Latest Information on Travelling to Andaman Islands?
  • Runway Status for Port Blair Airport From October,22 to February, 23

    Updated: 19 Sep 2022
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  • Andaman Tourism Opens

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    Andaman Tourism Opens: The Andaman & Nicobar administration has announced that all tourist spots in the South Andaman district will be opened for tourism activities with immediate effect 8 Feb 2022.

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    A negative RT PCR report has to be presented by all passengers on arrival.

  • What is the advisory to travel to North & Middle Andaman District?

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    The tourists are allowed to visit Baratang/North & Middle Andaman on production of double dose covid certificate/ All other passengers viz. unvaccinated and partially vaccinated passengers (those who have taken only 1S1 dose of COVID vaccine) shall have to produce RT-PCR negative test report

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  • All asymptomatic fully vaccinated persons coming to these islands from mainland are exempted from the requirement of carrying RT-PCR negative test report,irrespective of the type of vaccine received and country of origin. Such fullyvaccinated individuals shall produce the final vaccination certificate at the origin airport, sea port in the mainland and at Port Blair Airport / sea port.
  • Alt asymptomatic children below 5 years of age are exempted from carrying RT-PCR negative test report and further RT-PCR testing at Port Blair Airport.
  • All other passengers viz. unvaccinated and partially vaccinated passengers (those who have taken only 1S1 dose of COVID vaccine) shall have to produce RT-PCR negative test report to travel to Port Blair from the mainland, as is the practice now. Such an RT-PCR test should have been taken within 48 hours prior to commencement of journey from the origin airport connecting Port Blair. Such passengers will also have to undergo additional RT-PCR test on arrival at Port Blair. Such passengers shall remain in self-quarantine till the arrival of the test report.
  • If a passenger on arrival is tested positive then, the prescribed quarantine protocol is to be followed.
  • All Airlines shall ensure strict compliance of this order and observance of COVID Appropriate Behaviour. Any non-compliance shall invite action under Disaster Management Act and other applicable laws. 
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General Guidelines defined for traveling to Andaman Islands during COVID :

  1. The Tourism Activities are permitted only in South Andaman & North & Middle Andaman District except Nicobar District.
  2. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with home co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years advised not to travel for tourism purposes.
  3. Tourists/Visitors who are at higher risk due to some medical history are advised to take extra precautions.
  4. Tourists/visitors shall minimize contact with other staff and visitors as far as possible and zero contact policy should be followed at all tourist destinations.
  5. All tourists/visitors shall be briefed by the hotel concerned about do’s & don’ts to be mandatorily followed during their stay and movements.
  6. While travelling tourists/visitors should wear a face mask and carry their own sanitizer and wet wipes for personal use.
  7. At all tourist destinations, staff must wear face masks and wash/sanitize hands regularly while performing their duties.
  8. Arogya Setu App shall be mandatory for all incoming tourists/visitors.
  9. Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed. This involves strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly after use.
  10. The tourists/visitors on arrival at Port Blair airport have to undergo mandatory Covid-19 screening with RTPCR test free of cost. Thereafter the tourists/ visitors are allowed to move to their respective hotels. However, they will have to be under quarantine at Port Blair in their hotel rooms until the result of RTPCR tests are received. In case of RTPCR positive test results, the tourists/visitors shall remain in institutional quarantine in hotels notified by the Hoteliers Association in consent with the A&%N Administration, on rate as specified or to the designated hospital/ Covid 19 care centre on case to case basis.
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What are the guidelines for testing for tourists coming to Andaman after August 03 2021?

On arrival at Port Blair :

1. The tourists need to carry COVID-19 negative test report from mainland based 1CMR approved lab using Reverse Transcriptase-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RTPCR). However, the sample for RTPCR test should have been taken within 48 hours prior to starting the journey from the origin station. (For e.g. if the tourist takes a flight from Delhi at 0600 hrs. on 1st September, 2021, the sample for RTPCR test should have been taken not before 0600 hrs. on 30th August, 2021).

2. The tourists/visitors on arrival at Port Blair airport have to undergo mandatory Covid-19 screening with RTPCR test free of cost. Thereafter the tourists/visitors are allowed to move to their respective hotels. However, they will have to be under quarantine at Port Blair in their hotel rooms until the result of RTPCR tests are received. In case of RTPCR positive test results, the tourists/visitors shall remain in
institutional quarantine in hotels notified by the Hoteliers Association in consent with the A&N Administration, on rates as specified or to the designated hospital/ Covid-19 care centre on case-to-case basis.

