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.
Lying twenty kilometers south from Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Rutland Island is an idyllic island. It is separated from North Cinque Island by Manner Strait and from Little Andaman Islands by the Duncan Passage. Ferries or government-run or private buses can be boarded to reach this island. Rutland Island belongs to the administrative district of South Andaman Islands. Every possible effort is made by them to boost tourism in this destination.
About Rutland Island
Rutland Island comprises six villages- Rutland village, R.M. Point village, Bamboo Nallaha, Kichad Nallaha, Bada Khari, and Dani Nallah. With only 347 inhabitants, the island has as many as 119 households. The locals are fluent in Hindi, Bengali, and Tamil. The effective literacy rate is sixty four per cent. The island is slowly gaining popularity as a tourism hotspot for travellers from all over the globe.
Best time to visit Rutland Island
The island experiences three seasons- summer, monsoon, and winter. Summer season is from April to June. The temperature hovers between 24°C to 37°C. Tourists can enjoy exciting water activities during this time as the water has the perfect temperature. The monsoons fall between May and September. Heavy rains make travel and sightseeing dangerous and inaccessible. Travelling to Rutland Island in this season is not fruitful as it doesn’t have a lot of indoor activities. Winters, between December and February, are quite pleasant. You can enjoy your day to the fullest if you are visiting the island in the winter or summer season.
Top things to do in Rutland Island
Below mentioned are the top things to do when you are in Rutland Island. Have a look!
Exploring underwater life
With the shallow waters near the island, the destination is extremely rich in marine life. The place offers a good representation of smaller fishes and corals. Its waters are known for keeping some of India’s best treasures. The vegetation of the island is similar to that of North Sentinel Island with dry sandy soils. If you are someone who loves the rush of being underwater, then this is going to be the perfect opportunity for an adventure enthusiast like you.
Location- Dani Nallah
Visit a turtle breeding center
If you want to visit something extraordinary, then visit Dani Nallah. There, you can watch turtle hatchlings making their journey to the water. The turtles are a critically endangered species in India. The park is making every possible effort in order to improve their numbers. It also helps turtles in recovering from injuries sustained by getting trapped in fishnets. This is one of the best family-friendly things to do in Rutland Island.
Location- Dani Nallah
An ideal base for training divers, Rutland Island is visited by adrenaline junkies a lot. First, you will be briefed about the equipment and precautions you need to take by an instructor. After that, you will be given time to get used to it before entering the sea. The dive will be of around half an hour that will take you about twelve meters deep into the ocean. You will be amazed to witness beautiful marine life creatures wading through the sea.
Haven’t tried snorkeling yet? No problem! Probably, you were destined to do this water activity at the best place in India. You will notice the colorful reefs of the ocean shining through your underwater goggles. You can have a look at the marine life and the rarest corals while performing this activity in the Andaman Islands.
Location- Jahaji Beach, Bada Balu, and Manner Strait
Glass bottom boat ride
Glass bottom boat rides are immensely visited by the tourists visiting Rutland Island. This water activity offers great opportunities to spot bright and beautiful corals and marine flora and fauna floating on the shallow water. You can witness sea turtles, pipe fishes, and eagle rays along with luxuriant seaweed beds. If you are one of those who are afraid of getting into the water but are willing to experience the colorful aquatic life, then this is a good way to do that.
To do this, you have to be in a tiny boat with the bottom made up of glass. As it sails through the sea, you can have a glimpse of the water. You have to wear a life jacket. One of the finest sea sports, it is a magical experience for sure. When in Rutland Island, do not miss this activity.
The experience of fishing in Rutland Island by casting a fly dipped inside the flowing streams to snap a sweeping fish is unforgettable. Professionals always prefer trying a hand on gracing the three pounders. People from across the country and abroad gather up for fishing on the island. They opt for the summer season to catch fishes. For a delightful fishing experience, make sure that you visit here between the months of April and June.
Andaman Island has a number of scuba diving centres from where you can get your PADI certification (basic and advanced levels). But to go for your first fun dive, you don’t need any kind of certification. If you don’t know swimming, even then it is absolutely fine. So what are you waiting for? The miraculous natural marine life under the enchanting waters of the island is waiting for you. Scuba diving is the best water activity in the world, and doing it for the first time in Rutland Island would be an experience of a lifetime for you. Whether you are a swimmer or a non-swimmer, this activity is an excellent option for you. To enjoy it to the fullest, always listen to your instructor and follow his instructions.
