Neil Island is an island in the Andaman Islands of India, located in Ritchie's Archipelago. It is apparently named after James George Smith Neill, a British soldier who had sternly dealt with the insurgents during the suppression of the 1857 Mutiny. It occupies an area of 18.9 square kilometres (7.3 sq mi). The island is located 40 kilometres (25 mi) north-east of Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is the southernmost island of Ritchie's Archipelago, save for uninhabited Sir Hugh Rose Island, which is another 3.8 km to the southeast of Neil Island. Administratively, the island is in the Neil Kendra panchayat, Port Blair sub-district of the South Andaman district, in the Union Territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India.
This island have 3 famous beaches named as Bharatpur Beach, Sitapur Beach, Laxmanpur Beach. These beaches are named after the characters of epic 'Ramayana'. You could see some a live marine action by renting a glass-bottomed boat and sailing the crystal water. Bharatpur beach is very suitable for snorkelling, swimming and glass bottom ride. Except for these the island having a beautiful coral rock formation(looks like a bridge) on the backside the island.
Bharatpur Beach, one of the famous beaches around Andaman and Nicobar Island, is popular for activities like coral watching and swimming. Glass bottom boats are available at this beach for viewing the corals under water. Another attraction of this beach is the beautiful lush green vegetation and fishes.
Sitapur Beach is situated 5 kilometers to the south and at the tip of the island. This beach is visited for the sunrise and view of the vegetation around.
Laxmanpur beach is a beautiful, white sandy beach that is full of shells, dead corals and has a beach that is very wide and long and provides an awesome view for an evening walk. The beach also gives an impressive sunset view. The place has many attractions and some of the most beautiful beaches as well.
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