This beach on Havelock Island in the Indian Andaman archipelago was according to Wikipedia named by Time Magazine as the best beach in Asia in 2004. Officially it is just called Beach #7, more popularly it is known as Radha Nagar beach.
Also according to what I have found on the internet this beach was left mainly untouched by the tsunami of 2004, while another popular beach further up the western side of Havelock Island was severely damaged.
Beach #7 was not quite as pristine as it appears to be in this picture. In the other direction there was a crowd of at least half a dozen people.
This is also my photo #900 on TrekEarth. I never imagined I would reach a figure like that.
I have scanned this photo from the winter of 2001 from a Kodachrome slide. And with a winter photo like this I wish everybody a Happy New Year. If you want to see a larger version you will find it here.
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Nicou (117324) 2013-12-29 6:44
Toutes mes félicitation pour ce 900čme poste qui garni une sueprbe galerie, quelle plage et iamge ce sable blanc le bout de bois cette végétation la baie cet eau pure magique.
Bravo et belle soirée
UlfE (14639) 2013-12-29 6:45
Först och främst får jag gratulera till 900 bilder. Ett imponerande antal. Jag noterar också att jubileumsbilden är inte är en typisk Gertbild. Bilden är dock väldigt välkomponerad och skarp. Placeringen av paret som promenerar på stranden är perfekt. Det är helt klart i fokus trots att de är långt borta. Stocken på stranden skapar litet extra djup åt bilden. Jag får passa på att önska riktigt gott nytt år.
Subhogen (4065) 2013-12-29 6:54
Superb view of this beach. Wonderful azure sea, fine white sand beach and a bright sky..what more does one need.
The humans at the far end look like ants, such is the vastness of this place. It looks pristine. Six people in a vast beach like this in India does not make it crowded!!. But now I can imagine how it will look like, full of hawkers and stalls selling all kinds of things under the sun! So thanks to your old pictures of this wonderful island we get to see how nice it was back then. Thanks for sharing and congrats on your 900th photo on TE..that is a lot!
Wish you a very Happy New Year as well.
ourania (27216) 2013-12-29 7:02
a magnificent, vast, almost deserted beach. The luscious vegetation is such a lovely background, it looks as if embracing the wide curve of flat, white sand. I like very much your low point of view, we can almost feel the texture of the sand and the sea occupies such a little space in the frame. The light and the colours are wonderful and I also like that the sense of depth seems to be increasing gradually as we 're viewing.
Congratulations and thank you on this and on all of your precious pictures that describe people and life all over the world and through time! I'm looking forward to seeing many many more of them!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
chrislo (4151) 2013-12-29 7:19
This desert beach has a Robin Crusoe feel to it. Your picture makes me wish I was the one walking down the beach and taking the shot. I like the nice perspective with the attractive curve of the shoreline surrounded by the lush green forest. You caught it just at the right moment with the ripple on the water's edge. The lone log provides a nice lead in for the empty beach. Congratulations on your 900th post. Quite an impressive number !
pajaran (48979) 2013-12-29 8:27
Interesantan tekst o plazi ...
Dobra kompozicija i perspektiva, lepo pokazna plaza, lepe boje.
Lepo mesto za odmor na plazi.
Lep pogled i priroda.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje za Novu godinu.
An interesting article on the beach ...
Good composition and perspective, nice demonstration beaches, beautiful colors.
Nice place for a beach holiday.
Nice view and nature.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best for the New Year.
jemaflor (81388) 2013-12-29 8:33
Beautiful beach well presented with this well composed photo, good details with people and wood on the FG.
aleXundar (1256) 2013-12-29 8:35
Wow.. 900th.! Congratulations.
Wonderful colors... the beach, the sea and the sky.
The piece of wood in the fg and the tiny human figures at the far end, depict the vastness of the beach.
Great ambiance created.
With warm regards,
photographer_sg (3143) 2013-12-29 8:40
Beautiful view of the sea with lovely colours. The empty foreground with the object (tree trunk?) with the two figures in the distance provide excellent depth. The forest is clearly displayed too with good handling of the light. Thanks for sharing.
Fis2 (82416) 2013-12-29 8:41
Excellent POV and composition.
I like colors and sharpness.
Very well done.
hidibyendu (871) 2013-12-29 8:44
Nice sea beach captured here, with an nice FG and subject.
I find it quite difficult to capture a beach photo.
saxo042 (36918) 2013-12-29 10:05
En lämplig bild att fira med, 900 bilder är imponerande. Detta ser ju verkligen ut som en mycket behaglig plats att tillbringa detta firande på, här kan man ju vandra långt utan att behöve stöta på några ansträngande backar.
Gott Nytt År!
rbassin (16444) 2013-12-29 10:30
tout d'abord, bravo pour ce parcourt de 900 photos sur TE.
