Neil Island is stroked by the constant rock and roll of waves. Adorning the most exquisite landscapes, Natural Bridge in Neil Island is testament to this. A cup of sunshine is poured all over the land – allowing it to bask and shine in the warmth. Well, Natural Bridge is, at first glance, extraordinary in its beauty. It is, as locals refer to it, the Howrah Bridge. Let’s take a walk across nature’s bounty and discover what it has to offer us. The natural bridge-shaped rock formation is basically a rock jutting out composed of two living corals. Best seen during low tides, the landscape makes for rare and extraordinary photo opportunities. Enclosed in the emerald waters, with small fishes, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and starfish swaying along the waves, Natural Bridge is perfect for thrill seekers.
One can reach the Natural Bridge on Neil Island after travelling 43 kilometres from Port Blair. Upon reaching the Jetty, you can hire a bike or book a taxi to reach Laxmanpur Beach, which lies close to the bridge. From here you need to take a 200 meters walk to see the bridge. Or you can board an auto-rickshaw as well. The entire journey takes nearly 30 minutes. Stroll along the craggy shore to see other corals, tide pools, and diverse marine life.
Be There Do That
The Natural Bridge is a landmark in Neil Island and a photographer’s favourite. Look at the adjacent wall that bears the brunt of the 2004 Tsunami and shielded Neil Island from devastation. You can spot many starfishes, sea cucumbers visible in the shallow waters between the rocks as well as crabs, sea urchins, colourful corals, and seldom tiny octopuses. The beach accompanying the bridge is called the dead coral beach and is ideal for trekking rather than swimming. The iconic Howrah bridge got its name from its Bengali settlers, and they delight in showcasing their culture through folk dances and music. The island hosts the Island Tourism Festival and Subhash Mela in winters that you must attend if your dates match.
While You’re There
Note that you do not require any entry fee to visit the beach.
Hire a guide to understand and appreciate the natural aquarium (Read: shallow water).
Plan your visit before afternoon, to capture the landscape in the best light and when the tides are low and clear.
Please do not bring back corals as it is a punishable offence by law.
Return before it gets dark as the route is tricky.
Be careful while clicking photographs and do not step on any creature.
Wear comfortable and sturdy shoes when you visit this place because you will walk on a wet and slippery rocky path.