As we sailed on the Coastal Cruise ship from Havelock Island on 15/12/2014, the scenic memories of the blue & pristine beaches kept on resonating in our minds. We had a feeling of an ultimate bliss at that time, but we never knew what more beautiful & exciting was kept in store for us in Neil Island, untill the next day i.e, on 16/12/2014. We docked after sailing for 45 mins. in Neil Island. It was about 4 in the afternoon, but this tiny island being on the far east of the Indian territory, Sun was fast setting down on the westen horizon. So we hurridly set off to our pre-booked resort located near to the Lakshmapur Beach, the Pearl Park Beach Resort (booked through makemytrip.com), so that we don't miss the splendid sun set in the Bay of Bengal. Unfortunately, after checking in to the resort, by the time we got ready and reached the spot just in the backyard of the resort, we were disappointed to find the western horizon completely covered by clouds and the Sun was hardly visible through those clouds.
So, we had to satisfy ourselves with our personal photoshoot in the beach with the reddish western horizon as the backdrop. Even after nightfall, we preferred to stay there in the beach to spend some quiet time between us. After an hour or so, we finished up our dinner and hit the bed by 10pm. The next day, we woke up early and in casual attire, we went for a stroll in the beach nearby to enjoy the scenery early morning. The sea water appeared normal but the moment sun rays illuminated the beach, the water started to turn blue gradually and soon it turned turquoise. The sand was as usual white. We captured some of the scenic moments there and returned to our resorts after nearly 2 hours. Post breakfast we hired an autorickshaw, who readily agreed to take us a full day sightseeing in the island after some bargaining (courtesy : my dear wifey). The first place to visit is the very popular 'Howrah Bridge', as called locally by the dominant Bengali population settled here since many generations. It is actually a natural rock formation that resembles a bridge and is quite prominent once the tides recede overnight. Due to high tides in the night and its withdrawl in the day time, sea waves leave behind countless pools of clear water in the rocky beaches of Laxmanpur wherein variety of colourful marine life like star fish, sea cucumber, corals, sea horses etc., can be seen. It was truly a fabulous experience.
We walked for nearly 200 mtrs on the rocky beach to reach the local 'Howrah Bridge' which was really a wonderful rock formation. There were other beautiful and intricate features around, which Mother Nature had made over millions of years. We had long hours of photo session there, and thereafter, moved to our next site in the island.