As the name suggests this island is not inhabited by humans. The residents of this place are some goats, rats and other such species of animals which can survive in the harsh and difficult conditions of the island. The island boasts of the lone active volcano in the whole of South Asia.
The most recent eruption from the volcano took place in September, 2010 and continued till January, 2011. The visitors can have a glance of this awe-inspiring volcano to describe it to the posterity later. The island lies approximately 135 Km away from Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman & Nicobar islands.
The volcano tour in the Barren Island will inspire awe and a sense of dread in your heart. It is supposed to be one of only a few living volcanoes in the world. This is surely a lifetime experience that you would not like to miss.
At a distance of 120 km by ferry from Port Blair, Little Andaman is situated at the southern end of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands opposite to the Great Andaman Island.
The Little Andaman Island is one of the largest islands in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands that are open to the public. The Duncan Passage separates Little Andaman from Rutland Bay of Great Andaman. A major part of Little Andaman was affected badly by the Tsunami in the year 2004.
Little Andaman Island offers a perfect mix of white sandy beaches, bewitching waterfalls, boating through the creeks, exciting elephant safari, and surfing. The most famous and beautiful beach in Little Andaman is the Butler Bay Beach. It lies at a distance of 14 km from the Hut Bay Jetty. This beautiful beach is suitable for sun basking, scuba diving, snorkeling, and surfing. Accommodation is offered in the form of small tourist huts right at the sea front lined by coconut plantation. Netaji Nagar Beach and Lighthouse are other places to visit in this island.
There are two waterfalls in the island. White Surf waterfall lies 6.5 km from Hut Bay Jetty in the midst of the evergreen rainforest. The waterfall is big and the sight of white foamy water streaming down a small hill is worth watching. The entire place is covered with lush green forests and is ideal for nature lovers. Whisper Wave, another waterfall in Little Andaman, is located about 25 km from the Hut Bay Jetty. This waterfall is also in the midst of the jungle. Journey to this waterfall includes 4 km trekking through the forest.
The Andaman & Nicobar Forest and Plantation Development Corporation Ltd. develop the Red Oil Palm plantation in this island. It also has elephants for its forestry operation and elephant calves training inside the forest. Some of the elephants are available for jungle ride in spare time.
Hut Bay in Little Andaman is the entry and exit point and also the island headquarter. It is connected to Port Blair by ferries and speed boats from Hut Bay. Ferries operate once in a day due to which prior planning is necessary to visit Little Andaman Island. The journey takes about 7 to 9 hours.
At a distance of 20 km from Diglipur and 320 km from Port Blair, Smith & Ross Islands are the twin islands situated in the Andaman Islands of India. This is one of the most beautiful places in Andamans.
Ross & Smith Islands are joined by a sandbar that is visible during low tide but gets submerged during high tide. The sand bar in the form of a crescent is the main attraction of the place. Water is crystal clear and gem green in color. The Smith Island is best suited for island camping and is perfect for enjoying village life. Moreover, tourists can also find accommodation facilities at this island. There is a Marine Sanctuary on the island which makes it an ideal place for spotting beautiful coral reefs and colorful species from the underwater.
The beach is surrounded by tropical forests and is a preferred place for trekking and trail hiking by many tourists. One can also opt for activities like Scuba Diving &Snorkeling. Ross & Smith Islands are home to the Olive Ridley turtles, one can even witness the turtle nesting in the season. Sun bathing in Ross & Smith Islands is a wonderful experience.
It ensures that one side of the sand bar, where the boats approaches, has absolutely calm waters thus making it ideal for swimming for children and even for adults who are not too sure about venturing into the sea. The depths are also shallow to a large distance away from the sand bar so kids can really enjoy themselves completely. For the more adventurous kinds, the other side of the sandbar has waves which are not too fierce and easily manageable. Ross Island is accessible by the sand bar, a short ten minute walk. The beach along Ross is also rocky and unfit for swimming.
