaches for the one day Baratang trippers which have to be pre-booked. Like the government buses, these buses also do not cater the facility to pick you up from your location and hence, have to board it from a specific location as per the tickets and the nearest boarding location or from some bus stops on the Andaman Grand Trunk Road.

    Government Ferry: Nilambur Jetty is the place from where you get a jetty to Baratang. The government and private buses can take you from Port Blair to this jetty. The ferry fare is very reasonable as it is government operated and takes only about 15 minutes to reach Baratang  which could be a time saver. The only problem is that this ferry doesn’t come back to Port Blair on the same day making it less preferred for the travel option for a one day trip. After this ferry drops the passengers at Baratang Island, it leaves for Havelock Island ( Swaraj Dweep ).

    Private taxis/ cabs: This could be a more expensive yet an altogether comfortable experience for you as you make your way from Port Blair to Baratang Island. It is considered as a good option for the ones who are more prone to motion sickness because the bumpy rides can spoil your entire mood if not taken care of the health while travelling. A private cab/ taxi can be booked as per the number of passengers so if you are travelling with a small group, cabs/taxis which are generally 5-7 seater can do but if it’s a comparatively larger group then you can go for Tempo travellers.

    Transportation of Baratang Island:

    It is comparatively easy to travel in the Baratang Island than travelling to this island from Port Blair. There are various options available depending upon the number of people and individual convenience. Some different modes of transportation can be listed as:
    Private Jeeps- These can take you to places like Mud Volcano from the Baratang Jetty.
    Government Bus – It can give you a ride to sightseeing spots such as Mud Volcano and Baludera Beach.
    Private Cars- The private cars or taxis can give you a one-time solution for all the travel matters on this island; from Port Blair to Baratang, around the island and then back.
    It is important to note that scooter or bike rentals are not available on this Island and also, auto-rickshaws are also nowhere to be accessible on Baratang Island.

    Duration of Stay in Baratang Island:

    This tropical island unleashes one of the most treasurable attractions such as Limestone Caves, Mud Volcano, and Parrot Island. Most of the island can be covered in 2 days maximum but if you are time bounded then it is advisable to cover the major spots and make it a one day trip to satisfy your adventure hunger. Baratang Island is technically not a destination to take accommodation because of the inadequate stay facilities. Since there are only three guesthouses – APWD Guest House, Forest Guest House and Panchayat Guest House – and a private resort, Dew Dale, it is difficult to accommodate tourists and thus, may lead to an uneasy environment. Also, for night halt, a special permit is needed from the UT Administration.

    People of Baratang Island:

    According to the 2011 census of India, the Island has 5691 inhabitants. There are a twelve villages in Baratang in which the most popular ones namely are Adazig, Sunderghar, Nayaghar and Nilambur(HQ).The people residing in this location have a long history dating back to the late nineteenth century when the city of Ranchi was under political upheaval. The locals escaped and took refuge by converting themselves to Christianity who were further commanded to move to the forests of Andaman and Nicobar islands by the Britishers. They would great agriculture opportunity in Baratang Island so they stayed back here to cultivate crops. Since then, this Island is also the home to those refugees and their heirs along with Jarawa tribe who have their settlements along the Great Andaman Trunk Road, particularly in the Jarawa Tribe Reserve region. Make sure you do not intrude their privacy or interact with them, as it could lead to fine and imprisonment. Also, offering food or any objects and clicking their individual pictures or selfies is also prohibited by the Andaman administration.

    Language of Baratang Island:

    Most people know Hindi but they are not well versed with English. Since, this location is not a typical tourist destination, the lack of commercialisation has proven to be a drawback in term of language and communication. The crop cultivators of Ranchi and Jarawa tribe are the local residents of this place and hence, it is difficult to indulge in even small talks here without a proper guide.

    Exploring Baratang Island:

    Baratang Island is the place to embrace the full-fledged experience of a day out in the forest lands amongst the tribe and tremendous natural habitat. At every step ahead in your journey, it offers you a chance to gaze at the utopia of nature. It gives you a taste to cherish the basic lifestyle and spend a quality time staring at the nature than at your phones and devices. The tour can be a nirvana in your hectic lives where you can galvanise yourself from the worries of life.

    The exploration of Baratang Island is one level up than its travel journey: it is definitely a treasure hunt in the vast green tropical island with lots of surprises boxed up on your way! You should not miss out on exploring these sites on your visit to Baratang Island:

    Mangrove Creeks: The soothing boat ride floating amidst the thick mangrove creeks will definitely be once in a lifetime experience to grab onto. Lose yourself in the dawdling ride with you loved ones while you witness the variety of birds chirping and singing honey dipped melodies and animals gazing you with their timid eyes to set the ambience. It seems like a tunnel to heaven that leads to limestone caves, leaving you speechless with its overwhelming milieu with the streams of canopies and tree knots.

