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!
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!
Beach at the Resort during Low Tide
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.
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!
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
When you touch these brown corals, it turns to white
When these Velvet Corals are touched, it closes down
Raw shells under water
Raw colorful shell at Neil
'You wanna mess with me?' - Colorful giant crab!
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.