3. Tourists may also have to undergo random Rapid Antigen Test conducted from time to time on payment basis as prescribed by A8N Administration.

What if the tourists test positive after arriving at the Andaman Islands?

If the tourists tests positive during their stay in the Islands, he/she will need to undergo institutional isolation as per existing health protocols. The
cost of such isolation for govt. facility will be paid by the tourists as fixed by the administration from time to time.

If the patient wants to stay at hotels, he/she can stay in the hotels if all the conditions below are met:

a) Patients are not symptomatic and not more than 60 years old.
b) Request/ undertaking is made by patient in writing.
c)lf allowed by doctors.

Hotels will make necessary arrangements to designate a part of their rooms for institutional isolation for this purpose.

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  • Regular flights to Port Blair (the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands) are operational now.
  • There are direct flights from Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, and Delhi.
  • Public transports like cabs, taxis, and bus services are also functional.
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Travellers should carefully follow social distancing norms and wear masks as well. Also, before making any booking, they should refer to the latest travel news on the government website of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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Travel Guide for Baratang Island

  • If you've been considering a trip to Baratang Island, you're in for a delightful experience. This secluded island offers a unique mix of adventure, relaxation, and cultural experiences. You can expect a world filled with dense mangroves, intriguing limestone caves, vibrant local life, and a chance to know more about the elusive Jarawa tribe of the Andaman Islands. 

    Baratang is easily accessible from Port Blair. Many people prefer taking tour guides for a day’s journey to the island. You can cover most of the famous places in a day or two. But, of course, no one’s stopping you from staying back and enjoying the calm of this beautiful and rustic island. 

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    First, let’s find out how to reach Baratang Island. Baratang Island is approximately 100 kilometres away from Port Blair. You can travel by road using the Andaman Trunk Road, which passes through the dense forests of the Jarawa Tribal Reserve. This journey is a unique experience in itself, and you may be able to distantly observe the tribal life and verdant jungles of the Jarawa.

    Once you reach the middle strait by bus or car, you can take a government ferry or a local wooden boat to cross over to Baratang Island.

    Now, let's dive into the top 10 things to do in Baratang Island.

    1. Go on a Mud Volcano Excursion

      How often do you get to see a mud volcano? Baratang is home to one! It's a rare geological phenomenon, and while it may not spew molten lava, it's still a sight to behold with its bubbling mud. A trip to Baratang wouldn't be complete without witnessing its intriguing mud volcano. Unlike the fiery images conjured by typical volcanoes, Baratang's mud volcano is a spectacle of the earth oozing out cold mud. It's a captivating phenomenon that draws both curious eyes and avid nature enthusiasts. Of the 11 or so mud volcanoes around Andaman, 8 are located in Baratang, which makes it the best place to witness this phenomenon. 

      How to Reach: To get to the mud volcano, you will first need to reach the Neelambur Jetty in Baratang Island. The volcano is around 7 km away from Neelumbur Jetty; hence, you have to take a jeep to cover the distance. Jeeps usually charge around INR 1000 for a round trip. Once you get down at the designated parking spot, you’ll have to can walk up a rocky path of around 160 metres to the site where the volcanos are located. 

      You won’t find any transportation near the mud volcano, at least not easily. That is why most people prefer to hire the jeep for a round trip. 

      Timings: While there are no specific timings for visiting the mud volcano, you should ideally visit the place between 8 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon. It is better to visit the volcanoes during the early hours as the area is less crowded and the weather is cooler, making the experience more enjoyable.

      Once you are there, remember to tread carefully and avoid going too close to the bubbling mud. It's a unique experience that offers a slice of Baratang's diverse natural wonders, making it a must-visit spot for anyone who likes adventure. 


    2. Explore the Famous Limestone Caves

      Your visit to Baratang Island is incomplete without exploring the remarkable limestone caves. These caves, formed over thousands of years, are a minefield of captivating limestone formations. Formed over thousands of years, the caves feature stunning stalactites and stalagmites, shaped intricately by the slow drip of mineral-rich water. There isn’t much light inside the caves, so carrying a flashlight might be a good idea.