    Mud Volcanoes: The most special attraction of this island is its mud volcanoes as they are the only active mud volcanoes present in India. Some of these mud volcanoes are also found in Diglipur which grabs the attention of almost every traveller. The tempting live volcanoes can drop your jaw with the clayey grey mud discharging from the mouth of the volcanoes. You can be relieved by knowing the fact that these volcanoes erupts natural gases like methane instead of molten lava. On your walk to these volcanoes, you shall also come across some intriguing and sporadic wildflowers and mushrooms.

    Limestone Caves: The limestones caves will entice you with its stimulating and erratic shapes of stalagmites, stalactites and rock formations. These have been formed over the years of recurrent erosion by carbon dioxide dissolved water. You can have fun while you trek to this location after a delightful ride in the Mangrove creeks. It would take 30-minutes’ drive from Baratang and a 30 minutes trek (2 km) into the jungle to reach this location. The natural carving of these cool limestone caves are irresistible and can give you a magical experience to appreciate the creativity of mother earth. Here, you can also locate the crocodiles that rest near the swamps.

    Parrot Island: Ever wondered what would it be like to visit a land full of vibrant parrots? Come and hear out the parrots of Baratang Island in their residence- Parrot Island. You can spot various types and colours of parrots along with few other variety of birds as they retrieve to their nests as the sun sets. The amalgamation of the crimson sky and flock of parrots is the perfect way to end your day with a blissful heart and lots of lovely memories. If you are bird watcher, then you can’t afford to miss out on this location.

    Baludera Beach: A beach that brings you closer to solitude and nature: Baludera Beach. With less population and more serenity, this is a perfect place to relax and take a breath from your tour in Baratang Island. Make yourself comfortable by swimming in the low tides under the bright sky. The aura of this beach leaves you in awe and makes you want to spend your entire day lying around in leisure. This island is also a happening place in terms of some fun activities such as beachcombing and elephant ride which you can take as a gift wrapped up in the memory lane.

    Hotels to Stay in Baratang Island:

    Since Baratang Island is not a place to stay for longer and is not fully commercialised in order to maintain the natural and cultural significance, this island does not have many accommodation spots. The available ones are really comfortable and operate in a way that brings you closer to the natural way of living. The three best places to have a home like stay are:
    Dew Dale Resort
    Coral Creek Resort
    Hotel Avis

    Restaurants in Baratang Island:

    The limited food places of Baratang Island offers you the Brest ethnic and local cuisine to warm your taste buds during your trip to this island. The rich taste of the naturally grown crops without added preservatives can change your perspective as a foodie. Some food stalls and small eateries are available near and around the Nilambur jetty, which serves mainly South-Indian and Bengali dishes as their core platter but the snacks and refreshments are adequately available for the tourists at every turn. The meals here are very much affordable along with a good taste that can make your day. The coconut water shall add life to your tiresome trekking and would help you to beat the heat of the scorching sun. Spicy cucumbers, lassis, and buttermilk are some other rejuvenating snacks that you can rely on while you dwell in the beauty of Baratang Island. The places that we would like you to try out are:
    Dew Dale Restaurant
    Jetty Hotel
    AMS Restaurant
    Port Canteen
    Sujath Bar and Restaurant
    Deeya Baroi Hotel

    Connectvity in Baratang Island:

    This island does not support proper connectivity and the tourists might suffer in keeping in touch but this is a good reason to keep the phones aside and indulge in admiring the nature. Here, BSNL is known to provide much better connectivity than any other networks. Also, it is advisable to the tourists to carry enough amount of cash to ease the trouble of withdrawing money from the ATM since there are limited number of ATM’s available which are generally out of cash because of multiple withdraws from tourists.

    Healthcare and Safety in Baratang Island:

    This island has a very limited access to proper and well equipped medical facilities but it is easy to connect with Port Blair which eases the emergency situations. Since, this island is on its developing stage, the health infrastructure is being improvised and taken care of by the health administration. Anyway, there are enough medical facilities to deal with medical issues and in case of some serious case, he patients are transferred to Port Blair. Homeopathy dispensaries are also available in this island which is a sign of progress.

    In case of emergencies, you can feel free to dial these numbers to assist you in Baratang Island:
    Baratang Hospital : 03192-279533
    Baratang police station: 03192-279503

  • We all picture ourselves in a heavenly land, surrounded by the natural exquisiteness of the most precious flora and fauna alongside a waterfall who’s gushing droplets fall on our faces, illuminating up our mood and faces. Well, your daydream can turn into reality when you visit Rangat Island which is situated in Middle Andaman Islands. It is almost 200 km away from the capital city-Port Blair. This island is an unexplored thing of beauty which is quite less popular amongst the tourists, but has its own inimitable feature which can swept you off your feet. This island, having an area of about 1070 sq. km, is the second largest in Andaman Islands and offers some of the best experiences of beaches and volcanic rocks spread over the immaculate sand where turtle nest during the months of December and January. The never-ending trails are amongst the longest in the mangrove forests of India where one can embrace the walks of life. The picturesque waterfalls will thrill you and please you at the same time where you can store the memories on your cameras. The immense spice plantations is one of the core features of this island which separates this island from the rest of the isles. This beach is considered idyllic for sun-bathing and enjoying some water sports like snorkelling and scuba diving. The wide stretched shorelines playing with the sparkling water under the sun surround by the shades of dense green forests is truly a mesmerising location to leave your heart at. Rangat Island falls on your way when you travel to Mayabunder, Long Island or Diglipur from Port Blair by road so many tourists try to explore the locations of this island during their travel journey. This island is known for promoting eco-tourism through eco-friendly structures like eco huts and groves that excites the urban population with the local and aesthetic vibes.

