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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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Viewing Elephant

The Mayabunder Island – An overview

Mayabunder Island, an extremely beautiful island with its scenic beauty, is one of the lesser-known destinations in Andaman. Despite having the second-largest port, after Port Blair, there is not much that people know about this culturally diverse and homely town in Middle Andaman. With largely attractive mangrove forests, elephant viewing activities, turtle nesting grounds, and the ever famous German Jetty, amongst all other tourist spots, this little town is an experience of its own. With its quaint beaches and tourist destinations, you will have the most authentic experience of life at the scenic and ever-so-peaceful beaches.

Location

An island with a plethora of Asian cultures, Mayabunder is a 100-year-old island town in the Northern part of Middle Andaman. A seaport settles by the Burmese hill tribe Karen, Mayabunder is located on majestic farmland of rice paddies and forests, surrounded by the glistening ocean. To go to Mayabunder Island, the Andaman Islands, which is around 300 kilometers from Port Blair, transport facilities to travel by road, sea, and air are available for you to reach Mayabunder at your best convenience. These facilities can be accessed in terms of both government and privately run services.

Culture

Located between Rangat and Diglipur, Mayabunder is home to several villages, scattered along the way with tall, majestic mangroves. With Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, and Bengali being a few of the most spoken languages at Mayabunder, there is a vast multicultural community to give you the best experience in your travels. Its Burmese heritage and historical past make it stand out from the rest in terms of the sightseeing experiences in Mayabunder. Its rich history and the community harmony play a very important role in the extremely welcoming hospitality of the people of the town. The simplicity of life here in Mayabunder beats all the materialistic services and destinations you can find in your travels anywhere. Even with numerous Hotels & Resorts at Mayabunder Island, Andaman Islands, many native households take in guests, and can give you the best authentic experience of life at Mayabunder!

Key attractions

There are many places to visit in Mayabunder Island.

With a vast network of attractions, these places in the island will definitely be an experience you do not want to miss. A few of these places may require you to travel by more than one mode of transport, but the end result and the beauty of the destinations is, by no doubt, worth all the effort.

Karmatang Beach

Karmatanag Beach at Mayabunder Island, Andaman Islands isone of the most peaceful beaches at Mayabunder Island and is guaranteed to give one a good relaxing experience. From swimming to picnics and other family activities, there is a lot to do here in this scenic yet quiet beach. Boat rides, turtle watching and other activities are also famous here.

Interview Island

Interview Island at Mayabunder Island located in a deep forest area, is a place with an abundance of nature. Covered with flora and fauna across the areas, one can find elephants scattered throughout in their natural habitat, within the freedom of their home in the forest lands. Treks and Safari rides are the best ways to experience this island in its glory. 

Avis Island

The coconut island of the group of islands, Avis Island in Mayabunder Island, Andaman Islands is one of the most exotic places in Mayabunder. The golden sand beaches and beautiful oceanic waters of this island are home to hundreds of tall and majestic coconut trees, making it a picture perfect destination.

Austin X

Filled with opportunities for trekking, sightseeing, wildlife watching, and everything nature enthusiasts would love. With animals having their own time and space here, it is evident that the photographic opportunities are the highest. AustinX Beach at Mayabunder Island, Andaman Islands is a place for all the wildlife and nature lovers who want to get away from the urban life and reconnect with nature.

Ray Hills

Ray hills in Mayabander Island is an eco-village maintained by the Forest and Plantation Development Corporation that is the most ideal place for trekking, adventure sports, picnics, elephant rides and so forth. Completely environmentally friendly and plastic-free, Ray Hills is a destination where one can just relax, go about with activities, and have exciting adventures – all while helping conserve the environment! 

Elephant viewing

We all love watching funny videos of elephants online, right? However, looking at elephants in their natural habitat is one of the most wholesome things you can do. Elephant viewing is, in its own, a different experience – to watch them in their natural habitat, amongst their own community. It is a fact that elephants are very community-oriented and always prefer to stay with their loved ones. The trend of elephant viewing has now become a common practice for tourists visiting exotic locations. Mayabunder is no exception to this.

Why Mayabunder?

There is a huge population of elephants in Mayabunder Island, and the opportunity is such that every tourist visiting this island town will have the best elephant viewing experience. The elephants are unchained and deeply loved and cared for by the locals of the town. Here, your time as a tourist will be enhanced with your time with the ever-friendly elephants.

Experience

This activity of elephant viewing is, essentially, something that will make your trip to Mayabunder stand out from the rest. To watch and spend time with one of nature’s wonders in the deep forests, in their habitat, can make one feel grateful for being there, watching these elephants with their families. In addition to that, there are many packages of elephant viewing in Mayabunder that are guaranteed to tempt one into this wonderful, peaceful activity.

Rates

The prices may vary according to the seasons and areas of elephant viewing. Every vendor has their own price. 

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Mayabunder Island is ideally in the summer, when you can enjoy the beautiful scenes at the beaches, the waves in the ocean and the warm yet windy nature of the islands. It is advised that you not visit the island in the monsoon season as your experience will be very limited with the waves in the oceans being uncontrollable and unfavourable for one to swim in. However, the winter season can sometimes prove to be a pleasant time to travel here with the chilly winds and cool weather all across the towns. In terms of elephant viewing, irrespective of the weather and climate, this is an experience that will always prove to be fruitful.

Safety precautions

While travelling for elephant viewing, one is advised to be calm and reserved in the places that the guides suggest you stay in. It is always better to not infringe upon the elephants’ personal space to not startle them about people watching them. Please keep your belongings safe and keep a distance from the wild as per the guide’s instructions.

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