When you want to be surrounded by the numbing beauty and vastness of the ocean, away from the chaotic city life, Havelock Island is the place that you should immediately head to. Located on the east of Great Andaman, this island is dotted with serene white beaches, exotic coral reefs and lush green forests – a secret paradise reflecting the natural gorgeousness of tropical destination.
This island is the perfect destination for urban folks who have been throttled by the never-ending chaos of their professional and social lives, as they can escape into the tranquility of Havelock. The picturesque ferry ride from Port Blair to Havelock Island lasts about two and a half hours, but the tranquil beauty of the island is worth the wait!
If you haven’t made up your mind already, we’ll give you 7 more reasons why you should visit Havelock Island:
1. Sunset at Radhanagar beach
Bask in the glory of a spectacular sunset while sitting at a neat little shack at the Radhanagar Beach. Considered one of the best beaches in Asia, the grainy white sand giving itself away to the crystal blue water is a treat for the sore eyes of city dwellers. It is the most popular spot at Havelock and is always full of enthusiastic travellers enjoying a beach dotted with lush green trees on one side and the eternal sea on the other. The beauty of the beach is so captivating that even TIME magazine had featured Radhanagar as one of the best beaches in Asia, and it is also listed as 7th among the top 100 beaches in the world.
2. Witness the magic of the bioluminescent waves and night diving
Night diving is an absolutely surreal adventure and would definitely need a strong heart to swim into the darkness of the sea. Havelock, the ‘dive capital’ of India, is the place where you can enjoy witnessing the glory of marine life to its fullest, as the flash lights falling on the swarm of fish go right through you (almost) or a lazy lobster resting on the bed of the sea. Once you step into the aquatic world, you can easily lose your sense of direction and dimension, and that experience is absolutely incredible. The bioluminescent waves might also appease your sense of aesthetics as you indulge in the sparkling glory of the sea after sunset. For detailed information about scuba diving, travellers can visit the PADI centres as well.
3. Water and adventure sports at Elephant Beach
If water sports and leisure beach strolls interest you, Elephant Beach at Havelock is just the place for you. This beach is exemplary if you love the sound of solitude and want to spend your time with food and drinks. You can have a small picnic on the beach after you snorkel through the sapphire waves and witness the brilliant coral reefs, or even swim with the elephants!
4. Rejuvenate your senses at Vijaynagar beach
This beach is dotted with coconut trees and its idyllic beauty is perfect for travellers who just want to enjoy sprawling in the lap of nature, lie on the beach, or maybe grab a book to read. The serene beach is an absolute bliss for those souls who prefer the sound of silence with the occasional splash of gentle waves. The water level remains comparatively low at Vijaynagar beach even during the high tide, which adds to the safety aspect.
5. Indulge in the exotic beauty of Kalapathar beach
The rocky beach, as the name suggests, harbours the remnants of the part of the forest that was washed away when the tsunami hit the shores. But the fallen trunks form interestingly weird patterns, which definitely bring out the photographer in you. Kalapathar beach possesses a rustic charm and the remains of the trees intensify the mysterious beauty of this place even more!
6. Take a banana boat ride at Havelock
Hold on for your dear life as the banana boat twirls in the sea with the sharpest of turns, giving you an adrenaline rush, one turn at a time! The banana boats are immensely popular globally and at Havelock you can experience this entertaining water sport with your family or your gang of friends.
7. Travel on a seaplane from Portblair to Havelock
Give in to your adventurous side and take a ride on the seaplane. Immerse yourself in the aerial view of the islands and enjoy the sheer thrill of landing not on a concrete road but on water in the middle of the blue sea!
So, do we need to give you any more reasons to check out the pristine beauty of Havelock Islands? We are sure that the tranquil environment will work its magic on you — with sun, sand and the never-ending blue sea!
This article is powered by Skyscanner India as part of an ongoing series in which The Better India sent a travel blogger to explore and uncover stories from the Andamans. Check this space for more exciting stories.
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