Baratang Island, Port Blair - 2019 (Photos & Reviews)

Baratang Island Tours & Activities

About Baratang Island

Massive island, captivating beaches, limestone caves, and mangrove creeks, Bartang Island has everything that will set your holiday mood on. Cradled between Middle and South Andaman, this island is sprawled over an area of 243 square kilometres. Bartang Island is situated at a distance of 90 Km from Portblair and is known for its geological and natural wonders. With alluring sites such as mud island and parrot island, it has emerged as the favourite tourist destination among the travellers and adventure enthusiasts. Though it is still one of the lesser-visited tourist places due to the accessibility hindrance, it serves you with umpteen opportunities to quench your thirst for adventure.

The limestone caves are just a sedimentary rock compressed for millions of years by the deposits of several components including corals, skeletons, and seashells. Another attraction, Parrot Island is a place where you can spend some peaceful evening time with your family and witness numerous parrots flying around. If you are an adventure junkie, you would love to experience hiking and jet skiing at Mud Volcano. Being one of the most amazing wonders in India, this place will offer you an unforgettable experience that you can cherish for a lifetime. So, if you are looking forward to a fun-filled vacation, pack your bags and explore this wild beauty of nature.

How to Reach Baratang Island

Bartang Island is perched at a distance of 100 km from Port Blair and one can reach here via Grand Andaman Trunk Road. The journey from Port Blair to Middle Strait is around 2.5 hours long which is subdivided into two phases- Port Blair to Jirkatang and Jirkatang to Bartang island. For reaching the destination island, you can either prefer government bus and private bus available from Mohanpura Bus Terminal or hire a taxi from Veer Savarkar Airport. Two-wheelers are not allowed on this route and hence, you can’t travel on a bike. The major attractions of the island are situated in proximity to one another. So, from the island, you can take a ride to the popular Limestone Caves, Mud Volcano, Jarawa Creek, and Parrot Island.

Best Time to Visit Baratang Island

Though you can visit this island throughout the year, November to February is considered the best time to be here. During this time, the sea remains calm and composed and one can easily indulge in a plethora of water sports, trekking, and sightseeing activities. Apart from experiencing minimal rainfall, the climate during the winter season also gets refreshing and gives you an ideal atmosphere to bask in the charm of this alluring island. It is advisable to avoid a trip to the island during rainy season as heavy rains cause an intrusion in sightseeing and traveling.

What Not to Miss at Baratang Island

Places To Visit In Bartang Island

1.Limestone Caves

Limestone caves are formed by years of recurrent erosion by carbon dioxide dissolved water. In these caves, limestone has taken some intriguing shapes which keep changing over time. On your visit to this place, explore the beautiful path passing through Mangrove forests or indulge in adventure sports like trekking.

2. Mud Volcano

This is one of the most sought-after tourist attractions in Bartang Island. It of formed by liquids and gases like carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrogen which are released from the interiors of the earth. Though there is no lava formation, mud emerges out of the volcano in a semi-solid state.

3. Parrot Island

Situated in the southern side of Andamans, Parrot Island truly offers a sight to behold. With a plenty of beaches, it witnesses a huge influx of travelers throughout the year. Whether you wish to go for a boat ride from jetty or explore the enticing Mangrove forests, you can have all sort of experiences on this island. The island got its name due to the flock of parrots who add to the charm of this place. You can also go for a cruise ride in Andaman, which is a unique experience like no other. 

4. Baludera Beach

Reckoned among the most alluring beaches in Andamans, Baludera is an isolated beach which has successfully preserved its pristine beauty. So, if you want to find an escape from the bustling tourist crowd, this is the right place for you. On your visit to Baludera Beach, you can also try activities such as beachcombing and elephant ride.

5. Mangrove Creek

The experience of boat safari amid the thick mangrove forests is an unforgettable memory that you can carry with yourself on your way back home. You can also spot a huge variety of birds along the lush green trails of canopies and tree knots.

6. Guitar Island

Flaunting the shape of a guitar, this island is among the less travelled island in Andaman. The beaches on this island are narrow, long, and creamy. One can get to see numerous sea creatures, hermit crab, and shells on these beaches. There is also a smaller version of this island situated in the opposite direction and it is called as small Guitar Island.