    Best Time to Visit Rangat Island:

    Like every other island of Andaman, this island is best explored during the winter season from December to March but you can add a slight twist to your itinerary if you want to enjoy the phenomenal natural waterfalls of this island. You can visit it during the monsoon season to witness the enormously attractive falls with your family and friends. Though there could be difficulty in walking the trails but it would be worth the trouble to experience something so soothing to the eyes.

    How to Reach Rangat Island:

    Travelling is the most beautiful part of the trip as it’s when you hold on to your horses to witness what lies in the destination but still appreciates the dawdling span of travel. To reach a destination there are endless ways and the same is applied for Rangat Island. The tourists can choose whichever option they feel comfortable in to reach the Island with their desired level of content. There are 2 major routes to reach Rangat Island- via Port Blair and via Havelock Island. The ways to commute to Rangat Island are: Roadways, Seaways and Airways.

    Options via Port Blair:

    Port Blair- the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands provides ample of option to travel to Rangat Island.  Tourists have the feasibility to choose their modes and ways of transportation as per their needs, comfort and convenience.

    Roadways: Travelling via road is considered one of the most feasible option where you can encounter and appreciate the travel journey with your family and friends. The lush green trees alongside the roads give a refreshing feel while the air gently touches your face. It would take almost 7-8 hours to cover the route to Rangat Island which is approximately 93 kms from Port Blair. There are 3 modes through which you can travel via roadways, that is, Government Buses, Private Buses and Private Cabs/Taxis.

    Government Bus: The Government Buses provide you the most pocket-friendly yet amazing experience as you travel from Port Blair. These buses have different departure timings from Port Blair which can be easily enquired from the ticket counter. It takes approximately 8 hours to reach Rangat from Port Blair through a government bus. The route encompasses the Andaman Grand Trunk Road and drops off the passengers at the Public Bus Stand at Rangat Island. These buses do not offer air-conditioned services but you won’t be disappointed as the natural air does its work very efficiently. The government Bus depot of Port Blair provides the bus tickets which can be a cumbersome process to procure due to long queues. The affordable cost of the buses and the transportation of local people to and fro increases the tickets demand. The boarding location of these government buses is at the Aberdeen Bus Depot. But there are other pick up points on the Andaman Trunk Road too. It is recommended for the tourists to enquire about the pickup point that falls in the proximity to their accommodation location for a better convenience.

    Private Buses: The Private Buses offer comfortable journeys from Port Blair to Rangat Island. The departure timings of these buses vary and tourists have ample of boarding options available to reach Rangat. The duration of journeys is 8 hours, same as that of the government buses. These buses have both AC and non AC facilities so tourists can choose as per their convenience and budget. These buses, whether AC or non AC have higher ticket fares in comparison to that the government buses. The tickets can be obtained from their respective reservation offices in Port Blair. The boarding point of these buses is also mostly the Aberdeen Bust Depot but there are option to board from other locations, such as on Andaman Trunk Road as well which has to be enquired beforehand.

    Private Cabs/Taxis: This is considered to be the most reliable mode of transportation as this fits in all your schedules and would let you enjoy every location without being anxious about the return schedule and other travelling requirements. You shall not be time restricted and hence would be able to enjoy the serenity of Rangat much better. The driver being a local resident of Andaman would be able to guide you better than anybody else, direct you to some unexplored locations and share facts and testimonies of his experience which can turn out to be an enjoyable talk as you travel.
     
    This option is feasible for the ones who have time restriction and have fixed date schedules and days to explore Rangat Island and other islets of Andaman. The cabs/ taxis have to be booked in advance which can be done both online and offline as per the plans of the tourists, Another advantage of travelling via cabs/taxis is that they would come to pick you up at your accommodation place which would save your time and energy.

    Seaways: It is rightly said that the waves of the sea sweeps away all the worries and help you to relax in the middle of water. To reach Rangat Island, you can opt for the seaways to via ferry to calm your brain cells while floating in the water. It is a very convenient and affordable way which could lead to your destination. The island is almost 50 nautical miles by seaways and one has to note that the shipping services are available for 4-5 days in a week so the travelling plans have to be made accordingly. The time taken to cover the route via is about 4-5 hours which can be relishing amongst family and friends.