Travel tips for Rutland Island
To experience the most of your trip to Rutland Island, follow these tips as recommended by the travel experts of Andaman Island Travels:
How to reach Rutland Island?
The island is twenty kilometers south of Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman Islands. If you are Port Blair, take the road to the jetty point, and then take a boat from Port Blair to reach the island. But if you are in Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep), then you need to first head to Port Blair by ferry. The ride will take around two and a half hours. After reaching Port Blair, you can buy your tourist permit and complete the required formalities for visiting Rutland Island.
There is no telephone service and electricity in Rutland Island. The availability of food is also scarce. Accommodation is also just one, and that too a bit difficult to book on your own. There is only one resort comprising bamboo huts that is equipped enough for a comfortable stay. If you want to save your time, efforts and money, then make sure that you book your tour of Rutland Island with Andaman Island Travels.
What tourists want to know about Rutland Island?
Q. Is the Andaman Island safe to be travelled by female solo travellers?
A. As it has become one of the most loving tourist places all over the world, the security has also been increased more than before.
Q. What kind of facility is provided in Rutland Island?
A. The island comprises six villages in it. The technological exposure is very less. It is one of the few places in the world that are not upgraded when it comes to technical amenities.
Q. What is the most preferred mode of transportation to reach Rutland Island?
A. This island is situated in the south of Port Blair. One can take jetty from Port Blair or one needs to take a ferry to reach Port Bair.
Q. What are some of the most important activities which fun-loving people shouldn’t miss when on this island?
A. Rutland Island is all about fun, excitement and, natural beauty. There, you would feel as if you are in the lap of nature. You should not miss scuba diving, glass bottom boat ride, fishing, and seeing breeding of turtles when you are there.
Q. How can one get around Rutland Island?
A. It is a tiny island. Roadways are not well-maintained or used. Since all spots are well-connected with waterways, jetty is the most common way to explore the island.
Q. Are local handicrafts available in the Andaman Islands?
A. You can find a wide variety of sovereigns, products of seashells, and many more such things from the markets in the Andamans. They are quite popular among tourists.
Q. What are the top activities that can be enjoyed in Rutland Island?
A. Rutland Island is a one-stop destination for those travellers who are looking for enthralling activities. When in this island, you can do scuba diving, beach bumming, wander new tourist places, and a lot more.
Q. How many days are required to enjoy a vacation in the Andaman Islands?
A. Andaman is not a very huge place. If you want to cover only the famous places and tourist attractions, then a week’s time is enough. The itinerary will comprise Port Blair, Havelock Island, Mayabunder, Diglipur, and Neil Island.
The picturesque Rutland Island lies at the south of Port Blair far tip, the far tip of India. It is a heaven for Thalassophiles, commonly called sea lovers. The island makes up the South Andaman district. Out of its six villages, Dani Nallah is the most popular for the memorable marine life and turtle breeding experience it offers. You will never forget such a magical experience. The island is around 110 square kilometers, and is home to nearly 350 inhabitants belonging to the Jangil Tribe. That’s it!
Have you made bookings for hotels and now looking for a reliable vehicle for harbour transfers? Be absolutely relaxed! Andaman Island Travels is the one-stop destination to book a car for your harbour transfers or sightseeing on the island. The pre-arranged transportation will be provided to you between the port and your desired destination, whether it is a hotel, cruise port, or another local point of interest. You can also book the transfer at the end of your trip when you have to head back to Port Blair to catch the flight to return home.
You don’t want to begin your vacation by losing your nerves as well as your precious time. Therefore, booking a hotel transfer before leaving your home is highly recommended. Andaman Island Travels is a reliable and experienced tour operator when it comes to bringing vacationers to their hotels. It ensures that the guests arrive relaxed and safely at their accommodation. As soon as you arrive, all the passengers will be given a sanitisation and safety kit comprising hand sanitiser, mask, etc. The polite driver of the company will be waiting for you upon your arrival at the Veer Savarkar International Airport (also known as Port Blair Airport). The vehicle will be as per your choice only. Before you leave on your trip, the booked service of the hotel transfer will make ensure that you are picked up at the airport on time.
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