7. Strait Island

Strait Island is a tiny island in Andaman which is situated around 6 km east of Bartang Island. This is a comma-shaped island which is popular for its huge population of deer, and birds. If you are someone who loves to explore dense forests and wildlife, this place should be your next getaway destination.

8. Merk Bay Beach

Located in North Passage Island, which is one of the most isolated islands of Andaman, Merk Bay Beach is an ideal spot for adventure junkies. Whether you want to try scuba diving, snorkeling or other water sports, you can easily explore the enchanting aquatic life of the beach.

9. Bluff Island

Just another inhabited island of Andaman, Bluff Island boasts rich wildlife and numerous beaches. The island is around 64 km away from Port Blair and is an ideal spot for peace seekers and nature buffs. So, if you wish to spend some peaceful time with your loved ones, Bluff Island is a must-visit place for you.

Also check out the full guide on the top places to go on your Andaman trip, which will help 

Things To Do In Bartang Island

1.       Visit Limestone Caves

Bartang Island has gained tremendous popularity for the shimmering structures found in the caves which are made up of limestone. The journey to this cave is adventurous as you will get to pass through tribal reserves and mangrove forests. These unique caves flaunt stalactites and stalagmites structures which is indeed a unique combination in itself.

2.       Explore Parrot Island

Considered a paradise on earth, this island is popular for its natural beauty and parrots. The island can be reached by passing through dense mangrove forests which is itself a treat for the eyes. Apart from chirpy parrots, one can also find a large number of multicoloured parakeets on this island.

3.       Visit Baludera Beach

One of the most deserted beaches in Andamans, Baludera Beach forms a perfect holiday destination for peace lovers. Tourists prefer to be here for its serene environment and aesthetic surroundings. The eco-friendly and treetop huts are another attraction which quadruples the charm of this beach.

4.       Hiking At Mud Volcano

A quick ride from Nilambur Jetty will take you to the mud volcano. One can choose either waterways or roadways to reach this place. These tiny muddy craters are formed by natural gases which are emitted by organic matter. Hiking at this site is an unforgettable experience in itself.

5.       Visit Mangrove Creek

Bartang Island is extremely popular for its Mangrove creeks. One can relish the boat safari experience while passing through these thick mangrove creeks. Many tourists take motorboat ride from Bartang jetty to limestone cave through mangrove forests which serves them with altogether a unique experience.

6.       Visit Guitar Island

One of the favourite sites of newly married couples, Guitar Island offers you an escape from the city life. This is a deserted island in Andamans which is popular for its serene environment and visual appeal. Guitar Island can only be accessed from the Long Island jetty.

7.       
Snorkeling At Bluff Island

Situated just 64 km from the Port Blair, this island is a hub for adventure lovers. The rich aquatic life of this island makes it an ideal place for trying out water sports such as snorkelling and diving. In your spare time, you can also explore the wildlife sanctuary present over here.

8.       Visit Strait Island

An ideal getaway location for wildlife lovers, Strait Island welcomes visitors with lush green surroundings and dense forests. This place is home to a variety of birds which intensifies its charm. So, if you have always been a wildlife enthusiast, pack your bags and head to this beautiful island in Andaman.

9.       Visit Merk Bay

Situated in close proximity to the Straight Island and Long Island, this beach is a confluence of serenity and beauty. With its white sandy beach, turquoise blue water, and impeccable surroundings, it captivates the hearts of travellers. Merk Beach is also considered a perfect location for birding and dolphin spotting.

Don't miss our guide on the best things to enjoy in Andaman on your next trip.

Other Essential Information About Baratang Island

1.       Mobile Connectivity

The mobile network is a major concern for the travellers visiting this island. Most of the networks fail to work properly and the ones that are functional, provide very basic services. Apart from call drop and bad network, you can also face issues with downloading the applications. However, it is found that BSNL provides better service than other networks around this area. So, don’t forget to carry a BSNL sim card on your Bartang trip. To avoid any kind of risk, it is advisable to take the help of a tour operator. You can also carry some extra sim cards which can be used in case of emergency.

