Elephant Beach
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Brief

Elephant Beach is located north from the famous Radhanagar beach and is among the famous tourist beaches in India. In 2004, after the onslaught of the tsunami, the shoreline was swept away and the beach is now a fraction of what it was in the past. However, the coral found on the beach is the best anywhere in India, thereby making it suitable for snorkelling. The beach is located in a remote corner of Havelock Island. Therefore, in order to reach it, one will have to either take a boat or undertake a small trek. The beach is renowned for its pristine beauty as well as its picturesque surroundings. Tourists can enjoy the sapphire coloured waters, gentle waves, bare trees and expanding horizon.

 
Travel Tips

The beach is usually crowded in the morning till around lunch time. After lunch, the tourists start returning back to their boats. This is the best time to visit the beach if you are looking for some privacy. Always remember to pack water and foods, even if it is coconut and bhel puri.

The best time to visit the beach is between October and May where one can enjoy good weather which is conducive for a vacation. Travel during the monsoons should be avoided owing to torrential rainfall.

Temperature

21C – 33C



When to visit

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sprinkles Very Cold
  • 10° Max
  • -3° Min
  • 12.0 mm
 
Things to do

One can undertake a trek through the forest in order to reach the beach. It usually takes around 30 minutes on foot. You could also wade through the water which is only around knee deep. Also, one of the best adventure activities one can indulge in is snorkelling. Tourists should keep an eye out for glass-bottom boats.  

 

Scuba diving is also a famous adventure sport. Since most of the diving sites are not close together, most of the dives take place in the morning till around lunch time. Take the time to go on a trip on the speed boat with the local fishermen to the mangroves which are located nearby. Fishing is also another great option with the fishermen actually taking the time to prepare the fishing lines for tourists.

 
Getting Around

Walking is the best way to get around the island. There are local buses and shared jeeps which also operate between the other beaches on the island. Auto rickshaws are also available on the main roads or near the market area. One can also hire a scooter, bicycle or motorcycle from the main centre in the town. However, one would need to bargain for a good price. There are A/c and non-a/c taxis which one can hire; however, they can get quite expensive.

 
Places to Stay

 
How to Reach

  • There are a number of flights which operate from India to Port Blair. There are helicopter flights which are also available to Havelock. Also, you can fly to Port Blair in a seaplane which is operated by Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited.
  • Ferries are the preferred mode of transport if you want to go on and off the island. There are 2-3 ferries which function daily from Port Blair and Rangat, one of which operates through Neil Island. Also, tourists can avail of air-conditioned catamaran ferries from Port Blair to Havelock. While this mode of transport can be quite expensive, it is a comfortable way to journey to the island.

 
Surrounding Attractions

Radhanagar Beach also referred to as Beach #7 is considered to be the most beautiful on the island. It is characterized by silky white sands and surrounded by forest cover. The beautiful turquoise water possesses some with excellent coral reefs which make it perfect for snorkelling.

 

Kalapathar beach is located at one corner of Havelock Island. One would be required to travel along the road From Beach no#3 and Beach no#5. The highlights of the beach include the emerald seas, the tropical forests (Kalapathar Rocks) the vast coastline. This beach is a great place to relax and unwind for tourists who visit it from around the world.

 
Emergency No.

Havelock Police Station

Phone Number: 03192-282405