Latest Information on Travelling to Andaman Islands?
  • Runway Status for Port Blair Airport From October,22 to February, 23

    Updated: 19 Sep 2022
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  • Andaman Tourism Opens

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    Andaman Tourism Opens: The Andaman & Nicobar administration has announced that all tourist spots in the South Andaman district will be opened for tourism activities with immediate effect 8 Feb 2022.

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    A negative RT PCR report has to be presented by all passengers on arrival.

  • What is the advisory to travel to North & Middle Andaman District?

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    The tourists are allowed to visit Baratang/North & Middle Andaman on production of double dose covid certificate/ All other passengers viz. unvaccinated and partially vaccinated passengers (those who have taken only 1S1 dose of COVID vaccine) shall have to produce RT-PCR negative test report

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  • All asymptomatic fully vaccinated persons coming to these islands from mainland are exempted from the requirement of carrying RT-PCR negative test report,irrespective of the type of vaccine received and country of origin. Such fullyvaccinated individuals shall produce the final vaccination certificate at the origin airport, sea port in the mainland and at Port Blair Airport / sea port.
  • Alt asymptomatic children below 5 years of age are exempted from carrying RT-PCR negative test report and further RT-PCR testing at Port Blair Airport.
  • All other passengers viz. unvaccinated and partially vaccinated passengers (those who have taken only 1S1 dose of COVID vaccine) shall have to produce RT-PCR negative test report to travel to Port Blair from the mainland, as is the practice now. Such an RT-PCR test should have been taken within 48 hours prior to commencement of journey from the origin airport connecting Port Blair. Such passengers will also have to undergo additional RT-PCR test on arrival at Port Blair. Such passengers shall remain in self-quarantine till the arrival of the test report.
  • If a passenger on arrival is tested positive then, the prescribed quarantine protocol is to be followed.
  • All Airlines shall ensure strict compliance of this order and observance of COVID Appropriate Behaviour. Any non-compliance shall invite action under Disaster Management Act and other applicable laws. 
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General Guidelines defined for traveling to Andaman Islands during COVID :

  1. The Tourism Activities are permitted only in South Andaman & North & Middle Andaman District except Nicobar District.
  2. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with home co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years advised not to travel for tourism purposes.
  3. Tourists/Visitors who are at higher risk due to some medical history are advised to take extra precautions.
  4. Tourists/visitors shall minimize contact with other staff and visitors as far as possible and zero contact policy should be followed at all tourist destinations.
  5. All tourists/visitors shall be briefed by the hotel concerned about do’s & don’ts to be mandatorily followed during their stay and movements.
  6. While travelling tourists/visitors should wear a face mask and carry their own sanitizer and wet wipes for personal use.
  7. At all tourist destinations, staff must wear face masks and wash/sanitize hands regularly while performing their duties.
  8. Arogya Setu App shall be mandatory for all incoming tourists/visitors.
  9. Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed. This involves strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly after use.
  10. The tourists/visitors on arrival at Port Blair airport have to undergo mandatory Covid-19 screening with RTPCR test free of cost. Thereafter the tourists/ visitors are allowed to move to their respective hotels. However, they will have to be under quarantine at Port Blair in their hotel rooms until the result of RTPCR tests are received. In case of RTPCR positive test results, the tourists/visitors shall remain in institutional quarantine in hotels notified by the Hoteliers Association in consent with the A&%N Administration, on rate as specified or to the designated hospital/ Covid 19 care centre on case to case basis.
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What are the guidelines for testing for tourists coming to Andaman after August 03 2021?

On arrival at Port Blair :

1. The tourists need to carry COVID-19 negative test report from mainland based 1CMR approved lab using Reverse Transcriptase-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RTPCR). However, the sample for RTPCR test should have been taken within 48 hours prior to starting the journey from the origin station. (For e.g. if the tourist takes a flight from Delhi at 0600 hrs. on 1st September, 2021, the sample for RTPCR test should have been taken not before 0600 hrs. on 30th August, 2021).

2. The tourists/visitors on arrival at Port Blair airport have to undergo mandatory Covid-19 screening with RTPCR test free of cost. Thereafter the tourists/visitors are allowed to move to their respective hotels. However, they will have to be under quarantine at Port Blair in their hotel rooms until the result of RTPCR tests are received. In case of RTPCR positive test results, the tourists/visitors shall remain in
institutional quarantine in hotels notified by the Hoteliers Association in consent with the A&N Administration, on rates as specified or to the designated hospital/ Covid-19 care centre on case-to-case basis.