      How to Reach: Reaching the Limestone Caves is an adventure in itself. Since you’ll be in Baratang, you can start your journey from Neelumbur Jetty, from where can get on a speed boat ride through dense mangrove forests. This boat ride is not just a mode of transport but offers visitors a glimpse into the island’s rich ecosystem and will cost you around INR 1000. Once the boat reaches Nayadera Jetty, a short walk for 2 kms will take you directly to the entrance of the caves.

      Timings: The Limestone Caves are open to visitors from 7 AM to 3 PM on all days of the week. There is no entry fee; however, if you are taking a guide or going through a tour agency, you may have to pay a separate fee to them. 


    3. Relax in the Baludera Beach 

      Baludera Beach is one of those serene hideaways where the golden sands meet the gentle embrace of the turquoise waters. Away from the bustling touristy spots, this beach offers an oasis of calm to anyone who needs time off from the hustle and bustle of the world. At Baludera, it's not just about laying back and soaking sunlight. You can enjoy leisurely beach-ball games with your friends, build sandcastles, or simply take a stroll along its palm-fringed shores. The shallow waters make it ideal for a dip, especially if you aren't an avid swimmer. If you want a treat, you might stumble upon a local vendor selling fresh coconut water, providing instant refreshment.

      How to Reach: Baludera Beach is located on the eastern side of Baratang Island. It is 9-10 kilometres away from the Nilambur Jetty. The beach is easily accessible via road from the main town. You can rent a scooter, hail a cab, or get on local buses that regularly ply in the direction of the beach. You’ll be charged anywhere between INR 50-100 for the ride. 

      Timings: While the beach doesn't have strict visiting hours, it's best to visit between 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM to make the most of the daylight. You can also stay back to enjoy a starry night under the sky, but make sure you have some kind of transportation in place to get you back to your stay. Also, remember that Baludera doesn't have the amenities of commercial beaches, so it's wise to carry essentials like water, snacks, and sun protection.


    4. Go Bird Watching in Parrot Island 

      If you're a bird lover, then Parrot Island should be on your list. Along with parrots, one can spot various other avian species. Look out for sea eagles soaring in the skies or kingfishers diving for their catch. The mangroves surrounding the island play host to a diverse range of birds, including herons and egrets. Bring along a pair of binoculars and a bird guidebook to make the most of your birdwatching experience. If you interested in nature photography, Parrot Island is the perfect place. The serenity of the island offers a wonderful opportunity for nature photography and simply absorbing the beauty of the mangroves and the sea.

      How to Reach: To get to Parrot Island, you need to start from Baratang Jetty. Boat services are usually organised by local tour operators, who offer rides to the island at cheap prices, especially towards the evening when the parrot spectacle is about to begin. You may have to pay around INR 50- 100 for the boat rides. 

      Timings: The best time to visit Parrot Island is in the late afternoon, around 3 PM to 4 PM, ensuring you're there to witness the sunset phenomenon. Boats usually start returning by 6 PM. It's essential to coordinate with boat operators regarding timings to avoid being stranded, as the island does not have any overnight accommodations.


    5. Take a Boat Ride Through the Mangrove Forest

      Navigate the serene waters amidst dense mangroves. Boating amidst the mangroves of Baratang is not just a paddle through water but a journey into nature's very heart. These waterways, flanked by thick mangroves, are a unique ecosystem that allows you a close-up look at a side of Baratang's beauty that's not often seen by many. As you glide through the calm waters, the canopy of mangroves arching overhead offers a shade that's dotted with sunlit patches. The waters are clear enough for you to spot various aquatic life, from darting fish to the occasional crab making its way across the muddy bottom.

      Cost and Timings: The cost of boating through the mangroves largely depends on the duration and the tour operators. On average, a 2-hour experience can range from INR 1000 - 2000. Some operators might offer group discounts or package deals, which include guided tours explaining the mangrove ecosystem.

      The best time for exploring the mangroves is during the early morning hours between 6 AM to 9 AM or late afternoon from 3 PM to 5 PM. 


    6. Sample Local Cuisine: One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the culture of a place is through its food. Baratang Island, being a part of the diverse Andaman Islands, offers a palette of flavours that blend indigenous traditions with coastal influences. Given its proximity to the sea, seafood is a staple in Baratang. Dishes like grilled fish, crab curry, and prawn masala are local favourites. They’re often spiced delicately, allowing the freshness of the seafood to shine through.

