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Baratang Island and the limestone caves in Andaman and Nicobar Islands are awesomely famous for different reasons. The thick mangrove forests, the enlarged tropical forest canopy, the friendly rivers to take a boat ride and the carvings of nature in the form of mud volcanoes and limestone caves are the principal factors that overshadowing everything else on the island. Tourists love to visit Baratang during their tour of Andaman especially for the glowing structures found in the caves made of limestone which are years old.
The journey to the caves is splendid as one has to cross the mangrove forests and the tribal reserves from Baratang boat jetty. These caves give away a feeling that you are at some place which is not a part of Andaman Islands. These are the rare caves which contain the stalagmites and stalactites rock structures proving against the common myth that both of them cannot be found together in one place. If you are really exhausted by repeatedly visiting the islands and beaches in Andaman then you must visit Baratang Island and these caves especially.
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Highlights: The mangrove forests encircling the caves are the real attraction at this place and people are eagerly waiting to take an adventurous boat ride through the mangroves and find the sleeping crocodiles in water. Another highlight which leaves the beauty of the caves heightened is its originality kept preserved from time immemorial. Humans have not exploited the real charm of the caves and thus these caves are stealing hundreds of hearts.
Activities: Boating and trekking can be done here.
Distance from Port Blair: To reach Baratang Island, one has to travel via road for almost 100 kms. You can take a bus or drive yourself and then you have to cross the Middle Strait and a half an hour long boat ride will take you to the limestone caves and formations.
Location: Baratang Island is the region where limestone caves are found.
Almost 13% of India’s mangrove cover is in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and among that, majority is appearing in Baratang Island, an ecologically important and a famous tourist destination. In terms of density and growth, Andaman’s mangroves seem to be the best.
Mangroves are found in abundance where there is brackish water and that is the reason behind Baratang Island’s consecutive support in the growth of thick mangrove creeks there.
Highlights: There are tremendous scopes for bird watching as the thick wilderness is a haven for rare species of colorful birds. Also, there are sleeping crocodiles in the water. Hence, people are not supposed to insert their hands inside because the crocodiles will pull you toward the water.
Activities: The island offers a relaxing boat ride through these mangroves which would lead you to reach the prestigious attraction of Baratang that is the Lime Stone Caves. Apart from Baratang mangrove creek safari, the tourists are directed to enjoy other safaris like Yerrata Creek, Dhaninalla Mangrove Creek and Sabari Village in Rangat etc.
Distance from Port Blair: Baratang Island is located 100 km's away from the beautiful Port Blair. There are plenty of boats will be available to take you through the dense forests but one thing to remember is that you should sit firmly on the boat since even a single movement will cause you fall into the mangrove roots filled water.
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An uninhabited island located in the southern part of Andaman, Parrot Island is a paradise on Earth exhibiting the wonderful attractions of nature elaborately. There are a lot of beaches on Nicobar island welcome the plenty of tourists every year. It is a part of Baratang Island and can be accessed from Baratang Jetty. There is a chance for a spooky ride in a dinghy boat from the jetty as the route goes through several creeks. You can also go for cruise ride in andaman for leisure experience.
Before you reach Parrot Island, you will see a bunch of mangrove forests, appear as an evenly cut and well- arranged extending a pleasant view of nature at its best. And a fact is obvious from the name of the island. Yes, Parrot Island got its name from the hundreds of parrot flocks come to visit the beaches and mangrove forests and stay overnight here. They sharpen the mangrove roots with their red beak and thus the mangrove garden got equal shape and symmetry.
Highlights: Apart from the green parrots, visitors have spotted the large multi-colored parakeets on the island and both these species made the structure of island totally camouflaging and mind blowing. The sunset views, not to be explained, are dramatically stunning as it combines the sea and the sky together and indicates that the groups of parrots and parakeets are coming to the island soon.
Activities: Sightseeing in the major activity that can be done on Parrot Island as it showcases a number of forests, mangrove gardens and rare sights of colorful birds. But the boating through the creeks and the mangrove gardens is considered to be a thrilling adventure activity.
Distance from Port Blair: The nearest city to Baratang Island is Port Blair and from the city one can take a cab or bus to Diglipur and Parrot Island is located at a distance of 30 km from Baratang Jetty. It would take around 30 minutes to reach the island by Dunghi boat available at Baratang Jetty.
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Traveller Tales from Baratang Island
22 November 2017
Very unique place and our boat ride through the Mangrove was just awesome, serene and tranquil place. Do carry a torch with your if you are going for the Limestone caves, you can explore a bit deeper.
22 November 2017
It was just the best , the limestone caves were really beautiful, the sound of water drops inside the cave will make you feel as if you are on a treasure hunt.
22 November 2017
What a thrilling trip it was, learned a lot about the Jarawa tribe, enjoyed some delicious lunch and also made some new friends. Our trek through the paddy fields, mangroves, and the light drizzles, s
22 November 2017
It was a great adventure for all 5 of us. We had full support from the team from starting till the end. I was scared at first to go to Baratang Island as I have heard a lot of stories about the Jarawa ...
22 November 2017
Went on Baratang Island tour with my friend. It was a wonderful tour, our pick up was on time and our Mangroe tour was great, trekking to the Limestone cave was fun too. We even enjoyed a delicious lun...
22 November 2017
Huge thanks to the wonderful team for making our adventure so much fun. I have heard about the Baratang Islands in the Andaman, and this time when I actually went there, I just could not stop staring. ...
22 November 2017
Just came back from this awesome trip of Andaman. Definitely go for this package, we had a wonderful service, pick up was right on time and we got to learn a lot of the Jarawa tribe living in the Barat...
22 November 2017
Had a great time when I went on Baratang Island adventure. Good arrangements have been made, the pick up was a bit delayed but once we reach the island everything was just fine. Limestone cave and our...
22 November 2017
Decent package and that too with everything included. Our adventure at Baratang island was really great. Our guide Rehman told was a lot about the Jarawa tribe that lives in the island. The limestone c...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you are at Baratang, do visit the extremely famous Mud Volcanoes – one of the only kind in India, Limestone caves and Parrot 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.