    Government Ferry: The Government operated Ferry makes it much easier to commute from Port Blair to Rangat via the sea route. The duration of the voyage shall be approximately 5-6 Hours in which the route that shall be followed to reach the Rangat would be from Port Blair via Neil Island and Havelock Island. This could be a trouble maker as it depends on the number of passengers and their respective boarding spots and destination spots. The government ferry is not available everyday which is the biggest disadvantage. Also, the tickets of the ferry has to be booked one or two days in advance from the STAR ticket counters in Port Blair. The harbour for Rangat is the Yerrata Jetty. So the government ferry can be an option for the travellers who have no restriction of time.

    Airways: The airways can be a less time taking option but the only disadvantage is that it is seasonal so the fares and its availability greatly varies according to the weather and season.

    Helicopter: It takes less than an hour to reach Rangat Island in helicopter. The high altitude and the speedy winds will blow your mind away as you fly. It is seasonal so the plans for having a helicopter ride has to be made accordingly.

    Option via Havelock Island and Neil Island:

    If you have to visit Rangat Island after you are done exploring Havelock Island or Neil Island then there is only one option available that lead you to Rangat and that is Government Ferry. It is available on alternate days and covers the popular route: Port Port Blair to Rangat via Havelock Island and Neil Island. Thus, the passengers can board from Havelock Island or Neil Island if they aren’t planning to board the ferry from Port Blair. The route of this ferry ends at Long Island, which is yet another magnificent island that can’t be described my mere words.

    Transportation in Rangat:

    The transportation services here in this island are less as compared to the more commercially developed islands of Andaman group. Tourists have to book private cabs/taxis or take government buses to visit the various awe-inspiring locations here. The richness of this place lies in its deprivation of the intrusion of modernity and technology which is often reflected by the simple means of transportation available here.

    Duration of Stay in Havelock:

    Tourists would be amazed to explore the natural aura of this island and would be restless to bid adieu to it after their overwhelming experience. Maximum of 2 days can be invested to stay around in this island which shall be sufficient to cover all the major spots and give you a time to relax at the same time. Generally tourists complete their exploration in one day but if you want to give time to yourself in the lap of nature, you should definitely stay for more than one day.

    People of Rangat Island:

    The land that cherishes the rich verdure of nature is blessed with people who take care of this land with utmost dedication and principles. This island has a dense population of 38815 people as per the Indian census (2011) who reside across 75 villages approximately. It is interesting to note that this island has 14 gram panchayats as well. The residents of this island have diverse linguistic background but they stay together as one community. Most of the locals are the residents of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and West Bengal. The main occupations of the local people comprise of fisheries, cultivation and stall vendors such that of tea stalls, food stall and market vendors.

    Culture of Rangat Island:

    The culture of this island takes you back to the primitive living styles which is currently trending. Tourists often escape their city lives to find peace and a technologically free world, and no place can be better than this to shred off the qualms and attain harmony with and in nature. Though the cuisine does not have a big menu but it surely delights the hearts with the delicacies of the sea food and local eateries. So, some of the dishes can even beat the taste of the mouth-watering fancy dishes of the restaurant. The ethnicity is reflected at every part and every panoramic view of this island which makes it complete and beautiful on its own.

    Language of Rangat Island:

    Since most of the local residents are from Tamil Nadu, Kerela and West Bengal so you may not find it odd to observe people conversing in Tamil and Bengali here. English is not widely spoken here on this island due the low tourist rate and commercialisation. Hindi can be heard from the tourists and guides but still it is not prevalent as a local language due to the linguistic barriers of the local population.

    Exploring Rangat Island:

    You can’t explore paradise in a lifetime; you need an eternity for that but you can take a sip from the holy bowl and mesmerise yourself with the beauty it offers. This stands same for the Rangat Island as it so much to offer which is yet to be explored by the tourist population. The trails, the amazing natural ambience, the beaches and the transition of the days and nights from dusk and dawn simply can’t be moulded in words. The main attraction of this island can be listed as:

    1) Cutbert Bay Beach: One of the most beautiful beaches, located at a distance of 12 kms  from Rangat Island, Cutbert Bay Beach enthrals the tourists in its net of wonders by the gleaming golden sand spread across the land with rich flora and fauna blooming alongside the boundaries. The mangroves with the darkest shade of green that combines with the purest shade of blue of the waters paints the delightful location which one can’t even imagine. This beach is also the home to a variety of sea animals which often nest here, which is another USP of this beach. The wildlife sanctuary situated at this beach also observes the seas turtles nesting from December to February which is an unnoticed yet pretty detail to witness. Also, the tourists can enjoy elephant safaris and also visit elephant training camps which is too exciting to witness. The cool and pleasant climates fits well throughout the year for tourists to hang out at this location in Rangat Island. This beach gives you time to make peace and introspect your life in a nutshell, which is the ultimate goal of any travel plan.

