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.
Baludera Beach in Baratang Island is only nine kilometers from the Nilambur Jetty. The beach is a hidden treasure located away from the crowd. It is a curved sand bay entwined with mangrove trees on one side and fallen old trees on the other. The water is warm here that is perfect for a swim after a long day of sightseeing. Only a few tourists end up here and thus, you will have the whole beach to yourself. Even locals come here only on weekends to enjoy picnics. The facilities are limited here and there is only a small shop at the bus stand. If you want to stay there for a while, then carry your own snacks and water with you.
Located on the eastern side of Baratang Island, Baludera Beach lies at a distance of nearly nine kilometers from Nilambur Jetty. It is a secluded and calm beach in the Andaman Islands that is uninhabited and is yet to be explored. It is popular for its serene and calm ambiance that is ideal for peaceful evening walks. There are eco-friendly huts and treetop huts that are perfect for you if you are at the beach to spend some quality time reading a book or just chilling with your travel companion.
Baludera Beach is known for its crystal-clear waters and white sands. After a busy day of sightseeing in Baratang Island, you can come here in the evening to relax. Witness the most gorgeous sunset while taking a leisurely walk on the seashore. Whether you are travelling on your own or with your partner or family, this beach is an ideal place to make some unforgettable memories.
Things to do
When you are at Baludera Beach, then you should indulge yourself in the following:
Some of the best properties in Baratang Island are as follows:
You can consider staying at Hotel Avis, which is not a very huge hotel but offers complete worth to your money. The property has been a reliable name when it comes to accommodations in Baratang Island. An economical hotel, it is suitable for leisure travellers, especially tourists who are on a strict budget. If you are looking for tropical charm, peace, quiet, along with a convenient location from which to explore Middle Andaman, then Hotel Avis is the best option. It is a small and comfortable hotel. Always available to offer any help to guests, the staff offers attentive and personalized services. The property is en route and near to many stunning beaches.
Hotel Avis offers air-conditioned guest rooms. The rooms are spacious along with being neat and clean. They have all the basic amenities and comfortable furniture as well. The interior decorations are appealing and soothing to the guests. The walls and lovely curtains offer a relaxed effect to rooms.
The hotel has an on-site restaurant that serves multi-cuisine food like Indian, Chinese, etc. The food is rated good by the guests staying here. You should try seafood while you are here. Enjoy the tropical vibes of the Andaman Islands when staying here.
Some of the offered facilities are as follows:
Some of the best places to eat serving mouth-watering meals are as follows:
How to reach
You can reach Baludera Beach via road as it lies nearly nine kilometers from the Baratang Jetty. You can hire a taxi at the jetty for a round trip as public transport is not available easily once you are at the beach. If you have time in hand, then you can also visit the Mud Volcano, which is a quick detour from the route to Baludera Beach.
The nearest airport from Baludera Beach is in Port Blair (the capital town) that is connected with all other major airports. The distance between Port Blair and Baludera Beach is nearly 100 kilometers and it can be covered via bus or a hired taxi on National Highway 223 that heads towards toward Diglipur. You can also take a boat to reach the Nilambur Jetty (Middle Strait) directly. It is closest to the beach.
To reach Nilambur Jetty from Baratang Island via a ferry, it takes nearly fifteen minutes. The Andaman and Nicobar Tourist Department has scheduled regular ferry rides to and fro from the Nilambur Jetty for those who want to visit Baludera Beach. However, tourists prefer travelling via road to reach the beach owing to the close proximity.
Mobile connectivity is a major concern for tourists visiting Baratang Island. Almost all networks fail to function properly there and the ones that work, offer very basic services, Call drop, bad network, not being able to download applications, etc. are some of the issues that you may face at the island. However, it is found that BSNL provides better service than other networks around this area. So, make sure that you carry a BSNL sim card on your trip to Baratang Island. It is recommended to take the help of a tour operator in order to avoid any kind of risk. In case of an emergency, you can also carry some extra sim cards that you can use.