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.
A unique confluence of black boulders against white silky sandy shores, Kala Pathar Beach probably derives its name from its appearance, or the local village, or the adjoining Black Road. Exuding a natural rustic charm, Kala Pathar Beach lies on a corner in the eastern coast of Havelock Island. Known for its lush green forest cover running parallel to the big beautiful sea, a picturesque solitude, and bright corals heaped along the shoreline makes Kala Pathar Beach an absolute delight to visit. If you go a little distance away from the beach, beyond the Kala Pathar Village, a beautiful panorama of paddy fields and banana plantations come into view. This landscape paints quite a different picture from the bustling life of tourists in islands, showcasing the quiet life of the islanders. The stretch of the road that leads to the Kala Pathar Beach is undulant. Though the beach tends to get a bit crowded in the tourist season, yet if one walks further to the south they can get to the clutter-free zones that are still and serene without much tourist action taking place.
A forsaken island with a beautiful and alluring ambience is ideal for anyone who just wants to get away from the hum-drum of the world, sit by a tree, and relax on the beach. Best to visit as a stopover attraction, Kala Pathar beach is a place with no one around, most of the time. The best time to visit the beach is spring to soak in the beautiful stretch of white sand in contrast to the black rocks and perfect sync with the glimmering ocean. Spring is when everything appears greener and better, the perfect season to explore Havelock's crowned jewel, Kala Pathar. The beach is neither too hot nor too cold, the weather is pleasant, and the sea breeze is mild.
How to reach
Kala Pathar Beach is roughly 70 kilometres from Port Blair and almost 6.5 kilometres from Havelock Jetty. Located on the eastern coast of the island, the route to Kala Pathar has quite some cheap options to reach here. One can either take long scenic walks, hire a taxi, rent a bike, or drive if you have a car. There are no bus services on this route, and the drive takes roughly 10 minutes.
There are a couple of umbrellas and wooden chairs on the beach. During the peak season, locals often begin selling fresh coconuts and fruit juices. To maintain the cleanliness of the beach, trash bins are also set in the proximity. During a hike to the jungle, a lodging path comes into view where once resided an elephant training camp and now lies an isolated beach. An ideal site for weary travellers to relax and rejuvenate, the water here is deep enough to swim unaffected by tidal waves. Be wary of corals and rocks before entering the water. As the beach is uncrowded, couples can enjoy a long romantic walk on the beach and families can create some memorable moments together in peace. Since there are no restaurants or shacks near the beach, it is best to carry some snacks and drinking water with you.
Wondering what to do on Kala Pathar Beach?
1. There is not much to do at Kala Pathar, except cherishing the solace and solitude, whilst taking in the beauty, one view at a time.
2. The ideal way to spend a day on the beach is to put up a hammock nearby, grab a book and a drink to complement the ambience, and watch the clouds sway along with the waves.
3. The tranquil environs make for the perfect sunbathing shenanigans.
4. Bring your camera along to capture the big black boulders against the backdrop of a big blue ocean. Palm-fringed shorelines, clear skies, and the sun shining through the trees, Kala Pathar Beach is a photographer's all-time favourite.
Stroll at the beach, and feel the gentle breeze swaying your hair. Walk on the silky sand, and witness the changing hues of the sky. Carry a hammock, tie it to a tree, and say cheers to nature while drinking coconut water. Bask in the exquisite aura of the beach, and capture the moment in your memories forever. If you are looking for an isolated beach paradise, Kala Patthar beach in Havelock Island is a classic escapade while vacationing in Andaman.
Getting There: Kala Pathar Beach can be easily reached from Havelock Jetty by either hiring a taxi, renting a bike or taking a long walk or stroll through the jungle.
What to do: Sunbathing, Hiking, Watching Sunrise and Sunsets.
What not to miss: The black boulders in sharp contrast with the white sand.
Best time to visit: The beach is open for tourists throughout the year, but the months between October to March are the best time to visit. The weather is pleasant enough to explore the island and soak in the beauty of the island. Summer and winters observe weather extremities, the beach is either scorching or chilling, leaving no room to explore the island wholly. And one must avoid monsoons at all costs as travelling becomes dangerous.
What to carry: Carry food and drinking water along, since there are no restaurants at Kalapathar Beach. When visiting a beach don't forget your sunglasses, cap/hat, flip flops, swimwear and your camera.
Nearby Attractions: Radhanagar Beach, Elephant Beach, Barren Island
Essential Info :
Medical Facilities on Kala Pathar Beach- Though there is a government hospital near the market where the road bifurcates to Radhanagar beach and Kala Patthar beach at Havelock Island, one can carry some basic medicines as a precaution.
Timings- Kala Pathar beach remains open 24 hours, but it is advisable to visit anytime between Sunrise to sunset, to avoid high waves during the night.
Mobile Connectivity- Due to the remoteness of the islands and lack of mobile towers, mobile connectivity at Kala Pathar beach is sub-par, like most of its neighbouring beaches.
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