Located in the Bay of Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar islands are a group of large and small picturesque islands, and Havelock Island is one of the most tourist-friendly islands of Andaman and Nicobar Chain. It is located 57 km northeast of the capital city, Port Blair.
The colorful features of this island, such as lush greenery, the white sandy beach along the palm are spread over the Bay of Bengal, turquoise waters, mangroves, huge marine species, dense jungle etc. The island is visited by more than a million tourists every year.
113.93 km 2 is the largest of the Havelock islands, in which there is a series of islands on the east coast of the Great Andaman in the Andes Island of Ritchie. It is one of the few islands of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. According to the 2001 census, the island’s population is 5,354.
A British colonial time in this area, in the name of General Mr. Henry Havelock, the current population of the island was mostly done by Bengali and Myanmar migrants. The visit to Havlok Island became the center of Andaman Tourism, attracting national and international hotel chains to open their resorts in Havelock.
Some of the major attractions of Havelock Island, Vijay Nagar Beach and Radha Nagar Beach are recipients of the Ratings from World Tourism Organization (WTO). In addition, some years ago Radha Nagar Beach was rated by the Times Magazine in the top ten beaches of the world. The elephant beach is famous for its coral reefs and rich aquatic life.
Water sports such as premium scuba diving and snorkeling are the main features of Havelock Island. There is another activation trekking, island camping, kayaking, sailing, jet ski, and collision rides etc.
Havelock is a major tourist destination due to its rich sea life, white sand beaches, and dense evergreen forests. The best time to visit Havelock Island is between December and April because it is most suitable for diving. Note: People with certain medical conditions like heart disease, asthma, diabetes etc. should avoid this activity. Divers have to spend less time on land before and after diving. It changes with the time and depth spent under water.
Events, shopping options in Havelock Island are limited, tourists can purchase wooden items such as shell jewelry, bowls, trays, walking rods, coconut shell lamps, nicotri mats, and bamboo craft etc., traditional island crafts.
Kala Beach Patthar– This is one of the few places where the administration of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India has given and encouraged the development of tourism with the focus on promoting tourism of the environment.
Radha Nagar Beach – Undoubtedly, one of the best beaches of the Andaman Islands, the Radhanagar family is a great place to spend some quality time with family and friends. It is located 12 km away from Havelock’s Yacht Ghat. Also known as the beach number 7, it is white sand, turquoise blue water, etc. which makes this beach “the best beach in Asia” in 2004. The markets near Radha Nagar beach are very good. Any local fruits and dishes can also be obtained. Scooters are available for rent for young enthusiasts to explore the island. Its total length is 2 km and width of 30-40 meters.
The beach is perfect for couples who want to enjoy private moments. There are many other adventure activities, such as scuba diving, snorkeling, game fisheries, sunbathing, swimming and tourists like Radha Nagar Beach. Radhanagar Beach also provides the best glimpse of the sunset.
Vijaynagar Beach- Also known as the beach number 5, it is popularly known for its comfort and refreshment to the environment. Located on the eastern side of Havelock Island, it is considered an undeveloped paradise, where tourists can enjoy long and peaceful treks along the coast.
Other notable beaches include the elephant beach on the northwest coast, beach 3 and beach no.1 on the east coast.