      A typical meal in Baratang is incomplete without rice. It’s usually paired with a variety of curries, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. The coconut milk-based chicken curry is a must-try. Despite the abundance of seafood, vegetarian options are aplenty. From simple lentil soups (dal) to mixed vegetable curries and coconut-based dishes, there's no shortage of flavourful vegetarian food.

      Don't forget to try the local sweets and snacks. Coconut ladoos are very popular in Baratang, especially with a cup of tea.

      A meal at a local eatery in Baratang can be quite affordable. You can expect to pay anywhere from INR 100 to INR 250 for a hearty meal at a basic joint.

    7. Trek through the jungles

      Baratang Island, with its diverse landscape, is a trekker's delight. From dense forests to mangroves, and from limestone caves to remote beaches, the island offers a plethora of trekking opportunities that allow one to witness nature's bounty up close. Here are some of the best places to trek to in Baratang Island: 

      • Limestone Caves Trek: This trek starts from the Nayadera Jetty and leads you through dense forests, making it a sensory delight with the sounds of birdcalls and the sight of vibrant flora.

        Time Taken to trek: The trek is relatively easy and takes around 45 minutes to an hour to reach the caves.

      • Mud Volcano Trail: Baratang Island houses one of the few mud volcanoes in India. The trail to the volcano site offers a chance to experience the island's unique geological wonders.

        Time Taken: This is a shorter trek, roughly 30 minutes from the main road. The terrain can be a bit muddy, especially after rains, so proper trekking shoes are recommended.

      • Baludera Beach Trek: A serene path that offers a blend of forest cover and coastal beauty, the trek concludes at the calm Baludera Beach.

        Time Taken: It takes about an hour to reach the beach, making it a relaxed trek suitable even for beginners.


    8. Explore the local market:

      The local markets in Baratang are filled with stalls displaying many vibrant tropical fruits, handcrafted trinkets, and, of course, the fresh catch of the day. As you walk through the streets, you will smell the rich aroma of local spices filling the air and beckoning you to try some of the delicious street food, especially the seafood delicacies. While there aren’t any fancy city eateries or fast-food outlets, there are many quaint dhabas and small eateries, which are perfect for savouring the authentic flavours of the Andamans. Every corner tells a story, from old fishermen mending their nets to children playing traditional games. Exploring Baratang town and market is more than just sightseeing; it's a journey of sensory delights and heartwarming interactions.

    9. Camp under the stars:

      Camping in Baratang is a great way to connect with nature. You can pitch a tent under starry skies and listen to the sounds of the forest. Most camping spots are near the beach, so you can wake up to the sound of waves. Remember to carry a mosquito net and some bug spray to keep insects away. There are local guides who can help set up your camps and bonfires. Also, many resorts offer camp stays within their premises. 

      While camping, be sure to clean up and not leave any trash behind. That way, Baratang stays clean and beautiful for everyone. If you love the outdoors and want a different adventure, camping in Baratang is a great idea!

      Your tour guide or hotel may help you to set up a camp for around INR 800-2000 per night, depending on the facilities you get.  


    10. Go fishing

      Fishing is an integral part of the coastal lifestyle of Baratang Island. While commercial fishing is a livelihood for many locals, as a tourist you can do this activity to connect with nature and experience the island’s essence. This could one of the most off beat things you’ll do on a trip! With the guidance of local fishermen, you can explore different fishing spots and techniques. You will also get a chance to enjoy the serene waters and panoramic views of the island.

      The mangrove regions around Baratang have calm waters and are home to many varieties of fish. While you can explore fishing in the mangrove creeks, you should ideally have a local guide as it is very easy to get lost in the maze of the water channels in Baratang Island. 

      Note that Baratang is not famous for game fishing, so you can only do hand line fishing with locals. 

      The cost would depend on the locals themselves, but they are likely to charge you INR 500-1000 for a small fishing expedition with them in the nearby waters close to the mangroves. In most cases, the cost of travelling in the boat and the fishing rod or net are covered in the total cost. Your tour guide or the resort may be able to connect you with some local fishermen. 

  • Among the many places in the world to visit with flashy lights and loud noise, Baratang Island is a quiet and peaceful land tucked within the beautiful region of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This peace and escapism are what make Baratang Islands a fantastic spot for vacations and adventures with friends and family or even by one’s own self.

