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.
Located in Baratang Island, Limestone Caves is one of the best as well as unique tourist attractions in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. These naturally formed caves are a visual treat to nature enthusiasts. Formed at the bottom of the sea, limestone is a sedimentary rock. It takes millions of years when deposits of marine life, corals, shells, and skeletons go through a natural compression in order to form unique shapes within the cave. Holding the secret of a million years of the Andaman Islands, these caves are lined up with stalactites and stalagmites. When travelling to the Andamans, include these caves in your itinerary that are nestled deep within the mangroves and surrounded by the lush rainforest.
Limestone caves are highly impressive and one of a kind natural marvel on earth. The caves feature rare stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations. These are nature’s own architecture as they have been formed naturally in the Andaman Islands. A treat to your eyes, you can take a walk through dense mangrove forests to reach these caves. These have been formed over years of corrosion. Here, you will witness a marvelous texture that is sure to leave you awestruck. The limestone formations emerge from the ceiling as well as the floor. Looking at nature transforming, evolving, and creating beautiful structures would be a miraculous experience.
Baratang Island, a hidden gem of the Andaman Islands, is known for its natural wonders ranging from impressive limestone caves to dense mangrove creeks. You can see here tidal swamp forests as well as fascinating mud volcanoes. Located between Middle and South Andaman, Baratang is the first gateway up north from Port Blair, the capital city. It is approximately 100 kilometers from Port Blair, and thus a popular one-day destination especially for those who are staying on the islands for short time duration.
The Limestone Caves here are highly impressive and one of a kind natural marvel on earth. They feature rare stalactites, stalagmites, and rock formations. You can also go for boat rides through mangrove-fringed creeks and canals heading to Limestone Caves
You can go for a romantic and exciting boat ride through mangrove forests that are spread around the island creating a canopy. Being here is not less than a magical experience! The slow meandering waterway leads to the beautiful land of the Limestone Caves. If you are a photographer or a bird watcher, then you will be blessed with the sights of exotic birds and animals that will leave you fascinated. Tantalizing patterns are created by the canopy on the water. Looking at sunrays penetrating the thick forest to reach the ground is a spellbinding view. A truly miraculous experience!
Where to stay
Finding a nice accommodation in Baratang Island is a bit tricky and costly. Also, the hotels and resorts usually don’t welcome walk-ins. So, you have to book in advance. Some of the best options are as follows:
Situated in Baratang Island, Dew Dale Resort is a lovely natural paradise surrounded by white sandy beaches, rich coral reefs, and a lush green forest. Guests can appreciate the amazing views of the beach while staying at this property. If you want to plan a suitable itinerary as per your budget and requirements, then you can avail the service of the resort’s travel desk to help you out. With all the available modern amenities, you are sure to enjoy your outing and have a memorable experience at the property. The room services are prompt and the ambiance is homely thus ensuring that the esteemed guests feel at home.
Dew Dale Resort offers Deluxe Rooms (100 square feet) from where you can enjoy the breathtaking valley views. They have a queen bed, room service, Wi-Fi, charging points, and other facilities to make sure that the guests feel comfortable.
The in-house restaurant of Dew Dale Resort serves a healthy breakfast. You can enjoy a variety of freshly prepared regional delicacies. There is a bar as well where you can relax with your travel companions. The high on energy coffee served here is a favorite among guests staying here.
Some of the facilities offered by it are as follows:
Where to eat
The names of some of the best restaurants in Baratang Island serving tasty food are mentioned below:
How to reach
To reach Baratang Island, first you have to reach Port Blair as it is the entry point for the Andamans. You can hire a private car or catch a private AC bus to reach Baratang Island from Port Blair. It is the best and the most convenient way. If you are on a tight budget, then taking a government bus from Port Blair is the best option. You will have to drive via the Andaman Trunk Road (ATR) and move in a group with one short vehicle-ferry connection. It will take a total of four hours but the lush greens and blue waters will make the whole experience unforgettable. Please note that two-wheelers are not allowed to go all the way to the island.
Located in Port Blair, Andaman Island Travels is a trustworthy company that is committed to take care of its guests as soon as they land here. It has a fleet of sanitised cars driven by highly professional and polite drivers. The moment you reach Veer Savarkar International Airport (also known as Port Blair Airport), your pre-arranged cab will be waiting for you at the arrival gate. It will drop you safely at your hotel or any other destination as per your requirement. The airport transfer service is available across the Andaman Islands. A stress-free car rental experience is ensured with superior services that cater to individual needs.