NEIL ISLAND (SHAHEED DWEEP)

A tiny island located to the south of Andaman is Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep), brimming with less explore marine diversity, coral reefs, long beaches and bewitching greenery. Being one of the tourist destinations in Andaman, Neil is so happy to become the host with revealing all what it has. A romantically silent island unlike the hustle of Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep), Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep) is termed as the vegetable bowl of Andaman. A perfect place to simply relax and chill is the beaches here and the deserted shores are favourite to those who love to relax in utmost peace.

In two hours, one can explore the island by walking around. It got the name Neil after the British Brigadier General James Neill who stubbornly dealt with the rebels during the 1857 Mutiny. The rich cultivation of paddy is found in Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep) that belongs to the Ritchies’ Arhcipelago between Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) and Ross Island. One should add this Island to their itinerary if they planning a trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

One of the major highlights of Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep) is Neil Kendra, a beautiful curving bay full of white sand and holding the major jetty of the island made attracting by disarraying numerous colourful wooden fishing boats. Known to be the heart of the island, Neil Kendra has Bharatpur Beach on its left and Laxmanpur Beach on the right. The richest collection of marine lives and coral reefs have given Neil Island the peculiarity of being one of the most thrilling scuba diving sites on the island. In addition to diving, Neil Island is home to those who love snorkelling, swimming, birding, cycling etc.