3. Tourists may also have to undergo random Rapid Antigen Test conducted from time to time on payment basis as prescribed by A8N Administration.

What if the tourists test positive after arriving at the Andaman Islands?

If the tourists tests positive during their stay in the Islands, he/she will need to undergo institutional isolation as per existing health protocols. The
cost of such isolation for govt. facility will be paid by the tourists as fixed by the administration from time to time.

If the patient wants to stay at hotels, he/she can stay in the hotels if all the conditions below are met:

a) Patients are not symptomatic and not more than 60 years old.
b) Request/ undertaking is made by patient in writing.
c)lf allowed by doctors.

Hotels will make necessary arrangements to designate a part of their rooms for institutional isolation for this purpose.

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  • Regular flights to Port Blair (the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands) are operational now.
  • There are direct flights from Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, and Delhi.
  • Public transports like cabs, taxis, and bus services are also functional.
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Travellers should carefully follow social distancing norms and wear masks as well. Also, before making any booking, they should refer to the latest travel news on the government website of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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Travel Guide for Neil Island

  • Neil Island is a hidden gem that is home to stunning beaches, turquoise waters, and a calm atmosphere. Located close to Port Blair, this tropical paradise is a part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and offers a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Whether you're an adventure seeker, a nature lover, or someone seeking relaxation, Neil Island has something for everyone. 

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    Let's delve into the top 20 things to do in this enchanting destination.

    1. Laze Around in Laxmanpur Beach 

    When it comes to experiencing the perfect blend of relaxation and natural beauty, Laxmanpur Beach on Neil Island stands out as a haven that captures the essence of a tropical paradise. With its stunning shores and deep blue waters, Laxmanpur Beach invites you to slow down, unwind, and immerse yourself in the sheer beauty of the Andaman Sea.

    As you step onto the soft, powdery sands of Laxmanpur Beach, you'll immediately feel a sense of calm wash over you. The beach is relatively untouched, with fewer crowds compared to its more bustling counterparts, allowing you to savour the tranquillity of nature in its purest form.

    While the beach doesn’t have any specific timings, most people prefer to visit the beach at 5:30 in the morning or 6 in the evening to watch the Sun rise and set. There’s no entry fee for the beach either.

    How to reach: If you're staying in and around Neil Kendra or any nearby resorts, Laxmanpur Beach is easily walkable. The island itself is quite small, and many of the attractions are within a short walking distance of each other. 

    Laze Around in Laxmanpur Beach

    1. Snorkel at Bharatpur Beach

    Bharatpur Beach isn't just your ordinary stretch of sand and sea. It's a gateway to an enchanting underwater world that beckons adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike. With its vibrant coral reefs, teeming marine life, and crystal-clear waters, snorkelling at Bharatpur Beach offers an unparalleled opportunity to witness the diverse wonders that thrive beneath the waves.

    As you snorkel over the coral gardens, you'll be introduced to a cast of characters that call this underwater ecosystem home. From the graceful parrotfish to the curious clownfish, each encounter is a reminder of the beauty and complexity of the natural world. If you're new to snorkelling or simply want to enhance your experience, consider joining a guided snorkelling tour. 

    Typically, there aren't any strict timings for visiting most beaches in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, including Bharatpur Beach. Visitors can usually access the beach from early morning until late evening. However, specific activities like snorkelling usually commence around 8 AM and wrap up by 5 PM.

    Snorkelling in Neil Island should cost you around INR 2000-3000. 

    Snorkel at Bharatpur Beach

    1. Discover the Depths by Scuba Diving in Neil Island

    Beneath the shimmering turquoise waters of Neil Island lies a world of wonders waiting to be explored. Scuba diving in Neil Island offers an opportunity to dive into a mesmerizing realm of vibrant coral reefs, captivating marine life, and underwater landscapes that will leave you in awe. Whether you're a seasoned diver or a first-timer, this underwater adventure promises an experience of a lifetime.

    Neil Island boasts an array of dive sites that cater to divers of all levels. From shallow reefs to deeper underwater formations, each site offers its own unique charm.

    Bus Stop: This famous dive site is known for its stunning coral formations, including delicate soft corals and vibrant hard corals. The site is teeming with colourful reef fish, and lucky divers might even spot turtles, rays, and larger pelagic species. Bus Stop is suitable for both beginners and experienced divers as its depth starts at 15 metres. 

