Neil Island | Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Neil Island is a tiny and beautiful island located 35 Kms east of capital city of the Andaman Islands (Port Blair). Neil is a coral island i.e. that is made with the remnants of dead corals. During low tides one can spend countless hours observing the unique and exquisite coral formations at the beaches. Unlike the nearby Havelock, this Island is a must visit for those who want to experience tranquillity. With unexplored coral reefs, brilliant bio-diversity, white sandy beaches and tropical forest and vegetation, it is one of the hot tourist spots in the Andamans. Neil Island was previosly 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 relaxing vibes and long, deserted beaches is a place to chill out after the "bustle" of Havelock. The widest part of the island is about 5 km in length. You can walk the entire  island in about two hours.



Latitude : 11.835345190744498 | Longitude : 93.0506028808594

Activities : Scuba diving, Snorkeling, Jet Ski

 

What to wear : Cotton outfits, Hats, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion

Mode of Transportation : Catamaran / Boat / Helicopter

Departure / Return Location Phoenix Bay, Port Blair;Havelock Island

History

Neil Island is named by British after Scottish military officer of the East India Company named James George Smith Neill. The Island was never renamed although James Neill was infamous for the indiscriminate killing of Indians during the 1857 uprising. 

Neil Island was previously known as the vegetable bowl of "Andaman" as it supplied a sizeable amount of fresh vegetables to other islands especially to capital city PortBlair.



Neil Island Tourist Map

Attractions at Neil Island:



Bharatpur Beach : Neil Island

1. Bharatpur Beach

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

 

Laxmanpur beach : Neil Island

2. Laxmanpur beach

Laxmanpur beach is a broad spur of white shell sand with shallow water and offers a good snorkeling option. Sunbathing and swimming are other activities. One can view spectacular sun-set from this beach. This rocky beach lies about two kilometers from the jetty with lots of coral formation, ornamental fish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, star fish etc. The main attraction here is the natural rock formations.

 

Sitapur Beach : Neil Island

3. Sitapur Beach

Sitapur beach is exposed to the open sea and thus prone to higher tides. It is 5 kilometers to the south and at the tip of the island. This beach is best suited to watch the sunrise with an impressive backdrop of natural vegetation and limestone formations.

 

Natural Bridge at Neil : Neil Island

4. Natural Bridge at Neil

Also locally known as Howrah Bridge.

 

How to reach Neil Island:

1. Helicopter from PortBlair.
2. Ferries from Port Blair and Rangat

Ferries are the favoured way to enter the Island. Apart from government run ferries, since November 2009 air conditioned Catamaran ferry M.V. Maakruz (www.makruzz.com)and Coastal Cruise (www.coastalcruise.in) also operate between Port Blair-Havelock-Neil (Ticket cost are 650, 750 and 1000). The Govt. ferry leaves at 6am and you need to book tickets the previous day. There is also a private catamaran 'Coastal Cruise' that leaves at 7:30 but unlike govt. ferry it is expensive (Rs. 800 / Rs 1100).The Total journey time to Neil island is about 2 hrs via Havelock.

 


Healthcare:
Almost 100% of healthcare delivery is done by Government centers :
Primary Health Centres (PHC) : 1
Health Sub Centre : 01

Education :
Primary School 2 | Middle School 1 | Senior Secondary School 1

Power supply to this island is from the 0.56 MU Diesel powered engine.

Govt. Accommodations :
Hawabill nest (IP&T) 1(5 Rooms + Dormitory) | APWD Guest house 1(2 Rooms)

Villages and Habitations in Havelock Island :

Panchayat Village Name Village Type
Neil Kendra Sitapur Revenue Village
Neil Kendra Bharatpur Revenue Village
Neil Kendra Lakshmanpur Revenue Village
Neil Kendra Neil Kendra Revenue Village
Neil Kendra Ramnagar Revenue Village