Ross & Smith Islands requires forest permit from the Forest Office at Diglipur. The twin islands can be reached from Diglipur. Tourist boats are available. A speed boat can be hired and the ride would take around 25 minutes from the Ariel Bay Jetty in Diglipur. Even while travelling directly from Port Blair, one will have to first halt atDiglipur and then hire a Speed Boat to the islands.
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Red Skin Island is one of the 36 islands of Andaman & Nicobar group that are inhabited and are open for tourists. The island is known for its beautiful corals, rich marine life, white sandy beach and clean water. Red Skin Island and Jolly Buoy Island are located adjacent to each other, however, only one of them is open for the tourists depending on the season. Jolly Buoy Island is more famous of the two and is visited by the tourists during the peak season (October through April); but as it falls in the open sea area it becomes difficult to commute to the Jolly Buoy island in the rainy season. Hence, during the rainy season, i.e. from May to September, Red Skin Island is open for the tourists.
If you are a coral buff then Red Skin Island is the place to be. Corals are found in large number on the island and they are quite beautiful. Take a tour on the glass bottomed boat and have a first hand experience of the rich marine life and under water corals. Among other fishes you can see zebra fish, parrot fish and sea urchins. If you are interested in snorkeling then that option is available too.
The beach at the Red Skin Island is quite small and resembles more like backwaters. The beach has shallow waters, and in case you are planning to take a sea bath you would have to satisfy yourself by just splashing water on yourself.
While wandering on the island you can collect huge sea shells and conches that are found in abundance and save yourself some money that you would otherwise have spent while shopping for souvenirs. The huge shells and conches are washed ashore by the turbulent sea during storms.
Boats to Red Skin Island are available from Wandoor Jetty, which is located at 40 minutes drive from Port Blair City. The Boat takes about 45 minutes to reach Red Skin Island and the journey is picturesque as it sails over clear azure water and passes through dense mangrove forests on both sides.
To go to Red Skin Island, you need to acquire a permit, one day before the trip, from the Forest Department. Usually, tour operators arrange it.
On the northern Andaman island, Diglipur island is a prominent ecotourism destination that covers an expanse of greenery, and marine life. The island is mainly known for its beaches like Kalipur Beach, Ross & Smith Islands, Ramnagar Beach, and Pathi Level Beach that hosts activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, and trekking. Besides, Diglipur happens to have the largest peaks in the archipelago, which often remain thronged by the trekkers to see its unique wildlife. Do visit Ramnagar Beach, and Kalipur Beach to see the turtle nesting. A trek through the 41 cluster of Limestone caves is a must too.
THINGS TO DO & SEE IN AND AROUND
Ross & Smith Island, Saddle Peak, Kalipur Beach, Lamiya Bay Beach, Diglipur National Park, Ram Nagar Beach, Kalipur beach and Mud Volcano are some of the attractions that tourists should visit over a trip to the Diglipurisland. Trekking, Snorkeling, and Mangrove creek safari are some of the activities the activities that one can enjoy on a tour to Diglipurisland.
Long Island is a small island located just of the southeast coast of Middle Andaman in Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
Long Island, having an area of about 18 sq. km, is a modern village with population of around 2000 having many plus points and facilities generally not available in other villages of Bay Islands. It has its own power-house, a well-equipped Boat Building Yard, Senior Secondary School, bank, wireless facilities, hospital, Range Forest Office and even police outpost. Long Island is a dreamland settlement without any road network.
Lalaji Bay and Merk Bay are two pristine beaches famed as a popular picnic spot in this Island. The Island is an ideal location for beach camping in makeshift tents due to its unpolluted environment and calm atmosphere. Fleets of dolphins can be viewed very often from the beaches of this Island. Both of these are most easily approached by chartering a dongie from the jetty, although Lalaji can be reached on foot by following the red arrows across the island.
This place is best suited for village tourism. Visitors can experience village life in tranquility. The pristine beauty of Long Island and adjacent islands in the form of lush green tropical forests, untouched virgin beaches coupled with unique marine ecosystem attracts tourists from different parts of India and abroad. This place has huge potential for lodging, camping, swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving and forest trekking. It is also a paradise for birding.
