Though the islands in Andaman are pretty famous, the talks about Nicobar Island are rarely heard and thus the real beauty of many of the pristine islands in Nicobar archipelago is a mystery for the outer world. One of the less explored islands in Nicobar archipelago is Katchal Island which used to be known as Tihanyu. To stop these islands getting exploited by the outsiders, the Government has declared the islands in Nicobar as an Aboriginal Tribal Reserve Area.
Hence, now, Indians also need special tribal pass to visit these islands. Except from the Government employees, none is permitted to stay on the island of Katchal. During the Tsunami happened in 2004, Katchal Island was affected hugely and a lot of inhabitants were missing. It devastated the island and diminished its socio-economic achievements. The area of Katchal is 146.5 sq.km and it is located around 305 kms south to the capital city of Port Blair.
Highlights: The major peak on the island is the one with a height of 835 feet above sea level. The abundance of calcareous sandstone and marble slates make the hills of Katchal so shining and important. There is a superb, dense tropical forest where you can find an enormous collection of pythons, black monkeys etc and Katchal is simply overshadowing every other island in Nicobar.
The vast beaches where the astonishing sunrise and sunset can be viewed from, the prosperous jungles, the auspicious natural spectacle and much more are there to give away Katchal a special place. There are a lot of schools, primary and secondary health centres, police station, power station, jetty etc which make the island second to none.
Activities: Since there are plenty of jungles and tropical rainforests, trekking would offer you an adventurous moment. The hills may give you plenty of opportunities to do hiking and the beaches will send to you the best space to relax.
Distance from Port Blair: The Katchal Island is lying south to Port Blair, about 305 kms away.