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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Travel Guide for Rangat Island

  • Tucked away in the vast expanse of the Bay of Bengal, Rangat Island stands is a proof of nature’s pristine beauty. While it remains an offbeat destination compared to its popular counterparts in the Andaman archipelago, those who set foot on its shores are in for a realm of experiences that cater to the soul, the adventurer, and the wanderer alike. From sun-kissed beaches where golden sands meet turquoise waters to verdant trails that whisper tales of the island's rich biodiversity, Rangat beckons with a promise of discovery.

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    The best time to explore its untouched beauty is between October and April. During these months, the island basks in a pleasant climate, with clear skies and gentle breezes, making it ideal for beach activities, sightseeing, and water sports.

    Rangat is approximately 210 km away from Port Blair. You can hire a taxi or take a bus. The journey offers scenic views as you pass through tropical forests, alongside the coastline, and across bridges. The drive usually takes around 6-7 hours and could you INR 200 to INR 5000 depending on whether you take a bus or taxi. 

    Without further ado, let's delve into the top 10 things to do in Rangat Island.

    1. Amble Along the Amkunj Beach

      Start your journey with a visit to the serene Amkunj Beach. The musical whispers of the sea waves and the rhythmic dance of the swaying trees will transport you to a different world. Watching the sun rise from Amkunj beach, is a sight you won't forget. If you're an early bird, this is a spectacle you wouldn't want to miss. Depending on the time of year, the Sun rises around 5:30 AM to 6 AM every day. 

      Once in Rangat, Amkunj Beach is just a short drive away. You can hire a cab or opt for an auto-rickshaw, which could cost you around INR 300-500 or sometimes more. Bike rentals are usually not available in Rangat, so people prefer taking taxis or autos. The beach is just around 100 metres from the main road, so you can reach the shores within a walk of 2-3 minutes. 

      Amkunj Beach

    2. Take the Dhani Nallah Mangrove Nature Walk

      For those who are eco-conscious, the mangrove boardwalk at Dhani Nallah will be a treat. With a bridge constructed over mangroves, it’s like walking amidst a green tunnel. Take your camera – you're going to want to capture this!

      Hiring a local tour guide can elevate your mangrove walk experience. They possess a treasure trove of information about the local ecosystem, folklore, and can also help in spotting unique wildlife. Local tour operators or your hotel can connect you with experienced guides. While there’s no entry fee, if you take a guide, you may have to pay between INR 500 to INR 1000, depending on the season and duration. 

      While the nature walk is open all the time, the best time to go there is from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. It's best to start early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the midday sun and also to increase your chances of spotting some unique fauna. You can easily spend 3-4 hours in the Dhani Nallah. 

      Dhani Nallah is easily accessible from Rangat town. Taxis and auto-rickshaws are popular modes of transport. Depending on the starting point, a taxi or auto-rickshaw might charge anywhere from INR 150 to INR 500.

    3. Visit Cutbert Bay Beach Turtle Watch

      If you're here between December and February, the Cutbert Bay Beach offers you a magical experience of watching turtle nesting. One of the most awe-inspiring phenomena here is the turtle nesting season. The shores come alive as Olive Ridley turtles make their way to lay eggs, and if you're fortunate, you might witness the birth of a new generation as tiny hatchlings sprint towards the sea.

      While Cutbert Bay Beach is accessible throughout the day, turtle watching is best done early in the morning or late in the evening, coinciding with the turtles' natural nesting habits. Generally, the best hours for this are from 5 AM to 8 AM and 5 PM to 7 PM.

      The beach can be reached using taxis, auto-rickshaws, or rented bikes/scooters from Rangat town. Prices can vary depending on the mode of transport, but to give a rough estimate, a trip by taxi or auto-rickshaw could cost anywhere from INR 200 to INR 400.

      Cuthbert Bay Beach

    4. Visit the Panchavati Waterfall: 

      Though it's a bit off the beaten path, the Panchavati Waterfall is well worth a visit. Tucked amidst the dense tropical forests of Rangat, the Panchavati Waterfall is a serene and breathtaking spectacle. The cascade's gentle roar and the misty veil it casts upon its surroundings make it a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle. A visit here is not just a feast for the eyes but a rejuvenation for the soul. Listen to the cascading sounds of water, take a refreshing dip, or simply enjoy a picnic with your loved ones.

      Panchavati Waterfall is located in the northern part of Rangat Island, close to the Morice Dera beach. It is around 10 kms away from the Rangat town and even though there are vehicles taking you there, it still requires a little trek of around 20-30 minutes. A taxi ride will cost you around INR 500-700 or more. 

      If you want to visit this waterfall, you should try to do it when you have the full day as travelling to waterfall could take you some time. Also, you may want to stay back for the sight for at least 1-2 hours. While there’s no specific time to visit the waterfall, most people prefer not to stay beyond sunset.

      There’s no entry fee for visiting the waterfall. 

    5. Escape to the Morice Dera beach

      Hidden away from the usual touristy glare, Morice Dera Beach in Rangat Island is a pristine patch of paradise. Its golden sands, azure waters, and the soothing sound of waves make it a must-visit place for anyone who’s seeks a genuine connection with nature. If you like sea shells, you are in luck. The beach is adorned with a variety of seashells. 

      With its serene backdrop, the beach makes for a great picnic location. So, you can just pack some local snacks, a mat, and enjoy a meal with the sound of waves playing in the background. Sunset happens around 5 PM. 

      Morice Dera Beach is located 10 km away on the outskirts of Rangat town making it relatively easy to access while still retaining its untouched charm. To visit the beach, you can hire a taxi or auto-rickshaw from Rangat town centre, which should cost you around INR 500 or more. 

    6. Explore the Yeratta Creek

      Among the plethora of attractions that Rangat Island offers, Yeratta Creek stands out as a lesser-known gem. Visiting this creek is like taking a step back in time, where nature remains undisturbed and the world seems to slow down. The creek is surrounded by lush mangroves, giving visitors an up-close view of this unique and vital ecosystem. The green canopy and the serenely flowing water create an environment that is exciting and peaceful. For avid birdwatchers, the creek offers ample opportunities. With patience and a keen eye, one might spot a variety of local and migratory birds. There’s also a tower almost 13 metres tall, from where you can get a panoramic view of the mangrove forest. 

      You wouldn’t need more than 2-3 hours to explore the Yeratta Creek. Yeratta creek is around 7 kms away from Rangat town, so you can easily take a taxi at around INR 300-500. 

    7. Visit Long Island for water sports

      Rangat Island is an eco-tourism hub, and its beaches usually do not offer any water sports. However, just 1 hour away, you’ll find all the amazing water sports you want to enjoy in Long Island. 

      Long Island is a beautiful blend of untouched beaches, lush tropical forests, and an abundance of water sports. It's an islander's dream, far from the hustle and bustle of commercial tourism, and offers peace and adventure in equal measure. 