    Junction: As the name suggests, Junction is where two currents meet, creating an ideal environment for coral growth. This site is home to an impressive diversity of marine life, including schools of snappers, fusiliers, and various species of reef sharks. You need to develop your scuba diving skills to dive in Junction as its depth starts at 25 metre. This is why it is generally meant for advanced divers. 

    Scuba diving in Neil Island is usually cost around INR 3000-4000 per dive.

    Scuba diving in Neil Island

    1. Visit the Natural Bridge at Howrah Bridge

    Tucked away on the shores of Neil Island lies a remarkable geological wonder that has captivated the hearts of visitors and locals alike—the Natural Bridge at Howrah Bridge. Carved over centuries by the relentless forces of the sea, this natural rock formation is not just a sight to behold; it's a testament to the raw power and artistic mastery of nature.

    The arch, created by the erosive power of waves crashing against the limestone cliffs, stands as a towering gateway between land and sea. The sea's ceaseless waves have transformed the solid rock into a sculpted arch that seems almost otherworldly in its beauty.

    How to reach: Again, Neil Island is not too big an island, so most places including the Howrah Bridge is easily accessible by foot. From Neil Kendra, it can take you 20-30 minutes to reach Howrah Bridge. You can also take a cycle to the bridge, of course. You can also cycle to the bridge, which could cut your journey to just 10 minutes. 

    When to visit the bridge: It is best to visit the natural bridge during low tide as the rock formation becomes more visible and accessible. During high tide, the area gets submerged, making it less visible and harder to approach. You should definitely consult with locals before planning your visit.

    Visit the Natural Bridge at Howrah Bridge

    1. Enjoy a Picnic at Ramnagar Beach 

    Ramnagar Beach on Neil Island is more than just a stretch of golden sands meeting the azure waters of the Andaman Sea. It's an idyllic canvas that invites you to create lasting memories, indulge in culinary delights, and revel in the simple pleasures of life. The sun-kissed sands, swaying palms, and the rhythmic symphony of the waves set the stage for a perfect day out. Whether you're with your family, a group of friends, or a special someone, the beach's serene atmosphere serves as a backdrop for an unforgettable picnic experience.

    If you time your picnic just right, you'll be treated to a magical sunset spectacle around 5 PM that paints the sky with hues of orange, pink, and gold. As the sun dips below the horizon, casting a warm glow across the beach, the experience becomes even more enchanting. 

    While you can swim in the waters, the corals are known to be quite sharp here, so you have to be careful. 

    You don’t usually need permission to picnic in Ramnagar beach. However, if you're planning a larger gathering or want to set up specific amenities, it's a good idea to check with local authorities or with your tour guide. 

    How to reach: The beach is just around 4-5 km from the centre of the island. You can either walk and enjoy the natural surroundings or take a cycle, which would take you to the beach in a few minutes.

    Enjoy a Picnic at Ramnagar Beach

    1. Cycle Around the Island

    Exploring the beauty of Neil Island takes on a whole new dimension when you choose to do so on two wheels. Cycling around the island isn't just a mode of transportation; it's a journey that allows you to immerse yourself in the island's rhythms, connect with its locals, and uncover hidden gems that might otherwise go unnoticed.

    As you pedal along Neil Island's quiet roads, you'll find yourself attuned to the details that make this place special. The island's unhurried pace matches perfectly with the leisurely rhythm of cycling, allowing you to appreciate the nuances of nature, architecture, and daily life.

    There are many places from where you can rent cycles in Neil Island. At most places, the cost of renting a cycle for a day is as cheap as INR 100-200 for a day; although you may have to pay a small deposit. 

    1. Go Glass Bottom Boating

    Venturing into the underwater world without donning a wetsuit or snorkel may seem like a paradox, but glass bottom boating on Neil Island offers precisely that—an opportunity to dive into the marine wonderland while staying dry. This unique experience combines the comfort of cruising on the water with the awe-inspiring beauty of the coral reefs and marine life that flourish beneath the waves.

    As you step aboard the glass bottom boat, you're welcomed by the inviting expanse of the Andaman Sea. But the real magic happens as you peer through the transparent floor, revealing an underwater tableau that's as vibrant and diverse as any tropical paradise. 

    Where does it happen: Glass bottom boat rides are usually available at Bharatpur beach and can cost you anything between INR 500-1000 for a 30-minute ride.

    Best time for Glass Bottom ride: The best time to go for a glass bottom boating ride is a between 7 in the morning to around 4 in the afternoon, while there is still sunlight. 

