Ranked 7 among Places to Visit in Andaman
Time Required: 3+ Hrs
Neill Island is a part of the South Andaman Administrative District and belongs to Ritchie’s Archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. A part of the massive ocean separates it from Ross Island and Havelock Island, Tourists visiting Havelock often make a day-long trip to Neill Island. Perhaps the most endearing feature of this island is its three sandy beaches that glisten with golden sand and shimmering waters. The forest cover has reduced considerably due to the cultivation of rice but a section in the north-west of the island is being preserved actively. The regions where the forest cover is lost has a couple of degrees or so higher temperature than the region with enough flora. Nonetheless, Neill Island is the major supplier of vegetables to most regions of the Andaman Islands.
Due to its limited area, Neill Island can be covered with a simple walk. The island mainly has three beaches, the Bharatpur Beach, Sitapur Beach and the Lakshmanpur Beach. All three beaches are exquisite and extraordinarily clean and are well-connected to the mainland as well.
Air: To reach Port Blair, tourists can either sail or use the airways. The Veer Savarkar International Airport at Port Blair is well-connected with all most of the major airports in India. From the airport, they can hire a taxi to reach Phoenix Bay Jetty which is located about 2.5 kilometres away and can be accessed via MG Road – VIP Road. For those who wish to sail, they can book a cruise at one of the ports at Kolkata, Chennai or Vishakhapatnam. When they reach Port Blair, they would have to take another ferry or cruise to reach Havelock Island and then Neill Island in Andaman.
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