    Location: located 150 km from the northern coast of port Blair, the Baratang Islands are a part of the Indian Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and belong to the Middle and North Andaman administrative district. The islands are a closely structured archipelago in the Bay of Bengal, covering an area of 242.6 square kilometres.

    Culture: a trip to Baratang Island will showcase its pure and raw beauty of nature and the culture it possesses. With attractive, alluring sites like the limestone caves and mud volcanoes, people and tourists alike, and fully immerse in the history and exotic opportunities that the Baratang Islands have to offer.

    People: the Baratang islands are home to the Jarawa tribe, which is among the oldest surviving tribes all over the world. Though being one of the less-visited and toured islands due to hindrances of accessibility and routes, the Baratang islands have a total of 5691 inhabitants. Although, the majority of the inhabitants are of the local Jarawa tribe.

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    Reasons to visit Baratang Island

    There are countless reasons as to why one should apply for a Baratang Island tour booking package for your next vacation. Tourists, adventurer’s mad travel junkies from all across the world come and see some of the most attractive spots in Baratang Island and take part in numerous activities.

    Here are some of the reasons why visiting the Baratang Islands are a must for your next vacation:

    Famous attractions: the island in the Andaman region is renowned for its limestone caves, mud volcanoes, and beaches, which make up some of the most attractive spots in Baratang Island. These tourist spots provide a deep dive into the natural history of the islands and make for a memorable trip on vacations with friends and family.

    Fun Activities: Some of the top tourist highlights in Baratang Island are the activities that come from visiting and touring the island. From trekking through the deep mangrove forest and planes to boating from the jetties, the Baratang island has activities that cater to people from all walks of life.

    Sightseeing: Baratang Island has some of the most spectacular and breathtaking views of the natural forests, caves, and beaches. Enjoy the beautiful sunset at the Baludera Beach and appreciate the beautiful lush coverage of the mangrove forests that create a natural, safe haven for a wide variety of fauna.

    Locals and Wildlife: home to the Jarawa tribe, tourists and travellers can get to know the locals residing in the Baratang Islands. Tourists and visitors can get to know about the history of one of the oldest tribe settlements in the world and understand their practices, local customs, and traditions.

    Marvel at the wildlife that lives in perfect harmony with the tribe and enjoys the serene experience of watching the thousands of parrots at the Parrot Island who travel to the island at regular intervals, making it a paradise for bird lovers.

    Major sightseeing spots in Baratang Island

    Limestone cave: When exploring the Baratang Islands, a visit to the Limestone cave is a must. These caves are a short speed boat ride and a 10- 15 minute hike into the dense undulating forest from the Baratang port. These sedimentary rocks that have formed over millions of years adorn the underground caves with stalactites and stalagmites which stake unique shapes and forms.

    The limestone cave is always tucked in the deep mangroves and is a visual treat for those who wish to plan trips to Baratang Island.

    Mud volcano: If you are wondering what to do in Baratang Island, then look no further than visiting the infamous mud volcanoes. These small craters are created as a result of decaying organic matter that produces natural gas. This gas pushes the mud upwards to form these bubbling craters. The way to reach the mud volcanoes is on a small jetty ride followed by a leisurely 160-meter walk. Mud volcanoes may not be the flashiest sight that one can come across but is an extreme rarity in the world. The Andaman Islands have 11 such volcanoes with eight being in Baratang Island and Middle Andaman while the rest three are situated in the northern Andaman region.

    Parrot island: Are you a bird lover? Do you enjoy bird watching and seeing exotic birds in real life? Parrot Island is the place for you. Parrot Island is considered by many to be the most beautiful island in Baratang. As the name suggests, this uninhabited piece of land is home to thousands of parrots. This place is nothing less than a bird lover’s paradise. Delving into the legends of Parrot Island, tourists can expertise fun activities like boating and trekking through the mangrove forest of the islands and revel in the beauty of how the parrots naturally and organically take care of the woods with their beaks.

    Baludera beach: Situated on the eastern side of Batarang Island, 9 km from the Nilambur jetty, the Baludera Beach is an uninhabited and yet to be explored stretch of land that attracts tourists from far and wide. This quiet beach is one of the perfect places to see in Baratang Islands if you are looking for a serene and calm environment to get away from the daily hustle and bustle of city life. The island offers a natural experience with breathtaking sights of the ocean at sunset and creates a rejuvenating atmosphere amongst the sounds of thousands of parrots all over the island who migrate to it at intervals.

