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Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar
Named after Henry Havelock, a British colonial time General in the region, Havelock is the Andaman’s star attraction and thousands of tourists flock to this paradise on earth every year. The five main villages featuring their own unique beaches are Govinda Nagar, Radha Nagar, Bejoy Nagar, Shyam Nagar, Krishna Nagar. Radha Nagar beach is the best of the lot having been rated by the coveted TIME magazine as the best beach in Asia back in 2004.
The Havelock Island is approximately 55 kilometers northeast of the capital city of Port Blair with around two to three departures daily from Port Blair to the island. The ferry tickets are reasonably priced at 5 – 8 American dollars. Catamaran ferries are a little more expensive, and if time is your concern, Pawan Hans operates choppers from Port Blair to Havelock.
Once you’re on Havelock Island the best way to get around is on foot, exploring the various beaches, shacks and shopping places. Radha Nagar beach features pristine white sand with emerald colored reef and makes for a great place to spend an afternoon with some sumptuous seafood. Elephant beach, another tourist favorite, is walking distance from Radha Nagar beach, and what a brilliant walk it is indeed. If walking’s not your thing, an Auto Rickshaw will cost around 2 dollars or 100 Indian Rupees.Apart from rickshaws, one can opt to hire a cab or rent a two wheeler for a day which doesn’t cost more than 4 dollars a day or 200 Indian Rupees.
SCUBA diving is by far the most enjoyable activity on Havelock Island and the Andaman Islands are not well equipped with speed boats and a recompression chamber at Port Blair. SCUBA expeditions for every appetite, beginner, intermediate and experienced are available on Havelock Island and are very reasonably priced. It’s a great way to explore marine flora and fauna up close and personal!
Apart from SCUBA, trekking is another famous sport at Havelock Island with many tour operators offering standardized guided treks. Unlike other islands in the Andaman and Andaman-nicobar/attractions/nicobar/'>Nicobar Island group, Havelock offers many hotel and dormitory options to suit every budget. Café Del Mar and Wild Orchid are two places worth considering! Done with the sun and sand and you might want to head over to Village Number 3 which is the prime market place selling various local artifacts and accessories.
Don’t forget to try some authentic coconut water here. Drinks and Beer are available at most of the restaurants and being a Union Territory, they’re reasonably priced.