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 is a tiny fragment of the pristine Middle Andaman Islands and is situated at an approximate distance of 200 kilometers from the capital city of Port Blair. In spite of being made a tourist site in 2006, after Baratang and Mayabunder and Diglipur, Rangat has etched a special place for itself in the history of the place for being a generational find. If you are wondering how to reach Rangat then you can take the jetty or speedboat from Port Blair or take the bus.
There is a strong sense of harmony in the socio-cultural life of Rangat. Since people represent diverse strands of our society they are respectful and tolerant of other cultures which in turn has fostered the growth of international tourism in that island. They are an enlightened group of people who have always put nature before money. Their sustainable initiatives have led to eco-friendly ventures. The authorities are severely strict about maintaining boundaries between man and nature and wouldn’t want anyone to tamper with nature.
The demography of Rangat is dominated by people from the southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu and some sporadic people from West Bengal. These people are very industrious and have made their careers in fishing and cultivation from scratch. There are others who have endeavored to open homestays and eateries to make your visit a seamless one. People are very concerned about the environment and have taken initiatives to endorse eco-tourism and conservation.
Rangat island is the proverbial road not taken. Since it was only discovered as a probable tourist spot in 2006, this is the correct time to explore and go for your vacation here. Once this gets world recognition this won’t be a cut-price deal for travel enthusiasts. There are a lot of subsidiary travel locations around this place. If you are moving from Port Blair to Mayabunder or Diglipur, then this is the perfect transit stop to pause and take a short trip of. There are a lot of hospitality services and food available which entails that you won’t run out of food choices or shelter.
There are umpteenth number of beaches in Rangat Island, and counting them will be an exercise in vain. There is the Long Island Beach where there are so many water based activities that you will run out of time. Raman Bagheecha beach is a paradise for young couples who want to be removed from the mainland Rangat. There is the Amkunj Beach at Rangat Island Andaman Islands, which looks like a picture from a retro movie. The Dhani Nallah beach has become famous for being the nesting spot of different kind of sea turtles. The Lalaji Bay Beach allows you to partake in scuba diving and snorkeling
Dhaninallah Mangrove nature walkway (seasonal Turtle Breadding) at Rangat Island Andaman Islands, is a 713 meters one of a kind walkway, that is surrounded by mangrove linings on either side. This is the longest walkway in India. It is stationed at a distance of 20kms from Rangat mainland, adjoining the Andaman trunk road. Dhani Nallah is named after a local filial of a mangrove called Dhanipatti. The walkway trudges through the length of the forest and leads to an open sea and a creamy beach. The walkway is erected on a pedestal and is carved out of wood.
The place is maintained by the DFO Rangat. The beach that it leads to is one of the most well-kept beaches of Rangat and is known for seasonal turtle breeding. The place is specially visited by Olive Ridley Sea Turtles.
The walk in itself is so enriching that one would hardly want to miss it. The walk with mangroves on either side lets us flora in its peak beauty. The crevices and corners of the mangrove has innumerable species most of which we have no knowledge of. A lot of people stay overnight to sight turtle nesting. A lot of locals believe that the activity requires a lot respect and hence prohibit the use of torches or flashlights. One should not obstruct the direction of turtles and be very obedient to the suggestions laid down by the forest department official. There are no hospitality services around except for the Hawksbill Nest resort. The forest department has also installed the Mangrove Interpretation Panel to disseminate information regarding mangroves and the species it houses. They have also erected a watchtower from one can have an eagles eye view of the surrounding beauty.
A lot of people claim to have come back as better human beings from the soul-searching walk on the wooden walkway. They came back enlightened and with improved empathy for nature and its creatures. A lot of people have reviewed the mangrove in glowing terms. They have said that the walk was “enthralling and enticing”. They have appreciated the small hut as they could sit for hours and hear the melody of birds chirping fill the air. The beauty of the beach is unparalleled in terms of the colour and the interplay between the waves and the rocks. Apart from occasional scares like the presence of a board which asked the visitors to be wary of crocodiles, the trip was smooth sailing and curt. There are small restrooms for people wanting to sit for a while and snack.
There are public buses that will leave you at the Mangrove Nature Walkway. These buses operate with higher frequency on weekdays than on weekends. Dhani Nallah is so strategically sound in its location that people travelling from Port Blair to Mayabunder or Diglipur can stop to take rest and visit this is the meantime. The best time to visit the place is during the night where the moonlight illuminates the beach and creates a mystical experience. In case of rain, there are small establishment on the side of the Andaman trunk road where you can opt for hiding.
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