  • A family trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a dream come true to those who long for a relaxing vacation in the lap of nature in comparative solitude. Among the many attractions in the Andaman Islands, a short trip to Baratang Island is an opportunity to explore virgin territory that has been opened to visitors only recently. Rest assured, a trip to Baratang Island will be an enriching experience to the discerning traveler, with ample scope for lazing indulgence as well as adventure in uncharted terrain.

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    Where is Baratang Island located?

    Baratang Island is the gateway to Middle and North Andaman for reaching places like Rangat, Mayabunder, and Diglipur. The 100 km journey from Port Blair to Baratang Island is a study in exploration through one of the maximum-security Andaman Trunk Road, which bisects the Jarawa Tribe Reserve. Registered vehicles are allowed to drive non-stop in convoys in a strictly monitored schedule. Lucky ones may fancy their chances of sighting a few members of the ancient tribe on the way, but any interaction with them is prohibited.

    Culture and Traditions of Baratang Island:

    The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are home to people in two broad categories - indigenous and outsider settlers. The culture and traditions have emerged as a blend, rooted in the origin of these people. The Islands are home to six tribes, while the settlers are mainly Bengali and South Indians. The influence of the outsiders is amply reflected in the cuisine, languages of communication, and celebration of festivals. Baratang Island is the abode of the elusive Jarawa, is special which has remained unspoiled by the onslaught of civilization.

    Key attractions in Baratang Island:

    An abundance of the evergreen rainforest, meandering mangrove creeks, secluded golden sand beaches - where blue of sea and sky merge on the horizon in pristine glory, provide ample ideas for things to do at Baratang Island, like anywhere else in Andaman Island. What makes it special is the sight of unique natural wonders of Limestone Caves, Mud Volcano, and an evening amidst thousands of multicolored Parakeets returning to roost in the uninhabited Parrot Island. The spectacle of a riot of colors patterned by the Parakeets in the backdrop of Crimson Sky painted by the setting sun; is a breathtaking experience in the company of the noisy din, awakening the otherwise sedate Island to life. Not to mention the Speed Boat ride in the Mangrove Forest, which ranks among the top activities in Baratang Island. It transports the traveler to a world of light and shade, amid exotic wildlife and birds rekindling the curiosity of shutterbugs.  

    Why try out speed boating?

    The Andaman Islands is a haven of water sports activities, a range awaiting visitors of all ages,  from pushing up adrenaline rush to fun and frolic activities suitable for the entire family. While Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, and Sea Walking provide a ringside view of vibrant marine life, others like Speed boat ride in Andamans and Banana Boat ride is designed for entertainment and fun. That Baratang Island speed boat ride serves the dual purpose of an eventful journey of exploration, culminating in a visit to the Limestone caves is a bonus. The sheer thrill of cruising through the winding waterways under a thick canopy of the mangrove, with light and shade playing hide and seek, raises the bar with the melody of birds tickling the senses. It is enticing for travelers with a penchant for capturing images to play with the natural chiaroscuro's challenges, creating patterns every free moment.

    Best opportunities for speed boating at Baratang Island:

    The pristine Baratang Island is dotted with the thickest of Mangroves found anywhere in the Andaman Islands. Maybe it is for the bitter water source, and the still unknown charms of the Islands, the best water sports at Baratang Island revolves around the Mangrove Forests,  combined with a visit to the Limestone Caves. Speedboat ride through the Mangroves on the way to the natural architecture of the caves is as rewarding as the awe-inspiring shapes of stalagmites and stalactites within the prehistoric caves.

    Speed boat ride in the mangrove forest in Baratang Island:

    A trip to Baratang Island is conjured by the traveler as a package tour from Port Blair. Starting at 3 AM, the journey is planned as a single day affair covering visits to all the top activities in Baratang Island, which includes a speed boat ride in the mangrove forest on the way to Limestone Caves. Cost of Speed boat ride in Baratang Island is included in the package price, in the range of Rs.3900/- per head approximately. However, it is incumbent upon the traveler to check out the inclusions and exclusions in the tour itinerary, for which the prices may vary.

    Location: Speedboat safari through the biologically critical Baratang Mangrove is the most popular approach to the Limestone cave. The ride commences at the Baratang jetty, where both the tickets and permission are granted for a visit to the caves. It also entails a short trek of 1.5 Kms after the speed boat ride takes the visitor to the landing point, symbolized by a wooden platform for easy disembarkation. The visitor has to retrace the same route for the return journey.

