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  • Andaman Tourism Opens

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    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.

  • What is the advisory to travel to North & Middle Andaman District?

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    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

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021
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  • All asymptomatic fully vaccinated persons coming to these islands from mainland are exempted from the requirement of carrying RT-PCR negative test report,irrespective of the type of vaccine received and country of origin. Such fullyvaccinated individuals shall produce the final vaccination certificate at the origin airport, sea port in the mainland and at Port Blair Airport / sea port.
  • Alt asymptomatic children below 5 years of age are exempted from carrying RT-PCR negative test report and further RT-PCR testing at Port Blair Airport.
  • 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 to travel to Port Blair from the mainland, as is the practice now. Such an RT-PCR test should have been taken within 48 hours prior to commencement of journey from the origin airport connecting Port Blair. Such passengers will also have to undergo additional RT-PCR test on arrival at Port Blair. Such passengers shall remain in self-quarantine till the arrival of the test report.
  • If a passenger on arrival is tested positive then, the prescribed quarantine protocol is to be followed.
  • All Airlines shall ensure strict compliance of this order and observance of COVID Appropriate Behaviour. Any non-compliance shall invite action under Disaster Management Act and other applicable laws. 
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General Guidelines defined for traveling to Andaman Islands during COVID :

  1. The Tourism Activities are permitted only in South Andaman & North & Middle Andaman District except Nicobar District.
  2. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with home co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years advised not to travel for tourism purposes.
  3. Tourists/Visitors who are at higher risk due to some medical history are advised to take extra precautions.
  4. Tourists/visitors shall minimize contact with other staff and visitors as far as possible and zero contact policy should be followed at all tourist destinations.
  5. All tourists/visitors shall be briefed by the hotel concerned about do’s & don’ts to be mandatorily followed during their stay and movements.
  6. While travelling tourists/visitors should wear a face mask and carry their own sanitizer and wet wipes for personal use.
  7. At all tourist destinations, staff must wear face masks and wash/sanitize hands regularly while performing their duties.
  8. Arogya Setu App shall be mandatory for all incoming tourists/visitors.
  9. Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed. This involves strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly after use.
  10. 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 rate as specified or to the designated hospital/ Covid 19 care centre on case to case basis.
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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.

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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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Mount Harriet National Park at Port Blair

Mount Harriet National Park at Port Blair
Date : 09 Dec 2021

Located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Mount Harriet National Park was established in 1969. It is the third-highest peak in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago. The photo on the back side of INR 20 note is taken from Mount Harriet National Park. One can spot a number of faunal species here such as Andaman wild pigs (an endangered species), saltwater crocodiles, turtles, robber crabs. The park is also a great spot for witnessing butterflies. 

The national park is home to rich fauna and flora. There are so many species of exotic birds wherein eleven are endemic and being recognized by the government as Important Birds Areas of the island. There are a number of reptiles and amphibians as well. Moreover, new species of frog has also been recently added to the list. One can also spot green marine turtles, mammals, and different species of moths. The abundance of trees and plants make the Mount Harriet National Park a perfect place for birds, animals, and other creatures.

Our Package

Location: Hope Town, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 744107

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Timings: Monday to Sunday – 7 AM to 5 PM

Entry Fee: INR 10 per child (Indian), INR 25 per adult, and INR 250 per person for foreigners

Highlights

Mount Harriet National Park is one of the major attractions and the highest peaks in the Archipelago of South Andaman. The most amazing features of this national park are its flora and fauna that are rare to be found anywhere else. It is covered with lush greenery like a forest. One can see Port Blair from the top of the mount’s peak. 

If you want to spend some quality with your friends or family, then Mount Harriet National Park is an ideal spot. A day with them in a natural setting doing the things that you enjoy is priceless and memorable. The park is a must-visit when you are in Port Blair, the capital city. You can enjoy nature tripping and fresh air along with a number of exciting activities there. The horizon is just a stone-throw’s away from Mount Harriet. You will be left in awe by its splendor.

Overview

Mount Harriet National Park is a different kind of park as it is not just a park but a reserved area that is taken care of by the Forest Department of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. To enter the park, you need a pass first. The beauty of the park is extraordinary as it is covered with evergreen forests. The curvy mountains here are perfect for those who love hiking. 

Are you a nature lover who is always looking to spend time in the lap of nature amidst picturesque views? If yes, then this nation park is your best bet to enjoy quality time. You can appreciate the views of the North Bay Island’s Light House from here which is also found at the back of INR 20 bill. It was taken from the top of Mount Harriet.

There are a number of facilities and activities available at this national park in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. There is a children park, watchtowers, tourist sheds, and eco hut. If you want to spend the night there, then you can rent the forest guesthouse for your comfort and relaxation. Earlier a training camp for elephants, you can also enjoy at the Madhuban Beach. You have to trek from Mount Harriet to go to the beach. 

Nearby hotels

If you want complete comfort and luxury, then it is recommended that you stay in Port Blair. The capital town has a number of hotels and resorts that are as per your requirements. Some of the best accommodations there are as follows:

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1-Star

  • Hotel Kavitha Regent
  • Hotel Shreesh
  • Hotel Rhishabh

2-Star

  • Sun Sea Resort
  • Hotel TSG Emerald View
  • Hotel NK International
  • Hotel Holiday Inn
  • Hotel Blue Sea
  • J Hotel 
  • Hotel Blue Mmarlin

3-Star

  • Hotel Aparupa
  • Hotel Sentinel
  • Peerless Sarovar Portico
  • The North Reef
  • Hotel Silver Spring
  • Hotel TSG Grand
  • Hotel SR Castle
  • Hotel Luxor Grand

4-Star

  • Sea Shell Resorts
  • ITC Fortune Resort Bay Island
  • Keys Select Hotel Aqua Green
  • Sea Princess Beach Resort

Located in Port Blair, the hotels offer neat and clean and comfortable rooms that are equipped with the latest amenities. Visitors appreciate these properties for excellent services and warm hospitality. These are not so much far from Veer Savarkar Airport as well. Thus, maximum convenience for their guests is ensured. The properties in Port Blair feature restaurants and bars that are highly sought-after among travellers. Some of them also offer banquet facilities. The staff is multi-lingual and very cooperative. Whether you are staying with your partner or with whole family, these hotels and resorts promise safe and cosy stay in Port Blair. 

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The hotels are equipped with several spacious and nicely designed rooms. There are different categories of rooms such as executive, deluxe, and suite. You can easily choose one that is most appropriate as per your budget. All rooms include room service, electric kettle, Wifi. These ensure a pleasant stay while you are in the capital city.

Most of the properties have on-site restaurants that are a multi-cuisine as well. They serve various delectable dishes. After a long and tiring day, guests can also choose to unwind at the bar that offers fantastic cocktails.

Some of the commonly available facilities at these properties are mentioned below:

  • Free parking
  • Free breakfast
  • Bar/lounge
  • Car hire
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Dry cleaning
  • Restaurant
  • Air conditioning
  • Desk
  • Telephone

How to reach

From Port Blair, Mount Harriet National Park is 55 kilometers by road and fifteen kilometers via ferry and trek. Ferry service is available from Chatham wharf to Bambooflat. Take a vehicle from there to reach Mount Harriet.

If you are planning to visit Mount Harriet National Park, then contact Andaman Island Travels (AIT) for making all your bookings. Along with this spot, this reliable tour and travel company located in Port Blair will design the entire holiday package for you at the most economical prices.

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