Day 3 started off with hiring a scooty and would be spent riding in Havelock. We started at around 9 AM and were done at somewhere around 4 PM. The day was humid, and the sky was clear. We had one place on our mind, the RadhaNagar beach and take it from there.
RadhaNagar beach is Beach Number 7 on the western coast and is the most popular beach on Havelock. RadhaNagar beach was around 11-12 kilometers from our Resort. The road was a narrow one with trees on both sides. There you notice several resorts on your both sides, and we saw them gearing up for the season. We would spot someone fixing the roof, while the other would be painting the gate.
The stretch to the RadhaNagar beach was a definitely exotic. There you would cross paddy fields, coconut farms, nursery with flowers of different colors blooming and a local crossing your way every 5 minutes. We rode pretty slowly, enjoying the view and all that Mother Earth has to offer. After a while, we were at our destination. The first word that went out of my mouth when I saw the beach was “WOW”. The water in this part of the world is a different kind of green. An appealing turquoise ocean and gorgeous white sand brightened up by the rays of the sun and backed by a beautiful forest. It is definitely a place to be at when you are in the Andamans. We could see happy faces everywhere, couples swimming together, families posing together, hippies looking into their lives and what not. I have tried to capture this beauty through my lens. I have divided the pictures into 2 parts – RadhaNagar Beach and the Trek to the Elephant Beach. Hope you like them.
Next destination was the “Elephant Beach”. We saw a board on the way to Radha Nagar beach that read something about taking that way to the trek to the Elephant Beach. We parked our scooty and started the trek. It was a 2 KM trek, the sand was moist and you would slip every now and then. There was greenery all around, and we were on our own. Prateek led the way, and I followed with wide-opened eyes. It was a humid day, and our clothes were all wet with sweat. The road was slippery and there was a long way to go. During the tourists’ season, Elephant beach is packed with people doing water sports (especially snorkeling), or taking a speed boat to the beach from the jetty. Luckily, the time when we visited was a typical off-season and we found ourselves exploring the forest and the beach on our own. There was no other human soul as far as our eyes could see. As if we were left behind in a secluded island, with nothing but just ourselves for each others. Give me Laika and Taco, and I can stay there forever. It is again a beautiful beach, not to be missed. Below are the pictures from the trek, led by Trek-Master Prateek (hehe) and the very beautiful Elephant Beach.
After spending a few hours, we started trekking back to the main road. Once there, we started our ride back to the “Kalapathar beach”. This beach is on the other side of our resort. It is around 5 KMS from our resort. So, while coming back from the beautiful beaches and the amazing trek, we decided not to stop at our Resort, and instead continue towards the east. The result was another “very very very beautiful” beach called the Kalapathar Beach. I did not click pictures here, because sometimes, I just do not want to click. We did not stop at the beach, but rode past the entire beach to the end point of Havelock, and just drank all the beauty that we saw. Some best moments of life are those you do not have pictures of. They say, Kalapathar beach is the best location to watch the sun rise.
So there we were, back to our resort. It was time to eat some mashed potatoes with fried crab, drink a glass of wine, take a dive in the sea, take a shower and lie back in the cozy bed and start transferring the pictures from the memory card to the laptop.
I hope you liked our Day 3 of being in the Amazing Andamans. Day 4 was all about scuba-diving and hotel-hopping. Will be back soon with more pictures.
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