Destinations In Diglipur
Alfred Caves lie in Diglipur near Ramnagar Beach. The trek is through thick forests that leads to Alfred Caves, a cluster of amazing 41 caves. It is a den for swiftlets and fruit eating bats. The caves with a very narrow entrance, open up into chain of small caves inside. Alfred Caves are the limestone caves with stalactite formations of Diglipur that change their shape every monsoon due to a chemical process. These extremely narrow caves are home to the Swiftlet birds that make a unique edible nest. Alfred Caves has the mystical connected and separated series of 41 unexplored caves that have baffled many an explorer. These caves are amongst the least explored and understood places, but indeed they are among the most beautiful places on earth. The caves though appear very narrow, thin and small from the outside are in reality very long inside. There are caves within caves.
Kalipur Beach is located half-an-hour ahead situated at a distance of 18 kms. from Diglipur. This is one of the most loved tourist spots in Andamans. Primarily known for turtle nesting, it is one of the few beaches in the world. Kalipur Beach is a turtle nesting ground and blessed with four rare species of sea turtles including Olive Ridley, Green turtles, Hawks Bill, Leather Black. For this purpose, the government has built a hatchery there and if lucky you can witness both turtles laying their eggs (late at night) or baby turtles being set free into the sea (early morning). The Kalipur Beach has volcanic grey coloured sand and crystal clear water. This makes it perfect for swimming. During low tide the beach looks sullen with dead corals breaking the surface and some mangrove trees embracing the shore. Jellyfish are also found in abundance.
Lamiya Bay Beach
Lamiya Bay Beach is a wide, sandy beach that is long stretched along the sea and with rocks on the shore provides a different view of the sea beauty. You can see a wide assortment of dead corals on the beach. Lamiya Bay Beach beach lies a few kilometers ahead of Kalipur beach and marks the foothill of Saddle Peak, the highest peak of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The beach has brown sand, water is clear, beach is clean and the place is beautiful. One can have a long and intense moment of solitude at the beach, while sitting on the rocks and hearing the waves crash against the rocks that produces a melodious sound and brings peace and calmness to the mind. Lamiya Bay Beach is a pebble beach. The beach is covered with all round stones of different sizes and colour. It has a fish nesting area closer to this beach. The beach is truly blessed with natural beauty with stunning volcanic sand beach. The beach has eco-friendly huts and a watch tower to relax and enjoy.
Mud Volcano at Baratang Island is reachable by a short ride from the Nilambur jetty and another 160 meters walk up a rocky path. A mud volcano is created by natural gases emitted by decaying organic matter underground. As the mud is pushed upwards by the gas, it deposits and hardens above the ground. As more mud oozes out and spills over the edge it grows in size, gradually forming a miniature volcano with rich, creamy mud crater at the top. Andamans is one of the few places in the world where these volcanoes are found and you may thus want to give it a visit. Baratang Island contains the only known examples of mud volcanoes in India. These mud volcanoes have erupted sporadically, with recent eruptions in 2005 believed to have been associated with the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. The previous major eruption recorded was on 18 February 2003. The locals call this mud volcano Jalki.
Mud Volcano in Shyam Nagar
The Mud Volcanoes at Shyam Nagar are located at a place locally known as ‘Jal Tikry’ near ‘Hathi level’ around 25 kms. (16 miles) from Diglipur. A chain of Mud Volcanoes could be witnessed in the green jungle of Shyam Nagar at Diglipur. One has to trek for 15 minutes in the semi-evergreen forests to reach Mud Volcano. At the initial point, bigger and dormant mud volcano can be sighted. On proceeding further for few minutes fresh emerging mud volcanoes could be seen. Seating facilities along with information boards are provided for visitors. Mud volcano is a natural wonder, hidden in the dense forests of Diglipur. There is a series of small muddy craters that have been erupting mud for quite a few years now. These craters are created by natural gases emitted by decaying organic matter underground which slowly push the mud upwards. One can wander around 41 active muddy craters, enjoying the surrounding nature and wildlife
Ramnagar Beach is a shrine beautiful beach located at a distance of 35 kms. from Diglipur. This beach is suitable for swimming. A nature trail for trekkers is an added attraction. This beach is well known for turtle nesting. Eco-friendly beach facilities like eco-huts, benches and seating arrangements have been provided. Ram Nagar Beach is also a Turtle Nesting ground for Olive Ridley Turtles. The beach is surrounded by palm and coconut trees and other coastal shrubs. The beach bay is lovely with clear blue water, calm sea and yellowish sand. There is plenty of shade from the nearby trees and the place is perfect for a good read near the sea. Ram Nagar Beach offers nice snorkeling with great visibility and lots of colourful fish along the S shaped coral reef, but one has to swim further into the sea to reach the best points with live corals. The beach is completely deserted most of the time and is best for those who seek some privacy. The stretch of beach here offers also a spectacular sunset view without any crowds
Ross-Smith Islands are the only twin Islands in Andman & Nicobar Archipelago. These islands are connected to each other by an imposing sand bar. This place is considered quite appropriate for island Camping stating its untouched & unspoiled beauty. The lush green coconut palms marching around the seashore, with sun setting in classic style creates a picturesque moment for every onlooker.
Saddle Peak National Park
The grand Saddle Peak, located in Diglipur, rises from lush evergreen forest and overlooks the beautiful Andaman coast of North and Middle Andaman. At 732 metres, it is the highest point of the archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. The surroundings are a bio-diverse nature paradise as the thick jungle offers home to over 13 indigenous birds species, 36 indigenous species of insects and 6 species of indigenous trees. Due to the richness of the forest territory it is now made into a National Park. Saddle Peak is popular for trekking and perfect for adventure seekers. The climb is steep and abbout 8 kms long. On a sunny day it could be a challenge for some of the most experienced trekkers too. Kalpong, the only river of Andamans flows through the forest and offers a refreshing fresh water stream where water is still drinkable. The path follows the beach and then cuts through different types of jungle up to the top. There are three viewpoints and the middle one is the best to get a birds eye view of the islands nearby. Saddle Peak provides a rare experience for eco-friendly tourists.
Radhanagar Beach is ranked among Asia’s top 10 beaches. Radhanagar Beach, locally known as Beach No. 7 is the most beautiful beach in Andamans is the best place for beach sit-outs, beach walk, swimming, sun-bathing, relaxation and watching sunset. This beach has got the finest hue of unending sky, frolicking waves, thick sands, flora and fauna. The sun’s rays bounce off the pure white sand making it sparkle and glitter like diamonds. The clean and composed ambiance with farseeing white and silky sand gleaming beneath the turquoise blue waters is a perfect beachscape to take those long walks at an ideal sunset brimming over the horizon. Radhanagar Beach has an overall length of two kilometers and an average width of 30 to 40 meters. The sand is white and very fine in grain. The beach has a gentle gradient of around 1:20 and continues out into the sea as a sandy bottom for over 100 meters. It truly is an unforgettable curve of white sand with perfectly coloured blue waters, all lined by lush forest and palm tress. It is easy to enjoy this postcard perfect beach, lie down and marvel at the sunset, or go in for a quick swim.