Andamans - the coral treasures of India - Part 2 - #Neil Island #TravelIndia

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Photo of Andamans - the coral treasures of India - Part 2 - #Neil Island #TravelIndia by Somdutta Sarkar

As mentioned in my first phase of this trip(Port Blair) experience, we spent the first day at Port Blair exploring Corbyn's Cove Beach and Cellular Jail. Next day we went to Neil Island.

In one line - this is the abode for Nature Lovers. Eccentric beauty, calmness, marine eco system are a treat to the eyes and soul. Although couldn't capture all these in the camera but managed to frame some of it (photos below). The experience Neil will provide is soothing at the same time adventurous!

Photo of Neil Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands by Somdutta Sarkar

Reached Neil in the morning and the stay was at Pearl Park Beach Resort. It's an excellent resort with individual cottage style rooms with a private beach!

Photo of Pearl Park Beach Resort, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Somdutta Sarkar

Beach at the Resort during Low Tide

Photo of Pearl Park Beach Resort, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Somdutta Sarkar
Photo of Pearl Park Beach Resort, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Somdutta Sarkar

Day 2 :

Scuba Diving! Yes! Got to know that it starts from 7 am to 12 pm. So we booked the slot and went for it. Although I wanted to go for the training and try it out alone, but that involves spending atleast 7 days there and then go alone for the dive.

They took us in a boat to quite a bit interior where the water was 11 meters deep. Individual instructors were there for assistance. The experience under water is something which I cannot describe in words. But just like it's said in the film ZNMD, it's like a meditation - it truly is. Sheer bliss! The most quietest and beautiful place on Earth. Colorful fishes and corals of different shape and sizes gives us the feeling of a new unknown world.

Photo of Andamans - the coral treasures of India - Part 2 - #Neil Island #TravelIndia by Somdutta Sarkar
Photo of Andamans - the coral treasures of India - Part 2 - #Neil Island #TravelIndia by Somdutta Sarkar
Photo of Andamans - the coral treasures of India - Part 2 - #Neil Island #TravelIndia by Somdutta Sarkar
Photo of Andamans - the coral treasures of India - Part 2 - #Neil Island #TravelIndia by Somdutta Sarkar

By the time we returned from the sea, we were extremely hungry. Had these amazing local cuisines - Crab curry, fish curry with regular rice and vegetables. Needless to say the foods at all places in Andamans is yumm!

Crab Curry

Photo of Andamans - the coral treasures of India - Part 2 - #Neil Island #TravelIndia by Somdutta Sarkar

Fish Curry

Photo of Andamans - the coral treasures of India - Part 2 - #Neil Island #TravelIndia by Somdutta Sarkar

Later that day headed for Laxmanpur-II bridge which is popularly known as the Natural Bridge or Howrah Bridge. This is the place where a nature lover can spend the entire day! The entire area is having small and big water ponds - rather ecosystems and the marine life is simply amazing! And at every place there are different types of corals, fishes, start-fishes, sea-cucumbers, frogs, original raw shells, and the most colorful crabs I have ever seen anywhere!

Natural Bridge or Howrah Bridge @ Neil Island

Photo of Natural Bridge Lakshmanpur - II Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Somdutta Sarkar
Photo of Natural Bridge Lakshmanpur - II Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Somdutta Sarkar

Live Corals

Photo of Natural Bridge Lakshmanpur - II Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Somdutta Sarkar

Live Corals

Photo of Natural Bridge Lakshmanpur - II Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Somdutta Sarkar

When you touch these brown corals, it turns to white

Photo of Natural Bridge Lakshmanpur - II Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Somdutta Sarkar

When these Velvet Corals are touched, it closes down

Photo of Natural Bridge Lakshmanpur - II Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Somdutta Sarkar

Raw shells under water

Photo of Natural Bridge Lakshmanpur - II Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Somdutta Sarkar

Raw colorful shell at Neil

Photo of Natural Bridge Lakshmanpur - II Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Somdutta Sarkar

Startfish!

Photo of Natural Bridge Lakshmanpur - II Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Somdutta Sarkar
Photo of Natural Bridge Lakshmanpur - II Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Somdutta Sarkar

'You wanna mess with me?' - Colorful giant crab!

Photo of Natural Bridge Lakshmanpur - II Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Somdutta Sarkar

Most tour operators don't take the people to Neil and instead takes them to other places. Personally along with other places, would suggest to spend atleast a day at Neil Island.

It's beautiful and mesmerizing!

Another Moon shot with my Nikon :)

Photo of Andamans - the coral treasures of India - Part 2 - #Neil Island #TravelIndia by Somdutta Sarkar

Next coming up is Havelock Island. Stay tuned :)

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