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Radhanagar Beach

Date : 18 Nov 2020
Categories: Travel Guide

Overview

Bestowed with the title of Best Beach of Asia in 2004 by the TIME magazine, the crescent-shaped Radhanagar Beach lies blissfully tucked on the western coast in Havelock Island. Known for its breathtaking sunrises, picturesque sunsets, white stretch of sand against the backdrop of turquoise waters, and towering mahua trees make it one of the most popular beaches in Andaman Islands. Locally known as Beach No. 7, Radhanagar beach, with its spell-binding landscape, looks straight out of the postcard. In first glance, all one can see from a distance is a reflection of trees all around the shoreline. Then as you get closer to it, the glory of the Radhanagar beach sweeps you off your feet and leaves you in total awe! It is needless to say that the beach ticks every check to make the perfect beach, and to call your trip to Andamans incomplete, without a visit to Radhanagar beach is not an exaggeration.

The beach, dotted with palm trees and a shoreline that stretches out for as far as your eyes can see, is a prime tourist hotspot and offers them the ambience to truly unwind amidst nature. The beach tends to experience a hot climate all year-round owing to its close proximity to the equator. Winters are pleasant in Andamans and provide slight relief from the humidity, so tourists generally swarm here from October to February. A multitude of huts, benches and wooden chairs are conveniently placed on the beach, along with beach beds and shower rooms, to grant maximum comfort to the visitors. Traverse new waters while you are here literally, swim along, walk barefoot while relishing the feeling of ocean waves brushing past your feet and capture some of the best Insta worthy pictures. The beach truly opens up a world of absolute serenity for the travellers while also feasting on luscious meals from cafes selling all kinds of cuisines extending from local to global.

How to reach

Radhanagar Beach is roughly 72 kilometres from Port Blair and almost 11 kilometres from Havelock Jetty. Located on the western coast of the island, one can either hire a rickshaw/cab to the beach or merely rent out a two-wheeler from the jetty. The road is straight and navigable. A 30-minute drive through a scenic landscape, and lo and behold, you have arrived at the Beach No. 7 aka Radhanagar Beach. Though public buses and shared jeeps also frequent the route, the schedule is predetermined. The beach tends to buzz with thronging visitors, mostly around late mornings and afternoons, making early mornings the best time to visit.

Offers

With a distinctive sort of bloom each season, Havelock Island has a new avatar to flaunt around the year. While summers are ideal for aqua-adventure and stargazing, monsoons paint the sky in vivid colours. Radhanagar beach is one such place that can host most romantic honeymoons as well as family picnics with equal grace. One of the perks of this beach is that you can carry food and drinking water with you inside the gates. This setting can any day effortlessly turn into an easy-peasy picnic, just like that. With recent surveillance of the forest department and lesser spottings of crocodiles in the area, the beach is both enjoyable and safe. At time elephants can be found strolling on the beach, so make sure that you and your cameras are ready. The tranquil water, along with its resident turtles, fishes, draws many divers every year. And to top it all,  Radhanagar beach resorts are some of the daintiest stay options on the island. With top-notch amenities, these resorts are sure to entice you into spending some days here.

Wondering what to do on Radhanagar Beach?

1. The crystal clear water at the beach makes it ideal for swimming. The waves are medium till the evening, post which tides turn high and swimming remains prohibited. In cases of unforeseen emergencies, lifeguards are stationed at the beach during the opening hours to ensure the safety of the visitors.

2. Enveloped by rainforests on one side and the vast ocean on the other, the adjacent region of the beach is perfect for a little hike in the evening. A small trek of roughly 1.3 kilometres through the beach leads to the Neil's Cove, a gorgeous lagoon with freshwater streams.

3. The Resorts grants an exciting opportunity for a staycation in Radhanagar Beach. The resorts lies blissfully inside a forest, aiming at experiential living devoid of any urban distractions such as TV or Wifi. Are you planning on doing a digital detox? You are looking in the right direction.

Closing statement

Imagine walking on a beach, with velvety sand rushing beneath your feet, towards the sea, and gentle blue waves grazing against the shore while the sea breeze brushes past you. Luring photographers and travel enthusiasts from all across the globe, Radhanagar Beach is everything you want it to be, something straight out of a dream! Despite its massive popularity among the travellers as well as locals, Radhanagar Beach is hardly ever jam-packed, making it one of the must-visit spots in any Andaman itinerary.

Getting There: The most convenient way to reach the Radhanagar Beach is via hiring a rickshaw/cab or renting a two-wheeler from the Havelock Jetty. Note that there is no entry fee to visit the beach.

What to do: Swimming, Hiking, Neil’s Cove, Staycation, Watching Sunsets

What not to miss: The surreal landscape that bagged the repute of Asia's Best Beach by TIMES Magazine in 2004.

Best time to visit: The beach is open for tourists throughout the year, but the months between October to February are the best time to visit. Owing to thunderstorms and heavy rainfall, tourists must avoid the monsoon season to prevent any hindrance to their travel plans.

What to carry: Carry drinking water, snacks, sunglasses, cap/hat, flip flops, swimwear to enjoy beach time and don't forget your camera while you are at it!

Nearby Attractions: Neil’s Cove, Elephant Beach, Kalapathar Beach

Essential Info :

Medical Facilities on Radhanagar Beach- There is a government hospital near the market where the road bifurcates to Radhanagar beach and Kala Patthar beach at Havelock Island.

Timings- Radhanagar Beach can be visited anytime between Sunrise to sunset.

Mobile Connectivity- The internet and mobile network are grim in Havelock Islands, including Radhanagar beach.

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