An Archipelago of serenity- The Andaman Diaries-Havelock Island

Hi everyone,

So I finally managed to reach to the final destination and my favorite among all, The Havelock Island.  And if you haven’t read the previous parts from my Andaman diaries, click on these links below:

Part1Part2Part3Part4

If you ever visit Andaman and not go to Havelock, then your trip is of no use and a total waste. This place deserves all the hype it gets from everywhere and you’ll know by the end of this post why?

The trip to Havelock island from Port Blair used to be a really long journey a few years back, but after the introduction of cruise rides, it has become superbly convenient to travel in less amount of time. Coming from the Indian mainland, with quite often dirty & polluted beaches, street chaos and crowded places, this island was just what we needed: the complete opposite.

We had to first get to the entrance of the port by our own vehicles and from there a government owned bus takes everyone inside the port where a thorough checking is done and you will have to show your ID cards as well. Once you reach the jetty, there is a waiting hall and it is just like a mini airport where we wait to board our flights, here in our case is the cruise. So we decided to take the very popular cruise named “MAKRUZZ“. They have an awesome service and you will have an amazing and comfortable ride till your destination in their cruise line. There is also some snacks service inside the cruise and you can enjoy them while you are on your way to HAVELOCK and listen to some old 90’s English songs too 🙂

Security check at the jetty before taking the cruise
Security check at the jetty before taking the cruise
MAKRUZZ
MAKRUZZ

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I have a terrible problem of SEA SICKNESS but travelling in the cruise never made me realize that i’m in water maybe because it was the morning time and the sea was pretty calm. We reached HAVELOCK JETTY in almost 2 hours and from there we were picked up by the pre arranged taxis to our resort. Since my dad had a few connections, we managed to get the ever so famous “DOLPHIN BEACH RESORT“. It’s a government owned resort and has the most beautiful guest houses in the entire Havelock. The best part was, it had its own PRIVATE BEACH as well. Our rooms were really clean and well maintained and the whole place was filled with MANGO TREES. I even got to eat some yummy mangoes from there.

Waiting to board MAKCRUZZ
Waiting to board MAKCRUZZ
Inside MAKRUZZ
Inside MAKRUZZ
Super excited to reach Havelock
Super excited to reach Havelock

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There a couple of stunningly beautiful beaches on Havelock island. Most of them can be described as tropical paradises beaches with the oceans being more of a natural swimming pool. But be aware: even though the water is calm most of the time, it can get pretty rough as well. Oh and one more thing: Havelock island is a pretty wild place and it’s possible to see many types of wild animals, including crocodiles – salt water crocodiles to be exact. Years ago an American tourist was taken by a salt crocodile. Don’t be put off by this incident though. It’s best to check ones with the locals before heading to any beach.

DOLPHIN BEACH resort
DOLPHIN BEACH resort

Anyway, the beaches here are numbered and even though they have their own names, you will them having their own numbers if you pick up a Havelock’s map. You can rent scooters in Havelock to drive around and even explore places on your own and the view is just breathtaking. But since I was with my family, we decided to take cabs to the beach. As we were here only for 1 day, I wanted to get in the water as soon as I could. One of the most famous beaches is the Radhanagar beach (or beach #7). Voted one of the top 10 beaches in Asia, this beach certainly deserves all the credit it has got. Awesomely huge, pristine and with wonderful views, this beach is a delight!! There is a place where you can even change your clothes after a nice shower and both for men and women are at separate places (PHEWW). I was so amazed by the clear water here and was just not ready to come out of the water. Infact me and my dad were going all crazy and guys the beaches here are like swimming pools, you walk really far into the water and it will be still shallow and safe. But by evening the water starts coming up and that’s when the life gaurds will start shooing off everyone from the water. I even noticed that there are some places to stay nearby the beach but I’m sure those would whooping costly. We treated ourselves with some hot PAKODAS and CHAI and even fresh TENDER COCONUT WATER. Well! I love tender coconut and can have as many as possible in a day..LOL

