A vacation in an unexplored and underrated tourist spot is wholly amazing. Most of these hidden gems are peaceful and soothing and you can have lots of fun with your family. If you are looking for this kind of tourist spot, Laxmanpur beach is the right one where you can find no rush but only the calmness of nature and its beauty. If you are inquisitive about this beach, the following are some significant points that we would like to share.
Laxmanpur beach is nestled in Laxmanpur Village that has a 2-kilometer distance from Neil Kendra Jetty. This beach consists of two beaches namely beach no.1 and no.2. Beach no.1 is a secluded beach and is renowned for its enchanting sunset view but you can behold its sun-rising view also. Travelers come here at the time of golden sunset. It has shallow water. Diverse coral reefs and clamp shells can be seen there. This is suitable for casual trips and sightseeing. The sides of the beach are lined by tropical trees entangled with forest. With your family, you can picnic over there. This rocky beach has sand on the beach where you can relaxingly sit here and relish the mind-blowing sceneries of the surroundings, and the wind, and watch the waves. Without using your slippers, you can walk on this sand-covered beach to get a heavenly feel to your foot. In our native place also, when we get a chance to go to the beach, we never miss that.
People normally gather there to celebrate the climate and to get relaxed from the daily stress. You can sit under the shadow of the trees on the beach and read your favorite book with the silent company of the pure form of nature. Beaches are normally perfect for doing yoga and meditating. In this right environment, you can do this calmly. While drinking your favorite drink, you can listen to music. At some points, swimming is possible. And you can bask in the warmth of the sun. Since the waves are high, swimming is difficult for beginners. There are some good snorkeling points in here. In the course of snorkeling, you may get the chance to spot the dugong. This beach is longer and bigger than the Bharatpur Beach of Neil Island. Aerial view of this beach shows that it has a triangle shape and offers a broad view of the horizon, hence it has an ideal sunset view without any obstructions. The best vision of the setting sun on Neil island is here at the Laxmanpur beach, which you shouldn’t need to miss on your Andaman and Nicobar tour. To get to see this vision, you need to walk approximately 500 meters toward the tip of this triangular beach. There is a sign on the seashore to identify the exact sunset point. Lots of seating arrangements and huts are there at this place to sit relaxingly and to get the magnanimous sight of an open skyline painted in orange and red. Try to reach there before half an hour to grab a seat. After viewing the sunset, travelers go back to their hotels because this beach is not safe at nighttime. There are eco-friendly huts and chairs made with straw and uprooted trees on the beach. Having your lunch or other eatables, you can relax here. Merely exploring the natural environments is absolutely fun. If you want a different perspective on this beach, then go and sit on the hidden sitting areas inside the jungles. At the entrance, you can see small shops selling different types of drinks and eatables.
Coconuts are also there which are brought from the coconut farms nearby the beach. To make you hydrated while roaming around the beach, drink plenty of water. Gifts, pearls, pieces of jewelry, and shell products are sold at the stalls adjacent to this beach from where you can buy souvenirs. Without any entrance fee, you can visit here between 8 o’clock in the morning and 6 o’clock in the evening. You can frequently see natives of this area set sail for fishing. From fishing and agriculture, these people earn for daily living. As this is an unfrequented place, there is no dress changing rooms or washrooms on the beach. Beach no.2 is at the end of beach no.1, where the natural rock formation can be seen. There you can see both live and dead corals. Tourists with a scientific temper frequently come to this place to explore more on their every visit. The perfect time to pay a visit to this place is at the time of low tide because, at other times, this place is inundated. The rugged pathway towards this bridge has sharp and dead corals and rocks that are slippery and is lined by Mahua trees. You have to climb upward and downward these sharp corals for the sake of exploring this place. The Dashing views of this beach have many fans from all over the world.
The star attraction of this place is the Natural arch formation. You can walk through the shoreline of this beach no.2 to the end of the jungle. The sceneries of this beach are really eye-catching. The most demanding combination of tall trees with dense foliage, azure waters, and shining sugary sand makes this beach an outstanding spot for taking great photos for honeymoon couples. Uprooted trees on the beach and the natural bridge are other excellent sites for taking photos of you with your family or your friends either.
Best time to visit:
All time of the year you can visit this beach. Andaman and Nicobar Islands have tropical weather conditions that include humid weather.
These island groups are always warm with sea breezes. Nearly four months a year these islands have a rainy season. During this season, beaches are badly affected by cyclonic storms. Under normal weather conditions, the breeze speed is constant and can be enjoyed.
