First Published on March 1, 2017
There is something very beautiful about sunsets. I find them extremely soothing and gorgeous. It does not matter where I experience them – over a cityscape, on a beach, along the mountains or even in a desert – they always mesmerize me. Last year I experienced quite a few of these lovely sunsets on beaches but that one place that still stays with me is Chidiya Tapu in Andamans.
Chidiya Tapu has bowled over several others before me and naturally, after hearing about it, I had set my heart on going there myself. Unfortunately for me it was cloudy on the day I went to Chidiya Tapu. Though I did not experience the most perfect sunset – with the orange ball glowing, what I did experience was the most magical one. There was something about that place, something that tugged my heart from the moment I set my foot here and then firmly lodged itself there – so much that I can still close my eyes and vividly imagine the colors of the place even now. Naturally, it goes on my list of “things to do in Andamans“.
About Chidiya Tapu
Chidiya Tapu literally means “Bird’s island” and is the southernmost tip of the South Andaman Island. It is widely acknowledged as the best Sunset point in Andamans. The Mundapahad beach and the Chidiya Tapu beach are the two main destination points for one to visit. There is a biological park that is set up here to preserve the natural fauna. They say it is a paradise for bird watchers but I was so distracted by the whole landscape that I did not even attempt to spot the winged beauties. They also, say that it has some amazing trekking trails – something that I might just head back to Andamans for.
My experience at Chidiya Tapu can best be summarized in these lines –
The enchanting layers of stunning shades
Sun casting its glow on the driftwood & the glades.
Reds to Greens, Orange to Blues
Magical is the contrast of these hues.
Musical are the waves, chirpy are the woods
And yet there is – Pleasure in the silence, peace in solitude .
Besides the unspoken charm of this place, here are some things that you can witness for yourself at Chidiya Tapu.
Driftwood art at Chidiya Tapu
Chidiya Tapu has a mangrove forest, a lot of which was affected by the Tsunami in 2004. Instead of leaving the place devastated, it enhanced the beauty of the place with its lovely driftwood formations. These just lie around in different shapes and sizes along the beach, sometimes in the water, sometimes outside. I loved capturing the sunset against these while my daughter, loved climbing them. Either way, they lend a unique character to Chidiya Tapu.
Ever-Changing colors at sunset in Chidiya Tapu
Like I mentioned earlier, the day I picked for Chidiya Tapu was not one of the best – given the cloudy skies. However, the clouds added to the rapidly changing colors of the landscape. The hide and seek game of the sun added the magic and for a moment, I felt as if I were watching through a Kaleidoscope. See for yourself.
There is a certain solitude in the air that you enjoy here. Romance just drifts in the air. Words need not be exchanged, but yet you understand what the other is talking. Chidiya Tapu managed to do something that neither my parents nor my teachers were ever able to. The talkative me for once was silent and comfortable in the same.
Chidiya Tapu was one of the most spell-binding experience for me. It was unique in a way that words cannot convey and it wasn’t just me, but the rest of my travel companions who felt the same too. It was soothing for all of after our heated emotions of the Cellular Jail in Port Blair. It is definitely a place that needs to be visited for you to understand and relish what nature offers. So, if you are headed to Port Blair, remember to keep aside some time for this awesome sunset point – Chidiya Tapu.
- Chidiya Tapu is just 25 kms from Port Blair . You can reach the same by road within 45 minutes.
- Port Blair has regular flight connections from Chennai and Kolkata. It also, has flights from other major cities in India.
- Port Blair can also, be reached by a cruise from Chennai or Kolkata.
- Make sure you reach Chidiya Tapu at least 1 hour before the sunset. It is an experience to see the sun setting slowly out here.
- Do not litter or leave plastic behind here. The area is a biological park
- There are no major restaurants here. So, please carry your own food. A few road side shops are available and you can get a some hot beverages and snacks here on return.
- Hire a cab from Port Blair to take you and bring you back from Chidiya Tapu. Your hotel can help you with the same.
- Rest rooms are available at the main check post of Chidiya Tapu.
- Do not venture into the water as it is supposed to be infested by crocodiles
- Hiking trails are available here but you will need to check in Port Blair for a guide to take you through the same.
- There is a small children’s play area here for the kids with a few swings and slides.
- There are no places to stay near here. You will have to return back to Port Blair for your hotel.
- Refer to this guide for your entire travel planning to Andamans