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.
Rangat Island in the Andamans has got a lot more to offer than you can imagine. You are sure to get a myriad of experiences there. Rangat is a very good example of an eco-tourism initiative in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. All the attraction spots are more or less equidistant from Rangat. Speaking of the town, you will see some shops, a well-stocked market, food stalls, and tea sellers.
A must-visit, Panchvati Hills surrounded by rocks fall in the outskirts of Rangat Island. Trekking is not advised on this small hill as a serene waterfall flows gently through the hills, making the rocks very slippery. The route to reach Panchavati is very scenic and photogenic as it is surrounded by agricultural farms. The major means of livelihood of the locals are agriculture and fishing. The culture and traditions followed here are influenced by the southern states of India.
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The waterfalls are the prime points of interest at Panchvati Hills. These are located in an area that is a little bit difficult to access. There are multiple small and beautiful waterfalls and springs at Panchvati hills. For the major part of the Middle Andaman, these springs are the source of water supply. A huge piece of land is covered with coconut, areca nut, and coffee. Botany enthusiasts take so much interest in the rich vegetation of the agricultural farm. December to March is the best time to visit Panchvati Hills. During this time, the temperature remains between 23 and 30 degrees Celsius.
Rangat Island is home to various pristine and secluded flawless beaches, several turtle nesting grounds, and evergreen waterfalls. A true example of “Reduce, Reuse & Recycle”, it also houses a very unique presentation of the diverse mangrove ecosystem along with a nature walk. If you are a true nature lover and want the much-needed ‘me-time’ surrounded by nature out there, then there is a long list of things that you can do and see. The list is more than just lazing around on the beaches, soaking in their natural beauty, and appreciate the greenery.
Spending some time at this amazingly gorgeous spot enveloped in natural beauty is a true bliss when you are in Rangat Island. In order to get a better way of the lush greenery, one can indulge in trekking activities (be careful as the rocks are slippery because of the waterfall). You can join locals while they are fishing. Most often, they are more than happy to include tourists in their process. Photographers can click postcard-perfect pictures here as the place is straight out of a fairytale.
If you are an adventure lover and want to relax inside the water, then don’t forget to carry an extra set of clothes with you. Just float around the exquisite water and indulge in exciting water sports with your travel companions. You can also choose to go for a local farm short trip. The locals of the place will show you how their farm produce is organic and better. You can buy these local products as a remembrance. If you feel like stopping for a bite, then there are nice eateries nearby.
For a hassle-free stay, it is highly recommended that you book the accommodation in Rangat Island well in advance. The best and the most convenient thing to do would be to contact Andaman Island Travels to book your stay on your behalf. Hotels nearby Panchvati Hills are as follows:
You have to take the entry from Port Blair to visit Rangat. To begin via any mode of transportation, the origin point will be Port Blair only. You can reach there via buses run by the private sector. Take the bus around 4:30 am or earlier and reach Rangat in nearly eight hours. The buses are available in air-conditioned and non air-conditioned segments. Non-AC ones are costlier than the government buses due to obvious reasons like comfort and seating arrangements. There is no facility for online booking. Since it has several pick-up points on the ATR, you need to enquire at the ticket counter for your nearest pick-up point.
Present in Rangat Island, Panchvati Hills are nearly 200 kilometers from Port Blair and are located in the middle Andaman region. One can reach there via public transport as it is connected to the capital city by a good road network. So you can take a bus or an auto rickshaw. Other ways to reach the spot are bikes and cabs.
If you want to reach Rangat from Havelock Island or Neil Island, then you will have to take a government ferry to Rangat Island from Havelock Island. This is the same ferry that sails from Port Blair to Rangat. The voyage ends at Long Island after stopping in Rangat. The same applies to visit Rangat from Neil Island. From there also, you need to take the same boat to Rangat Island.
At least two days are required to visit all the tourist attractions on the island. When on this island, don’t forget to include Dhanni Nalah Mangrove walkway, Morrice Dera Beach, Yerrata Jetty, Amkunj Beach, Raman Bagicha, and Curtbert Bay in your travel itinerary. You can visit Rangat as a day trip on your way to North Andaman Islands. It boasts of the best of natural beauties flourishing in India. Along with being a nesting hub for sea turtles, the island is one of the most enchanting towns in the Andaman archipelago as well. You can visit Rangat from Port Blair. Bus and private cabs are the most preferred option to reach there. Government ferries are also available but not on regular basis. As it has become one of the most loving tourist places all over the world, security has also been increased more than before. Female solo travellers are most welcomed in Rangat Island.
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