Radhanagar Beach, Havelock
Radhanagar Beach, Havelock
Dad n me going crazy in the water
Dad n me going crazy in the water
Radhanagr beach
Radhanagar beach
Radhanagar beach
Radhanagar beach

 

After the day at the beach, we were so exhausted like as if we worked out in a gym for hours and came back. My whole body was in so much pain, but somehow i was happy and content. You don’t get to see such pretty places in the mainland India right? Since it was getting into the monsoon mood out there, most of the fishermen had stopped going for fishing and finding a good sea food place at that time was really a tough thing for us. Still me and dad went for a lookout and eventually found a small shop where he luckily had some amazing fresh caught fish and crabs. Since I am a huge fish fan, we decided to take the fish and asked him to cook a spicy fish fry for us. I wanted to eat this with the other delicious feast that was already cooked for us in the resort, I decided to get it packed and took it back to the resort. After a delicious hearty dinner, we headed back for a goodnight sleep.

The next day was more of a laidback day and we were just hanging out in the resort and taking walks on the private beach. Since it was low tide we got to see some cute little crabs, their hide outs and could even walk deep inside where there would be leg deep water otherwise. It was so much fun guys, I wish I could forever just freeze that time. We entertained ourselves with a few games of UNO in which I lost like a maniac and filled our stomachs with fresh Litchis and tender coconut water (AGAIN!!!)

Private beach
Private beach
Private beach- During low tide
Private beach- During low tide
Low tide
Low tide
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Our rooms in the resort
our UNO place
our UNO place

Before a few hours of our cruise back to Port Blair, we headed over to another small beach named “ELEPHANT BEACH”. It is said that an elephant(now very old) with its mahout on her back, used to swim to this beach every day.Elephant apart, this beach is straight out of picture postcard, so stunningly beautiful that your own eyes won’t believe the beauty is for real…it feels like a dream world and I did not want to close my eyes for a bit!!If you plan to spend a whole day here, bring your own food and water because there are no restaurants or street vendors around except for a few coconut sellers. Elephant beach can be reached after a 20 minute drive through the jungle and the view is amazing. I think if you plan for a destination wedding, you should really plan it here. 😀

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On the way to ELEPHANT beach through thick forests
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ELEPHANT BEACH at the side
Elephant beach
Elephant beach

After playing some FRISBEE here, we headed back to the jetty to board the cruise. Well I must say I was super sad to leave this island. I don’t think any place could ever substitute HAVELOCK for its beauty for me. The ride back to PORT BLAIR was pretty bad as the sea was horribly rough and the whole cruise was literally jumping on the waves and moving. I was glad we reached safely and all thanks to MAKCRUZZ (no, this post is not sponsored by them )

Sunset- A view from the MAKRUZZ
Sunset- A view from the MAKRUZZ

After all that excitement and adventure, it was time to bid goodbye to ANDAMAN the next day. The flights were a little delayed which quite normal if you are planning a visit to ANDAMAN. Oh YES, another thing is don’t try to pick up shells or any such things from the beaches, because during the luggage scan they will detect it and ask you to take it out and deposit at the counter to the forest department people. That’s exactly what happened to me and another small kid who was crying his heart out the whole time for snatching away his precious shells from him. SAD 😦

Our final dinner in Port blair
Our final dinner in Port blair
Random shots
Random shot

 

BYE BYE ANDAMAN!!!
BYE BYE ANDAMAN!!!

So this was all about my beautiful journey to the most favorite destination of all time for me- THE ANDAMANS. Before i end this post, many of you requested and hence I will definitely want to give you a few tips if you want to visit ANDAMAN ISLANDS. 

