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.
Natural Bridge in Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep) is one of the most popular attractions across the Andaman Islands. It is a natural formation that is a rock jutting out from the main wall with a huge hole in it. The continuous lashing waves over the years have created it. In 2004, the wall alongside bore the brunt of the Tsunami and saved Neil Island from massive destruction. Another natural bridge formation is on its way in the far corner. This bridge is also known as Howrah Bridge (Bengali settler have given this name in jest). It is an ideal place to be explored by adventure lovers. Senior citizens can skip it.
The natural Bridge has two living natural corals formed just like a bridge. Bengalis, who settled on Neil Island in the early days, refer it as the Rabindra Sethu. They called it Howrah Bridge later. The best time to see it is during the low tide.
You will be required to trek down from the main road to reach Natural Bridge in Neil Island. You get to see the rocky beach with limestone rocks across the beach. Over thousands of years, the erosion with tides has eroded the rocks in the salt waters. Starfishes or sea cucumbers are visible between the rocks in the shallow water. Along with the Natural Bridge, one can also spot staghorn corals, finger corals, boulder corals, and color-changing corals. During low tide, the underwater creatures are visible in the shallow waters and you should definitely have a look. Make sure that you don’t go further from the Natural Bridge as you may get stuck during high tide.
The Andaman Islands are famous for the Natural Bridge that is located in Neil Island. 40 kilometers away from Port Blair (the capital city), Neil Island is also known as the vegetable bowl of the Andamans owing to the rich production from the vast agricultural area. This naturally shaped bridge-like rock is also popularly known as Howrah Bridge.
Nearby the Natural Bridge, there are various lovely beaches that should be visited when you are in Neil Island. You can go and see Laxmanpur Beach, Sitapur Beach, and Bharatpur Beach while vacationing in the Andaman Islands. These are some of the best beaches where you can simply chill and relax.
There are a number of nice properties near the Natural Bridge in Neil Island that are suitable for all kinds of budgets. Whether you are a luxury traveller or a budget traveller, you can find a comfortable hotel or resort from the following:
KP Guesthouse is one of the budget-friendly accommodations in Neil Island. Esteemed guests are amidst the eco-friendly atmosphere during their stay. Special attention is paid to each and every guest. The property is sure to ensure a comfortable and pleasant stay for everyone. If you are looking for some adventure, then the resort will also book your water activities along with treks and tours. The mellow ambiance of this property allows you to experience the serenity of the Andaman Islands. If you want to roam around the place, then the lodge’s staff is there to help you out.
KP Guesthouse offers three kinds of rooms- Two bedded non-AC room, Two bedded AC room, and Four bedded AC room. These are equipped with all the basic amenities. The rooms are hygienic and neat and clean ensuring the total comfort of guests.
Guests can enjoy lip-smacking meals at the property’s on-site restaurant during their stay. It serves special diet meals and kids’ meals as well. The dining area is beautiful and a lovely place to enjoy mouth-watering food. Whether you love eating vegetarian or non-vegetarian food, the kitchen has everything for you. Enjoy a comfortable stay and dine like a royal at this guesthouse.
Some of the offered facilities include the following:
How to reach
The nearest airport to Neil Island is Veer Savarkar International Airport and it is located in Port Blair, the capital town of the Andaman and Nicobar Island. It takes nearly half an hour to reach Neil Island from there.
One has to walk through the seashores in order to reach the Natural Bridge in Neil Island. These seashores are rich in marine life. Make sure to wear shorts and waterproof sleepers for walking on the reefs.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit the Natural Bridge is during the low tide. They appear twice in a day. A local guide can let you know the tide timing. Be ready to get mesmerized by the natural charm of the Andamans.
Important things to know