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