9 Reasons Why Havelock Island Is The Pearl of Andaman!!!
The sea is bluebay, sands are silky white and forests are lush green - the Havelock Island is a painting on canvas. Located north east of the capital Port Blair, this glorious island is the largest and most popular in the Andaman Islands. Tucked away from the chaotic city life, time refuses to budge here. We give you 9 reasons why Havelock could be the dream-island you wouldn't mind being stranded on.
1. ASIA'S BEST
Interestingly, the beaches on Havelock are numbered. Not that they don't have individual names. For instance, Beach #7 is the Radhanagar Beach which is also the most gorgeous of all. Named Asia's best beach by Time Magazine in 2004 and listed as one of the top 100 beaches in the world, this beach is Andaman's most prized possession.
2. MIRRORED SEA
The water here is crystal clear and looks splendid in luscious shades of Andaman blue and green! And the sands? They turn golden every time the sunrays gently caress its pure white surface.
3. MAJESTIC SUN
Sunsets at Havelock Island are what picture-perfect postcards are made of. If you happen to be an adventure junkie, you could probably trek to the southernmost tip of SouthAndaman to soak in the beauty of breathtaking sunsets at the Munda Pahar beach in Chidiya Taapu (Bird Island).
4. EXOTIC FORESTS
The 2004 tsunami might have swept away the shoreline and uprooted forests here, but the Kalapathar Beach (situated on Havelock Island's corner) has not lost its picturesque regalia even by an whisker. On the contrary, the massive bleached trunks of fallen trees along its fringes add an exquisite charm.
5. DIVINE DIVING
Elephant Beach on the northwest coast of Radhanagar is the ideal spot for snorkeling. From corals to turtles, the glass-bottom boats during snorkeling help you marvel at aquatic life. How can you give scuba diving a miss when you are at Andaman? And Havelock is the centre of diving! The Elephant beach and Lighthouse are the favourite diving sites where the experience of watching the corals is nothing less than divine!
6. COOL CAMPING
Camping is not much of a hassle. From the Nicobari huts/suites with high-thatched roofs few meters away from the beach-side, also popular by the name 'El Dorado' at Beach #3 and #5, Andaman Bubbles which have a resort-touch to pre-setup tents equipped with restaurants, spending the night on Havelock could be a good bet, after all!
7. CATCH ME IF YOU CAN!
When at Havelock, indulge yourself by cruising away on a boat with local fishermen for mangrove safari and fishing. Fishing lines shall be prepared for you, all you have to do is wait for your catch! Be patient when you are at it!
8. WHERE'S THE FOOD?
Food shacks, dhabas and cafes are aplenty. Seafood lovers can rejoice here for the variety this island has to offer. Also, when enjoying the goodness of coconut water, do not forget to crack open the green coconuts into halves and scoop the milky white flesh for an ultimate tasteful sojourn.
9. MAKE A WISH
If you are a book lover, then you can comfortably grab a corner on one of the tree houses and immerse yourself. Else, you could just gaze at the sea for hours, admire the sylvan surroundings and make a secret wish for time to just freeze!