Merk Bay Beach in North Passage Island comes under the area of Middle Andaman. On the way to the island, one can see Strait Island on the right and Guitar Island on the left. Merk Bay Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Andaman. Fine, white sand in contrast with the blue water makes the perfect setting for a day out. The beach is safe for bathing and good snorkeling options.
There are regular boats from Port Blair to Long Island at 6.15 AM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays via Neil Island and Havelock. These boats return to Port Blair via Havelock and Neil at 7.15 AM on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Additionally there is a fast boat on Fridays leaving Port Blair at 6.30 AM arriving in Long Island at about 10.30 AM, returning to Port Blair at 2 PM from Long Island arriving at 6.45 PM. This boat stops at Havelock only. Long Island is well connected with Rangat by means of regular ferries that run almost every day. The boat ride is quite comfortable and takes around 1.5 hrs. Rangat is situated about 176 km from Port Blair.
Nearly three hours further to Rangat, north by road, perched on a long promontory right at the top of the island and surrounded by mangrove swamps, is Mayabunder, springboard for the remote northern Andaman Islands. The village, which is home to a large minority of former Burmese Karen tribes, who were originally brought here as cheap logging labour by the British.
Karmatang beach is 13 Km away from Mayabunder and is hidden from the road. The place is quite enchanting. Eco-friendly sit-outs, and machans offers ideal place for picnic. The water is clean. The waves are not too rough and sand soft under the feet. Karmatang Beach is also a turtle nesting ground. One can view nesting of turtles during December – February season. One can go to Kalighat, Diglipur through the creek by boat from here. The Lagoon Cruise is an enchanting experience.
Rampur beach is on the outskirts of Mayabunder town. Rampur Beach is smaller of the two and with less shade. It is right next to the road. Close to the beach, you can also see a portion of mangrove forest. A glorious memory from the past, is the remains of a German Jetty.
Avis Island has a small but creamy beach. The water is very calm, placid and clear. So much so that one can easily see fish frolicking in the water and little corals if one walk a bit into the sea.
It is a perfect destination for basking in the sun and sea water by simply sitting in the water. The tall, thick coconut trees provide shade which saves you from scorching heat. Going there early in the morning is always a good idea as the weather supports your trip. Avis Island is not open for tourists. To visit the Avis Island, one has to take prior permission from the local authorities.
Interview Island is about 3 hrs from Mayabundar. Hire a Fiber boat from Mayabunder Jetty.Uninhabited Island, aqua green sea, tall dark trees and habited by elephants who used to work for British Timber company but now live in solace of Interview Island. Interview island is a delight to visit.The Island has numerous fresh water sources. On the Western coast of the Island, there is a cave below a hill that gives out fresh water. A thick stream of fresh water erupts from the cave. The numerous sources of fresh water that this Island has make it no less than a wonder. Only day visit is permitted.
For some fun packed family getaways you definitely need to take a look at Ray Hills. Ray Hill is the prestigious and a private pride of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands Forest & Plantation Development Corporation Ltd and no doubt, their most successfully mastered project. This eco-village is a haven of virgin woods adorned with pristine waterways and mangrove creeks. To reach, embark on a road trip to Ray Hills from Port Blair via the Andaman Trunk Road. This eco-village offers you a number of fun filled activities which gives you the perfect tropical getaway.
An eco-tourism destination in Andaman, Rangat is known for its pristine beaches, waterfalls and surreal islands. There are about 75 small villages here where a decent population of people from West Bengal, Kerala and Tamil Nadu reside. Fishing and cultivation are the two prime occupation found in the island. Amongst the top attractions of Rangat is the Aamkunj Beach, which is ideal for swimming, sunbathing and relaxation. The beach has been developed in a unique way with eco-friendly structures like eco huts and groves that has been named after native flora. Moricedera is another eco-tourism destination in Rangat which is also ideal for picnics. The place has a scenic freshwater stream that serve as a natural swimming pool. At a distance of about 20 kms from Rangat is Dhaninallah Mangrove Nature Walkway which is the largest of its kind in India. It leads to a very long beach called as Dhaninallah, which is known as a ground for turtle nesting.
