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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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Places to Visit in Mayabunder Island

All You Need To Know About Planning A Vacation In Mayabunder

Mayabunder is the headquarters of North and Middle Andaman District. A small town located in the northern part of Middle Andaman, it can be a preferred place for those looking for an exciting adventure as well as exploration. In this article, we present you the detailed information on Mayabunder as a destination of attraction. 

This undercover destination is located 242 kilometers by road and 136 kilometers by ferry from Port Blair. It falls between Diglipur and Rangat. Its villages are scarcely populated with people majorly speaking Bengali, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Mayabunder is mostly visited by those tourists who are looking for something rare. Still not commercialised completely, the place is still growing as a tourist destination. Thus, it has limited infrastructures and less frequent connectivity with Port Blair. The town is less explored due to less information about the place and lesser-known ways of its accessibility. It is only visited by travellers, not tourists. We hope you understand that!

Through this article, we will help you in exploring every corner possible of this unexplored destination so that you can get to know what you should expect from this untouched gem of Andaman Island. 

What to expect while visiting Mayabunder?

Home to a few beautiful and scenic beaches, Mayabunder is also known for seasonal turtle nesting grounds and mangrove-lined tidal creeks. It is also the second biggest harbor after Port Blair where the mainland passenger ships takea halt. If you want to visit some of the Virgin Islands nearby like Avis Island, Coco Island and Interview Island, then this place is the starting point. 

A trip to explore the natural marvels of Mayabunder means a trip to the outskirts of Andaman Island- near to the organic life and far from the busy and crowded life. The place is extremely soothing and pleasant. There is no connectivity to the internet, which is a blessing in disguise! Here, you will be completely detached from the contemporary world. You will be able to focus on making the most of your beach time. All you would do is relax, capture the moments inside your eyes and of course, thank yourself to explore this paradise before moving ahead. 

What to see in Mayabunder?

  • Rampur Beach- It is a small yet gorgeous beach that offers lovely views of a mangrove forest to the visitors.
  • Karmatang Beach- Considered as the most stunning beach of Mayabunder, it is twenty kilometers away from the town. A shimmering stretch of white sand and crystal clear waters, it is a turtle nesting ground for Olive Ridley Turtles and Andaman Green Turtles.
  • German Jetty- Entering the premises of the APWD Guest House located in Mayabunder will take you to a popular attraction known as the German Jetty. The place boasts of an open sea, waves crashing on the huge rocks towards the shore and lush greenery all around. The sound of crashing waves amid such a breathtaking setup is like soothing music for nature lovers.
  • Avis Island- Located about a twenty-minute boat ride far from Mayabunder jetty, this is a pristine and untouched island. The coconut plantation further enhances the beauty of this tiny island. It is surrounded by resting clear waters and has a small beach as well. It is not habited and closed for tourists. So, special permission from the forest department has to be taken for a day visit to this isolated island.

Other places promising splendid beauty in Mayabunder include Ray Hills, Austin X and Interview Island.

Which activities to do in Mayabunder?

Apart from observing seasonal turtle nesting, you can go for boat rides, viewing elephants and trekking in this town. 

Where to stay in Mayabunder?

Being a very remote destination just like any other island in the North and Middle Andaman Island, you should not look for any luxurious stay. Still growing to gain popularity, Mayabunder has minimum tourist flow at present. The limited number of accommodations available here has limited amenities. So you should not expect services like television in rooms, room service, wifi connection, etc. while staying here. The hotel properties in Mayabunder are very basic, hygienic, and a few provide sea view. Some of the best places to stay here are mentioned below:

  • Blue Bird Resort
  • Hotel Aashna
  • RG Hotel
  • Hotel Landfall
  • Sea and Sand 
  • APWD Guest House 

Make sure you have pre-bookings in Mayabunder. Otherwise, there may be on-spot issues in searching and getting a good place to stay in. Therefore, making reservations from a local tour operating company is highly recommended. Andaman Island Travels is the most reliable name on the whole island as it is committed to customise holiday packages as per its clients’ requirements. Save yourself from the hassle of booking every little thing and trust its experienced staff to design your vacation offering you more than what you can imagine!

Where to eat in Mayabunder?

