From 3rd August 2021 Tourism activities re-open in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. In view of the steady decline in cases of COVID-19 in Andaman Nicobar Islands an order has been issued by the Director of Tourism Department today regarding reopening of all Tourism activities in South Andaman and North Middle Andaman District from today.
The tourists are allowed to visit Baratang/North & Middle Andaman subject to compulsory RAT testing for Andaman Trunk Road commuters which will be carried out at Forest check post on the spot / same day on payment of applicable charges
General Guidelines defined for traveling to Andaman Islands during COVID :
What are the guidelines for testing for tourists coming to Andaman after August 03 2021?
On arrival at Port Blair :
1. The tourists need to carry COVID-19 negative test report from mainland based 1CMR approved lab using Reverse Transcriptase-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RTPCR). However, the sample for RTPCR test should have been taken within 48 hours prior to starting the journey from the origin station. (For e.g. if the tourist takes a flight from Delhi at 0600 hrs. on 1st September, 2021, the sample for RTPCR test should have been taken not before 0600 hrs. on 30th August, 2021).
2. The tourists/visitors on arrival at Port Blair airport have to undergo mandatory Covid-19 screening with RTPCR test free of cost. Thereafter the tourists/visitors are allowed to move to their respective hotels. However, they will have to be under quarantine at Port Blair in their hotel rooms until the result of RTPCR tests are received. In case of RTPCR positive test results, the tourists/visitors shall remain in
institutional quarantine in hotels notified by the Hoteliers Association in consent with the A&N Administration, on rates as specified or to the designated hospital/ Covid-19 care centre on case-to-case basis.
3. Tourists may also have to undergo random Rapid Antigen Test conducted from time to time on payment basis as prescribed by A8N Administration.
What if the tourists test positive after arriving at the Andaman Islands?
If the tourists tests positive during their stay in the Islands, he/she will need to undergo institutional isolation as per existing health protocols. The
cost of such isolation for govt. facility will be paid by the tourists as fixed by the administration from time to time.
If the patient wants to stay at hotels, he/she can stay in the hotels if all the conditions below are met:
a) Patients are not symptomatic and not more than 60 years old.
b) Request/ undertaking is made by patient in writing.
c)lf allowed by doctors.
Hotels will make necessary arrangements to designate a part of their rooms for institutional isolation for this purpose.
Amidst the super busy life at Mumbai, where workoholism is preached as a lifestyle, our Human existence once in a while do find the need to relax and recharge itself and Holidays remains the only opportunity to do so. And spending them at peaceful and heavenly beautiful place like Andaman Island adds next level value to this purpose.
How to Go?
Andaman is an island with no road connectivity from Mainland India. Thus traveling via road is not possible. Since, more than 1,200 kilometres of sea parts Andaman from the mainland of India, so Airways are most preferred mode of transport to reach Andaman Islands.The aerial distance between Mumbai and Andaman is 2269 Kilometres.You would have to take flight from Mumbai to Port Blair at Andaman.
Some of the flights with their average duration of journey are as follows:
IndiGo - 12h 00m/10 h15 m/6h 05 m - 1 stop
Go Air - 04h 30m+ – Non stop
Spice Jet – 10h 50 – 1 stop
Air India – 11h 30 – 1 stop
Where to plan the Stay?
Making travelers experience even more memorable, and taking their stay all together to a different level, there are multiple places where one can book a stay. Some of them are:
Havelock Island Beach Resort:
Havelock Island Resort is a new luxurious stay in Havelock Island that is strategically located by Nemo’s reef. . It’s the most preferred stay among the visitors for various favourable factors.
Guests can choose from twelve deluxe rooms and four suites. There is a wardrobe, AC, TV, mini-fridge, and fan in every room. The bathrooms are spacious with modern fittings. The rooms have an outdoor seating area with lay-back chairs and a table. The suites are located closer to the beach and the café. They have roofs that appear thatched and a single glass window with a view of the sea. Guests can avail of pick-up and drop services, laundry, internet facilities, as well as room service from the Sea
Tango Beach Resort:
Tango Beach Resort is the only resort on Neil Island where you can actually stay on the beach and relax listening to the soothing sound of the sea.There are various types of accommodation to choose from as they have 42 rooms. Tango is one of the oldest places on Neil but it still remains as laid back and friendly as it was before. Even though it is pricier compared to other resorts, it does get busy during high season, so booking ahead is advisable.
The restaurant here offers buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.They can also organize boat trips, glass bottom boats and ski jets if interested.
Hotel Shompen by Singhotel:
Located in the tranquil environs of Port Blair, Hotel Shopmen is known for offering the best of leisure, hospitality and amenities to the guests. This luxury hotel is ideal for leisure travelers, businessmen, and honeymoon couples as well. The location of the hotel makes it the preferred choice of tourists who love to enjoy water sports and observe marine life in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Also, you can enjoy a delicious gourmet tour that shows the culinary skills of the chefs at the restaurant. You can enjoy Island Specialties, Superb Sea Foods and the Indian, Continental and Chinese dishes at the restaurant.
Dew Dale Resorts, Baratang Island
The relaxing accommodation at Sundergarh Village in Baratang Island, Dew Dale Resort is responsible for initiating tourism in the Middle Andaman Region. The resort was constructed with the concept of encouraging rural tourism in Andaman. Dew Dale Resort promotes ecotourism and hence a guest can enjoy the stay in the midst of nature's exquisiteness. The resort is positioned on the side of the main highway. The lush and verdant forests form a congenial backdrop to this resort and offer tourists to enjoy a pleasant stay away from the muddle of urban life.
