Sitapur Beach is one of the quietest and serene beaches in Neill Island (Shaheed Dweep). Located 5 KM on the southern tip of Neil, this beach is surrounded by greenery from 3 sides which opens into a wonderful view of the open sea on the other.
It is one of those beaches which has been set apart from the mainstream, therefore gets little attention from travelers. But thanks to that, the beach is well-preserved and quite raw in the sense of nature and wildlife.
The beaches are mostly untouched and completely free from pollution, and thanks to the lesser number of people visiting here, it is the quietest beach in Neill. It is quite easily one of those beaches where you can go walk along the shoreline, and just feel relaxed without a care in the world.
Palm trees and tropical jungle dots the shorelines of the beach, where you can sit back and relax for a while, before moving on with the tour.
At the tip of the island about 5km from the market lies Sitapur beach or beach No. 5. Also known as the ‘sunrise beach’ it is best situated to enjoy the lovely sunrise early every morning. This postcard-perfect serene beach has two curved bays and clear blue waters that tempt one to go for a swim.
One of the most popular things about Sitapur Beach is its sunrise. In fact, it is named the Sunrise Beach officially by the administration. It's not surprising that this beach offers one of the best views of the sunrise in the Andaman Islands. Thanks to its location, the beach is directly exposed to open sea on one side, which gives you an unobstructed view of the sunrise, early in the morning.
For a better view of the sunset, you can stand near the “Sunset Point” which is a vantage point located at the entrance of the beach.
For swimmers and water-lovers Sitapur Beach is a bit extreme. Due to its open sea exposure, the beach is prone to high tides and water currents that make swimming a dangerous adventure. You won’t see anyone wearing their bathing suits here. We recommend not going for a swim in the waters here, as it can be quite troublesome with high waves and uncontrolled water currents.
Due to lesser interest from tourists, there are no shops present in or near the beach. So make sure to carry your own water and food if you are planning to spend some time here.
Cabs are the best and the most comfortable way to reach the Sitapur beach. Due to its small size, single point cabs are not available at the Sitapur beach so you will have a get a tour for all the 3 beaches in Neill. The usual cost for a full A/C cab is INR 1200. This includes the tour of all spots in Neil along with the waiting time.
A few buses leave from the Neill Island jetty and reach the Sitapur beach in less than 20 minutes. The number of buses going through this route is really low, so we don’t recommend opting for this. Buses usually charge INR 20 for a one-way trip.
Auto-Rickshaw is yet another great way to reach the Sitapur Beach if you are planning on any prebooking. You can easily find one near the jetty who will take you to the beach in 10 minutes. The usual charge is INR 100 for a one-way trip, which can be negotiated further. Make sure to book the rickshaw for the return trip as well, because you won’t find as many of them while returning from the beach.
The best time to visit this beach is in the morning, because of its famous sunrise view. Since this beach is mostly famous for that and swimming/ water-sports are not present, its best to visit in the morning and start your tour of Neill Island here.
The best months to visit range from September to May, as the weather is clear and the sun is bright.