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.
Baratang Island has an area of 242.6 square kilometers and it belongs to the Great Andaman Chain. A closely set archipelago in the Bay of Bengal adjoining the Andaman Sea, it is one of the main islands of the group. South Andaman to its south and Middle Andaman is to the north. Baratang Island offers magnificent natural sights and diverse wildlife scenery.
Mud Volcano in Baratang Island is a famous sight and one of its kind in India. It is a small bubbling puddle of mud, which makes it worth visiting. Some people marvel at the science behind it while some consider it as a great natural wonder. You cannot miss this place if you are really willing to see something rare in the Andaman Islands. Imagine yourself getting close to volcanoes! You can even hike and walk over these volcanic lines around the island. Formed several years ago, these are nature’s mysterious creations. They do not erupt hot molten lava but instead release natural gases like methane as explosions. Baratang Island has emerged as a preferred tourist destination among travellers and adventure enthusiasts owing to this alluring site.
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It is the only known example of mud volcanoes in the country. These have erupted sporadically. The eruptions in 2005 believed to have been associated with the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. Before that, the major eruption was recorded on February 18, 2003. The locals refer to the mud volcano as ‘jalki’. There are other volcanoes in the area as well. Narcondam Island volcano is one that has been classified as a dormant volcano by the Geological Survey of India. The islands of Ritchie’s Archipelago lie fourteen kilometers to the east. Port Blair, the capital town of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, is located around 45 kilometers from the southern tip of Baratang Island.
Baratang Island is slightly less developed, but still a wonderful natural delight. It is not a major tourist hub because not everyone knows about this hidden gem of the Andaman Islands. There are no advanced tourist facilities, fancy restaurants, or luxury accommodations. The majority of the locals do not speak English. However, all this further enhances the beauty and natural glow of the place. Fortunately, the island hasn’t been commercialised yet and it is in some way a very good thing.
To reach this natural marvel, just take a short ride from the Nilambur Jetty and walk for 160 meters up a rocky path. You will see small muddy craters that have been created by natural gasses emitted by decaying organic matter present underground. It pushes the mud upwards. It is not that much of a visually gorgeous sight as usually, there is just a small or dried bubbling puddle of mud. But Baratang Island is one of the very few places across the world where these volcanoes are found. That’s the reason why you should visit such a unique place. As many as eleven mud volcanoes are reported in the Andaman Islands and out of these, a total of eight are located in Middle Andaman and Baratang Island. The remaining three are in North Andaman.
Situated in Baratang Island, Dew Dale Resort is a lovely natural paradise surrounded by white sandy beaches, rich coral reefs, and a lush green forest. Guests can appreciate the amazing views of the beach while staying at this property. If you want to plan a suitable itinerary as per your budget and requirements, then you can avail the service of the resort’s travel desk to help you out.
Dew Dale Resort offers Deluxe Rooms (100 square feet) from where you can enjoy the breathtaking valley views. They have a queen bed, room service, Wi-Fi, charging points, and other facilities to make sure that the guests feel comfortable.
The in-house restaurant of Dew Dale Resort serves a healthy breakfast. You can enjoy a variety of freshly prepared regional delicacies. There is a bar as well where you can relax with your travel companions.
With a built-up area of 700 square meters, Coral Creek Resort houses two floors in the gorgeous Baratang Island. The property has a lovely open garden beautifully developed with local plants and flowers. The resort is an excellent property for sightseeing, recreation, dining, and getting around.
The resort offers Deluxe rooms that are 165 square feet in size. The ground floor has as many as twelve deluxe rooms. With a comfortable king-size bed and garden view, the guests are sure to have a pleasant stay. The room has facilities like 24-hour room service, room controlled air conditioning, Wi-Fi, etc.
The in-house restaurant of Coral Creek Resort serves vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Continent, Chinese, Indian, etc. cuisines. It has a capacity of 32 guests in one sitting.
Hotel Avis is not a very huge hotel but offers complete worth to your money. The property has been a reliable name when it comes to accommodations in Baratang Island. An economical hotel, it is suitable for leisure travellers, especially tourists who are on a strict budget.
Hotel Avis offers air-conditioned guest rooms. The rooms are spacious along with being neat and clean. They have all the basic amenities and comfortable furniture as well. The interior decorations are appealing and soothing to the guests.
The hotel has an on-site restaurant that serves multi-cuisine food like Indian, Chinese, etc. The food is rated good by the guests staying here. You should try seafood while you are here.
How to reach
You can take a private jeep to reach Mud Volcano from the Baratang Jetty. A government bus can also take you there. However, there is no fixed schedule but a few rides per day are for sure. At the jetty, you can hire a taxi for a round trip as finding a transport is not easy there. You can also visit Baludera Beach is you have some time at hand. It is located just at a quick detour from the way to Mud Volcano.
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