So your wedding bells are ringing! You want to take off to a secluded, wondrous part of the world to spend some romantic ‘we’ time with your beloved, where peace and quiet do not disturb you? Would you like to experience heavenly bliss in a not-so-hyped getaway? Where the clear blue skies meet the expansive blues of oceans, amidst the vast gazes of sandy beaches! Welcome to Havelock – a paradise and perfect destination for honeymooners!
This island is one of the many in Ritchie’s Archipelago, lying towards the east of Great Andaman, in the Bay of Bengal, that belongs to India. There are many charming villages that dot this island, adding to its rustic beauty. It was colonized by British and named after the English General Mr. Henry Havelock.
This island’s native population is almost extinct, now reduced to a very small number, of Aborigine descent. There tribes that reside here are of the lineage of Negros. But most of the other population comprises of migrants from Myanmar and Bengal. Shy and friendly, you may be able to make friends with a few locals that can actually show you some ‘off-the-cuff’ spots that you can quietly sneak away to with your better half!
Havelock has so many hotels for both of you. If you like the plushness of a resort, there are lavish luxurious ones to choose for. Or if you like to be in a rustic cottage, you can find many that suit your budget. There are also the ‘do not disturb’ semi-furnished self-contained accommodations that let you live and cook by yourself and be virtually ‘left alone’! You can choose from beach resorts to hotels near the green rainforest areas, or do a mix of both!
Tantalize your senses with the mesmerizing ocean creatures
Take a scuba diving experience with your love and you will both feel exhilarated. There are a number of diving sites with stunning coral reefs hidden within the depths of the seas. Or try snorkeling in the tropical waters and share the world of corals and marine life. You both will feel rejuvenated and enriched, inspired by the fantasy like underwater world.
Suntan or laze at the beach
The beaches are numbered here there are so many. Some popular ones have names too such as the Radhanagar beach where green forest seems to create a picturesque alcove that is a feasty sugary sandy curve next to perfect lapping waves. Sunset is the best time to soak in the scene here, and as you walk away from the main entry, hand in hand, you will get private places away from prying eyes!
Take a Scooty and ride along the narrow mesmerizing roads and along sandy beaches, at your pace. Stop wherever you want, whenever you feel like. Interact with locals if you want to, eat at the local joints tucked away in non-tourists spots and taste authentic sea-food cooked in the traditional way!
Ride away for private golden moments
Hire a couple of bicycles, pack in a backpack or two with camping gear, get some maps and other equipment and set off. With its bamboo-hut accommodations and excellent camping grounds, both in the green areas as well as near the not so touristy coasts, you can have quiet romantic moments, just like in the movies! Dare to take it rough, sleep under the open sky and be one with nature, with your love snuggled up to you.
Some daring challenges
Gone are the days when newlyweds liked to spend days gazing onto each other’s eyes – the stuff that makes up the oh-so-outdated romantic novels! Today’s confident young couples want to share their bolder adventurous passions, daring to prove their mettle against challenging feats.
Havelock offers a number of trekking trips into its jungles for spectacles of the rainforest jungles. The slippery forest floors are surely tricky to tread on!
The ocean offers a number of water sports along the coasts, especially at Elephant beach. Try some sports and see who does better. How about some kayaking? It is not as easy as it looks!
Be a bird amidst the clouds
You can take a seaplane ride to one or more beaches! This is a truly lovely and amazing journey! They can make you hover over the beaches and islands nearby, giving you a bird’s eye view akin to a portrait of myriad colors and hues! Enrapturing for sure!
Truly a week in Havelock will refresh you as you enjoy some of the most precious moments of your life. The perfect time spent here with your beloved, is a promise that you make to each other – to carry memories of this beautiful trip as you embark together on a glorious journey called life!