    Glass Bottom Boating

    1. Experience Fishing 

    When you step onto the tranquil shores of Neil Island, you're not just entering a tropical paradise; you're also opening the door to an authentic maritime experience that's deeply intertwined with the island's heritage. Fishing on Neil Island is more than just a recreational activity; it's a hands-on journey that allows you to connect with the ocean in a way that's both engaging and rewarding. 

    For those looking to delve into the world of fishing without the hassle of planning, guided fishing tours are readily available. Local fishermen, who possess an intimate knowledge of the island's waters, serve as guides, offering valuable insights into fishing techniques, best practices, and even sharing stories about their own experiences. Note that most fishing expeditions start early in the morning and the equipment is usually provided by the tour operators. 

    Cost: Unlike other activities in Neil Island, which are either free or very cheap, game fishing can be an expensive activity. The starting price is around INR 9000 for a few hours per person, which can keep going up depending on how far and remote you want to travel into the open sea. Many tour operators offer customised fishing packages as the total cost for charter boat trips can be around INR 70,000. Also, fishing is usually done best in a group. Not only is it fun, it also helps in dividing the cost. 

    In addition, you may also need permission for game fishing in the Andaman Islands. The permit fee is around INR 500 for Indian Nationals and around INR 3000 for foreign nationals. 

    1. Go for a Jungle Trek 

    A jungle trek on Neil Island is an adventure that takes you on a path less travelled, revealing the island's hidden landscapes, rich biodiversity, and the sense of discovery that comes with every step. Lace up your hiking boots and get ready to go on a journey into the heart of Neil Island and explore its verdant beauty.

    Trekking in the jungle is an opportunity for you to encounter the island's diverse flora and fauna up close. Keep an eye out for colourful butterflies flitting through the foliage and the playful antics of curious squirrels. The island's birdlife is a treat for birdwatchers, with various species adding melody to the atmosphere.

    Cost: There’s no specific cost for jungle trekking in Neil Island; however, if you get a tour guide, you will have to pay them for the facility. Tour guides may charge you around INR 500-1500 depending on where you go. You can easily complete a jungle trek within 4-5 hours in Neil Island or even much less. 

    Jungle Trek

    1. Relax at Sitapur Beach

    Amidst the tropical paradise of Neil Island lies a stretch of coastline that beckons with its serene beauty and calming embrace—Sitapur Beach. Known for its tranquil ambience, powdery sands, and azure waters, Sitapur Beach is more than just a destination; it's a haven for relaxation, contemplation, and reconnecting with nature's soothing rhythms. 

    The soft, golden sands of Sitapur Beach provide a luxurious canvas on which to unwind. Whether you're lounging under the shade of swaying palm trees or basking in the sun's warm embrace, the beach's pristine beauty invites you to let go and simply be.

    There is no specific timing to visit Sitapur beach; however, swimming is generally closed or discouraged post 5 PM. If you want to watch the sunrise, try to be at the beach around 5 or 6 in the morning. 

    1. Try the Local Cuisine

    When you visit Neil Island, your journey isn't just about exploring its breathtaking landscapes; it's also an opportunity to embark on a culinary adventure that reflects the island's cultural diversity and natural abundance. From fresh seafood to tropical delights, Neil Island's local cuisine offers a tantalising array of flavours that will delight your taste buds and leave you craving for more.

    Given its coastal location, it's no surprise that seafood takes centre stage in Neil Island's culinary offerings. Indulge in the catch of the day, whether it's succulent fish, flavourful prawns, or tender crab. A simple meal in Neil Island could cost you between INR 200-100 depending on what you eat. 

    1. Join a Village Tour

    Venturing beyond the beaches and jungles of Neil Island offers a chance to delve into the heart of its local culture and community. A village tour is a unique and enriching experience that allows you to interact with the island's residents, learn about their way of life, and gain insights into the traditions that shape their identity.

    Exploring the village markets is a chance to experience the vibrant local life up close. These markets are bustling with activity, offering fresh produce, handicrafts, and local products. You can usually complete a village tour in 2-3 hours. While village tours usually don’t require any money, if you decide to get a tour guide, you will have pay a price to them, which may be around INR 500-1000.

    Village Tour

    1. Relax Yourself With Yoga Sessions

    Amidst the tranquil beauty of Neil Island, there's a perfect place to seek balance, harmony, and rejuvenation for both body and mind. Offering a serene escape from the world's hustle and bustle, Neil Island provides a serene setting for yoga practice. Participating in relaxing yoga sessions on the island isn't just a physical activity; it's an opportunity to connect with nature, find inner serenity, and embrace a holistic approach to wellness. 

