Havelock Island (Hindi: हैवलॉक द्वीप) is the largest of the islands that comprise Ritchie's Archipelago, a chain of islands to the east of Great Andaman in the Andaman Islands. It belongs to the South Andaman administrative district, part of the Indian union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. the island is lying 41 km (25 mi) northeast from the capital city Port Blair.
Havelock Island is named after a British general, Sir Henry Havelock, who served in India.
Havelock 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.
Fatal crocodile attacks have occurred on the island. In 2010 an American tourist was taken while snorkeling. Later the crocodile was captured by the Andaman forest department and was sent to a zoo.
The island belongs to the Ritchie's Archipelago and is located between Peel Island and Neill Island.
Radhanagar beach on the western coast, also known as Number 7 Beach, is one of the most popular beaches on Havelock and was named "Best Beach in Asia" by Time in 2004. Other notable beaches include Elephant Beach on the northwest coast and Vijay Nagar Beach (No. 5), Beach No. 3 and Beach No. 1 on the east coast. Kalapathar is another famous beach.
One can go snorkeling at Elephant Beach at Havelock Island. It is one of the most preferred snorkeling destinations after Jolly Buoy Island in Port Blair.
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.
The island can be reached from Port Blair using government-operated ferries and private cruises which are available. There are also helicopter services. A local bus connects the jetty and villages on an hourly circuit.
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