Ever dreamed of visiting the most southern part of India? Why don’t you discover it on your own this winter instead of checking it out on Google? If you are still thinking of Kanyakumari, you are wrong! Actually, it’s Indira Point on Nicobar Island which is the real southernmost tip of our country. It is well located in the exotic Great Nicobar rainforests. It’s the right time to add Indira Point to your bucket list.
Located in Great Nicobar Tehsil and Nicobar District of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Indira Point falls under Laxminagar Panchayat. It was once called Parsons Point or Pygmalion Point since inception. Later on, late P.M. Rajiv Gandhi renamed it after his mother as Indira Point. Indira Point is also known as the southernmost tip of the territory of India.
Why Visit Indira Point?
Located on Campbell Bay, which has a Gurudwara and is also called “Mini Punjab”, Indira Point is one of the less-visited tourist attractions in Andaman. Campbell Bay is a village that is open to tourists in Great Nicobar. It is also considered as one of the most lesser-known places in India. You can witness the beautiful nature in Indira Point. The lighthouse in Indira Point is one of the most beautiful in the world.
If you haven’t seen any lighthouse in your life, Indira Point is truly a visual treat to your eyes. This beach is covered by dense greens on one side and tranquil blue waters on the other side. Indira Point has been well regarded with a unique experience that comes once in a lifetime. It is always better to visit this attraction at sunset and explore the tranquil beauty of the ocean while walking on the beach.
You can witness the forest on this island which is filled with deciduous trees and awesome mangroves. In addition, the seclusion of Indira Point attracts some of the beautiful flora and fauna species. Some of the most attractive wildlife species found here are giant robber crab, crab-eating macaque, reticulated python, giant leatherback turtle, saltwater crocodile, and Nicobar serpent eagle. You can easily witness them in their own habitat.
Some Interesting Facts you should know about Indira Point
- Arichalamamanai is connected to Rameshwaram through a 23 km long strip which is believed to have existed over the ages as part of Ramsetu. You can witness the vast ocean at the end of Arichalamamanai.
- The lighthouse in Indira Point helps sea vessels by illuminating the path to ships heading to Malaysia and Malacca.
- You can have a magical view of the Bay of Bengal from India Point and feel the strong breeze coming straight from the Bay of Mannar. There is a story behind it related to Lord Rama. Once he was looking for the path to cross the ocean to reach Lanka. But the sea didn’t allow him to do that. He made the ocean dry by lifting up his bow. Later on, the sea waves became calm on one side and made way for him. Since then, Ram Setu is located on this site.
- Earlier, Indira Point was called Pygmalion Point. Indira Gandhi, who was the Prime Minister of India, visited this place on February 19, 1984. On October 10, 1985, Rajiv Gandhi visited this place and renamed it to Indira Point on the official ceremony after her death.
- Indira Point has located only 20 km from Talaimannar Island of Sri Lanka.
- The last town in the Indian Territory is Dhanuskodi. After this village, there is no other civilization, except a well-paved road to Ramsetu.
- This location has been geographically changed when the tsunami hit in December 2004. Due to this phenomena, India Point’s height has been cut to 4.25m.
- Only four families live here in this place according to Census 2011. There are only 27 people in these families with around 85% of literacy rate.
- Indira Point is located around 47m above the sea level.
- The Union Territory of Andaman has a national park named “Galathea national park”.
- Port Blair is the only airport in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Reaching Indira Point is not that easy because of its isolated location. But, still here are some of the ways to get there –
By Air – Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair is the closest airport to reach Indira Point. There is a leading national helicopter “Pawan Hans” which takes flights through the different Andaman Islands. You can easily get there through this helicopter. However, the prices vary by season. You need to get details by contacting the Director of Civil Aviation (03192-230480).
By Rail – Chennai is located around 1300 km from Port Blair and it is also the nearest railway station to Indira Point. So, flight is the fastest way to get to Port Blair from Chennai which takes around 2 hours. On reaching there, you can take Pawanhans.
By Road – Indira Point has no direct road connectivity from Port Blair. But a roadway is being built from Zero Point in Campbell Bay to Indira Point which is 56 km long.
Due to the lack of proper knowledge among tourists about Indira Point and its isolated location, only a few tourists visit this place. If you want to explore its beauty and purity, you should plan ahead.
We hope you liked the interesting facts and other details about this lesser-known destination of Andaman, Indira Point. In order to visit Andaman Tourism, you can choose from different Andaman tour packages at Andaman Bliss.