    2) Panchvati Hills: The Panchvati Hills has gained the attention of the tourists owing to the captivating waterfalls that emerges from a height. It is one of the most exhilarating experience that one could take back home from their vacation from Andaman. These waterfalls are located on outskirts of the Rangat Island which makes entices the tourists more to discover its beauty. Due to the undulating and rough geographical conditions of this place, it is advisable to the tourists to not go very near the waterfall and ensure the safety of themselves. Though people can also enjoy fishing and swimming here with their family and friends in peace in the lap of nature. People are awe-struck by the graceful stream of the waterfall that merges with the river and ultimately to the sea. Do not indulge yourselves in trekking as it can be risky due to the slippery ground. If one misses out on Panchvati hills in Andaman then, the pang in the heart would stay forever so make sure you have added this location in your itinerary and get numerous pictures clicked to save it as memoirs.

    3) Ambkunj Beach: This beach marks its identity and popularity amongst the tourists by its fascinating rocky black sand that is seen almost everywhere in this location. It is located in Nmbutala village, almost 8 kms away from main Rangat Island.The crystal clear water reflecting the black sand under the sun is irresistible to take eyes off from. This beach offers a serene and poetic location to the tourists where they can observe lovely oceanic birds, enjoy water sports like snorkelling, swimming and one can also embrace sunbathing and beachcombing on the blissful beach. Another factor that is interesting about this place is the eco-friendly sofa-like sit-outs and huts with proper share and round tables that are comforting to the visitors. The tsunami of 2004 wreced the tree and uprooted them which were then converted into such benches, tables and dustbins to utilise it for the ones who came to find peace here.

    4) Dhani Nallah Mangrove and Beach: If you like long nature walks, then the Dhani Nallah Mangrove walk would give you the maximum level of satisfaction. It is 20 km away from Rangat Island and a one km walk along the wooden board which is surrounded by the mangrove creeks leading to the Dhani Nallah Beach. It’s really fun to walk on those pathways with your family and friends as you make amazing memories while chit-chatting. The beach is another thing of beauty for the tourists as it magical effect leaves the tourists speechless. Here too, on ecan notice the nesting ground of the turtles from December to February. One could also observe a tiny eco hut as you walk through the mangroves, which is named after Olive Ridley, the most frequent turtle species of the Dhaninallah Beach. Dhaninallah beach provides facilities for swimming and sun bathing along with eco-friendly sit outs, changing room and washroom facility for the convenience of the tourists.

    5) Morice Dera Beach: Situated 8 kms away from Rangat Island, opposite to Ambkunj Bay Beach, this place is perfectly suited for leisure walks and treks. The aroma of the vegetation and the calmness observed here is soothing and relaxing which could be a therapy to the tourists. The twin rock present here is God’s display of artistry which are beautifully moulded into unique rocky figure. The Horizon View Point is another speciality of this place which cannot be observed in any other island. The tourists are made comfortable with the arrangements of sea-facing sit-outs along and around the beach. Here, interestingly one may not find water which is compensated by the freshwater stream which acts as a natural swimming pool for the visitors.

    Hotels to Stay in Rangat Island:

    The accommodation facilities at this island is very basic and decent, so the tourists should not expect a luxury stay. The amenities are also very plain and simple which can be thoroughly enjoyed as we should have a taste of everything in life. Make sure you do the reservation beforehand as there are less hotels available in comparison to the tourist population. The few hotels we would like to recommend from our part are:
    1. Hotel Ross & Smith
    2. Hotel UK Nest
    3. Hotel Avis
    4. Hotel Priya International
    5. Hotel Laxmi Villa

    Restaurants in Rangat Island:

    Since, this location is yet to be commercialised so it does not have big, extravagant places to eat but it sure provide with some good options in food. The small eateries, local restaurants and canteen style of places are prevalent here which serves amazing seafood that can be said no to. The option of Vegetarian food is also available here in order to cater the diet of vegans.The accommodation options above mentioned also provide dining options but like the rest, serves limited menu options. The restaurants that you can try out in Rangat Island are:
    1. Bodhi Bengali Restaurant
    2.Royal Restaurant
    3.Sai Kripa
    4.Aroma Restaurant

  • Sitapur Beach is the unexpected: nestled at the tip of Neil Island, with vast stretches of white sands and unimaginably blue waters enticing successive waves of new visitors. Two arched lagoons and coconut trees sprawled across the beach makes for the perfect natural backdrop. Natural limestone structures are scattered all over the beach, adding to its scenic charm. During low tides, one can walk to the second lagoon and explore little caves. The endless stretch of white sand, Sitapur Beach wears many hats and is popularly known as sunrise beach and locally as beach number five. Owing to its geography, Sitapur Beach is prone to higher tides and stronger currents, but swimming is still possible at all times.

    Getting There

    One can reach Sitapur Beach on Neil Island after travelling 65 kilometres from Port Blair. The journey to the beach itself is quite refreshing as it takes you via paddy fields and lush forests. You can either rent a bike or board an auto-rickshaw from the market to reach the beach. Cabs are the most convenient means to get to the beach, but single-point cabs are hard to book, so you can instead book the taxi to tour all the three beaches in Neil. Though a few buses shuttle in between, the frequency is low. Or, if you feel a little adventurous, you can also walk down the fields to reach the beach.

