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Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep)

Although its beaches are not as luxurious as those of its more famous island neighbour, Havelock (Swaraj Dweep), tranquil and wonderfully unhurried Neil (recently renamed Shaheed Dweep) has its own rustic charm, with a lusciously green landscape of rice paddies, fruit plantations and coconut palms. The main bazaar, at Neil Kendra in the centre of the island, has a mellow vibe; the jetty is 500m north of the bazaar. Cycling along the flat roads through quiet clusters of homes is the best way to soak up Neil's character.

Development has begun to creep in on Neil, however, and there's been a surge in hotels, minivans and domestic tourist activity near the jetty and along the north coast, especially on Beach 4.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep).