Latest Information on Travelling to Andaman Islands?
  • Andaman Tourism Opens

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    From 3rd August 2021 Tourism activities re-open in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. In view of the steady decline in cases of COVID-19 in Andaman Nicobar Islands an order has been issued by the Director of Tourism Department today regarding reopening of all Tourism activities in South Andaman and North Middle Andaman District from today.

  • 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 subject to compulsory RAT testing for Andaman Trunk Road commuters which will be carried out at Forest check post on the spot / same day on payment of applicable charges

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

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

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  • The tourists need to carry COVID-19 negative test report from mainland based ICMR 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. 
  • 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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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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Places to Visit in Diglipur Island

Top Diglipur Island Tours

Diglipur Island lies 298 kilometres via road and 100 nautical miles (180 kilometres) via sea from the capital city, Port Blair. Grand Andaman Trunk Road is the portal to enter Northern Andamans, and one can reach Diglipur island via the same. Andaman Trunk road runs north from Port Blair to Diglipur island through a lush jungle while crossing three creeks and the Jarawa tribal province. The journey takes nearly 13 hours.

  • Government Buses- Regular buses between Port Blair and Diglipur run in the morning hours, and are the cheapest mode of transport to reach Diglipur. The bus travels from Port Blair- Baratang Island-Rangat-Mayabunder-Diglipur, where you go from South Andamans to North Andamans.
  • Private Buses- Travellers also have the option of private AC buses that offer more convenience and comfort at a higher cost.
  • Cabs- Another most sought-after option is via rental cars from Port Blair to Diglipur. Tourists can also cover a few tourist spots while going to/from Port Blair to Diglipur.
  • Sea - A 9-10 hour sailing journey is also possible via ferries to/from Phoenix Bay Jetty, Port Blair that are accessible 1-2 times in a week.
  • Helicopter - Getting a seat in one of the helicopters is not an easy feat for private visitors or travellers as the aid is already in huge demand owing to its speed and reasonable price.

What's Noteworthy -

  1. Ticket booking office for buses is opposite the police stand in Aberdeen Bazar.
  2. It is beneficial to purchase the tickets well ahead of time.

Getting Around -

Getting around Diglipur is a replica of how one reaches Diglipur, thrilling yet exhilarating. Some highlights require a forest permit that one can obtain from the Forest Office at Diglipur. The remote island and its attractions sprawl at a time consuming and nerve-racking distance, especially for the ones travelling on a shoe-string budget. Diglipur demands its visitors to go beyond their comfort zones, and if you are up for an adventure, this is it.

  • Buses: Buses are always the most cost-effective means of transport in India, and Diglipur is no different. While these buses are cheap, they are also overcrowded and few in number. If you miss one, prepare for a tedious delay till the next one arrives. Though the route traverses the sightseeing spots, travelling via bus takes up a lot more time.
  • Jeeps: Jeeps though not readily available in Diglipur, are yet another option to ensure a speedier journey. Shared public jeeps are on the pricier end, and not quite tourist-friendly.
  • Cabs: We suggest that those who want to travel in comfort either book a scooter (talk to the accommodation you are staying at) or hire a car with a driver.
  • Ferries: Ross and Smith Islands lie 20 kilometres away from Diglipur. One can reach Aerial Bay to travel to the islands via a fibre boat, and the journey takes around 20 minutes.

What's Noteworthy -

  1. The buses are packed with more people than seats.
  2. When in doubt, ask a local.
  3. Do not travel during late hours as the island is isolated.
  • About

    About

    To be in Diglipur is to be floating, snorkelling, diving, swimming and quite frequently, trekking. Do you intend to go somewhere exotic and distinctive? Do you yearn to explore the seas, laze under the shades of palm trees, play around in the sand and have the best time of your life? Then, Diglipur is where you need to be. Adorning North Andamans, Diglipur is the largest town in this province of the Andaman archipelago. How to Reach Diglipur Island from Port Blair? The island sprawls over an area of approximately 900 square kilometres and is a prominent destination for ecotourism lying 298 kilometres via road and 100 nautical miles (180 kilometres) via sea from Port Blair. Whether you want to lay back and get a tan or ride the waves, Diglipur caters to all. Grab your gear and head to this unparalleled tropical paradise.

    The beauty of Diglipur is bound to paralyse your senses and make you overlook that stunning beaches are just a short ride away. This region located in the northern province of Andamans is a world in itself. You can hike to the highest peak of the Bay of Bengal, traverse a cluster of forty-one limestone caves, go island hopping, witness turtle nesting in all its glory, walk around tiny mud volcanoes or amuse yourself at the sight of twin islands. The experience of places to visit in Diglipur Island is rare, incredible and worth the time and effort required of travellers. Seriously, you have a multitude of options in Diglipur. What you choose will depend a lot on how many days you can spare in this region on your vacation.

