Swaraj Dweep (Havelock Island)
Swaraj Dweep (Havelock Island) is a paradise for people who love Sun, Sand and Sea.
A picture perfect island which has all the ingredients for making a great holiday an unforgettable one! About 61 kilometers (38 miles) from Port Blair, Swaraj Dweep (Havelock Island) Andaman is surrounded by amazing white sandy beaches and great coral reefs.
The hub of tourism in the Andamans, Havelock Island is undoubtedly a paradise of the Andaman seas.
Luckily for us, we call it home.
Information about Havelock Island
The best time to visit Swaraj Dweep (Havelock Island) is between October and May as the weather is pleasant, just perfect for sightseeing, water sports, and beach excursion.
Monsoon (June to September) results in suspension of most water sports activities due to heavy rains and strong winds. If you are looking for a lazy relaxed holiday with less crowd and great deals, opt to visit during monsoon.
Port Blair is the capital city of the Andamans and the most convenient and quickest way to get here is to fly. Air India, Spice Jet, Indigo Airlines and Vistara are some of the airlines that have daily flights into Port Blair from a few major cities across India.
For booking tickets, current flight schedules, fares and baggage allowances, please see the airline website.
First, the Indian Visa has to be obtained in your country of residence at the VFS Global Visa Centre or Indian Embassy or Consulate, prior to arrival in India.
For more information about Indian Visa, see https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/.When applying for a Visa, ensure that the authorities are aware of your plan to visit the Andaman Islands.
Mobile connectivity sometimes can be a challenge. Some places have good connectivity whereas at other places you may face call dropping, voice cracking and even no data reception at all.
Both Airtel and Vodafone network sometimes have erratic connectivity. Get hold of a BSNL sim before your journey for better connectivity on the Island.
Although 3G is available on BSNL, we recommend that you download any app/map/info beforehand rather than relying on data internet connectivity on the island.
There is accommodation to suit every taste and budget ranging from basic chicken huts at Rs.2000/- a night going up to over Rs. 30,000/- a night for luxury air-conditioned cottages on the sea shore. Google or contact us for more info on the various options and availability!
As a true nature lover’s dream holiday destination, Havelock has plenty of resorts that offer various budget options to your liking!
Over the years, we have developed very good connections with some of the best resorts and can confidently get you a great deal for your accommodation needs.
Buses, auto rickshaws (Tuk-Tuks), private taxis and Jeeps are most common means of public transport around Havelock.
You could opt for renting a bicycle for just around Rs.200/- a day or take an automatic scooter for around Rs.500/- a day and enjoy the lush green tree covered drives around Havelock roads. Just mind the potholes and ride carefully to enjoy a safe holiday.
White, clean and unpolluted – the beaches of Havelock are just perfect!! The beach at Radha Nagar – more popularly known as no.7 beach is one of the top few beaches in the world.
The most densely population of Mangrove Mahua trees that make Goliath look like a dwarf make an amazing backdrop for the silver sand that glitters on the shores of turquoise blue crystal clear waters.
There are lovely beaches all around Havelock island – beach no.2, 3, 5 and at Kalla Pathar – a short drive along the East shore of Havelock island.
Havelock island is covered with tropical rain forest of over 80% of is land mass. Only less than 20% is used up by the inhabitants as fields, farms, roads, buildings etc.
Havelock island is predominantly populated by the Bangladeshi settlers who were given refuge by the Indian government during the unsettling times of wars in the late 60’s.
Given land and an opportunity to start afresh back then, these 2 and 3 generation of simple people are mostly farmers and fishermen who are now waking up to the potential of tourism industry thriving in the island.
The locals usually are very conservative in their approach to social display of intimacy. It is advisable not to be offensive and to respect the local culture.
Nudity on the beach or public places is strictly prohibited and one should dress appropriately while moving around the island.
Havelock island is as safe as it gets for all sexes. Day or night, you can feel safe and comfortable at Havelock island with very friendly and helpful locals.
The people of Havelock island respect the space of the tourists. This is a welcome change from most of the other tourist destinations around the world. There have been no reported cases of tourist harassment at Havelock island.
The police are very helpful and humble and make the guests feel very comfortable while in the Island. The only major threat to your personal belonging would be your own carelessness.
So do not leave your valuable on the beach and go back to your resort – there is a good chance you may not find it! There is also a good chance that someone may put up a lost and found sign to find the owner!!
Although Havelock island has some floating population of workers who are aiding the tourism industry in the season here, the Island has a static population of only around 14,000.