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.
If you want to see something unique and extraordinary in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, then travel to the lovely Baratang Island. The Mud Volcanoes there are one of their kinds. To reach there, you have to take a short ride from the Nilambur Jetty and walk up a rocky path for 160 meters. These volcanoes are small muddy craters that were formed by natural gases emitted by decaying organic matter present underground. That has pushed the mud upwards. Not much of a visually gorgeous sight, sometimes, there is just a pile of dried or small bubbling puddles of mud. Baratang Island is one of the few places across the world where one can see these volcanoes. So you may consider visiting if you want to witness something unusual. As many as eleven mud volcanoes are reported in the Andaman Islands and out of these, eight are present in Baratang and Middle Andaman. The other three are located in North Andaman.
Baratang Island is known for its geological and natural wonders. It has emerged as a preferred tourist destination among travellers and adventure enthusiasts owing to the alluring sites such as mud volcanoes. The island serves you with umpteen opportunities to quench your thirst for adventure in spite of being one of the lesser-visited tourist places due to the accessibility hindrance.
One of the most visited tourist attractions in Baratang Island, the Mud Volcano can be covered on a day trip when you are here. As evident from its name, this volcano is a special kind of volcano from which a mixture of mud, gases, and water erupt. It looks like mud bubbling out of the land. Such a mud volcanic eruption is rare and one of its kind in India. That is why, the phenomenon attracts a lot of tourists towards it.
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.
Mud Volcano is a famous sight and one of its kind in India. It is a small bubbling puddle of mud, which makes it worth visiting. Some people marvel at the science behind it while some consider it as a great natural marvel. You cannot miss this place if you are really willing to see something rare in Andaman Island.
Dew Dale Resort, Coral Creek Resort, and Hotel Avis are the most recommended accommodations in Baratang Island.
With a built-up area of 700 square meters, Coral Creek Resort is a preferred property. It houses two floors in the gorgeous Baratang Island. The property has a lovely open garden beautifully developed with local plants and flowers. The resort is an excellent property for sightseeing, recreation, dining, and getting around. The car rental service is also available at the accommodation. The staff speaks multiple languages and is always ready to help. A decent stay, the property is neat and clean and ensures total comfort of its esteemed guests.
The resort offers deluxe rooms that are 165 square feet in size. The ground floor has as many as twelve deluxe rooms. With a comfortable king-size bed and garden view, the guests are sure to have a pleasant stay. The room has facilities like 24-hour room service, room controlled air conditioning, Wi-Fi, etc. It is a family-friendly cosy resort that is known for offering good facilities and comfortable stays to tourists visiting the Andamans. The rooms have air-conditioning along with free internet access.
The in-house restaurant of Coral Creek Resort serves vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Continent, Chinese, Indian, etc. cuisines. It has a capacity of 32 guests in one sitting.
Some of the offered facilities are as follows:
How to reach
From the Baratang Jetty, Mud Volcanoes are located nearly seven kilometers and one can reach there via road. After reaching the entrance, just walk for another 160 meters on a rocky path. Finding transport there is a bit tough. So you should hire a taxi at the jetty for a round trip. If you have enough time in hand, then you can also visit Baludera Beach that is a quick detour from the route to Mud Volcanoes.
Getting around Baratang Island is quite easy. You can hire a private taxi/cab from Port Blair. You can explore Baratang Island in any of the following ways:
Important things to keep in mind while visiting Mud Volcano
Baratang Island is a gorgeous place offering a plethora of activities and attractions. However, travelling to this lovely destination is not that easy as you have to cross the tribal zone that is protected by the Government of India (GOI). Therefore, there are a few important things that you must consider on your journey to this island.