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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Top 10 Things to Do in Diglipur Island

Top 10 Things to Do in Diglipur Island
Date : 31 Aug 2023

Diglipur, a hidden gem in the Andaman Islands, is a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be discovered. From its untouched beaches and underwater wonders to its rich local culture and delectable cuisine, the island promises a blend of relaxation and adventure. Whether you love seeking thrills or want a tranquil escape to a lush landscape, Diglipur offers you everything and more. 

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How to Reach Diglipur Island: The best way is to travel from Port Blair. Diglipur is around 330 km away from Port Blair and is best accessible by road; although you can also take the sea route. You can take a taxi or a public bus to the island with both taking you around 10-13 hours. A taxi journey would cost you around INR 8000-12000, while bus tickets cost around INR 300-900 per person. 

Buses usually take you close to the Aerial Bay Jetty or Diglipur market in Diglipur from where you can take a taxi or auto to your hotel. Most buses usually start at 4 AM or 7 AM in the morning. 

You can also take a ferry to Diglipur from Port Blair via Rangat. You’ll be able to book a ferry from Phoenix Jetty in Port Blair for around INR 500-900. While it will take you around 8-9 hours to reach Diglipur this way, note that the ferries are not available every day and may run for just 2-3 days a week. You’ll have to enquire about ferry services at Phoenix Jetty a few days in advance for the next available service. 

If you're considering a trip to this off-the-beaten-path paradise, here are the top 10 activities and sights to consider:

  1. Visit Ross & Smith Islands

    The twin islands of Ross & Smith, often referred to as the twin islands, are one of the standout attractions of Diglipur. Connected by a slender sandbar, these twin islands are known for clear turquoise water and verdant landscape. Their unique sandbar connection and pristine beauty have made them an increasingly popular choice among travellers looking for the untouched charm of the Andamans.

    The sandbar connecting the islands is an ideal spot for a leisurely stroll. During low tide, it feels like you're walking in the middle of the sea.

    Note that you need permission to visit Ross and Smith Islands. For Indian nationals, the price for the permit is INR 50, while foreign nationals have to pay INR 500. 

    How to reach: To go to Ross and Smith Island, you have to first travel to Diglipur from Port Blair. The journey usually takes about 10-12 hours and starts as early as 5 AM from Port Blair. Bus tickets could cost you anything between INR 450-900. Additionally, you can rent a car or taxi, but that can be as expensive as INR 18000. 

    Visit Ross & Smith Islands

  2. Trek to Saddle Peak

    As the highest point in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a trek to Saddle Peak is a great way to explore the panoramic vistas of the Diglipur Island and even beyond. At 732 metres, Saddle Peak National Park is a garden of lush greenery, rare fauna, and interesting terrains. The hike through the tropical rainforest is as rewarding as the view from the summit. It would take you around 8-10 hours to complete the trek and be back down. 

    How to reach: It is best to start your journey early in the morning. You can take a cab or auto to the Lamia Bay from Diglipur market. You’d need permission to enter the national park, whose gates open only at 6 AM. You should carry snacks and water with you for your journey as you are less likely to find anything on the way. The trek is around 10 km. If you do not want to do it alone, you can also get a guide at the check post where you get your permission. There would be many guides nearby to help you out. You’ll also come across resting huts on your way to the peak.

    Cost: The cost of the taxi or auto to Lamia Bay could cost you around INR 400-800. The permission fee for entry into the national park is INR 25. If you take a tour guide, you’ll have to shell out INR 1000-1200. 

    Saddle Peak

  3. Relax at Kalipur Beach:

    Just a short drive away from the heart of Diglipur lies Kalipur Beach, a stretch of sand that is stunning beyond words and offers an intimate touch of the coastal beauty of the Andaman Islands. Kalipur is one of the few beaches in the Andaman Islands where you can witness the incredible sight of sea turtles nesting, especially between December and February. Olive Ridley, Leatherback, Hawksbill, and Green Turtles frequent this beach, and under the moonlit sky, you might catch the heartwarming scene of hatchlings making their first journey into the ocean. The beach is open all the time, you can sit and relax on the powdery sand. You are, however, not allowed to swim or do any other activity post 5 PM. 

    Besides swimming, you can also try your hand at snorkelling and sea walking at Kalipur Beach. Snorkelling should cost you around INR 1500-2000, while sea walking will cost you around INR 2500-3000 for 30 minutes. 

    How to reach: Kalipur Beach is just around 18 km away from Diglipur, and it should take you around You can take a bus (INR 30-50), taxi (INR 300-500) or auto (INR 200-300) from the Diglipur market. 

    Kalipur Beach, Diglipur

  4. Sunbathe in Ram Nagar Beach

    A haven for shell collectors, this beach is also an excellent spot for swimming. Ram Nagar Beach is not the most popular beach in Diglipur, but that is what makes it special. The fact that it is less commercialised in nature makes it a special sanctuary for those seeking solace and a raw touch of nature’s charm. The gentle waves make it a relatively safe spot for swimming. If you are a sunset person, you’ll not be disappointed in Ram Nagar Beach. Make sure you are at the beach around 5:30 PM; a stroll during the golden hour, with the Sun casting a warm glow over the sands, is nothing short of therapeutic.

    How to reach: Ram Nagar Beach is situated a bit far from Diglipur main town at 30 km and should take you 30-45 minutes to reach. But it is still easily accessible because of a good road. You can opt for a local taxi or an auto-rickshaw. For those with a penchant for self-exploration, renting a scooter or a bike is a delightful option. 

    A round-trip taxi or auto-rickshaw ride from Diglipur to Ram Nagar Beach could cost you around INR 600-1000, depending on negotiations and peak seasons. Renting a two-wheeler might come at a daily rate of INR 700-1000. 

    Ram Nagar Beach

  5. Explore Lamiya Bay

    Lamiya Bay, with its golden sands gently caressed by the turquoise waters, is one of Diglipur's lesser-known gems. Often overshadowed by its renowned neighbours, this bay offers a serene refuge to those wishing to escape the usual tourist trails. Lamiya Bay is perfect for long, reflective walks. Lamiya Bay’s proximity to Saddle Peak means one can combine a beach day with a trekking adventure to the highest point of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

    The ideal time to visit the bay is from 5 AM to 5 PM. 

    How to Reach: The most convenient way to reach the bay is by hiring a taxi or an auto-rickshaw. You can also rent a scooter or a bike. Depending on the mode of transport chosen, a trip to Lamiya Bay from Diglipur could range from INR 150-200 for an auto-rickshaw to INR 400-500 for a taxi. Renting a scooter or bike might cost you INR 500-700 per day. 

    Lamiya Bay

  6. Trek Inside the Alfred Caves

    The Alfred Caves, a cluster of fascinating limestone caves in Diglipur, is an adventure unlike any other and the best place to visit when you are in Diglipur. Hidden amidst the dense tropical forests, it is a group of around 41 caves. Many people visit the caves to watch swiftlets and fruit-eating bats. The swiftlet birds are famous for their edible nests that are famous in Chinese cuisine. The limestone caves are very similar to the ones in Baratang Island, although the environment inside the caves itself makes it a must-visit place. 

    How to reach: Going to and exploring Alfred caves forms part of a trek, so make sure you start your journey early morning around 5:30 AM. You’ll need the entire day to trek to the cave and explore it. Your trek will start close to Ram Nagar beach, which is accessible via bus or taxi from Diglipur at around INR 400-1000. For the most part, you’ll be trekking through a tropical forest to reach the caves. While you can trek alone, it is better to do it with a tour guide as they know their way through the jungle as well as the caves. A complete day trek to Alfred Caves could cost you around INR 3000-4000. 

    Alfred Caves

  7. Visit the Jal Tikry (Mud Volcanoes)

    If you're scouting for something offbeat in Diglipur, guess what? Jal Tikry is the spot to be. Jal Tikry in Diglipur offers visitors a glimpse into a rare geological phenomenon: a mud volcano. Unlike the conventional volcanoes that spew lava, this one is a bit different. The mud volcano actually spits out mud from beneath the Earth’s surface. Also, it is not as explosive as an actual volcano and is considered as an extension of the mud volcanoes of Baratang Island. 