      Snorkelling: Snorkelling in Long Island happen primarily at the Lalaji Bay View beach and is an absolute treat for marine life enthusiasts. Given its clear blue waters and the abundance of coral reefs near the shoreline, even a casual swim with a snorkel can open up a world filled with colourful corals, playful fish, and other intriguing sea creatures. Snorkelling can cost you around INR 2500 per person. 

      Scuba Diving: Swim amidst vibrant coral reefs, get up close with exotic marine life, and explore the underwater wonders of the Andaman Sea. There are a few dive centres around the main beaches in Long Island that offer diving expeditions. The cost typically ranges between INR 3500 to INR 6500 per dive, depending on the duration and whether you're going for a certification course or just a fun dive.

      You can take a ferry from Rangat Island to Long Island, which are available from the Yeratta Jetty around 4 PM in the evening. The Yeratta Jetty is around 30 minutes from Rangat town, and you can easily get a taxi for INR 300-500. 

    8. Experience Local Cuisine: 

      No trip is complete without tasting the local flavours. In Rangat Island, the melange of flavours, aromas, and textures come together to create a gastronomic journey that's nothing short of divine. At the heart of this island's cuisine are the bounties of the sea – fresh fish, succulent prawns, and delectable crabs. Traditional meals, often prepared in clay pots over wood fires, accentuate the flavours, providing a delightful smoky undertone. Must-try dishes include the spicy fish curry, often cooked with a touch of coconut milk, and the tangy tamarind prawn preparation. 

      For vegetarians, the island doesn't disappoint either. Local vegetables and fruits are transformed into flavourful curries and chutneys. As you explore Rangat, stop by the local eateries or dhabas like Bodhi Bengali Restaurant, Sai Kripa, or Aroma restaurant where the aroma of freshly cooked meals beckons.

      In most cases, a simple meal should cost you around INR 150-300.

    9. Explore the beauty of Guitar Island

      A haven for nature loving people, Guitar Island is one of the lesser-known jewels of the Andamans. Named for its unique guitar-like shape, this island promises pristine beaches with powdery white sands, gently caressed by turquoise waters. It is definitely the perfect destination if you want to escape the touristy crowds. You can indulge in beachcombing, sunbathing, or even just a leisurely walk to appreciate the island's natural beauty. Carrying a picnic basket might be a good idea, making your time in the island even more special. As the sun sets, the golden hues contrasted against the shimmering waters make for a breathtaking sight. You can easily spend a day in the island and watch the sunset in all its glory. 

      You cannot travel to guitar island directly from Rangat; you’d first have to travel to Long Island from the Yerrata Jetty in Rangat and from Long Island, take a dinghy or small boat to Guitar Island. Guitar island is just 15-20 mins away from Long Island and make for an amazing escapade. The dinghy ride should cost your around INR 100-200. 

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    10. Explore the Local Market in Rangat

      The bustling local market in Rangat offers an authentic slice of life in the Andamans. A walk through the narrow lanes of the market will instantly immerse you in a world filled with vibrant colours, tantalising aromas, and the sounds of local chatter.

      From stalls stacked with freshly caught fish shimmering under the sun to vibrant displays of locally grown tropical fruits like pineapples, bananas, and papayas, the market is a treat for the senses. As you delve deeper, you'll find vendors selling handcrafted items, predominantly made of bamboo and shells, which make for perfect souvenirs.

      The aroma of local spices wafts through the air, beckoning visitors to discover the flavours that define the region's cuisine. One can find a plethora of dried spices, local herbs, and condiments, ideal for those who wish to take a piece of Andaman back home in their kitchen. You’ll also find a many handcrafted jewellery, especially those made from corals, beads, and sea shells that you can buy from the market.

  • 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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    Highlights of Panchavati Hills at Rangat Island

    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. 

    Highlights of Panchavati Hills at Rangat Island

    Things to do in Panchavati Hills, Rangat Island

    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. 

    Things to do in Panchavati Hills, Rangat Island

    Nearby Hotels in Panchavati Hills, Rangat Island

    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:

    • Hotel Avis
    • Hotel Ross and Smith
    • Hawksbill Nest
    • Hotel UK Nest
    • Hotel Priya International
    • Hotel Laxmi Villa

    How to Reach Panchavati Hills, Rangat Island

    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.

    How to Reach Panchavati Hills, Rangat Island

  • One of the most offbeat locations in the archipelago, Long Island in the Andaman Islands is yet not fully discovered by many who know about this union territory. There are so many reasons for that. The remote locality of Long Island and the poor connectivity of this destination is the foremost reason for many. Along with that, there are very limited accommodation facilities available on Long Island. This place had decent popularity among foreign nationals until 2019. The majority of the Indian travelers don’t include this island in their itinerary as a trip to this point of attraction requires a total of ten or more days’ stay in the Andaman Islands. 

    Long Island is a small rural settlement that is not connected by any road network to any of the islands. There is no blacktop road on the island. Different parts of the area are connected by a concrete footpath only. A mud road leads towards the wood. If you are a nature enthusiast, then you would love the Casuarina trees (popularly known as the Jhau tree or she-oak) alongside the footpaths that make it an adoring natural walkway. As the island is amidst the open sea, these trees also act as windbreaks for it. In Long Island, all movements are on foot. 

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    Highlights of Long Island, Rangat Island

    Long Island was a much busier beach when it was the home to Kitply Industries Limited. However, not many tourists visit this beach nowadays and thus, the natural flora and fauna are thriving on this Island. The beaches around Long Island remain unexplored and are mesmerising like a tiny piece of heaven in India. The island provides a very quiet and calm place to escape the buzz of tourists in the Andamans as it is isolated and still remain unveiled by tourists. 

    Until the arrival of settlers in the 1970s, the island was inhabited. A plywood factory was set up near the jetty that is closed now. There is a small village nearby the jetty which is populated by settlers and factory workers from various parts of the country.

    Highlights of Long Island, Rangat Island

    Overview of Long Island, Rangat Island

    This enchanting island is home to a stunning beach at Lalaji Bay six kilometers north from Long Island jetty. It is popular for its beautiful forest cover and coconut plantations. It can also be considered as the gateway to many hidden and unexplored spots like Guitar Island and the Merk Bay Beach at North Passage Island. Here, you can have the best of both worlds—the exotic and untouched virgin beaches as well as the lush green tropical forests. Long Island is a golden feather in the crown of the Andaman Islands. It is a paradise for bird lovers if you visit it during the right season. The island has a unique marine eco-system as well. 

    The tropical weather and vibes of this island make it a perfect romantic spot. You can spend quality time here amidst the splendor of this destination. 

    Overview of Long Island, Rangat Island

    Things to do in Long Island, Rangat Island

    On this island, you can spend your time experiencing its beauty and serenity. You can enjoy quality time swimming, lazing around in the beaches, island hopping in a private chartered boat, taking nature walks, trekking, viewing a splendid sunset from the island, indulging in nature photography, and a lot more. You can soak yourself in the essence of being in the lap of nature.

