One of the largest and most serene islands of the Andaman and Nicobar Island string, Havelock signifies tranquility and abundance of nature in its every sight. Named after the British general, Henry Havelock, this island has emerged as one of the most famous and sought after tourist destination because of its picturesque beauty and peaceful ambiance. The initiatives of the government to promote eco tourism are another prime reason for its popularity.Havelock Islands is one of those few islands which are inhabited. At one time this pristine island was the home to the local tribes, whose number reduced considerably during the colonial era. Today a major portion of the population consists of Bengalis, who first settled here in the 1950s and brought their own culture and traditions with them.
The mesmerizing beauty of this island is not only limited to its beaches but can be witnessed in the inner areas as well. Numerous villages, each with its unique name, surround the northern part of the island, where the inhabitants live a very simple and content life. The laid back and slow pace of lifestyle on the island, compliments its pristine beaches very beautifully. A pleasurable delight for foodies, Havelock Islands offer the most fresh and scrumptious variety of sea food. The extensive list of dishes including prawns, lobsters and fishes, which are traditionally prepared using the wide range of local flavors, is a dream come true for seafood lovers.
Things to do
Cool breeze and azure beaches of this heavenly island offer a peaceful and refreshing environment. There is no dearth of activities on Havelock Island as its dazzling beaches are ideal for water sports like scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, island camping and a lot more. Climate of the island stays pleasant throughout the year, however December to April is considered the best time for diving.
One of the main attractions, for which thousands of tourists flock this island every year, is the deep sea diving. An amazing range of sea corals and reefs awaits you in the enchanting underwater world of the Havelock Island.
Ferries are the most favored and fun way to travel to and fro the Havelock Island. Every day around two to three ferries arrive on the island from the nearby areas of Port Blair and Rangat.There are two options to travel within the island. A bus service, which operates on an hourly circuit, connects the villages and jetty. Motorbikes, also known as mopeds, taxis and bicycles are another good option to get around the island, which are available on a daily rent.
However there could not be anything more refreshing than walking in the narrow village streets among the beautiful bamboo huts and cottages. It is an ideal way to experience the lifestyle and culture of this mesmerizing island more closely.
Havelock Islands offer a wonderful mix of old world charm and exotic splendor. Get ready to be engulfed by the allure of this heavenly paradise as visiting this place once will leave an everlasting impression on your mind and soul.