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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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Austin-X Mayabunder Island

A brief overview of the Mayabunder Island

Mayabunder Island Andaman Islands is a stopover for visiting tourists, coming in from mainland India. The tropical and sparsely populated beaches and eco-villages on the island attract several leisure travellers.

The green and beauteous Mayabunder Island is known for some of the most picture-perfect sandy beaches. It is quite evident why this group of islands features so predominantly in the bucket list of avid travellers.

Location

Mayabunder Island, Andaman, is a rustic little town and port located in the northern part of Middle Andamans. It is located close to some of the other popular tourist locations in the Andaman archipelago such as Rangat (72 km) and Diglipur (79 km). It is the only other harbour apart from Port Blair where passenger ships can be docked.

Culture

The spacious yet solitary island of Mayabunder was settled by immigrants from Mayanmar and the colonial prisoners from India and Bangladesh. Now, the locals, the descendants of these early settlers, are thus well-versed in Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, and Telugu.

A visit to Mayabunder can bring you closer to an eccentric union of South East Asian and Indian cultures. The place has become a fusion of all of the traditions and values brought along by the early immigrants.

Apart from the rich history of the place, it is advisable to mingle with the villagers to learn more about their historically illustrious heritage.

Major tourist highlights

The sandy shores of Mayabunder are also adjacent to some clear tidal pools, lush mangrove jungles, expansive forests with exotic wildlife, vibrant coral reefs, and so much more.

Being mostly underexplored and uncharted, Mayabunder allures travellers yearning for a solitary and serene atmosphere. Which is why many places atop it, such as Karmatang beach, the Avis (or Aves) Island, the German Jetty, Interview Island, etc. are the destination to have some truly offbeat experiences.

The Interview Island, Mayabunder, is one of the places where you can still see the wild Asiatic elephants roaming around freely. The beaches of Karmatang are frequented by sea turtles. In the nesting season, you can watch baby turtles pitter-pattering through the sand and towards the waves!

One of the most prestigious and ambitious projects of the Forest Development authorities, Ray Hills, Mayabunder, is another eco-village from this little town. The Kalighat creek, which you can visit while going to Diglipur from Mayabundar, is a famous hanging spot for saltwater crocodiles.

Avis Island, on the other hand, is straight out of the dreams of a keen wildlife photography nut. And when it comes to photography, the Forest Museum in this little dusty town is another good spot for clicking good pictures.

Mayabunder county has another hidden gem, which is the Austin X Island Mayabunder. This wondrous island is known for its dense mangrove filled creeks. It is also home to wild herds of some uncharacteristically friendly spotted deer.

Adventure Sport At Mayabunder

Austin X in Mayabunder Island

How to get there 

Since the port, Mayabunder is connected to the mainland and Port Blair, there are several ways to get to this small town.

Travelling through a car from Port Blair is going to wear you down, but there will be plenty of scenic sightseeing spots on your way to Mayabunder to stop at. Conversely, you can also take the less scenic yet faster route through the waters.

From Mayabunder, Austin X Island can be reached in just under 30 minutes. Private boats and ferries can also be hired to traverse further from here.

Experience

The Austin X Island shorelines is an example of sheer beauty that the Mayabunder Island has on offer. Coupled with some of the most untouched tourist spots, this island and the surrounding coral reefs are a quick winner in the eyes of many.

With a forest cover that is just brimming with vitality, massive mangrove thickets, and isolated beaches, Austin is a little slice of heaven.

Austin X is known for the tame wild deer population, just roaming around in the impenetrable lush green forests surrounding the beach. These spotted deer are so used to the tourists that it is pretty easy to pet and feed them if you so wish.

Austin X beach at Mayabunder Island is also suitable for adventurous travellers. If you’re looking for a less disturbed and pristine spot for activities such as snorkelling, scuba-diving, or sea-walking, Austin X is the place for you.

Apart from the water sports, backpackers can also go on one of the toughest trekking trails in this region of the Andamans.

Since it has a small fishing village on the shores with ample forest cover, it is also a recommended spot for photography enthusiasts. The zesty and aromatic orange plantations on the island are also worth visiting.

If you’re going with your family and wish to have a peaceful afternoon with your loved ones, then the dense yet park-like coastal mangrove forest in Austin is where you should head to.

Prominent attractions

Austin X is a rather serene and isolated location, where the locals like to keep to themselves. Which is why it is one of the places where you can go to escape the bustle of the other busy tourist spots.

But Austin beach is also adjacent to some of the other prominent attractions in the Mayabunder Island, which include:

  • Austin Creek
  • Forestry department Museum
  • A private driftwood museum
  • German Jetty
  • Avis Island
  • Interview Island
  • Rampur Beach
  • Karmatang Beach

If you’re looking for great food, you can rely on the accommodations or guest houses in Austin X. However, there are some mom and pop restaurants and lodges in Mayabunder that are known for their mouth-watering dishes around the Island.

That’s why, when in Mayabunder, you should definitely head to Anmol Guest house, APWD guest house, Nest restaurant, and Hawksbill Nest resort for a pleasant dining experience.

Best time to visit

The entirety of the Mayabunder county should be given at least 2 to 3 days, for a thorough explorative expedition! And the best time to visit the place would be during the months of May to August.

Essentially, the winters and summers, barring the rainy monsoons, must be when you should plan your trip to Austin X from Mayabunder. During these seasons, you will be able to stay away from the tumultuous ocean waves, while also getting to enjoy the thriving and lively green forests on the island.

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