    Also, there are diving centres of Havelock Island offering safari trips to explore the dive sites of Long Island. Snorkeling is quite popular here owing to good underwater visibility. 

    There is a serene trek that goes through the main village, plantations, fields, regenerated forest, and primary rainforest. If you love hiking, then you should definitely include this in your travel plans. This six-kilometer trail begins at the jetty and ends at Lalaji Bay. There is one more trail that runs north from Lalaji bay, which leads to a secret cove with calm water, corals and a white sandy beach. So if you want to snorkel or sunbathe in complete privacy, you know where to go!

    Things to do in Long Island, Rangat Island

    Nearby Hotels in Long Island, Rangat Island

    There is a government accommodation known as Surmai Resort and a private property named Blue Planet in Long Island. You can stay at any one of these properties. Surmai Resort has more facilities and is recommended for Indian travellers visiting this island or for any traveler who has planned this trip as a family holiday. On the other hand, Blue Planet is more of an eco hut of thatched roofing and walls. It has only low-lying mattresses and mosquito nets as their major amenities. Thus, backpackers can consider this option.

    As online things won’t work properly for Long Island, you will be requiring assistance for local companies to get your accommodation booked. When in Long Island, do not expect any luxurious or modern accommodation. The facilities are very basic and kind of eco-stays. 

    How to reach Long Island, Rangat Island

    Over 80 kilometers from Port Blair and 35 kilometers north of Havelock Island, Long Island is connected by ferry from Port Blair, Neil Island and Havelock Island. It is connected by road from Diglipur and Port Blair. 

    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.

    Long Island can be visited at any time of the year as it has a moderate climate. But the best time to plan a vacation is between October and May. During this time, the weather is extremely pleasant there thus making it the best time to enjoy water sports at the beaches. The sky is clear and the temperature is pleasing.

  • Lalaji Bay Beach is a serene and peaceful beach in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands that allures travellers owing to its gorgeous beauty. Located in the west coast of Long Island, it is closely connected to Middle Island and Rangat. To reach this charming beach, you will be walking through the mangrove creek and this is in itself quite an adventurous activity. Tourists should carry their own drinking water and snacks with them as the facilities here are limited.

    A private and secluded tourist hotspot, Lalaji Bay Beach is an incredible addition to your vacation. It is advisable that you leave from there before 8 pm as there. View mesmerising sunrise sitting by the beach. Witness orange hues of the sky during sunset. If you want to spend some quality time in the lap of nature, then this beach is the perfect spot.

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    Highlights of Lalaji Bay Beach, Rangat Island

    The waters of Lalaji Bay Beach are azure and the shore is enveloped with verdant trees that make it look like straight from a fairy tale. To refresh and rejuvenate your mind, you can take a relaxing walk at this lovely beach. You can enjoy quality and peaceful time with your travel companions here. Moreover, if you are fortunate enough, then you can also spot dolphins coming out and jumping.

    Highlights of Lalaji Bay Beach, Rangat Island

    Overview of Lalaji Bay Beach, Rangat Island

    Located in the west coast of the Long island, Lalaji Bay Beach is the pride of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It offers its visitors lovely sandy coastlines and revitalising vibes that you will never forget in your life. You can easily reach this beach via ferries from Central Andaman and Rangat. There is unique mangrove creek lining on your way to this beach and the whole journey via ferry is an altogether exciting travel memory.

    Things to do & Water Sports in Lalaji Bay Beach, Rangat Island

    Lalaji Bay Beach in the Andamans is considered an exemplary beach destination having various adventurous water activities. Skiing, snorkeling, swimming, and diving top the chart. If you want to explore the rich marine life, then go for scuba diving at Lighthouse that is known for giving a memorable diving experience as it has lovely coral formations welcoming you into the deep sea. This is a must for every diving junkie. 

    There are not many shopping opportunities at Lalaji Bay Beach, but if you are a shopaholic, then you can pick beautiful souvenirs for your friends and family from Port Blair, Havelock Island, and Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep). These places have quaint little shops from where you can buy a variety of things. 

    Are you looking for beach camping or beach hopping? If yes, then Havelock Island is a great option in the Andamans. This will add more adventure and fun to your island vacation. 

    Things to do & Water Sports in Lalaji Bay Beach, Rangat Island

    Nearby Hotels in in Lalaji Bay Beach, Rangat Island

    Whether you are a business traveller, a solo wanderer, a romantic couple, newlywed couple, friends; group, or a family group, the properties near Lalaji Bay Beach are perfect for every kind of tourist. Coral Reef is an ultra-luxury resort that is a true symbol of luxury and comfort. Suitable for both leisure and business activities, The North Reef is also an ideal choice. Hornbill Nest Resort is located near Zonal Anthropological Museum and you can easily reach there from the central bus stand. You can also consider staying at The Shine View Hotel. It has twenty rooms that are well-equipped with modern amenities.

    If you are willing to stay at the best accommodations as per your budget, then contact Andaman Island Travels to make all the booking for you. Its holiday experts will take care of all your requirements and will offer you the best of everything.

    Nearby Places to Eat in Lalaji Bay Beach, Rangat Island

    Excel Restaurant is the most preferred restaurant near Lalaji Bay Beach. It is a vivacious restaurant that offers breath-taking views of the ocean. One can enjoy multiple cuisines all day here. If you want to eat local and authentic cuisine, then head to Red Snapper and Something Different as both these places serve a rich variety of exclusive seafood delicacies. If you are looking for moderately priced budget friendly options, then try Kerala Café and Nemo Café. These are located on the beach and are popular for lip-smacking food items on their menus. Vegans should try Fat Martin Café as it has delightful meal options. Andamans is a paradise for food lovers as they have a lot to explore here.

    How to Reach Lalaji Bay Beach, Rangat Island

    One can reach Lalaji Bay Beach quite easily from Port Blair (the capital town) as well as Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep). One can also take a two-hour trek through lush forests to reach there if you love adventure and the wild. 

    From Port Blair: From the capital city, Lalaji Bay Beach lies at a distance of about 90 kilometers. It is connected to Rangat Island via ferries that take people to and fro. If you are not willing to take a long ferry journey, then you have an option of taking a bus from Rangat and then taking a ferry to reach the beach directly. 

    If you take a bus, then it will take nearly eight hours from Port Blair to reach Rangat. After that, the jetty ride will be of 1.5 hours that will surely be a mesmerising experience. You can also take a direct route from Port Blair to reach the beach. There is an option wherein you can directly sail from Port Blair. However, it would be a little expensive.

    From Havelock Island: Lalaji Bay Beach is just 35 kilometers from Swaraj Dweep, which is yet another tourist hotspot popular for picturesque beaches and enthralling water sports. From here, you have to take a government ferry to reach Long Island. This is the same ferry that tourists take from Port Blair to Havelock Island. It picks up those travellers who are venturing from the stop.

