The heaven on earth , ROSS AND SMITH ISLAND was in front of us and to describe its beauty here is a sin!!!. There is something extraordinary about this island which leaves you bewitched with your senses just doomed out. It's incredibly beautiful and serene.
Diglipur is approximately 80 km from Mayabunder and takes around 2.5 hours to reach. You can take an early morning bus (at 5 AM) from Mayabunder to reach Diglipur. Once in Diglipur, have a sumptuous breakfast and take a local bus or auto for Aerial Bay Jetty which is 20 km from Diglipur. From Aerial Bay Jetty, you can get a speed boat at a cost of Rs 2000 for 6 people which will take you to Ross & Smith Island. The speed boat will wait for 3 hours there and then will drop you back at the Jetty but you can tip them if you want to spend some more time.Note: You will need a permit from the forest department to enter Ross & Smith from Diglipur. Sometimes you can get that from Aerial Bay Jetty itself. So please confirm it once.
Ross & Smith is a beautiful set of twin islands in North Andaman, which is connected by a sand bar (check out drone shots on Google). To reach here, you need to take a taxi from port blair to Diglipur (300 Km from Port Blair) , which takes around 8-9 hours. Other options are local bus or Government ferries. Its difficult to get government ferries as they prefer local people over tourists. You can get those through agents as well. Being far is one of the reasons not a lot of tourists go there and should be one of the reasons for you to not miss this one.We took local bus which costed us around 300 per person. Road conditions were very bad and our bus driver seemed inspired from Fast and Furious, but we loved the ride.We had booked out stay in Pristine Beach Resort, a lovely place which is 15 kms away from Diglipur (extreme of north Andaman). It is 2 minutes away from the Kalipur beach. You can check availability in Turtle Beach Resort as well which is maintained by Andaman tourism , but it's always in high demand. It was pretty late by the time we reached here, but we went to the beach immediately after checking in. (Because why not!)On the way to Diglipur, you may spot people of Negrito tribe. Stopping the bus is not allowed in their areas of habitat but you can watch them. We greeted them as well, they ignored us generously. :(
Mayabunder to Rangat via Diglupur Tour Ross and Smith Island. Night stay at RangatRemotest corner of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the Diglipur Island
The largest town in Andaman, it is located at 290km by road and 180km by sea from Port Blair (around 8 hours). You can get here, by helicopter rides, boat or by road. The best being the helicopter and worst being by road. The bus journey can get very tiring and takes around 12 hours. Also, you cross the tribal area, which makes a bit risky. Also, if you go towards this side of Andaman, then it gets quite challenging to cover the other locations, but it's worth it. Diglipur is known for Ramnagar and Kalipur beach. It is very similar and as scenic as the other beaches mentioned above. But one striking difference and my favourite is the turtle nesting. The best time to witness this is between November end to March mid. The beaches are not very swimming friendly as they are quite rocky. Another thing to do in Diglipur is the Saddle Peak mountain. It is known for bird watching and has got beautiful nature hike trails.