Beaches in Neil Island
As you disembark from the boat at Neil Island Jetty and walk towards the village market of Neil Kendra, The beaches appear before you in the form of a long arc. On the left side of the jetty is Bharatpur Beach and on the right Laxmanpur Beach.
Neil Kendra, a gently curving bay of white sand straddles the jetty, scattered with picturesque wooden fishing boats. Neil Kendra is the heart of the island.
Half a kilometer from the jetty, 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 from private operator. The sea around the jetty area full of corals with schools of fishing swimming around. The color and form of vegetation along the beach soothe the senses.
Lakshmanpur - I Beach
The secluded beach of Lakshmanpur lies 2 kms north of the Neil Jetty. The beach is a broad spur of white shell sand with shallow water and offers a good snorkeling option. Sunbathing and swimming are other attractions. One can view spectacular sunsets from this beach.
Lakshmanpur - II Beach
This rocky beach lies about 2 kms from the jetty with lots of coral formation ornamental fish, sea urchins, sea anemones, sea cucumbers, star fish etc.,
which are best suited for people of scientific temperament. The rocky surface can get slippery and one needs to be on ones guard. The main attraction here are the natural rock formations.
This 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. The journey from the jetty to sitapur beach itself is refreshing with green fields and a variety of crops and forest trees.
Natural Rock Formation
A natural rock formation in Lakshmanpur beach is locally known as the Howrah Bridge. You need to visit the place during low tide as the retreating sea leaves behind many a secret from its treasure trove.
Sir Hugh Rose Island
This tiny island is located at the southern tip of Neil Island and is locally know as ‘Chhota’ Neil (Small Neil ). This island has been declared a wildlife sanctuary and is a turtle-nesting ground. Individuals have to obtain permission from the Deputy Range Officer, Forest Department at Neil Island to visit this island. Only day visit are permitted.