This post (Best places to visit in Neil Island) is part of the post on Honeymoon trip to Andaman. Please check out my plan for your honeymoon in Andaman.Neil Island is perfect for romantic and peaceful time off with its charm and unique Vibe.
Neil Island is now known as Shahid Deep. It is a triangular shaped Island with very nice Sandy beaches with exotic greenery. No doubt the beauty of Neil Island is really crowd puller.
Why will you go to Neil Island?
You may want to visit Neil Island if these condition matches
- To go out of this hustle bustle life and want to experience out of galaxy feeling with no or very limited cellular connection(BSNL sometimes work though.)
- You want to have more peace and quite place to mingle with yourself or your beloved.
- If you wish to experience a beautiful tropical Island that serve awesome sea food.
- You want to see the green basket with excellent landscape,paddy fields and memorable sunsets.
- Or you want to actuate your body clock as per sunrise to sunset way.
- You want to experience a super slow paced life style.
How to reach to Nail Island?
Neil Island is about 36 KM east from the capital PortBlair. Neil Island is well connected with govt ferry service and other services. There are ferries available from PortBlair to Neil Island. The ferry service may take 1.5 hours to 3 hours depending on the weather condition. For our case the ferry started sharp at 7:30AM and reached Neil Island at 9AM.
There is a special seaplane service available.If cost is not a big factor for you,you can enquirer about it at Port Blair. The Aerial view of the sea and surroundings will be nice.
But if you have taken the boat , go straight to the deck, the cheap govt ferry will not disappoint you with the sightseeing. Port Blair to Neil ferry costs was Rs- 150,It may be around Rs 200/- now.
As per economic times Four islands (Swaraj dweep, Shaheed dweep,Hutbay and long island) will be connected via seaplane.
Apart from these service private Cruise- Catamaran,Makruzz,Green Ocean also available from Port Blair. They offer best in deck facilities and a comfortable stay on the ship.They are faster cleaner but little expensive.
The moment you get down from the ferry, you will be amazed by the beauty of the 180 degree panorama in front of you. Keeping sky on top, mangroves at the back, crystal clear water everywhere with fishing boats near the shore you awestruck you.
Neil Island is a popular island in Andaman and it’s located at the south of Andaman. The island is full of dense tropical forests, coral reefs, and white sandy beaches.
Neil Island is an ever green and peaceful place and is commonly referred to as the vegetable bowl of Andaman. The deserted shores are great for those who want to have peaceful relaxation or chill in the beaches. You can have an evening walk along the island with your lover at utmost peace.
If you love underwater adventure activities, you can participate in snorkeling, scuba diving, and surfing fun activities within the beaches on the island.
You can watch the rich collection of marine lives and coral reefs while having a thrilling scuba dive at the island. Other activities in the area including cycling, bird watching, and swimming.
Best places to visit in Neil Island:
Inspired by Hindu Indian mythology all beaches and villages are named after the characters of Ramayana.
This is one of the most frequented beaches by travelers to Neil Island covered with pristine white sand. The beach has a wide variety of coral reefs and marine life. You can have a glass boat ride on the beach and have a fantastic view of the beach and its underwater world. The beach is very beautiful but commercialized.
Bharatpur Beach is the best beach among all the beaches due to its gentle tide and gradual slope.The beach has a lagoon with shallow water which makes it a great place for family to have fun on the beach.
It is good for swimming and ice on the cake-there is a coral watching facility.You can swim with the guide or you can hire glass bottom boat to venture the same .You can also watch hundred of different fishes.
Bharatpur beach is a great place to enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling as you watch various marine life species and underwater plants.
You can watch the sunrise at the beach and have a fantastic view of the beach turned to multi-hues by the sun.
The Laxmanpur beach is a secluded beach. This beach also offers gentle slope ,less tide,good swimming option along with the live coral.
Laxmanpur is a silent beach on Neil Island and outshines all the other beaches on the island. It is ranked as the third best beach in Andaman due to a combination of its azure water, tropical trees,white sand beach and its secluded long stretch.
It is very popular for shell hunting,excellent for honeymoon destination or marriage photo shot.
The beach is 2km from Neil Island and great for tourist who wants to walk on the beach and watch the beauty of its surroundings. You can also go swimming in the shallow clear waters. The water in this beach is very neat and clean.
There are lots of food stalls,shopping carts available near the beach. We can find beautiful local design crafts at a throw away price. (Do not give the exact price the seller is asking,bargain hard!!)
This beach is surely going to astonish you and take you out of this world.Do not miss the sunset here.The sand on this beach is not going to stick to your feet,so you can enjoy the end to end of this beach barefooted.(watch out for the sharp object like broken glass,bear bottles or sharp corals.)
Sitapur is located 5KM from Neil Kendra which is the largest village market in the island. and the end point of the Island. The beach offers a perfect spot for viewing sunrise in the early morning. This is why it is called sunrise point of Neil Island.