RANGAT – MIDDLE ANDAMAN
Destination: Rangat (Middle Andaman)
Distance from Port Blair: Approximated – 170 KM.
Location: Middle Andaman
Transportation Options from Port Blair: By Vehicle or By Government Ferry
Major Attraction: Amkunj Beach / Dhaninallah Mangrove Nature Walk / Lalaji Bay Beach – Long Island
Activities: Swimming / Mangrove Safari / Bird Watching / Photography / Trekking / Cycling / Sunbathing
For most travellers, Middle Andaman is a gruelling rite of passage to be endured en route to or from the north. The sinuous Andaman Trunk Road, hemmed in by walls of towering forest, winds through kilometres of jungle, and crosses the strait that separates the island from its neighbour, Baratang, by means of a rusting flat-bottomed ferry. The island’s frontier feeling is heightened by the knowledge that the impenetrable forests west of the ATR comprise the Jarawa Tribal Reserve.
POPULAR HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS IN MIDDLE
RANGAT (ECO-TOURISM DESTINATION)
Rangat is a 1070 sq. km. large island in Middle Andaman with pristine beaches, waterfalls, and interesting islands. This island is spread across 75 census villages and 14 gram panchayats. The population is primarily made up of people from Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Fisheries and cultivation are the two primary occupations of people in this island.
HOW TO REACH RANGAT ?
Rangat (170 Kms. by road and 90 Kms by sea from Port Blair) Entry into Rangat is from Port Blair and by ferries from Havelock, Neil and Long Island. Therefore, tourists have to enter Andamans through Port Blair and travel to Rangat by road or sea.
BY SPEED BOATS
The island is 50 nautical miles by sea from Port Blair. Boats are available for 4 to 5 days in a week. The travel time is about 4-5 hours. For Govt.
Morning bus services are available between Port Blair and Rangat. The travel time is about 6-7 hours. Road to Rangat from Port Blair passes through Jarawa reserves on the west coasts of South and Middle Andaman.
PLACE OF STAY AT RANGAT ?
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Aamkunj beach is located at a distance of about 08 kms from Rangat towards Mayabunder and about one km. from the Nimbutala helipad. Amkunj Bay beach is another sandy beach on the way to Cutbert Bay. This beach, barely 100 mts from the main road i.e. ATR, is ideal for swimming, sun bathing and relaxation. This beach, developed in a unique way with the help of eco-friendly structures, has a couple of eco-huts and groves named after locally found flora (casurina, jamun, pandanus). The eco-friendly beach facilities such as log sofas, log tepoys, indeed novel and innovative ideas, provides a perfect place for recreation to the people of Rangat and the adjoining villages.
DHANINALLAH MANGROVE NATURE WALK WAY
Dhaninallah Mangrove Nature Walk is located at a distance of 20 Kms. from Rangat adjacent to ATR. It is a wooden boardwalk meandering through mangrove creek for a distance of 713 mtrs. It is the longest walkway of its kind in the whole country. This place Dhaninallah is named after a mangrove associate locally called as Dhanipatti. This Walkway leads to a very beautiful long beach called as Dhaninallah beach, which is known for turtle nesting.
HOW TO REACH DHANNINALLAH MANGROVE NATURAL WALK WAY ?
Entry to Dhaninallah mangrove walkway is from the ATR at Betapur and is about 20 kms from Rangat towards Mayabunder.
Moricedera is an ideal location for picnic in an natural environment of sea on one side and lush green forest on the other side. The site has been developed and furnished in an eco-friendly manner.
YERRATA MANGROVE PARK AND YERRATA CREEK
Yerrata is located at a distance of 8 kms from Rangat along with luxuriant mangrove creeks. Yerrata is having a jetty from where ferry is operated to Long Island. Yerrata, which is well connected by road has breath-taking scenic beauty of various species of mangroves and is an ideal location to learn about diverse variety of mangroves. As a step towards creating awareness among general public about mangroves, department of Environment and Forests has established a Mangrove Interpretation Centre which has attractive display panels depicting various species of mangroves found in these islands. A mangrove view watch tower is an unique structure of its kind which provides an opportunity to have a panoramic view of mangroves and adjacent forest. This is the only such tower in whole of A & N Islands to view mangroves. The height of the watch tower is 13 mtrs. The Department of Environment and Forests has developed a Mangrove beach trail having 300 mtrs. stretch of bench walk passing through the natural mangrove forest which is an important tourist attraction. The bench-walk gives the visitors a fantastic feel of mangroves.
CUTBERT BAY BEACH
Cutbert Bay Beach is located at a distance of 12 km. from Rangat. This lengthy beach with a tropical forest bordering is famous for turtle nesting in season. One can view the turtle nesting during December-February.
Hawksbill Nest, a Guest House, run by the Tourism Department, near Cutbert Bay beach offers accommodation. The guest house is enroute to Mayabunder and Diglipur.
Vast marine wealth and exclusive beaches, cosy coves, green hills and magnificent mangroves – a perfect package for adventure tourism.
The pristine beauty of Long Island and adjacent islands in the form of lush green tropical forests, untouched virgin beaches coupled with unique Marine ecosystem attracts the tourists from different parts of India and abroad.
The Islands have dense tropical forests of all types ranging from Tidal Swamp forests to Evergreen Forests.
It has beautiful virgin silvery beaches along its coasts at Lalaji Bay and Merk Bay of North Passage Island adjacent to Long Island.
Cruising through the creek at Yerrata and the sunset view from Long Island can attract any nature lover to these places. Long Island is also a paradise for birding.
HOW TO REACH LONG ISLAND ?
Long Island is located 82 kms from Port Blair or 35kms north of Havelock
LALAJI BAY BEACH – LONG ISLAND
Lalaji Bay beach is a beautiful, sandy beach on the west coast of Long Island. Fringing north eastern edge of Long Island, this beautiful beach is approachable from Long Island settlement by trekking.
It is ideal for:
Beach Combing & Swimming
The trekking path virtually takes the visitors through several experimental plots of several indigenous and exotic tree species. The island has a long, sprawling white sandy beach with clear water. One can easily bask in the sun or get immersed in the clean water to give a treat to mind and body.
One has to take a boat from Rangat jetty to reach here. The boat ride is quite comfortable and takes around 1.5 hrs. The boat cruises through Mangrove creek thus providing equally scenic views around. From Long Island jetty, one has to take a Dinghi (boat) to get to the West coast and then walk a few kilometers to reach the beach.
HOW TO REACH?
Takes about an hour by boat or dinghi (country boat) from Long Island.
This place can be approached from Yerrata & Rangat Bay by boat or dinghi (takes about one & half hours).