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Elephant Beach, Havelock Island

  • Elephant Beach is one of the key attractions located on Havelock Island, in Andaman and Nicobar. It takes around twenty minutes to get to the beach on a ferry, and the sight of the beach alone is enough to make you fall in love with this place. The beauty of the clean shores, unaffected by man-made pollution.

    The beach is very popular among many tourists and attracts a lot of visitors every year. Due to its popularity, there are many tour agencies that arrange day trips to the beach on a regular basis, especially during the peak seasons.

    Elephant Beach is very famous for the bright coral reefs that one can find at a depth that is as shallow as just one meter. This might sound too good to be true, but it's one of the things that drives tourists to visit this place during their trip to Andaman, and never makes it lose its charm.

    Elephant Beach is a public beach and anyone can access it. However, the beach doesn’t stay open for the whole day so you must plan your visit during the first half of the day, to get as much time as possible on these beautiful sandy shores and enjoy all the activities and things that the beach has to offer.

    Some of the most popular attractions around the beach include swimming, fishing, kayaking and an array of other super exciting water sports. You can also explore the famous underwater world of the Andaman Islands on the Elephant Beach, and see some of the most exciting marine life, like the famous coral reefs, turtles, sea anemones, as well as many other types of colorful fish.
     

    There are also quite a few refreshment places in and around the beach, where one can grab some snacks, or enjoy a proper delicious fresh seafood meal made from the catch of the day. If you choose to visit with a travel or tour agency, then they arrange the meals along with the package.

    Visiting the Elephant Beach is ideal for all kinds of people, whether you are traveling with a group of friends, with your family or even your special someone. There are enough activities to keep you occupied the entire day. Children will enjoy splashing in the waves and trying out various water sports, while the adults can just lay back on the beach and enjoy the pleasant climate, as well as some refreshments. Make sure not to miss out on the scuba diving, as it is the most popular activity around the beach, and can be done by all age groups.

    So, if you are planning a visit to the Andaman Islands, you must make sure to make some space in your itinerary for this famous beach and try out all the exciting activities that the beach has to offer. For those who are interesting in visiting the beach, read our detailed guide to know all the important information you'll need to know before going to Elephant Beach.

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    How to Reach the Elephant Beach From Port Blair


    Elephant Beach is located close to Havelock Island, and since Havelock doesn’t have an airport of its own, you will first need to reach Port Blair, and then take a ferry or a boat to Havelock Island.

    By Air
    : Veer Savarkar International Airport, also known as the Port Blair Airport is located close to the town center, and one can easily take a ferry from Port Blair to Havelock upon reaching.

    By Boat
    : You will need to take a ferry from Port Blair to Havelock first, and the journey takes around 70 kilometers, or one and a half hours to complete. From the Havelock Dock, you can take another boat, and in twenty minutes, you will reach the Elephant Beach. These boats travel on a frequent and regular basis, so you don’t have to worry about missing a boat and not making it to the beach.

    By Road
    : Upon reaching Havelock Island from Port Blair by ferry, you can choose to ditch the boat and take a beautiful walk to the beach. The path of the walk is surrounded by lush green trees that provide shade and make this walk a very pleasant experience.

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    Best Time to Visit


    The Andaman and Nicobar islands are blessed with a tropical climate that is enjoyable for the most part of the year. If you are someone who loves bright sunny weather, then you can opt for visiting in the summer season, from the month of April to the month of June, till the rains start.

    Another great time to visit the Elephant Beach is during the winter season, from the months of November to March, and this is considered to be the peak season to visit the island. What makes this the best time to visit is that the climate is really pleasant and cool, but still sunny enough to be able to soak in the rays of the sun. Being the peak season, it is also the most expensive time to visit the beach.

    The offseason for the beach is during the monsoon season, during the months of June to November. The beach is mostly closed for visitors during this period and no ferries travel during these months. You can always choose to walk to the beach, but there won't be much to do at the beach due to the rain, and most of the shacks will be closed too.

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    Other Essential Info about Elephant Beach


    Here is some other noteworthy information about Elephant Beach you should know:

    1. Mobile Connectivity

    As the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are an Indian Union Territory, most Indian Networks will work fine on the Island. However, there have been instances where certain networks don’t get range or coverage. Networks Jio and Reliance are not recommended to be used in the Islands, and the best mobile connectivity comes from the Vodafone network, so make sure that you or someone in your travel group has Vodafone or Airtel connectivity for the best results. At the beach, there might be some signal issues as it is a bit isolated, and you might not always get reception there, so be prepared to take a day off from your phone!