    For all ferry bookings across the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, contact Andaman Island Travels to save yourself from the hustle. The Port Blair-based travel agency is committed to offer you the best travel experience of your lifetime.

  • Guitar Island is one of the most exquisite but uninhabited islands of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is a gorgeous destination about which not many people know. If you want to enjoy a stunning day trip from the main island, then this place is your best bet. It is known for its brilliant blue water and tropical greens everywhere. 

    As many as 38 islands out of a total of 572 pristine islands of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are permanently uninhabited. These islands are mostly visited by those tourists, who like to explore offbeat destinations that are away from the crowd of tourists. 

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    Highlights of Guitar Island, Rangat Island

    Guitar Island is one of the hidden gem of the Andamans. It is a small patch of green in the cobalt blue waters of Indian Ocean, and is in the shape of a guitar. An aerial view reveals that the island looks exactly like a guitar from the top, complete with a sound hole of water in the middle. It also has the long neck and the headstock. 

    Highlights of Guitar Island, Rangat Island

    Overview of Guitar Island, Rangat Island

    You should target low tide time if you want to take a leisurely stroll along the sand bars to Guitar Island. You can know whether it is low tide or high tide at that time from the boatmen at the Long Island jetty. 

    Make sure that you do not litter Guitar Island by throwing plastics or food leftovers. The Andaman Government takes every possible step to maintain these natural treasures, and as tourists, it’s your duty to help its efforts.

    If you want to enjoy seclusion at a beautiful setting far from the hustle and bustle of the city life, then visit Guitar Island that is an exotic destination. 

    Overview of Guitar Island, Rangat Island

    Things to do in Guitar Island, Rangat Island

    The best thing to do on Guitar Island is to cherish the lovely ambiance. Readers can read a book there in peace. Photographers will find unlimited opportunities to capture the beauty of this secluded island. Take a stroll along the sandy beach and collect beautiful seashells. Relax on the soft sand and look at the fishing boats at a distance. Enjoy the surging and crashing of waves while dipping your feet in the azure water of the ocean.

    You can also enjoy swimming on the island as the water is perfect here. The sea is not very deep and is ideal for a good swimming session. Soak yourself in the beauty of this less-frequented place in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and make the best of your holidays. 

    Places to See Nearby Guitar Island, Rangat Island

    You can see another small island from Guitar Island. It is known as Small Guitar Island. When the tides are high, the gap between both the islands gets covered with seawater. And when the tide ebbs, sandbanks are left between connecting the two. You can go to that island as well. Simply ask your boatman to take you there. It is much smaller and looks more or less like Guitar Island, but is still an incredible place to see when you are in Rangat Island.

    You can also go to Long Island from where you have to catch your ferry to Guitar Island. It is a gorgeous tourist destination where you can have a great time. At Lalaji Bay Beach on Long Island, tourists often indulge in beach camping. You can also travel to Havelock Island that is considered one of the best places to see in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. 

    Best time to visit in Guitar Island, Rangat Island

    One can visit Guitar Island at any time of the year, except for the monsoon season. There is rainfall between July and September. The schedules of the boats are dependable on weather. Moreover, you will not be able to enjoy at the beach when it is raining.

    The best time to visit Guitar Island is during the autumn-winter-spring stretch, which is from October to March. On an average, the temperature ranges from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. Thus, the weather remains mild and pleasant at this time. Summers are also fine here except for the long boat journies as the raging sun may leave you uncomfortable.

    There are no accommodations at the Guitar Island. Thus, you cannot stay there at night. You will have to come back to Long Island while there is still light. It would be safer as sea journey in the dark will not be a favorable experience.

    How to Reach Guitar Island, Rangat Island

    You can reach Guitar Island from Long Island via a dinghy boat that is nearly 90 kilometers far from Port Blair, the capital town. There are three-four ways to reach Long Island that are mentioned below:

    From Port Blair to Long Island jetty, there are boats on alternate days. Thus, you can avail the waterway route at least three days of the week. These boats sail via Neil Island and Havelock Island on their way to Long Island. However, this option has the problem of uncertainty. Before finalizing any plan, you have to visit the official website of Andaman Island Tourism to see whether the boat is available on the day you want to travel. The schedules are tentative and are subject to change at short notice even then owing to adverse weather conditions, etc. If you are travelling in a big group from Port Blair, then hire private boats as there is not any risk then.

    The second way to reach there is by taking a bus to Rangat and then a boat from Yeratta Jetty to Long Island. If you choose this option, then you have to take the early morning bus at 4:30 am from Port Blair. The journey to Rangat is eight-hour long. You will have to stay at night in Rangat if you taken an evening bus from Port Blair. You can catch the boat for Long Island at 9 am.

    To reach Guitar Island from Long Island, you have to take a fibre boat or a speed boat (takes around twenty minutes to reach). You can pick any one as per your budget and convenience.

  • Dhani Nallah Mangrove is a one-kilometer long wooden boardwalk that twists through the mangrove creeks. This walkway is the longest one of its kind in India. It is perfect to observe the diverse mangrove eco-system in one place. The walkway opens up to the pristine long beach- Dhani Nallah Beach, which is popular as a hatchery ground for sea turtles. There is a small eco-hut, which is named as Olive Ridley, named after the most frequent turtle species of the beach. It offers a fantastic picnic area in the shadows of special casuarina trees with benches and sunbeds. You can enjoy at the swings and a bamboo tower from where you can praise the pleasant view of the whole beach.

    It is among the most incredible attraction spots in Middle Andaman Island. Most of the time, the whole place is deserted and you can enjoy the long serene walk all by yourself.

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    Highlights of Dhani Nallah Mangrove, Rangat Island

    Popular as the loveliest beach in Middle Andaman Island, Dhani Nallah is a five kilometer-long stretch of brownish soft sand. The color of the water here is blue and there is abundant shadow along the shore. The beach is deserted at most of the times. So, you can have the whole place to yourself. The tides don’t affect swimming. Just jump into the water whenever you want. It is quite windy here, so the beach has a great potential to become an ideal windsurfing spot. If you want to do that, then you will have to bring your own equipment as no windsurfing facilities are available there at present. There are lush casuarina trees all around with benches and sunbeds. Thus, you can have a picnic in the shadow and pleasant weather. If you want to enjoy the view of the whole beach, then there is a bamboo tower from where you can have a look at the entire place. There are swings as well. Facilities here are limited though. So make sure that you carry all the necessary stuff with you.

