Chidiya Tapu

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Chidiya Tapu

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Chidiya Tapu, also known as the bird island, is located 25kms from Port Blair in the southernmost tip of South Andaman. Chidiya Tapu is a small village with lush green mangroves, tranquil islands, and forest bestowed with numerous chirping birds, making it an ideal picnic spot.

Chidiya Tapu, well known for its rich collection of birds, white spotted deer and orchids, draws many visitors, and is a perfect place for nature lovers. The sky of Chidiya Tapu is filled with around 46 species of birds namely, drongos, hanging parrot, scarlet minivet, emerald dove, long-tailed and red-breasted parakeets, white-bellied sea eagles and grey-fronted and imperial green pigeons to name a few.

Chidiya Tapu is well known for its green landscape, enthralling beaches, variety of corals, vivid butterflies and most significantly, the exquisite view of the setting sun in the horizon. The main attractions here include the Chidiya Tapu Biological Park, Chidiya Tapu Beach, the Sylvan Sands and the Munda Pahar beaches. There is a forest guest house located atop the hillock that offers a panoramic view of the entire village as well as islands beyond.

The water in this region is alive with bright corals which makes it an excellent site for snorkelling. Incidentally, Chidiya Tapu Beach offers a variety of sea shells which makes shell craft a prime industry of the Chidiya Tapu. Some of the shell products which are sold here are table lamps, ashtrays, bangles, decorative boxes and show pieces.

Best time to visit

Keeping in mind the moderate and tropical monsoon climate of Port Blair, ideally the best time to visit Chidiya Tapu and Port Blair is between the months of October and April. Rest of the year the weather remains unbearable as the summers are hot and humid and winters experience strong winds.

Trivia

‘Chidiya’ meaning bird, is what derives the name for this island bestowed with a variety of birds.

Timing

Chidiya Tapu can be visited at any time of the day.


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