Andaman Tourism Opens: The Andaman & Nicobar administration has announced that all tourist spots in the South Andaman district will be opened for tourism activities with immediate effect 8 Feb 2022.
The tourists are allowed to visit Baratang/North & Middle Andaman on production of double dose covid certificate/ All other passengers viz. unvaccinated and partially vaccinated passengers (those who have taken only 1S1 dose of COVID vaccine) shall have to produce RT-PCR negative test report
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.
Forest Museum is a well-known tourist attraction located on the outskirts of Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The museum is popular for its wide collection related to forest and the assortment of trees. A must-visit in Port Blair, it is managed by the forest department of the islands. Some of the major attractions that are displayed in this museum include beautiful artifacts made with timber, gurjan, oak, satin wood, and padauk. These showcase the dense and rich flora found in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Researches are also carried out by the forest department here and the results of these activities can be clearly seen at the museum. In addition to all this, there is also a mini zoo and a small zoological garden inside the museum building.
The Forest Museum is situated inside the premises of the well-known Chatham Saw Mill. It is a unique blend of art and adventure. The museum is popular for the displayed intricate wood work. The timber of trees like Padauk, Marble, Gurjan, Satin Wood, and Peauma is used. A large number of tourists and visitors also visit this museum every year to see different species of endangered plants. There is a zoological garden inside the premises and it makes the museum even more incredible.
Things to do
You can choose to indulge in a number of activities in and around the Forest Museum after you have seen it properly. A few of them are as follows:
There are a number of options when it comes to accommodation nearby the Forest Museum. There are budget hotels as well as luxury resorts in Port Blair. The names of some of the best properties are mentioned below:
Located in Port Blair, Sea Princess Beach Resort offers the best of the Andaman tropical vibes and a refreshing ambience. Offering its guests an experience like no other, the lavish resort provides advanced amenities and services that are required for a relaxing stay in the Andamans. From the elegant and spacious rooms to the exquisite restaurants and banquet halls, the property offers only the finest in all aspects of the stay. The tourists staying here are left happy and satisfied with their stay. For a comfortable and hassle-free stay in Port Blair, this resort is your best bet. In the heart of lovely Port Blair, the resort is the one stop destination for comfort and convenience.
The resort offers four kinds of rooms as per varied budgets- Standard, Deluxe (ocean view), Cottage (beachfront), and Suite. All the rooms are fitted with modern amenities such as a refrigerator, work area, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and mini bar. The rooms are neat and clean, and ensure a pleasant stay. These are hygienic and comfortable. Their ambiance is aesthetically pleasant. It is like a home away from home!
Sea Princess Beach Resort has an in-house restaurant that serves an array of lip-smacking food including seafood, North Indian, and different assorted delicacies. The food will make your beach holidays even more special. Try delicious coffee and other refreshing beverages here to soothe your senses.
Some of the facilities available at this lavish resort are as follows:
Best time to visit
The Forest Museum in Port Blair can be visited throughout the year. However, the best time for sightseeing and exploring the entire island is from November to February.
How to reach
Reaching the Forest Museum is very easy. It is located inside the Chatham Saw Mill Complex. It is at a distance of ten kilometers from central Port Blair.