    Experience: The speedboat carries five to ten passengers for the winding ride through the shimmering narrow mangrove creeks, for an experience of a lifetime. Bird watching exotic species and a rare sighting of saltwater crocodile basking in the sun can be the icing on the cake for the lucky ones. At the other end near the caves, visitors can refresh with "Nimbu Pani" and tender Cucumber to quench their thirst on a hot sunny day.

    Fare: Though the Baratang Island speed boat ride fare is included in the package from Port Blair, those on their own can purchase tickets at the office counter at the Baratang jetty at Rs.600 per head. However, it may vary, and it is best determined on actual visits to the site.

    Best time to visit: Other than the monsoon months, Andaman Islands can be visited at any time of the year. But the trip assumes ethereal proportions during the months of November to February when the sea is serenely calm, the waters a bright turquoise blue merging with the azure blue of the sky. It renders a heavenly aura to Baratang Island for an unforgettable vacation when the soul is in sublime harmony with nature.

  • Baratang Island has everything an exotic island offers, ranging from enticing beaches, limestone caves, mangrove creeks, and more. The island is a tourist hotspot and has some expensive hotels. You get to stay in places like Hotel Avis, which is one of the top hotels in Baratang Island. Over the years, the island has become a favourite for tourists from across the world, although it is still one of the least places visited in the Andaman.

    Best Time to Visit Baratang Island

    Baratang Island is open for tourists throughout the year, and you can visit the island any time when you plan to go to the Andaman. But one of the best times to visit the island is from November to February. The sea is calm during this time of the year, and you can enjoy some thrilling water sports, not to mention, trekking, and other adventurous sightseeing activities. There are some exquisite resorts in Baratang Island. So, you can choose to stay there if you want to. In any case, the season offers the best for tourists as there is also less rainfall and you get refreshing weather during winter.

    During monsoon, however, you should avoid going here, as there is too much rainfall, and it can hinder your plans for sightseeing and other activities.

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    How to Reach Baratang Island?

    Baratang Island sits just 100 kilometres from Port Blair. Tourists can reach the island using the Grand Andaman Trunk Road by travelling for about two and a half hours. The two- and half-hour odd journey consists of two phases. In the first phase, you need to get to Jirkatang from Port Blair. And in the second phase of the trip, you will get from Jirkatang to Baratang Island.

    You can also take a bus or hire a cab to the island once you land at the Vir Savarkar Airport. You can’t go to the island on a bike as two-wheelers are prohibited from traversing on the Grand Andaman Trunk Road. You can also get to the major attractions of the island such as the Mud Volcanoes, limestone caves, Jarawa Creek, and Parrot Island that are situated in the vicinity.

    Importance of Staying at a Good Hotel during a Vacation

    Baratang Island is for nature and adventure lovers. So, if you are looking to book hotel in Baratang Island, both high-end and budget options are available. But it’s still vital that you choose an excellent place to stay, especially when you have come from your hometowns to enjoy all that the island has to offer. Also, if you wish to stay in a resort, there is only the Dew Dale Resort that gives you a comfortable stay while also allowing you to enjoy some fun activities. The Dew Dale Resort is the best hotel that you can be staying at, not only in Baratang Island but also in the whole of Andaman as most of the important attraction sights lie close enough.

    Hotel Avis in Baratang Island

    Hotel Avis in Baratang Island lies in the Rangat area of Middle Andaman. The hotel offers tourists large rooms at affordable prices. Avis works with such a policy to provide value for money for tourists. All the rooms at Hotel Avis come with enough space to accommodate at least four beds. So, you can also bring along kids as there is enough room to house them. Furthermore, all the rooms also come with their baths and a T.V.

    What’s more? You also get to stay in an air-conditioned room if you like. But even though the rooms have ample space to accommodate four people, the hotel’s policy allows for only three people to stay in a place. So, this means that any extra person will have to sleep on the floor, in the spare bed that the hotel provides upon request.

    The hotel also has a child policy. According to this policy, the hotel does not charge any additional amount for children below five years. Whereas, the same does not hold good for children whose ages lie between five and 12 years. Also, for children aged above 12 years, it is mandatory to avail an extra mattress.