The local folks of Mayabunder run small food stalls, dhabas or canteens. The eateries are nearby the tourist spots and the main market area. The best restaurants are as follows:

  • Hotel Sea and Sand
  • Carlo Restaurant & Bar
  • Hotel Payal Garden & Bar
  • JM Baxi Resort & Restaurant

How to reach Mayabunder?

The origin to start your journey to Mayabunder via any mode of transport is the capital of Andaman Island- Port Blair. Reaching there is quite easy. You can opt for any mode as per your comfort and budget.

  • By bus- Direct government-operated buses and buses run by the private sector
  • By government ferry- Direct ferry from Port Blair and combination of ferry and bus
  • By private cab

What is the best time to visit Mayabunder?

The best time to visit is from October to March. The temperature is comparatively cool during this time.

So, what do you think? Do you want to include this untouched gem in your Andaman Island travel itinerary? If yes, then we would suggest you to make all your reservations through Andaman Island Travels as its experts will sketch the perfect vacation based on your interests.

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    • Q1.   Is Mayabunder a popular destination in the Andaman Islands?

      This lovely town is the headquarters of the North and Middle Andaman District. Located in the northern part of Middle Andaman, Mayabunder is a sought-after destination among those who love adventure and exploration. This undercover destination is located 242 kilometers by road and 136 kilometers by ferry from Port Blair. The town is still not commercialised completely and thus, it is visited mainly be those who are looking for something rare and naturally beautiful. The infrastructure is not that developed here and it is still growing as a tourist destination. Mayabunder is less explored due to less information about the place and lesser-known ways of its accessibility.

    • Q2.   Which language do residents of Mayabunder speak?

      Mayabunder is scarcely populated with people majorly speaking Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu.

    • Q3.   Is Mayabunder worth visiting?

      This town is known for its beautiful and scenic beaches. It is home to seasonal turtle nesting grounds and mangrove-lined tidal creeks. It is also the second biggest harbor after Port Blair where the mainland passenger ships take a halt. This town is the starting point if you are willing to visit some of the secluded and less-frequented beaches such as Avis Island, Coco Island, and Interview Island.

    • Q4.   Which are the must-see places in Mayabunder?

      Your Mayabunder travel itinerary should include the following:

      • Rampur Beach is a small yet gorgeous beach offering lovely views of a mangrove forest.
      • Karmatang Beach is a shimmering stretch of white sand and crystal clear waters. It is a turtle nesting ground for Olive Ridley Turtles and Andaman Green Turtles.
      • German Jetty boasts of an open sea, waves crashing on the huge rocks towards the shore, and lush greenery all around. 
      • Avis Island also has coconut plantation that further enhances the beauty of this tiny island. A special permission from the forest department has to be taken for a day visit to this isolated island.
      • At Ray Hills, you can indulge in various enthralling activities like elephant safaris, wilderness trails, rock climbing, and angling. It is an eco-village that is a haven of virgin woods adorned with pristine waterways.
      • At a distance of a 25-minute boat ride from the Mayabunder jetty, Austin X Island has a palm-fringed little beach and a shallow sea with a mangrove belt. The place is an ideal spot for picnics and trekking. You can also see spotted deer here that come to water holes.
      • Interview Island belongs to the North and Middle Andaman administrative district. It lies 125 kilometers north of Port Blair. It is home to rare and exotic species and thus, it is an incredible sightseeing spot in Mayabunder. You can have a look at the attractive flora & fauna, colorful wildlife, and azure waters that give a glimpse of the rich marine life.
    • Q5.   What are must-do activities in Mayabunder?

      In Mayabunder, there are a lot of fun and thrilling activities to do. If you love to experience something exciting while holidaying, then you can go for the following: 

      • Observing Turtle Nesting 

      Home to a few beautiful and scenic beaches, Mayabunder is also known for seasonal turtle nesting. Visit Karmatang Beach if you want to witness this natural marvel. Along with being a turtle nesting ground for Olive Ridley Turtles and Andaman Green Turtles, the beach is an awesome place to spend some quality time with your travel companions. 

