t is not easy to grasp what primarily constitutes Baratang Island. As soon as you fall for its beaches and mangrove creeks, limestone infested caves divert your awe. These caves, marsh woods, beaches, mud volcanoes, and what have you, Baratang is a massive island that has long been a favourite amongst travellers. How to Reach Baratang Island from Port Blair? Nestled between Middle and South Andaman, Baratang is the first gateway up north from Port Blair, the capital city which lies 100 kilometres away. The island sprawls over an area of 243 square kilometres and has everything to set your holiday mood. Despite its popularity as a one-day trip destination, Baratang offers umpteen experiences for travellers.
Locally known as Ranchiwalas Island, Baratang Island got the name when a group of people from Ranchi migrated here and settled in. The island, however, is home to the local Jarawa tribes who were the primary inhabitants followed by Ranchi settlers. The major attractions that draw tourists to Baratang continue to be the Limestone Caves and the Mud Volcano. With fascinating opportunities such as sea walk, a boat ride through the mangroves, limestone cave trekking, hiking the mud volcano and more, Baratang is an emerging destination to quench your thirst for adventure.
Famous for: Natural occurring, Limestone, Caves .
Tickets: Boat ride charge to reach here.
Opening Timings: Open all days except Mondays, from8am to 5pm prior permission required from the forest department.
Duration: Full day trip.
From Baratang Island (Nilambur Jetty) Lime Stone Caves are half and hour boat ride through a wide creek which leads to Nayadera Jetty and further one and half km. walk through tropical forest. Limestone is a sedimentary rock formed at the bottom of the sea. It is formed by the compression over millions of years of the gradual deposits of many ingredients such as marine life, shells, skeletons and corals. There is a board-walk winding its way through mangroves from the main creek to Nayadera Jetty for a distance of about 240 mtrs. Tourists either may directly reach by boat or walk through the board walk to reach Nayadera jetty. The boat ride that connects the location of these caves with Baratang jetty is magnificent. It passes through a narrow mangrove creek and that is an experience in itself. Limestone Caves are massive sedimentary limestone formations, some of which are hanging from the top, some growing from the ground. These caves are constantly evolving in shape and size. As you go inside the caves, you can actually see different patterns that are made by limestone.
Things to Do at Limestone Cave:
Enjoy the path here through Mangrove Forests.
Famous for: Nature, Volvanoes, Geology.
Tickets: Car ride charge to reach here.
Opening Timings: Open daily except Mondays.
Mud Volcano at Baratang Island is reachable by a short ride from the Nilambur jetty and another 160 meters walk up a rocky path. A mud volcano is created by natural gases emitted by decaying organic matter underground. As the mud is pushed upwards by the gas, it deposits and hardens above the ground. As more mud oozes out and spills over the edge it grows in size, gradually forming a miniature volcano with rich, creamy mud crater at the top. Andamans is one of the few places in the world where these volcanoes are found and you may thus want to give it a visit. Baratang Island contains the only known examples of mud volcanoes in India. These mud volcanoes have erupted sporadically, with recent eruptions in 2005 believed to have been associated with the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. The previous major eruption recorded was on 18 February 2003. The locals call this mud volcano ‘Jalki’.
Things to Do at Mud Volcano:
Famous for: Birds, Nature, Parrots.
Tickets: No entry fee.
Opening Timings: Open daily till Sunset.
Duration: 45 mins.
As the name suggests, the Parrot Island is home to the tropical parrots. Every evening thousands of parrots flock to the island, the reason for which remains a mystery till date. The surprising thing is that they leave the very next morning, only to arrive back in the evening. You need to take a ferry from Baratang Jetty and pass through a creek to reach Parrot Island. Apart, from parrots a lot of different species of birds also come and roost on the Parrot Island and are collectively called parakeets. Seeing the sun set and birds flapping their wings over the island is resounding and a heaven for bird lovers. Visits to this Island is not usually included in the trip because it is usually dug by those who extensively love birds, but you can plan ahead if you’d like to explore.
Things to Do at Parrot Island:
See the Mangrove forests here.
Explore the natures.
Famous for: Beach, Nature, Serenity.
Tickets: No entry fee.
Opening Timings: Open all daily.
Duration: 2.5 hours.
Baludera Beach is an isolated beach and is definitely one of the most beautiful beaches in Andaman. It’s isolation has preserved its pristine beauty and it is perfect for anyone who wants to escape the maddening crowds of tourists. It has a low tide and therefore is comparatively more safer, though precautions while swimming still should be taken..
Things to Do at Baludera Beach: