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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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Wimberly Gunj Waterfalls at Port Blair

Wimberly Gunj Waterfalls at Port Blair
Date : 11 Dec 2021

Most of the people travel to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands for its gorgeous beaches. But there are only few who explore the hidden beauty of the islands in forests and fresh water bodies. Wimberly Gunj Waterfalls is one such place that is a hidden gem in the natural splendor of the Andamans and it gives the much-needed kick to those travellers who are adrenaline junkies. Not a crowded place and definitely a lesser-known destination, Wimberly Gunj Waterfall is a must-visit when you are in Port Blair, the capital of the islands.

The capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is known for its rich historical significance. Apart from knowing about the crucial events that this place has witnessed, you will also see a fair share of natural beauty. The attractions are located in the city as well as nearby it (in this case, Port Blair can be your base). Wimberly Gunj Waterfall is one such treasured attraction that should be included in your Andaman itinerary whether you are travelling with your friends, partner, family, or solo.

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Wimberly Gunj Waterfall is located deep into the forest. You will cross the downstream of the same river on the way. The narrow foot track offers lovely vistas of verdant forests and plants all around with a sense of thrill. At the first crossing, you have to come through the cold water of the stream. There is sufficient place to take some rest. Second stream will come quite soon. Wading through the ankle and knee-deep water is an adventure in itself and it is something that not many people would have done it earlier. You are sure to relish the entire experience.

The trek will ultimately lead you to the waterfalls. There is an adequate sitting area and a small lake that is deep enough for swimming and playing around. The running water is fresh and sweet that will make you feel rejuvenated for sure taking away all your tiredness. You can have a small picnic here to make your experience unforgettable. 



Located near Bamboo flats near Port Blair, Wimberly Gunj Waterfall can be easily reached by both- road and sea. By road, the distance from Veer Savarkar International Airport to the waterfalls is nearly 30 kilometers. The route is circuitous through some bad roads and thus, it is preferred by only those who are fearful of travelling by sea. The easier way to reach there if via a ferry from Chatham located in Port Blair.

Nearby hotels

You will have to stay in Port Blair if you want to visit Wimberly Gunj Waterfall. Some of the best hotels and resorts in the capital city are as follows:

  • Hotel Kavitha Regent
  • Hotel Rhishabh
  • Hotel TSG Emerald View
  • Hotel Holiday Inn
  • J Hotel 
  • Hotel Aparupa
  • Hotel Sentinel
  • Peerless Sarovar Portico
  • The North Reef
  • Hotel Silver Spring
  • Hotel TSG Grand
  • Hotel SR Castle
  • Hotel Luxor Grand
  • Sea Shell Resorts
  • ITC Fortune Resort Bay Island
  • Keys Select Hotel Aqua Green
  • Sea Princess Beach Resort

You can consider staying at Peerless Sarovar Portico if you want to spend time at a lavish property. It is nestled in the beautiful contours of Corbyn’s Cove Beach, the most popular tourist attraction in Port Blair. Offering an ideal tropical getaway with its cosy rooms, the beachfront property is known for its delectable seafood and splendid ocean views. Guests can choose from garden facing rooms or sea-view cottages. It is the only resort located on Port Blair’s Corbyn’s Cove Beach. Veer Savarkar International Airport is located at just a ten-minute drive from the hotel.

Peerless Sarovar Portico offers elegantly designed air-conditioned guest rooms. Spacious along with being neat and clean, the rooms are available in two categories- Deluxe (315 square feet) and Sea View (324 square feet). These rooms have all the advanced amenities and are fully furnished as well. You are sure to have a memorable stay here.

At this beachfront property, you can indulge in smoky aromatic seafood delicacies including local Surmai at its on-site restaurant, Corbyn’s Delight. It is a multi-cuisine restaurant that serves scrumptious food. Having dinner at a romantic setting will make your beach holiday unforgettable. 

The property offers the below-mentioned facilities

  • Laundry Service (Paid)
  • Attached Bathroom
  • Ironing Service (Paid)
  • Newspaper
  • Restaurant
  • Dining Area
  • Coffee Shop
  • Conference Room
  • Printer
  • Photocopying
  • Business Centre
  • Banquet
  • Lawn
  • Living Room
  • Reception
  • Balcony Terrace
  • Verandah
  • Paid Airport Transfer
  • Paid Pickup Drop
  • Paid Shuttle Service
  • Concierge
  • Wheelchair
  • Bellboy Service

The following is a fair idea of the accommodation tariff in Port Blair:

  • Low Budget- INR 500- 3000 (per night)
  • Mid-range- INR 4000- 8000 (per night)
  • Premium stays- INR 9000- 12000 (per night)

Nearby places to eat 

You can have a delicious meal at any of these restaurants that are located in Port Blair:

  • New Lighthouse Residency
  • Annapurna Restaurant
  • Ananda Multi-Cuisine Restaurant
  • Rola Costa Restaurant & Juice Center
  • Gagan Restaurant
  • Icy Spicy family Restaurant
  • Sea Food Delight
  • Cafe Down Under
  • TRIO - The family restaurant
  • Bella Bay Dinner Cruise 
  • Anju Coco Family Restaurant 
  • Rajasthani Dhaba
  • Happy Belly
  • Gem Continental

How to reach 

Take a right turn from Port Blair Airport to reach Junglighat. Some four kilometers, at Goal Ghar Junction take a right turn and drive for sight kilometers. After crossing Haddo and Delanipur on the way, you reach a point where you will find only one right turn with a down slope. Take that route to reach the waterfront. Catch the road bridge to reach Chatham. It is a little island having a wood factory and a shipping terminal for ferry services and commercial ships to bambooflat. There is a ferry junction at the end of the road. The ticket for a four-wheeler costs Rs.50 and you will have to drive it yourself and load onto the ferry. Individual ticket costs Rs.20 per head. The ferry boat can accommodate around eight cars, 30 motorcycles, and over 100 people at a time. It is quite big, fast, and tales nearly fifteen minutes to reach the other side.

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