Another place of interest near Rangat is Yerrata Mangrove Park and Yerrata Creek. It is a scenic location dotted with various species of mangroves. Therefore, it is an ideal place to learn about diverse variety of mangroves. There is a 13 m tall mangrove view watch tower which provides an opportunity to have a panoramic view of the mangroves and the adjacent forest. Apart from this, Cutbert Bay Beach and Panchavati Hills are the two important attractions of Rangat.
Sightseeing And Activities
There are countless plantation and agriculture farms, people who love botany can see how spices are being grown.Other attractions of the Rangat are- Cutbert bay beach, Amkunj bay beach, Moricidera, panchavati hills which have a beautiful waterfall.
The beaches are ideal for swimming, sunbathing and relaxation.Moricidera a wonderful trekking spot will perfectly suit the requirements of adventure tourists interested in trekking.
At a distance of 98 km from Port Blair and 204 km from Diglipur, Baratang Island is an island located in North & Middle Andaman district of Andamans. This island is situated between South and Middle Andaman Islands. Andaman Trunk Road to Rangat and Mayabunder goes through this island.
Spread an area of approximately 238 sq. km, Baratang is one of the main islands of the Great Andaman group, a closely set archipelago in the Bay of Bengal, adjoining the Andaman Sea. Baratang is home to the rare Limestone Caves in India. The other main attractions are the Parrot Island, the blue beach at Baludera and the Mud Volcano. The resident and origin tribe of Jarawa’s also stir curiosity in every traveler.
The Limestone Caves are located 50 minutes away by sea from the Baratang Jetty. Visitors can hire small speed boats or fishermen boats to reach Limestone Caves. The boat ride from Baratang Jetty to these caves is magnificent. There are massive sedimentary limestone formations, some of which are hanging from the top, some growing from the ground. These caves are constantly evolving in shape and size. Special permission from the Forest Department at Baratang is needed to visit the caves, which can be obtained from the Baratang jetty. Limestone Caves remain closed on Monday. It is advisable to carry drinking water and food packets while visiting the caves.
Baratang also has an active Mud Volcano that squirts little fountains of mud. The volcano is created by natural gases emitted by decaying organic matter underground. As the mud is pushed upwards by the gas, it deposits and hardens above the ground. Mud Volcano is approachable by road from Nilambur jetty, which is about 7 km from the jetty. One has to reach up to Jarawa Creek by vehicle. From Jarawa Creek, the Mud Volcano is at a walkable distance of 250-300 meters.
Parrot Island is a small uninhabited island located near Baratang Jetty and is a natural habitat for parrots in this region. Thousands of parrots returning home before every sunset is a unique and must see view for all nature lovers. To reach the island, one has to take a fiber boat from Baratang Jetty and cross through a creek.
At a distance of 3 km from Port Blair, Ross Island is a small island situated in the South Andaman district of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Now, the island is under the control of the Indian Navy and also one of the famous places to visit in Andaman tour.
The name of the island was derived from the name of a marine surveyor, Sir Daniel Ross. In 1857, the British took possession of three islands around Port Blair and Ross Island was one of them. This small Ross Island served as the capital of the Andaman Islands from 1858 to 1941 under the British rule. An earthquake in 1941 shook the island and huge buildings collapsed due to the natural calamity. After that, the British shifted their capital to Port Blair, near Ross Island. From 1942 to 1945, the island was under the occupation of Japanese. The British reoccupied the island in 1945 and later abandoned it.
The island presently houses the ruins of old buildings like Ballroom, Chief Commissioner’s House, Church, Hospital, Bakery, Press, Swimming Pool, and Troop Barracks. All the buildings are almost in ruins and represent British lifestyle. There is a graveyard and a small museum called Smritika on the island, which has a collection of age-old records.
Ross Island has thick forests and full of coconut trees. One can spot lots of deers, peacocks and other birds here. There is a 10 m high circular Lighthouse at the northern end of the island, which was constructed in 1977. The tower is approachable during the low tide. It was at this lighthouse that photo voltaic panels were introduced for the first time in India, to charge the batteries for the operation of light.
