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Tourist Places To Visit In Havelock
Havelock may not have many cultural or historical sites to visit, but it more than makes up for it with its beautiful beaches. Each beach has a unique set of features that distinguish it from the next. Depending on the ocean currents and its geography you can find fierce rocky beaches, or lovely white sand beaches. Some parts of the sea are home to sharks, others to vast expanses of coral reefs, and within the island are beautiful mangrove forests that are home to some rare bird species. Being untouched by man for so many centuries has left these islands in a state of magnificent beauty that is worth exploring respectfully. Let us delve into the many tourist places to visit in Havelock, be it the line of Vijaynagar, Elephant and Radhanagar Beaches or the volcanic Barren Island.
Radhanagar Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Asia and it lies on the western coast of Havelock. Most beaches have been given numbers in Havelock and the Radhanagar Beach is often called Beach Number 7. It is fairly easy to get here as there are buses and auto rickshaws doing the rounds till sun down. The beach is secured by the coast guard making it a family and children friendly space. The sand of the beach is perfect for sunbathing and the waters are calm so it is an ideal spot for swimming. A little off the coast there are a couple of locations that are perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving. The beach is also blessed with exceptionally beautiful sunsets. A few miles into the island there is a lagoon which is very popular among tourists.
The Elephant Beach lies to the north of Radhanagar Beach on the northwest coast of the island. This beach is popular for the numerous activities one can take part in. This beach also is watched over by a coast guard and is open to visitors till sundown only. The beach, much like beach no. 7, has fine sand and is perfect for sunbathing and beach sports. There are many boats lined up in the beach that can be hired either to explore the sea or to take you to a location fit for diving and snorkeling. It turns out there are quite a few snorkeling spots near the beach, a few of them just off the coast, so you don’t have to be a good swimmer to enjoy snorkeling. Another reason this beach is popular is there is a sea-walking site close to the beach. The initial training is often done here before a boat takes you to the site. The Beach is so popular that you will find ferries travel to the elephant beach directly from Havelock Jetty.
Vijaynagar Beach, also known as Beach Number 5, is a quieter beach compared to the other popular beaches. It lies on the north-eastern side of the island and has a very serene atmosphere. It is a pleasant place to take long strolls and for swimming. The scenery is exceptionally beautiful with its tranquil waters and palm trees and is often frequented by birds and a variety of fishes. The beach is best seen during sunrise and sunset as the sun’s rays gives off a magical glow in the water.
Kalapathar is a gorgeous Beach just south of Vijaynagar Beach. It gets its name from the beautiful black stones that adorn its sandy beach. Like its neighbouring beach, it is also a quiet and serene space with visitors sunbathing or taking a swim in its refreshing waters. There is a village by the same name close to the beach where you will be able to find ample accommodations to stay. The beach is backed by a dense line of tropical trees that provide shaded areas to relax and can be fun to take walks in.
There are, of course, many lesser known beaches throughout the island and if you have someone to guide you there is a good chance you can stumble upon some unexpected and memorable experiences.
Neil Island is about two hours ride away from Havelock, and best visited for an overnight camper. Neil Island is the salad bowl of Andaman Nicobar and supplies a lot of organic vegetables and other produce to the islands. With its beaches, splendid sunrises and sunsets as well as coral reefs fringed in tropical woods, Neil island is a coveted tourist destination. Most people come here to laze around on the beaches and vegetate in the sea, while some come here to enjoy the little village life.
Beach babies, this one’s for you!
Located in the village of Laxmanpur, the Laxmanpur Beach is closer to Neil Island than Havelock. But visitors at Havelock prefer a little day out here as well. The beach is known for its amazing hammocks, swings, palm trees and scenic vistas. The sand here is pristine white, adding another sparkling highlight to your trip. Photographers, Instagrammers, beach babies and swimming enthusiasts enjoy here. You can also explore the underwater corals, collect seashells and go boating too!
You can take a sea plane or a ferry from Havelock to Barren Island. As the name suggests, this island is far from the civilisation and hustle of Port Blair, with Havelock as its nearest inhabited cousin island. Here at Barren island you can visit the only known active volcano of Andaman that erupted more than 150 years ago before minor eruptions in 2017, then ‘18. The island itself is said to be 2 million years old and sits on the Burmese-Indian tectonic plates. The island is literally barren because of this reason, with hardly any flora or fauna.
Swamp forests, dolphins, snorkelling, scuba diving… Long Island is a mix of the cliche and the unique when it comes to beaches. It is a complete off beat locale near Havelock, attracting those who want crystal clear waters, mangrove creeks populating the shores and a quiet that you may not get elsewhere. This also means that you may not get many luxuries here. Even so, a day trip is worth it.
Also known as Beach no. 5, Vijaynagar Beach near Havelock is home to some of the most beautiful trees that sway in the soft, sweet wind by the clear waters. This is a relaxing beach paradise, out and out. The sunsets and sunrises are highly coveted, as are all other parts of the day in this little magical place off Bay of Bengal. You can also indulge in water sports or drink fresh coconut water from the trees growing tall here.
They call this beach the Coral Kingdom. For various reasons. One of them being the turquoise waters that make for a splendid canvas on which mother nature has painted coral reefs. The sands are white and the palm trees deep emerald green. You can swim at low tide, sunbathe when the tide is high, and enjoy the sun and sand at all other times! There is also scuba diving, snorkelling, sea-food devouring among other activities to enjoy!