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Andaman Islands

Lush tropical rainforest, coral reef, mangroves, white sandy beaches and an exotic collection of flora and fauna make a holiday to the Andaman Islands a favourite for nature lovers and those wanting to completely cut themselves off from the rest of the world in a virgin paradise.

Located midway between India and Myanmar, the remote Andaman Islands are a flight from Delhi, Chennai or Calcutta to Port Blair, followed by a two-hour boat ride or seaplane service.

With a limited number of places to stay, two of our favourite retreats, hidden in the serene confines of Havelock Island are Barefoot at Havelock and Jalakara Private Villa Hotel.


It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

Havelock’s rainforest

Take guided nature walks for a fantastic way to explore the flora and fauna of Havelock’s rainforest.

Marine Nature Reserve

Take a boat trip around the uninhabited islands of Ritchie’s Archipelago and the Rani Jhansi marine nature reserve.

Snorkelling Adventure

Explore Elephant beach, Turtle Beach and Nemo Reef for the best snorkelling spots.

Radhanagar Beach

A wide arc of white sand and playful waves, visit Radhanagar Beach and relax.

Explore the Andaman Islands

Spend your days hiking, fishing and kayaking.

Game Fishing with the Locals

Try your luck at landing a fish of a lifetime – tuna, grouper, sailfish, marlin, barracuda are all out there.

Diving Adventure

Go diving in the crystal blue waters.

Where to stay

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa £££££

  • India
  • Beach and Island Escapes

An all-villa property with 72 rooms, the Taj Exotica Resort and Spa is the first luxury beach resort to arrive on the Andaman Islands. Located on the famed Radhanagar beach on Havelock Island, fringed by mangrove, the design mirrors the island’s natural resources. The resort offers concept restaurants and a wellness spa. Activities include night kayaking, game fishing, turtle viewing, snorkelling, diving and more. Reached by catamaran from Port Blair, a pleasant journey of two and a half hours.

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Jalakara £££££

  • India
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Jalakara is a beautiful private villa hotel, set on a hillside overlooking tropical rainforests with fabulous views of the sunset and sea. This is a dreamy, tropical hideaway surrounded by nature, far from the humdrum of the modern world.

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Barefoot at Havelock £££££

  • India
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Barefoot at Havelock is a pared-down eco-hideaway, tucked behind two kilometres of untrodden white sands and 100-foot high mahua trees. Barefoot offers 18 cottages, hidden among seven acres of grounds, their hardwood walls and conical thatch roofs blending into the tropical foliage. The cottages are simple but offer modern plumbing, air-con or ceiling fans and an exhilarating closeness to nature.

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Beach, Havelock Island, Andamans, India
Havelock Island, India

How to reach India's Andaman Islands

Located midway between India and Myanmar, the remote Andaman Islands are a short flight from Chennai or Calcutta to Port Blair, followed by a two-hour boat ride or seaplane service from Port Blair.

Head for Havelock Island, part of Ritchie’s Archipelago. Havelock is best known for its pristine dive sites and beaches, like Elephant Beach, with its coral reefs.

Havelock is a small island so wherever you stay you are generally no more than a 15-minute drive away from anything. To be truly independent during your stay on Havelock, hire a scooter or a bike. Auto-rickshaws and taxis are readily available to get you safely from A to B – or if you are feeling like you want to experience transport island-style then catch the regular, uncrowded, extremely cheap and rather jolly bus service.

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Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way.

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