    Be There Do That

    Sitapur Beach is easily one of those beaches where you can take a long walk without a care in the world along the shoreline. Mostly known for its enchanting golden sunrises and sunsets, the beach is named the Sunrise Beach officially by the administration. Hit the beach at dawn to behold the magnificent sunrise above the horizon. Since this is a rocky beach, you need to be careful while swimming. There are no water activities conducted on this beach, and you can pass your time sitting on rocks, soaking your feet in the water, feeling the breeze and unwinding. For a better view of the sunset, you can get to the "Sunset Point" which lies at a vantage spot towards the entry of the beach. The beach is uncrowded, and you can spend a lazy day sipping coconut water.

    While You’re There

    Note that the beach stays open between 9 AM and 5 PM.
    There are no washrooms and changing rooms at the beach.
    You might encounter a patchy cellular network.
    No lifeguards or guides are present at this beach.
    Water-sports are not available owing to the high currents on the beach. Swimming is possible, but not advised during high tides.
    You do not require tickets for visiting the beach as the entry is free.
    Carry some snacks with you as there aren't many stalls selling refreshments on the beach.
    Arrive before dawn and witness the most spectacular sunrise on Neil Island.

    Closing Statement

    Situated at the southern tip of Neil Island, Sitapur Beach nestles in the arms of lush greens from three sides that unfold into an incredible view of the open sea on the other. Set apart from the mainstream, Sitapur is the quietest beach on Neil Island and is well-preserved and quite raw in the sense of nature and wildlife. Crystal clear water, azure sky, the limestone formations, against the white rug of sand makes it a photographer's favourite. The best time to visit this beach is between September and May, as the weather is moderate and the sun is bright.

  • Neil Island is stroked by the constant rock and roll of waves. Adorning the most exquisite landscapes, Natural Bridge in Neil Island is testament to this. A cup of sunshine is poured all over the land – allowing it to bask and shine in the warmth. Well, Natural Bridge is, at first glance, extraordinary in its beauty. It is, as locals refer to it, the Howrah Bridge. Let’s take a walk across nature's bounty and discover what it has to offer us. The natural bridge-shaped rock formation is basically a rock jutting out composed of two living corals. Best seen during low tides, the landscape makes for rare and extraordinary photo opportunities. Enclosed in the emerald waters, with small fishes, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and starfish swaying along the waves, Natural Bridge is perfect for thrill seekers.

    Getting There

    One can reach the Natural Bridge on Neil Island after travelling 43 kilometres from Port Blair. Upon reaching the Jetty, you can hire a bike or book a taxi to reach Laxmanpur Beach, which lies close to the bridge. From here you need to take a 200 meters walk to see the bridge. Or you can board an auto-rickshaw as well. The entire journey takes nearly 30 minutes. Stroll along the craggy shore to see other corals, tide pools, and diverse marine life.

    Be There Do That

    The Natural Bridge is a landmark in Neil Island and a photographer's favourite. Look at the adjacent wall that bears the brunt of the 2004 Tsunami and shielded Neil Island from devastation. You can spot many starfishes, sea cucumbers visible in the shallow waters between the rocks as well as crabs, sea urchins, colourful corals, and seldom tiny octopuses. The beach accompanying the bridge is called the dead coral beach and is ideal for trekking rather than swimming. The iconic Howrah bridge got its name from its Bengali settlers, and they delight in showcasing their culture through folk dances and music. The island hosts the Island Tourism Festival and Subhash Mela in winters that you must attend if your dates match.

    While You’re There

    Note that you do not require any entry fee to visit the beach.
    Hire a guide to understand and appreciate the natural aquarium (Read: shallow water).
    Plan your visit before afternoon, to capture the landscape in the best light and when the tides are low and clear.
    Please do not bring back corals as it is a punishable offence by law.
    Return before it gets dark as the route is tricky.
    Be careful while clicking photographs and do not step on any creature.
    Wear comfortable and sturdy shoes when you visit this place because you will walk on a wet and slippery rocky path.

    Closing Statement

    The natural bridge is a notable highlight on Neil Island and one of the most sought after destinations on the Andamans. The trek to the natural bridge crosses a small hamlet, lined by tall mahua trees, and overlooks the grand ocean, plus the dead coral that you encounter en route. Marvel at nature's architecture, but keep the time of the day in mind, you might get stuck in knee-deep water. The island experiences mildly warm and humid weather conditions throughout the year. The ideal time to visit the bridge is during the winter season, from November to February.

  • Crowned as the Coral Kingdom of Andaman, Bharatpur Beach is a low tide gorgeous white sand beach, fringed with palm-coconut canopies and adorning turquoise waters. The soft sand lines the shore, along with crystal clear shallow waters, extending for nearly 500 meters into the sea that makes it one of those beaches where one can go halfway without being wet altogether. While the shallow waters near the shore are devoid of large rocks and hard corals, the sea further down is profound and boasts of a rich oceanic life. Take in all the beauty that envelopes you while relaxing after taking a dip in the shallow waters of the sea, and make this beach your sweet little escape!

