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Known as the bird island, Chidiya Tapu is a picturesque little island in the Andamans, famous for its natural beauty, numerous resident birds and gorgeous views of the sunset. Chidiya Tapu translates to 'Sparrow Island' The tiny island, 25 kms from Port Blair is abundant with lush green mangroves and equatorial forests. While birdwatching is the main allure of the location, there are some fun water activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, deep sea walking, pearl hunting, and boating that one could engage in along its shores. The Sunset point of the island, considered one of the best sunset points in the Andamans, is a prime attraction, offering a truly unforgettable experience of the sunset. This picturesque island is ideal to plan a relaxing picnic amidst the dense forestry and exquisite scenery.
The road to the beach lets travellers pass the fascinating rugged rocks of Kalpathar. A trekking trail is available from the shores of the scenic beach to the grand Munda Pahad, an elongated black cliff at the edge of Chidiya Tapu with an open seascape providing a truly breathtaking view of the rich blue ocean. Along with the myriad of mesmerising natural beauty, there is a mini zoo close to the beach where one can view interesting creatures like the monitor lizard. The waters are known to be inhabited by crocodiles, thus entering the water here is forbidden. However, watching the scores of birds fly by as you relax by the pristine water watching the alluring sunset is a memory of a lifetime.
Take part in Water sports: The Chidiya Tapu Beach is never short of various water sports and adventure sports. You can take part in snorkelling, scuba diving, pearl hunting, and deep sea walking among many options to experience life under water. You can also hire a boat and go to the deep waters to see a panoramic view of the beach.
Go Bird Watching: As the name suggests, the Chidiya Tapu Andaman is the place for viewing ‘Chidiya’ which means ‘bird’ in Hindi and Urdu language. The beach is present today with the remnants of some big trees which were destroyed during the devastating Tsunami of 2004. The migratory birds from Northern Continents as well as the local birds which are exclusively found in the Andaman and Nicobar islands both can be found here. For best bird viewing, carry your binoculars.
Visit the Chidiya Tapu Biological Park: Next to the Chidiya Tapu Beach is situated the Chidiya Tapu Biological Park. It was established in 1967 as a mini zoo which preserves animals found exclusively in the Andaman and Nicobar islands. It was made a Biological Park in 2001 to create awareness among common people about the variants of flora and fauna in the Andamans.
Trek to the Munda Pahar Beach: Located Just 1.5 kilometres south to the Chidiya Tapu, lies the Munda Pahar Beach among thick vegetation of Mangrove Forests and large wild trees. If you are out for adventure, then you can trek to the Munda Pahar through this forest to eventually reach the place. However, locals warn that the beach is not suitable for bathing because of the presence of rough boulders and infestation of crocodiles. However, if you plan to spend a whole day at Chidiya Tapu, then the Munda Pahar should be an ideal place for you to arrange for a picnic. You can also be present at the Sylvan Sands adjacent to Munda Pahar at sundown to witness one of the magical sunsets of your life.
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