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Tourist Places in Havelock Island

History of Havelock Island

Havelock Island is one among the few inhabited islands of Andaman & Nicobar. The Island is named after Mr. Henry Havelock, a British General who was based in India. Havelock Island was once home to the indigenous tribes who spoke Aka-Bale language. The tribal population of Havelock Island declined greatly during the era of colonisation of Andaman & Nicobar by the British. The original natives of Havelock Island have gone extinct and the Island is now occupied mostly by Bengali and Myanmar immigrants.

The administrative body of the Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar has greatly promoted tourism in Havelock Island. The special features of the hilly island of Havelock like lush greenery, palm fringed sea beaches stretching along the Bay of Bengal, vast array of marine species, dense forests, etc. were helpful to provide special emphasis on eco – tourism.

Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park

Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, located at a distance of 30 km to south-west of Port Blair, is also known as Wandur National Park. Comprising 15 islands, this national park was established on 24th May, 1983. Sprawling over an area of 280 square km, the national park is famous for its rich collection of coral reefs, which include leptoseris, tubipora, gorgonians, porites and acropora. Fungia, pocillopora and montipora are some of the other coral reefs located within this national park.

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. On the other hand, terrestrial life available in this national park includes mammals, fruit bat, spotted dear, civet and wild bear. The sky is covered with the birds like dove, kingfisher, white bellied sea eagle, parakeet, tern, reef heron and local teal. Water and land are shared by reptiles like vine snake, king cobra, krait and python. Tourists visiting this national park can also engage in activities like deep water scuba diving.

Cellular Jail

Cellular Jail, also known as Kala Pani, was constructed in 1906 by British Government. Located at Port Blair, the jail acquired the name cellular, as it entirely made up of individual cells. These cells were meant for the solitary confinement of the prisoners. This jail was used by the Britishers to exile political prisoners to a remote archipelago. Several famous rebels along with freedom fighters have been imprisoned in this jail. These include some of the well known figures such as Sukhdev, Bhagat Singh, Jaidev Kapoor, Rajguru, Batukeshwar and Dr. Gaya Prasad.

General Studies Question Bank CDThe building of the jail comprises seven wings, all of them were scrutinised from a central watchtower. In addition, the jail also has a large bell, which is rung in case of any emergency. Each wing in this jail had three storeys, which consist of total of 698 cells. The dimension of each cell is 4.5 metre x 2.7 metre and also had a ventilator fixed at a height of 3 metre.

The prison has now been declared a National Memorial. In addition, visitors can also enjoy light and sound show in Hindi as well as in English during evening. The place also comprises a museum, a photo gallery and an art gallery as well.

Timing :  Cellular Jail: Tuesday- Sunday
Museum, Art Gallery, Photo Gallery: 9 am- 12pm & 2 pm – 5 pm ( Tuesday to Sunday) Closed on Monday.

Admission Fee : Cellular Jail: $0.11, Light & Sound Show: Adult: $0.44, Child: $0.22 ( Above 5 & below 12 years )

Radhanagar Beach

Radhanagar Beach, also known as beach #7, is the most beautiful beach of Havelock Island. The beach is located at a distance of 7 km from Dolphin Yatri Niwas. Radhanagar beach is rated as Asia’s best beach and has also positioned itself in world’s top ten beaches.

It is known to be one of the best places for nature lovers as it offers a wide range of flora and fauna. In addition, tourists travelling to the beach can enjoy activities like snorkelling, kayaking, scuba diving and swimming. Elephant rides along with beautiful views of sunsets can also be enjoyed at this beach.

Vijaynagar Beach

General Studies Question Bank CDVijaynagar Beach, also known as beach #5, is popularly known for relaxing and refreshing environment. In addition, tourists visiting this beach can float in the natural sea salts and can also enjoy the beautiful surroundings as well. However, this beach is believed to be an undeveloped paradise, where tourists can enjoy long and peaceful walk along the beach.

Elephant Beach

Elephant Beach, located at a distance of around 10 km from the market, is one of the most popular beaches in Havelock Island for day trips. Reaching this beach is a hassle free affair as it is accessible either by 30 minutes hike on a jungle path or by opting for one hour boat ride.

Known for its beautiful corals and exotic marine life, this beach is ideal for snorkelling. The shoreline of the Elephant Beach was largely swept by the Tsunami that occurred in 2004. At present, the existing beach is a fraction of what it used to be.

Mount Harriet

Mount Harriet, located in the southern part of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, has a height of around 365 metre. Situated at a distance of 56 km from the capital city, Port Blair, during the British rule, it was the summer capital headquarters of chief Commissioner.

It is the highest point in South Andaman from where visitors can enjoy beautiful views of entire cluster of islands. In addition, tourists can also enjoy a natural trail available up to Madhuban, where variegated birds, animals and butterflies can be witnessed. However, before taking this trail, tourists need the permission from chief Wildlife Warden, located in Haddo. In addition, it is mandatory for tourists to obtain permission, if planning an overnight stay at Mount Harriet from Warden at Port Blair.

The Mount is also home to a National Park, where tourists can enjoy wildlife tours. In addition, tourists can also come across elephants being trained in this national park for carrying logs.

Kalapathar Beach

Kalapathar Beach is a worth visiting beach on the Island. This serene beach gets its name from the surrounding village, known as Kalapathar village and the black rocks embellishing the coastline. Unexplored and untouched, the beach is a great place to relax. An elephant training camp is located nearby and is sometimes open for visitors.

Snorkeling

To experience the underwater marine life, one can indulge snorkeling during the trip to Havelock Island. Elephanta beach, Inglis Island, Buffalo Island and South Button are some sites where one can enjoy Snorkeling during their visit to Havelock Island. Easily accessible from Havelock Island, Elephanta beach is the most famous spot for snorkeling. Majority of the dinghy operators of the island also conducts snorkeling trips to Elephanta beach from Havelock Island.

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