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  • A four week long curfew on the islands

    Updated: 26 May 2021

    There is an ongoing four-week long curfew on the island owing to rising COVID-19 cases.

  • Tourist attractions closed till further notice

    Updated: 29 May 2021

     Tourist attractions attracting large gatherings closed till further notice.

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 29 May 2021

    A negative RT PCR report has to be presented by all passengers on arrival.

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  • All passengers will be required to go through thermal screening.
  • All incoming passengers have to carry the RT-PCR negative test report issued from an ICMR approved lab. The test should have been taken within 48 hours. RT-PCR timeline begins from the swab collection time. Any passenger without it will be sent back to the origin. Also, handwritten reports are not acceptable.
  • Along with having the negative RT-PCR report, all incoming passengers will undergo Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) upon arrival at designated testing centers that are located within two kilometers of Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair.
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  • Activities attracting huge crowds such as the Light and Sound Show at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island and National Memorial Cellular Jail, water sports, beaches, and other such activities have been suspended across all three districts for another four weeks starting from May 20, 2021.
  • A new standard operating procedure for adventure water sports has been issued.
  • Travelling to North and Middle Andaman Islands, Nicobar group of islands, and Little Andaman Island is not allowed for tourism purposes as of now.
  • The ongoing night curfew has been extended by one hour from 9 pm to 5 am.
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  • Even if the test of the result conducted on arrival is negative, all passengers still have to home quarantine for a week.
  • Any passenger with a positive test result will be sent for institutional quarantine for further treatment.
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  • Regular flights to Port Blair (the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands) are operational now.
  • There are direct flights from Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, and Delhi.
  • Public transports like cabs, taxis, and bus services are also functional.
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Travellers should carefully follow social distancing norms and wear masks as well. Also, before making any booking, they should refer to the latest travel news on the government website of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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Andaman Island Local Cuisine

Date : 13 Jul 2020
Categories: Andaman Travels

The best thing you can do to enlighten your sense of taste when travelling to a new destination is to try out local food indigenous to that area. Andaman is a paradise for sea food lovers, as the staple food includes rice, coconut and lots of sea food freshly harvested from the oceans of Bay of Bengal. Andaman is a home to wide variety of cuisine including South India, Bengali, and Andhra. This culturally diverse tastes permeate high-end restaurants on the beach and less expensive cafes and hotels all over the Island.

If you are heading to Andaman, get ready to fill your tummy with local dishes that this paradise has to offer. Confused what to eat or try? Here are some of Andaman’s most delectable multicultural dishes.

Fish Curry

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Fish is the healthiest protein that we can have. The Island being close to Bay of Bengal is a home to many edible fishes. Therefore seafood lovers will never be disappointed here. The fish curry is rich in silky coconut milk, flavored with fennel, peppers, and native spices, the aroma of fresh curry leaves and tartness of tomato makes this dish mouth-watering. Pour the scrumptious gravy onto your plate, mix it with rice to experience the most blissful sauce of life.

Macher Jhol

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This curry turns out to be a magical dish by adding the fish masalas prepared in the most natural way. From the time Bengalis discovered the very essence of their existence, this dish has been complimenting their intangible cultural heritage of Bengal. Hence, the added advantage of Andaman Island falling in the coastal region brings in more joy to the natives as they get to experience the utterly delectable flavors blended with the fish. Never miss to taste the magic of Macher Jhol on your trip to Andaman.

Chicken tikka masala

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Chicken tikka masala is a true British national dish but in Indian cuisine it is improvised by adding sauce and some Indian spices. It is a creation of exotic Indian spices and cool British techniques. The major step is to tenderize the chicken by marinating with various spices, yogurt and then bake on a skewer. Then the grilled meat is cooked in a gravy flavored with a myriad of spices making it creamy, spicy and yummylicious! This utterly delicious dish is served with rice, roti or naan depending on the customers’ preference.

Coconut Prawn Curry

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Unlike other Indian recipes this is truly very aromatic and exotic! The curry is pretty authentic with spices that are freshly ground making it lip-smacking. The curry is served with steamed rice. This is truly a satisfying meal making you feel like you are home- warm, and safe. Don’t miss this authentic dish during your tour to Andaman, just imagine yourself sitting in a beach tasting this curry!