    The list of tourist attractions in Diglipur Island is extensive. Ross and Smith Islands are renowned for a fifty-meter long natural sand bar that connects these two islands while being surrounded by the cerulean ocean! Diglipur is home to a bunch of remarkable limestone caves, known as Alfred Caves that are a nesting ground for the popular edible swiftlets. Another highlight on the island has to be the amusing mud volcano at Shyam Nagar where travellers can observe both dormant and active mud volcanoes. Kalipur Beach and Ramnagar Beach enjoy their geographical advantage that ensures annual visits by four kinds of turtles when they transform into nesting grounds. Lamiya Bay Beach is the base for the trek to Saddle Peak, the highest point on the archipelago. That said, this summit is a must-visit in Diglipur.

    Sightseeing spots in Diglipur Island promise of a perfect, airbrushed start into what could quite probably be the most ingrained, indulgent holiday of your lives. The island is an amalgamation of diversity, drop-dead gorgeous and welcomes you with a well-rehearsed show. The weather is pleasant throughout the year owing to its temperature ranging between 23°C - 31°C and gentle sea-breezes. The tourist season in North Andamans reaches its peak between November and March, but Diglipur due to its topography remains a remote and offbeat destination in Andamans. Adorning the hues of blue, white and dawn-tinted, the skies in Diglipur are a bewitching phantasm. Swaying with the tropical breeze and the routine blushing sunsets, the gentle lull of the ocean mutes the all-pervading roar of the urban jungle, and you know, you have arrived.

  • Do's & Don'ts

    Do's :

    1. Take a copy of your tickets and permits with you at all times.
    2. Check the certification of the tour operator before booking.
    3. Carry sunscreen because the tropical sea wind along with sun is harmful to the skin.
    4. Carry a waterproof bag to keep important documents.
    5. Contact Tourist information centres in the islands for any assistance.
    6. While driving, Carry legal documents like driving license, permit, passport and follow traffic rules.
    7. Do wear a helmet while riding two-wheeler motor vehicles.
    8. Swim in safe areas only. And Consult lifeguards at the coast before entering the sea.
    9. Remember to carry all the necessary items like sunscreen lotion, comfortable footwear, camera and sunglasses.
    10. If you want to capture a photo/video in any tourist attraction, then obtain permission. All the tourist attractions spots will carry notice boards about approval.
    11. Use the dustbins for disposing of garbage. Help keep the Andaman Islands litter-free, please do not throw waste in parks, on beaches, into the sea or public places.
    12. Carry essential documents like permits and driving license with you at all times while travelling in the Andaman Islands.
    13. Get necessary permits from the authorities for visiting National Parks of the island.
    14. Be sensitive to the privacy and lifestyle of the local tribes.
    15. Avail the service of qualified Instructors having certification of international organizations (PADI, CMAS, NAUI) for a safe scuba diving session.
    16. Inform authorities if you notice any illegal/undesirable activity on the island.
    17. Foreign nationals must keep their restricted area permit with them at all times.

    Don'ts :

    1. Do not smoke in public areas.
    2. Plastic carry-bags are prohibited in the Andaman Islands, kindly consider jute/ recycled bags for your comfort.
    3. The island is renowned for its flora and fauna - Do not hunt birds and animals both on land and on the sea.
    4. Travelling to tribal reserves without a special pass is prohibited.
    5. Overnight Stays in forest areas or beaches are not allowed. We advise you to return before the sunset.
    6. Unless permitted, Camping on the islands and lighting bonfires in beaches or forests is a punishable offence.
    7. Breaking and touching a live coral is prohibited. Visitors are advised not to collect any dead coral as well.
    8. Please do not take pictures of the aboriginal tribes of Andaman or record their activities. It is a punishable crime under the Indian Penal Code.
    9. Do not swim when drunk, it is not safe, and there are massive repercussions against the offender.
    10. Nudity is not acceptable on all Andaman beaches and public areas.
    11. Do not overstay at the islands past your permit time.
    12. Be very careful when visiting specific beaches where the crocodile sign is up. There have been some instances of people who ignored it and ended up getting attacked by the crocodile.
    13. Do not ride a bike or scooter without a helmet. The authorities in Andaman are strict about Road safety - both the rider and pillion must wear a helmet.
    14. Do not go for snorkelling by yourself, especially at prohibited areas of the beaches in Andaman island.

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    FAQs About Diglipur Island

    • Q1.   Where is Diglipur located?

      A quirky little town, Diglipur is a hidden gem in North Andaman that is situated on the northernmost tip of the island chain. It is off the tourist trail probably because of its remoteness from the rest of the Andaman Islands. You can reach this place via road (Andaman Trunk Road) or by a ten-hour voyage through ships.

    • Q2.   Where is Diglipur located?

