A view of a beach in Havelock Island
|Location||Bay of Bengal|
|Adjacent bodies of water||Indian Ocean|
|Area||92.2 km2 (35.6 sq mi)|
|Length||18 km (11.2 mi)|
|Width||8 km (5 mi)|
|Coastline||58.5 km (36.35 mi)|
|Highest elevation||167 m (548 ft)|
|Island group||Andaman Islands|
|Island sub-group||Ritchie's Archipelago|
|Tehsil||Ritchie's Archipelago Tehsil|
|Largest settlement||Govinda Nagar|
|Population||6,351 (2011)|
|Pop. density||68.5/km2 (177.4/sq mi)|
|Telephone code||031928 |
|Avg. summer temperature||30.2 °C (86.4 °F)|
|Avg. winter temperature||23.0 °C (73.4 °F)|
|Official languages||Hindi, English|
Havelock Island, officially Swaraj Island, is one of the largest islands in Ritchie's Archipelago, to the east of Great Andaman within the Andaman Islands. It belongs to the South Andaman administrative district, part of the Indian union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The island is 41 km (25 mi) northeast of the capital city, Port Blair.
In December 2018, it was renamed as Swaraj Island as a tribute to Subhas Chandra Bose. Bose had hoisted the Indian flag at Port Blair on 30 December 1943 and proclaimed the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as territories liberated from British rule. He had subsequently named Andaman Island as Shaheed and Nicobar Island as Swaraj.
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.
On 30 December 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that Havelock Island would be renamed as Swaraj Island.
The island's current[when?] population of 6,351 consists of mainly Bengali settlers. Many of these settlers have East Bengali origin as these people were given settlement by the Indian government after the Partition of India in 1947.
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
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. Radhanagar beach also bagged the prestigious blue flag certification in 2020. A Blue Flag beach is an eco-tourism model endeavouring to provide the tourists or beachgoers clean and hygienic bathing water, facilities, safe and healthy environment.  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.
To reach Elephant beach one needs to take a boat from Havelock Island jetty. Another way to reach Elephant beach is via trekking. The major 3 beaches at Havelock Island are namely Radhanagar Beach, Elephant Beach and Kalapathar beach.
A local bus connects the jetty and villages on an hourly circuit. Private ferries that sail to Havelock Island are Makruzz, Green Ocean, Sea Link and ITT Majestic these cruises have different sailing time and schedule from Port Blair to Havelock Island and from Neil Island to Havelock Island. The ferry sailing to Havelock is subject to weather conditions.
Within the island you can travel in a cab, a two wheeler or bus. The most convenient way is to take a cab or a two wheeler.
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- Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) at Andaman & Nicobar Tourism website