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  • Andaman Tourism Opens

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    From 3rd August 2021 Tourism activities re-open in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. In view of the steady decline in cases of COVID-19 in Andaman Nicobar Islands an order has been issued by the Director of Tourism Department today regarding reopening of all Tourism activities in South Andaman and North Middle Andaman District from today.

  • 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 subject to compulsory RAT testing for Andaman Trunk Road commuters which will be carried out at Forest check post on the spot / same day on payment of applicable charges

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021
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  • The tourists need to carry COVID-19 negative test report from mainland based ICMR 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. 
  • 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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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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Bodhi Bengali Restaurant

Overview of Rangat Island

Location

Rangat islands is a fragment of the middle Andaman and is connected to Port Blair in various ways. The island is 1070 sq. km in size and its population is a testament to ethnic and linguistic diversity. The island became a tourist destination as late as 2006 and hence is administratively sound. If you are worried about how to reach the place, you can avail the jetty from Neil and Havelock islands apart from taking the road from Port Blair on a bus or a cab.

Culture

The island is the first main island in middle Andaman after Baratang island. Even though it is filled to the brim with scenic beauties, it has mostly been used as a transitional spot by people travelling from one place of middle Andaman to another. Communities residing here are mostly Tamil and Malayalis and some sporadic settlements of Bengalis and their primary source of income has been fishing and agriculture. This has been a haven for people who were always sparked by the interest of eco-tourism.

Major Tourist Highlights

There are plenty of things and scenes to feast your eyes on when you are out on a sightseeing tour. Here is a list of some of the places that might appeal to you as a tourist.

Cuthbert Bay Beach

  • One of nature’s most astounding spots at Rangat for its exhibition of flora and fauna

  • Open throughout the day

  • You can see seasonal nesting spots of sea turtles or take a beachside walk in solitude

  • The Cuthbert Bay Beach at Rangat Island Andaman Island has eco-huts made for tourists

Panchavati Hills

  • If you have a penchant for photography, then this is the place to visit

  • This place has settlements of people from South India, and as such, the place resonates with their culture

  • It is advisable to visit before dusk if you want to capture the beauty of the waterfall

Amkunj Beach

  • If one says that this beach is a mixture of vivid colours, it won’t be an exaggeration given the yellow hue of the sand combined with the azure sea
  • Amkunj beach is a prime example of how many spots have become sustainable spots as the once uprooted trees are reused as dustbins and benches
  • This is a perfect place to take a dip in the magical waters of the place and sunbathe

Long Island

  • Long Island has been the least frequented place at Rangat which is why humanity has not toyed with its pristine form
  • Industrial intervention could have dampened the natural beauty of the place, but industries were shut down effectively
  • Apart from Scuba Diving and Snorkeling at Long Island Andaman Island, you can also go for hours of solitude at Merk Bay Beach in North Passage Island near Long Island Andaman Islands

Dhaninallah Mangrove Nature Walkway

  • One of its kind wooden walkway with nature on either side of the structure
  • Sandy beaches are a house to turtles during their nesting season, and the pathway leads to the beach
  • The best time to experience this enchanting walk is under the moonlight

These are the things that one might encounter if they are out for a Sightseeing tour of Rangat Island.

Reasons to visit Rangat Island

One of the major reasons to visit this island is the fact that it is a new tourist spot. If you want a vacation where you want solitude, and away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this is the place to be. Apart from this, if you are from South India or Bengal, you will feel at home with the natives of the place because of their rootedness to those places.

Major Cuisines of Rangat Island

Andaman has been the melting pot of diverse Indian cultures, and because of its location, it is rich in seafood.

Apart from cooked food, the island is rich in fruit orchards, and people love to sip coconut water now and then.

Tips for finding the perfect restaurant at Rangat Islands

While most restaurants are listed online, it is easy to track them down today with internet-based applications; experienced travellers often take the suggestions of locals of a place to find eateries. One such restaurant that appears both on your internet searches and in local suggestions is the Bodhi Bengali Restaurant at Rangat Islands.

Bodhi Bengali Restaurant at Rangat Islands.

The restaurant is located near the Andaman Trunk road and has St. Francis Xavier Catholic church as a landmark. Here is a comprehensive overview of the restaurant.

The best dishes

  • Given it is a Bengali restaurant and is blessed with seafood around you, need to try the fish curry in this place. Vacationers usually love to eat exotic seafood on a trip.
  • The second thing that you need to try out because of its Bengali origin is prawn or the coconut prawn curry, which is a very famous and hyped cuisine even in Bengal.
  • Macher Jhol is another dish that has been well received at Andaman. It is prepared with fish, chillies, turmeric, and coriander.

Décor

  • Bengalis are about substance more than style, so if you are expecting a lavish interior layout, you will be disappointed.
  • This is a hotel that believes in hygiene more than embellishment, so the interiors are pretty clean and well organized. The kitchen is immaculately clean.
  • The furniture and cutlery used there are modest, but with their food on it, it will hardly make any difference.

Service

  • If you want food to be delivered, you will have to call the hotel directly. Food delivery applications are not well spread out in this part of Andaman.
  • They offer dine-in facilities as well.
  • One thing that you should be prepared with is, some amount of cash since they don’t accept cards or online payments.

Experience

In all, various tourists who have visited the restaurant have reported saying that the wholesome experience visiting this hotel lures people with the aroma of food and not with the glitz of brand name or the glamour of modernity.

People have reviewed that the place resonates with the calm of Panchvati hills at Rangat Island Andaman Islands and that the staff were very cooperative, and tried their best speaking in different languages with the tourists. The attendants were homely, and they served food like they were serving guests and not customers. It was claimed that the amount per head spent on food was affordable even for people who are not well off. Their cuisines are inclusive; they have food for the commoner as well as the wealthy, which is what makes a business a worthwhile enterprise.

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