However, during rainy days it may elevate up to 130 knots/hour. Generally, in Andaman and Nicobar Islands cyclone is one of the limiting factors of eco-tourism that takes place during the monsoon months viz; May, June, July, August, and September. So the best time for Andaman tour is the winter season. At that time, because of the low humidity, the temperature will be between 23 degree Celsius and 28 degree Celsius. During the rainy season, nature lovers visit this place to get to see the beauty of greenery at that time. As Laxmanpur beach has a marvelous vision of the sunset, you can choose the evening from 3 to 5.30 to visit here. During that time, the environment is great and the sea zephyr is energetic. 2-hour is enough to roam around this place.
How to reach:
Shaheed Dweep (Neil Island) is connected with Havelock Island and Port Blair by ferries and private ships.
Travelers always add Neil Island to their Havelock package. The majority of them reach Port Blair by flight. You can choose either government ferries or private ships for your travel. Private ships are faster and cleaner than others. If you are on a budget tour, you can select government ferries because it has less fare when compared to the other option. It will take almost 2 hours to reach Neil Island. You can choose a cab or auto rickshaw either to reach resort or hotel. With the help of your resort or hotel staff, you can pre-book your cab.
Since the driver is familiar with the area, you can consider him as a guide also. Without any hurly-burly, you can visit all the tourist spots of Neil Island.
Buses are another option to travel.
From Neil Kendra Jetty, it will take only 30 minutes to reach Laxmanpur beach. Usually, budget travelers prefer buses. Rental scooters and bikes can be opted to travel. From the shops adjacent to the jetty, you can get a scooter on hire. It will be helpful if you keep a map with you because the pathway towards this beach is covered with forest on both sides. You can park it near the spot. Auto rickshaws are easily available on this island and you can catch one of them to travel from the bus stand or jetty either. You have to book them for return as these vehicles are scarce at the beachside.
There are many options for your stay on Neil Island. Some of Neil Island resorts are Seashell Samssara, Pearl beach, and Tango Beach.
Some of them have private beaches also.
You can have a luxurious stay in these resorts close to Laxmanpur beach. Seven seas castle is located a little bit further from this beach which is a budget-friendly hotel. The only walkable distance is there from Laxmanpur beach to this hotel.
Where to eat:
At the beachside, there are lots of stalls selling drinks and snacks at cheap prices. Buying snacks from here, you can comfortably sit on the benches nearby and eat those snacks enjoying the surroundings. Moreover, there are restaurants adjacent to this beach.
Hungry Stone, Sunset, Dugong, and Pankaj Seafood are some of them where you can savor seafood varieties and Asian and continental dishes.
Other major attractions nearby:
The best beaches nearby Laxmanpur beach are Sitapur, Bharatpur, and Ramnagar. Sitapur beach is a beach close to Laxmanpur beach and is a secluded beach that always has high tides and is not suitable for swimming. The presence of rocks in the sea also makes it hard to swim here. This is famous for its spectacular view of sunrise. Early wake-up is the only prerequisite for viewing this beauty with vivid and bright colors. You can only splash around in this sea as at any time it is possible to raise the water level to form high tide. Limestone formation can be seen here at the time of low tide. These formations escalate the charm of the sceneries presented here. The lush vegetation on the sides of the beach is soothing. The travel to this beach from Neil Kendra Jetty is really rejuvenating with the presence of green fields and diverse crops. Hardly one kilometer from Jetty, Bharatpur beach is located. This is one of the best island beaches in Andaman and Nicobar Islands because you can do different types of water sports activities. You can see plenty of corals and fish schools while snorkeling and scuba diving here. For scuba diving, there is a small training session about how you get a better experience while diving. Your instructor narrates about the rules to be followed underwater and about the hand signals. The practice dive in this session will help you to know about your comfort level. In case you feel dizzy or any kind of discomfort during this session, it is possible to quit after the practice. Scuba diving is a great experience that you can have under the blue ocean of Andaman Islands. You feel all your efforts are worth it when you stumbled upon multicolored coral varieties and vibrant fish groups swimming together with you. In snorkeling, you have to look down underwater with a floating body on the water’s surface. A diving mask, life jacket, and breathing tube are essential for this recreational water activity. With the help of a life jacket, even nonswimmers can choose this water activity to do without any difficulty. Up to 10 meters in depth under the seawater, you will go to see enchanting marine organisms. This is a crowded beach at the time of peak season. Ramnagar beach is in the Ramnagar Village. The presence of sharp corals at some point creates difficulty to swim over there. Otherwise, this is suitable for swimming. This is famous with the name beach no. 3. From Mayabunder you have to travel approximately 70 kilometers to reach this spot. This beach is almost always deserted and you can embrace this nature without any hindrance. An interesting trekking zone is there on this spectacular beach if you are fond of trekking. The trails through the tropical forest that enclose this beach are really adventurous to get that adrenaline rush. The combination of blue and green will mesmerize your eyes. This eco-friendly beach has eco huts and benches made from fallen trees and is apt to relax and introspect in the serene atmosphere. This beach is the exact place where you will never get enough of it. The warmth of the powdered sand beneath your feet, lush foliage, pleasant sounds of lashing waves, and tranquility have some types of meditation for nature lovers. Andaman and Nicobar Islands are no less than places where we can experience supreme bliss. Barren Island also can be visited while your tour of Neil Island. It is an unpeopled island, but the presence of an active volcano makes it famous among worldwide travelers and scientists. There are some birds and animals that live. This stratovolcano is made up of rock fragments, volcanic ash, and lava. The eruption of this volcano caused a reduction in the number of bird species. A special permit is needed to visit this place. Tourists often travel via private ships and they won’t get down there. Only from the ship, they get to see the enthralling sights of this island.