      • Viewing Wild Elephants

      Tourists can take a day trip to Interview Island via local boats. They can hike to natural springs to see wild elephants near an old logging camp. It is one of the places where you can still see the wild Asiatic elephants roaming around freely. Experiencing this will be a great addition to your travel journeys. 

      • Trekking

      The town is blessed with the magnanimous presence of many marvelous hills and lush green forests that makes it ideal for trekking. It is also popular for backpacking, bushwalking, and hiking. The best time to trek in Mayabunder is between November and April. 

      • Boating

      Go for steamboat rides and dunghi journey if you want to paddle through the clear waters in total bliss. Boating can be enjoyed throughout the year in the Andaman Islands except in the month of July as there is risk of storms. It is quite a popular activity in Mayabunder.

    • Q6.   Which are the best hotels in Mayabunder?

      Don’t expect so much of luxury in this little town. It is a remote destination in the Andamans and is still developing. However, it has all the basic facilities and services. Still growing to gain popularity, Mayabunder has minimum tourist flow. The limited number of accommodations available here has limited amenities. The accommodations here are basic and hygienic. A few provide lovely sea views as well. Some of the best places to stay in Mayabunder are as follows:

      • Blue Bird Resort
      • Hotel Aashna
      • RG Hotel
      • Hotel Landfall
      • Sea and Sand 
      • APWD Guest House 
    • Q7.   Do I need to book everything in advance for Mayabunder?

      It is highly recommended that you ensure to have pre-bookings in Mayabunder. Otherwise, there may be on-spot issues in searching and getting a good place to stay in. Make reservations from a local tour operating company. Andaman Island Travels (AIT) is a reliable name across the Andamans as it is capable of customising holiday packages as per your requirements. Save yourself from the hassle of booking every little thing. The expert team will design your vacation offering more than your imagination.

    • Q8.   Where should I eat in Mayabunder?

      Food stalls, dhabas, and canteens in Mayabunder are run by locals. There are eateries nearby the tourist hotspots and the main market area. Some of the best places are as follows:

      • Hotel Sea and Sand
      • Carlo Restaurant & Bar
      • Hotel Payal Garden & Bar
      • JM Baxi Resort & Restaurant
    • Q9.   How can I reach Mayabunder?

      Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, is the beginning point to reach Mayabunder via any mode of transportation. Reaching there is not at all a problem. Depending on your budget and comfort, you can choose from the following options: 

      • By bus- Direct government-operated buses and privately-run buses
      • By government ferry- Direct ferry from Port Blair and combination of ferry and bus
      • By private cab
    • Q10.   When should I travel to Mayabunder?

      The best time to visit Mayabunder is between October and March. The temperature is comparatively cooler during this time.

    • Q11.   What should my itinerary if I want to include Mayabunder in my plan?

      There are a few ways by which you can travel to Mayabunder. The best two options are as follows:

      • While coming back to Port Blair from Diglipur

      You can proceed towards Mayabunder and visit Dhaninallah Beach (falls in Rangat). After reaching Mayabunder, visit Karmatang Beach, Rampur Beach, and German Jetty. Stay overnight. The next morning, you can return to Port Blair.

      • While going towards Diglipur

      Have an overnight stay in Rangat. The next morning, leave for Mayabunder and visit Rampur Beach, Karmatang Beach, and German Jetty. Proceed to Diglipur later in the evening, and stay overnight.

    • Q12.   Is Mayabunder a safe destination?

      Yes, Mayabunder is a safe town in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. There are no crimes as such here.

    • Q13.   How is the electricity supply in Mayabunder?

      Mayabunder has standard 220 volts with sockets that are a mix of three-pin (round pins) and two-pin (round pins). You should carry at least one travel adapter.

    • Q14.   Is Mayabunder a developed tourist place?

      If you compare it with Port Blair, Havelock Island, or even Neil Island, then Mayabunder is a less-developed town in the Andaman Islands. However, you will get all the basic facilities here. There is absolutely nothing to worry about.

    • Q15.   How to make advance bookings for Mayabunder?

      Just contact Andaman Island Travels to make all your bookings (flight, accommodation, airport transfers, ferry transfers, sightseeing tours, etc.). With AIT, be sure of getting complete worth for your money. Just tell its experienced team your preferences.

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