Tuesday, 23 August 2016

The Travelogue Straight From The Havelock Islands


People reading this blog may find our journey quite hectic because it demanded punctuality. If we are to move around and see places, we need to get ready "on time". So, the third day was scheduled for a Makruzz Jetty Ride that took us to Havelock Island. The only mode of transportation available to reach Havelock from Port Blair was sea and both government and private jetties run on this route daily. 

The Government Jetties Stationed @ Phoenix Bay

Makruzz - Private Ferry Available From Phoenix Bay Jetty 

After going through the reviews on TripAdvisor, we picked the ride in a Makruzz which offered a luxurious and personalized services to its guests. The interiors were clean and during the ride, they told about the safety measures to be taken in an event of any mishappening. As we were faring in the gigantic Bay of Bengal, the safety precautions were a must. 

The engine of the cruise along with the tides of the water landed us at the Govind Nagar Island at 0930 hours. En-route, wherever our eyes reached, there was water all around us. It was such a heaven and I was wondering how would it be like living on an island. On landing, our driver was waiting to transfer us to the Wild Orchid & Beach Resort.

The Welcome View @ Govind Nagar Island, Hacelock

Resting Huts at Havelock

We were to spend the following two nights in the Havelock Island which is more popular as the Diving Destination. After resting for a while, our driver picked us up right at 1300 hours from the resort. We were about to relax furthermore at Radhanagar Beach which lies on the South Coast of Havelock Island. The TIME Magazine has rated this beach as one of the best beaches in ASIA. So, we already had that information and were damn excited to see what the beach have for us. To me, it was a little crowded, but if I go on defining its beauty, words will definitely fall short. Let the picture speak for it. 

@ Radhanagar Beach

The beach was surrounded by dense forest and there was a little Shiv Mandir but that was a little off-located and you need some guts to travel in an unknown place like that where a few tribes of aboriginals are aggressive. So, I and Sachin decided to follow the marks and thankfully we reached the right spot. The temple wasn't grand and since we had no guide, we did not know why it was located at such a secluded place. There was not a single person around to ask for the directions if we would've lost our paths to the beach. But, I suppose it must have been constructed post the devastating 2004 Tsunami.

By the time we finished splurging in the cool blue water it was dawn. So we decided to make way for the resort. En-route, we stopped to have the local fruit chaat. As the vendor was sprinkling lemon, I noticed a huge sized lemon thing. On asking , he said that this is what they reap after growing lemon in the fields. Thus, I had the opportunity to taste the 'real', organic and chemical free fruits and lemon. Living in such a place has its own hassles and advantages, but I would see more advantages than difficulties on living on an island like this. 

The Lemon

Fruit Chaat Made From Locally Procured Fresh Fruits
On our way back, I initiated a conversation with our driver Babul who was a young, energetic and an enthusiastic man in mid-20s. I asked him about the local culture and faith, the native language (which is Hindi) that people use. Their mainstay is Tourism and export of Supari. The Supari trees can be found in abundance here. 

He also told me that they don't throw the cover of the coconuts. In fact, they make use of the same in making bus seats out of it. These people try to recycle everything till the time it is of no use. While discussing the tribals, he informed that they do come to their homes to eat sometimes, but they do not harm them. This shows two things - First, the apathy in which these aboriginals are living in without food and secondly, the peaceful co-existence of the modern and indigenous man. Babul was telling all this with great interest and he even said that there are certain Out Of Bound Areas in Little Andaman where more dangerous Onges and Nicobarese tribes live. Both these tribes are known to attack the outsider and that is why entry to the Nicobar Islands is strictly prohibited. 

There are over 570 islands in Andaman itself, but only 30 are inhabitable and the remaining islands are under government control. Since the driver was so co-operative, we asked him to take us to the local market instead of the resort to have a local fruit for our memory. He took us there and we first had a natural freshly made ice-cream at Amore and later bought Chakotra. That was a sheer delight for me. I love trying everything local. The fruit belonged to Orange Family and was sour in taste. 
Chakotra - Native Fruit
On our return from the local market, the driver was fined for parking at the wrong side. So, we paid for it because he stopped the car for us. After much reluctance, he finally agreed to accept the money.

That's how the venturous second day ended in the islands. More to follow. 

Until next time! 

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