  1. If you wish to go to the Andaman Islands book your flight early.
  2. Before planning the trip, you must know about the climatic conditions here, so that you can choose the weather of your choice. February to May, is the best time to visit the islands, as the sun will shine directly on the beaches, while June to September will be extremely rainy, somewhat ruining the charm of the place and making it a little dangerous on the coasts. While the winters, December and January, also has a charm of its own. What suits you, should be your choice, while we will suggest the pleasant summers.
  3. Research on places to visit thoroughly before reaching the islands.
  4. You can get flights from CHENNAI and KOLKATA, there are ships also from both places if you plan to spend most of your holidays in the sea. I’m not sure of the travel duration and fare for ships though.
  5. Make sure you have atleast a week’s time with you to visit most of the well known places which includes, ROSS ISLAND, VIPER ISLAND,CELLULAR JAIL, HAVELOCK ISLAND, LIMESTONE CAVE, ABERDEEN BAZAAR, CHATHAM SAW MILL,  SAGARIKA, SAMUDRIKA
  6. Make sure to keep an umbrella with you because it can rain anytime there.
  7. Pack light cotton clothing and maybe something little thicker for the nights.
  8. Make sure to have comfortable footwear, sun shades, sun hats, scarves, sun blocks. You must also keep anti allergy cream, as the close contact with sea water may give you rashes.  I had a few :/
  9. Don’t forget to do scuba diving or snorkeling or glass boat ride to watch the splendid coral reefs of this place.
  10. This trip might be a little costly and hence advisable to carry some extra cash with you apart from the estimated budget. And make sure to always carry an ID PROOF with you.

So that’s the Andamans, where white-sand beaches and turquoise waters await…..it’s really a worthwhile destination, but get there soon, as it’s getting more and more popular.Hope you guys had fun reading my ANDAMAN DIARIES and could get some idea about how the place is and also visit the place. I have personally had some of the best memories in Andaman years back and reliving some of them again this year was nostalgic as well as amazing for me. Do let me know what you think of this post and if you plan to visit Andaman in the near future.

 

Happy SUNDAY you all 🙂

StreetStyleStore.Com Haul and Review

Hi Everyone,

 

It’s been a while since I posted here. I was a little busy coping up with my CAT preps and then had to come back to Bangalore from home (homesick already 😦 ). Anyway that was off topic. So today I’ll be posting my first ever haul on the blog and along with a review about this website called Streetstylestore.com that offers an amazing variety of footwear, bags and the newly added section for chic and sexy clothing as well.

I stumbled upon this website through an ad which I saw on Facebook I think a year back and noticed that they have some luring and interesting collection.There are different offers that are available on their website like 3 pairs for 999 INR, 2 pairs for 999INR etc and the designs are pretty cool and very different from those one come across on other websites or even in a store.

Though the first time I helped ordering 2 pairs of sandals for my best friend’s sisters at 999INR and he paid through card for it. The website says the shipping takes 7-21 days, but for our shock the sandals never arrived in the mentioned time. We even tried to find a number on their site to contact them and much to our surprise there was no contact number available. All we could do was just email them and no response from their end. After almost 1.5 months the footwear arrived and what I got to know from my friend was that they looked of a very cheap quality.

Well, so this time around a month back I visited their website and ordered 3 pairs for 999 INR and decided to choose cash-on-delivery instead of paying online to stay away from all the tension and headache which my friend had to go through. After around a month later when I almost forgot about my order my package arrived. The 3 pairs were stuffed in a cardboard box and the condition of the box didn’t look much appealing to me as well.

Lets get into this haul and I’ll also tell you what I feel about them as well!!!!

Here to staple:

The actual picture in the website looks like this

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http://streetstylestore.com/index.php?id_product=4815&controller=product

And this is how it looks in real. This one’s my favorite among all the 3 in the haul. It has a very bohemian look to it with all that tassels going on 🙂

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Beyond Retro:

The picture on the website looks so pretty and elegant

 

The picture on the website
http://streetstylestore.com/index.php?id_product=3630&controller=product

And this what I received. I expected the straps to be rigid enough to stand straight, instead of it all over the place, falling haphazardly. 😦

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Golden Grace:

Picture on the website

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http://streetstylestore.com/index.php?id_product=3373&controller=product

