Baratang island Andaman:Limestone caves and mud volcano trip

Baratang island Trip :Andaman jungle safari

Andaman Islands are known for its laid back beaches and dense tropical forest. If you are visiting Andaman, baratang islands is a must visit destination. This Island sits between South and Middle Andaman Island, about 90kms from the capital Port Blair On a trip to the Baratang Island, you can expect to local Jarawa Tribe, dense rain forest, vehicles being transported over the river, lush mangroves and of course the limestone caves and mud volcanoes.

To reach baratang you have to cross the reserved forests which are home to the Jarawa Tribe one of the world's most isolated prehistoric tribes. It has been made mandatory that tourist vehicles should be accompanied by a police vehicle while crossing the reserve for protection of the tribal’s from outsiders.

It has been made mandatory that tourist vehicles should be accompanied by a police vehicle while crossing the reserve for protection of the tribal’s from outsiders. The adventurous journey to baratang starts early in the morning when the convoy departs and enters the forests. You will witness the wilderness up close and are sure to be breath taken by its beauty and splendor. On your journey your vehicles will be transported over a couple of rivers by vehicle ferries.

The Baratang island is covered with rare mangrove swamps which are in itself a beautiful sight and the most popular tourist spots are the limestone caves and the mud volcano.

Limestone caves: Andaman's Natural wonder

Limestone caves are formed under the earth's surface when acid rain water and underground water dissolves the limestones. The limestone caves of Baratang were formed over millions of years. These caves are very huge ranging over several meters in length. Once inside you will feel like you have entered a different world altogether and their beauty and sheer size is sure to make you appreciate the strength and might of nature.

Getting to the caves is an adventure in itself, first you have to take a dinge from baratang jetty through the mangrove swamps for about 45 mins then trek your way through the jungle for about 2 km to reach the spot where the caves are located. It is advisable to carry a lot of water. The journey is not advisable if you are travelling with the elderly or very young children.

The journey to the caves may be challenging but it is well worth it.

Mud volcano: India’s only active mud volcano at baratang

Mud volcano is a large geological formation which spits out mud, slurry and water to the earth's surface. This occurs due to factors like the terrain and pressure build up in nearby areas. Mud volcano found at baratang is very rare and is a unique natural phenomenon.

The trip to mud volcano's site is about 45 mins from baratang jetty. Most of the tour operators arrange a 4X4 all-terrain vehicle for the trip.

Mud volcano trip is a treat for nature and science enthusiast. It is especially enjoyed by children and young adults. If you have children travelling with you or you are someone who has a scientific temper then mud volcano should be a must visit place on your Andaman trip itinerary.