    2. Medical Facilities

    There are first aid kits on the beach, and if you are visiting through a travel or tour agency, then they will also carry a first aid kit along with them. However, there are no clinics on the beach and the nearest hospital or medical clinic is on Havelock Island, which is around 20 minutes from Elephant Beach by boat. If you take any specific kind of medication, we recommend that you carry it along with you and not rely on the medical facilities on the beach for them.

    3. Timing to visit

    The beach is open from early in the morning, and ferries start traveling as early as 7 AM in the morning. The beach is only open for day trips and the last ferry leaves from the beach at around 3:30 PM the entire beach shuts down at around 4 PM. If you want to experience all the facilities and activities the beach has to offer, then make sure to leave early and plan to spend an entire afternoon at the beach, so you can enjoy all the water sports activities without having to be in a hurry.

    4. Places to eat near Elephant Beach

    While there are a few stalls and shacks on the beach for people to buy some snacks and refreshments, there are no proper restaurants on the beach. If you want to have a good meal, then there are plenty of great restaurants on the Havelock Island for you to choose from, which cater to multiple numbers of cuisines, so you have a lot of places to choose from. If you are visiting through a travel agency then they usually provide meals and refreshments as a part of the tour package.

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    Things to do


    Here are some of the top activities that you can try doing at Elephant Beach:

    1. Snorkeling

    Snorkeling in Andaman is considered to be one of the best and most popular activities that one can do on Elephant Beach. What makes this a popular snorkeling location that attracts a number of visitors every year is the coral reefs that can be seen at a depth of just one meter from the surface, which is not a very common phenomenon. Apart from the coral reefs, one can also find many other exotic marine life species such as colorful fish, sea turtles, sea snakes, and very rarely one might sight a saltwater crocodile. This experience makes this island a must visit place in Andaman.

    2. Sea walking

    Unlike snorkeling which is swimming and observing the underwater life from the surface of the water, sea bottom walking is quite the opposite and involves diving to the bottom of the ocean and walking around and exploring the different sea plants and fish that surround you as you walk around the water. Andaman and Nicobar islands have quite a rich marine life and there are many different varieties of fish that one can find swimming in the ocean. They are all quite friendly and they don’t hesitate to swim around you as you explore the bottom of the sea.

    Frequently Asked Questions


    Listed below are some of the most frequently asked questions about Elephant Beach:

    1. How do I get to Elephant Beach?

    There are two basic ways to get to the Elephant Beach from Havelock Island.
    First, you can take a ferry from Havelock Dock, and you will reach the beach in around 20 minutes. These ferries travel quite frequently.
    Secondly, you can take a walk through a serene, beautiful path, which takes around 15-20 minutes to reach the beach.

    2. Is scuba diving available at Elephant Beach?

    Yes, scuba diving is available and it also one of the most popular and sought-after activities on the beach. Apart from scuba diving there is also snorkeling and sea bottom walking, as well as some other water sports activities to choose from.

    3. How did Elephant beach get its name?

    The beach gets its name from the olden days when elephants were transported to the island and helped people to reach the beach, long before they used boats. Though the name remained the same, you won’t be able to see any elephants on the beach today.

    4. Which resorts are near the Elephant Beach?

    There are quite a few nice resorts located on Havelock Island, which is only a 20-minute boat ride away from the beach. Some of the top resorts to pick from are:

    -Symphony Palms Beach Resort

    -Barefoot at Havelock

    -Silver Sand Beach Resort

    These resorts host many travelers who are on their honeymoon trip to Andaman.

    5. How do you get to Elephant Beach from Havelock?


    There are two ways to get to the beach from Havelock Island. You can either choose to travel by boat, which goes from the Havelock Dock frequently, and takes 20 minutes to reach, or you can take a walk to the beach which takes around 20 minutes as well.

    6. What activities are available at Elephant Beach?

    There are a lot of exciting activities that one could choose from on the beach, like swimming, fishing, banana boating, jet skiing, scuba diving, sea walking, snorkeling, boating, or just relaxing on the shores of the beach.

    7. What are the places to visit near Elephant Beach?

    There are some places to visit near the Elephant beach, including Havelock Island, as well as the other beaches on Havelock Island like the Radhanagar Brach, the Govindnagar Beach, and the Kalapather Beach

    8. What can I see at Elephant Beach?

    Apart from the beautiful sandy shores and the crystal clear blue sea, one can also view many different bird species on the beach, and if you choose to take a dip in the ocean or try scuba diving you can get to see many different types of fish and other marine life.

    9. What are the timings to visit at Elephant Beach?

    Elephant Beach is only open for day visits and the beach shuts down at around 4 PM in the afternoon. The ferries from Havelock islands start departing as early as 7 AM in the morning, and you should reach there pretty early if you to cover everything the beach has to offer.

