Latest Information on Travelling to Andaman Islands?
  • Runway Status for Port Blair Airport From October,22 to February, 23

    Updated: 19 Sep 2022
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  • Andaman Tourism Opens

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    Andaman Tourism Opens: The Andaman & Nicobar administration has announced that all tourist spots in the South Andaman district will be opened for tourism activities with immediate effect 8 Feb 2022.

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    A negative RT PCR report has to be presented by all passengers on arrival.

  • 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 on production of double dose covid certificate/ All other passengers viz. unvaccinated and partially vaccinated passengers (those who have taken only 1S1 dose of COVID vaccine) shall have to produce RT-PCR negative test report

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  • All asymptomatic fully vaccinated persons coming to these islands from mainland are exempted from the requirement of carrying RT-PCR negative test report,irrespective of the type of vaccine received and country of origin. Such fullyvaccinated individuals shall produce the final vaccination certificate at the origin airport, sea port in the mainland and at Port Blair Airport / sea port.
  • Alt asymptomatic children below 5 years of age are exempted from carrying RT-PCR negative test report and further RT-PCR testing at Port Blair Airport.
  • All other passengers viz. unvaccinated and partially vaccinated passengers (those who have taken only 1S1 dose of COVID vaccine) shall have to produce RT-PCR negative test report to travel to Port Blair from the mainland, as is the practice now. Such an RT-PCR test should have been taken within 48 hours prior to commencement of journey from the origin airport connecting Port Blair. Such passengers will also have to undergo additional RT-PCR test on arrival at Port Blair. Such passengers shall remain in self-quarantine till the arrival of the test report.
  • If a passenger on arrival is tested positive then, the prescribed quarantine protocol is to be followed.
  • All Airlines shall ensure strict compliance of this order and observance of COVID Appropriate Behaviour. Any non-compliance shall invite action under Disaster Management Act and other applicable laws. 
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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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Adventures At Andaman Islands

Adventures At Andaman Islands
Date : 05 Nov 2020
Categories: Travel Guide


Trek through the wilderness and quench the thirst of an adventurous soul. Boasting of coastal hillocks, the terrain of Andaman Island offer some of the most beautiful trekking opportunities. Wrapped in millennial language as backpacking or bushwalking, the best time to go for trekking in Andaman Islands is during November. Traversing through tropical forests and encountering rare flora and fauna, hillocks of Andaman Islands are a great place to begin for those who are new to trekking. Depending upon the difficulty level of the trek, one can hire a guide, rent different types of equipment for a smooth experience. Here are some of the best trekking experiences that Andaman Island has in store for travellers.

1. Mount Harriet To Madhuban

The highest peak of the South Andaman Islands, Mount Harriet stands at 1,197 ft. Adorned with lush greenery, Mount Harriet National Park houses quite some rare flora and fauna. Upon mounting the peak, the top rewards the traveller with the view of the entire Port Blair city. There are various exotic species of birds wherein 11 are endemic, reptiles and many amphibians with a new species of frog that has recently made it to the list. Trekking to Madhuban gives you the chance to observe green marine turtles, mammals, and a variety of moths in their natural territory. A 16-kilometre natural trail offers a picturesque experience for trekking enthusiasts. One of the views that we can vouch for is the Light House of North Bay Island, also found at the back of the INR 20 bill, the one taken from the top of Mount Harriet.

2. Chidiya Tapu To Kala Pahad

Trekking from Chidiya Tapu to Kala Pahad is quite an offbeat trekking destination of the South Andaman Islands. A trail that commences at Chidiya Tapu beach and traverses through dense woods to finally mount the Kala Pahad or Black mountain. For trekking enthusiasts, Chidiya Tapu has a little more to offer, as the trek takes you along a coastline through the woods in under an hour. One can also take the help of a local guide to reach Kala Pahad top. Once at the peak, one can see a black cliff at the edge of Chidiya Tapu with an expansive sea. This particular view is enough to make you fall in love with the trek and make your journey worthwhile.

3. Radhanagar Beach To Elephant Beach

Trekking in Havelock Island is a treat to adventuresome zealots. On this trek, the traveller shall pass through nature's wilderness to reach mangroves and elephant beach. The wind will continue swinging past you and accompany you throughout the trail. The trek lasts for 30 to 40 minutes, and if that sounds exhilarating, one can take a boat ride to reach the elephant beach. But passing through the mangroves and winding lanes is the best way to indulge in adventure. Upon reaching the beach finally, you can sit comfortably for a while and can enjoy any of the water sports activities.

4. Baratang Islands To Limestone Caves

This unique island is a place of respite from the hustle and bustle of life. Upon reaching Baratang Island, one can trek through different trek routes and explore the expanse of mangroves. This trek ought to have the shortest duration of 15 to 20 minutes. Step on walkways made by cutting through dense forest and large rocks. En route, one can spot the indigenous tribes of Middle Andaman Islands called the Jarawa tribes. Upon reaching Limestone caves, one can observe beautifully crafted calcite stones that change their structure according to seasons. The intricate pattern inside the cave is the highlight of the architecture. This trek often finds a place in the honeymoon itinerary traversing Middle Andaman Islands.