    Getting There

    One can reach Bharatpur Beach on Neil Island after travelling 40 kilometres from Port Blair. Government-operated ferries, as well as private ferries, shuttle between Neil Island and Port Blair, and it roughly takes 2 hours to reach the island. Upon reaching the Jetty, Bharatpur beach is hardly 500 metres away. There are signs and directions posted at the Jetty to make it easy for travellers. If you are staying the night, you can also hire an auto or rent a bicycle to explore the beaches at your pace and travel around the island. To ensure a hassle-free experience, book your ferry tickets at least two days in advance.

    Be There Do That

    Bharatpur beach is the only spot in Neil Island where water sports are permitted. Travellers can amaze themselves by taking a unique glass-bottomed boat ride where they get an opportunity to explore the corals and colourful fishes through the glass bottom of the boat. It is the best way to go underwater without getting wet. You can also snorkel in the pristine waters of this beach to witness one of the most stunning coral reefs up close. Diving underwater is another must-do in Bharatpur beach to peek at the striking display of marine life. The temperature and clear visibility of the water attracts many travellers for sea exploration in Neil Island. Indulging in the jet ski ride is one of the most casual water sports you can have in Bharatpur Beach. You ride the waves and revive yourself in the splash of cold seawater.? That is not all. At the right side of the beach lies a clear water lagoon with a backdrop of the cyan-coloured ocean. This location makes for a beautiful photo opportunity and is unmissable.

    While You’re There

    Note that the beach opens at 8 AM and closes at 5 PM.
    All dives take place between 10 AM and 3 PM.
    There are no entry charges/fees for the beach.
    Treat yourself with various lip-smacking delicacies by trying the authentic seafood served here.
    Negotiate, as the pricing for water sports varies from vendor to vendor.
    There are plenty of stalls selling refreshments, coconuts, snacks and souvenirs.
    Lastly, do not litter.

    Closing Statement

    Bharatpur Beach- A perfect beach that looks right out of a postcard as if an artist has painted it in his dream. You can rest on a hammock with a good book in hand, but then again, when the landscape is so alluring, how will you read the book! While you are here, chase magical sunrise and sunsets. One of the finest and magnificent beaches of Neil Island, Bharatpur Beach attracts a horde of tourists from all across the globe. Little shops dot the roads near the beach selling handicrafts, and other souvenirs. Though tourists visit Bharatpur Beach year-round, the best time to visit Bharatpur Beach is between October and May, as the sky is clear and the weather is pleasant.

  • Run by the Government of India and the Central Agricultural Research Institute, Sippighat farm is an 80 acre cultivated farmland where research and development work happens for the cultivation of spices like cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, coconut and pepper. For ornithologists, a significant attraction on the farm will be the presence of various species of migratory birds. Located 15 km from Port Blair on the road to Wandoor, Sippighat Farm comes under the Government and the Central Agricultural Research Institute responsible for carrying out the studies and methods to improve spice cultivation. Resplendent with natural beauty, the place is known for farming of nuts and spices in the area. The farm covers an area of about 80 acres of cultivated land. This farm is a part of the research and development program of the Government of Andaman and Nicobar islands aimed towards increasing agriculture. Farmers are allowed to grow various spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and pepper in the farm, exported to different parts of the world.

    Getting There

    Located 15 kilometres from Port Blair on the way to Wandoor, lies the Sippighat Farm.

    Local Bus: Mohanpura bus terminus is the central terminus. The buses' working hours are from 4:30 am to 12 noon and are available throughout the day. Private travel companies also provide buses for travelling within Port Blair and other parts of Andaman, from Mohanpura terminus.
    Cabs: There are multiple shop establishments for car hire and rentals. Auto-rickshaws and minibuses are also available for local transport.

    Be There Do That

    Established in 1959 as the ‘Soil Conservation and Demonstration Center’ the Sippighat farm is a mass of cultivated greenery surrounded by natural verdant beauty. The farm demonstrates the best cultivation practices one could adopt in the islands. They not only provide information on multi-cropping but practice it too. Another attraction of the farm is a species of migratory birds, which makes it a must-visit place for ornithologists or birdwatchers. Some of the spotted ones include the Pacific Golden-Plover, Eurasian Curlew, Mongolian Plover and other exotic species. Visitors can find a wide variety of crops from spices like vanilla and black pepper to cash crops like coffee. Properties of the medicinal plants like Aloe vera are displayed here by the staff. SAI Water Sports Complex is present at one end of the Sippighat Farm, and offers a wide range of water sports. There is an Agricultural Research Centre inside the area that studies the methods to improve spice cultivation.

    While You’re There

    The farm opens from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    The time required to visit Sippighat Farm is an hour.
    Wear light clothes and comfortable shoes.
    Carry a water bottle with you.
    Do not litter the place; properly dispose of waste.
    We advise hiring a local guide for an in-depth preview.

    Closing Statement

    If agriculture & farming is what interests you, you could visit the Sippighat Agricultural Farm. You might be shocked to know what all the plants, which have been in your backyard since forever could do.

