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North Andaman: Diglipur

With its rich flora and fauna, this place is home to lively marine life. You can spend your holidays from climbing the highest peak (Saddle Point) to exploring several underground caves.

How To Reach Diglipur?

The place Diglipur is connected through waterways from Port Blair and Mayabunder. One who comes by boat from Port Blair can reach Aerial Bay Jetty, near Kalipur in Diglipur. Port to Diglipur boat services is available twice a week. Also, Kalighat is well connected by two boat services from Mayabunder daily.

Major Attractions At Diglipur

There are several places of attractions for visitors to Diglipur. Few of the well-known places include Lamiya Bay Beach, Mud Volcano at Shyam Nagar, Kalipur Beach, Twin Islands: Ross and Smith Islands and more.

  • Lamiya Bay Beach
  • Lamiya Bay Beach lies a few kilometers ahead of Kalipur Beach. It remains the foothill of the highest point of the Andaman which is Saddle Peak. The beach is highly blessed with rich flora and fauna

    It is a sandy beach that stretches along the sea and the beautiful rocks on the shore create a mesmerizing view for the travellers. It is also called a 'Pebble Beach' as it is covered with stones of different shapes and sizes.

  • Mud Volcano At Shyam Nagar
  • Situated near Hathilevel, 20 km from Diglipur, you can witness a chain of Mud Volcanoes in the lush greenery of Shyamnagar at Diglipur. You need to trek for 15 minutes to the ever-green forests to reach Mud Volcano. At the initial point, you can see bigger and dormant volcanoes.

  • Kalipur Beach and Turtle Nesting Ground
  • The Andaman Islands are home to thousands of sea turtles during the nesting period. In winters, during December and January turtle nesting takes place in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Turtle nesting usually takes place at Kalipur Beach and Ramnagar Beach at Diglipur.

  • Ross and Smith Islands
  • Ross and Smith Islands are two islands joined together by a sandbar to make it a single group of Islands. You will need a forest permit from the Forest Office at Diglipur if you wish to enter the Island.

    The permit for Indian tourists cost around 50 Indian rupees and for the foreigners, it is 500 Indian rupees. A speed boat can be hired and you can take a ride for around 25 minutes from Aerial Bay Jetty in Diglipur.

    You can get affordable tour packages for Diglipur from RSR Tours and Travel online.

Ross & Smith Island

ross and smith island andaman tour package

Just 20 km from Diglipur and 320 km from Port Blair, lies the Twin Islands- Ross and Smith. It is one of the most beautiful places in the Andaman Islands. Both the islands are joined by a sandbar which is visible during low tide and eventually gets submerged during high tide. The sandbar in the form of a crescent is the unique attraction of the region.

The water is crystal clear and transparent in colour. Smith Island is best suited for island camping and is perfect to enjoy local village life.

You can visit Marine Sanctuary on the Island that makes it an ideal place for spotting dynamic corals reefs and colourful underwater species.

The beach is surrounded by tropical forests and is a preferred place for eco-trail and trekking. Ross and Smith Islands are home to rare Olive Ridley turtles and one can witness the turtle nesting in the winter months of December and January. Along with that Sun, Bathing is an experience you do not want to miss when on Ross and Smith Island.

How To Reach Ross and Smith Island?

Situated in Port Blair, Ross and Smith Islands are easily accessible. It is just about 6 to 7 km from the center city of Port Blair. You can reach this place by hiring a cab or can reach this place by hiring a cab or can travel by local transportation such as autos, taxis, two-wheelers, etc.

The entry fee for Indians is 50 Indian rupees, for children is 25 rupees, and for foreigners, it is marked at 500 Indian rupees.

Ross and Smith Island have small huts where you can take a rest and enjoy nature. You can try changing rooms free of cost. It is required to bring your lunch as there is no facility for a restaurant or hotel in that region.

Activities To Do At Ross And Smith Islands

The land of Andaman is mostly preferred by travel enthusiasts because of different water sports activities. The shimmering beaches along with rich underwater marine life has a lot to offer to its visitors. Activities such as snorkelling, scuba diving, glass-bottom ride can be enjoyed by the visitors with their friends and family.

  • Scuba Diving
  • It is a popular water sports activities for adventure enthusiasts. Diving straight into the calm waters of the Andaman you can experience rich marine life. You can be close to those beautiful corals and can observe their behavior.

    You do not need professional training to participate in scuba diving. There will be professionals to guide you throughout your diving journey. You can have an enthralling experience of your life by participating in Scuba Diving. For more details, click here.

  • Marine Sanctuary
  • The marine sanctuary of Ross and Smith Islands is the biggest attraction and is considered to be the ideal place for exploring the rare collection of vivacious coral reefs and vibrant fish species. As both the Islands are home to rare Olive Ridley turtles, tourists like to come to watch turtle nesting in December and January.