2.       Medical Facilities

Though this island has very limited access to medical facilities, its proximity to the capital city of Port Blair makes things easier for the tourists. Port Blair enjoys a good healthcare service with numerous medical stores and hospitals. The health infrastructure on the island is limited, but one can easily see improvement and modernization in medical services. From ambulances, X-ray machines to captive power generators, there are enough medical facilities to support the outsiders. You can also find few Homeopathy dispensaries in this area. G.B Panth hospital is the most reputed hospital in the city which is known to provide affordable and genuine treatments to the patients.

3.       ATM

Though you will find a few ATM’S around Bartang Island, it is advisable to carry a decent amount of cash with you. The ATM’s in this island is replenished with cash in 4 to 5 days. Hence, you should carry enough cash while planning a trip to this place. If you happen to visit Port Blair on this trip, you need not to worry about cash as Port Blair has numerous ATM’S and you won’t face any cash crunch here.

4.       Places To Eat

You won’t find any opulent restaurant in Bartang Island, but you will surely get to experience the rich taste of this island through its food stalls and small eateries. Most of these eateries are located around Nilambur jetty and they mainly serve Bengali and South Indian cuisines. There are refreshment stalls available at almost each and every corner of the island. One thing that you can’t miss out on this island is its coconut water which will help you beat the scorching heat. Apart from this, you will also spot several street vendors selling snacks such as spicy cucumbers, lassis, and buttermilk at an affordable price. For the best hotels to stay in Andaman click here. 

5.       Minimum Duration For Visiting Bartang Island

Bartang Island is a tiny island which has 2-3 major attractions including Limestone caves, mud volcano, and Parrot Island. If you are on a short trip and don’t want to extend your vacation, you can easily cover most of its attractions in around 2 days. However, if you are planning to cover south, north, as well as, middle Andaman, it is advisable to plan a 7-day trip. In these 7-days, you can travel in and around Port Blair covering places such as Ross Island, Havelock Island, Diglipur, and Bartang Island. Hence, the minimum duration for visiting Bartang Island is 2 days.

Things To Keep In Mind

Though Bartang Island is an enticing place with a plethora of activities and attractions, travelling to this beautiful spot is not a simple task as you have to cross the tribal zone which is protected by GOI. Hence, there are a few important things that you must consider on your Bartang Island journey. It is advisable to not offer any food item to the tribal people as it might prove to be injurious to their health. Apart from this, you should also avoid taking the pictures with tribal people as it is strictly prohibited in this area. Most of the time, the weather in Bartang Island is humid and hence, you should always carry cotton and loose fit clothes. This will make you feel comfortable and easy throughout the journey. If you are an adventure lover who is willing to engage in hiking and trekking activities, don't forget to carry good walking shoes with yourself. If you are planning your journey in the rainy season, do carry an umbrella with you. The most important thing you will need during any journey is money and as there are just a few ATMs in this region, carry enough cash with yourself. In addition to this, try to pre-book a decent accommodation as Bartang Island remains crowded with tourists throughout the year and last-minute booking might result in inconvenience
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Frequently Asked Questions About Baratang Island

  1. Where is Baratang Island located? Distance from Port Blair?

    Baratang Island is a part of the Andaman and Nicobar Island off the coast. It is located between South and Middle Andaman. Baratang is located at 100 kms away from Port Blair. One has to travel by road and cross a creek on a vehicle ferry at Middle Strait to reach Baratang.

  2. How to reach Baratang Island? What is the best way to travel?

    You have to travel by road and cross a creek on a vehicle ferry at Middle Strair to reach Baratang. AC coaches to the Baratang Island are commonly provided by local service providers. They are really very comfortable and they also come inclusive of lunch. Moreover, these buses picks up tourists from their respective hotels and resorts. (Note: these buses do not provide pick up services from far away hotels such as Fortune Resort Bay Island, Peerless Sarovar Portico, Sea Princess resort, Rose valley resort and the ones which do not fall in the package).