5. Lamiya Bay Beach to Saddle Peak

Few things are needed to keep in mind while going for trekking. A good pair of shoes, comfortable clothes, a water bottle, a camera, and an adventurous spirit is a must. Standing 732 metre above sea level, Saddle Peak in Diglipur Island is the highest point in the entire Bay of Bengal. The base originates at Lamia Bay, from where one needs to trek almost 8 kilometres to reach the top of the peak and ultimately witness the birds-eye view of the majestic coasts of North and Middle Andaman Islands. One can also get a sneak peek of Alfred caves while trekking this point. The peak is well-endowed with lush greenery with 12 indigenous bird species, 36 insect species, and indigenous tree species. This place is undoubtedly nature's paradise with rich biodiversity. The mesmerizing topography and the rewarding views can even make a lazy person go for a trekking expedition in the Andaman Islands.

Bird Watching

Bird watching is nature's therapy. The chirping of birds can let the mind heal on its own. It is a proven fact that doctors prescribe watching birds, the sound of rain and instrumental music as a medical prescription to avoid stress. Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a prime destination for Bird watching. The ornithologists (one who study birds) find it a great place to observe birds because of its rich biodiversity. There are around 265 species out of which 39 are endemic. The state bird of the Andaman Islands is known as the Andaman Wood Pigeon.

Bird watching is an experience to relish in silence. One should not miss this activity when in the Andaman Islands. The Andaman Islands is a haven for several species like Andaman serpent eagle, Andaman crake, Brown coucal, Andaman scops owl, Hume's boobook, and more. If you love observing wild birds, then Andaman Island is a place for you. Here are several places in the Andaman Islands where one can experience bird watching.

1. Mount Harriet National Park

Mount Harriet National Park is widely recognized as the tropical evergreen forest of Port Blair. It was originally a reserve that houses Andaman Cuckoo Dove, Andaman wood pigeon, Andaman scops owl, Andaman Drongo, and Andaman Treepie. Apart from these endemic species, one can also observe Olive-backed Sunbird, Dollar Bird, Pintail Snipe that make a perfect sight for bird photography. The best time to go for bird watching is early morning as birds remain active in those hours. One can hear their chirping as they enjoy their day. They will be lazing around in the nest in a playful mood. In the evening, they come back to their nest with food. It's a beautiful scene to capture when birds return to their nests after darkness.

2. Sippi Ghat

Sippi Ghat is a place in the south of the Andaman Islands under spice-herbs cultivation along with different medicinal plants. It is primarily a wetland with water birds and waders. Sippi Ghat is famous for birds like Brown Hawk Owl, Sunda Teal, Collared Kingfisher, Black-napped tern, Andaman Hawk Owl, Orange-headed thrush, Olive-backed sunbird and many other birds. It is an overwhelming experience for travellers to observe birds. Visitors have instructions to maintain silence so that birds don't fly away. The ideal time to go to Sippi Ghat is in the morning. During the afternoon the birds are least active. So, one needs to watch birds early in the morning to capture beautiful snaps later in the evening.

3. Chidiya Tapu

Located to the south of Port Blair, Chidiya Tapu is popularly known for trekking and birding. It is believed that the trek to Mount Harriet from Chidiya Tapu is a perfect track of bird watching and bird photography. It is also called the sunset point of the Andaman Islands. The best time to visit Chidiya Tapu is during September and May. Being called " Sparrow Island", Chidiya Tapu is a haven for resident birds. The island is 25kms from Port Blair and is full of lush green mangroves. The different variety of birds on the island includes White Throated Kingfisher, Collared Kingfisher, Andaman Serpent Eagle, Chestnut-Headed Bee-eater, Alexandrine Parakeet, Black Naped Oriole and many more. If you want to enjoy Bird watching to the core, try to visit this island in the early morning hours.

4. Farar Ganj

A beautiful place to observe endemic birds, Farar Ganj, is famed for its night birding. One needs to stay overnight to see birds the next morning. That is the pleasure one can derive from watching the birds chirping. The unique attraction of this place is night birding. It is a kind of adventure where one can explore night owls like Hume's Hawk Owl, Andaman Barn-owl, Andaman Scops-owl and more. It is a lifetime experience, and you can make friends and family a part of it. For travellers, it provides an ideal setting for the night bird photography.

5. Havelock Island

Rich in flora and fauna, Havelock Island is home to wild mangroves, forests, and a myriad of birds. Some of the species you cannot miss are the emerald dove, green pigeon, hanging parrots, long-tailed parakeets and more. One can behold the sight of the birds early in the morning and right before sunset. Sadly, few species of birds on this island are on the verge of extinction. You can choose to visit this island for mental peace and inner realization.

Water sports

When you visit an island, and a wild, vast ocean surrounds you, there is nothing else to do, except to take a plunge into the unknown territories, Andaman Island is the ideal water sports hotspot. Travellers can choose from a wide range of water sport activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking, parasailing, banana boat ride, sea walking and several more. These activities can be taken up on an individual basis or even with the help of a guide. Apart from getting a dose of adrenaline, one also gets to explore the unseen part of the underwater world. So, when in Andaman Islands, put on your diving costume!

Plan your vacation to the paradise on the earth among rare species, colourful butterflies and more. The best time to visit Andaman Islands is during April and November. However, the peak season for adventure and other activities is during December and January. You can book your tickets beforehand to avoid last-minute bookings. Andaman Island is a haven for endemic plants, vivid corals, dense forests, beautiful nature trails, caves and whatnot. Do you need more reasons to visit the Andaman Islands? Start packing your bags right away and head over to this beautiful destination. To help you plan the best vacation possible, you can always rely on us.

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