Baratang Island Andaman

Baratang Island is located between Middle and South Andaman Islands. People willing to see Limestone cavesand Mud volcano have to cross through this island. The journey is through thick, dense forest area.The forest area journey is about 50Kms. The journey is by road. This place is considered as Jarawa tribe reserve. Though the destination places are few (Limistone caves and mud volcano), the experience of forest and sea journey is memorable. Tourists can also plan to visit Parrot Island and Rangat. They have to stay at Baratang for Parrot Island and should stay at Rangat if planned to visit Havelock from Rangat.

Check post

There is a forest check post at the starting point of the journey. All the tourist and non-tourist vehicles moving towards Baratang jetty shall start in group. For each group, security people (with rifle) shall board front and back vehicles. The first clearance for vehicle movement will be at 6.00am (One and half hour journey from Port Blair). Vehicles starting from Port Blair start at 4.00am and reach this check post place by 6.00am. Tea and refreshments will be available at this check post area. Pay and use toilets are provided for public. This place is the starting point of Jarawan reserve. Initial 50Kms road is wider and overtaking is possible. The final half of the journey is through narrow road and thick and dens forest can be seen on either side. Sometimes this part is referred as convoy.

Forest journey

Once the journey starts at the check post, people will witness the thick dense, green forest during their journey to Baratang jetty place. Photography is strictly prohibited in the forest area. The defaulter’s equipment may even be seized by security people. During this forest journey, Jarawan tribes are seen in so many places holding some kind of weapons which are used for hunting. All the vehicles released at the starting point of the check post before Baratang forest zone, have to travel together. Gaps should not be maintained between vehicles (should be in the visible range). If a vehicle coming behind is not seen for some time, driver will slow down his vehicle so that the vehicle coming behind reaches nearby.

Baratang Jetty

At the end of this forest journey (one to one and half hour), people reach Baratang jetty area. There is a check post here too. People can see so many Jarawan tribes here. Taking photographs of these tribes is strictly prohibited. They even beg tourists for food.People can relax for some time in this area (5 to 10 minutes). People visiting this place in group can manage to cross the sea bay using small motor boats also. But, take care of the belongings.

Crossing the bay

Launch service is available to cross the sea bay (15-20 minutes journey) to reach Uttara jetty. People can move towards Limestone caves and Mud volcano from Uttara jetty. People travelling towards Diglipur can proceed by road in their respective vehicle from Uttara jetty. While travelling in the launch (ferry), people can climb up to the top of the ferry and experience the wide geographical view of the vast forest and sea area. The forest looks dark green during fall season.

While returning to Port Blair, all vehicles wait at the check post here at Baratang jetty. Once all the vehicles have reached the check post, the check post gate will be opened and vehicles can go in groups. The normal time of opening this gate is at 2.00 pm. Security people board front and back vehicles (with rifle). The same forest journey can be experienced till the starting check post towards Port Blair. There will be some rest time again at this place. Once all the vehicles gather the journey continues towards Port Blair.

People will be reaching the Port Blair back during evening 6.30pm. For lunch, there are few small hotels and houses available who provide simple South Indian meal. As soon as you reach Uttara jetty, before proceeding towards Lime stone caves you have to give advance to these people for lunch. They take INR 30 per person for serving food. After visiting Mud Volcano you can visit the same place for lunch.

People will be reaching the Port Blair back during evening 6.30pm. For lunch, there are few small hotels and houses available who provide simple South Indian meal. As soon as you reach Uttara jetty, before proceeding towards Lime stone caves you have to give advance to these people for lunch. They take INR 30 per person for serving food. After visiting Mud Volcano you can visit the same place for lunch.

One can even visit Parrot Island which is very nearby to Baratang jetty point. But, make sure that you reach this place in the evening around 5.00pm. The sunset is worth seeing as there will be huge number of parrots enter this area during evening. This is just 30 minutes journey by boat from Baratang jetty. The price varies from INR 1000 to INR 1500 depending upon the season. During starting season (October) the cost usually is very less.

Visitors, who would like to visit Parrot Island, have to stay at Baratang jetty one day if they want to visit along with Mud Volcano and Limestone caves. The accommodation cost in a resort is usually more, ranges from INR 2000 to INR 3000 for NON-AC. Some local people also provide accomodation facility at a reasonable price too (INR 300 to 400).

Mud Volcano

This mud volcano is one more main attraction for visitors travelling in Andaman islands. Though this Volcano is nature’s wonder, it may disappoint the people who see this physically. This Volcano is nearer to Baratang Jetty of Andaman Islands (middle Andaman). It takes atleast a day to visit this place and return to Port Blair. People have to travel through road in a Jarwan tribal reserve (forest area) and cross the sea at Baratang jetty. After crossing the sea people reach the Uttara Jetty . From Uttara Jetty this place is 20 minutes journey by road.

The standard package for this trip includes Limestone Caves also. After crossing the Baratang jetty, travellors first go towards Limestone Caves and then return back to the same Uttara Jetty. The Sea Journey and the Journey through Mangrooves is a memorable one. From Uttara Jetty visitors have to travel towards Mud Volcano which is only 20minutes journey. Vehicles reach nearer to mud volcano and then the place can be reached by 10minutes walk. There is a small hut constructed nearer to volcano eruption to take rest and relax. Details are available on boards regarding the Mud Volcano the site.People return to Uttara jetty area after visiting Mud Volcano and can take lunch here. Normal south Indian meals available with very limited menu.

Limestone caves

Frankly speaking, this cave won’t impress much. But, the journey on to these is really mesmerising which covers all the way through Tribal reserves, A bay crossing between Baratang and Uttara Jetty, one hour journey from Uttara jetty including Mangroove area . These caves are nearer to Baratang Jetty . The sea journey starts from the other side of the sea called Uttara Jetty. The Sea Journey is through boats, 45minutes to one hour journey.

During rush/peak seasons, from December to March, the crowd near the cave is usually more. As the entry and exit is same, people will be asked to stay outside the cave to clear the crowd inside the cave. There are small huts to take rest and to have refreshments. Nearer to the cave tender coconut, snacks, lemon juice, cucumber are available. There are only few local people stay nearer to this place. A forest guard has been appointed to take care of mischieves which may happen due to people visiting the cave.Limestone cave pictures of Baratang in Andaman and Nicobar Islands