Barbeque Food

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Islands and barbequed fish go hand in hand. You have a wide variety of options in Andaman from whole fish like salmon to shrimp, and lobsters where everything is a mouthwatering choice. Barbeque is a delicious way to enjoy sea food seasoned with lemon, pepper and everything nice. Especially for seafood lovers or foodies this is a great opportunity to relish the delectable taste of freshly available fish barbequed at the sandy beaches of Andaman. Do try it! When you visit Andaman during your next holidays, this pristine beaches has a lot to offer when it comes to barbeque food.

Tandoori Fish

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Cooking protein on a tandoor oven is an immensely popular method of cooking in India. Tandoori fish is packed with flavors making it spicy, smoky irresistible. The fish is marinated with yogurt, tomato puree, ginger, garlic, and green chilies before cooking to add a unique flavor to the dish. When served hot with lemon slices and onion salad. It is a must try during your trip to Andaman.

Grilled Lobsters

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Lobster is luxury! This luxury is found abundantly in the oceans of Andaman. Buying them live is the best way to guarantee its freshness, which is simple in Andaman. A whole grilled lobster with a simple dressing of chili spiked garlic butter will bring out its natural sweetness. Lobster is the most diverse and extravagant dish but a must try during your trip to keep you healthy all through your vacation

Squid Fry

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This melting tender seafood is a perfect appetizer. Squid is cut into rings and mixed with a unique blend of spices to make it taste delectable. Fried squid is crispy, aromatic, and perfectly tender. This flavorful crispy seafood is a pure joy to indulge with on your trip to Andaman.

Khadi Crabs

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Why not enjoy eating this cutaneous seafood in Andaman? Eating a portion of this has a lot of incredible health benefits. It is a great source of protein making it a perfect diet for fitness freaks during a vacation. Not only its benefits, when freshly prepared they are a delicacy to rival lobsters.

For Vegetarians

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If you are a vegetarian and don’t know what is food available for you on this land of Ocean? Eating healthy vegetarian and vegan meals during your trip is truly important. The island has got a lot of restaurants in and out where you can find yummy and authentic vegetarian food.

Amritsari Kulcha

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Amritsari kulcha or stuffed Indian bread is a Punjabi special famous in Amritsar. It is usually stuffed with onions, potatoes, peas, and lentil while the kicked up version is more exotic when stuffed with cottage cheese. This scrumptious bread is rich, sophisticated and most importantly Yum! When served with chickpea and tamarind chutney soaked with onion gives it the additive tangy taste. During your visit to Andaman never ever forget to enjoy the rich flavor of this traditional meal.

Indian Cuisine

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If you are unsure about the quintessential Indian cuisine then you must try Indian ‘Thali food’ which is more like a cultural exploration and makes for a complete meal itself. This traditional feast make for the perfect assortment of delicious regional dishes on a single platter. Every region has its own take on thali, with an array of different south Indian delicacies such as Chennai, Kerala, Bangalore, and Karnataka. Don’t miss the taste of South India served in small bowls on a thali. When you order Thali in restaurants and hotels of Andaman you get a large plate containing multiple bowls loaded with food.

Rice, roti, and Naan

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Rice is the staple food in Andaman, whereas Indian breads such as roti and naan are the primary menu of most people. Naan is a soft flat bread made of white flour ( all-purpose flour), and roti is made of wheat flour. Rice is harvested in the fields of Andaman so you can find rice in every restaurants and hotels. This combination is a balanced and healthy diet in every north Indian cuisine. One can fine roti, naan and rice in every restaurants and hotels of Andaman served with perfect combination of curries to experience the full splendor of the meal.

Chili Curry

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This spicy vegan curry is full of flavor infused with delicious, aromatic Indian spices. The delectable and aromatic freshly ground spices makes this curry truly delicious. Chili curry is very hot and spicy, but it is totally worth trying. A trip to Andaman cannot be fulfilled for vegans without trying this curry so, don’t miss it!

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