|Radha Nagar Beach||Situated at the distance of about 11 kilometers from the Havelock Jetty|
|Elephant Beach||Positioned on the northwest coast of the Havelock Island|
|Vijaynagar Beach||Sited just 6 kilometers to the southeast of the Havelock Jetty|
|Kalapathar Beach||Found on one of the corners of the Havelock Island|
|Govind Nagar||Sited just 2 kilometers away from the Havelock Jetty near the Beach No 3|
|Port Blair||Positioned on the eastern seaside of the South Andaman Island|
|Cellular Jail||Close to the Water Sports Complex|
|Neil Island||Located approximately 40 kilometers to the north-east of the Port Blair City|
|Mount Harriet||Found in the southern part of the Andaman Island approximately 55 kilometers away from Port Blair by road and just 15 kilometers away by ferryboat|
Radha Nagar Beach
Situated at the distance of about 11 kilometers from the Havelock Jetty and easily reachable from Govind Nagar through SH 4 and SH 5, the Radha Nagar Beach; also identified as the Beach No 7 is the most gorgeous and ostentatious seashore of the Havelock Island that has earned worldwide recognition as the most magnificent coastline of the Andaman Nicobar Archipelago. Deemed the best beach of Asia by the ‘Time’ in the year 2004, the Radha Nagar Beach of Havelock laden with immeasurable natural splendor is one of the most idyllic holiday destinations cuddled amidst the cajoling pizzazz of sublime cosmos. The outstretched expanses of satiny sun kissed sand fringed by the emerald evergreen silva on one side and flanked by the fathomless sapphire blue waters of the Andaman Sea on the other; embellish the brinks of the Radha Nagar Beach like a carcanet studded with dazzling gemstones.
The sparkling waters of the Bay of Bengal reflecting the azure sky in its capacious mirror and the multicolored coral reefs flourishing below the glistening cerulean surface leave the beholders absolutely spell bounded. Some stretches of the sea featuring shallow sandy bottoms offer perfect sites for swimming and sea bathing. Moreover, tourists can also indulge in snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and other exciting water sports at the Radha Nagar Beach and experience the wonders of the fantastic underwater world. A ride on the back of an elephant along the sandy strand is yet another popular tourist activity greatly pursued at this angelic oceanfront. The Radha Nagar Beach is most crowded at the time of sunset as the carroty sun setting against the backdrop of the tangerine firmament and the ballet of the colors performed in the heavens entrance the spectators to no limit.
The Elephant Beach positioned on the northwest coast of the Havelock Island just few kilometers to the north of the celebrated Radha Nagar Beach is yet another well known littoral of the Ritchie’s Archipelago that is exceptionally cherished amongst the vacationers in general and the Indian tourists in particular as a classic recreational destination in the lap of Dame Nature. Easily approachable from the Beach No 7 (Radha Nagar Beach) on foot or through the ferryboats and fishing boats from the east side of the island, the Elephant Beach is predominantly acclaimed for its most beautiful coral reefs, probably the best on the Havelock Island. The abundance of the intriguingly kaleidoscopic corals renders the Elephant Island an excellent venue for snorkeling, scuba diving and glass bottom boat rides. Tourists staying in other parts of the Havelock Island or even at Port Blair make it a point to organize a day trip to the Elephant Island; an Arcadia of the ravishing corals and the exotic marine life. The seaboard of the Elephant Beach was extensively washed off during the overwhelming Tsunami of the Indian Ocean in the year 2004. Only a fraction of the original Elephant Beach has survived the Tsunami today.
The Vijaynagar Beach of the Havelock Island comprising the eastern coastline of the archipelago and sited just 6 kilometers to the southeast of the Havelock Jetty is a marvelous seashore of the vicinity that is extravagantly cramped with infinite natural bloom born right out of the womb of the heavenly Goddess Oceanid. Also delineated as the Beach No 5, the empyrean beach of Vijay Nagar is principally commended for its serene & unperturbed ambience and its refreshing & relaxing environs. The nature aficionados and peace seekers can calmly repose in the fondling bosom of the Great Mother or enjoy a long leisurely walk along the waterfront holding the hands of your loved ones here. Not only that, the tranquil and placid waters of the Andaman Sea in close proximity to the Vijaynagar Beach render this oceanfront one of the most suiting shores for reveling in swimming and sea bathing. Basking under the tender radiance of the early sun and seeping the elegant majesty of the beautiful surroundings with your dreamy eyes include the most appreciated beach activities pursued at the Vijaynagar Beach. A sojourn to the Havelock Island can never be complete without paying a visit to this virgin Promised Land.
The term ‘Kalapathar’ literally means ‘the black stone’. The Kalapathar Beach to be found on one of the corners of the Havelock Island is yet another must visit sea strand of the terrain that apart from its captivating natural grandeur is also extolled amongst the travelers for the tremendously quiescent and comforting setting it proffers. This halcyon shore derives its appellation from the name of a neighboring village; Kalapathar. And the village in tern receives its title from the innumerable black rocks naturally garlanding the coastline. This less explored and unaltered beach basking in the deluge of scenic pulchritude is indeed a Utopian purlieu to ease off and relax away from the mundane daily routine. The Kalapathar Rocks, the endless expanses of the ultramarine Andaman Sea, the elongated sweeps of the shiny silvery sand and the verdant tropical forests at its backdrop add to the glamour of this Shangrila incarnated. The absolute solitude experienced at the Kalapathar Beach enormously galvanizes the poets, thinkers, philosophers and peace lovers. Aside from the astounding coastline of the Kalapathar Beach, the elephant training camp operated here comprises another greatly frequented tourist attraction of the vicinity. The Kalapathar Beach can be reached by traveling through the road from Beach No 3 and Beach No 5.
