What a day! What a rare day! Ever since we came to these islands, it had been raining… all the time. For the first time in days, the sun was out and all the colours changed. We reached the port early in the morning to board the boat (MV Rani Lakshmi) that will take us to Havelock via Neil Island.
The map of Havelock will put my later ramblings into a lucid context. I hope!
Boats lined up on the docks at Port Blair. All of them are run by the government and are subsidised for the locals. While we paid Rs 235 per head for the journey from Port Blair to Havelock, for locals its Rs 25.
Jetty lights against the clear blue sky!
Thats the colour of the sea when the sun is shining. Port Blair recedes to the distance as the boat starts its eastward crawl towards Neil and Havelock
North Bay. The entire region is surrounded with coral reefs and forms the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. When you look at the back-side of a Rs 20 note, you will see an island with lots of coconut trees and a lighthouse. Thats the north bay island and the lighthouse (which is just left of this photo’s left limit) is known as Wandoor.
The seating area of the boat.
Once the boat reached the high seas, there was nothing to do on the deck so i sat down and caught up with a couple of episodes of SCRUBS. The photograph was taken by ma while i was busy in the aforementioned fashion.
The deep, blue sea!
The boat makes the first stop at Neil Island. On the background is one of Neil’s beaches while the lighthouse in the foreground, a tiny lighthouse marks a coral reef so that the ships and bigger boats like the one we were on, stay clear.
That, they say is the real colour of the sea around here.
These pillars too, mark the coral reefs. All these pics were taken when the boat was approaching Neil jetty.
Men relax on the jetty, suspended above the glassy waters.
Boats around the Neil island shoreline
The jetty at Neil Island
While you wait for the boat to pick up and drop passengers and begin the next leg of the journey towards Havelock, you can chill with some coconut water at the jetty
or with some paan and cigarettes!
The sea, painted a million shades of blue!
Near the Havelock Jetty. Look at how crystal clear the water is
What can i say!
This is at the jetty. All these fishes were in a large school and were circling around the jetty pillars.
And then there were smaller fishes!
Just like people have cars in cities, people in Havelock and other islands have boats and this is how they park them!
Thats the view we enjoyed sitting at our resort!
The wall was put up so that the high tide water cannot rush in.
Why do people rave about Thailand so much. Are they not aware of these places in India itself?
The resort lawns
There you go! half a day of sunny bliss coming to an end. The rain clouds start rolling in… that too when i had just finished renting an Enfield! Damn you rains!
Thats the red Bullet i rented. It was called Red Bull for the day!
And thats Andaman’s finest Brew! The fact is, if you are wet and you are sitting in a shack on the beach and waiting for your shirt to dry, any brew is good brew!
Havelock’s prime attraction – Radhanagar Beach. This 3 km long stretch of white sand is considered to be one of the best in the world.
And it attracts not only loud Bengali tourist and bikini-clad westerners, but also the canines.
I wish i knew how to swim…i wish i knew how to surf!
Have you ever seen a beach this large so empty?
Just to stress on the point i just made.
framed with forests…
Driftwood on the beach
HA HA HA! Crabs are the best. These little fellows are barely two inches across. Whenever the waves go back, they appear for seconds, only to disappear into the sand in the wink of an eye. If you happen to catch one of them, like i did, they just play dead! the moment you let them off your hand, schoom…they are off!
The beauty of this beach! The trees look as if they have been planted according to a plan. They grow naturally in a neat row across the length of the beach
Just like this…
And like this…
At times there are rocks that jut into the sea. The rocks are covered with algae and they can be very slippery. I found out the hard way and to this day, more than a week after i am back, there is still a bluish black patch on my butt!
The sand in this stretch of the beach was rather soft. Your entire foot disappears with every step.
Ma being a little girl!
I like this pic!
The sun says Good Bye!
I will definitely come back here one day. May that day be very soon and may the company be right!