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.
Forest Museum is located on the outskirts of Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. A popular tourist attraction, it displays a wide collection related to forest and the assortment of trees. If you love visiting different kinds of museums, then this one should be definitely on your list. It is managed by the forest department of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The artifacts that are made from timber, gurjan, oak, satin wood, and paduak are famous attractions here. The rich and dense flora found in the islands is reflected through these. Various research activities are carried out by the forest department and their outcomes are displayed in the museum. The cherry on the cake, there is also a mini zoo and a small zoological garden inside the museum building.
A wonderful amalgamation of art and plant life, the Forest Museum is situated inside the historic Chatham Saw Mill. It is also maintained by the forest department just like the mill. You can see here a vast collection of lovely wooden art, carvings, and artifacts that are created by the workers of the saw mill. The rich flora and fauna of the region is represented here. Stunning sculptures, carvings, and art pieces made of different types of woods such as oak, satin, timber, etc. are on display here. All these woods are from local trees that are abundantly grown in the Andamans.
As a memory of your visit to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, you can buy wooden artifacts as souvenirs from Forest Museum for your near and dear ones. These items are of great value as these are handmade. These are a perfect choice of gifts for your special ones.
Visiting this museum in Port Blair is definitely worth your time. You will learn a lot about the biodiversity of the islands. Don’t forget to include this in your Andaman itinerary.
The Forest Museum is also home to a wide variety of endangered species of plants. Thus, if you are a nature lover, then you are going to appreciate this place so much. Even more value is added to the museum by a mini zoological garden that is inside the same premises. This museum is well-maintained and offers total convenience to tourists. There are boards having details of each and every piece of artwork that is on display. Thus, you don’t even need a tourist guide here. And in case you want any additional information, you can approach the museum officials and they will provide you the required details.
The best time to visit the Forest Museum in Port Blair is throughout the year. However, the months from November to February are the best months to travel to the Andaman Islands. The weather is pleasant during this duration.
Note: The Forest Museum is closed on Sundays.
Things to do
The Forest Museum houses diverse artifacts made from timber, gurjan, oak, satin wood, and paduak. Apart from these, you can take a stroll around the museum and appreciate the gorgeous views of the azure waters and feel the cool tropical breeze. After your visit to the museum, you can choose to indulge in a number of activities in and around the museum. A few of them are mentioned below:
The museum is located within the premises of Chatham Saw Mill, which is also a very popular tourist place in Port Blair. Near the Forest Museum, there are a number of places that you can visit such as a church, another museum, science center, beach, etc. Some of them are as follows:
You will have a number of options ranging from budget hotels to luxury resorts when it comes to hotels near Forest Museum. Some of the most popular properties are as follows:
Places to eat in and near Forest Museum
The museum has various restaurants and eateries that serve delicious food. Some of the best places to eat near in and around the museum are as follows:
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How to reach
The Forest Museum is at a distance of about ten kilometers from central Port Blair, that is, on its outer region. It is located inside the Chatham Saw Mill Complex and is accessible from all parts of the town. It is very near to Veer Savarkar Airport. Take the road bridge to reach the museum as it is the straight route for there. You can take a pub transport bus or hire a cab from any part of Port Blair to get to the museum.
If you are in Havelock Island, then you have to first reach Port Blair using inter-island boat services. After that, take a bus or a private cab to the museum.
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