Have you ever fantasized getting lost on a gorgeous island away from the chaos of daily life? If yes, there is no better place than Havelock Island aka Swaraj Dweep. Spanning across an area of 92 square kilometres, it is one of the largest islands nestled in the lap of Andaman. Named after Henry Havelock, a 19th century British General, this region boasts of pristine beaches and picturesque landscapes that redefine beauty.
With concrete hotels and resorts, Havelock Island Tourism has seen a sharp rise in the present times. With different places to visit in Havelock, tourists often crave to stay here for a lifetime. With little mobile network and internet connectivity, Havelock offers a peaceful escape from the monotony of urban life. You can spend days swimming in the deep blue sea, sampling delicious local food and sunbathing at the pretty beaches. With the presence of small eco-huts and hippie cafes, visitors can also expect little nightlife on the island.
How to reach Havelock Island?
The closest airport is in Port Blair and flights operate daily from major Indian cities namely Kolkata, Chennai and Delhi. There are frequent government as well as private ferries that take visitors from Port Blair to Havelock. The private ferries are luxurious and take around 90 minutes to reach the island. On the other hand, the time taken by Government ferries is 2.5 hours. You can book with us for a hassle-free experience.
Best Time to Visit Havelock Island
Havelock has a salubrious climate throughout the year. March to May constitute the summer season. The weather is hot and the temperature rises as high as 34 degrees Celsius. However, an afternoon swim in the sea makes it bearable. You can also indulge in water sports such as diving, snorkelling, glass-bottom boat rides and so on.
Monsoon starts in May and continues until September. The region receives heavy rainfall and everything looks greener and fresh. There are very few tourists on the island and you get good discounts on hotels and flights. Winter months between October and February are the best time to visit Havelock. It is also the busiest time of the year. The temperature ranges from 20 degrees to 28 degrees Celsius and the weather is pleasant. Winters are perfect for relaxing on the beaches and taking a swim in the sparkling water. It is also a good time to indulge in various water sports.
Mobile Network and Internet Connectivity
Have you ever heard of the phrase ‘wander where the WiFi is weak’? It was probably Havelock they were talking about. Mobile and internet connectivity is generally poor but can be surprisingly fast sometimes. It is better to not rely on it.
Places to see in Havelock
There are countless things to do and see in Havelock that can keep tourists happy for days. Scroll down to read our recommendations when it comes to the best places to visit in Havelock.
Rated as the ‘Best Beach in Asia’ by Times Magazine in 2004, Radhanagar Beach or Beach 7 is a slice of heaven where calmness meets serenity. The beach is a precious gem snuggled in Havelock and lures nature lovers across the globe. It often tops the list of the most exquisite places to see in Havelock. The amalgamation of verdant hues, shimmering turquoise water and powdery white sand makes the landscape as picturesque as imaginable. Go for a walk on the fine stretch of sand and lose yourself in the process. Let the aqua waves brush against the feet and let your soul dance to the tune of the breeze.
Radhanagar Beach is the best beach in Havelock Island where you can swim in the sparkling water and experience bountiful nature at its enchanting best. This beach is dotted with palm trees that look picture-perfect. It also offers the ideal spot for photography.
- Pro Tip: Visit Radhanagar Beach early in the morning when there is no crowd. You can witness small hermit crabs making unique patterns in the sand. Carry an old bed sheet or a mat and spread it on the sand where you can relax and relish the sheer beauty of nature. Request your resort to pack breakfast in a basket so that you can spend a nice time with your loved ones.
- Ideal for: Couples, Families, Photography Enthusiasts, Nature Lovers
Neil’s Cove is an extended part of Radhanagar Beach. Walk northwest for around 10 minutes and you will end up in a gorgeous lagoon straight out of the postcard. The shallow and calm water of the lagoon is perfect for snorkelling. The area is also packed with diverse flora contrasting the shimmering water of the sea. However, Neil’s Cove is frequented by saltwater crocodiles. Hence, it is strictly prohibited to visit the attraction after sunset. Kindly note, we do not advise you to swim here.
- Ideal for: Adventure Seekers, Solo Travelers, Photography Enthusiasts
Elephant Beach is one of the most thrilling places to visit in Havelock. This region boasts of spectacular coral reefs and rejuvenates tourists with its irresistible charm. There are two ways to reach Elephant Beach. You can board a speed boat ride and the ride takes around 25 minutes. Tickets can be bought at the Havelock Jetty. Another way to reach the beach is through a 30 minutes jungle trek. It is a well-marked trail and ideal for those willing to take the path less travelled. However, this route is not advisable during the monsoon months.
Elephant Beach is the hub for water sports and gives visitors a closer look at the thriving underwater life. For thrill-seekers, there are several things to do in Havelock Island (Elephant Beach). From scuba diving to snorkelling, sea walking and glass-bottom boat rides, the options are many. If you have a thing for adventure, we recommend you to take part in sea walking and experience the underwater world like never before. There are small stalls scattered across the beach that sells snacks and refreshments. Wander around and indulge in the local speciality while basking in the sun. Trust us, the feeling is heavenly. The smiling faces of the locals will also rejuvenate you instantly.