    Highlights of Dhani Nallah Mangrove, Rangat Island

    Overview of Dhani Nallah Mangrove, Rangat Island

    A natural walkway and beach on the outskirts of Rangat, Dhani Nallah is located in the Middle Andaman Island. It lies at a distance of twenty kilometers from Rangat, adjacent to the Andaman Trunk Road (ATR). Dhani Nallah has got its name from a mangrove associate locally known as Dhanipatti. It is a wooden boardwalk that meanders through mangrove creek for a distance of nearly 713 meters. The place is a tourist hotspot in the Andaman Islands. The beach is popular for turtle nesting of especially Olive Ridley Sea turtles. Turtles nest on the shore of Dhani Nallah from November to February. If you are lucky, then you can witness the beautiful sight of little turtles rushing into the water for the first time. From Cuthbert Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, there is an artificial hatchery as well where special care is taken for preserving and protecting turtles.

    The lovely way that leads to the beach is another amazing aspect about Dhani Nallah. You have to walk through dense mangrove forest on a nature walkway to reach the beach. This nature walk is 713 meter-long and is the longest boardwalks of its kind in India. While walking on this incredible trail, you can get to know a lot about the diversity of mangroves and creatures living in its rich natural ecosystem. It is home to a variety of wild animals and birds. You can spot a number of birds and marine animals such as crabs, shrimps, and fish owing to the shallow waters that are breeding grounds for them. Crocodiles have also been spotted here. You can learn so much about the importance of mangroves and their role in nature.

    Overview of Dhani Nallah Mangrove, Rangat Island

    Nearby Hotels in Dhani Nallah Mangrove, Rangat Island

    Hawksbill Nest, Cuthbert Bay is located at two kilometers from the entry point of Dhani Nallah walkway. This guesthouse is run by the tourism department. You can stay here as it has all the basic facilities.

    Other properties in Rangat Island where you can stay are as follows:

    • Golden Pebble
    • Dew Dale Resorts
    • Sweet Dream Resort
    • Hotel Ross and Smith
    • Eco Villa Palm Beach Resort

    Restaurants in Dhani Nallah Mangrove, Rangat Island

    If you are planning to spend quality time with your family, friends or the special one, then choose from these best restaurants in Rangat Island. These places have received good reviews from guests. They have rated the food quite delicious and the restaurants hygienic and comfortable. 

    The below-mentioned are the most sought-after restaurants in Rangat Island:

    • Laxmi Villa
    • Hotel U.K.Nest
    • Bonova Cafe And Pub
    • Atithi Palace Restaurant
    • Hotel Priya International
    • Something Different-A Beachside Café
    • Sai Kripa
    • Aroma Restaurant
    • Royal Restaurant
    • Bodhi Bengali Restaurant

    So now you know where to eat when in Rangat Island.

    How to Reach Dhani Nallah Mangrove, Rangat Island

    When you are in Rangat, then you can easily reach Dhani Nallah Mangrove. Its entry is located at Betapur that is twenty kilometers far from Rangat Island. You can reach there by any private transport.

    You can reach Rangat via a government ferry from Port Blair. It will be a five to six hours long journey. The timings vary depending on the total number of passengers boarding and getting down at each stop. The ticket bookings open only one or two days before the departure. The harbor for Rangat is the Yerrata Jetty. Before finalizing this potion, you should know that if you are in the Andaman Islands for only a few days, then this option may not work for you.

    Reaching Rangat from Havelock Island or Neil Island is also very easy. 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.

    Contact Andaman Island Travels if you are planning to travel to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Located in Port Blair (the capital city), this reliable tour company will take care of all your requirements.

  • A town in the Middle Andaman Island, Andaman Archipelago, Rangat is one of the three counties administrative divisions of the North and Middle Andaman district. Its natural beauty can surprise whosoever visits Andaman and Nicobar Islands- the loveliest union territory of India. The second largest town in Andamans, it is not very popular among travellers yet. Not many people know about its splendid beauty, but those who end up here are left awestruck by the attractions it offers. You can witness gorgeous beaches with volcanic rocks as well as pristine sand, which are perfect for turtle nesting during the season (December to January). The mangrove sanctuaries and awareness centres with the longest walking trails among mangrove forests in the country are sure to leave you spellbound. Wait, there is more!! You can also visit a scenic waterfall or stroll around vast plantations of spices after monsoons here.

    Cutbert Bay Beach is a lengthy sandy beach located at a distance of twelve kilometers from Rangat. It is a well-known turtle nesting ground in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The season is normally between December and February. If you want to witness this wonderful marvel of nature, then you should undoubtedly include this in your itinerary while vacationing on this gorgeous island.

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    Highlights of Cutbert Bay Beach, Rangat Island

    Rangat is a 1070 square kilometers large island that falls right in the middle of the Andamans. Its gorgeous waterfall and beaches attract people from across the world. Rangat is a wonderful blend of nature’s most precious delights and offers once in a lifetime holiday experience. Owing to its clean environment, greenery, as well as unpolluted fresh air, nature lovers include Rangat in their travel itinerary.

    Curtbert Bay Beach is a less explored yet a serene beach in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. With pleasant vibes throughout the place, it is always a delightful experience to visit this beach. The whole shoreline has tiny baby turtles paddling towards the sea. If you are seeking natural beauty at its best, then visiting this beach would be a great idea as you can enjoy the simple village life along with the seclusion of this picturesque spot. 

    You can spend your time by indulging in the following activities:

    • See the settling of turtles 
    • Visit the eco hut
    • Take a stroll at the beach 

    Highlights of Cutbert Bay Beach, Rangat Island

    Nearby Restaurant & Food Outlets in Cutbert Bay Beach, Rangat Island

    If you are a foodie and looking for authentic Indian food nearby Cutbert Bay Beach, then the below-mentioned are the best places for you: 

    • Bodhi Bengali Restaurant
    • Royal Restaurant
    • Sai Kripa
    • Aroma Restaurant

    Things to do in Cutbert Bay Beach, Rangat Island

    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. Trust us, the list is more than just lazing around in the beaches, soaking in their natural beauty, and appreciate the greenery. You can spend your day sunbathing, swimming, watching the superabundant mangroves and most importantly, see the diverse species of turtles nesting at the serenebeach.

    Things to do in Cutbert Bay Beach, Rangat Island

    Nearby Hotels in Cutbert Bay Beach, Rangat Island

    Hotel Avis and Hotel Ross and Smith are two private properties in Rangat Island. The latter is a newly introduced hotel that started operating in 2018. Its guests have given decent service feedbacks. Both these hotels are good if you don’t expect excessive luxury or star category facilities while you stay in them.

    The Hawks Bill Nest is a resort of the Andaman & Nicobar Department of Tourism. You have to make your booking here in advance during the peak season to ensure your reservation. But we would highly recommend you to secure your bookings here through a local tour operator because online bookings mostly don’t work due to the poor internet connectivity in this offbeat destination. Andaman Island Travels is the one-stop destination for all your bookings for any corner of the whole island. Its expert tour operators will design your Andaman vacation exactly as per your requirements.

