Just take me to the Andaman

Welcome to Havelock Island



Yes I have been!!! So proud to say that. Havelock is the largest one of the Andaman Archipelago.  It had a breath-taking coastline, lush forested interior, fantastic diving and snorkelling (nowadays only with guides) possibilities and a stunning location; the Andaman Islands were a perfect place to ramble around or simply chill out on sun-toasted white sandy beaches. Reaching Andaman from Italy was quite an expensive option even if we were backpackers.

Andaman Island


You must first fly to one of the Indian International airports and then take a domestic flight to Port Blair, the gateway to the Andaman Islands. There were many Indian low cost flights such as Kingfisher Airlines, Air Deccan that flew regularly from Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi and many other cities. We went there via Chennai and returned back via Kolkata. There were also regular passenger ship services to Port Blair from Chennai, Kolkata and Visakhapatnam: there were three sailings a month from Kolkata and Chennai to Port Blair and vice-versa and only once a month from Visakhapatnam. This one way trip took about 50 to 60 hours during the good weather condition. So even if it was a very cheap option, because of the long journey to go and come back we have opted flying. Most of the time the ship was used only by the Andamanese who lived in the mainland for business. I forgot to say that Indian visa is required while visiting Andaman so before buying the flight tickets contact the Indian embassy of your country of origin in order to obtain the tourist visa, it costs about € 100.00. Once we reached Port Blair, there were ferries connecting all populated islands and tourist places. Tickets were issued at the counters located by the Jetty. There was a long waiting time but in case you didn’t want to wait longer and longer there were private boats services which could take the people everywhere. That was certainly a good option when arriving to Port Blair after sunset. Most of the travelers didn’t bed in Port Blair; like us, they were headed to Havelock. We came in the early afternoon so we could wait for the ferry without any problem. I heard about a helicopter flying to Havelock but didn't have occasion to elaborate on this matter. 

Havelock, Andaman

Havelock, Andaman

Once arrived in Havelock we fell in love with that picturesque natural paradise with its beautiful white sandy beaches, rich coral reefs and lush green forest. We could feel the unspoiled nature! As said first Havelock was the biggest and populated one in the Andaman Archipelago. We stayed in a hotel called Pristine; to be honest it was a lovely beach front hut with all facilities. We didn’t move from Havelock, We spent our ten days of vacation chilling out in Havelock. We have rented a bicycle for our daily use. As most of the tourist developing countries, it was not dangerous at all so we could go everywhere with our bicycle. I highly suggest you this activity: go everywhere and meet the people, see their villages. In that small village of Havelock, various ethnic groups were living. If you are still planning your next vacation, put Andaman in your list. Nobody will be disappointed with the Andaman Islands.

Havelock, Andaman

Havelock, Andaman

Havelock, Andaman

Havelock, Andaman

Havelock, Andaman



2 comments:

  1. Oh I am totally with you. The pristine white beacjes, turquoise sea and the blue skies are pure bliss. Havelock is my favorite destination in Andaman islands. We rented a motorbike and had such a great time there. 10 days here would have been amazing.

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  2. Those are exactly my words - just take me to the andamans. Have been planning a trip there for a while now. Let's see when it gets possible . It's indeed a place that scores very high on my list with it's pristine beauty.

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