Neil Island

Shahed Dweep (Neil Island)

Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep) is a tiny but beautiful island located 37 Kms. to the south of the Andaman Islands. With unexplored coral reefs, brilliant biodiversity, white sandy beaches and tropical forest and vegetation, it is one of the hot tourist spots in the Andamans.

Shaheed Dweep is known as the ‘vegetable bowl’ of the Andamans. The settlers named the beaches after mythical characters of the epic Ramayana (Bharatpur, Laxmanpur, Sitapur, Ramnagar etc.) The island, with its very relaxed vibes and long, deserted beaches is a place to chill out after the "bustle" of Havelock.

Beaches Neil Island

Radanagar Beach

One of the finest and most spectacular beaches of Neil Island, Bharatpur Beach attracts a horde of tourists year-round. This beach has a sprawling stretch of sand and greenery that overlooks a vast expanse of the blue sea. The coral reefs found in and around this beach is a visual treat. Tourists can watch the corals and other fishes that inhabit them by hiring a glass-bottom boat. If you are feeling adventurous you can swim in these waters and watch the corals live. This beach remains crowd free most of the time, which makes it perfect for exploring water sports options in solitude.

Only half a km from the jetty, Bharatpur is a good hang-out spot in Neil Island. Activities such as speed boating, glass-bottom boat ride, jet ski, snorkeling, scuba diving is also done here. The form and colours of the vegetation around the beach makes a fascinating backdrop. This beach is especially recommended for youngsters as there are flourishing water sport activities here.

Radanagar Beach

One of the finest and most spectacular beaches of Neil Island, Bharatpur Beach attracts a horde of tourists year-round. This beach has a sprawling stretch of sand and greenery that overlooks a vast expanse of the blue sea. The coral reefs found in and around this beach is a visual treat. Tourists can watch the corals and other fishes that inhabit them by hiring a glass-bottom boat. If you are feeling adventurous you can swim in these waters and watch the corals live. This beach remains crowd free most of the time, which makes it perfect for exploring water sports options in solitude.

Only half a km from the jetty, Bharatpur is a good hang-out spot in Neil Island. Activities such as speed boating, glass-bottom boat ride, jet ski, snorkeling, scuba diving is also done here. The form and colours of the vegetation around the beach makes a fascinating backdrop. This beach is especially recommended for youngsters as there are flourishing water sport activities here.

Lakshmanpur Beach

The third beach in Neil Island, the Lakshmanpur Beach is calm, quiet and simply beauty at its precipice. Located in the Lakshmanpur village of Neil Island, this place is secluded and serene. The white sand creates a sharp contrast with the blue water. The two hues make a picturesque scene. Corals and sea shells are found in abundance at this seafront, which are often collected as souvenirs by visitors. The sea is shallow and calm, making it perfect for swimming and snorkelling. This serene beach offers a stunning panorama, especially when the sun sets in the horizon. If you want solitude when you visit a beach, this beach is perfect for you. The Lakshmanpur beach has a longer stretch than the Bharatpur beach, which makes finding a quiet corner easier. This beach also offers various activities for children. They can play on the white sand or collect seashells of different shapes and sizes. Kids can also enjoy swimming at this beach as the water is shallow.

White shell sand with shallow waters and dead corals make it perfect for snorkeling as well. It also has lots of coral formation, ornamental fish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, star fish etc. which are best suited for people of scientific temperament. The sunset in Lakshmanpur beach is one of the best. The wide beach is perfect for an evening walk and offers stunning view for shutterbugs. The rocky surface can get slippery and one needs to be on one’s guard. The secluded beach of Lakshmanpur lies 2 km north of the Neil jetty. You can charter a boat from Neil Jetty or join an adventure group to explore snorkeling options.

Natural Rock Formation

About Natural Rock Formation

Neil’s famous attraction is a natural bridge formation locally known as the Howrah Bridge. To see this natural “wonder” one has to visit the rocky beach No. 2 at low tide when it is possible to walk on its dead corals and rocks to reach the attraction. For some the sea creatures seen here could also be interesting. You can find small fish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, star fish and on some parts you can even see colourful corals are slowly growing again. The rocky surface can get slippery at some parts and many are sharp so one must take care while walking. In the late afternoons the place can get crowded with tourist as it is the last stop before heading to the sunset point. Check the tide timings before you plan a trip here! The rock formation is about 2km north of the jetty and one has to take a road heading north west after the market. At the start of the small sandy path to go to the beach No. 2 there is a small hut selling snacks, refreshments and fresh mango juices to cool down a bit.

Sir Hugh Ross Island

About Sir Hugh Ross Island

Named after Field Marshal Hugh Rose, the Rose Island is located 4km from the Neil Island. It is locally known as ‘Chota Neil’ that translates to ‘Little Neil’. This tiny island is part of ‘Ritchie’s Archipelago’. It has been declared as a wildlife sanctuary and a tourist can visit here only after obtaining permission from the Forest Department. As only day visits are permitted to this Island, you can include this in your Neil Island day trip itinerary.

The Lighthouse in this island is also an aesthetic place of visit. Commissioned in 1969, the lighthouse was completed in 1993. Situated on top of a hill, this will present a picturesque background view during your visit to this island.