Neil Island is a tiny but beautiful Island located 37 kilometers away to the south of Andaman Island. It is basically an Island of the Andaman Island, located in Ritchie’s Archipelago. It belongs to the South Andaman administrative district, part of the Indian union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Island.
Neil island is also known as the ‘vegetable bowl’ of the Andaman. With unexplored coral reefs, brilliant bio-diversity, white sand beaches, and tropical forest and vegetation, certainly thrown the spotlight of exotic aura in the Indian subcontinent. Neil island is definitely can be said as the lover’s paradise with its lush green surrounding succumbing the mind with such a romantic notion of tranquility.
Neil island is the perfect for a peaceful time off, with its charm and serene vibe, the island is soothingly different from its neighboring Havelock. One spends such leisure time at those long deserted beach or indulging themselves on in water sports in the crystal clear water. Many of such beaches in the island are named after mythological characters from the Ramayana.
Neil island can be said as the painter’s dream sketch, the beauty of the place enthralls the mind of every visitor. Perhaps Neil Island can be called as the masterpiece of Andaman Island.
Best Places to Explore:
1. Lakshmanpur Beach 1 & 2:
The secluded beach of Lakshmanpur lies 2 km north of the Neil jetty. The beach is a broad spur of white shell sand with shallow water and offers a good snorkeling option. Sunbathing and swimming are other activities. One can view a spectacular sunset from this beach. This rocky beach lies about two kilometers from the jetty with lots of coral formation, ornamental fish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, starfish, etc. which are best suited for people of scientific temperament. The rocky surface can get slippery and one needs to be on one’s guard. The main attraction here is the natural rock formations.
2. Bharatpur Beach:
Half a kilometer from the jetty, Bharatpur is one of the best beaches known for swimming and coral-watching with a vast sandy stretch. This beach is ideally recommended for youngsters because of activity options. One can hire glass-bottom boats for coral viewing. The Sea around the Jetty area is full of corals with schools of fish swimming around. The color and form of vegetation along the beach soothes the senses.
3. Sitapur Beach:
This beach is exposed to the open sea and thus prone to higher tides. It is 5 kilometers to the south and at the tip of the island. This beach is best suited to watch the sunrise with an impressive backdrop of natural vegetation and limestone formations. The journey from the Jetty to Sitapur beach itself is refreshing with green fields and a variety of crops and forest trees.
4. Howrah Bridge (Natural Bridge):
A natural rock formation in Laxmanpur beach is locally known as the Howrah Bridge. Visit the place during low tide as the retreating sea leaves behind many a secret from its treasure trove.
It is worth spending a few days on Neil Islands – also known as the Kitchen garden of Andaman Islands.