One of the most visited and prized beach destinations of India, the Havelock Islands is an amazing place located in the Union territory of Andaman & Nicobar. Sparsely populated, the Havelock Island is an island paradise. It is one of the most romantic destinations and a famous tourist spot where people come and enjoy their holidays. Surrounded by pristine water one can find dolphins, large fishes and turtles here. Snorkeling, mangrove safari, trekking, scuba diving and fishing are some of the interesting and adventurous activities on this island which are loved by the adventure enthusiasts. Beautiful beaches, clear water and numerous corals to watch, makes it a must visit destination for every traveler. Following are the top five places to visit in Havelock Islands to get the best out of your visit.
One of the most beautiful beaches of Havelock Island, the Radhanagar beach is among the world’s top ten beaches and is rated as Asia’s best beach. It is one of the best places for nature lovers as it offers a wide range of flora and fauna. One can find silky white sand, all backed by native forest. Tourists can enjoy aqua sports such as scuba diving, snorkeling. The crystal clear water further ease the amazing views of the coral reefs, and snorkeling is a must do activity here. Elephant rides along with beautiful views of sunsets can also be enjoyed at this beach. With its sparkling blue waters, Radhanagar beach is the place that will make you want to stay on this island.
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Havelock Island is also a home to the beautiful silver sandy Kalapathar beach which is slowly becoming a favorite tourist destination. Though it is far away from the main city, yet it is one of the amazing destinations to visit with friends or family. Crystal clear blue water and picturesque sunset/sunrise views are the two main attractions of this lovely beach. As the beach name suggests, black colored rocks mark the coastline here. The beach is not so crowded; couples can enjoy a romantic walk and families can spend peaceful moments here. Thus, Kalapathar beach is a brilliant place to sit and pen down some great travel stories.
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Well-known for its exotic marine life and beautiful corals, Elephant Beach is the main tourist attraction of Havelock. Located at a distance of around 10 km from the market, it is one of the most popular beaches in Havelock Islands for day trips. This beach was largely swept by the Tsunami in 2004 with the shoreline reduced in size. Presently, the existing beach is a fraction of what it used to be. Yet, the Elephant beach is an amazing place to visit and enjoy coral views, snorkeling and scuba diving. The place is excellent for those in search of relaxation and solitude in the lap of nature.
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Emerald Gecko is the brainchild of Lynda and Benny who gave up their city lives to make Andaman Islands their home. They also own another amazing but a little expensive resort called the wild orchid. Emerald Gecko is a place offering fantastic island hospitality and a generous heap of gourmet food. Apart from this, the cottage resort pampers its travelers with attractively designed bamboo cottages which are a true delight to stay in. Amongst the various types of accommodation available, the most luxurious are the 2 stories spacious bamboo lodges with a veranda overlooking the sea. Fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling are also organized by the resort.
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Full Moon Cafe
Run by an Irish- Indian couple, the Full moon Cafe is a cool thatched-roof restaurant sharing a site with Dive India on Beach 5. The friendly staff, cheap and yummy food, view of the beach- there is no place that brings all these together like the Full Moon Cafe. The menu is remarkable and extensive with variety of delicious mid ranged local and continental cuisines. From the freshly brewed coffee to American pancakes, from the authentic seafood to delectable desserts, all items are freshly prepared on order. The ambiance is pretty cozy with comfortable sofas, pleasant music and dim ambient lighting. A pint of chilled beer accompanied with great food and music would make you want to own this place.
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Thus, the Havelock island is a must visit tourist spot for the people who want to enjoy the white sandy sea shores, crystal clear beaches, calm and relaxing environment.