If you want to get away from the mundane worldly life, the island of Neil around 36 kilometres north of Port Blair to the south of the Andaman and Nicobar island is a perfect gateway to some peace and tranquillity amidst the unexplored coral reefs, rich bio-diversity, beautiful landscapes and sunset, serene sandy beaches, natural vegetation and tropical forest, is undoubtedly one of the most sought after tourist spot in Andaman.
Spending some quality time with family, or friends or even for honeymoon couples in this exotic location is a must that are also sure to get enthralled by the laid-back vibe, and lucid charm offered by the Neil Island is soothingly different from rest of Andaman. Popularly known as the “vegetable bowl” of the Andaman, the place was named after the mythical characters of the epic Ramayana.
Neil island comprises of the three point tour, firstly one can start with the natural rock formation or the Bharatpur Beach, followed by the mesmeric view of the dipping sun at the Lakshmanpur beach which can often been combined with the Sitapur beach renowned as the Sunrise beach. These beaches are ideal for lazing and relaxing. Marine lovers can enjoy the exquisite corals and small lagoons in Ramnagar and Lakshmanpur beach which also offers Snorkelling. Motorbikes and cycles are available for rent to tour through the area.
From October end to mid-March is the best time to visit the island, when the temperatures are relatively moderate. Basic hotels as well as luxury accommodation are available for national and international holidaymakers.
The only way to enter the place is through Port Blair by air services which is well connected with the all the prominent cities of India. It takes around one and half hours to reach Neil island from Port Blair and 45 minutes from Havelock. Private as well as government ferries are available from both the places.