  • The Forest Museum on Chatham island is famous for its scale model, artefacts and decorative pieces designed from timber, oak, satinwood, gurjan, padauk and sandalwood. This impressive collection reflects the rich diversity of flora and fauna seen in the forests of Andaman. Famous for its wooden artefacts associated with the forest and the variety of flora and fauna found within the forest, The Museum is managed and maintained by the Forest Department of Andaman and Nicobar Islands along with the Saw Mill. It is an excellent place for folks interested in woodwork and discovering the history of Andaman through the eyes and skill of its skilled-labourers and artists.

    Getting There

    The museum is located within the Chatham Saw Mill complex and is roughly 10 km away from central Port Blair. One can access it via road by hiring a cab or a taxi.

    Cabs: Private travel companies in Andaman provide cab services to all major tourist attractions.
    Rental: Rental services for two-wheeler vehicles is a choice. Hiring two-wheelers and going round the nearby places connected to the Island may be a good option.

    Be There Do That

    The museum is home to a mini zoo and zoological garden, housing many species of birds, animals and endangered plants. The forest museum also showcases the skilled craftsmanship of its inhabitants, along with the use of modern-day machinery. The artefacts found inside the museum originate from trees which are polished regularly and cleaned by the staff members daily. These artefacts depict different kinds of animals and a unique variety of trees that either existed earlier or are inside the forest area.

    While You’re There

    • Be sure to call in advance to make sure it is open on that day.
    • For photography enthusiasts, feel free to bring along a camera with you.
    • Note the timings of the museum, 8 A.M. to 12 Noon. There is a break till 2.30 P.M. after which the museum reopens and visitors can tour the place till 5 P.M. The
    • museum stays open on all days of the week except on Sundays.
    • Wear comfortable clothing and suitable footwear for walking around the place.
    • Do not litter the place; dump waste at a convenient location.
    • We advise hiring a local guide for an in-depth preview of the museum.
    • Know that there is a nominal entry fee of Rs. 2 per visitor to enter the premises.

    Closing Statement

    Marvel at the intricately carved products with refined polishing, designing and showcasing skilled craftsmanship of local folks. The museum has gained popularity for its excellent woodwork. Also, a few of the endangered plants draw a massive number of visitors every year. Tourists visiting Andaman can club their visit to the Forest Museum with a detour to the famous Chatham Saw Mill, which is the primary source of employment and income for many households in Andaman. While on a visit to the Forest Museum, do not forget to buy souvenirs to support the local artisans and to cherish the time you spent while enjoying holidays in Andaman.

  • Surrounded by mountains of tall green trees and incredible wilderness, Mt Harriet National Park is the pride of Port Blair. This park is carved from the forests, further showcasing flora and fauna beautifully. The park got its name from the British artist Harriet C. Tytler. It was established in 1987 as a forest reserve and also served as headquarters for British officials for a long time. The park is spread over 5 square km and is home to rich biodiversity and panoramic views of the area. It is also the highest peak within the group of islands in Andaman. Did you know that this mountain features in the 20Rs note in the Indian Currency?

    Getting There

    The national park is at a distance of 70 km from Port Blair.
    Cabs: Private travel companies in Andaman provide cab services to all major tourist attractions.
    Rental: Rental services for two-wheeler vehicles is a choice. Hiring two-wheelers and going round the nearby places connected to the park may be a good option.
    Via sea: Tourists can Board the ferry at Chatham dock in Port Blair which will take you to Bambooflat harbour just in 15 minutes. Taking the sea route is preferable and faster.

    Be There Do That

    Mount Harriet National Park houses a diverse range of wild plants, trees, and animals. Over 100 species of birds reside within this park. With its variety and diversity, it is no wonder that multiple trekking trails are prevalent here. If you have young children and elderly parents with you, who cannot walk for an extended period- you can take your car and drive up the forest area up to the highest peak of Mount Harriet. You will be amazed at the marvellous view from the top of Mount Harriet. Be ready to catch it on your camera and have it posted on social media for other people to see. If you are a nature-lover, then this is the perfect place for you to visit and try to enjoy being in an environment with picturesque views. One of the sights you can see in North Bay Island’s LightHouse.

    While You’re There

    • Do not forget to wear comfortable footwear and clothing.
    • Carry enough snacks, drinking water as there are no shops on the premises.
    • It is advisable to carry Sunglasses, umbrella and caps, especially during the summers.
    • Get the entry permit at the park entrance.
    • Park charges to be paid directly at the reservation office.
    • Do not litter the place; dump waste at a convenient location.

    Closing Statement

    If you are planning for a quick escape amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, The Mount Harriet National Park in Port Blair can be an excellent getaway. The National park is not only famous for its collection of flora and fauna but also offers enviable views of the neighbouring islands. Moreover, with the calm Andaman Sea in the backdrop, the charm of the lush green forests grows multifold. Laze around or explore the wilderness on a trekking expedition– This park has it all!