     Some of the other hotels where you can stay are as follows:

    • Hotel UK Nest
    • Hotel Priya International
    • Hotel Laxmi Villa

    How to Reach Cutbert Bay Beach, Rangat Island

    Reaching Cutbert Bay Beach is very easy. Rangat Island is at a distance of 170 kilometers by road and 90 kilometers by sea from the capital city, Port Blair. You can easily enter here from Port Blair and by ferries from Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep), Long Island, and Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep). 

    Taking a government bus is the most economical option to reach Rangat from the capital city. The government-operated bus departs from Port Blair at different timings. You can prefer taking the one around 4:30 am and reach Rangat in nearly eight hours. It will pass through Andaman Grand Trunk Road to reach the public bus stand in Rangat. From there, you will have to hire public transport to reach your accommodation. These are not air-conditioned buses. You can purchase the tickets from the government bus depot in Port Blair. There is a huge demand for government bus tickets because of the cheap fare. To stay connected between Rangat and Port Blair, the majority of the locals use this mode of transport as their lifeline. The boarding point of these buses is at the Aberdeen Bus Depot. Since it has several pick-up points on the ATR, you need to enquire at the ticket counter for your nearest pick-up point. The return ticket from Rangat has to be booked from Rangat bus terminus only if you have reached Rangat by the government buses.

    Cutbert Bay Beach is not a frequently visited spot as not everybody knows about this hidden gem. It is one of the loveliest beaches near Rangat. As it is not so much visited by humans, turtles prefer this place for laying their eggs. The beach is sought-after among those travellers who are seeking some solace and seclusion. If you want to spend quality time at a tranquil place where there is no crowd at all, then you will surely get mesmerised at this beach.

  • Location

    Affiliated to the Middle Andaman group of islands, Rangat was established in 2006 as a tourist center after the establishment of Baratang. It is situated at a distance of 200 kms from the capital city of Port Blair. If you are curious about how to reach the place, then you can avail the jetty service from Port Blair or the private speedboats. You can also avail the bus service which takes around 5-6 hours to reach. There are cabs for your convenience as well.


    The level of awareness about things that are problematic in the world might shock you here. People have realized that even though tourism as an industry exists they cannot abuse it. This led to the growing cry for eco-tourism in Rangat. There are eco-huts and Mangrove Nature walkway that have been built to inculcate in people the understanding of finer things in life. Since people are from different social backgrounds the level of respect for boundaries is immense.


    Even though most people are unaware, the demography of Rangat is pretty heterogeneous. There are people who have shifted from Tamil Nadu and Kerala and there are people who have taken off from West Bengal. People are pretty hardworking there and they earn their livelihood either in the capacity of a fisherman or as a cultivator of farm produce. Other people anticipating the establishment of a tourism spot have opened eateries and hospitality initiatives. They are a welcoming bunch and often travelers out of their curiosity have asked the fishermen and the cultivators their trade secrets and have not been let down.

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    Reasons to visit Rangat Island

    Not visiting Rangat Island right now would be a foolish thing especially because the business in the place hasn’t taken off yet. This means you get top-notch services at really cut-price deals. Also given its natural beauty, there is no need for further advertisement. If one doesn’t want to visit Rangat despite its aesthetic it’s that person’s loss. There is no shortage when it comes to food choices because Rangat offers concoctions of your favorite seafood along with commonplace dishes that one might like. Language won’t be a problem either because there are people from all over India residing there.

    Beaches in Rangat Island

    There are so many beaches both accounted and unaccounted in Rangat island that quantifying them is a useless exercise. There is the Raman Bagheecha Beach which has been earmarked by couples for their romantic getaways. There is the Amkunj Beach at Rangat Island Andaman Islands, known for its stone cold appearance and vintage feel. There is the Cuthbert Bay beach famous for turtle nesting spots during the beginning and the end of the year and obviously there is the Lalaji Bay beach which is a comprehensive vacationing spot for people of all ages. The assortment of beaches entail, that every person is sure to find his favourite from this wide array.

    Guitar Island

    One of the very less frequented islands of Andaman, this island is in the shape of a guitar. If you take a Trip to Guitar Island from Long Island Andaman Islands, you are sure to be flabbergasted by the hauntingly beautiful environment. During the times of a low tide, the island gets connected to other islands around it. There is a similarly shaped island opposite the guitar island and it is named as the small guitar island. The island is left alone to its own fate and that is one of the reasons as to why it is so beautiful. Any natural landscape without human interference is bound to bloom.

    Activities in Guitar island

    There won’t be anyone to police you, such is the isolated nature of the place. You can wear whatever you are comfortable with, carry a book or a speaker and let yourself go. With nature gallivanting and prancing around you, visit the island before the sun reaches its zenith and expose yourself to the bounty of nature. The tranquilizing ambience will rid you of your troubles while you are surrounded by it. The Guitar island is quintessentially for people who want to go off the radar or for people seeking direction in life.

    Experience at Guitar island

    The magical experience begins from the dunghi ride from Long Island and stays with you till you breathe. The guitar island speaks to the soul like an ascetic, with a sedating murmur of wind and rustling of leaves and the break of waves. People have often stayed back for unaccounted hours or have wandered aimlessly. The amount of freedom and beauty or rather the combination of it in unparalleled in any other place. Avid readers have often taken a corner or a shade and enjoyed perusing through a decent piece of fiction and forgotten the cares and worries of the world.

    How to visit Guitar island

    The island can be reached from Havelock and as well as Long Island. The island is 163kms away from the capital of Port Blair. One can choose either bus or a ferry to reach the place. After reaching Rangat from Port Blair on a bus you can take another bus to the Yerrata jetty. The jetty will carry you to Long Island near Rangat Island Andaman Islands, from where you can reach Guitar Island on a small boat called the dunghi.

    From Havelock Island you ought to take a government run ferry that operates on every alternate day. The ferry starts at Port Blair and takes a small stop at Havelock. On reaching the guitar island a three-minute walk is sure to take you closer to the vanilla sands of the beach.

    There are no accommodations if you are looking for one so one needs to stay at Long Island. There are however decent restaurants around. The Blue Planet will offer you different seafood based cuisines but if you have a soft corner for north Indian food then Laxmi Hotel should be the go to place. There is a place called the Corner bar which sells sodas and drinks.

  • We all picture ourselves in a heavenly land, surrounded by the natural exquisiteness of the most precious flora and fauna alongside a waterfall who’s gushing droplets fall on our faces, illuminating up our mood and faces. Well, your daydream can turn into reality when you visit Rangat Island which is situated in Middle Andaman Islands. It is almost 200 km away from the capital city-Port Blair. This island is an unexplored thing of beauty which is quite less popular amongst the tourists, but has its own inimitable feature which can swept you off your feet. This island, having an area of about 1070 sq. km, is the second largest in Andaman Islands and offers some of the best experiences of beaches and volcanic rocks spread over the immaculate sand where turtle nest during the months of December and January. The never-ending trails are amongst the longest in the mangrove forests of India where one can embrace the walks of life. The picturesque waterfalls will thrill you and please you at the same time where you can store the memories on your cameras.