      A quirky little town, Diglipur is a hidden gem in North Andaman that is situated on the northernmost tip of the island chain. It is off the tourist trail probably because of its remoteness from the rest of the Andaman Islands. You can reach this place via road (Andaman Trunk Road) or by a ten-hour voyage through ships.

    • Q3.   Which are the best beaches in Diglipur?

      The three most beautiful beaches in Diglipur are as follows:

      • Ram Nagar Beach

      This beach is a long stretch of palm trees fringed by mangrove forests on both sides. The bay doesn’t have the typical light blue turquoise colors because the grayish volcanic sand makes the sea look darker. The place is not good for snorkeling owing to the murky waters but is a perfect spot for swimming. It is considered to be the best around the town. 

      The beach is a nesting ground for Olive Ridley turtles. Therefore, the beach closes at 5 pm and no one is allowed to walk on the sand afterward. You can also see an artificial hatchery set up there. The turtle nesting season is between December and March, and you can see eggs being laid by sea turtles and released into the water. The beach is being developed into an eco-friendly picnic place for visitors by the forest department. 

      • Lamiya Bay Beach

      The gorgeous Lamiya Bay Beach is at the foothills of the highest peak on the island—Saddle Peak. The beauty of the dazzling beach is further accentuated by the polished pebbles that are laid down on the shoreline. The beach is visited mostly by either honeymooners or nature lovers as it is a highly photographic beach with shrubs and trees displaying contrast. To savor the beauty of sun, sand and shade on a sunny and bright day, there are beautiful eco-friendly huts and watchtowers on the shoreline for the tourists. 

      • Kalipur Beach

      Located behind the tranquil village of Kalipur, you can easily reach Kalipur Beach by taking a local bus from the main Diglipur bazaar. It is majorly popular for observing turtle nesting and that too four different species of sea turtles (Olive Ridley, Leather Back, Hawksbill, and Green Turtles), who come here to nest their eggs. The government has built a hatchery there for this purpose. If you are fortunate, then you can see turtles laying their eggs late at night as well as baby turtles being set free into the ocean early in the morning.

      Kalipur Beach features volcanic grey colored sand and crystal clear water. It is an ideal place for swimming and snorkeling. Jellyfish are found in abundance here. Owing to sand flies, sunbathing is not recommended. During the time of low tides, the beach appears to be grim dead corals breaking the surface and a few mangrove trees embracing the shore. 

    • Q4.   Should honeymoon couples visit Diglipur?

      Diglipur offers the most romantic experience to honeymoon couples. The beaches are popular for the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises in the Andaman Islands. Imagine strolling on the beach with your partner amidst a glorious pink and red sunset in the background! Such a fantastic marvel of nature can be witnessed at its secluded beaches. The evenings offer the best natural views. You can catch the most beautiful sunrise of your life here with the sky painted in various lovely hues. If you want to witness impressive natural attractions, then you should spend time in Diglipur. The surrounding sights are amazingly beautiful as well.

    • Q5.   Apart from beaches, what else is there to see in Diglipur?

      There are two places that you should visit when in Diglipur. These are as below:

      • Alfred Caves: Diglipur is home to more than 40 unexplored caves. Alfred Caves were one of them, named after the scientist who discovered them. These are limestone caves and are completely secluded due to the dense jungle. These are unique and thus, difficult to reach. A trek to these caves is not meant for someone who is faint-hearted as one has to do strenuous trekking for about an hour through narrow jungle trails. October to April is the best time to visit the caves. Avoid the rainy season completely as the paths are slippery and extremely unsafe.


      Jal Tikry: Shyamnagar village in Diglipur beholds something very rare. Trekking through its dense forests will make you witness a unique scientific phenomenon called the mud volcanoes, which are locally known as Jal Tikry. These are active for years and some of them have been dormant for quite some time. Considered as one of the rarest occurrences across the whole world, you should include this place in your travel bucket list for sure.

    • Q6.   Is there any national park in Diglipur?

      Diglipur is popular for the Saddle Peak National Park. It was established in 1987 and it spans across an area of 85 square kilometers. The national park lies in the northern part of the Andaman District. It is home to rare species of flora and fauna like the wild pig, Andaman hill myna, imperial pigeon, water monitor lizards, and saltwater crocodiles. Luxuriant and lush green and thick tropical rain forests cover the forest land of the islands. The vegetation is characterized by a humid, warm, and wet tropical climate. The park runs north to south along the eastern coast of North Andaman Island. Most of the eastern boundary of this national park borders the sea with a long and rocky beach. In order to scale Saddle Peak, trekking and hiking are undertaken by the tourists.

    • Q7.   Can I trek to Saddle Peak National Park?

