Mayabunder

Mayabunder

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 colour and form of vegetation along the beach soothes the senses.

Beaches Neil Island

Karmatang Beach

Known as ‘The Turtle Paradise’, the Karmatang Beach is a popular turtle nesting ground in Andaman. From December to February the turtles can be found littered along the beach. Even though the water at the beach is a little choppy, it is considered as one of the most visually attractive places in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands with lavish sand and bordered beach tract. Locals residing in Mayabunder and the surrounding areas prefer to visit the beach for a small vacation. The place is quite enchanting. Eco-friendly sit-outs, and machans offers ideal place for picnic.

Karmatang beach is 13 Km away from Mayabunder and is hidden from the road. A cab can be hired from there to reach Karmatang beach which is at a distance of 1 hour. The beach is also accessible via the Grand Andaman Trunk Road from Port Blair directly. In addition, staying at the beach for a small vacation is not an issue for a number of hotels and guest houses are available near the Karmatang beach.

Avis Island Beach

The Avis Island also harbours a small creamy beach in its recess. 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 walks 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. The Avis Island is 20 minutes boat ride away from Mayabunder. You can hire a ferry boat called dinghy from the Mayabunder jetty and take a hassle-free ride to Avis Island. Travelling to this Island also adds to its charm.

Stewart Island

Located in the middle of an uninhabited Stewart Island, this beach defines solitude. It is formed by a long stretch of creamy white sand enclosed by misty azure waters. This beach can be visited for a perfect day trip. The calm ambience is the perfect background for your interlude with nature. Families, couples, backpackers all are welcome to the Stewart Island’s charming shoreline. One can visit the Stewart Island by a dinghy boat from the Mayabunder jetty. The boat ride takes around 1 hour. It is advisable to visit the island in the morning as you can be back before sunset. Keep in mind that the island is uninhabited and there are no night stay facilities.

Ray Hills

About Ray Hills

Ray Hills is a unique eco-village located in Mayabunder. It is the brain child of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands Forest & Plantation Development Corporation Ltd (ANIFPDCL). The department has mastered this successful project to promote the importance of conserving nature to the tourists and to improve the tourism in this region. Ray Hills has emerged as the ideal location for those travelling with family. It offers various facilities such as eco guesthouses, wilderness trail, and elephant safari, rock climbing, angling, and small library. This place is a delight for children. It is the one-pit stop for all kids to experience the best Andaman has to offer.

This eco-village is a haven of virgin woods adorned with pristine waterways and mangrove creeks. It forms an asylum of enchanting woods adorned by unblemished conduits. You can ride an elephant through the narrow winding paths, amidst mangrove creeks and tall trees or go for a trekking expedition and explore the unmapped tracks of Ray Hill. This eco-village offers you several fun-filled activities. Also make sure you don’t carry plastic with you. This eco-village is a preserved and protected area and hence needs to be kept that way. You should book ahead if you wish to stay overnight in Ray Hills.

Transport

Ray Hills can be reached from Port Blair via the Andaman trunk Road. You can make this a road trip. It is also only 15 minutes’ drive from the Mayabunder pier and is well connected by waterways.

Austin Creek Cruise

About Austin Creek Cruise

This cruise journey will take you to a rendezvous around the beautiful creeks of Austin X Island. These are ideal for nature lovers, bird watchers, research / education-oriented tourists. The voyage through creek lets the traveller get acquainted with the evergreen mangrove fringed creek and quixotic flora and fauna that includes several species of birds and crocodiles. This Island is furnished by a palm trees fringed beach and mangrove belt lined creeks. The entire Island is surrounded by shallow blue water and can make for an excellent spot for picnics, trekking and nature photography.

Once you reach the island, you can pamper the deer that come out to drink water. You can go for snorkelling, scuba-diving and pearl hunting in the pristine open seas of the Austin X Islands. The Austin X Island is home to some wonderful orange plantations and has one of the most challenging and unexplored trekking trails in the entire group of Islands. The Austin X Island is also a small fishing village.

Transport

The Austin X Island is only half hour’s drive away from the local dock of Mayabunder. From here you can hire a private boat or can access the ferry which frequents these waters. Located 25-minute boat ride away from the local town jetty, the Austin X Island is a lovely place to visit in Mayabunder.

Interview Island

About Interview Island

Interview Island Sanctuary is the largest island sanctuary in the Andaman Islands and is home to a host of rare and exotic species. This sanctuary was built for the primary purpose of preserving the elephants here who were brought from the main land to help in timbre production and then abandoned after the operation. Currently the sanctuary is maintained and protected by Wild Life Department, Mayabunder.

Flora

This sanctuary houses many rare and multifaceted flora and fauna. Some of the flora are semi-evergreen forests, mangroves, littoral forests and marshlands. The plant species found here include Dipterocarpus alatus, A. chaplasha, Sterculia campanulata, Artocarpus lakoocha, and Pterocarpus dalbergioides and so on. The lavish greenery and the woody landscape are a treat to the eyes. This grand Sanctuary is a pleasant heaven and is a shutterbug’s dream.

Fauna

Beside the Elephants, the Sanctuary is likewise home to a plenty of creatures including Common Palm Civet, Spotted deer, Andaman Wild Pig, Andaman Masked Palm Civet, Three-Striped Palm Squirrel, and so forth.

Avians

This Sanctuary is especially famous for its birds and hosts ornithologists from around the world every year. The Interview Island Wildlife Sanctuary is also a haven for bird lovers. The species of Avians found here include Andaman Woodpigeon, Andaman Woodpecker, White-bellied Swiftlets, Andaman Cuckoo-dove, White-headed Starling, Edible-nest Swiftlets, Andaman Drongo, Andaman Serpent-eagle, Andaman Boolbool, Andaman Treepie, etc.

Places to visit in the island

East Coast

Ruins of the German Jetty can be found here during low tides. Forest Department’s guest house and camp office can also be seen here.

West Coast

This place is adorned by beautiful beaches. You can take a dinghy to reach the west coast. The Forest department outpost and Light House department can be seen here. A Shiva temple can also be found in this part of the island. A walk from the east coast to west coast takes around 2.5 hours.

Centre of the Island

Famous for its caves, where many endangered birds are found nesting. E.g. Edible-nest Swiftlets. One can reach this place by a 30-minute walk through the jungle. Special permit is required to visit this island.

Transport

This island can be connected by only a dinghy boat from Mayabunder. The total duration of this calm ride is around 2.5 hours. This ride is followed by a thirty minutes’ walk through the jungle. To visit this Island sanctuary special permit and pre-intimation is required from the Forest Wild Life.