Havelock Island

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Havelock Island
Native name: हैवलॉक द्वीप
Nickname: Sir Henry Havelock Island [1]
Havelock Island is located in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Havelock Island
Havelock Island
Havelock Island is located in India
Havelock Island
Havelock Island
Location of Havelock Island
Geography
Location Bay of Bengal
Coordinates 11°58′N 93°00′E / 11.96°N 93.00°E / 11.96; 93.00Coordinates: 11°58′N 93°00′E / 11.96°N 93.00°E / 11.96; 93.00
Archipelago Andaman Islands
Adjacent bodies of water Indian Ocean
Total islands 1
Major islands
  • Havelock     
Area 92.2 km2 (35.6 sq mi)[2]
Length 18 km (11.2 mi)
Width 8 km (5 mi)
Coastline 58.5 km (36.35 mi)
Highest elevation 167 m (548 ft)
Highest point Yulutang
Administration
District South Andaman
Island group Andaman Islands
Island sub-group Ritchie's Archipelago
Tehsil Port Blair Tehsil
Largest settlement
Govinda Nagar
Demographics
Demonym Hindi
Population 6,351[citation needed] (2011)
Pop. density 68.5 /km2 (177.4 /sq mi)
Ethnic groups Bengali
Additional information
Time zone
PIN 744211[3]
Telephone code 031928 [4]
Official website www.and.nic.in
Literacy 84.4%
Avg. summer temperature 30.2 °C (86.4 °F)
Avg. winter temperature 23.0 °C (73.4 °F)
Sex ratio 1.2/
unit_pref Metric
Census code 35.639.0004
Official languages Hindi, English

Havelock Island (Hindi: हैवलॉक द्वीप) is the largest of the islands that comprise Ritchie's Archipelago, a chain of islands to the east of Great Andaman in the Andaman Islands. It belongs to the South Andaman administrative district, part of the Indian union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.[5] The island is 41 km (25 mi) northeast of the capital city, Port Blair.

Etymology[edit]

Havelock Island is named after a British general, Sir Henry Havelock, who served in India.[6]

History[edit]

Havelock is one of the few places that the administration of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands union territory of India has permitted and encouraged development of tourism, with a focus on promoting eco-tourism.

Havelock Island avoided much of the devastation by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and its resulting tsunami and there were no documented casualties.

There is a lighthouse at the northern point of the island, near Govinda Nagar, established in 2005. [7]

Geography[edit]

The island belongs to the Ritchie's Archipelago and is located between Peel Island and Neill Island.

Administration[edit]

Politically, Havelock Island is part of Port Blair taluk.[8]

Demographics[edit]

The island's current[when?] population of 6,351[citation needed] consists of mainly Bengali settlers. Many of these settlers have Bangladeshi origin as these people were given settlement by the Indian government after the 1971 war between India and Pakistan.

The six villages are:

  • Govinda Nagar 2,940
  • Vejoy Nagar (inc. Kalapathar) 1,099
  • Shyam Nagar 856
  • Krishna Nagar 719
  • Radha Nagar 637
  • Road between Shyam Nagar and Krishna Nagar 100[9]

Beaches[edit]

Radhanagar Beach on the western coast, also known as Number 7 Beach, is one of the most popular beaches on Havelock and was named "Best Beach in Asia" by Time in 2004.[10] Other notable beaches include Elephant Beach on the northwest coast and Vijay Nagar Beach (No. 5), Beach No. 3 and Beach No. 1 on the east coast. Kalapathar is another famous beach.[11]

Transportation[edit]

The island can be reached from Port Blair by government-operated ferries and private cruises.[12] There are also helicopter services.[13]

A local bus connects the jetty and villages on an hourly circuit.[14]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ area info
    -Official site
  3. ^ "A&N Islands - Pincodes". 22 September 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "STD Codes of Andaman and Nicobar". allcodesindia.in. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Village Code Directory: Andaman & Nicobar Islands" (PDF). Census of India. Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  6. ^ Llewellyn-Jones, Rosie (2007). The Great Uprising in India, 1857-58: Untold Stories, Indian and British. Boydell & Brewer. p. 168. ISBN 978-1-84383-304-8. 
  7. ^ "Narcondam Island". Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
    [2]
  8. ^ "DEMOGRAPHIC – A&N ISLANDS" (PDF). andssw1.and.nic.in. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  9. ^ Map
  10. ^ http://www.time.com/time/asia/2004/boa/boa_soul_andaman.html[dead link]
  11. ^ beaches map
    - CNN
    - Another beach poll
  12. ^ A & N Administration. "Ferry Program for Neil, Havelock & Rangat". Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
    - Sanjib Kumar Roy. "Makruzz Ferry services to Neil Island via Havelock". Andaman Sheekha. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
    - Coastal Cruise
  13. ^ A & N Administration. "Helicopter Inter Island Schedule". Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  14. ^ bus

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