Mayabunder is situated in the Northern part of Middle Andaman at a distance of 242 km by road and 130 km by sea from Port Blair. Mayabunder offers magnificent scenic beauty, mangrove streams, the lovely Karmatang beach, and Avis Islands. It is renowned for its cultural eccentricity because of the Bangladeshi settlers, ex-convicts and a Burmese hill tribe – who were moved here during the British colonial period. Karmatang beach is one of the most beautiful beaches, with its long stretch of gray volcanic sand and shallow waters. If you plan to stay here long, the isolated islands nearby could be worth a visit as they offer some amazing experiences and wonderful snorkeling chances. It will appeal to travelers looking to explore nature. You can take many photos here and bring them home to treasure for a lifetime.
How to Reach?
You can travel to Mayabunder with a Ferry from Phoenix Bay Jetty of Port Blair or travel by a Bus. You can also reach here from its neighboring islands Rangat and Diglipur.
Sightseeing in Mayabunder-
1. Karmatang Beach
Karmatang beach is 13 Km away from Mayabunder and is hidden from the road. The place is quite enchanting. Eco-friendly sit-outs and machans offer an ideal place for a picnic. The water is clean. The waves are not too rough and sand soft under the feet. Karmatang Beach is also a turtle nesting ground. One can view nesting of turtles during December – February season. One can go to Kalighat, Diglipur through the creek by boat from here. The Lagoon Cruise is an enchanting experience.
Rampur beach is on the outskirts of Mayabunder town. Rampur Beach is smaller of the two and with less shade. It is right next to the road. Close to the beach, you can also see a portion of mangrove forest. A glorious memory from the past is the remains of German Jetty.
2. Avis Island
Avis Island has a small but creamy beach. The water is very calm, placid and clear. So much so that one can easily see fish frolicking in the water and little corals if one walk a bit into the sea. It is a perfect destination for basking in the sun and sea water by simply sitting in the water. The tall, thick coconut trees provide shade which saves you from scorching heat. Going there early in the morning is always a good idea as the weather supports your trip. Avis Island is not open for tourists. To visit Avis Island, one has to take prior permission from the local authorities.
3. Ray Hill
At a distance of 20 minutes boat ride from Mayabunder jetty, houses an Eco Village developed and maintained by ANIFPDCL. The facilities available include eco guesthouses, wilderness trail, an elephant safari, rock climbing for children, angling, and a small library. An Ideal place for family tourists.
4. Austin X Island
At a distance of 25 minutes boat ride from Mayabunder jetty, has a palm-fringed little beach and a shallow sea with mangrove belt. This is an ideal spot for picnic and trekking. Spotted deer coming to water holes is also a common sight.
5. Forest Museum
Located in DFO office (close to Mayabunder jetty), houses a rare collection of coral life and fauna. It also has an Information Centre to inform visitors of the collections in the museum. Ideal for research/education oriented tourists.