Chidiya Tapu is one of the many serene and calm beaches in the Andaman Islands. Chidiya Tapu is located on Western side of the South Andaman Island. The beach has awesome views of the sunset, and hence is popularly called as the “Sunset Point”. At Chidiya Tapu, the sun slowly sets beyond the hills of neighbouring Rutland Island providing spectacular sunset views. The reflection of bright orange light during the sunset on the clean and calm waters of the beach would rejuvenate your mind from your otherwise regular busy life.
Chidiya Tapu Beach
Chidiya Tapu Beach is just about 18km from Port Blair (about 18 km). However, the beach is less known and is rarely visited. Chidiya Tapu Beach is generally excluded from the “commercial” or tourist “packages” as the beach does not have any amenities for the visitors. No water sports, nor restaurants nor any such things that you find in the other “tourist attractions”. The result is you have a beautiful beach with crystal clear water. And is visited only by those travelers who would love to get lost in the beauty of the nature!
Chidiya Tapu Beach is extremely clean as the number of visitors are relatively less. (That shows how much humans pollute the nature, doesn’t it?) 🙂 The waves at the beach are very mild, and the water is not deep at all. From the shoreline, you can get into water to a fair distance. The water barely reaches height of your feet. The occasional mild waves are good enough to get your feet completely drenched 🙂
Shallow waters of Chidiya Tapu
At the beach, several huts are built to help the visitors escape the sun rays during mid-day. Those huts are built at the corner of the beach where the landscape suddenly changes from golden sand to lush greenery. You could try venturing out into the greenery, but the trees grown are so dense that you can hardly see the sun light reaching the ground. It is always good to have a guide accompany you before you get that adventurous at an unknown place 🙂
Slowly, as sun starts setting, you can see visitors entering the beach. The beach undoubtedly has spectacular view of the sunset. The calm waters add up to its beauty.
If you visit Chidiya Tapu early during the day, you can visit the neighbouring Chidiya Tapu Biological Park. The surrounding area around Chidiya Tapu is known to be home for several species of birds. In fact, the name Chidiya Tapu translates to Bird Island, and is named so due to this very reason. The region also has several sea shells and is the source of many craft items made of sea shells that are available in the market at Port Blair.
Apart from visiting the beach, you can also hire a boat and visit Cinque Island nearby. There are few operators who arrange for the boat trip. Also, if you are an adventurist, you can explore a hiking/trekking trail of 1.5 to 2 hours. The trek route starts from the beach, and goes to a nearby hilltop called Munda Pahad. From the hilltop, you will get a panoramic view of the surroudings. The view stretches from Chidiya Tapu Beach, to the hills of Rutland Island, to another secluded beach called Munda Pahad Beach. You can also find a forest guest house on the hilltop. It is highly recommended that you take the help of a local tour guide to trek to Munda Pahad. The trail is amidst dense trees and is mostly dark. It is a good idea to be back to Chidiya Tapu Beach before sunset, as you do not want to wander after it is completely dark.
If you are visiting Andaman Islands, I would definitely recommend you to visit Chidiya Tapu Beach. And if you do, please do your bit to maintain the cleanliness of the beach by not littering! And yes, if you decide to visit, please do ensure to carry enough water or snacks to keep you thirst/hunger free.
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