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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About Baratang Island

The world is full of enchanting wonders that captivate the human spirit, but few are as awe-inspiring as Baratang Island. Located in the middle of the Andaman archipelago, Baratang Island is a hidden gem often overlooked by tourists. This place is a perfect paradise for nature lovers, boasting a rich variety of wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, and a rich cultural heritage. 

With its serene landscapes and otherworldly charm, it captures the hearts and imaginations of those who venture here, offering an experience that resonates long after the journey has ended. 

What and Where is Baratang Island 

The enchanting Baratang Island forms part of the Indian union territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Situated northeast of the capital city of Port Blair, Baratang is a tranquil and serene destination that remains relatively unexplored, thus maintaining its pristine charm. The island stretches over an area of about 242.6 square kilometres, providing ample space for its natural wonders to unfold. While it is quite popular among tourists these days, the island still maintains its place as one of the best offbeat and remote locations in the Andaman Islands. 

The island's population mainly consists of locals involved in farming and fishing. There's a strong sense of community on the island, which manifests itself in the warm hospitality extended to visitors. Despite being remote, the island has facilities that ensure a comfortable stay for visitors, from basic amenities to decent accommodation options.

The Rich Flora and Fauna of Baratang Island

Baratang Island’s topography is varied, with lush green forests, stunning beaches, intriguing mangrove creeks, and fascinating geological formations. Its tropical climate lends itself to a rich biodiversity that's a delight for nature lovers. The diversity extends beyond the natural world into the island's human history and culture, creating a melting pot of experiences for visitors.

Here’s what is unique about Baratang’s flora and fauna. 

Tropical Rainforest: The rainforest serves as the green lungs of Baratang Island, purifying the air and offering cool, shaded spaces that beckon one to explore their depths. The dominant tree species here is the Andaman Padauk, a magnificent tree distinguished by its fluted trunk and vividly coloured wood. Underneath the tree canopy, a multitude of ferns, orchids, and vines compete for sunlight, creating an intricate, layered landscape that is teeming with life.

Mangrove Ecosystems: The island’s coastal regions are marked by the presence of extensive mangrove forests, representing a crucial interface between the land and sea. These unique ecosystems harbour a great diversity of plant and animal life and play a significant role in mitigating the impacts of coastal erosion and storms. The mangroves on Baratang Island comprise various species, including the Sundari tree, after which the Sundarbans are named. The roots of these trees extend above the water in a characteristic style that appears as if they are standing on stilts.

Birds and Mammals: The island’s forests, rich in food and nesting sites, are a paradise for bird enthusiasts. Baratang is a haven for birds like the Andaman Wood Pigeon, Andaman Treepie, and Andaman Serpent-Eagle, and migratory birds that visit the island at different times of the year. A quiet walk through the forest or a boat ride along the creeks could reward you with sights of these magnificent avian creatures in their natural habitats.

The forests also shelter a range of mammals. The spotted deer and Andaman wild pigs are commonly sighted. The nocturnal Andaman Masked Palm Civet is a more elusive resident. But perhaps the most famous of the island's fauna are the Saltwater Crocodiles, which are often seen basking on the banks of the creeks.

Marine Life: Baratang's rich fauna extends to the surrounding waters as well. The island's coral reefs are teeming with a myriad of marine life forms, including colourful fish, sea turtles, and crustaceans. Snorkelling and scuba diving are popular activities that provide an intimate view of this vibrant underwater world.

The Rich Flora and Fauna of Baratang Island

Best Places to Visit In Baratang Island

The limestone caves and mud volcanoes are two of the most distinctive features of Baratang Island. These natural phenomena offer a unique insight into the island's geological past. But that’s not all. There are many great places you can explore while you are on Baratang Island. 

Limestone Caves: One of the major attractions that put Baratang Island on the global map is its awe-inspiring limestone caves. These intricate, natural formations are the result of a slow, centuries-long process of sedimentation and compaction, making the caves a magnificent testament to nature's patience and perseverance. The caves are primarily composed of calcium carbonate or limestone, which has been slowly eroded over time by rainwater, creating spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. 

Mud Volcanoes: While the limestone caves take you deep underground, Baratang Island's mud volcanoes bring the spectacle to the surface. These mud volcanoes, known as 'jalki' by the local inhabitants, are one of the few of their kind in India, making them a distinctive feature of the island.

Unlike traditional volcanoes that emit hot lava, mud volcanoes release a mixture of earth, decomposed organic matter, and gases, resulting in a bubbling mud pool. This unique geological phenomenon occurs due to the presence of subterranean gases trapped beneath the earth's surface. The mud volcanoes of Baratang are relatively small, with the tallest being about six meters. However, what they lack in size, they make up for in intrigue. 

Parrot Island: A small, uninhabited island near Baratang, Parrot Island is known for its large parakeet population. As dusk falls, the sky fills with hundreds of parakeets returning to roost in the mangroves, creating an enchanting sight and sound. It's a short boat ride from Baratang and worth the trip, especially for bird lovers.

Baludera Beach: Baludera Beach, with its clean, sandy stretch and calm, turquoise waters, is a serene spot for relaxation. The beach is relatively untouched by tourism, offering an intimate experience with nature. Here, you can swim, sunbathe, or simply enjoy the tranquillity that the beach offers.

