So, we go in for a session of swimming and snorkeling on the smith island shore. After a short snack, we leave this beautiful island. I bid goodbye to the beautiful island and its cousin, Ross Islands and slowly see them fade away from my views from the speeding boat. I give myself an 8 out of 10 for the trip and a 10 out of 10 for the decision to come here despite the trip being hectic and the warning from several people.
We stop for lunch in a place called “Hira Hotel” in Diglipur town for a particularly tasty Bengali meal with fresh sea fish an then proceed toward the town of Rangat, where we plan to stay for the night and take the morning boat to Havelock. En-route, we come to a beautiful beach, Karmatang. The beach is maintained well and has plenty of space to sit and enjoy. And we again come across the Crocodile alert sign here.
This beach is home to some rare species of tortoise during the months of November-December, when they come to lay eggs here. I am sure people respect that , because a mom turtle laying eggs is a serious business.. 🙂 The beach looked beautiful in the rainy day.
We then come to Dhaninallah beach. The main attraction of this beach is a wooden walkway that one has to take from the main entrance to go to the beach. This is similar to a mangrove canopy walk seen at other places. The walk is long and it takes almost 20 minutes to walk across.
One can see some species of mangrove on the sides while walking and hear the birds chirping. We came across this cannonball mangrove while our walk.
The stillness of the forest can be enjoyed at sitting places created at sides of the walk. We also spotted smaller creeks while walking . These are called “Jhinga nallah”. The entire place looked really beautiful in the rain.
I caught the picture of the walk while no one was there.
it seems like a good one given that this was only my point and shoot in normal mode. 😀
The beach , however is good but it is not well maintained.
We proceeded to Aamkunj beach. The beach has dead corals everywhere in what seems
to be several layers of corals and they have hues of red and green. In deemed evening light it looked beautiful.
We then came to Marishdera beach, which is relatively newly developed. This beach is also, beautiful in its own way. The beach directly overlooks to the ocean from a set of huge coral stones. This is where the beauty lies.
There is a wooden walkway called “Horizon View” to take one to the front of one of the stones. Once you reach there, you are rewarded by a beautiful view of the ocean, which I call “as seen by the rock” 🙂 There is also a wooden platform here to sit and enjoy this view. It is a personal favorite.
The view was spectacular even on a rainy day.
Finally, after visitig these places, we reach Rangat and come to our hotel to retire to our rooms. tomorrow starts another chapter in this epic tour in which, we proceed towards the tropical paradise of Havelock and Neil islands…