    The immense spice plantations is one of the core features of this island which separates this island from the rest of the isles. This beach is considered idyllic for sun-bathing and enjoying some water sports like snorkelling and scuba diving. The wide stretched shorelines playing with the sparkling water under the sun surround by the shades of dense green forests is truly a mesmerising location to leave your heart at. Rangat Island falls on your way when you travel to Mayabunder, Long Island or Diglipur from Port Blair by road so many tourists try to explore the locations of this island during their travel journey. This island is known for promoting eco-tourism through eco-friendly structures like eco huts and groves that excites the urban population with the local and aesthetic vibes.

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    Best Time to Visit Rangat Island:

    Like every other island of Andaman, this island is best explored during the winter season from December to March but you can add a slight twist to your itinerary if you want to enjoy the phenomenal natural waterfalls of this island. You can visit it during the monsoon season to witness the enormously attractive falls with your family and friends. Though there could be difficulty in walking the trails but it would be worth the trouble to experience something so soothing to the eyes.

    How to Reach Rangat Island:

    Travelling is the most beautiful part of the trip as it’s when you hold on to your horses to witness what lies in the destination but still appreciates the dawdling span of travel. To reach a destination there are endless ways and the same is applied for Rangat Island. The tourists can choose whichever option they feel comfortable in to reach the Island with their desired level of content. There are 2 major routes to reach Rangat Island- via Port Blair and via Havelock Island. The ways to commute to Rangat Island are: Roadways, Seaways and Airways.

    Options via Port Blair:

    Port Blair- the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands provides ample of option to travel to Rangat Island.  Tourists have the feasibility to choose their modes and ways of transportation as per their needs, comfort and convenience.

    Roadways: Travelling via road is considered one of the most feasible option where you can encounter and appreciate the travel journey with your family and friends. The lush green trees alongside the roads give a refreshing feel while the air gently touches your face. It would take almost 7-8 hours to cover the route to Rangat Island which is approximately 93 kms from Port Blair. There are 3 modes through which you can travel via roadways, that is, Government Buses, Private Buses and Private Cabs/Taxis.

    Government Bus: The Government Buses provide you the most pocket-friendly yet amazing experience as you travel from Port Blair. These buses have different departure timings from Port Blair which can be easily enquired from the ticket counter. It takes approximately 8 hours to reach Rangat from Port Blair through a government bus. The route encompasses the Andaman Grand Trunk Road and drops off the passengers at the Public Bus Stand at Rangat Island. These buses do not offer air-conditioned services but you won’t be disappointed as the natural air does its work very efficiently. The government Bus depot of Port Blair provides the bus tickets which can be a cumbersome process to procure due to long queues. The affordable cost of the buses and the transportation of local people to and fro increases the tickets demand. The boarding location of these government buses is at the Aberdeen Bus Depot. But there are other pick up points on the Andaman Trunk Road too. It is recommended for the tourists to enquire about the pickup point that falls in the proximity to their accommodation location for a better convenience.

    Private Buses: The Private Buses offer comfortable journeys from Port Blair to Rangat Island. The departure timings of these buses vary and tourists have ample of boarding options available to reach Rangat. The duration of journeys is 8 hours, same as that of the government buses. These buses have both AC and non AC facilities so tourists can choose as per their convenience and budget. These buses, whether AC or non AC have higher ticket fares in comparison to that the government buses. The tickets can be obtained from their respective reservation offices in Port Blair. The boarding point of these buses is also mostly the Aberdeen Bust Depot but there are option to board from other locations, such as on Andaman Trunk Road as well which has to be enquired beforehand.

    Private Cabs/Taxis: This is considered to be the most reliable mode of transportation as this fits in all your schedules and would let you enjoy every location without being anxious about the return schedule and other travelling requirements. You shall not be time restricted and hence would be able to enjoy the serenity of Rangat much better. The driver being a local resident of Andaman would be able to guide you better than anybody else, direct you to some unexplored locations and share facts and testimonies of his experience which can turn out to be an enjoyable talk as you travel.
    This option is feasible for the ones who have time restriction and have fixed date schedules and days to explore Rangat Island and other islets of Andaman. The cabs/ taxis have to be booked in advance which can be done both online and offline as per the plans of the tourists, Another advantage of travelling via cabs/taxis is that they would come to pick you up at your accommodation place which would save your time and energy.

    Seaways: It is rightly said that the waves of the sea sweeps away all the worries and help you to relax in the middle of water. To reach Rangat Island, you can opt for the seaways to via ferry to calm your brain cells while floating in the water. It is a very convenient and affordable way which could lead to your destination. The island is almost 50 nautical miles by seaways and one has to note that the shipping services are available for 4-5 days in a week so the travelling plans have to be made accordingly. The time taken to cover the route via is about 4-5 hours which can be relishing amongst family and friends.

    Government Ferry: The Government operated Ferry makes it much easier to commute from Port Blair to Rangat via the sea route. The duration of the voyage shall be approximately 5-6 Hours in which the route that shall be followed to reach the Rangat would be from Port Blair via Neil Island and Havelock Island. This could be a trouble maker as it depends on the number of passengers and their respective boarding spots and destination spots. The government ferry is not available everyday which is the biggest disadvantage. Also, the tickets of the ferry has to be booked one or two days in advance from the STAR ticket counters in Port Blair. The harbour for Rangat is the Yerrata Jetty. So the government ferry can be an option for the travellers who have no restriction of time.

    Airways: The airways can be a less time taking option but the only disadvantage is that it is seasonal so the fares and its availability greatly varies according to the weather and season.

    Helicopter: It takes less than an hour to reach Rangat Island in helicopter. The high altitude and the speedy winds will blow your mind away as you fly. It is seasonal so the plans for having a helicopter ride has to be made accordingly.

    Option via Havelock Island and Neil Island:

    If you have to visit Rangat Island after you are done exploring Havelock Island or Neil Island then there is only one option available that lead you to Rangat and that is Government Ferry. It is available on alternate days and covers the popular route: Port Port Blair to Rangat via Havelock Island and Neil Island. Thus, the passengers can board from Havelock Island or Neil Island if they aren’t planning to board the ferry from Port Blair. The route of this ferry ends at Long Island, which is yet another magnificent island that can’t be described my mere words.

    Transportation in Rangat:

    The transportation services here in this island are less as compared to the more commercially developed islands of Andaman group. Tourists have to book private cabs/taxis or take government buses to visit the various awe-inspiring locations here. The richness of this place lies in its deprivation of the intrusion of modernity and technology which is often reflected by the simple means of transportation available here.

    Duration of Stay in Havelock:

    Tourists would be amazed to explore the natural aura of this island and would be restless to bid adieu to it after their overwhelming experience. Maximum of 2 days can be invested to stay around in this island which shall be sufficient to cover all the major spots and give you a time to relax at the same time. Generally tourists complete their exploration in one day but if you want to give time to yourself in the lap of nature, you should definitely stay for more than one day.