Baludera Beach

Rich Cultural Heritage: The Jarawas

Baratang Island is also home to the Jarawa tribe, one of the indigenous tribes of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Jarawas have resided on these islands for thousands of years, leading a lifestyle that has largely remained unchanged over millennia. While interactions with the tribe are regulated to protect their way of life and prevent the spread of diseases, visitors can gain insights into their unique culture and traditions through guided tours and local stories.

The island's cultural heritage extends beyond the Jarawa tribe. Over the years, it has been shaped by the various communities that have made the island their home. Their influence is evident in the local cuisine, customs, and festivals, offering a cultural tapestry that's as rich as it is vibrant.

Best Things to Do on Baratang Island 

If you are up for a trek, then Baratang Island is one of the best places to visit in the Andaman Islands. But, wait, there are tons of exciting things to do in the island. Here’s a look at some of them: 

Boat Rides and Beach Exploration: One of the must-do activities when visiting Baratang Island is taking a boat ride through the dense mangrove forests. These fascinating ecosystems, where freshwater meets saltwater, host a wealth of biodiversity. The boat ride offers a unique perspective of these ecosystems as you navigate through narrow, winding creeks, completely enveloped by the thick foliage of the mangroves. It's not just a ride; it's a journey through a living green tunnel that buzzes with life, with the occasional sighting of a lurking Saltwater Crocodile or a White-bellied Sea Eagle soaring above.

After experiencing the magic of the mangroves, you can head to the island's stunning beaches. Baludera Beach and Roglachang Beach, with their golden sands and tranquil azure waters, are far removed from the crowded tourist beaches. Here, you can indulge in peaceful solitude or take a refreshing swim. For the more adventurous, there are opportunities for beachcombing and snorkelling.

Hiking: For those with a passion for adventure, the island's dense tropical forests offer excellent hiking opportunities. There are multiple trails to choose from, each promising a unique experience. You can venture through the dense foliage, under the towering canopies of ancient trees, listening to the symphony of nature, breathing in the fresh, oxygen-rich air, and observing the plethora of life that inhabits these woods.

Bird-Watching: Baratang Island also makes a fantastic bird-watching destination. With its wide array of endemic bird species, bird watchers can have a field day spotting and identifying various species. A visit to Parrot Island, particularly at sunset, is an unforgettable experience. As the sun dips below the horizon, the skies come alive with flocks of parrots seeking their nightly roost. The spectacle of hundreds of parrots filling the sky and settling into the mangroves is a sight that stays with you long after you've left the island.


How to Reach Baratang Island 

Baratang Island is located about 100 kilometres north of Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. To reach Baratang, you'll first have to arrive in Port Blair, which is well connected with the Indian mainland by air and sea. Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair has regular flights from major Indian cities such as Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, and Delhi.

From Port Blair, Baratang Island can be reached by road in about 2 hours. You can take a private car or a bus. Both private and government buses. Private cars will cost you around INR 4500-6000. Within Baratang Island itself, you can get jeeps to explore the mud volcano or Baludera Beach, which may cost you around INR 100-200. Note that you cannot take motorcycles to Baratang Island. 

Best time to visit Baratang Island

The best time to visit Baratang Island is during the winter months, from November to February. During this time, the weather in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is pleasant and relatively cool, making it perfect for sightseeing and exploring the island. The average temperature during these months ranges from 20°C to 30°C.

This period is also ideal for outdoor activities such as boat rides through the mangrove creeks, visiting the limestone caves, hiking in the tropical forests, and spending time on the beautiful beaches of the island.

Moreover, the winter season is a great time for birdwatching as many migratory birds visit the islands. The chance to see the mesmerizing natural phenomenon of the parakeets returning to roost on Parrot Island is also higher during these months.

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Everything you need to know about Baratang Island: FAQs

  1. Where is Baratang Island located?
  2. Answer: Baratang Island is part of the Andaman Islands and is situated in the Bay of Bengal, approximately 100 kilometres north of the capital city, Port Blair.

  3. How can I reach Baratang Island?
  4. Answer: First, reach Port Blair via air or sea from mainland India. Then, take a road journey (around 3 to 4 hours) through the Andaman Trunk Road, which includes two creek crossings via vehicle ferries.

  5. What are the main attractions on Baratang Island?
  6. Answer: The main attractions are the limestone caves, mud volcanoes, Parrot Island, and the dense mangrove forests. The island is also known for its beautiful beaches like Baludera Beach.

  7. Are there any water sports in Baratang Island?
  8. Answer: Apart from some ferry rides, there are no adventure water sports in Baratang Island. 

  9. Is it safe to swim in the waters around Baratang Island?
  10. Answer: Yes, but as the island is home to Saltwater Crocodiles, it's safer to swim at designated beach areas and always follow local guidelines.

  11. What's the best time to visit Baratang Island?
  12. Answer: The best time to visit is during the winter months (November to February) when the weather is pleasant and ideal for outdoor activities.

  13. Can I interact with the Jarawa tribe during the road journey to Baratang?
  14. Answer: Interacting with or photographing the Jarawa tribe is strictly prohibited to protect their rights and prevent the transmission of diseases.

  15. Are there any food facilities on Baratang Island?
  16. Answer: Yes, there are small eateries offering local and Indian food, but choices might be limited.

  17. What should I carry while visiting Baratang Island?
  18. Answer: Carry essentials like bottled water, sunscreen, hats, light cotton clothing, swimming gear, and a good insect repellent.

  19. Is prior permission required to visit Baratang Island?
    Answer: Yes, a permit from the local authorities is required. This can usually be arranged by tour operators or at the local government office in Port Blair. There’s no fee for entry.

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