What I received in the package. The sandals in the picture looked so awesome and unique, but it was a total bummer only because of the flimsy material of the strap and the soles looked very prone to easy wear and tear. Though love the color combo 😀

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I really liked the unique designs of the 3 sandals but was very disappointed by the quality as the straps looked very fragile and delicate and I doubt it would last a long time if you do not take good care of it and end up getting stuck in the rain with these sandals. I have a very mixed impression about this website and when you visit their Facebook page, you will see many complaints about package not delivered to the customers and comments getting deleted from their pages if it is kind of negative for them. But I kind of liked the footwear as you shouldn’t expect a lot when you pay 300 rs for a sandal. It has to be made with materials worth that money. Except the delivery time and their lack of customer service, the only thing that draws me to their website is their unique designs and great offers.

Pros:

  • Great and unique designs
  • Amazing deals and bargains

Cons:

  • Horrible delivery time
  • Lack of product details on the website
  • No customer care number to contact

Here are a few tips to those who wish to purchase from SSS (streetstylestore.com):

  • Always opt for cash on delivery and not pay online
  • Zoom in the pictures to find out about the material of the products as there’s no product details available
  • Have a lot of patience as the package will take almost a month to reach you most of the times

I had an okayish experience with streetstylestore.com and I will definitely want to checkout their awesome collection of bags and clothing section soon. If any of my sweet readers have ever ordered their bags or clothes do share your experience with me. Also do let me know if you found this haul interesting and if you would like to purchase any of these 3 footwear. All the links have been mentioned below the pictures to directly go to their website.

 

Have an awesome weekend my lovelies!!! 🙂

 

A Shopaholic’s Wishlist- DRESSLINK.COM

Hi everyone,

 

This is going to be a small post about a recent online website discovery called www.dresslink.com. It’s a Chinese wholesale website where you can find a variety of clothes from dresses, skirts, tops etc and also an awesome and classy collection of shoes and accessories. I recently placed an order on their website and I’m eagerly waiting for the package to arrive. I saw a lot of reviews about their website on YouTube and apparently their shipping is really fast and the quality of their clothing and footwear is amazing. They have payment options like PayPal and credit and debit card so you would not have to worry as they have a secure payment process. The only bummer is they have only ARAMEX, DHL and EMS as shipping options for INDIA and no CHINA POST. Though the good part is these shipping companies have an awesome shipping service and are also reliable. I would be posting the pictures of the stuffs I ordered and would soon be posting the pictures of me styling them once those babies arrive 🙂

 Platform Sandals High Heel Ankle Strap
Platform Sandals High Heel Ankle Strap  INR 491.53

http://www.dresslink.com/summer-women-platform-sandals-high-heel-ankle-strap-open-toe-sandals-shoes-p-23046.html?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Sophia

Fringe Patchwork Loose Casual Long Cardigan Chiffon Blouse INR321.69
Fringe Patchwork Loose Casual Long Cardigan Chiffon Blouse INR321.69

http://www.dresslink.com/fashion-ladies-women-perspective-fringe-patchwork-loose-casual-long-cardigan-chiffon-blouse-p-24920.html?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Sophia

 

Lace Hollow Out Split Joint Short Sleeve Loose T-Shirt INR213.79
Lace Hollow Out Split Joint Short Sleeve Loose T-Shirt INR213.79

http://www.dresslink.com/womens-lace-hollow-out-split-joint-short-sleeve-loose-tshirt-p-10448.html?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Sophia

Korean Short Sleeve Loose Casual T-Shirt INR213.79
Korean Short Sleeve Loose Casual T-Shirt INR213.79

http://www.dresslink.com/2014-newest-fashion-womens-korean-short-sleeve-loose-casual-tshirt-tops-blouse-p-13169.html?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Sophia

So these are my awesome purchases 🙂 You guys should go checkout this website as they have some really great deals going on and you will also get 50$ cash coupons while registering on the website. Do let me know in the comment box if you liked any of these apparels. I would love to hear from you all..

Happy Shopping 😀