If you have ever dreamt of a tropical idyllic island, it would be the Andaman Islands. The breath-taking white sand beaches and the clear blue sea is the primary reason behind its popularity.
My 5-day sojourn to the Andaman Islands ended an everlasting desire to travel the place. Even though the main highlight was clear azure beaches, I did manage to squeeze in enough time for other activities in Port Blair & Havelock. I must admit, I see myself travelling back to the islands again to explore much more.
Getting There: How to reach Andaman Islands?
By Air:Deboard at Vir Savarkar Airport in Port Blair
By Ship:Alight at Haddo Wharf Port in Port Blair; ship services are available from Chennai, Kolkata, and Vizag.
Here are my favourite things to do in Havelock:
Sea Bed Walk amongst the rich marine life at Elephant Beach :
Amongst the safest yet most fun things to do in Andaman and Nicobar is sea walking, and it is pretty common at the Elephant Beach because of their calm & clear waters. It’s the best thing for people that are not into walking along the beach side. It was a very thrilling experience.
Watching the sunset at Radhanagar Beach :
At the entrance of Radhanagar Beach, it is unlikely to foresee how the sea-shore opens up. Behind the tall trees, lies a partially rocky, partially green beach where crowds of tourists gather to witness the sunset. I visited this beach twice and was happier when it was empty, towards the first half of the day.
Radhanagar beach was also named the “Best Beach in Asia” by Time Magazine in 2004, so you know it’ll be quite something.
The mesmerising experience of strolling through the Cellular Jail :
Cellular Jail, located at Port Blair, stood mute witness to the tortures meted out to the freedom fighters, who were incarcerated in this jail. The jail, completed in the year 1906 acquired the name ‘Cellular’ because it is entirely made up of individual cells for the solitary confinement.
Walking through the corridors of the Cellular Jail in Port Blair was akin to walking down the saddest and most brutal chapter in history. The horror of captivity comes alive as one walks through the museum of this national memorial dedicated to our brave freedom fighters who endured extreme tortured to free their motherland from British occupation.
Feasting at Squid Restaurant in Havelock :
Located right on the heart of Havelock market, this restaurant serves delicious sea food. You can choose from a wide variety of fishes and crabs. I would recommend grilled fish and crab masala. Not a plush or Hi-Fi restaurant. but good value for money. And one of the only places in Havelock with Wi-Fi.
Stay at Symphony Palm Beach Resorts at Haveock :
At the risk of being nicknamed a hedonist, I would still recommend staying at Symphony Palm Resorts on Govind Nagar Beach no. 5. It is expensive but Symphony Palm Resorts is a bliss that provides a delightful experience wrapped in swathes of tranquility, happiness and nature’s goodness. You can have your private beach as well. What else could you have asked for!