News Latest Information on Travelling to Andaman Islands?
  • 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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Murugan Temple at Port Blair

Murugan Temple at Port Blair
Date : 09 Dec 2021

Murugan Temple is one of the most popular religious places to visit in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Located in Port Blair, the capital of the islands, this temple attracts a dozen of devotees and is a must-visit if you are here during any festivals. It is dedicated to Lord Murugan and offers a tranquil respite to those who are looking for some sacred vibes and a break from the usual tourist attractions in the Andamans. Reflecting the strong cultural and religious diversity of India, there are other shrines as well at the temple that are dedicated to various gods and goddesses such as Ganapathi, Lord Shiva, and Parvati.

Overview

Having many Tamil visitors, Murugan Temple was built in 1926. Important celebrities like Kanda Shashti and Panguni Uthram are celebrated here. Sri Vetrimalai Murugan, a Tamil businessman, maintains the temple. This temple built in Dravidian style is one of the quintessential places to see in Andaman and Nicobar Islands on your holidays.

Highlight

The biggest pilgrim site of the Andamans, Murugan Temple is located in Port Blair and famous for its spectacular nuances of Dravidian architecture and intricate artwork. As soon as you step into the temple arcade, you are sure to be left spellbound. This temple dedicated to Lord Murugan or Karthikeyan- the son of Lord Shiva, is situated behind the governor place. The lord is one of the most honored deities of Tamilians. If you want to witness the historical temple and collect unforgettable memories of the festivals first hand, then Murugan pilgrim tour packages are available for you. 

Nearby places to visit 

Any Andaman vacation is incomplete without exploring the best sightseeing places here that comprise its marine life, turquoise waters, white sand, dense tropical forest, and a pleasant climate to make your vacations even more amazing and engaging.

Some of the best places of sightseeing around Murugan Temple are as follows:

  • Cellular Jail
  • Corbyn’s Cove Beach
  • Diglipur
  • Japanese Bunkers
  • Jogger’s Park
  • Mount Harriet and Madhuban Tourist Place
  • Red Skin Island
  • Roman Catholic Church
  • Samudrika Marine Museum

Contact Andaman Island Travels to book your sightseeing tours across the island. Its air-conditioned vehicles are completely sanitized as well. 

Nearby hotels

Murugan Temple is known for its picturesque beauty, sacred vibes, and the legends associated with its holy shrines. Offering all kinds of accommodations—from moderate to plush, as per your budget, there are a number of properties around the temple complex. 

The best places to stay nearby Murugan Temple are mentioned below:

  • The Lotus Home Hotel
  • Andaman Ocean Breeze Homestay
  • Hotel Royal Palace
  • Andaman Vacation Home
  • Downing Home Inn
  • Coral isle Bed and Breakfast Homestay
  • Hotel Sentinel
  • Feel Good Holiday Home
  • Grey Stone Shelter
  • Hotel SKB Lodge
  • Megapode Resort
  • Fortune Resort Bay Island- ITC Hotel Group Member
  • Ross View Hotels and Resorts
  • Aashiana Residency Inn
  • Blue Bridge Homestay
  • The Harriet View
  • Andaman Castle Bay
  • GKM Grand Hotel
  • Andaman Shores Homestay

Some of the hotels and resorts in Port Blair provide a panoramic view of the sea as well of the city. These properties have modern rooms with the required facilities and 24-hour housekeeping services that ensure complete comfort of their guests. Banqueting and conference facilities are also available at some accommodations. Some hotels are centrally located from the harbor, Aberdeen Bazar, bus station, Cellular Jail, and water sports complex. Thus, these are preferred by tourists visiting the Andaman Islands. 

The hotels and resorts offer different variants in rooms such as Standard, Executive, Deluxe, etc. All the rooms have advanced facilities for total comfort of their guests. The rooms are highly comfortable and hygienic. Unwinding after a long day would be a very soothing experience. Guests are sure to have a memorable stay here. 

The properties have all-day dining restaurants that serve multi-cuisine dishes. Their rooftop lounges overlook the Andaman Sea and the iconic North Bay. Enjoy lip-smacking seafood delicacies from the live kitchens along with signature beverages from the bars. What’s more? Some properties also have a live musical band to keep you entertained!

Some of the commonly available facilities at these accommodations are as follows:

  • Luggage Storage
  • Ticket Tour Assistance
  • Electrical Sockets (Free)
  • Wheelchair (Free)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Kids’ Meals
  • Conference Room
  • Printer
  • Photocopying
  • Business Services
  • Business Centre
  • Banquet
  • Paid Pickup Drop
  • Paid Shuttle Service
  • Paid Airport Transfers (Paid - luxury car, private taxi, shared shuttle)

Nearby restaurants

Are you a foodie? If yes, then you can satisfy your hunger pangs with lip smacking cuisines available at the commonplace to lavish restaurants around the Murugan Temple. One can try a number of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes there. These food joints serve food from different cultures and you should give them a try. The names of some of them are as follows:

  • Waves
  • Blue Marlin
  • Vegan Creek
  • Punjabi Dhaba
  • Blue Betel Café 
  • Adi Bengali Hotel
  • Ananda Restaurant
  • Milan Restaurant
  • New Lighthouse Restaurant
  • Corbyn’s Delight Restaurant

How to reach 

Murugan Temple is located centrally to the capital settlement in Port Blair and nearby the Cellular Jail. It is easily accessible from all corners of the main city. If you have already decided to include this holy place in your holiday itinerary, then check below the two most convenient ways to reach there: 

From Port Blair- There are auto rickshaws available to the temple complex on regular basis. One can also hire a cab from Cellular Jail and reach Murugan Temple in around twenty minutes.

From Havelock Island- To reach the temple from Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep), you will take nearly three hours via SH4. Ferry service plies to and fro once a day from Port Blair to Havelock Island. It is an economical mode of conveyance. After reaching Port Blair, take a taxi or an auto to reach Murugan Temple. 

If you want to save yourself from all the hassle, then contact Andaman Island Travels to make all the bookings for you. Whether it is flight tickets, airport transfers, ferry transfers, water sports, sightseeing tours, or anything else, AIT will take care of your total comfort and safety.

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