      Offering an eight kilometers long trek from its entry to the peak of the mountains, this park is a one-stop destination for hikers. The national park is a great place to be visited by tourists of all age groups. The park also has a freshwater pool from which water is piped to Diglipur. There are as many as ten perennial streams and 132 seasonal streams inside the national park. Saddle Peak National Park is uninhabited by humans beings and wilderness stays protected here. The shoreline running along the park has patches of white sand and coastal rocks. 

    • Q8.   Is snorkeling available in Diglipur?

      If you are an adventure lover, then you should visit Diglipur with your snorkeling gear and enough time in your hands. It is a good place to enjoy snorkeling. The warm water is crystal clear and it offers good visibility. Here, you can spot beautiful coral reefs and colorful species under the water. The clear blue waters add a touch of magic to the whole experience. The clear waters reveal hues of blues and greens once the sun starts shining bright. The color changes with the tide and the sun and you will be absolutely mesmerised by that sight. The island beaches are kissed by sea waves and offer great opportunities for snorkeling. You can be sure to spot some interesting sights of underwater creatures.

    • Q9.   How are the scuba diving opportunities in Diglipur?

      Your vacation in the Andaman Islands is incomplete if you don’t go for scuba diving in Diglipur. This tourist attraction is popular for having white sandy beaches, hypnotising turquoise lagoons, colorful corals, tempting cobalt waters, and enthralling marine life. Imagine going into the depths of such a magical place! It would be an experience of a lifetime. People from all over the world come here to experience this amazing water adventure activity, and their preference is Diglipur because that’s the one-stop destination for enjoying water activities at their best. If you are a water enthusiast (or not), you are going to enjoy the incredible marine life offered by the emerald isles. You will be provided with all the necessary equipment including an oxygen cylinder, water goggles, a pair of fins, regulator, weights (to keep you underwater), etc.

    • Q10.   Are there trekking opportunities in Diglipur?

      The Andaman Islands, the archipelago of hundreds of islands, is extremely rich in natural attractions, wildlife, and biodiversity. For wildlife activists, photographers, and conservationists, Saddle Peak National Park is counted among the top tourist attractions owing to its rich flora and fauna. There are several huts and benches at close distances for trekkers to rest while they hike to the Saddle Peak National Park. So that the trekkers can spend some time and bask in the natural beauty of the region, a vantage point has been artificially created atop the peak. One can also see ruins of lost temples and perennial streams flowing through different regions of the park. 

      Location: Saddle Peak, North and Middle Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India

      Timings: Monday to Sunday – 4 AM to 5 PM

      Entry Fee: INR 25 for Indian citizens and INR 50 for foreigners

    • Q11.   Where should I stay in Diglipur?

      There are four-five guesthouses in Diglipur nearby the main market and stadium. They have all the basic necessities only. Thus, you should not expect luxurious amenities here. If you are looking for high-end resorts, then you can stay in Kalipur, which is twenty kilometers away from Diglipur. Cheap bamboo huts are also offered by them. The properties get crowded during peak season. 

      Some of the best places to stay in Diglipur are as follows:

      • Turtle Resort
      • Titlee Guest House
      • APWD Guest House
      • Pristine Beach Resort
      • Saddle Peak View Resort
    • Q12.   Where should I eat in Diglipur?

      As the place is not a tourist hub, restaurants are not in abundance here. But bakeries are surplus here. Some of the best restaurants and food outlets in Diglipur are mentioned below:

      • Anu Bar & Restaurant
      • Hira Restaurant
      • Dolphin Restaurant
      • The Hangout Restro
      • Foodies
    • Q13.   How can I reach Diglipur?

      Diglipur is located far up in the North Andaman, and is nearly 290 kilometers by road and 180 kilometers by sea from the capital city, Port Blair. You can choose to reach there by road, sea or air. 

      1. By air- The fastest and the most exciting option for travel, helicopters are definitely the best choice. But since the seats are limited that get full often, you should book at least one day in advance. You can check about the timings and fare at A&N Tourism Information Centre. 
      2. By sea- Direct ships are available three-four times every week from Phoenix Bay to Aerial Bay. From here, it is nearly nine kilometers to Diglipur and nine kilometers to Kalipur in the opposite direction. 
      3. By road- Crossing three creeks on the way and the Jarawa tribe area, you can travel up north also by Andaman Trunk Road. However, the journey is quite tiring as it can take up to twelve long hours. 
    • Q14.   Is it safe to visit Diglipur?

      Yes, Diglipur is quite a safe town to visit. The law and order are in place. You will not face any problem as such. The place can be visited by solo travellers as well.

    • Q15.   How can I make advance bookings for Diglipur?

      Andaman Island Travels offers a diverse variety of holiday packages in Diglipur that are carefully designed to keep in mind the requirements of its esteemed clients. These packages can be customised also to suit individual preferences. The tour operating company has a reputation for planning an excellent vacation across the Andamans.