Thursday, September 1, 2016

Havelock Island

The ferry from Port Blair to Havelock Island was a pleasant one


We stayed at Dolphin Resort at Havelock Island and I must say it was perfect for the view and the location. 




Run by the government, it was neat and clean with some good staff. The rates too were reasonable when compared to similar accommodation in the vicinity. When we checked in, it was low tide and that gave us some opportunity to explore the beach.


I liked the general ambiance and layout of the place. This tastefully lighted swing is one example 



As Andamans is in the far east, the sun rises before 5 am and sets around 6 pm (compared to IST) So it’s a good reason to get up early to catch the sunrise.



I liked the way they had maintained the huge trees and the landscape, including labeling the trees.




And with all that greenery around, one can’t miss the birds.


Nearly 105 species and subspecies of birds are endemic to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, i.e. not found anywhere else in the world. Some of them are Nicobar Megapode, Edible Nest Swiftlet and Narcondam Hornbill.

I was lucky enough to spot some Edible Nest Swiftlet 


It is intriguing to see them easily hanging on to a wall and building their nest. They are from the swift family and live in colonies. 


They are found in caves, clefts in a cliff, or sometimes even in the nooks of buildings. The nest is made from layers of solidified saliva. These nests are later used by humans to make bird’s nest soup. (hence the name Edible Nest Swiftlet) The Chinese believe that it promotes goodhealth, especially for the skin. The nests have been in Chinese cooking for over 400 years.
Was fascinated by this common sparrow (not so common now a days in the cities)


Noticed many two wheelers with the yellow number plate. They were available on hire - a good way to commute within an island.



 The Radhanagar beach is not far off from this place (about 10 minutes drive) 


This beach is clean and good but as it is famous, the beach is a bit crowded.


It would be advisable to avoid the eating outlet by the name of The Mohwa at Radhanagar beach. 

The food was not palatable and things were overpriced.

I walked for some distance on the beach and got this shot nicely framed.


While I was admiring the blue waters a couple decided to take in the view. I clicked once more from the same spot. Now comparing both the pics I think the second one gives more life to the picture.



Next post – The North Bay Island and Ross Island.

27 comments:

Kim@stuffcould.... said...

I agree the people in the pic give it life.....I love all the beautiful beach views you had. I never heard of those birds, quite intriguing. I wouldn't eat their nests but if you have for 400 years, it's normal. Nice vacation

magiceye said...

Lovely captures!

Anonymous said...

Nice piece of work, beautifully captured, feels life like, wish u had written some more about the bird life there, waiting for the next blog. - Theresa Mathews

Deepak Sabin said...

Feels like I've travelled there. thank you Joe chaayan

Seraphinas Phantasie said...

Fantastic photos and impressions of a wonderful trip.
Best, Synnöve

Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor said...

Oh, that looks like a lovely place for a holiday. I love your shots of the birds - well captured.

Breathtaking said...

Hello!:) It looks like a nice place to stay. Gorgeous sunsets and beach scenes, with great shots of the birds. I have eaten birds nest soup in Thailand, but it didn't make a big impression on me. You might as well try the native food, at least once.
Enjoy your weekend.:)

Sandee said...

What a lovely place to explore and relax. Excellent.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

Sandra said...

beautiful sunrise photos and that is my favorite time of the day, sunrise. I also love beautiful beaches and these are really pretty

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hi!!! Fantastic set of photos.. Many thx for comment.. Cheers.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, what a beautiful place for a vacation. I love the views of the beach and water. The birds are awesome. Great series of photos. Happy Friday, have a happy weekend!

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful seaside views!

Pooja Mahimkar said...


That so makes me want to go on a vacation

Mary Kirkland said...

I didn't realize that bird's nest soup was made with actual bird's nests. How interesting.

Loved the pictures.

Kelly Hashway/Ashelyn Drake said...

These are great pictures!

Barbara Fisher said...

I really enjoyed all your photographs, thank you. I don't think I will ever have the opportunity to visit so it was good to see it through your eyes and lens. I love the birds that hang on the side of buildings, I've not seen those before.

Megha @ Meinblogland... said...

Great post and fab pics!

Linda said...

Your photos are lovely, what gorgeous things and views!

Ann Thompson said...

What a beautiful place. I would love to be on those beaches. It looks so relaxing.
That's pretty fascinating seeing those birds hanging on to the wall like that.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful tour of the island. Nice photographs.

Lowcarb team member said...

I so enjoyed all of your photo's and your narration of your stay.
Looks and sounds very good.

All the best Jan

Insignia said...

Lovely pictures again. Andamans is a world of its own; very picturesque.

visualnorway said...

Nice photos from must be a really nice place

Medeia Sharif said...

Stunning pics. This looks like a great getaway and those birds are interesting.

Sujatha Sathya said...

truly loved the bird captures! and the beach side pics

you gave us a nice walk through the resort and the place through your post

Anvilcloud said...

I prefer the composition and framing of the second last picture more, but they both have merit; they're just different photos.

Havelock must be of British derivation because there is a town by that name not too very far from us.

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