Latest Information on Travelling to Andaman Islands?
  • Runway Status for Port Blair Airport From October,22 to February, 23

    Updated: 19 Sep 2022
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  • Andaman Tourism Opens

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    Andaman Tourism Opens: The Andaman & Nicobar administration has announced that all tourist spots in the South Andaman district will be opened for tourism activities with immediate effect 8 Feb 2022.

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    A negative RT PCR report has to be presented by all passengers on arrival.

  • What is the advisory to travel to North & Middle Andaman District?

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    The tourists are allowed to visit Baratang/North & Middle Andaman on production of double dose covid certificate/ All other passengers viz. unvaccinated and partially vaccinated passengers (those who have taken only 1S1 dose of COVID vaccine) shall have to produce RT-PCR negative test report

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  • All asymptomatic fully vaccinated persons coming to these islands from mainland are exempted from the requirement of carrying RT-PCR negative test report,irrespective of the type of vaccine received and country of origin. Such fullyvaccinated individuals shall produce the final vaccination certificate at the origin airport, sea port in the mainland and at Port Blair Airport / sea port.
  • Alt asymptomatic children below 5 years of age are exempted from carrying RT-PCR negative test report and further RT-PCR testing at Port Blair Airport.
  • All other passengers viz. unvaccinated and partially vaccinated passengers (those who have taken only 1S1 dose of COVID vaccine) shall have to produce RT-PCR negative test report to travel to Port Blair from the mainland, as is the practice now. Such an RT-PCR test should have been taken within 48 hours prior to commencement of journey from the origin airport connecting Port Blair. Such passengers will also have to undergo additional RT-PCR test on arrival at Port Blair. Such passengers shall remain in self-quarantine till the arrival of the test report.
  • If a passenger on arrival is tested positive then, the prescribed quarantine protocol is to be followed.
  • All Airlines shall ensure strict compliance of this order and observance of COVID Appropriate Behaviour. Any non-compliance shall invite action under Disaster Management Act and other applicable laws. 
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General Guidelines defined for traveling to Andaman Islands during COVID :

  1. The Tourism Activities are permitted only in South Andaman & North & Middle Andaman District except Nicobar District.
  2. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with home co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years advised not to travel for tourism purposes.
  3. Tourists/Visitors who are at higher risk due to some medical history are advised to take extra precautions.
  4. Tourists/visitors shall minimize contact with other staff and visitors as far as possible and zero contact policy should be followed at all tourist destinations.
  5. All tourists/visitors shall be briefed by the hotel concerned about do’s & don’ts to be mandatorily followed during their stay and movements.
  6. While travelling tourists/visitors should wear a face mask and carry their own sanitizer and wet wipes for personal use.
  7. At all tourist destinations, staff must wear face masks and wash/sanitize hands regularly while performing their duties.
  8. Arogya Setu App shall be mandatory for all incoming tourists/visitors.
  9. Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed. This involves strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly after use.
  10. 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 rate as specified or to the designated hospital/ Covid 19 care centre on case to case basis.
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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.

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  • Regular flights to Port Blair (the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands) are operational now.
  • There are direct flights from Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, and Delhi.
  • Public transports like cabs, taxis, and bus services are also functional.
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Travellers should carefully follow social distancing norms and wear masks as well. Also, before making any booking, they should refer to the latest travel news on the government website of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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Murugan Temple

Murugan Temple
Date : 04 Aug 2021

Located centrally in Port Blair (the capital town), Murugan temple offers a religious excursion to its visitors. It is the biggest pilgrim site of the Andaman Islands, which is dedicated to Lord Murugan, the son of Lord Shiva. The temple displays Dravidian architecture at its best. If you want to witness a grand occasion, then you should plan your visit to the temple during festival time. Don’t forget to try the delicious vegetarian or the non-vegetarian platter around the temple complex. Authentic food from different cultures is served here which is surely worth a try if you are a foodie.


Sri Vetrimalai Murugan Temple, also known as Murugan Temple, in Port Blair is the biggest pilgrim site of the Andamans. It is famous for the splendid Dravidian architecture and intricate artwork that is sure to leave you spellbound as soon as enter the temple arcade. The temple is situated behind the governor place and is dedicated to Lord Murugan or Karthikeyan, the son of Lord Shiva, who is one of the most honored deities of the Tamils. If you are interested in witnessing this historic temple and enjoy the festival first hand, then contact Andaman Island Travels for making all the bookings on your behalf.