Pearl Park Beach Resort
Situated in the engrossing settings of Neil Island in Andaman, Pearl Park Beach Resort is set between the emerald hills of Neil Island and the azure sea. The cottages in this resort are edified in Andamanese style.The rooms in the resort are extremely comfortable and meticulously designed. In addition to this, for the travelers looking to get engaged in some exhilarating activities, Pearl Park Beach Resort offers speedboat and snorkeling facilities. This comfy accommodation option in Neil Island is designed with elegance and ensures its guests a relaxed stay in the midst of salubrious environs.
Places not to be missed
1. Port Blair: A multicultural town offering a glimpse of various local traditions, Port Blair is a scenic escape from the hustle and bustle city life. Steeped in colonial history, Port Blair is perfect as a base camp for your stay in Andaman.
2. Havelock Island: Clear blue waters and white sand beaches lined with Mahua tress give Havelock Island a picture-perfect look. With long treks and fascinating backwater, Havelock promises to be an escape into adventure and scenic beauty.
3. Neil Island: This serene island welcomes you to coral reefs, calm beaches and rich wildlife. Needless to say, snorkeling is perfect here unlike other islands in the Andaman, Neil Islands offers an escape from the crowd. There are still a few virgin beaches around for an evening date with your lover or better, with nature itself.
4. Baratang Island, is located about 100 km from Port Blair and if you take it from the tourism point of view, then this island is an unexplored gem filled with pure beauty and natural wonders. This must visit destination slouches with verdant green meadows and thick mangrove forests. Mud Volcano and Parrot Island are the 2 most popularly visited spots by tourists.
5. Limestone Caves, Northern Andaman: The limestone caves are located in Northern Andaman and are a treat that shouldn’t be missed. Your journey will be mesmerizing, taking you through tribal reserves. You can also catch a glimpse of sun-bathing crocodiles camouflaged perfectly in the mangrove forests of the area.
6. Cellular Jail Memorial: The taboo of Kala Paani still haunts the walls of the cellular jail. The prisoners sentenced to exile here were traumatized by their journey to the prison. Located at Port Blair, it’s open to tourists from Tuesday to Sunday. The light and sound show at night is especially recommended.
7. Diglipur Island: On the northern Andaman island, Diglipur island is a prominent ecotourism destination that covers an expanse of greenery, and marine life. The island is mainly known for its beaches like Kalipur Beach, Ross & Smith Islands, Ramnagar Beach, and Pathi Level Beach that hosts activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, and trekking. Besides, Diglipur happens to the the largest peaks in the archipelago, which often remain thronged by the trekkers to see its unique wildlife.
8. Forest Museum: Located on the outskirts of Port Blair, Forest Museum is a famous attraction for its wide collection related to forest and the assortment of trees. This prominent museum is a must visit place in Port Blair and it is managed by the forest department of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
9. Gandhi Park: Located in the heart of the city, Gandhi Park is just the perfect sightseeing place in Andaman to relax, rejuvenate, and revive. The park has its share of history too; the Dilthaman tank in the park was once the lone source of drinking water in Andaman. The park is located on the RGT Road, which is right in the center of the city. To reach here, one can find an auto-rickshaw or minibuses from anywhere in the city.
10. Mayabunder Island: Some 242 km away from Port Blair and around three hours far from Rangat, the beautiful Mayabunder Island is an incredible place for a beach holiday. The island is located in the northern part of the Middle Andaman Island and boasts gorgeous mangrove creeks and spellbinding beaches and isles. It is also famed as a home to former Burmese Karen Tribes, who served as the logging labourers during British Colonial period.
Local Transportation Facilities
Public transport is easily available there. A variety of transports are buses, auto rickshaws, and taxi and mini buses. A traveller can also hire a two-wheeler for sight-seeing. Cycles are also advisable for wandering in small islands such as Havelock or Neil Island. Many of the outer islands connected by road so if you arrive in Port Blair then you can take buses from Mohanpura Bus Terminus, the buses are operated by a private operator and also by transport department of Port Blair.Private jeeps and vans are also available here. Roads are connect to many villages so if you want a closure look at the Andaman culture then you can hire a whole vehicle in inflated price.
Prominent Cafes and Restaurants to look for
Some of the most popular Cafes at Andaman are:
Nemo Café & Bar, Havelock(aka Havelock Island Beach Club)
Amaya, Seashell, Port Blair
Full Moon Cafe – Relish The Seafood
Annapurna Restaurant – Vegetarian Delight
New Lighthouse Restaurant – Adore The Cool Ambience
Especiality of Andaman Islands when we talk about Food
1. Sea Food: Like other coastal areas, seafood is a specialty of the region. Port Blair is particularly recommended: try the whole lobster at New Lighthouse Restaurant or the seafood platter at Red Snapper. You can also get fresh fried fish from the morning’s catch at almost all of the islands.
2. Local Fare: When you reach Havelock, do check out the delicious samosas. If you’re looking for affordable yet scrumptious meals, many tiny local restaurants serve healthy Indian Thalis at reasonable prices. Many local joints also offer Italian, Thai and Continental cuisine, if you’re allergic to, or not fond of seafood.
Some Adventurous ideas for Andaman’s Trip
Some Romantic Ideas
Some key notes for your Andaman’s Trip
i. What to pack:
ii. Reliance Jio and Tata Docomo don't work in the Andaman Islands. You will need to change your preferred carrier in case you are carrying sim cards from these networks. So the mobile networks that function at a basic level are mainly Airtel, Vodafone and BSNL.
iii. October is the perfect time to visit Andaman, since the monsoons are over and the weather is perfect for sightseeing and island hopping.