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Havelock

Havelock

Weather

Havelock Islands experience a tropical climatic condition and are located in the Torrid Zone. Summer and monsoon are the two main seasons of the island. There is virtually no winter season. The South-West and North-East monsoons cause rainfall in the region from May to December. The season of summer extends from January to April. The temperature during summer ranges between a minimum of 23.8°C to a maximum of 30.2°C. The best time to visit the Havelock Islands is between the months of November to April.

How To Reach


By Air:

The airport nearest to Havelock Island is Port Blair. The Veer Savarkar airport at Port Blair is directly connected to Chennai, Kolkata and Bangkok by air.


Tourists can avail a ferry bound for the island or fly in an amphibious Cessna seaplane from Port Blair to Havelock and back, on a daily basis except Sunday.



By Water:

Ferries ply between Havelock Island and Port Blair. Boats are available from Rangat. The timing and schedule depends upon the season.


style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Ship services are available to Port Blair regularly from Chennai, Kolkata and Visakhapatnam. There are three to four sailing's every month from Calcutta and Chennai to Port Blair and vice-versa. From Vishakhapatnam sailing to Port Blair is once in a month. The voyage takes about three days and the ship normally berth at Port Blair for about two days.


Overview

The beautiful Havelock Islands, located close to Port Blair is part of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. It ranks seventh among the most beautiful islands in the world. Havelock is the largest island among the Ritchie’s Archipelago, a chain of islands lying on the eastern side of the Great Andaman in the Andaman Islands. It is an ideal location for a beach trip or a beach adventure trip as the beaches here are pristine and one of the most beautiful in the world.

 

This picturesque island is composed of several small villages, which are known by the village numbers. Village No. 3 is the main bazaar while the main boat dock is Village No. 1. The island is situated at a distance of about 57 km from the capital city of Port Blair.

 

Havelock is a hilly island with tropical forest coverings and a central lowland valley. The island is named after a British General Henry Havelock, who was very active in India during the colonial days. The current population of the island comprises mostly of Bengalis. The island has a number of beach side bamboo-huts for the accommodation of tourists, which are economical and at the same time offers a different natural experience. The economy of the island is supported by fishing and farming.

 

The pristine waters enclosing the island are the habitat of dolphins, turtles and large fishes which is the main attraction here. The island is the perfect location for eager tourists to engage in beachcombing, sunbathing, surfing, beach camping and swimming. The highlight of the island is its scenic beauty and gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.

 

Havelock Island is a common destination for adventure lovers. The island provides several options to visitors who wish to indulge in trekking, fishing and water sports including deep sea diving. Tourists can also opt for snorkeling if they desire to appreciate the colourful coral reefs and get a breathtaking underwater view of the indigenous marine life. The beauty of the island is further enriched by the mangrove-lined creeks.

 

Havelock is one of the few regions that the administration of the Union Territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands has permitted and promoted the growth of the tourism industry, with a focus on eco-tourism. The island was able to avoid a great deal of the devastation that occurred when the tsunami hit the shores in 2004.

 

The island of Havelock does not offer many shopping options to tourists. The shops here mainly sell daily necessities. The most popular item sold in stores across the island is the traditional island crafts, especially the shell crafts and souvenirs which are very attractive to behold. T-shirts, promoting the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, are available for sale in most of the shops within the island.

 

The cuisine of Havelock is similar to the cuisine of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and comprises mainly of sea food. Restaurants and eateries across the island serve delicious food at affordable prices. The citizens of the island are mostly non-vegetarians and depend primarily on the catch from the sea. Meat is another popular dish. The markets sell tropical fruits like bananas, pineapples, guavas and mangoes. With the gradual increase in the number of tourists to the island, several restaurants started serving delectable Continental, Indian and Chinese dishes.