Geography of Havelock Island

Date : 05 Nov 2020
Categories: Travel Guide

Positioned between 6° and 14° North Latitude and 92° and 94° East Longitude, lie the zenith of an engulfed mountain sierras, and the glorious Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Forming a nearly 800-kilometre arc between Myanmar and Indonesia, the Islands have the Andaman Sea to their east and the Bay of Bengal to their west. Far closer to foreign lands than to the Indian mainland, the islands have been home to indigenous communities who ardently dodged communication with outsiders until the late 20th century.

The Andaman Islands consist of more than 300 islands, while 19 islands make up the Nicobars. North, Middle and South Andaman Islands are cumulatively called Great Andaman Islands, and Havelock Island blissfully lies in the southern province. One of the largest Islands of the archipelago, Havelock Island spreads across a vast area of 92.2 square kilometres. Roughly lying at a distance of 70-kilometre north-east of the capital city Port Blair, the only way to reach the island is via sea route. There are five villages on the island, namely Govinda Nagar, Radha Nagar, Bejoy Nagar, Shyam Nagar and Krishna Nagar. 

The limestone, sandstone and rocks formed during the past 65 million years, contribute to the rough terrain of Andaman Islands, owing to the scarcity of perennial rivers and flatland. At the elevation of 1,197 feet, Mount Harriet is the highest point in South Andaman Islands. Havelock Island has a relatively low population density, which thus enables tourism to flourish. Indigenous tribes inhabit remote islands and are mostly off-limits to tourists. The island experiences tropical weather with sea breezes regularly moderating the climate. The average temperature ranges from 23 °C to about 30 °C. The territory welcomes southwest monsoon which usually brings 120 inches of annual rain and whirls from May through September.

Reputed for their palm-lined white-sandy beaches, plush mangroves and tropical rainforests, Andaman Islands has a diverse and vibrant marine life. Definitely, the most popular of the Andaman Islands archipelago, Havelock island, being one of the best sites for scuba diving, is an all-embracing gateway to see life underwater. With miles of astounding coastline, transcendent beaches and surreal nature, the terrain in Havelock Island also provides plenty of trekking opportunities. A walking expedition is the most rewarding way to explore the island, owing to its size and geographical location.

Endowed with a bounty of beaches, spectacular coral reefs, and rich forest cover, Havelock is also an eco-tourism hub. There are seven beaches identified in Havelock which are referred to by their number rather than their names. While Beach number 1 is adjacent to the jetty, Beach number 7, i.e. Radhanagar Beach is the most popular beach of the lot. Andaman Islands receives nearly 200,000 visitors each year, and the numbers keep growing with time. Being part of the most popular tourist trail, i.e. Port Blair-Havelock Island-Neil Island triangle, Havelock is totally worth it. We welcome you to discover Havelock Island, one of the beautiful gems floating in the Indian waters, unique for its mosaic vistas, vivid colours, mahua trees, vast coasts and tropical climate.

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