Thursday, July 29, 2010

Kalapathar Beach of Havelock Island, Andaman Islands, India

The Kalapathar beach is situated on one corner of Havelock Island. The beach gets its name from the surrounding village, which is Kalapathar Village and the black rocks (known as Kalapathar in Hindi) that adorn the coastline here.

I came across this serene place when I was exploring the entire Havelock Island on my rented motorcycle. I rode with the idea of going till the road goes.

The drive towards the beach looked very much like a marine drive, but with a tropical fragrance to it. There were hardly any people around. All I could see were some stray dogs, which exist in huge numbers across the Havelock Island.

The emerald seas, the tropical forests on one side of the road, the kalapathars (black rocks) that decorate the coastline, the silken smooth silver sands and the sheer solitude make this beach a great place to relax. I was very happy that no tourist infrastructure was available here and nature was left as is. But, if you happen to go here, do exercise caution while entering the waters as the locals warn of the sharp rocks and the strong currents beyond.

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