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 town on Middle Andaman Island which is also called Andaman Archipelago. It is situated at around 200 Km from Port Blair and around 70 km south of Mayabunder. Rangat is well connected by road and sea. The population of the town is around 40,000.
The island has people of various linguistic groups, but the majority of residents of islands speak Bengali and Tamil. The main occupations of the people are fishing and cultivation.
If you are in love with nature, Rangat is the best place to visit for you. The place has beautiful white sandy beaches which are perfect for a sunbath. The island also has many turtle nesting grounds, amazing waterfalls, and a very particular presentation of the diverse Mangrove ecosystem along with nature walk, being the perfect example of “Reduce, Reuse & Recycle”. The island has many key attractions such as
Cutbert Bay Beach, which offers a rich natural assortment of flora and fauna.
Amkunj Bay Beach, which is characterised by rocky black sand. It also offers a bunch of water sport activities and beautiful attractions. The Water at the beach is crystal clear and appears like blue emeralds.
Long Island: It is enclosed within an area of around 20 square kilometers and the area is characterised by white sandy beaches, fresh green forests, and rocky terrain.
Morice Dera Beach: It is located 8 Km from Rangat and is just opposite Amkunj Bay Beach. This beach is suitable for trekking and long walks and is covered by abundant forests and calmness.
A waterfall is a river or other body of the water’s pointed fall over a craggy ridge into a descent pool below. Waterfalls are also known as cascades.
The process by which erosion or the wearing away of the earth takes place plays an important role in the formation of waterfalls. Waterfalls are normally formed in the upper course of the river. By the reason of their landscape position, many waterfalls occur over substratum fed by the little contributing area, so they may be transitory and flow only during storms and melting of the snow. At times, waterfalls have a wide range of widths and depths.
You can enjoy a beautiful waterfall through Panchavati. The hills have several small and beautiful waterfalls and springs. These springs also serve as a source of water supply for the major part of Middle Andaman. The Panchvati hills waterfalls are a major attraction. One can have great fun at the waterfalls by taking a dip into chilling and refreshing waters. One can also enjoy the scenic beauty.
Panchavati Hills is the perfect place to experience the radiating beauty and serenity from its very tiny essence. The Panchvati Waterfall is the primary attraction that comes from perfect height and rushes through the mountains. One can take a dip in the chilling and fresh waters of the waterfalls which are definitely going to be a mesmerizing experience.
There is something mystical about water in motion. It creates a beautiful scene as the water slides down from the top in one poetic motion. And then there are times when sunlight blends with the waterfall and makes a rainbow which adds a cherry to the icing. Other than taking the sight into consideration, the sonority of waterfalls is also very relaxing. Waterfalls distract us from the ambient noise and hence calms the brain. Hence, waterfalls are no doubt one of nature’s most magical creation. Waterfalls also purify the water.
Needless to say, water flows down the hills throughout the year so when you come doesn’t really make a difference because it remains equally enigmatic and beautiful. If you are stickler for great frames then you can visit the spot just when the sun is about to rise or set.
Apart from Panchavati hills there are no major waterfalls in Rangat and even if there were this place is so magnificent it would have dwarfed others. There are however creeks that you might find when you take a walk on the mangrove nature walkway.
People have come back with only good things to say about the place. With lush greenery all around supplemented by the engaging beauty of a waterbody, the waterfall is a paradise for budding photographers.
There are so many things to do according to visitors that you might spend an entire day there without realizing. The tourists have also come back with reports of how warm the native farmers are around the area who took time out of their schedule to give them a tour of their farmlands. In spite of the chilly coldness of a waterfall Panchavati Waterfall is warm because of the people.
Since Panchavati Hills is a public spot, no entry fee is charged
The place has a constant climate throughout the year, hence any time of the year is suitable to visit the place. However, if you want to engage in productive conversation with cultivators of farm produce of the area you can visit them during the harvest and they just might school you in their trade secrets.
Waterfalls are very enjoyable but entail a lot of risks if precautions are not taken. Any violation of the rules can lead to serious injury or even death. The following instructions should be followed while experiencing waterfalls at Panchavati.
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