- Ideal For: Adventure Lovers, Couples, Photography Aficionados, Nature Lovers
Located to the south of the island, Kalapathar Beach is an incredible place to visit in Havelock. It is one such beach that is often missed by tourists. Named after the black rocks that adorn the seashore, Kalapathar Beach is the ideal spot to enjoy mesmerizing sunrise. Hence, it is also known as Sunrise Beach. The road leading to the beach is lined with trees and paddy fields that soothe the sore eyes. Here you can experience nature at its purest form and find peace in the serene environment. The majestic sight of the sun rising out from the horizon and illuminating the sky with golden hues in contrast to the striking blue ocean beneath looks exactly like a movie set.
Kalapathar Beach is not a touristy affair and it makes a great spot for honeymoon couples where they can express love to one another. The silvery coastline bordered by different shades of blue offers the ideal ambience to relax and take in the serenity. With rocks scattered all over, it is not advisable to swim in the striking blue water. Sit by the beach and feast your eyes at the dark jagged rocks that make up this region. You can also use your photography skills and capture stunning pictures. Indeed, Kala Pathar Beach is one of the most exotic beaches in Havelock Island.
- Ideal For: Couples, Families, Backpackers, Photography Aficionadas
Dotted with beach resorts, Govind Nagar Beach or (Beach 1 and Beach 2) is another non-touristy area in Havelock dotted with popular beach resorts. There are several accommodation options on its bank and you might end up spending most of your time on this beach. The resorts offer candlelight dinner on the shore and it is a nice way to spend time with your partner.
Govind Nagar Beach is an amalgamation of rocky patches, mangroves and dazzling blue sea swathed in silvery-white sand. The Havelock Island images that you have seen on Instagram will make sense and you will have a hard time believing it to be real.
The reef located at Beach 2 is popularly called Nemo Beach and most of the diving institutes conduct diving lessons here. As this beach is not usually thronged by tourists and there are not much water movements, the coral views are exceptionally beautiful. The sheer bliss of scuba diving in the glistening water cannot be expressed in words. You can go for a long walk and let the soft sand touch your feet. If I have to describe the feeling in one word, it would be magical.
- Ideal for: Backpackers, Adventure Lovers, Nature Enthusiasts
Located at the southern end of Havelock, Vijay Nagar Beach is a long stretch of coastline flanked with rocky formations. It is commonly known as Beach number 5 and offer the ideal spot for tourists seeking solace amidst nature. Beach number 1 which is the arrival port extends to Beach number 5 and continues to Kalapathar Beach and beyond. The beaches are in one straight line but are divided to make navigation easier. Vijay Nagar Beach is lined with luxury resorts as well as plenty of small cafes and dive centres. Indeed, it is the ideal place to stay in Havelock by the beach.
- Ideal For: Solo Travelers, Backpackers
Things to do in Havelock Island
Havelock is the hottest destination for scuba diving not only in Andamans but also across India. Getting a glimpse of the aquatic creatures, tropical fish and rare corals is pure bliss. Engage in scuba diving for fun or give wings to your passion by getting a certification in PADI or SSI Open Water Diving, the choice is yours. You can find and book the best diving agencies in Havelock here. It sees some of the best dive sites including
If tropical water fascinates you, go ahead and take part in snorkelling. Feast your eyes at the sight of bright-coloured fish and enchanting corals that you cannot find anywhere else. Snorkelling is perfect for beginners who are not willing to take part in diving.
3. Water Sports
At Elephant Beach there are a plethora of water sports that you can choose from. Other than diving and snorkelling, there are options for jet skiing, banana boat ride and sea walking. You can also grab some snacks and laze around on the beach.
The best thing about Havelock is that you can ride around by renting a two-wheeler. This is the best way to explore the island at your own pace. Havelock isn’t too big. Hence a two-wheeler ride is fun and exciting.
Pro-Tip: Make sure to carry a raincoat whenever you are in Havelock. Take the Go2Andaman map along for easier navigation. Download here.
5. Elephant Beach Trek
Trekking to the Elephant Beach is an adventurous activity especially if you are intrepid at heart. The well-marked trail stretching across two kilometres is safe for visitors who are willing to take this route. It is advisable to hire a guide who can help you with the same.
6. Relax at the beach and the cafes
Nothing can beat Radhanagar Beach when it comes to lazing in Havelock Island. With shimmering water and rich vegetation, the beach echoes a laid back vibe that never fails to awe visitors. Walk barefoot along the coast and let the calm waves splash against the feet. You can also spend time in one of the quaint cafes that specializes in delicious seafood. Thrill-seekers must add kayaking and bird watching to their bucket list.
Further Read: Best Places to visit in Neil Island