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