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If you are a foodie and want to satisfy your hunger pangs with lip smacking cuisines, then trying the vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes available at the commonplace to lavish restaurants around the Murugan temple is a must for you. These food joints serve food from different cultures that you should try for sure. The best ones are as follows:

  • Waves
  • Blue Marlin
  • Vegan Creek
  • Punjabi Dhaba
  • Blue Betel Café’
  • Milan Restaurant
  • Adi Bengali Hotel
  • Ananda Restaurant
  • New Lighthouse Restaurant
  • Corbyn’s Delight Restaurant



The history of Murugan Temple goes back to the time of pre-independent India. It hails as an insignia of India’s rich cultural diversity. Built in the year 1926 in Ross Island by the British rulers for winning the loyalty of the Tamil folks, this temple is a must visit when you are in the Andaman Islands. Post-independence, its venue was shifted to the capital city Port Blair. This colossal sanctum is visited by innumerable tourists and pilgrims for participating in the main festivals— Panguni Uthram, Kanda Shasthi, and Thai Poosam. The Dravidian architecture and paintings inside the temple look like those in the Kanda Kotta temple in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

Places to visit near Murugan Temple

There are a number of lovely places nearby the temple and you should include them in your holiday plan if you want to see the best of the islands. These comprise witnessing rich flora and fauna, azure waters, dense tropical forest, and a pleasant climate to offer you mesmerising experiences. 

Here are some of the best sightseeing places around Murugan Temple are as follows

  • Cellular Jail
  • Diglipur
  • Jogger’s Park
  • Red Skin Island
  • Japanese Bunkers 
  • Corbyn’s Cove Beach
  • Roman Catholic Church
  • Samudrika Marine Museum
  • Mount Harriet and Madhuban Tourist Place

Things to do

If you are an architecture lover, then you will love taking a stroll round the Murugan Temple. The exquisite Dravidian architecture displayed in the wonderful gopuram of the temple is something amazingly stunning. There is an exterior garden of the temple where you can forget your stress and worries in the lap of nature by taking a leisurely walk. 

Murugan Temple conducts charity works and cooking meal for around 40,000 people is a part of their services. In case you visit the temple during the festival time, then you can witness this grand event. You can see Prakash Yatra if you visit the place during Christmas. It is a massive candlelight rally on the eve of Christmas in which nearly 6,000 people participate.

Nearby hotels


Murugan Temple attracts a huge number of tourists owing to its serene holy vibes and the legends associated with its holy shrines. There are several properties around the temple complex that offer all kinds of accommodations—from moderate to plush, as per your budget.

The best hotels nearby Murugan Temple are as follows:

  • The Lotus Home Hotel
  • Andaman Ocean Breeze Homestay
  • Hotel Royal Palace
  • Andaman Vacation Home
  • Downing Home Inn
  • Coral isle Bed and Breakfast Homestay
  • Hotel Sentinel
  • Feel Good Holiday Home
  • Grey Stone Shelter
  • Hotel SKB Lodge
  • Megapode Resort
  • Fortune Resort Bay Island- ITC Hotel Group Member
  • Ross View Hotels and Resorts
  • Aashiana Residency Inn
  • Blue Bridge Homestay
  • The Harriet View
  • Andaman Castle Bay
  • GKM Grand Hotel
  • Andaman Shores Homestay

How to reach

Murugan Temple is located close to the Cellular Jail and has smooth conveyance from all corners of Port Blair. If you have already included this in your itinerary, then check out below how you can reach there.

  • From Port Blair: There are autos that will take you to the temple. If you are at Cellular Jail, then you can hire a cab from there and reach the precincts of the temple in less than half an hour.
  • From Havelock Island: From Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) to reach Vetrimalai Murugan temple via SH4, you will take around three hours. Also, there are ferry services available from Havelock Island to Port Blair that are affordable and swift mode of conveyance. After reaching Port Blair, take an auto or a cab to reach the temple. 

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