How Havelock Island was Renamed as Swaraj Dweep

coconut-palm trees on a white sand beach next to clear blue waters and azure sky with clouds

Havelock, also known as Swaraj Dweep, is the largest island in Ritchie's Archipelago. This island's coastline stretches for almost 58.5 km, with Port Blair as its capital city. With very low human habitation, this alluring paradise is undeniably any nature lover's haven - a serene break from the dreary hustle of life.

History of Havelock Island

Enveloped by white sand beaches, this dendrophile's paradise was previously named after a British general Sir Henry Havelock. This island was once indigenous to only the tribal natives. However, this enclave has been home to settlers from different parts of India over the years, and the Indian government actively encourages tourism here. Nonetheless, a significant portion of this island remains untouched by modern technology and offers a getaway for those looking for a break. As the largest island of the archipelago, the new name of Havelock Island officially is Swaraj Dweep cause of its rich history. In 2018, to pay tribute to Subhash Chandra Bose, the Prime Minister of India retitled Havelock Island. Renamed as Swaraj Dweep, this island is home to verdant rainforests, active volcanoes, rich fauna and pristine beaches.

a beautiful beach side next to a large water body shot from a angle which captures a garden of yellow flowers on the shore
a clean blue ocean at Havelock island, new name being Swaraj Dweep, was shot from afar where we can see the sky and ocean meeting at the horizon and a pathway on the left

About Havelock Island 

Havelock Island is one of the few locations in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands open to tourism. There are numerous beautiful beaches on this island, namely - Radhanagar Beach, Elephant Beach, Kalapathar Beach and Vijay Nagar Beach, among others. Surrounded by dense tropical trees, Havelock Island is also renowned among couples as a honeymoon destination due to its panoramic view and calm waves.

A Paradise for Couples

A utopia for lovebirds with pleasant weather, Havelock Island in Andaman and Nicobar Islands is optimal for travellers to visit throughout the year, making it ideal for couples to spend their honeymoon. Havelock Island offers a myriad of couple activities, namely - scuba diving, kayaking, snorkelling, parasailing, cruise rides and more. With clean white beaches and beautiful coral reefs, couples can also choose to explore the marine life at Elephant Beach or witness an active volcano at Barren Island. Andaman and Nicobar Islands are indeed a treasure to explore!

a couple holding hands wearing white clothes on a beach while the ocean can be spotted in the background and captured from a lower angle
a man captured with a hiking backpack can be seen walking besides the shore during sunset with mountains as a backdrop

Hiking at Havelock

With a striking topography, Havelock Island makes an accurate destination for hikers. Surrounded by emerald green forests, adventurous tourists can experience a thrilling hiking trail from Havelock for approximately 1.6 km, which ends at Elephant Beach. Another adventure-filled hiking activity starts from Havelock to Mount Harriet - the third-highest peak in the archipelago. This 16 km trail covers panoramic landscapes and lush green forest that is home to stunning indigenous wildlife. Additionally, trekkers can witness a variety of local and migratory birds, reptiles and other rare fauna like Palm Civetd, Andaman Banded Kraits, Leather-back Turtles and more!

Explore the Marine Life at Havelock

The vivid marine life in Andaman is renowned worldwide; therefore, a unique glass-bottom boat ride is perfect for tourists who wish to explore underwater mysteries. These boats are dolphin-shaped and built with an ultra-durable window, shaped like a spheroid. This one-of-a-kind escapade in India is available only during the months of February and April. Spectate the serene beauty of corals, sea turtles, fish and other exotic marine life while you photograph them and turn them into memories of a lifetime.

an underwater view of two fish with orange and white skin swimming around corals

Enhance your stay at Havelock Island while you stay at our elegantly designed cottages & suites by Symphony Palms Beach Resort And Spa. Our villas overlook the beaches and are decked with modern amenities. Guests can also enjoy exciting activities like scuba diving, bird watching, etc., for an eventful stay on Havelock Island. Besides, are you puzzled about exploring Swaraj Dweep in the best way possible? We got your back. Read experience the best of Havelock Island to get more insights on things to do on your next trip to Andaman.