    The buses cover the following places : Goalghar->Delanipur->Phoenix bay->Aberdeen Bazaar->MG Road->Goal Ghar->Junglighat->Dairy Farm->Lambaline->School Line.

    In case your hotel does not fall close to this locality, then you will need to reach the bus by yourself. However, depending upon the number of travelers it is also possible that the bus operators provide pick up services even from faraway localities. These buses come inclusive of Mangrove boat rides and all necessary entry tickets.
  3. How do I reach Baratang Island using public transportation?

    You can avail the regular bus services, which are available from STS Bus Terminal, located in Aberdeen Bazar. This journey will take you around 2 hrs and 30 minutes to reach Middle Strait from Port Blair, and the fare is for the government bus is Rs 80.

    The journey takes place in 2 phases – Port Blair to Jirkatang (which is 40 kms, and takes 1 hr 15 mins) and then from Jirkatang to Baratang (which is 49 kms, and it takes 1 hr 15 mins) There is no overtake zone through Jarwa Reserve Forest.
  4. What are the things that must be kept in mind before travelling to Baratang Island?

    While traveling to Baratang make sure you carry enough water. The sun is usually very strong, so apply sunscreen, and carry sunglasses, umbrellas and caps to avoid sunburns. Since there will be a lot of walking, wear comfortable cloths and good quality sports shoes.
  5. What is the best time to visit Baratang Island?

    The best time to visit Baratang Island is between October to May. Since the Andaman and Nicobar Islands does not have chilly winters at all, the climate these months remain neutral, mild and pleasant. The temperature fluctuates from anywhere between 20 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees Celsius, during this time. It will make a very comfortable journey.
  6. What sort of Climate I can find in Baratang Island?

    If you visit the Baratang Island during the summers that is between the months of April to July the temperature will range between 24-37 degree Celsius. It gets super humid and the sun is really strong. If you visit during the months of July to September, that is the monsoon season, the temperatures range between 22 to 35 degrees Celsius.

    July and August witness the maximum visits to the islands. The months of October to March, that is, during the winter season here the minimum temperature falls to 15 degree Celsius. The average temperature ranges between 20-30 degree Celsius.
  7. What kind of accommodations I can find in Baratang Island?

    Finding a place to stay in Baratang can be a huge task (and a very expensive one too) if you have not made prior reservations. Even though there are three governmental guesthouses scattered around the jetty area, they are all most of the times reserved for governmental officials or locals. It is only possible to stay there but one has to book months in advance from Port Blair.

    The only 
    private resort there is called ‘Dew Dale’, which is then the best option. Though it is a little far away from the city center, the rooms are clean, spacious and the place is a good option to spend a night at.
  8. Which are some famous tourist attractions in Baratang Island?

    Baratang is home to the very famous and rare Limestone caves in India. The other chief attractions that you must visit are the Parrot Islands, the Blue Beach at Baludera and the Mud Volcano. The resident and origin tribe of Jarawa’s also stir curiosity among the tourists.

  9. What things are must to do in Baratang Island?

    If you are at Baratang, do visit the extremely famous Mud Volcanoes – one of the only kind in India, Limestone caves and Parrot Island.
  10. Can I find water sports/activities in Baratang Island?

    No, Baratang Island does not have any water sports/activities. However, you will be taking a lot of boat rides to navigate between locations. These boat rides are very thrilling and adventurous.
  11. Are there any spots for photography in Baratang Island?

    There are a lot of photography spots in Baratang, however please make sure you do not take photographs of the tribal people (Jarawas) in any circumstances as it is strictly prohibited.

  12. How can one reach Havelock from Baratang Island?

    If you do not wish to travel back to Port Blair from Baratang Island and then make a fresh journey to Havelock, there is one option available. There is a daily ferry service from Rangat to Havelock, which is about 75km from Baratang.
  13. What kind of internet access is available in Baratang Island? How are the mobile network services?

    The Internet services in small islands like Baratang can be poor. Even though you will get mobile network, the internet usually does not work in the small islands, and if they do the network is super dodgy and slow.
  14. What are the drinking laws in Baratang Island?

