Did I reveal what’s our final destination? I didn’t right.. Just few more minutes and few more lines down, you will come to know 😉
Back in our car, we made a move further north from Baratang. Our next destination is Rangat and thanks to my aunt for arranging our lunch in a government guest house there. Rangat is around 170 kms from Port Blair by road and is a large island in Middle Andaman. The population here is primarily made up of people from Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
It took us around 2 hrs to reach Rangat and the PWD guest house where our lunch has been arranged almost looked like a haunted Bungalow at the first sight. But the caretakers gave us a warm welcome and served us some good food. We finished off the lunch and resumed our journey as we still have to go a long way. Didn’t get a chance of exploring this island as we don’t have that much of time. But if one has ample amount of time with them, they should definitely explore the waterfalls and the pristine beaches of this island.
We travelled for another 70 kms and reached another low-key destination in the Northern part of Middle Andaman, which is known as Mayabunder. Though this island doesn’t offer much to the tourists, it is known for its cultural eccentricity due to the presence of Bangladesh and East Pakistan settlers, ex-convicts and a Burmese hill tribe – Karen.
Our final destination is further north and is around another 100 kms from Mayabunder. Soon we were at a creek which needs to be crossed in order to enter North Andaman from Mayabunder. Thanks to the government! In 2002 a 0.5km long bridge “Austin Bridge” was inaugurated connecting this creek. In the past, when there was no bridge, a slow ferry used to operate between the Mayabunder jetty and another small creek ‘Kalighat’ in North Andaman.
We stopped for a while here to watch the sunset over the creek and proceeded for our final destination “Diglipur”. Our stay at Diglipur is in the Turtle Resort, which is owned by the Government. It was only by 7 pm in the evening had we reached Diglipur. Though the journey was tiring, the overall experience was too good! 🙂 🙂