The Ross Island is about 3 km east of Port Blair and can be reached by a short boat ride from Phoenix Bay Jetty or Water Sports Complex. The island is open to the public for all days except Wednesday. The only way to explore the island is by foot. Ross Island is pretty small and there is no local transport to take tourists around the island. It takes just a couple of hours to explore the entire island. There is just one small shop on the island from where tourists can buy snacks and soft drinks. There is also a Sound & Light show which narrates the history of the island.
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At a distance of 25 km from Port Blair, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, also known as Wandoor National Park, is a national park located near Wandoor in South Andaman district of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. This is one of the best places to visit in Andaman Tour and also one of the famous tourist places near Port Blair.
The National Park was established in the year 1983 under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 to protect marine life such as the corals and nesting sea turtles prevalent in the area. Sprawling over an area of 281 sq. km, the landscape of the park is dotted with 15 rocky islands and is covered with tropical forest.
The national park is famous for its rich collection of coral reefs, which include leptoseris, tubipora, gorgonians, porites, acropora, fungia, pocillopora and montipora. The marine life of this national park includes starfish, sharks, coral reefs, fishes and turtles. In addition, it also comprises sea anemones, shells, salt water crocodiles and water snakes.
The park is home to birds like white-bellied sea eagle, parakeets, Andaman teal, heron, terns, waders and swifts. There are more than 271 different varieties of birds inhabiting the idyllic landscape of Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. The rich flora and fauna of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park makes this park an ideal destination for the nature lovers.
The Park area includes vast stretch of enchanting marine waters, bushy vegetated islands, magnificent coral reefs and sparkling sandy beaches and mangroves. The sandy beaches and crystal clear water offers excellent recreational facilities. Viewing of rare corals and underwater marine life through glass bottom boats, scuba diving and snorkeling are a life time experience. One can also visit Wandoor Beach near Wandoor Jetty. It is known as the gateway to Mahatma Gandhi National Marine Park and it attracts hundreds of tourists every day.
The Cinque Island is an isolated island in the Andaman Archipelago, on the north side of Duncan Passage, between Rutland Island and Passage Island. They are part of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
Cinque Island is situated on the south-western coast of South Andaman in the Bay of Bengal. The Island is geologically classified into North Cinque Island and South Cinque Island. The two islands are connected by a sand bar and therefore are often considered a single Cinque Island. Both divisions of Cinque Island are a part of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, which is popularly known as Wandoor Marine National Park.
Jolly Buoy, Redskin and Cinque are the most frequented and popular Islands of Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. Cinque Island is surrounded by coral reef gardens that extend to a few hundred meters into the deep sea. It offers a vista of its coral reefs, sea weeds, colorful fishes, shells, starfish, sea anemones, salt-water crocodile, turtles and water snakes. This Island has also a fine sandy-beach and tropical rain-forest.
The island is famous for underwater diving and other activities like camping, game fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling. The view of submerged corals and sunset attracts hordes of nature lovers to Cinque Island. The best time to visit Cinque Island is from October to May.
There is no scheduled ferry service to Cinque Island. Chartered boats of permitted category are allowed from Port Blair and Wandoor. To visit, one may contact private boat operators in Port Blair to hire a boat with due permission from the Forest Department. Cinque Island can be reached in 3.5 hours from Wandoor and in 2 hours from ChidiyaTapu.
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At a distance of 37 km from Port Blair, Neil Island is a beautiful, scenic and serene island situated in Ritchie’s Archipelago of South Andaman district in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The Neil Island lies between Havelock Island and Ross Island. This is one of the best places to experience Andaman.
Neil Island is named after British Brigadier General James Neill, who had sternly dealt with the freedom fighters during the suppression of the 1857 Mutiny. Spread over an area of 18.9 sq. km, Neil is the most southern island of Ritchie’s archipelago. The widest part of the island is about 5 km in length. One can walk the whole island in about two hours.
