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.
Located in Port Blair (the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands), Zoological Survey of India Museum is a popular museum that houses the specimens of marine wildlife that are rare to be found anywhere else in India. Some of the most amazing things to see there include species of exotic creatures such as corals, whales, anemones, starfish, etc. These are live as well remnants like skeletons and fossils in some cases. The experts have obtained these species from nearby water bodies such as the Bay of Bengal. These are curated by them as per the scientific criteria of the administrative institution. The museum is popular among academics, scientists, laymen, and tourists.
There are guides available and they can contribute towards the essence of your tour. Hiring one will be a good idea and you can do so at varying rates. Their fee is chargeable based on time. Listen to your guide carefully and try to learn from them. Moreover, there are locals as well who can become your guide and impart the best knowledge. This way, you will get to gather so much new information.
What sets the Zoological Survey of India Museum apart from other museums is the display of wonderful butterflies, beetles, mammals, and birds. Right from the size of mustard to ones that are 5 centimeters long, you can see beetles of all sizes here. The bird section here is incredible. There are stuffed specimens of parakeets, hawks, etc. When it comes to marine specimens, you will have a lot to see at the Zoological Survey of India Museum. The displays are well-labeled and are complete with genetic and species names. The museum gives you are sneak-peek into the assorted animals and plants that the island is home to. Although open throughout the year, the best time to visit the museum is from November to April. In general, it is the preferable time to travel to the Andaman Islands.
Things to do
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When you are free from the Zoological Survey of India Museum, then you visit nearby tourist attractions. Some of the most popular ones are as follows:
There are a number of good hotels that are located near the Zoological Survey of India Museum. One can book a hotel at Foreshore Road, Aberdeen Bazaar, Junglighat, Goal Ghar, Middle Point, Dollygunj, or Phoenix Bay. If you choose to stay anywhere in these locations, then you will have the option to go out and explore the place locally. However, the hotel tariff is on a higher-end here. Properties in the capital town cater to all kinds of requirements. Whether you are on a budget trip or a luxury holiday, the hotels and resorts here are perfect for you.
The tariff varies between peak and low depending on the tourist seasons. Make your booking in advance as the prices may shoot up during peak season and the best properties may get full quite soon. Below-mentioned is a fair idea of the accommodation tariff in Port Blair:
Some of the best hotels and resorts nearby the Zoological Survey of India Museum are as follows:
You can have a delicious meal at any of these restaurants that are nearby the Zoological Survey of India Museum:
Best time to visit
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands can be visited throughout the year. However, the place does get quite hot in the summer season owing to its tropical climate. The monsoon is a bit risky season and it also prevents proper underwater viewing. The winter season is the best time to visit the Zoological Survey of India Museum, i.e., the months from November to April.
How to reach
You can reach Port Blair by air or sea. The capital town is connected to major Indian cities like Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai. By sea, there are voyages from Chennai, Vizag. You can take a taxi to the Zoological Survey of India Museum once you reach the Andamans. It will take nearly half an hour to reach.
Address: 11 Horticulture, Road, Haddo, Port Blair- 744102, Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Contact number: +91-3192237582; +91-3192230115
For any travel query about your Andaman trip, contact Andaman Island Travels.