Havelock Island

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Havelock Island
Native name: Havelock Island
Geography
Location Bay of Bengal
Coordinates 11°58′20″N 92°59′20″E / 11.97222°N 92.98889°E / 11.97222; 92.98889Coordinates: 11°58′20″N 92°59′20″E / 11.97222°N 92.98889°E / 11.97222; 92.98889
Archipelago Andaman Islands
Area 113.93 km2 (43.99 sq mi)
Administration
India
Union territory Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Demographics
Population 5354 (as of 2011)
Ethnic groups Bengali
Radha Nagar beach, Havelock Island, Andamn,India- Sun set view
Elephants are used to entertain tourists on some beaches of Havelock Island, Andaman Islands, India.

Havelock Island (Hindi: हैवलॉक द्वीप,Punjabi: ਹੈਵਲੌਕ ਟਾਪੂ, Malayalam: ഹെയ്വ്ലോക് ദ്വീപുകള്, Tamil: ஹேவ்லாக் தீவு, Bengali: হেৱলাক দ্ৱীপ), with an area of 113.93 km2, 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. Havelock is situated 57 km north east of the capital city Port Blair. The population numbered 5,354 as of the 2001 census.[1]

Overview[edit]

The island is named after a British general, Henry Havelock who served in India. The island's current population 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 five villages are Govinda Nagar, Vijay Nagar, Shyam Nagar, Krishna Nagar and Radha Nagar.

Radha Nagar beach, Havelock Island, Andamn,India
Elephenta beach, Havelock Island, Andamn,India
Kalapathar beach Havelock Island, Andaman, India
Kala Patthar Beach

It 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.

Beach No. 7 on the western coast, better known as "Radha Nagar" Beach, is one of the most popular beaches on Havelock and was named "Best Beach in Asia" by Time in 2004.[2] Other notable beaches include Elephant Beach on the northwest coast and Vijaynagar Beach (No. 5), Beach No. 3 and Beach No. 1 on the east coast. Kalapathar is another famous beach for a pit stop.

One can go snorkelling at Elephant Beach at Havelock Island. It is one of the most preferred snorkelling destinations after Jolly Bouy island in Port Blair. Fatal crocodile attacks have occurred on the island. In 2010 an American tourist was taken while snorkelling. Later the crocodile was captured by the Andaman forest department and was sent to a zoo.

Havelock Island has become a destination for honeymooners. The island has a lot of resorts by the beach to cater to tourists. The resorts are lined up one after the other in a long stretch. The only Government accommodation in Havelock Island is the Dolphin Beach Resort.

Access[edit]

To reach various islands, one needs to travel from one island to the other. The main islands that travellers visit apart from Port Blair are Havelock Island and Neil Island. To reach these islands, Government-operated ferries and Private cruises are available. Note that the timings at which the ferry sails changes as per weather conditions so make sure you contact respective ferry operators a couple of days prior to the sailing.

  • Government Ferry[3][4] - Operates all throughout the year

Havelock To port Blair (Phoenix Bay) 2 Times in a Day (09:00 AM) & (04:30 PM). The timings may change and is recommended to recheck with concerned departments before the sailing.

  • Makruzz[5] - Does not operate from June to August. However, the sailing may change based upon the weather conditions. In 2016, this cruise is sailing until June.

This is fastest vessel, and it is Like Aeroplane in which you have to see the sea from windows only. Charges -INR 950 / 1150 / 1600 (Depend on Class) 2 Times in a Day (10:15 AM) & (04:00 PM) .

  • Coastal Cruise[6] - Does not operate from May to August. This cruise is no more operational.
  • Express Bhagya - This is the most recent one. It is yet known whether it operates during all seasons. This cruise is no more operational.
  • Green Ocean- Operates all throughout the year

DJ party on the Journey, Enjoy the Sea with an upper Deck Tuck Shop and it is Like Train in which can come out of doors & see the real Ocean from Corridors. Charges -INR 900/ 1000/ 1300 (Depend on Class) Once in Day at 03:00 PM

Activities[edit]

Radhanagar Beach, Havelock
  • Sea Walk underwater at Elephant Beach (Fixed Charges - INR 3200) Duration - 30 Minutes. An additional charge is applicable to reach Elephant Beach at Havelock Island. The tour is operated daily. In the month of June, July and August this activity is not operational. Sea Walk is very easy & can be done easily by 7 Year Child - 60 year Old Person.
  • Scuba Diving - This is the most available activity in the Andaman Islands. Many Scuba Diving companies offer varied kinds of courses, with certified diving available for both PADI and SSI. For beginners, there are beginner's diving courses from 30–60 minutes underwater and for advanced divers there are certification courses. Scuba Diving in Havelock Island is Conducted at Beach No. 2 Scuba Diving to Non / Beginner Swimmers is usually for Duration: 30 minute dive & 15 min. training (Charges- INR 3500). Dive centre offers various courses for Scuba diving in Andaman. Beginner courses are accompanied with training, certificate, photograph and video. Beginner scuba diving courses video can be seen at some of the videos shared in YouTube
  • Snorkeling - available at Elephant Beach and even at Light House. Sometimes when Elephant beach is closed because of Government regulations then Light house is open for travelers. Many diving institute also conduct snorkeling. One Can reach Elephanta Beach by Jungle trek of 30 Minutes (aprx 2 km) with a Jungle Guide.
  • Fishing and trips to uninhabited islands are provided by a few companies in the Andaman Islands.
  • Kayaking is another activity that is done in Havelock Island.

Airline and destination[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Jal Hans Port Blair

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ http://www.time.com/time/asia/2004/boa/boa_soul_andaman.html
  3. ^ https://trip.experienceandamans.com/ferry/government-ferry.html
  4. ^ http://www.and.nic.in/transport/isfare.php
  5. ^ http://www.makruzz.com/
  6. ^ http://www.coastalcruise.in/

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