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.
There is a lone jetty at Bharathpur, which serves as the only entry–exit point of the island. The population of the island is approximately to 5000. Agriculture is the primary occupation of the villagers, and the island supplies vegetables to the rest of Andaman. Despite its minuscule tourist infrastructure, an increasing number of tourists have chosen to stay at Neil Island instead of neighbouring Havelock Island. There are a handful of restaurants and basic beach hotels that cater to international and domestic tourists.
Sitapur beach is beach No. 5 in Neil Island which is about 5km from the market. Natural limestone formations are present all over this beach, which add to its scenic charm.It is a serene seafront, situated at the tip of the Neil Island in Andaman. Seemingly endless stretches of verdant foliage and white sand render breathtaking natural beauty. Though prone to high tides, this beach is considered safe for swimming. It is ideal to visit the beach at the time of dawn, when the sun rises above the horizon. This beach is best suited to watch the sunrise with an impressive backdrop of natural vegetation and limestone formations. The journey from the Jetty to Sitapur beach itself is refreshing with green fields and a variety of crops and forest trees.
This beach is located at the southern tip of the Neil Island and it is those beach which is famous of high tides. Main attraction about the beach is the uniqueness and calmness of the place which is an ideal place to take a dip in the pristine turquoise waters. Landscape is vast and spread across large area. There is a resort with a small restaurant few meters away in case you run out of water or get hungry and at low tide one can walk to the second bay and explore small caves or just enjoy the peacefulness of Sitapur beach..
It is growning and exploring as a vast potential of this for tourism mainly the adventure sports, trekking and eco tourism. This beautiful island is nestled in the calm seas to the north east of the capital Port Blair. It is a coral rich area and even published as coral Kingdom of Andaman. This beach offers some wonderful underwater sport adventures which includes Snorkelling and scoba diving . Even glass bottomed boats and water boats are another activity to cherish your trip. Most of the tourists visit this beach in the
morning hours and do snorkeling as in the evening they get to watch the sunset at Laxmanpur beach.The beach is well known for its coral reef which is undoubtedly utterly beautiful and probably the most beautiful in Andamans. This is one reason I call Neil island the coral capital of Andamans.