Cette plage est magnifique, bien composée avec le sable blanc et les deux promeneurs.
Bonne soirée et bonne année 2014
cornejo (28567) 2013-12-29 10:49
Hello Gert, lovely view of this beautiful, wide beach, very well captured with a great pov with pretty good picture. Wonderful image of a lovely place to take a bath, very good sharpness, depth and quality. Nice good job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
fanni (14377) 2013-12-29 11:47
congratulations on your 900th post!! :)
excellent composition, as always in your photos.
Thank you for the larger version of the photo: it helps us to better feel the place - and almost feel the warm air! this is what we lack during long dark cold winter days...
Varma hälsningar och Gott Nytt År !!
macjake (52962) 2013-12-29 11:56
the real question is what will your next 900 photo's look like?
any travel plans for 2014? any wish lists?
Its funny...when I thin of India, white sand beaches and mountain ranges don't exactly come to mind...but clearly India has both.
nice to see it too, it gives India a new look.
this is one of the few photos we see from you were there are so FEW people. Especially when you said there were many people in the other direction but you chose this one. Perhaps because the lighting was more suitable here.
congrats on the 900!
yquem46 (38382) 2013-12-29 12:10
I share a glass of Meursault with you to celebrate this milestone !
Wishing you the very best for 2014
dkmurphys (47010) 2013-12-29 12:23
Very beautiful place there. I like your capture, it has the genuine touch of nature.
To many more pictures on TE!
parvatibb (1377) 2013-12-29 13:47
What a great photo to congratulate your 900th. A white beach, blue sky and sea accompany by green hills. A very peaceful mood.
Wish you a great new year
imageme (1591) 2013-12-29 14:48
Hi Gert, Congratulation of your #900th picture on TE and hopefully there will be another #900 add up to this #900th. Beautiful beach with its calmness and quietness. An excellent perspective you have given to this sea beach. A lonely log sitting in the sun waiting to be showered by sea water. The couple walking on the sand at the far end and the mountain in the BG full of live green. Excellent nature presentation.
Thank for sharing
carlo62 (28419) 2013-12-29 15:52
complimenti, 900 foto sono molte, sono stato in varie occasioni a visitare la tua galleria e, oltre alle tante foto belle, ci sono molte foto storiche, di ogni nazione e con innumerevoli soggetti, un vero e proprio archivio di interesse pubblico.
Spero di poterne vedere ancora molte, c'č sempre da impararee da conoscere.
Miguel82 (20972) 2013-12-29 20:02
A paradisiac beach on the remoted and underestimate archipelago of Andaman and Nicobar, very clean place and sea water with no contaminated water
attractive hues, powerful luminosity, clever inclusion of that old trunk in the fg, bravo, have a nice day Gert
fabbs99 (16104) 2013-12-29 22:35
Colorful shot of the beach with the little hilly woods.Great clarity and sharpness.Very well done. TFS.
Happy New Year & Best Regards,
Graal (95614) 2013-12-30 1:32
beach is beautiful. Great place for resting. Good shot and composition. Also I like the colors. Amazing archive you have. Photo is well done.
Have a great New Year!
subhendu_bagchi (25318) 2013-12-30 2:39
congratulate you for the milestone. 900 picture here, what an achievement. In this occation you choose one from my country, thanks for it. A nice image with excellent light and fascinating colours. The log in foreground create a nice depth to it. Great composition. Tfs.
Romano46 (16580) 2013-12-30 4:12
auguri per la tua 900° fotografia in TE.
Hai chiuso in bellezza il 2013 per ritornare nel 2014 con altre belle foto.
Anche questa riprende un aspetto delle Isole tra le meno conosciute della regione indiana, uno dei tanti angoli visitati nei tuoi viaggi intorno al mondo.
La composizione č eccellente e la trasposizione da Kodakrome in digitale conserva, pur con la inevitabile perdita di dettagli, tutto il fascino di questa splendida localitā.
Complimenti e auguri di un felice anno nuovo.
shreya2000 (901) 2013-12-30 4:46
The pic is attracting. The beach is very beautiful. Colours are also attractive.
eldancer1 (25630) 2013-12-30 7:48
Looks like this couple this beautiful beach all themselves. I like the peacefulness of this scene. Nicely captured with good details. Well done, tfs.
rychem (20063) 2013-12-30 8:59
Congratulations on your 900th post!
Beautiful minimalist photo, great clarity and lighting, very nice composition.
Prosperous and healthy New Year 2014 to you and your family !
boa (5799) 2013-12-30 9:54
spännande plats, speciellt med tanke på att man inte behöver trängas.(ryser när jag tänker på bilder man har sett från Italien mm)Håller med Ulf här, ganska olik din vanliga stil men ändå ett bra foto från en udda plats. Grenen ger som sagt ett fint djup i bilden.
