Geography of Rangat Island
Introduction to Rangat Island
Rangat Island is known for not just its wealth of natural beauty but also a culturally diverse populace.People from a spectrum of linguistic groupscall the island “home”.
Many from the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Bengal, and Kerala live here. Some of the languages spoken are Tamizh, Bengali, and Malayalam.
The local cuisine reflects these cultures, as well as that of minorities.The core occupations in Rangat Island are cultivation and fishing.
Where is Rangat Island located?
Despite being the second largest township in the Andaman chain, Rangat enjoys as much popularity as its cousin Mayabunder, meaning it is not teeming with tourists every day of the week.
Occupying a prime spot in Middle and South Andaman Islands, Rangat Island has proven to be a connecting point among varied Andaman Islands.
If you take the ferry from Long, Neil, and Havelock Islands, you can reach Rangat in reasonably good time (6-7 hours), passing through Port Blair.
Geography of Rangat Island
Rangat Island is usually a travel-point between Port Blair and North Andaman. Whether by road or by sea, Rangat is an oft-used port of call.
It primarily consists of mangrove-forest ecosystems, set amidst important natural freshwater springs.
Rangat’s creeks and beaches further add to its geographical diversity.
Nearby, on the west coast of South and Middle Andaman, stretch the Jarawa Reserves. This place will surely catch your sights during your travel to Rangat from Port Blair.
Why you should visit Rangat Island?
In addition to boasting some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the entire Andaman archipelago, Rangat Island has also been a consistent turtle-nesting site.
- Its beach scene and mangrove ecosystems are as special as they are distinct. They enhance the general geography of Rangat Island.
- Below are all the tourist attractions you will find on Rangat.
1. Dhanninallah Beach
- This enchanting ‘long beach’ is linked to the Dhaninallah Mangrove Walkway, detailed below.
- You can engage in swimming and sunbathing activities here.
- The beach has modern facilities including: washrooms, changing rooms, and eco-friendly sit-outs.
2. Dhaninallah Mangrove Walkway
- This wooden walkway measuring 1km snakes its way through an important mangrove forest system.
- It is, technically, the longest constructed walkway in India.
- Around 700m later, it opens up onto Dhanninallah Beach, yet another tourist favourite. This is where Olive Ridley Turtles come to nest in due season (December-February), making the beach just as important as the forest that preceded it.
- The natural views from atop the walkway are nothing short of picturesque.
- The place is locally called ‘Dhanipatti’, and was inaugurated in 2012.
- Somewhere along this walkway stands an eco-hut (called ‘Olive Ridley’) that serves as a rest stop.
- You can access the walkway’s entry point at Betapur, which is situated 20km from Rangat.
3. Amkunj Beach
There are 75 tiny villages on Rangat Island, one of which is Nimbutala village. This is where you will the next tourist attraction in Rangat.
- Amkunj beach stands about 8km from Rangat.
- The sit-outs, huts, and round tables set up on the beach are all eco-friendly in design.
- There is also a tree house worth stopping to see.
- Swimming and sunbathing are options to enjoy here.
- The main road is a convenient 100m away.
- Low tide makes for the best time to spot shallow water corals and other marine life.
Yet another picnic-perfect hotspot, Moricedera is one of Rangat’s authentic eco-tourism destinations.
- A freshwater stream here doubles as a nature-crafted swimming pool, and practically spellbinds you to take a dive.
- Twin Rocks are a unique geo-feature, and are a must-see. The view stretches all the way to the horizon. It puts the ‘S’ in ‘Scenic’.
5. Mangrove Diversity
Speaking of creeks be sure to head over to another Rangat Andaman tourist attraction, namely Yerrata Mangrove Park and Yerrata Creek.
- This rich mangrove ecosystem is worth exploring, not to mention appreciating.
- A 13m tall watch tower can be found here, granting you unparalleled panoramas of not just the mangroves but an adjacent forest as well.
- This is the only tower of its kind in all of Andaman & Nicobar.
- Stop by the Mangrove Interpretation Centre to learn how significant these types of forests are, not just to biodiversity but to help protect islands/landmasses from the ravages of cyclones.
- Herein, you will also discover other mangroves on Rangat.
- A 300m beach trail, courtesy the Department of Environment and Forests, makes for a popular Rangat tourist attraction.
6. Cutbert Bay Beach
This is another beautiful beach to visit in Rangat.
- The sand-and-sea combination encourages picnics and poetry; in a manner of speaking.
- Stop and admire the Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church while you’re at it.
- Known for its golden-sand beaches, Cutbert is also host toa natural wildlife sanctuary in the adjacent forest.
- This beach is a protected zone, owing to the fact that turtles come nest here in due season, most notable among them being Leatherbacks and Olive Ridleys.
- The place also has elephant training camps. Note: the elephants are being trained to work alongside people for various jobs including lumbering.
7. Panchavati Hills
You can access this gorgeous locale by road. These hills are one of the lushest most naturally preserved areas in Rangat.
- Trekking, exploring, and waterfall sightseeing are all on the cards here.
- You can enjoy fishing, especially with local people who have made a veritable profession of it.
- Cultivation is strong. You can check out farm life in all its rustic glory.
- You can assuredly purchase produce from the locals to go and cook something tasty and healthy for dinner later.
- There is a coffee farm, originally established in 1959. Even coconuts and areca nuts are grown here.
Sights and experiences aside, the foodie scene is somewhat special on Rangat Island. You have many restaurants and eateries to choose from, and they each contain varied cultural tastes to spice up your visit.
Recommendation: Hotel Ross and Smith. It will take you around two days to see everything that Rangat has to offer. Boasting several unique elements, the geography of Rangat Island is worthy of exploration. Suppose you have planned a trip to North Andaman, you can stop by Rangat Island Andaman and make a day-trip of it. This is one of the underrated islands in the Andaman archipelago.