Overview of Rangat Island
About 180 km from Port Blair, Rangat Island is a common tourist stop on the way to varied Andaman attractions. A prominent eco-tourism hotspot, this distinct island in the archipelago has several special places for you to check out. Rangat was green lit as a tourist spot only after 2006 after the financial success of Baratang, Mayabunder and Diglipur.
There are multiple tehsils and revenue districts and Rangat is a very well organised territorial entity. If you are wondering how to reach Rangat, let this be told that getting there couldn’t have been simpler. There is a government operated jetty service from Rangat with the additional option of a luxurious speedboat ride. There are buses as well which leaves from Port Blair and reaches Rangat in about 5-6 hours.
People are really warm and embracing of tourists and other cultures and that is probably because they have learnt how to coexist in harmony. People settled here were once rooted in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and West Bengal and now have taken to honest callings to feed themselves. They are extremely laborious people who are engaged in fishing and agriculture. Some have taken to hospitality to make sure your visit is a seamless one.
They are always willing to let you spend time with them at their yard if you are curious about their techniques and their trade secrets of farming and fishing. Their empathy and concern for nature is something beautiful to behold. There are guides as well if you want to embark on a Sightseeing Tour Of Rangat Island.
Rangat, besides being naturally colourful is also a very socially vibrant place with people settling in from different socio-cultural backgrounds. Since they are from different territorial backgrounds they are also very respectful of other cultures. This is one of the reasons as to why international tourism has sky-rocketed in Rangat. People are really empathetic about the environment and have contributed in their own small ways to the creation of an environment which considers nature as its most important ally.
This is one the reasons as to why there is a booming eco-tourism industry in operation at Rangat. People have developed initiatives like the Mangrove Interpretation Panel at the Dhaninallah Mangrove nature walkway (seasonal Turtle Breeding) at Rangat Island Andaman Islands, to disseminate information about the importance of Mangroves
Reasons to visit Rangat Island
If it takes further convincing as to why we should visit Rangat is maybe because its beauty dwarves us. Now is the perfect time to make use of the opportunity. Since Rangat is a recent phenomenon, travelling right now is cheaper before the business takes off. The beauty of Rangat calls for a photo-walk even on the grimmest of days. Since there are international tourists there as well there won’t be any shortage of food choice for you or your family. There are so many virgin beaches as well as well-maintained beaches that Rangat becomes a comprehensive vacation with your family and partner. Apart from visual delight the aura of Rangat will stimulate you to engage in some soul-searching when you are away from the trepidations of city life.
Rangat has within its fold the most beautiful of forests and the most pristine of beaches and here are some of the places that you might want to explore
1. Amkunj Beach
Head over to Nimbutala Village to soak up the splendours of Amkunj Beach at Rangat Island Andaman Islands. It is technically 8km from Rangat. Here you’ll find several eco-conscious additions: sit-outs, sofas, eco-huts… Whether it is spending time on the warm beach or swimming among the waves, you are sure to find a special sort of peace at Amkunj.
2. Dhaninallah Mangrove Walkway
The 1km long wooden walkway offers some of the best views and natural experiences of Andaman’s mangrove forests. The fact that it opens up onto Dhaninallah Beach (modern, and equipped with everything you need to enjoy) at the end of its ‘walk’ adds to the enchantment. The latter is, after all, a popular turtle-nesting site. The longest such walkway in all of India, this tourist attraction is quite the eco-treat, and you can find it 20km from Rangat.
3. Morrice Dera Beach
One of the first things you will notice upon arriving here are a pair of rock formations called simply the Twins. Sightseeing the horizon from a point between these rocks can result in some of the most memorable photo-moments in Andaman. The eco-friendly beach is designed to instil a sense of calm. Be sure to check out the freshwater stream near here. They are one of a handful that spring up in and around Rangat Island. The beach is situated 12km from Rangat.
From the lush mangrove scene to an active harbour, Yerrata’s mangrove diversity and jetty alike are worth visiting. Stop by the Mangrove Interpretation Centre to learn more about the significance of these particular types of forests on island ecosystems. The sights are a lesson in natural beauty in Yerrata, which can be found 8km from Rangat.
5. Cuthbert Bay Beach
One of Rangat Island’s most popular tourist hotspots is the beach that stands 12km from it. In addition to being a crucial turtle-nesting zone, Cuthbert Bay Beach at Rangat Island Andaman Islands is renowned for its beauty and scenic ambience.
6. Panchavati Waterfalls
Falling on the outskirts, this gorgeous waterfall has been attracting tourists for decades. The regions thereabouts are filled with farmland, adding to the rustic marvel that is the Panchvati Hills at Rangat Island Andaman Islands.
Comprising some of the best spots are the handful of attractions detailed above. The island itself is a beauty, and something of a ‘stopover’ for tourists heading toward North Andaman. You can take a tour and if need be shown around by trusted guides.