Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island
Tucked in Havelock Island, Radhanagar Beach is regarded as the best beach in India. It is a pristine stretch of sand backed by turquoise water and lush forest. Radhanagar Beach is commonly called Beach No. 7 and it looks straight out of the postcard. Times Magazine has awarded it the title of the ‘7th best beach in the world’. Radhanagar Beach is one of the many highlights, not only in Havelock but also in the Andaman Islands.
Dotted with palm trees, the beach offers tourists a tranquil ambience to relax and unwind amidst nature. Take a walk barefoot and relish the sight of the aqua waves brushing against the feet. The scenery is so surreal that it will allow you to reconnect with the poet within yourself. No wonder, you can choose Radhanagar Beach for a complete makeover of mind.
Another attraction of Radhanagar Beach is Neil’s Cove. A 10 minutes walk along the beach will take you to this spot. Neil’s Cove is a pristine lagoon and also one of the lesser-known spots. This attraction also offers immense photography opportunities. However, swimming in the water is strictly prohibited after sunset. Hence, with a dazzling array of offerings, Radhanagar Beach is an undeniable bucket list destination.
Swimming : Radhanagar Beach is ideal for sunbathing or swimming. Carry beach towels when you are here. Changing rooms and toilets are available for the convenience of the tourists.
Sunsets : Radhanagar Beach is particularly known for its gorgeous sunsets. The captivating assortment of turquoise blue waters and lavish greenery accompanied by mesmerizing sunset views elevates the beauty of this place. Spread a mat and treat your eyes to one of the best sunsets imaginable.
Luxury hotels dot the shoreline : Though expensive, some of the best hotels in Andaman are located at Radhanagar Beach. If you are not staying at the luxury hotels, you can still go there for having a lavish lunch.
Where is Radhanagar Beach & how to reach
Radhanagar Beach is located around 12 kilometres from the Havelock Jetty. the best way to travel is taking a chauffeured cab for families/large groups (self-drive cars not available), and two-wheelers for smaller groups (not during monsoons). It is one straight road and navigation is easy.
It is about a 9 kilometres ride from the market and thus cycling there is not for the faint-hearted. Also, there are not many cafes/stops in the middle. Public buses and shared jeeps are available but only at fixed timings. Ask the information desk at the jetty on arrival at Havelock. Alternatively, ask your hotel travel desk.
Go2andaman maps are also great for navigation and information
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How long to spend there and What to expect (Radhanagar Beach Information)
Radhanagar Beach is regarded as the most popular beach in Havelock Island. The beach is ideal for relaxation and swimming. When it comes to a beach, no time is too much. But if you are on a short trip, 1.5 to 2 hours would be ideal. Try to reach by 3:00 PM and leave after sunset. The endless stretch of sand meeting the vast blue sea in an idyllic setting is what Radhanagar Beach is all about.
G2A insider tips:
- Get to the beach by 5 AM to avoid crowds. The sunrise is breathtaking and you must not miss it
- Carry a beach towel or an old bed sheet so that you can relax on the beach. Carrying a sunscreen lotion, a pair of flip flops, quick-drying towels and plenty of water is also recommended
- If you are riding a two-wheeler, be very careful as accidents are common on the road leading to Radhanagar Beach
- Elephant Beach : Known for its exquisite coral views, Elephant Beach is perfect for thrill-seekers visiting Havelock. While you take a speed boat from the Havelock jetty, there is also a trekking trail about 6 kilometres from Radhanagar Beach. Elephant Beach is the hub for water activities, from snorkelling to scuba diving, jet-ski and more. Tourists can also bask in the sun while grabbing some snacks and refreshments.
Ideal For: Families, Adventure Lovers, Photographers
- Neil’s Cove : A few minutes walk along Radhanagar Beach will take you to Neil’s cove. It is a tranquil lagoon surrounded by lush green vegetation and offer ample opportunities to watch colourful fish in their natural habitat.
- Dining at TAJ : Indulge in a luxurious dining experience at Taj. Savour sumptuous delicacies in an intimate setting and have a great time with your loved ones.
- Dining at Barefoot : Located at Radhanagar Beach, Barefoot Bar & Restaurant is known for its seafood and continental dishes. Beside the restaurant, there is a lounge where guests can chill with a glass of drink. Kindly note, prior booking is required for guests who are not staying with them.
- Dining at TSG Blue : Located close to Radhanagar Beach, TSG Blue offers guests with an extraordinary dining experience. It boasts of its skilled chefs and delicious food that treats the taste buds.
- Is Radhanagar Beach safe?
Like the rest of Andaman, Radhanagar Beach is safe. People are seen wearing beach attire and relaxing and minding their own business. Guards and life-guards are present between sunrise and sunset to ensure safety. When it comes to crocodiles, safety nets are installed at the beach area and people are allowed to swim within its boundaries. The net is large and does not reduce the fun element.
- Is there an entry fee for Radhanagar Beach?
No, there is no entry fee to visit Radhanagar Beach.
- Is there a particular dress code to follow?
There is no particular dress code to follow. Tourists can wear shorts and bathing suits on the beach. But appropriate dressing is required while exploring the local markets. It might invite unnecessary stares.
- Is there a fixed time to visit Radhanagar Beach?
The beach is open between sunrise and sunset. It is usually crowded between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. To experience the best of Radhanagar Beach, it is ideal to get to the beach early in the morning. Here, sunsets are more beautiful but it is less crowded during sunrise.
- Does Radhanagar Beach have a nightlife?
Unlike Goa, Andaman is not a party hub. It is known for its serene beaches and tranquil surroundings. The beach guards do not allow visitors to laze on the beach after sunset. However, there are shacks and restaurants near Radhanagar Beach where tourists can munch on delicious food and enjoy the ambience.