    How to reach: Jal Tikry is located in Shyam Nagar village, which is approximately 20 km from the main town of Diglipur. You’ll take around 30-45 minutes to reach Shyam Nagar. You can, therefore, take a bus or taxi to the village. Bus tickets usually come at INR 30 and a taxi would cost you around INR 1000. You can also rent a scooter if you can figure out the directions. Renting a scooter would cost you around INR 500-1000 for a day. When you are in Shyam Nagar village, you can just walk a few kilometres for around 15-20 minutes in the village to see Jal Tikry.

    There is a nominal fee of around INR 30 to access Jal Tikry and the area around. You can easily spend 1-2 hours exploring Jal Tikry and Shyam Nagar village.

    al Tikry (Mud Volcanoes) 

  8. Explore the mouth-watering local cuisine

    One of the highlights of visiting Diglipur is undoubtedly the opportunity to experience its local cuisine. Rooted in the traditions of the island, the dishes in Diglipur have a unique taste that exists only in the Andamans. Whether you are a fan of seafood or looking to try authentic island flavours, the restaurants in Diglipur promise a blast of flavours for you. 

    The proximity to the ocean means a fresh catch is always on the menu. From grilled fish to succulent prawns and crabs, if you are a seafood enthusiast, you are definitely in for a treat. Don’t worry if you are a vegetarian. There are many local and fresh vegetables to choose from. 

    While Diglipur isn't flooded with high-end restaurants, it has some quaint and rustic places where you can enjoy a hearty local meal. You can try out Hira Restaurant and the Dolphin Restaurant for a satisfying meal. You should expect to spend around INR 100-500 at most of the eateries in the market. If you are planning to dine at a resort, your cost could go up to INR 1500. 

  9. Take a Short Trip to Craggy Island

    Craggy Island, located near Diglipur, is an unspoiled gem waiting to be explored. The island is located just 10 minutes away from Kalipur Beach, and is recognisable for its rocky terrains, golden sandy beaches, and lush green patches. Craggy Island is actually known for snorkelling. The reefs underwater are home to a plethora of marine species including colourful parrotfish, nimble clownfish, graceful manta rays, and even the elusive sea turtles.

    The calm waters, especially around the lagoon areas, provide a safe environment for you to familiarise yourself with the snorkelling gear and techniques, especially, if you are a beginner. There are snorkelling centres close to Kalipur Beach, who will arrange for your snorkelling trip to Craggy Island.

    How to reach: If you consider yourself a really good swimmer, then you can just swim to Craggy Island from Kalipur Beach. It should take you just 20-30 minutes. However, if you can’t make the journey, you can always take a speed boat from the Aerial Bay jetty , which comes between Diglipur and Kalipur. There are many taxis and autos that go to Aerial Bay. A taxi ride will cost you around INR 700-1000, while an auto rickshaw may charge you around INR 600. There are many dive centres close to Aerial Bay and Kalipur beach, which will take you on a guided snorkelling tour to Craggy Island for INR 3000-4000. 

    Note that you cannot go to Craggy Island if the weather is bad; it is also helpful if you keep track of the tide comings. The snorkelling centres should be able to help you with it. 

    Craggy Island

  10. Stay at a Luxurious Resort: 

    A visit to Diglipur isn't just about exploring the island. It is also about the beautiful nights and sunrise views, especially when you're staying at a fancy resort. Among the many experiences that Diglipur has to offer, nestling at a cosy resort undoubtedly ranks high. The natural beauty of the island blends perfectly with the comforts and luxury of a resort, making them ideal for both relaxation and adventure. And who doesn’t want to relax and enjoy luxury in the lap of nature? 

    There are many resorts like the Turtle Resort and Saddle Peak View Resort where you can stay when you are in Diglipur. If you want to stay by the beach, what’s better than the Pristine Beach Resort. Opting for a beachside resort in Diglipur is, without a doubt, one of the most fulfilling experiences you can gift yourself.

    A night at most of the resorts could cost you around INR 800-4000 depending on the room and facilities you need.  

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