Ramnagar Beach is a beautiful stretch of palm-fringed sand hidden in the southeastern region of Northern Andamans, just 35 kilometres away from Diglipur. Slowly being developed into an eco-friendly destination by the forest department, the beach houses open tree houses to bask in the glory of Ramnagar. Surrounded by palm and coconut trees, the coast remains deserted most of the time and is best for those who seek some solitude. In comparison to other beaches, Ramnagar beach offers some of the most spectacular sunsets without any crowds. Crystalline turquoise water, accompanied by yellow-ish sand, makes this landscape alluring. Benches, eco-huts, and log sofas have been set up on the coast where nearby trees provide plenty of shade, for visitors to relax and take in the views.
An abode of Olive Ridley turtles, Ramnagar beach is also a nesting ground for these magnificent creatures. Turtle nesting season is from December to March. The beach closes during the evening, and no one is allowed to walk on the beach post five o’clock to prevent the eggs from damage. Like Kalipur Beach, there is an artificial hatchery set up here as well. Visitors can witness the female sea turtles laying their eggs in the sand, and after they hatch, watching them make their way to the vast ocean. Ramnagar Beach is an apt spot for snorkelling, owing to the crystal clear water that offers excellent visibility. Corals are sharp, which makes swimming challenging most of the time. However, swimming a little further into the sea brings you to the live S-shaped coral reef that attracts several colourful fishes, boosting the experience for snorkelling. This demands experienced swimmers, as sometimes the waves can get quite huge and the tides strong.
How to reach
Ramnagar Beach is 300 kilometres from Port Blair, 70 km from Mayabunder, and 35 kilometres from Diglipur. Accessible via road, visitors can drive through curvy mountain roads to reach Ramnagar Beach. It is connected via two daily boat services from Mayabunder and from Port Blair twice a week.
Widely scattered grains of sand, fauna, and trails, making it a treasure’s chest for nature enthusiasts. If you are an adventure buff, then there are trails to follow for trekking. The beach offers a panoramic view of the spring blossoms landscape. Lying close to Alfred Caves and Chalis Ek, visitors can also explore nearby attractions while they’re here.
Wondering what to do on Ramnagar Beach?
- Perhaps the most visited sightseeing spot in the North Andamans, with the pebbled beach and the rock structures lying on the shore Lamiya Beach is a bewildering sight. The sunrise and sunset views from the beach have a lot of admirers. And you are in for a surprise if you anticipated a regular beach because this one runs wild. Saddle Peak, the highest peak point in the entire Bay of Bengal at a height of 800 metres above sea level is also in close vicinity.
- Diglipur is home to a cluster of limestone caves, or as it’s rightly called “Alfred Caves”. A trek through the jungle leads you to the natural habitats of Swiftlet birds which nest in these caves. Their edible nests are quite famed and valued in the world. This trek is definitely not for the ones with a weak heart as it is perhaps the most difficult and challenging expedition in the Andamans.
- An unparalleled beauty with a vast ocean, rich with coral reefs and housing some of the rarest marine creatures, Ramnagar Beach immerses you in the aura of nature that will heal your mind. Owing to its apt geographical remoteness, visitors can take a long walk on the beach and find some time to relax, refresh and rejuvenate.
Ramnagar, an idyllic blend of wildernesses by the beach, is a transcendent escape from the monotony. With limited amenities and only a couple of small shops near the bus stand in the village, the beach lies in isolation away from the hustle-bustle of cities. There are few huts with benches available for resting, basking in the sun, and the tranquil ambience works as an apt stress buster. Like the rest of Andamans, this destination makes one overwhelmed and awestruck by its sheer untouched beauty.
- Getting There: The beach lies 300 kilometres from Port Blair, 70 km from Mayabunder, and 35 kilometres from Diglipur.
- What to do: Trekking, swimming, and snorkeling.
- What not to miss: Witness turtle nesting where visitors can witness the female Olive Ridley sea turtles laying their eggs in the sand, and after they hatch, watching them make their way to the vast ocean.
- Best time to visit: The Beach is open for tourists throughout the year, but the months from December to March are ideal to witness the famed turtle nesting by Olive Ridley Turtles.
- What to carry: Carry bottled water, sunglasses, cap/hat, flip flops, and swimwear to enjoy beach time. A camera to capture mesmerizing moments spent at the Beach, It is advisable to bring your own snorkeling gear or get them from rental hire in Diglipur Town or Kalipur Beach.
- Essential Info:
Medical Facilities in Ramnagar Beach- There is no medical facility near the beach, the closest medical facility is the G.B.P Hospital at Port Blair offering a team of super-specialized Doctors in the various departments.
Timings- Ramnagar Beach can be visited anytime between Sunrise to sunset, thus 6 am to 5 pm is the best time to visit the Beach to experience the splendid beauty. The beach closes during the evening, and no one is allowed to walk on the beach post five o’clock to prevent the eggs from damage.
Mobile Connectivity- Mobile connectivity in Ramnagar Beach might not be up to one’s expectation, thus visitors face overbearing network issues.