Latest Information on Travelling to Andaman Islands?
  • 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

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

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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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Bada Balu Beach

Date : 05 Aug 2021

During your holidays in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, you will get the much-needed seclusion and solace here. The splendor of its clean sands and shallow waters make it perfect for an island vacation. You can collect seashells while beachcombing as these are found in abundance on its lovely beaches. Sit on the sand near the shore and enjoy an awesome sunset with your loved ones. Just a walk on these incredible beaches can bring calmness to your life. Imagine the gentle waves hitting the shore, the scent of salt in the air, and the hues of a sunset brightening your cheeks!

A pristine beach, hidden away from all the tourist crowds, Bada Balu Beach is a long stretch of grayish sand and blue warm waters in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is ideal for families with small children as well. The seashore is fringed with lush green forest offering plenty of shade and thus, taking long strolls here is highly recommended. The splendor of the beach is further enhanced by the old fallen trees lying there. The best thing about this attraction is that most of the time, you will have the whole beach to yourself as almost no tourists end up here. Also, the locals come here only on weekends to have family picnics.

Highlights

If you are looking to spend some quality time in seclusion with your partner, then Bada Balu Beach is among the most preferred beaches in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is remotely located, not commercialised, and definitely an ecstasy for nature lovers. It is an amazing attraction for honeymooners and couples. Its untouched beauty brings solace to your heart. The beach is home to cobalt waters, smooth sands, thick vegetation, and palm grove trees. If you are a water baby and love swimming, then this beach is perfect owing to its shallow waters. 

If you are an enticing nature lover, then you should include this beach in your Port Blair travel itinerary. Bada Balu Beach is one of the most secluded beaches in the Andamans. Not many tourists know about this hidden gem. The place has no facilities and thus, you are required to bring enough water and some snacks with you. The whole place is so pristine but there are sandflies that can be very annoying. Therefore, don’t forget to carry a repellent. Please note that night stays or camping is not allowed on this island. This beach is like a tiny paradise on earth where you can enjoy relaxed quality time. Tourists visit Bada Balu Beach owing to its natural charm that makes it an ideal place for every nature lover.

Overview

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Port Blair has a number of options for beach bums who are looking for the best beaches and islands to relax under the sun and laze around. Its nearby beaches are perfect for a rejuvenating escape that lets travellers soak in the beauty of Mother Nature. After a long day, all everyone wants is to take a leisurely stroll surrounded by peaceful beach vibes. Bada Balu Beach is one such beach in the Andaman Islands. People come here for relaxing, away from the hustle-bustle of city life. You can spend hours here while chilling.

Bada Balu Beach is known for its turquoise waters. It is among the lesser-known beaches in the Andaman Islands. Adorned by the shimmering crystal clear waters and enclosed by the lush-green jungles, this beach is a land of hidden treasure. With lazing down at the white sandy beaches, there is a vast option for the water babies to enjoy and explore around. The hidden paradise of this beach is yet to come into the limelight for most of the people. It is an untouched beauty of the Andamans that every nature enthusiast must include in their travel itinerary. 

Nearby hotels

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You will have a number of options ranging from budget hotels to luxury resorts when it comes to hotels near Bada Balu Beach. Some of the most popular properties are as follows:

  • Symphony Samudra
  • Wild Grass Resort
  • Big Tree Resort
  • Ripple Resort
  • Aashiaanaa Residency Inn
  • Jazeera Resort
  • V-Knot Residency
  • Hotel King Safire
  • Dev Mahal
  • Symphony Palms Beach Resort
  • Hornbill Nest Resort
  • Peerless Resort
  • Hotel Comfort in Blue Whales
  • Mansha Regency
  • Hotel Sentinel
  • Hotel Exotica Squares
  • Hotel Hilltop International
  • Sinclairs Bayview

Nearby places to eat 

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Bada Balu Beach is so calm and you can actually feel the sea breeze flowing around you. It is perfect for nature lovers and photographers. If you are a naturalist, this beach is a perfect place to see in the Andamans. Retaining its pristine charm, you can spend your time here swimming, photography, and relaxing. 

Some of the best places to eat near Bada Balu Beach are as follows:

  • Amaya
  • Milky Way 
  • Annapurna
  • New Lighthouse Restaurant
  • Cafe Rebel
  • New India Cafe

How to reach

Bada Balu Beach is a little slice of paradise in the Andaman Islands. The beach is a less-frequented area of the island. It is an ideal relaxing haven for satiating nomadic hearts. A secluded beach, usually there are a few backpackers getting tanned or just sitting by the shore. Taking a nap or reading your favorite book under the lush green canopy of palm and coconut trees is like a heavenly retreat here. 

Reaching Bada Balu Beach is quite easy. You can reach there from Port Blair and Havelock Island in the following ways:

  • From Port Blair

Bada Balu Beach is located in Chidiyatapu, which is 25 Kilometers from Port Blair. You can hire a private taxi to reach the beach from Port Blair.

  • From Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep)

If you are in Havelock Island, then you have to first reach Port Blair using inter-island boat services. After that, take a private cab to Bada Balu Beach.

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