    10. What is the rate of boat riding at Elephant Beach?

    The rate of boat riding at Elephant Beach depends on the various service providers that are available on the beach and also at the time of the visit. During peak season the prices are a bit higher, but usually, the boating prices range anywhere between INR 750 to INR 1250.

Attractions

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Neil Island

A tiny island located to the south of Andaman is Neil Island, brimming with less explore marine diversity, coral reefs, long beaches and bewitching greenery. Being one of the tourist destinations in Andaman, Neil is so happy to become the host with revealing all that it has. A romantically silent island unlike the hustle of Havelock Island, Neil Island is termed as the vegetable bowl of Andaman. A perfect place to simply relax and chill is the beaches here and the deserted shores are favourite to those who love to relax in utmost peace.

In two hours, one can explore the island by walking around. It got the name Neil after the British Brigadier General James Neill who stubbornly dealt with the rebels during the 1857 Mutiny. The rich cultivation of paddy is found in Neil Island that belongs to the Ritchies’ Archipelago between Havelock Island and Rose Island. 

Highlights: One of the major highlights of Neil Island is Neil Kendra, a beautiful curving bay full of white sand and holding the major jetty of the island made attracting by disarraying numerous colourful wooden fishing boats. Known to be the heart of the island, Neil Kendra has Bharatpur Beach on its left and Laxmanpur Beach on the right. The richest collection of marine lives and coral reefs have given Neil Island the peculiarity of being one of the most thrilling scuba diving sites on the island. In addition to diving, Neil Island is home to those who love snorkeling, swimming, birding, cycling etc.

Activities: Glass bottom ride and snorkelling are the major activities available on Neil Island though there are enough opportunities to do diving and other prime adventure activities.

Distance from Port Blair: The island belongs to the South Andaman district is located about 36 km northeast from Port Blair.

Accommodations: Neil Island hotels and resorts in Neil Island.

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Radhanagar Beach

Radhanagar Beach in Andaman has ranked 8th among the top ten beautiful beaches in the world based on travellers reviews and rating available on multiple sources and Radhanagar Beach deserves it for many reasons. One of the most ravishing beauty in Andaman with a lot of tourists visiting it every year, Radhanagar Beach is the gem of Havelock Island. 500 meters away from the beach, one can see only the expansive blue water and the lush green tropical forests but when you reach the beach, the sights are apparently awe-inspiring.

 Radhanagar is commonly called as Beach No.7 and this is one of the closest beach located near to Havelock Island ferry tier. The silky beach is kids friendly as well so that families are found in plenty on the beach to spend their vacation or a short holiday. There is nothing to be worried as the coast guards are roaming around always and the number of people here will be a pleasant sight to see. Andaman honeymoon packages itinerary always includes Havelock Island.

Activities: Snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, boating, parasailing etc are some of the most commonly seen activities on the beach and among them Scuba Diving is the best as it offers the clear interaction with the wide range of marine animals and coral reefs around living in harmony. 

The turquoise water gives a rejuvenating experience while you swim across or do snorkelling and since the number of tourists are relatively higher, the Government opens more opportunities for them to spend an ample time on the beach. As it is a superb place adventure lovers also would covet, the fame it has achieved international importance in no time. You must book a tour including  Andaman snorkelling, to make your holiday much more special.

Distance from Port Blair: From Port Blair it will take more than three hours to reach Radhanagar Beach as it is located about 72 kms away from the capital city.

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Vijaynagar Beach

Known as Beach No.5 is Vijaynagar Beach in the north east part of Havelock Island. Very remote from the crowded locations on Havelock Island, Vijaynagar Beach is close to heart for those who love to spend time in utmost calmness. The regular touch of the sapphire blue water on the pearl like sandy beach makes no noise and it is one of the reasons why tourists chosen it as the perfect space for romantic couples and families. Don't forget to check the resorts for couples in Andaman.

The beauty of the beach has been praised so much by those who visited it. It is always better to come here freely, just to roam around, or to float on the shallow water, or to read under the large shade given by the huge trees on the shore or to do sunbathing. The collection of Mahua trees and palms is the significant ornament making the beach a splendid place to sit back and relax as much as time one wants to. This is one of the magnificent attractions in Andaman.

Highlights: A photographer's paradise is Vijaynagar Beach; especially the sunrise views from the beach is incomparably magnificent. When the sun’s fresh rays spread all over the wide sea, the entire atmosphere starts blushing in all possible colours and there is no better sight from the beach would satiate a photographic mind. The native birds appear during the fresh mornings add effective colours to the sunrise pictures.

Activity: The beach is recognized for relaxed swimming and sunbathing. Adventure activities are not yet a fashion on this inevitable part of Havelock Island.

Distance from Port Blair: Vijaynagar Beach is located at a distance of about 38 kms from Port Blair but from Havelock jetty the beach is lying 9 kms away only.