Budget Trip Andaman


The Natural Bridge is the result of the force of waves, which has been acting upon it for years. It even withstood the 2004 Tsunami and shielded Neil Island from destruction. The locals refer to it as Howrah Bridge, after its Bengali inhabitants who have been living there for generations. Situated about 40 kilometres away from Port Blair, Neil Island is nicknamed as the Vegetable Bowl of Andaman due to its plentiful crops. At low tide, one can see corals and other sea life trapped in small pools beneath the bridge which consists of two living natural corals.


Neil Island’s Natural Bridge formation is a rock jutting out of the main wall, with a large hole formed due to the constant pounding of waves. It was also no surprise that this very wall managed to protect Neil Island from damages caused by Tsunami in 2004. Off in the distance, another bridge is taking shape. Locally known as ‘Howrah Bridge’, it was given this name as a joke by the Bengali settlers. Treking down from the main road will take you to the beach covered in limestone rocks, partially eroded over thousands of years thanks to erosion from tides. In the shallow waters between these rocks, one can observe starfishes and sea cucumbers.