    Drinking is prohibited in Baratang Island by the government. This has been done with a view to protect the interest of the tribals of these islands. However, tourist areas such as Port Blair, Havelock etc. are not covered under this restriction and you can get cheap booze there as the tax is very low.
  15. Are there any native tribes in Baratang Island? Can I meet them?

    The Jarawas are the native tribes in the Baratang Island. They are a self-sufficient hunter-gatherer community, who show no sign of wanting to join the mainstream. 

    No, you cannot meet them as interacting with the Jarawa is prohibited by the government as it risks passing on diseases to which the tribe may have no immunity to. Taking their photographs is prohibited as well.
  16. What are the things considered to be dangerous in Baratang Island?

    While traveling to the Baratang Islands, you need to take ferries. The Middle strait jetty is infested with salt water crocodiles. Hence, it is strongly advisable to not put your hands underwater during the boat ride, till you reach the starting point of the trek to Baratang Island Limestone Caves.

    Do not under any situation, try to talk, mingle or photograph the Jarawas. Not only are they dangerous, but it is against the government rules to disturb them in any manner.

  17. Can I see Mud Volcano in Baratang Island?

    Yes, for seeing the Mud Volcano, you will have to start your journey at 3 in the morning from port Blair. The Mud Volcano is closer to the Baratang Jetty of Andaman Islands (middle Andaman), so if you wish to visit the Mud Volcano, this trip will be perfect for you.

    People have to travel through road in a Jarwan tribal reserve (forest area) and cross the sea at Baratang jetty. After crossing the sea, you will reach the Uttara Jetty. From Uttara Jetty this place is 20 minutes journey by road.
  18. Can I see Limestone caves in Baratang Island?

    The Limestone caves in Baratang are the most interesting things to see in Andaman. These limestone caves are sedimentary rock formations. They are compressed over millions of years by the continuous deposits of several components and elements such as seashells, marine life, corals, and skeletons. As soon as you enter the caves, you are bound to start rubbernecking, as you will find limestone formations hanging from the top and bottom.

    Besides, these caves are regularly emerging and growing in shapes and sizes – so regardless when you go, or how many times, you are always in for a surprise! The journey to the caves is probably the best part, though as you will witness some really mesmerizing views which cover all the way through Tribal reserves, a bay crossing between Baratang and Uttara Jetty, and an hour journey from Uttara Jetty including Mangrove area.

    The sea journey starts from the other side of the sea called Uttara Jetty, which will be covered through boats. The journey takes about 45 minutes to one hour to cover from Uttara jetty. The journey is made through country diesel boats. Lives saving jackets are provided, and a maximum 8 people are allowed in one boat. The journey passes through the narrow mangroves (nearly one kilometer) to reach the limestone cave. However, this area is very congested and the boys in each boat guide the boats using poles manually. This journey costs around INR 100 per person.
  19. How to reach Parrot Island in Baratang?

    The Parrot Island is the most famous location for anyone who is visiting Baratang. The magnificent sight of millions of parrots and parakeets flying, hovering over the skies at the sun dawn is not exclusive to any other place in the world. It is only here that you can witness such breathtaking views. If you are visiting the Parrot Islands, it is mandatory for you to spend the night in Baratang to experience the wonder.

    To reach to Parrot Islands located near the Baratang Jetty, one has to take a dunghi boat from Baratang Jetty and cross through a creek. As you approach nearer, you see a uniquely different group of Mangrove trees that looks more like a uniformly cut Mangrove garden. This island with its beautiful beach and wondrous wildlife is a must visit sightseeing tour in Andaman.
  20. What should I do in case of any medical emergency in Baratang Island?

    Most Islands, including Baratang Island, have a Primary Health Centre (PHC); however the services here are usually limited and sadly, poor. Hence, it is strongly advisable to go to the nearest PHC first for immediate assistance and as soon as possible move to the G.B Pant hospital in Port Blair, which is better equipped and have better facilities.

    However, at this hospital as well, the treatment facilities are not what can be expected in mainland India. Therefore, for any condition that could be serious, life threatening or needing special care, it is advised to fly to mainland India.