Great Nicobar is the largest island of the Nicobar group of islands and is situated south of all the other islands. It is home to Indira Point, which is India's southernmost point and is famous for its diverse flora, fauna and marine life. Nature is what attracts tourists and honeymooners to this outdoor paradise. The island is also recognized by the World Wide Fund for Nature. Here is a guide to the island paradise of Great Nicobar.
Indira Point is the southernmost point of the Nicobar island and is also the southernmost point of the Indian republic. Since the year 1972 tourists have been flocking to Indira point, named after former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, to witness what is one of India's most glamorous and largest lighthouses. Decorated with red and white stripes, the huge lighthouse with a helipad makes for quite a sight. The 2004 Tsunami left it partially damaged and unserviced but it has now been restored. It has a range of over 16 nautical miles and is one of the few lighthouses open to tourists. The view from above, as described by tourists is as breathtaking as the beauty of the Andaman and Nicobar islands itself!
The Tillanchong island is a tiny and sparsely populated place. It is home to two extremely rare birds namely the Narcondam Hornbill and the Nicobar Megapod. Unlike the rest of the Andaman and Nicobar islands, Tillanchong is wholly owned and administered by three Nicobarese families who visit this island once a year as a matter of tradition. It boasts of lush greenery and nature at its best.
A Nicobar Megapode as sighted at Tillanchong.
Photo Courtesy: Michael Lusk
Campbell Bay National Park
The Campbell Bay National Park is a part of Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve. This national park is in the northern part of Great Nicobar and includes tropical evergreen forest, tree fern, and orchids. The wildlife here are crab eating macaque, giant robber crab, Megapode and Nicobar pigeon. It is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers, who can catch a glimpse of the exquisite wildlife here.
A Giant Robber Crab seen at the national park.
Photo Courtesy: Anne Sheppard
Galathea National Park
The Galathea National Park located on the island of Great Nicobar was formed in the year 1992 and houses many unique and rare species of plants and animals here. Notable among them are the giant robber crab, Megapode and the Nicobar pigeon. It is a must-visit place for tourists as the can catch a glimpse of these animals and learn more about them here.
A Nicobar pigeon at the national park.
Photo Courtesy: Heather Paul
How to Reach Great Nicobar
By Air: The nearest airport is the one at Port Blair and it is well connected with all the major cities of the country.
By Sea: Regular ferry services are available from Chennai and Kolkata to Port Blair. From Port Blair there are local ferries that will take you to the island.