Formerly, Neil Island was not anybody’s favorite tourist spot when they chose Andaman and Nicobar Islands for spending their vacation days. However, this small island deserves more attention and appreciation from travelers than any other famous island in the Andaman and Nicobar Island groups. Even though you are with your friends or family, this island is enchanting, scenic, and tranquil enough to please your soul and mind. So visit this island once in your lifetime and we assure you it will not let you down.
This island sprawls over the southern part of Ritchie’s Archipelago and is nestled 36 kilometers northeast of the Capital Port Blair. This island has world-class attractions to thrill the hearts of its tourists, which are large and continue in its pristine state to date. Even though the beach attractions in the Andaman island groups are not limited to this Neil island, the four beaches on this island are spectacular and unusual, enticing travelers from far-off parts of the world. Sunset visuals are magnificent to witness. The vast stretches of beaches, evergreen tropical forests, and colorful coral deposits describe the geography of this island. The vast oceans and the lush rainforests house plenty of animals and birds with many species endemic to Neil Island. Bharatpur, Sitapur, Laxmanpur, and Ramnagar are the four beaches of this island and are renowned for hammocks under the trees on the beachside. The names of beaches were given by the settlers from the characters of Ramayana Epic. Some others choose places to visit where water sports activities can be done. For them, we should mention that Neil Island is the best island for scuba diving.
Scuba diving, snorkeling, sightseeing, and swimming are the tourist activities of this island. Beach quality is the most significant parameter that determines the quality of tourism on beaches. If this creates any negative impact on the minds of tourists, the satisfaction level will reduce and tourism to that particular beach will be affected badly. It is recommended to wander around this island in a rented scooter or bike aimlessly. The streets in the rural areas of this island are more scenic and can offer excellent experiences. Plenty of coconut groves, betel trees, and agricultural farms can be seen on your travel.
According to the census taken in 2011, there are only 3040 human beings on this tiny island which has an area of 19 sq. km. About the history of this island, we can only say that there are not any documents mentioning it. From the settlers of this island, it is understood that they have migrated to this island from India. Hindi and Bengali are the common tongues of these people. Every people know at least five Indian languages. If you are an Indian, then you will not have any difficulty communicating with them. They know English also. These settlers are really helpful. Agriculture and fishing are the mainstays of the natives on this island.
The western and central parts of this island and the foothills are occupied by them for agricultural purposes. Neil Island has soil with rich nutrients and is appropriate for organic farming. Without using any kind of pesticides or fertilizers these people reap a bumper harvest of vegetables and fruits every year. The vegetables cultivated on this island are supplied to parts of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, hence this Neil Island has got another name “vegetable bowl”. Mainly, the western and central parts of this island and the foothills are occupied for agricultural purposes. As we know, there is no particular summer or winter season in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Throughout the year these islands have the almost same temperature and climate. Only the humidity decreases at the starting and ending months of the year. It will not be too cold to wear a sweater. However, if you walk on the beachside at night time, you can wear a light sweater. Without any delay, you can select a good neil island package for your next vacation.
WTO declared in the year 2005 that tourism in preserved zones needs to be planned and managed carefully to assure long-term sustainability. If not, such movement will cause negative consequences and will lead to the deterioration of these zones. In Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the Indian tourism department promote eco-tourism without harming nature. Since 1980, eco-tourism has been the main focus to develop these islands economically without depending on the forest resources and afterward, employment and revenue have increased. Since eco-tourism depends on nature, cyclones, beach quality, excessive sunshine, and rainfall are some of the factors that control tourism activities. They can increase or decrease the satisfaction level of tourists at a certain place. So these are the limiting factors of an eco-tourism. Nestled in the Indo-Burma hotspots, Andaman and Nicobar Islands create an affordable vacation for domestic and foreign tourists. For the past few years, the tourist influx has increased drastically.