Baratang Island, located between South and Middle Andaman, is one of the most famous and must visit places among the cluster of islands in Andaman and Nicobar. Belonging to the Rangat Taluk, Baratang is a part of the Great Andaman Chain with an area of 243 sq. kilometers. Located at a distance of around 90 kms from Port Blair, Baratang is a mandatory visit for every tourist who wishes to get a taste of some geological wonders, and natural wonders. A vibrant tourist destination, Bratang has been the home to the most famous aboriginal tribe of the Andaman Islands – the Jarawas.
The must see places here are the mud islands, limestone caves and the parrot island. The mud islands are one of a kind in India. A true geological wonder, a mud volcano is created by natural gases produced by decaying organic matter underground. As the mud is pushed upwards by the gas, it deposits and hardens above the ground. As more and 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. Among the multiple number of mud volcanoes, jalki, as the locals call it, is the famous one. The Limestone caves are located further a half an 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. These caves have been formed by the compression over millions of years of the gradual deposits of many ingredients such as marine life, shells, skeletons and corals. The way to reach the Limestone caves is magnificent - It passes through a narrow mangrove creek and that is an experience in itself.
The Parrot Islands make an experience in itself. What attracts tourists here are the umpteen numbers of parrots and parakeets that visit every evening and fill in the sky. They only leave the following day, and in the time in between they take it on themselves to trim the island and leave it completely pruned. With such wonders at your footsteps, Baratang Island offers all the reasons to make this a perfect getaway.