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Best Places to Visit in Baratang Island of 2017

  • Baratang Island, located between South and Middle Andaman, is one of the best sightseeing tour of Andaman and Nicobar and must visit places among the cluster of islands. 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.

    Baratang Island is among the best places in Andaman with amazing must see places like 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. Andaman provides various activities if you are on vacationing be it scuba diving, Deep sea walk, snorkelling.

    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.

  • 01 Limestone caves

    Limestone caves
    Image Credit : Limestone caves

    Baratang Island and the limestone caves 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. Make the best out of your honeymoon in Andaman by visiting this cave.

    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.

    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.




  • 02 Mangrove creek

    Mangrove creek
    Image Credit : Mangrove creek

    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. 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.

    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.

    Distance from Port Blair: Baratang Island is located 100 km's away from 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.




  • 03 Parrot Island

    Parrot Island
    Image Credit : Parrot Island

    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 the 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. 

    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.

    Activity: 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.

    Check out the best Packages here -  Best Andaman Tours and Packages



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