    People of Rangat Island:

    The land that cherishes the rich verdure of nature is blessed with people who take care of this land with utmost dedication and principles. This island has a dense population of 38815 people as per the Indian census (2011) who reside across 75 villages approximately. It is interesting to note that this island has 14 gram panchayats as well. The residents of this island have diverse linguistic background but they stay together as one community. Most of the locals are the residents of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and West Bengal. The main occupations of the local people comprise of fisheries, cultivation and stall vendors such that of tea stalls, food stall and market vendors.

    Culture of Rangat Island:

    The culture of this island takes you back to the primitive living styles which is currently trending. Tourists often escape their city lives to find peace and a technologically free world, and no place can be better than this to shred off the qualms and attain harmony with and in nature. Though the cuisine does not have a big menu but it surely delights the hearts with the delicacies of the sea food and local eateries. So, some of the dishes can even beat the taste of the mouth-watering fancy dishes of the restaurant. The ethnicity is reflected at every part and every panoramic view of this island which makes it complete and beautiful on its own.

    Language of Rangat Island:

    Since most of the local residents are from Tamil Nadu, Kerela and West Bengal so you may not find it odd to observe people conversing in Tamil and Bengali here. English is not widely spoken here on this island due the low tourist rate and commercialisation. Hindi can be heard from the tourists and guides but still it is not prevalent as a local language due to the linguistic barriers of the local population.

    Exploring Rangat Island:

    You can’t explore paradise in a lifetime; you need an eternity for that but you can take a sip from the holy bowl and mesmerise yourself with the beauty it offers. This stands same for the Rangat Island as it so much to offer which is yet to be explored by the tourist population. The trails, the amazing natural ambience, the beaches and the transition of the days and nights from dusk and dawn simply can’t be moulded in words. The main attraction of this island can be listed as:

    1) Cutbert Bay Beach: One of the most beautiful beaches, located at a distance of 12 kms  from Rangat Island, Cutbert Bay Beach enthrals the tourists in its net of wonders by the gleaming golden sand spread across the land with rich flora and fauna blooming alongside the boundaries. The mangroves with the darkest shade of green that combines with the purest shade of blue of the waters paints the delightful location which one can’t even imagine. This beach is also the home to a variety of sea animals which often nest here, which is another USP of this beach. The wildlife sanctuary situated at this beach also observes the seas turtles nesting from December to February which is an unnoticed yet pretty detail to witness. Also, the tourists can enjoy elephant safaris and also visit elephant training camps which is too exciting to witness. The cool and pleasant climates fits well throughout the year for tourists to hang out at this location in Rangat Island. This beach gives you time to make peace and introspect your life in a nutshell, which is the ultimate goal of any travel plan.

    2) Panchvati Hills: The Panchvati Hills has gained the attention of the tourists owing to the captivating waterfalls that emerges from a height. It is one of the most exhilarating experience that one could take back home from their vacation from Andaman. These waterfalls are located on outskirts of the Rangat Island which makes entices the tourists more to discover its beauty. Due to the undulating and rough geographical conditions of this place, it is advisable to the tourists to not go very near the waterfall and ensure the safety of themselves. Though people can also enjoy fishing and swimming here with their family and friends in peace in the lap of nature. People are awe-struck by the graceful stream of the waterfall that merges with the river and ultimately to the sea. Do not indulge yourselves in trekking as it can be risky due to the slippery ground. If one misses out on Panchvati hills in Andaman then, the pang in the heart would stay forever so make sure you have added this location in your itinerary and get numerous pictures clicked to save it as memoirs.

    3) Ambkunj Beach: This beach marks its identity and popularity amongst the tourists by its fascinating rocky black sand that is seen almost everywhere in this location. It is located in Nmbutala village, almost 8 kms away from main Rangat Island.The crystal clear water reflecting the black sand under the sun is irresistible to take eyes off from. This beach offers a serene and poetic location to the tourists where they can observe lovely oceanic birds, enjoy water sports like snorkelling, swimming and one can also embrace sunbathing and beachcombing on the blissful beach. Another factor that is interesting about this place is the eco-friendly sofa-like sit-outs and huts with proper share and round tables that are comforting to the visitors. The tsunami of 2004 wreced the tree and uprooted them which were then converted into such benches, tables and dustbins to utilise it for the ones who came to find peace here.

    4) Dhani Nallah Mangrove and Beach: If you like long nature walks, then the Dhani Nallah Mangrove walk would give you the maximum level of satisfaction. It is 20 km away from Rangat Island and a one km walk along the wooden board which is surrounded by the mangrove creeks leading to the Dhani Nallah Beach. It’s really fun to walk on those pathways with your family and friends as you make amazing memories while chit-chatting. The beach is another thing of beauty for the tourists as it magical effect leaves the tourists speechless. Here too, on ecan notice the nesting ground of the turtles from December to February. One could also observe a tiny eco hut as you walk through the mangroves, which is named after Olive Ridley, the most frequent turtle species of the Dhaninallah Beach. Dhaninallah beach provides facilities for swimming and sun bathing along with eco-friendly sit outs, changing room and washroom facility for the convenience of the tourists.

    5) Morice Dera Beach: Situated 8 kms away from Rangat Island, opposite to Ambkunj Bay Beach, this place is perfectly suited for leisure walks and treks. The aroma of the vegetation and the calmness observed here is soothing and relaxing which could be a therapy to the tourists. The twin rock present here is God’s display of artistry which are beautifully moulded into unique rocky figure. The Horizon View Point is another speciality of this place which cannot be observed in any other island. The tourists are made comfortable with the arrangements of sea-facing sit-outs along and around the beach. Here, interestingly one may not find water which is compensated by the freshwater stream which acts as a natural swimming pool for the visitors.

    Hotels to Stay in Rangat Island:

    The accommodation facilities at this island is very basic and decent, so the tourists should not expect a luxury stay. The amenities are also very plain and simple which can be thoroughly enjoyed as we should have a taste of everything in life. Make sure you do the reservation beforehand as there are less hotels available in comparison to the tourist population. The few hotels we would like to recommend from our part are:
    1. Hotel Ross & Smith
    2. Hotel UK Nest
    3. Hotel Avis
    4. Hotel Priya International
    5. Hotel Laxmi Villa

    Restaurants in Rangat Island:

    Since, this location is yet to be commercialised so it does not have big, extravagant places to eat but it sure provide with some good options in food. The small eateries, local restaurants and canteen style of places are prevalent here which serves amazing seafood that can be said no to. The option of Vegetarian food is also available here in order to cater the diet of vegans.The accommodation options above mentioned also provide dining options but like the rest, serves limited menu options. The restaurants that you can try out in Rangat Island are:
    1. Bodhi Bengali Restaurant
    2.Royal Restaurant
    3.Sai Kripa
    4.Aroma Restaurant


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