    Many resorts offer yoga sessions overlooking the ocean. Engage in rejuvenating yoga and meditation to connect with your inner self. The entire island is your yoga studio, and you do not have to spend time trying to find the perfect spot. Most people prefer to start their day with yoga session by the many beaches during sunrise.

    1. Explore Photography 

    With its picturesque landscapes, vibrant marine life, and stunning sunsets, Neil Island is a photographer's paradise. Capture the island's beauty from every angle, whether it's the lush jungles, rugged coastline, or the colourful underwater world.

    The sunrises and sunsets in Neil Island are stunning moments that deserve to be immortalised through your camera lens. You should ideally be at the beaches around 6 AM for sunrises and 5 PM for Sunsets. You don’t need any specific permission to take photography in Neil Island. 

    1. Visit Natural Ponds and Mangroves

    Neil Island is home to beautiful natural ponds and lush mangroves that are worth exploring. While the pristine beaches and azure waters often take the spotlight, these unique ecosystems offer a different kind of beauty and a chance to connect with nature on a deeper level. Take a leisurely stroll through the mangrove forests, birdwatch, and appreciate the delicate ecosystems that thrive in these unique environments. You can spend anything between an hour to an entire day enjoying the natural beauty of Neil Island. 

    Natural Ponds and Mangroves

    1. Enjoy the Warmth of a Bonfire by the Beach

     When the sun sets over the picturesque landscapes of Neil Island, a new kind of magic comes to life—the warmth of a bonfire under the starlit sky. The beaches in Neil Island are a natural stage for unforgettable bonfire gatherings. The soft sands, soothing sound of waves, and the open sky create an inviting setting for groups to come together. Whether you're with friends, family, or fellow travellers, the beach provides a communal space to unwind, laugh, and enjoy each other's company.

    You do not usually need a permission to set up a bonfire in Neil island’s beaches. In many cases, your hotel or homestay will make the bonfire arrangements for you. Some hotels and resorts charge around INR 1500-2000 for setting up small bonfire parties close to a beach. 

    1. Camp by the Beach

    Camping on Neil Island offers the ultimate nature-immersed experience, allowing you to disconnect from the modern world and reconnect with the island's tranquil beauty. Many camping options on Neil Island are situated right by the beach. Falling asleep to the sound of waves gently crashing against the shore and waking up to the sea breeze is a rejuvenating experience. The beach becomes your private playground, inviting you to take refreshing morning walks or enjoy a quiet sunrise by the water's edge.

    Just like the other activities in Neil Island, camping by the beach also does not require special permissions unless you are part of a large group. Also, in many cases, hotels and resorts offer camping services to its guests for a specific. 

    The prices may vary depending on the hotel and the camping facilities but usually starts at INR 2500 for a night. 

    1. Stay at a Luxurious Resort: 

    Luxurious resorts on Neil Island are strategically positioned to offer breathtaking views of the ocean, creating a backdrop that's both soothing and invigorating. Imagine waking up to the sight of the sun rising over the sea from the comfort of your plush suite. Many hotels in Neil Island offer direct access to the beaches. Imagine stepping out of your suite onto powdery sands, lounging under beach umbrellas, and enjoying the rhythmic sounds of the waves lapping the shore. 

    Cost: The prices vary depending on the types of resort you stay at and the facilities they offer. For good hotels, the prices start around INR 1500 per night and can go up to INR 8000 per night or higher. 

    Stay at a Luxurious Resort

    1. Go on an Island-Hopping Adventure

    Your journey on Neil Island isn't confined to its shores alone. The allure of nearby islands beckons, inviting you to embark on exhilarating island-hopping adventures. From Neil Island, you can set sail to explore the wonders of neighbouring places such as Havelock Island and Port Blair. These trips offer an opportunity to broaden your horizons, discover new landscapes, and experience the diverse beauty that the Andaman archipelago has to offer.

    Both Port Blair and Havelock Islands are around 1.5-2.5 hours away from Neil Island and are great for island escapades. While Havelock is the best place for a variety of water sports and beaches, Port Blair, the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, is a great place to immerse yourself into the history of the Andamans and all that it has to offer. Private ferries from Neil Island to Port Blair cost around INR 1500-2500. 

    Note that ferry services from Neil Island to Havelock Island are not very common, especially, after the Covid pandemic. To go to Havelock Island, you may have to first travel from Neil Island to Port Blair and then to Havelock. The journey may be long, but the view is definitely worth it.

  • 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.

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    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.


    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.


    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:
    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:
    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
    Jet skiing
    Glass bottom boat ride

    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

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.


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