Govind Nagar, sited just 2 kilometers away from the Havelock Jetty near the Beach No 3 is the chief town of the Havelock Island where a few shops selling basic essentials, a small pharmacy and several local eateries are located.
Positioned on the eastern seaside of the South Andaman Island, Port Blair; the largest city and a municipal council of the Andaman & Nicobar Archipelago serves as the administrative capital of this Union Territory of India. Also operating as the main entry point to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands and burgeoning as the chief commercial hub of the province, Port Blair functions as the command center of the ‘Tri Services Command’ and the Chief Base of the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and the Indian Air Force. This dandy chocolate-box civic bequeathed with stunningly picturesque beaches featuring velvety shorelines, swaying palms, multicolored corals and the mesmerizing vistas of the rare marine life offers tranquil and relaxed holidays in the caressing cradle of Mother Nature. The ethereal grandeur of the dawn and the equally entrancing splendor of the dusk leaves the beholders absolutely dumb founded. One can spend hours just staring at the lucid blue waters of the sea and tuning your soul with the symphony of cosmos at Port Blair. Some of the most visited tourist attractions in and around Port Blair include the Cellular Jail, Little Andaman Island, Long Island, Havelock Island, Corbyn’s Cove, Neil Island, Ross Island, Chidiya Tapu, Madhuban, Chattam Saw Mill, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Samudrika Museum, Andaman Water Sports Complex, etc.
The Cellular Jail of Port Blair, notoriously reckoned as the ‘Kalapani’ is the erstwhile colonial prison of Andaman & Nicobar which was built by the British East India Co. to confine the political prisoners who were caught during the Independence Struggle of India. Constructed between 1896 and 1906 at the cost of 517,352 INR, this elephantine complex originally comprising of seven wings interconnected through a central tower has been a witness to the indescribable physical torture and excruciating mental torment the Indian Freedom Fighters had to go through. Designed in the prolonged cellular architectural style, this demonic mansion was built out of the bricks imported all the way from Burma. The seven protracted wings branched out from the middle tower studded with a large bell from where the guards used to keep vigilance over the inmates. Each of the seven wings was built in three stories. There were no common dorms and the edifice accommodated 693 cells in total, each of them measuring 13.5 X 7.5 feet in its size. The cells were so designed that they would never face each other and thus all the prisoners were put in solitary confinement. Some of the legendary freedom fighters who served their terms at the Cellular Jail of Port Blair are; Veer Savarkar, Batukeshwar Dutt, Babarao Savarkar, Yogendra Shukla, Maulana Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi, Bhai Parmanand, Sohan Singh, etc. Over the years, 4 out of the 7 wings were demolished. However, several former prisoners and Indian political leaders protested and eventually the remaining 3 wings were declared a National Memorial in the year 1969. Presently, the Cellular Jail houses the Govind Ballabh Pant Hospital within its premises. On 10th March 2006, the centenary of the Cellular Jail was celebrated when a number of Freedom Fighters of India who were imprisoned here were honored by the Government.
The Neil Island of the Andaman & Nicobar Archipelago christened after a notorious British soldier named ‘James George Smith Neill’ is a tiny islet that is located approximately 40 kilometers to the north-east of the Port Blair City. Occupying the total area of 18.9 square kilometers and measuring just 5 kilometers in its total length at its widest point, the Neil Island happens to be the southernmost inhabited island of the Ritchie’s Archipelago. Falling under the administration of the ‘Neil Kendra Panchayat’ of South Andaman District, the Neil Island encompasses 5 villages namely Sitapur, Bharatpur, Neil Kendra, Lakshmanpur and Ram Nagar within its periphery. The jetty established at Bharatpur serves as the only entry–exit point of the Neil Island. The villagers of the Neil Island undertake agriculture as their primary occupation and they supply vegetables to other islands of the Andamans. As the Neil Island is quite small, one can easily walk down the whole island on foot just in 2 hours. The tourists can even rent bicycles or motorbikes for wandering around the island or they can also use the auto rickshaws available here. Though bantam in its stature as compared to the neighboring Havelock Island, the Neil Island is lately growing popular amongst the vacationers due to its less commercialized beaches and its calm and peaceful composure as compared to other Andaman Islands. Tourists can collect lots of shells at the Beach No. 8 and also pay a visit to a Natural Bridge and a small Natural Cave here. One can either repose at the serene Sitapur Beach watching the beguiling vistas of the rising sun or revel in snorkeling and swimming at the Neil Island. The Neil Island is situated to the south of the Havelock Island.
Mount Harriet to be found in the southern part of the Andaman Island approximately 55 kilometers away from Port Blair by road and just 15 kilometers away by ferryboat is the highest geographical point of the entire Andaman Island that measures about 365 meters in its total height. A jungle trail from Madhuban leads you to the Mount Harriet and hiking through this natural trail allows you to sight some of the exceptional endemic birds, animals and butterflies of the Andaman & Nicobar Archipelagos. From the top of the Mount Harriet captivating panoramas of the downtown Port Blair, Ross Island, Havelock Island and other neighboring islands and the far reaching Indian Ocean can be perceived. Mount Harriet used to serve as the summer retreat to the chief commissioner of Andaman during the British Raj. A beautiful guest house is located atop the Mount Harriet; however, prior permission is needed for staying overnight at this jungle abode. A Mount Harriet Park covering the total area of 46.62 square kilometers has been established around the Mount Harriet which is believed to be deriving its appellation from the name of Robert Christopher Tytler’s wife. Robert Christopher Tytler was a British soldier, photographer and naturalist. The Mount Harriet Park is primarily applauded for its population of Andaman wild pigs, turtles, saltwater crocodiles, robber crab, etc.