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  • Andaman Tourism Opens

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    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.

  • What is the advisory to travel to North & Middle Andaman District?

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    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

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021
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  • The tourists need to carry COVID-19 negative test report from mainland based ICMR 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. 
  • 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 rate as specified or to the designated hospital/ Covid 19 care centre on case to case basis.
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General Guidelines defined for traveling to Andaman Islands during COVID :

  1. The Tourism Activities are permitted only in South Andaman & North & Middle Andaman District except Nicobar District.
  2. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with home co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years advised not to travel for tourism purposes.
  3. Tourists/Visitors who are at higher risk due to some medical history are advised to take extra precautions.
  4. Tourists/visitors shall minimize contact with other staff and visitors as far as possible and zero contact policy should be followed at all tourist destinations.
  5. All tourists/visitors shall be briefed by the hotel concerned about do’s & don’ts to be mandatorily followed during their stay and movements.
  6. While travelling tourists/visitors should wear a face mask and carry their own sanitizer and wet wipes for personal use.
  7. At all tourist destinations, staff must wear face masks and wash/sanitize hands regularly while performing their duties.
  8. Arogya Setu App shall be mandatory for all incoming tourists/visitors.
  9. Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed. This involves strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly after use.
  10. 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 rate as specified or to the designated hospital/ Covid 19 care centre on case to case basis.
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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.

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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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Waterfall at Panchavati

Location of Rangat Island

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.

Culture of Rangat Island

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.

Key attractions at Rangat Island

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.

What is a waterfall?

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.

Why visit the waterfall at Panchavati Hills?

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.

Why should one enjoy the waterfalls?

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.

Best time to visit the waterfall at Panchavati

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.

Other popular waterfalls at Rangat

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.

Experience

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.

Rates 

Since Panchavati Hills is a public spot, no entry fee is charged

Best time to Visit 

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.

Safety Precautions

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.

  • Obey the warnings and instructions posted at the waterfall
  • Do not climb or cross the fences or barricades into the restricted areas.
  • Stay on observation platforms, if any
  • Tread carefully. The trails which are around the waterfalls can be slippery from the mist coming off the fall.
  • Avoid leaning over unprotected ledges.
  • Avoid climbing on or around a waterfall. The surfaces can be dangerous
  • Avoid jumping or diving from the waterfall or neighbouring cliffs.
  • Avoid playing in the water above the waterfall
  • If you want to swim, always swim downstream from the waterfall.
  • Always keep a first aid kit with yourself.
  • It is always advisable to go to waterfalls with a hiking buddy.
  • Take care of the children
  • Always wear appropriate hiking footwear.
  • Never ever cross rushing high water.
  • Always check the weather before going on and during the hike.
  • Avoid taking alcohol at the site of the waterfalls
  • Always take water with yourself to avoid dehydration

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