Never been to Andaman & Nicobar Islands?
Everyone deserves a break from work, studies and other reasons to list. But as always we end up going to popular destinations full of crowds, where peace of mind is a distant possibility. So, why not bring in a change in this year destination list. Beaches are regarded secluded locations specially by the city crowds. Beaches of Goa and Kerala top the list of the most travelled beach destinations. This year visit Andaman and Nicobar islands, a land with amazing scenic beauty.
These islands are truly mesmerising and would surely blow you away with its charm. Havelock island is the most popular amongst the known and unknown of the 572 of the Andaman and Nicobar islands. Though being popular, the crowds the island attracts is still a fraction of the other popular beach destinations. The long stretches of the beaches here makes it look rather less crowded. The slow paced life, friendly locals, serene environment makes it an ideal destination for those who love to rest in solitude.
The facilities available here are ‘modest’. The beaches here are numbered rather than being named, yet some like Radha Nagar( beach no. 7) are known more by their name than number.
Ideal time for visit
The sunny days of January-May, the most suitable period for diving conditions, is the best time to visit the islands. Monsoons are probably the worst. Rough weather is common from December to early January.
Ferries, both private and government are operated from Port Blair and Rangat. Government operated ferries usually gets booked in advance. The other option is to fly in. Pawan Hans, the helicopter services are available throughout the week except Sundays.
Your riding companion
Shared jeeps, buses, autorickshaws, bicycles and motorcycles are some of the modes of moving around. Private taxi operators are available through resorts and travel agents.
What do I do here?
Radha Nagar and Elephant beaches should be high on the must visit list. The shoreline of Elephant beach was swept by Tsunami way back in 2004, yet the coral found here is no match for others. Radha Nagar, voted Asia’s best beach by Times magazine is true to the title.
Snorkelling and scuba diving are the two most followed activities on the island apart from lying around and enjoying the mouth watering sea food.
For the empty stomach
Island grown bananas are quite famous and among the highly imported stuffs from the island. Locally caught fresh sea food is the best to binge on.
Shopaholics, slow down
Govind Nagar, the market place has some basic shops selling the essentials and some pharmacy. ATM’s have recently opened around the market and so no more trouble of carrying along cash.
For a sound sleep
Palm thatched huts are the cheapest of the accommodation options. Pristine Beach, ResortCafe del Mar on Beach 3 and Island Camping on Beach 7 are the popular stay options. If possible, book in prior so as to avoid rush during peak seasons.
Visit Havelock islands and you would certainly share your trip stories with excitement.