Gott Nytt År!
Silvio1953 (116931) 2013-12-30 11:05
Ciao Gert, congratrulations for your 900th post on TE, great view of lovely beach, fantastic colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
zoomer (6) 2013-12-30 11:51
Hello,doubtless a beautiful beach the color of the water is particularly attractive the absence of the crowed is always a plus for the environment.Have a great new year,Wolf.
mesutilgim (80602) 2013-12-30 13:59
Hello dear Gert,
First of all congratulations to your 900th entry at TE !
Nice and quite calm scenery from Havelock Island with good pov and layout.
TFS and all the best for the new year !
emka (73829) 2013-12-30 14:36
hello Gert, A crowd of at least half a dozen people :). But in this direction it looks quite pristine. unusual photo for a celebrations of the mile stone. Superb view, who wouldn't like to be there!
I haven't noticed my 1700. Difficult to believe how time flies.
I wish you health, happiness and interesting travels and photos in New Year 2014.
I follow a bit your traces, I have tickets to Tallinn and later to Tbilisi.
abmdsudi (40240) 2013-12-30 20:22
This, sincerely is not your best shot and lighting you have expected to justify this beachscape, imho. Not the best of conditions but regardless, am pleased with the scan result; strong in compo, perspective with a great foreground. Congrats on your 900th!
Have a Healthy, Wealthy and Happy New Year
bukitgolfb301 (34612) 2013-12-30 20:47
Hi dear Gert, how are you?
Great and stunning landscape view, so fresh and comfortable to see. Nice low and wide lens usage to cover all in one so smoothly. Sharp and clear presentation as usual.
Thanks a lot for your sharing and have a good new year 2014! Takero from Tokyo
serp2000 (38329) 2013-12-31 1:30
My congratulations on your 900th post here, simple but eye-catching composition, it makes me smile, 'cause I can go to the beach every minute today )) Well, my friend from Colombo (we have met in the USA, Niqagara) shown me the capital yesterday. It is good thing to have a support in the far foreign country. And I have to see the island too. I hope to see these monks on that same place from your photos too. )
Happy New Year! All the best wishes from Negombo!
claudeD (30843) 2013-12-31 9:19
very well choosen picture to celenrate your 900th post here on TE. Go on sharing interesting pictures with all of us.Amazing location with much peace and atmosphere. Like the view very much.Very well done.TFS.
A happy new year 2014 for you and your family from Luxembourg
Cricri (101805) 2013-12-31 9:54
Sublime paysage pour cette 900čme et en plus pour finir l'année, des couleurs une lumičre splendide, trčs jolie composition, félicitations
Meilleurs de bonne et heureuse année 2014
rogerl (1544) 2013-12-31 16:01
Gert, what a beautiful beach! And not bad quality for an old scan. Nice composition, with the log in the fg and the people in the bg to lend some scale. This is a huge beach judging from how far away they are. Thanks.
nikkitta (13556) 2014-01-01 11:33
Congrats for having taken your tame to post 900 photos, as it s New Year , lets celebrate with a glass of champagne ( not Yquem ) but a very good Argentine one
Al always I am amazed by your scanned captures, top quality and great composition with the tree trunk well positioned in the white sands
A quiet place, it seems ( if you don t mind the people at your back
Wish you a great 2014 with more scanned captures
adores (34736) 2014-01-02 16:48
Congratulations, you're really fast:)!I'm sure you'll post many thousands more!
This is a really nice place to celebrate! Colours are very good and the composition also, with the trunk in froregorund and those two people calmly walking along the beach. A very good dof! Good work with the scanner once again!
Have a great 2014!
rigoletto (34225) 2014-01-04 10:03
hello gert. 900 is not bad for 6 years on TE. i have ten years and only 600 :)) so much landscape, and only two tiny figures for this special photo. interesting, i would expect to see a photo from the "other direction"... anyway, knowing you and seeing exotic places through your lens is a privilege for trekearthers. may the 1000th come asap.
mcmtanyel (10921) 2014-01-07 19:56
What a beautiful beach, to warm the hearts of those affected by this Arctic cold front. I like the diagonal line of the hilltop. The driftwood in the foreground breaks the monotony of the beach. The people in the distance are a welcome presence.
pierrefonds (55268) 2014-01-14 15:17
The distance between the beach and the horizon is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and the colours of the tropical scenery. The good luminosity is bringing out the beauty of the colours. Have a nice day.
Waylim (25162) 2014-01-16 9:11
I have known you for all the wonderful photos of people and children around the world. But you also do beautiful photo of landscape. I love the peaceful and tranquil mood here without much people and those hill of forest so thick with vegetation show the tropical setting. Excellent details and beautiful colors and composition.
fritzi007 (3101) 2014-03-19 15:16
da hast du wieder einen traumstrand eingefangen, gratuliere!