I was on my seventh heaven for choosing this place for my birthday. The best part about Neil is, it’s at a perfect distance apart, for us to explore the entire island on a bicycle. When I was given an option of hiring a rick or taking a cycle to explore the place, I jumped at the word cycle and decided I would rent one to explore the island on my own. I remembered the last time I touched a cycle and it was in my 12th grade. Now, who doesn’t want to get back to their childhood days! Who doesn’t want to relive those memories!
I started cycling through the picturesque villages, exploring the coral reefs, calm beaches and rich wildlife. Unlike most islands in Andaman, Neil had a flat terrain and that’s what makes it an ideal place for cycling.
The settlers named the beaches after the epic Ramayana ( Bharatpur, Sitapur, Laxmanpur) but the weird thing is that they mostly don’t use these names to address the beaches. Instead they address those using numbers from 1 to 5. Numbers don’t go well with me, so I have listed down the names of the places I had visited on this bicycle trip.
This is the beach that is located right next to the jetty. It’s wide and white beach. This is the beach most tourists land in, great place for snorkelling and we could see beautiful corals as well. Glass bottom rides also happen only in this beach in Neil. As for me, I sat on the white sands glimpsing into the life of seashells and corals with awe.