The Havelock Island is named after a British general, Henry Havelock who served in India. The island is famous for beaches and natural beauty.
The Havelock Island is named after a British general, Henry Havelock who served in India. The island’s current population consists of mainly Bengali settlers. Many of these settlers have Bangladeshi origin as these people were given settlement by the Indian government after the 1971 war between India and Pakistan. There are five villages are Govinda Nagar, Vijay Nagar, Shyam Nagar, Krishna Nagar and Radha Nagar.
It is one of the few places that the administration of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands union territory of India has permitted and encouraged development of tourism, with a focus on promoting eco-tourism.
Havelock Island avoided much of the devastation by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and its resulting tsunami, and there were no documented casualties.
Radha Nagar Beach, was named “Best Beach in Asia” by Time in 2004. Other notable beaches include Elephant Beach on the northwest coast and Vijaynagar Beach (No. 5), Beach No. 3 and Beach No. 1 on the east coast. Kalapathar is another famous beach for a pit stop.
One can go snorkelling at Elephant Beach at Havelock Island. It is one of the most preferred snorkelling destinations after Jolly Bouy island in Port Blair. Fatal crocodile attacks have occurred on the island. In 2010 an American tourist was taken while snorkelling. Later the crocodile was captured by the Andaman forest department and was sent to a zoo.
Havelock Island has become a destination for honeymooners. The island has a lot of resorts by the beach to cater to tourists. The resorts are lined up one after the other in a long stretch. The only Government accommodation in Havelock Island is the Dolphin Beach Resort.
Places to visit at Havelock : Radhanagar Beach, Elephant Beach, Kaala Pathar Beach, Dolphin Resort.