  • Museum By Indian Navy
  • Several islands are adjoining Ross Island such as Smith Island, Neil Island and Barren Island. This place is a favourite space for history buffs and nature lovers. The entire Island is administered by the Indian Navy. Smritika Museum, a museum that is managed by the Indian Navy displays a collection of old records and information.

  • Snorkelling
  • Snorkelling is a method of swimming where you push an entire body into the water with a designed tube called snorkel. This equipment helps the snorkeller to notice underwater life for an extended time with comparatively less effort. You can enjoy this fun activity at Ross and Smith Islands. For details Click Here

    Andaman visit is always an enthralling experience as it lets you explore nature wholeheartedly. You can plan summer and winter holidays keeping in mind different activities to enjoy at Andamans.

  • Places To Stay At Ross And Smith Island
  • You can choose the best tour packages from RSR Tours and Travels online for comfortable sightseeing and stay in the land of Andamans. You can choose to stay at a luxurious beach hotels such as Ross and Smith, Pristine Beach Resort, Hotel Laxmi Villa, Hotel DX and more. Let yourself enjoy nature to the fullest. Come to Andaman and experience heaven on earth.

Kalipur Beach

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Kalipur Beach is a beautiful beach behind the scenic village of Kalipur. You can easily reach the beach by taking a local ride from the main Diglipur bazaar. This place is a home ground for turtle nesting and blessed with four rare species of sea turtles namely Olive Ridley, Hawks Bill, Green Turtle, and Leather Black.

The white sandy beaches are surrounded by pristine waters and Andaman is the best place to observe turtle nesting. The amazing natural phenomenon around the beach is a heart-warming sight for the travellers. The forest department has done a great job by providing adequate facilities for turtle nesting at Kalipur Beach.

The beach is endowed with volcanic grey coloured sand and clear water. This makes the place perfect for swimming and snorkelling. During, low tide, the beach looks sullen with dead corals breaking the sea surface. You can also find JellyFish in abundance in this region.

Best Time To Visit Kalipur Beach

The temperature in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is mild from April to June. If you wish to witness thousands of sea turtles visiting Kalipur Beach then the period from December to March is best for travellers to plan your holiday tour.

How To Reach Kalipur Beach

One can easily reach Kalipur by bus as it lies right behind the beautiful village of Kalipur. It can be reached by taking a local ride from the main Diglipur Bazaar.

Activities To Do At Kalipur Beach

You can enjoy scuba diving, snorkelling and swimming at Kalipur Beach. You can take the help of professional trainers who would help you during diving. The turquoise blue water has the richness of dynamic corals inside it. Scuba Diving in this region can be performed by non-swimmers as well. You just need to keep in mind all the necessary guidelines set by professional divers.

You can also enjoy turtle nesting which is the major attraction of Kalipur Beach. From December to January you can witness Olive Ridley turtles in huge numbers. That sight can truly satisfy your inner soul.

Places To Stay At Kalipur Beach

You can grab some amazing deals from RSR Tours and Travel online for a comfortable staycation. You can select to visit affordable beach hotels such as Ross and Smith, Pristine Beach Resort, Hotel Laxmi Villa, Hotel DX and more. Come to Kalipur and enjoy the coastal paradise like never before. Plan the best trip for your family this summer.

Turtle Nesting

turtle hunting in andaman

What a mesmerizing view it would be to watch sea turtles hatching and nesting. It is a rare phenomenon a few get to explore when they visit Andaman. It is a thing you need to experience without creating disturbance to the marine ecosystem.

The calm waters and white sand beaches provide a perfect holiday destination for your family. Turtle nesting in the beaches of Andaman is a unique experience for travellers to explore sea turtles.

You can observe four kinds of adult sea turtles in the Andaman Islands namely Leatherback, Green Turtle, Olive Ridley, and Hawksbill. Among these, the leatherback turtle was recently in news in 2018, as their hatching almost doubled that year. Turtle Nesting activity has set its course after the setback of a Tsunami in the year 2004.

During the nesting seasons, you can see female turtles making their way to beaches and digging a hole for their nest. They make a space to lay their eggs safely. Sea turtles can hatch around 100 eggs in each nest and can make 3 to 7 nests during the nesting season.

The nesting phenomenon is highly influenced by the weather. The eggs may take around 45-90 days to hatch. They usually break open the eggshell with their temporary tooth after which the hatchlings find their way to the surface and try to crawl to the safety of the water.

An average of around 900 leatherback nests is found across the Andaman Islands over the years, making it a perfect destination for nesting population in the South Asian region.

To witness turtle nesting in the Andaman Islands you can visit Diglipur. There you can explore places like Rangat, Aamkunj beach, Dhaninallah beach or can head to Karmatang beach. This beach is recognized as the Turtle Paradise of India.

It is best to check the places with local guides or operators who have the network to guide you where to go. Turtle Nesting is generally witnessed at night with the help of a local guide. It is important to remain quiet while observing nesting. You are not required to create any disturbance or get close to the eggs.

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