Radhanagar Beach, India is one of the most famous attractions on Havelock Island and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands itself. Commonly known as Beach No. 7, Radhanagar was named the best beach in Asia and the 7th best beach in the world by Time Magazine in 2004. The beach was also included in the top 25 beaches in Asia by Tripadvisor's Traveler's Choice Awards in 2016.
The beautiful sunset view and the golden brown sand are also its trademark. Needless to say, this is one of the most spectacular beaches you will visit on your trip to the Andamans. Hugged with coconut palms from all sides and covered with tropical forest from both sides, Radhanagar Beach opens a world of serenity and relaxation to its visitors.
As soon as you enter through the gates, you are greeted by one of the most spectacular views the island has to offer. The panoramic view of the sea complemented by soft white sand, stretching as far as the eye can see, suddenly lifts the mood and gives a sense of rejuvenation. The emerald blue waters with just the right amount of splashing combined with the perfect blue sky blending in with the horizon make you want to swim right away.
There are many huts, benches and chairs scattered around the beach, along with tall trees that give you a place to relax, enjoy the beauty and unwind with some snacks and drinks. One of the best things about this is that you are allowed to bring food and water inside the gate, so you can sit with your friends and family and enjoy the view, while the kids play in the sand.
The two storey huts in the middle of the beach provide a complete view of the ocean in front and are a great place to take photos.
If you love swimming and want to swim, there's no better place in Havelock than this. A lifeguard is stationed near the beach during opening hours constantly monitoring the area, so you can easily get help in case of an accident.
Swimming at the beach is both fun and safe, as there are lesser spottings of crocodiles in the area, and the forestry department keeps a keen eye on the entire village to make sure everyone stays safe. The waves are moderate and there are no rocks or reefs on the beach, making it a great place to swim.
Adults who know how to swim can go a little deeper, but it's not recommended to leave a 10 meter radius. Children are advised not to go too far and play near the shoreline itself.
The beach provides expansive views of the open sea and is one of the most famous places in Havelock to watch the sunset. The open skyline adore by clear blue waters and unrivaled greenery provides a breathtaking view.
Sunset usually occurs at 5:30 on the island, which gives you enough time to relax and leave the beach area before closing. Chairs by the beach fill up fairly quickly during this time, so be sure to grab one for your friends and family early.
The right and left sides of the beach are perfect for strolling at night. Surrounded by dense rainforest trees on one side and the open sea on the other, you can succumb to the feeling of awe without any disturbance. Located on the right side of the beach is Neil's Cove lagoon which can be reached by trekking 1.3 KM through the beach and forest, and offers a great place to capture some memories.
The beach is located 10.8 KM from the Havelock Island pier and can be easily reached by taking the SH4 road which passes through open areas and forests. It usually takes no more than 20-30 minutes to get there, depending on the mode of transportation. Here's how you can easily get to the beach:
There are many bike rental shops all over Havelock Island, the closest one to the pier called "Bike Rental" which is about 160 meters away, which can be easily reached on foot. You can also pick up the card from the respective shops and order a rental bike once you arrive at the hotel.