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  • A four week long curfew on the islands

    Updated: 26 May 2021

    There is an ongoing four-week long curfew on the island owing to rising COVID-19 cases.

  • Tourist attractions closed till further notice

    Updated: 29 May 2021

     Tourist attractions attracting large gatherings closed till further notice.

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 29 May 2021

    A negative RT PCR report has to be presented by all passengers on arrival.

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  • All passengers will be required to go through thermal screening.
  • All incoming passengers have to carry the RT-PCR negative test report issued from an ICMR approved lab. The test should have been taken within 48 hours. RT-PCR timeline begins from the swab collection time. Any passenger without it will be sent back to the origin. Also, handwritten reports are not acceptable.
  • Along with having the negative RT-PCR report, all incoming passengers will undergo Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) upon arrival at designated testing centers that are located within two kilometers of Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair.
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  • Activities attracting huge crowds such as the Light and Sound Show at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island and National Memorial Cellular Jail, water sports, beaches, and other such activities have been suspended across all three districts for another four weeks starting from May 20, 2021.
  • A new standard operating procedure for adventure water sports has been issued.
  • Travelling to North and Middle Andaman Islands, Nicobar group of islands, and Little Andaman Island is not allowed for tourism purposes as of now.
  • The ongoing night curfew has been extended by one hour from 9 pm to 5 am.
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  • Even if the test of the result conducted on arrival is negative, all passengers still have to home quarantine for a week.
  • Any passenger with a positive test result will be sent for institutional quarantine for further treatment.
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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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About Rangat Island

An overview of Rangat Island

Location

A part of the middle and the southern part of the Andaman archipelago, the Rangat Island is one such island that is comprised of various linguistic and ethnic groups, dominated mostly by Tamils and Bengalis. Despite apparently being in the middle of nowhere, it is well connected by sea and land routes.

Geography

The size of the island amounts to around 1070 sq. km and is mostly comprised of waterfalls, ostensibly maintained beaches under the azure sky and clusters of smaller islands which are unique in their own way.

Over the years, Rangat has developed as a kind of a transitional spot for travellers moving from one place to another within the archipelago. This is one of the prime reasons as to why one is bound to pass through Rangat. People visiting Mayabunder or Long Island will come across Rangat, and once you are in, the beauty of its beaches will take your breath away. Among such famed and decorated beaches is the Ambkunj beach

Administration

The district of North and Middle Andaman of which Rangat is a part was carved out in the year 2006 and extends from Baratang to Diglipur. The population of the place is slightly above one lakh according to the last census and is subdivided into Rangat, Diglipur, and Mayabunder. There are more than hundred revenue villages.

Demographics

The communities that dominate the island are mostly Bengalis and Tamils, and their major source of income is fishing and cultivation.

History of Rangat Island

A testament to the inaccessibility of the culture and language of the island can be found in a book called Book of Wonders which talks about this island being inhabited by wolf-like humanoid creatures. Andaman, in general, has a lot of history because of its antiquated status and endangered languages spoken but given that Rangat was established only more than a decade ago, it is relatively untouched by history.

Tourism in Rangat Island

Over the years, the surreal beauty of the island has led to the establishment of popular tourist attractions. Here are the 8 best places to visit at Rangat Island.

Dhaninallah Beach and Mangrove Nature Walk Away

  • The Dhaninallah Beach and Mangrove walk away is situated 18kms away when you are travelling from Rangat to Mayabunder
  • The boardwalk which is one of its kind and is erected on the top of a swamp that leads to the Dhaninalla Beach
  • With a whopping 713-metre length walk, it is the biggest of its kind in the country
  • The beach is famed for being a turtle nesting in the first and last quarter of the year

Yerrata Mangrove Park

  • On your way from Yerrata jetty to Long Island, you will find the creek which is a living breathing example of how blessed this place is with its scenic beauty
  • This park also houses the only watchtower in the entirety of the Union Territory and was built to inculcate curiosity and a culture of a better understanding of mangroves in general
  • The government has also built the Mangrove interpretation centre to disseminate better knowledge about the forest

Panchavati Hills

  • The hills have a lot of small water bodies and springs that act as a water source to the majority of Middle Andaman
  • There is also a coffee farm that was built way back in 1959 which has become a rich reserve of flora and intrigues botanists today

Cuthbert Bay

  • Located at a distance of about 12 km away from Rangat
  • Olive Ridleys frequent the length of the beach, and Green Sea turtles and as such has become a seasonal breeding ground for those creatures
  • There are other attractions as well which include an elephant training camp which is popular among tourists

Amkunj Beach

  • This beach is located 8kms away from Rangat and about a km away from the helipad at Mayabunder.
  • Given its locational advantage, this is the most visited beach where people come to hang out and sun bask and try their hand at swimming.
  • The forest department of the place has built many groves and eco-huts and treehouses so that people can have a closer look at the miracle of sea animals and corals during low tide.

Long island

  • One of those natural spots which have managed to preserve itself because of its isolated status.
  • The closing down of the industries have been a blessing in disguise as it has prevented pollution.
  • Major tourist attraction includes a visit to Lalaji Bay Beach or a trip to Guitar island from Long Island Andaman Island.

Moorys Dare (trekking)

  • Merk Bay Beach in North Passage Island near Long Island Andaman Island is a rocky terrain located opposite to Amkunj Bay.
  • It is a very famous trekking spot to satiate the adrenaline junkie in you.
  • It is open throughout the day, and there is no charge on entry.
  • The exhilaration that the trekking sights give you is unmatched in scenic beauty. 

North passage Island (Merk Bay Beach)

  • Sometimes the charm of lonely beaches and clear waters are overpowering.
  • Merk Bay Beach is an example of one such beach and is a frequented spot by enthusiasts of scuba diving and snorkelling.
  • Since this is not a densely populated place, one is suggested to carry their own supplies and stay in the well-furnished Hotels & Resorts of Rangat Island Andaman Island.
  • Since monsoon won’t let you enjoy all the facilities of the island, summer is the advised time for you to visit.

These are the things you can do if you want a Sightseeing Tour of Rangat Island.

How to reach Rangat Island?

People curious about how to reach the place needn’t fret too much, given its locational advantage, you can avail ferries from Havelock, Neil, and Long Island or those who are into speed boats, they can avail one for themselves. The government runs speedboat services for four-five days and week, and the journey duration is approximately five hours. one can easily avail the bus service from Port Blair as well, but it will take the best part of six hours. Brisk boat rides might take you through the Yerrata Creek, and you will land up at Yerrata jetty. There are also auto-rickshaws and bus services that are available.

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