Rangat Island Andaman & Nicobar

An eco-tourism destination in Andaman, Rangat is known for its pristine beaches, waterfalls and surreal islands. There are about 75 small villages here where a decent population of people from Kerala and Tamil Nadu reside. Fishing and cultivation are the two prime occupation found in the island. Amongst the top attractions of Rangat is the Aamkunj Beach, which is ideal for swimming, sunbathing and relaxation. The beach has been developed in a unique way with eco-friendly structures like eco huts and groves that has been named after native flora. Moricedera is another eco-tourism destination in Rangat which is also ideal for picnics. The place has a scenic freshwater stream that serve as a natural swimming pool. At a distance of about 20 kms from Rangat is Dhaninallah Mangrove Nature Walkway which is the largest of its kind in India. It leads to a very long beach called as Dhaninallah, which is known as a ground for turtle nesting.

Another place of interest near Rangat is Yerrata Mangrove Park and Yerrata Creek. It is a scenic location dotted with various species of mangroves. Therefore, it is an ideal place to learn about diverse variety of mangroves. There is a 13 m tall mangrove view watch tower which provides an opportunity to have a panoramic view of the mangroves and the adjacent forest. Apart from this, Cutbert Bay Beach and Panchavati Hills are the two important attractions of Rangat.

Getting There

Rangat can be reached from Port Blair by ferries from Havelock, Neil and Long Island. Boats to Rangat are available 4-5 days a week. There are buses available between Port Blair and Rangat. The travel time is about 6-7 hours. The trail passes through Jarawa Reserves on the west coasts of South and Middle Andaman.

Things to Do:

Rangat is ideal for picnics and basking in the sun. Places like Yerrata offer the chance to witness a variety of mangroves. An eco-friendly beach holiday is what one can expect here.

Best Time to Visit:

From December to March is the best time to visit Rangat. The temperature remains between 23 - 30 Degree Celsius, which is quite pleasant.

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