For all bird watchers and nature enthusiasts out there, the tiny village of Chidiya Tapu is a must visit. With its lush mangroves and forests, and sunsets that are undoubtedly magical, this hamlet makes for the perfect picnic spot. It lies roughly 30km from Port Blair and takes approximately one hour to reach when travelling from there. Bestowed with 46 varieties of endemic, migratory and resident birds, as well as white spotted deer, Chidiya Tapu is also known as 'Bird Island' or 'Sunset Point'. You shouldn't take more than three to four hours to check out this little village.
Restaurants nearby: Brewberrys Cafe is closest to Chidiya Tapu. You get pizza, Indian, Irish and Italian cuisine here. Also try their barbecue. (15.8km away)
Entrance fees: Free
Opening hours: 6am to 6pm
Closed on: Open on all days
If you wish to travel from one island to another the options available are boats, ferries and ships. However, a ferry ride may be the most popular and convenient. These are also probably the only options available for accessing outlying islands from Port Blair. On land, your best bets are local buses, renting private cabs, or if you're adventurous enough, hiring a motorbike.
When to go
Since the temperature in South Andaman is not prone to fluctuations and, therefore, considered pleasant throughout the year, it is an all-year-round destination. However, monsoon months (July to September) are rather unpredictable because of high tides, incessant rains and strong winds, and must be avoided.
Here are some places you can stay at when you're in South Andaman:
In Havelock Island:
The Kingdom Hotel