Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Essential Andaman in 8 night / 9 days - Detailed Travelogue - DAY IV

Day 4 - 20th Jan

The main attraction for this morning was to visit Elephant beach. Elephant Beach is very much on the main island of Havelock and can be trekked by foot from SH 4, which happens to be one of the two main roads , other being SH 5, on Havelock. I am told it takes about 45 minutes on foot from SH 4 and that one has to wade through knee deep water for some distance, may be 100 meters.

Leaving our resort by about 0830 hrs, we reached the beach next to Jetty in about 20 minutes. Here we were met by our travel coordinator who put us with the boat navigator. Once the number of passengers were gathered, we boarded the boat and were promptly handed one life jacket each.

It must be mentioned that all the operators at Andamans, of every service, are very particular about things that are important. Yesterday, at Radhanagari Beach, the street vendors were very particular that no tourist  litters the beach. The boat to North Bay island at Port Blair as also the boat operator of this boat going to Elephant Beach did not move the boat unless all passengers had donned their life Jackets. I felt that only way responsible tourism can progress is this, very proper behavior by all working in tourism sector.

The boat journey was fun and lasted for about 30 minutes. Once we disembarked, we were delighted with a compact and pristine white beach. We were happy to see all the options of water sports that were available at North Bay island were available here too. While the ladies of our group did not enjoy most of the water borne activities, they decided to just soak in water at beach.
Elephant Beach

Since I had already done fun dive at North Bay, I wanted to do Snorkeling at this place. One more member also joined me and we did snorkeling and enjoyed the underwater beauty of the fishes, corals and other sea species.

Snorkelling guides
Post Snorkeling we all decided to do a trip on Glass Bottom Boat. The Russian Boat experience at North Bay had made us skeptical about this tirp but to our surprise we found this ride enjoyable, much better than the Russian Boat Ride and way economical than that ride.

On our return to the beach we had change of clothes (very logical step). While change room and fresh water facilities were available on the beach, the water in Andamans is not as saline as it is on main land. Hence all of us dropped the Bath part. All that was left for us before getting back in the designated boat was usual fill of eatables and tea, etc.

We left Elephant Beach by about 1230 and reached Havelock is about 30 minutes. By then we were hungry. We had read about a place called “Something Different”. We looked for this place and liked it in our first look. We decided to have lunch there. This place is located nearly on a beach (Beach No 2) where one can go and enjoy view of shimmering blue water.
Emerald Green water at Beach No 2

Beautiful Mangroves 

One more Snap

Coast at Beach 2
They have a very big place with multiple type of seating starting from lower ones to tall tables. The choice is of the customer. We found a suitable seating of our liking and ordered our food on the recommendation of the Captain there. The food also included a full tandoori fish. While the food was good and we enjoyed it what lingers even today in our mind is the Tandoori Fish and its wonderful appearance and taste.

Wow, No Wifi. Happy tp Naote

Seating Orthogonal Chairs

Tall Seating

Normal Seating

Low Seating, Almost Indian Style

Innovative Table Mat

Another Look

Tandoor Fish, looked and tested good

Post lunch we retired to our room at TSG resort and rested till about 1530. The rest was followed by our visit, second one, to Radhanagari Beach (at walking distance from TSG Blue). The sun was bright at that time and having been to water yesterday, we choose to just sit and enjoy till we get to see sun set.

When we reached there, it was bright sunshine. We thought the clouds would obliged us today and we could view the fabulous sunset from this beach. That however did not happen. Just short of sunset, the clouds landed up and obscured the sun. Luck was not our side. 
Bright Sun at radhanagari, But Clouds Lurk

Beautiful Cloud Pattern but our Sunset Ruined

Post sundown, the weather becomes less hot and the breeze picks up. It was nice to be on the beach for some time. 
Me - Bheed ke Beech Aakela (Just Joking)

Loungers on the Beach

It's a Popular Beach

We returned to the resort after some time, had our dinner and slept off. 

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