Little Andaman Information

     Little Andaman is the furthest point south in the archipelago foreigners can travel to on their tourist permit.  Most of the island has been set aside as a tribal reserve for the Onge and is thus off limits.  It was also the only island open to foreigners to sustain extensive damage in the 2004 tsunami, but although a number of buildings were destroyed, and sixty four people died, the island has recovered well.  Very few tourists ever make it down here, however.  Daily boats form Port Blair (Rs20 to 50) arrives at Hut Bay, the faster ones making the voyage in less than six hours.  The main settlement, aka Indira Bazaar, is two kilometers north. 

The only places to stay are here, the best being the two storey Sealand Tourist Home, whose splendid bay front location is only marred by the fact that the architect inexplicably put all the windows facing the interior.  Just a little further along, the Vvet Guest House has simple rooms that coast a little more but are no better, although the small garden is pleasant enough to relax in and there’s an offshoot, the Cozy Cave, about 500m away, in the unlikely event that both places are full.  Basic meals are available at food-only hotels such as the Snehu and AG Bengali, while the Kurinchi Parotta Stall offers tasty savoury and sweet snacks.  Bicycles can be rented for Rs 40 per day from a stall between the two guesthouses but are in very short supply.

      Hut Bay curves gradually round in a majestic eight kilometer sweep and the quality of the sand and beauty of the adjacent jungle increase the further you go.  The top stretch is named Netaji Nagar after the village on the island’s only road, which runs behind it.  A copule of drink stalls constitute the only facilities.  En route, you can detour a kilimetre inland at the huge signpost about two and a half kilometers north of Indira Bazzar, to see the White Surf Waterfalls. Made up of three ten to fifteen metre high cascades, it’s a relaxing spot and it’s possible to clamber into the right hand fall for a soothing shower.  Crocodiles are supposed to inhabit the surrounding streams, however. Short elephant rides are available for Rs 50 per person at the entrance to the falls.  Over the headland at the top of Hut Bay, twelve or so Kilometers from the jetty, lies the smaller but equally picturesque crescent of Butler Bay.  There’s ot much to do here but swim, sunbathe or look around the slightly eerie remains of the government beach resort, which was swept away by the tsunami.  That is unless you’ve brought your surfboard with you little Andaman has a cult reputation among surfers for having some of the best conditions anywhere in South Asia.