Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Emerald Waters at Butler Bay Beach, Little Andaman

Butler Bay is possibly the most important tourist location in Little Andaman. It used to be extremely popular prior to the 2004 tsunami.

Today, it wears a deserted look and zilch tourist infrastructure is available here. Which in a way makes this place very special as it is devoid of dirt, garbage, crowds and any pollution whatsoever.

Butler Bay is situated about 10 kms from Hut Bay and can be easily seen from the road that connects Hut Bay to the 28 (Attaees) bazaar.

The entire place is dotted with coconut trees and dense tropical forests. The bay is shaped in such a way that one can see the entire bay from any given point.

The Kalapathar Limestone caves are situated just one and half kilometres away (say a 10 minute casual walk). If it is low tide time, then one can walk through the tidal slush and reach faster.

During this walk, one can spot mudskippers and hermit crabs, which love this sub-tidal zone.

The Butler Bay in itself is an eye-pleasing sight all around. Be it the silky brown sand, the emerald waters, the foamy white waves or the dense greenery around.

The one thing that stood out during my visit here was the extremely soft sand. The sand was so soft that my feet sank about half a foot with each step.

This beach is conducive to swimming, though one may watch out for the sudden increase in depth on leaving the shores.

Snorkelling is also a great option here as visibility is quite good and it is a colourful and busy world underneath. The coral reefs seem to have been destroyed during the 2004 tsunami, but I felt that they were making a slow revival.

Overall, Butler Bay is a great looking beach with near prefect surroundings. I would call it the precious gem of Little Andaman.

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