Neil Island is widely famous as the Vegetable bowl of Andaman because of the large produce from the area as a result of the farming standards set with the help of favorable climatic conditions. With unexplored coral reefs, brilliant bio-diversity, white sandy beaches and tropical forest and vegetation, it is one of the hot tourist spots in the Andamans. Bharatpur, Laxmanpur, Sitapur, & Ramnagar beaches are the popular beaches in Neil Island.
Natural Bridge is another chief attraction of Neil Island and is widely known as the Howrah Bridge. The name Howrah Bridge was provided by the local Bengalis of Neil Island and offers a pleasant experience to tourists. Neil Island is also very well known for its rich marine life. Snorkeling in Neil Island is a memorable experience.
Bharatpur Beach is a serene, calm and white sandy beach. It is well known for its coral reef which is undoubtedly beautiful in Andamans. Another attraction of this beach is the beautiful lush green vegetation. This is the only place in Neil Island where water sports are being conducted. This beach is ideally recommended for youngsters because of activity options.
The beach is popular for activities like coral watching and swimming. One can hire glass-bottom boats for viewing the corals under water. Most of the tourists visit this beach in the morning hours and do snorkeling as in the evening they get to watch the sunset at Laxmanpur Beach. This vast sandy stretch and gently curving bay allows for a perfect swim. The water is so shallow that even non-swimmers can take a refreshing dip. Water Sports activities like jet-ski rides and scuba diving are also available at the beach.
There are also plenty of stalls selling refreshments, coconuts, snacks and some tourist souvenirs. Visitors can also find toilets and changing rooms on the beach.
Laxmanpur Beach is situated at Laxmanpur Village of Neil Island in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. This is one of the best beach in Neil Island and also one of the popular places to visit in Andamans.
Laxmanpur Beach is a beautiful and white sandy beach. The beach is a broad spur of white shell sand with shallow water and offers a good snorkeling option. Sunbathing and swimming are other activities. The beach also gives an impressive sunset view. Corals and sea shells are found in abundance at this seafront, which are often collected as souvenirs by visitors.
The sea is shallow and calm, making it perfect for swimming and snorkeling. This serene beach offers a stunning panorama, especially when the sun sets in the horizon and will be decently crowded during sun sets. There is natural bridge popularly called as Howrah Bridge in Laxmmanpur Beach 2. This is one of the most romantic places in Andaman for honeymooners. After the sunset the tourists start walking back, as it is not safe in the Islands to stay out after dark.
The beach also offers some adventure activities like snorkelling & scuba diving. The scuba diving centres have all the facilities and necessary equipment for a great experience of scuba diving.
This island is famous for its beaches and mainly for water sports activities. This island is also one of the most visited places in Andaman Islands.
North Bay Island is a lovely place to go for a day trip. This is one of the uninhabited islands of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The wide array of water activities available at the island attracts more tourists to this beautiful place. Almost all kinds of water sports activities like jet-ski, speed boat ride, snorkeling and underwater sea walk can be covered here.
The corals at North Bay are spread over a large area. During snorkeling one can spot many species of fish, often lobsters and even clams on the coral reef. One can also trek to see the Lighthouse in the North Bay Island. However, sometimes the light house is closed for outside travellers.
North Bay Island can be reached by 30 – 40 minutes ferry ride from Port Blair Jetty or Marina Park. Most of the boats leave by 9 AM in the morning and they only come back by 3 PM. The boat timings can be changed according to the season and tourist traffic.
Viper Island is a small, beautiful and serene island located in near Port Blair in the South Andaman district of Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
Spread over an area of 69 acres, the island got its name from the ship in which Archibald Blair, a British colonial officer, came to the islands to set up a penal settlement in 1789. The ship got wrecked and was abandoned near the island. Besides that, people believe that due to the presence of viper snakes on the island, it came to be known as Viper- Island.
This island was once under the control of the British and was used as a site of the Jail before the famous Cellular Jail was built in 1906. Now, the ruins of an old British Jail, constructed in 1867, can be seen on the island. The ruins consist of a two storied building supported by a plinth. The island was once a place of penal settlement for political prisoners and freedom fighters.
