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.
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
A negative RT PCR report has to be presented by all passengers on arrival.
General Guidelines defined for traveling to Andaman Islands during COVID :
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.
Dhani Nallah Mangrove is a one-kilometer long wooden boardwalk that twists through the mangrove creeks. This walkway is the longest one of its kind in India. It is perfect to observe the diverse mangrove eco-system in one place. The walkway opens up to the pristine long beach- Dhani Nallah Beach, which is popular as a hatchery ground for sea turtles. There is a small eco-hut, which is named as Olive Ridley, named after the most frequent turtle species of the beach. It offers a fantastic picnic area in the shadows of special casuarina trees with benches and sunbeds. You can enjoy at the swings and a bamboo tower from where you can praise the pleasant view of the whole beach.
It is among the most incredible attraction spots in Middle Andaman Island. Most of the time, the whole place is deserted and you can enjoy the long serene walk all by yourself.
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Popular as the loveliest beach in Middle Andaman Island, Dhani Nallah is a five kilometer-long stretch of brownish soft sand. The color of the water here is blue and there is abundant shadow along the shore. The beach is deserted at most of the times. So, you can have the whole place to yourself. The tides don’t affect swimming. Just jump into the water whenever you want. It is quite windy here, so the beach has a great potential to become an ideal windsurfing spot. If you want to do that, then you will have to bring your own equipment as no windsurfing facilities are available there at present. There are lush casuarina trees all around with benches and sunbeds. Thus, you can have a picnic in the shadow and pleasant weather. If you want to enjoy the view of the whole beach, then there is a bamboo tower from where you can have a look at the entire place. There are swings as well. Facilities here are limited though. So make sure that you carry all the necessary stuff with you.
A natural walkway and beach on the outskirts of Rangat, Dhani Nallah is located in the Middle Andaman Island. It lies at a distance of twenty kilometers from Rangat, adjacent to the Andaman Trunk Road (ATR). Dhani Nallah has got its name from a mangrove associate locally known as Dhanipatti. It is a wooden boardwalk that meanders through mangrove creek for a distance of nearly 713 meters. The place is a tourist hotspot in the Andaman Islands. The beach is popular for turtle nesting of especially Olive Ridley Sea turtles. Turtles nest on the shore of Dhani Nallah from November to February. If you are lucky, then you can witness the beautiful sight of little turtles rushing into the water for the first time. From Cuthbert Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, there is an artificial hatchery as well where special care is taken for preserving and protecting turtles.
The lovely way that leads to the beach is another amazing aspect about Dhani Nallah. You have to walk through dense mangrove forest on a nature walkway to reach the beach. This nature walk is 713 meter-long and is the longest boardwalks of its kind in India. While walking on this incredible trail, you can get to know a lot about the diversity of mangroves and creatures living in its rich natural ecosystem. It is home to a variety of wild animals and birds. You can spot a number of birds and marine animals such as crabs, shrimps, and fish owing to the shallow waters that are breeding grounds for them. Crocodiles have also been spotted here. You can learn so much about the importance of mangroves and their role in nature.
Hawksbill Nest, Cuthbert Bay is located at two kilometers from the entry point of Dhani Nallah walkway. This guesthouse is run by the tourism department. You can stay here as it has all the basic facilities.
Other properties in Rangat Island where you can stay are as follows:
If you are planning to spend quality time with your family, friends or the special one, then choose from these best restaurants in Rangat Island. These places have received good reviews from guests. They have rated the food quite delicious and the restaurants hygienic and comfortable.
The below-mentioned are the most sought-after restaurants in Rangat Island:
So now you know where to eat when in Rangat Island.
When you are in Rangat, then you can easily reach Dhani Nallah Mangrove. Its entry is located at Betapur that is twenty kilometers far from Rangat Island. You can reach there by any private transport.
You can reach Rangat via a government ferry from Port Blair. It will be a five to six hours long journey. The timings vary depending on the total number of passengers boarding and getting down at each stop. The ticket bookings open only one or two days before the departure. The harbor for Rangat is the Yerrata Jetty. Before finalizing this potion, you should know that if you are in the Andaman Islands for only a few days, then this option may not work for you.
Reaching Rangat from Havelock Island or Neil Island is also very easy. You will have to take a government ferry to Rangat Island from Havelock Island. This is the same ferry that sails from Port Blair to Rangat. The voyage ends at Long Island after stopping in Rangat. The same applies to visit Rangat from Neil Island. From there also, you need to take the same boat to Rangat Island.
Contact Andaman Island Travels if you are planning to travel to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Located in Port Blair (the capital city), this reliable tour company will take care of all your requirements.
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