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.
Beckoning the off-beat traveller with its exotic mangroves, awe-inspiring limestone caves and pristine mud volcanoes is the Baratang Island. Set in the backdrop of tropical wilderness, the less travelled yet mesmerising island is sprawled in an area of 243 square kilometres. The beautiful island is cradled in between South & Middle Andaman at a distance of about 100 kms from Port Blair.
The major tourist alluring sites of the Batarang island are Parrot island, Mud valcano, and limestone caves. At Parrot Island, one can see various kinds of parrots flying around & can spend a relaxing day whereas Mud island is ideal for adventure enthusiasts where one can indulge in jet skiing and hiking. One can also enjoy a fun-filled ride to the dense mangroves.
Read below to know all about the island from the ideal time to visit to best place to stay in Andaman andhow to book a hotel room in Baratang Island.
Although the ideal time to visit the mesmerising island is throughout the year, yet it is advised to visit Baratang Island during the winters, that is, from November to February. At this time, the sea waters remain calm, thus enabling travellers to indulge in a plethora of activities like sightseeing, trekking, and water sports. During this period of time, there is minimal rainfall. The temperature is moderate and refreshing, thereby ideal for tours. Also, during this time, the charm of the alluring island is the highest. It is not advised to travel during the rainy season as very heavy rains cause a disruption in travelling.
Baratarg island is situated 100 kms from Port Blair. For tourists, they can reach Port Blair via flights available across the country. The Andaman’s Airport is Veer Savarkar Airport. From the airport, one can choose to travel either from a private or a government bus available from Mohanpura Bus Terminal or travel via a taxi. The connecting road from the airport to Baratang Island is Grand Andaman Trunk Road. Although four-wheelers are allowed but owing to various risks, two-wheelers are not allowed on this road. The journey is divided into two phases- one from Port Blair to Jirkatang and Jirkatang to Baratang Island.
There are government ferry services available to and fro from Havelock Island to Baratang Island. The ferry services start from Phoenix Bay Jetty from 8:30 am in the morning. The tickets can be bought from a single window at the Tourist Information Centre. After reaching the destination, one can check out different resorts in Baratang Island.
While on a vacation, one must choose an adequate accommodation that not only fits in their budget but also provides a comfortable and secure environment after a long day of travelling. Apart from comfort, there are various services provided like in-house dining, spas and luxurious amenities for a hassle-free trip. It is a hotel’s duty to ensure the safety of the customer and their belongings within the hotel premises. Also, while visiting an unknown place, one is bound to feel insecure. But good hotels provide 24-hour security via security personnel and with the use of technology. Many good accommodation houses provide facilities like in-room dining options and special meal requests.
For travellers who wish to unwind a little and reduce the stress of life, there are relaxing spas or massage parlours, luxurious swimming pools, and excellent fitness facilities available for the customer. So a good hotel ensures a comfortable atmosphere and caters to the needs of the customer. It is essential to find good accommodation facilities or else in the deficit of the proper amenities, the entire trip could be ruined. There are many good hotels in Andaman that can cater to the various needs of the customer, but one of the best places to stay in Baratang Island is Coral Creek Resort.
For the travel heads visiting the Baratang, only a handful of hotels are capable of playing the host. One such hotel is the Coral Creek Resort. It offers an efficient security system & amazing facilities. It is one of the top hotels in Baratang Island for travellers who wish to admire nature and comfort in one place.
The Coral Creek Resort is a beautiful and exotic resort situated in the heart of Baratang Island. The picturesque hotel is located at the Great Andaman Trunk Road on Baratang Island in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Nearby the hotel, there are some tourist spots like the Catholic Church of Adazig and Lutheran Church of Adazig.
The hotel has comfortable, minimalistically designed yet elegant accommodation spaces. The room’s windows reveal a picturesque view of the clouds adorning the vibrant nature. All of the hotel’s rooms are fully furnished with amenities like a king-sized bed, AC, TV, free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, room service, in-room dining, and a kitchenette. It also provides free accommodation for kids. There are also private seating spaces available for the traveler to be mesmerized by the beautiful shades of the sky during the sunset and sunrise.
Other facilities offered are free car parking, electric vehicle charging, playground for kids, breakfast buffet, indoor play area, and rooftop terrace. The restaurant of the hotel has a variety of choices like Chinese, Indian, and Continental, among others.
The rates for a deluxe room starts from Rs 4,500 onwards. As for room bookings in Baratang Island, one can visit any hotel booking website and enter details like room size, number of people and check in & check out dates. According to the results, the room price will be calculated and select ‘book’ & pay the amount generated. One can also book a room by visiting in person at the hotel reception but, it is advised to book a hotel room in Baratang Island prior in order to avoid last-minute hassles.
So one can say a trip to Baratang is a stunning and exhilarating experience which one must visit during a lifetime.
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