In addition to its historical importance, the island’s serenity and captivating grandeur is another big draw for tourists. The numerous coconut plantations enhance the island’s scenic beauty. Viper Island is perfect for picnicking or just basking on the sunny beach. Due to its clear waters, swimming and snorkeling enthusiasts will thoroughly enjoy its facilities.
The island is accessible by boat from Phoenix Bay Jetty and the journey takes around 20 minutes. There are also cruise services which provide visitors with tours to various parts of the island including the prison. Viper Island is a very small island and does not have any transportation of its own. The island can be easily covered by foot.
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Located at a distance of 54 kms from Port Blair, Havelock Island is a picturesque island lying in Ritchie’s Archipelago of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. It is one of the top tourist places in Andamans and also one of the most visited places in the Andaman Islands.
Havelock Island is the largest among all the islands in Ritchie’s Archipelago and is one of the populated islands in the Andaman group with an area of 113 sq. km. The Island is named after Mr. Henry Havelock, a British General in India pre-independence.
Havelock is a picturesque natural paradise with beautiful white sandy beaches, rich coral reefs and lush green forest. Some of the main attractions of Havelock Island are Radhanagar Beach or Beach No. 7, Elephant Beach and Kalapathar Beach. Radhanagar Beach is situated on the south coast of Havelock Island and is the most famous Andaman Beach. Radhanagar Beach is rated as Asia’s best beach and among top 10 beaches in the world by Time Magazine. Elephant Beach is an ideal site for snorkeling.
Havelock Island is also a popular spot for activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, trekking, Sea walking, Game Fishing island camping, kayaking, sailing, etc. We have several Havelock Island packages which cater to people interested in such activities as well as others. The beaches, crystal clear waters and rustic atmosphere with its relaxing ambience attract tourists to Havelock Island all-round the year.
The Havelock Island can be reached from Port Blair by private cruises.
Kalapathar Beach is a beach situated on one corner of Havelock Island is one of the popular beaches of Havelock Island. The beach gets its name from the surrounding village, which is Kalapathar Village and the black rocks that adorn the coastline here. The beach is small but the way to beach is very good. The beach is not recommended to swim because of the rocks at the beach. One can get the mesmerizing views of sunset from this beach. As the beach is not so crowded, couples can enjoy a romantic walk and families can spend some peaceful moments.
Elephant Beach is the most secluded beach and also one of the most popular beaches in Havelock Island for day trips. This is also one of most popular places of Andaman Tourism.
Elephant Beach is an ideal site for snorkeling. It has a rich coral reef formation and amazing underwater marine life. The corals here remain one of the best on the island with the reef being close to the shore, making this an excellent spot for snorkeling. The beach is also famous for water sports activities like jet-ski, Banana Ride, Sofa Ride scuba diving and underwater sea walk. Glass bottom boats are available to watch the coral reefs through these boats.
One can reach Elephant Beach by small cruise boat from Havelock Jetty in about 30 minutes. By road one can go up to the Forest Camp which is 8 km from the Jetty towards Radhanagar Beach and from there one has to trek 2 km through a dense forest to reach the Elephant Beach. The trail is well marked. Private ferry operators organize tours to Elephant Beach from Havelock Jetty.
Radhanagar Beach, also known as Beach #7, is situated on the south coast of Havelock Island and is the most famous Andaman Beach. Radhanagar Beach is rated as Asia’s best beach and among top 10 beaches in the world by Time Magazine.
One of the most visited place in Andamans, Radhanagar is very well known for its vast spreading and long white sandy beach that sprawls across 2 km length and an average width of 30 to 40 m. It is truly an unforgettable curve of white sand with perfectly coloured blue waters lined with lush green forest.
Due to its reputation and popularity one would expect large crowd of tourists rushing to the beach, but amazingly the Radhanagar mostly remains isolated and secluded. The beach is also very safe for swimming. There are no water sports but it is known to be one of the best places for nature lovers as it offers a wide range of flora and fauna.