    You also have the option of breakfast along with the room. But do be wary that the hotel charges for the food for all infants above the age of three. Hotel Avis also has several meal plans that you can opt, including C.P, which gives accommodation along with breakfast, MAP, which offers accommodation along with breakfast and either lunch or dinner, and A.P., which provides you with all the three options.

    Also, know that you need to check-in on or before 9.30 AM, and check-out on or before 8.00 AM.

    Even with all these in place, Hotel Avis is still one of the best hotels that you can stay at in Baratang Island. Hence, in case you plan to visit the island anytime soon, don’t forget to book a hotel room, especially in Hotel Avis.

    Also, when making the reservation, you may need to know that the hotel will hold the booking until the specified cut-off time, following which, it will be given to someone else. The booking will only be confirmed after the full payments have been made.

    Regarding the cancellation policy, you can get a full refund if you cancel within 30 days from your stay. Or, you get a 50 per cent refund if you cancel your reservation within 15 days of your upcoming visit. And, there is no refund if you do it in less than 15 days.

    Hotel Avis in Baratang Island is one of the most popular places to stay, especially for tourists. It also comes with lots of places to see and things to do. The different areas of interest are not far off. So, make sure that you stay at Hotel Avis on your next trip to Andaman if you plan to visit Baratang Island. You won’t be bored here for sure as there are plenty of things to do and places to see. The island is truly one of the best places in the Andaman.

  • Baratang Island: Location and Geography

    Baratang Island or Ranchiwalas Island is one of the major islands in North Andaman in the Great Andaman island chain. Located between Middle Andaman and South Andaman in the Bay of Bengal, Baratang Island is about 110 km from the capital Port Blair. The major charm of a visit to Baratang Island is the adventure, as well as the sightseeing experience associated with it.

    This island is the real gem of the sea and holds abundant natural wonders and a diverse landscape. It has got it all-from dense mangrove creeks to magnificent limestone caves, beautiful beaches to tidal swamp forests. A unique natural feature very prevalent on this island, and the only place on earth to witness such a scene is the mud volcanoes or jalki, as known amidst the native Jarawa tribes.

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    How to reach Baratang Island in Andaman?

    While a visit to the Andaman Islands promises you days full of sunny skies and azure beaches with white sands, the Baratang Island reveals the emerald greenery and flora and fauna of North Andaman. It is fast developing as a major tourist center, well-known for its tidal swamps, mangrove boat rides, beaches, limestone caves, trekking, and volcanoes.

    For all those who love to explore the beauty of Andaman’s tropical forests, a trip to Baratang Island from Port Blair is a must. Baratang Island to Port Blair distance is 101 km. It is connected to port Blair by both roads and by water. This distance can be easily covered in 2-3 hours, depending upon the medium of travel.

    Baratang Island tour from Port Blair should be a must in your Andaman island travel itinerary for its fascinating journey and enormous sightseeing opportunities.

    If you are wondering how to reach Baratang Island from Port Blair, there are two options, namely, road and the sea. You can either take private cabs or government buses from Port Blair for a road trip or a ferry for water travel from Port Blair to Baratang Island.

    How to reach Baratang Island by air?

    There is no direct air travel route from any of the major Indian cities to Baratang Island. You would first have to book a flight to Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and then you can plan a trip to Baratang Island from Port Blair via land or sea.  The Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair, is the nearest airport located about 104 km away from this island.

    How to reach Baratang Island by road?

    This mode is the most common way to reach Baratang Island. You can hire a private car, jeep, or a private AC bus. Government buses also can be the best bet. Two-wheelers of any type are not allowed to Baratang Island.

    Many Government buses start from Port Blair to Baratang, which leaves the Bus Terminus near Aberdeen Bazaar, Port Blair, every day from 5:30 AM and 11:00 AM. They take about 4 hours, 45 minutes to reach there. There is no system of advance booking. You will have to book the bus tickets at the Port Blair Bus Terminus ticketing counter.

    There are also AC coaches to the Baratang Island that are commonly provided by local service providers. They promise a comfortable trip, and they also come inclusive of lunch. These buses pick up tourists from their hotels and resorts for the journey. The journey is in two phases – Port Blair to Jirkatang, which is a distance of 40 km covered in 1 hr 15 minutes, and then Jirkatang to Baratang, which is about 50 km covered in about the same time again. The Andaman Grand Trunk road connects Port Blair to South, Middle, and North Andaman. You can drive through this road to the government convoy check post at Jirkatang village.

    The check post clearance is done in the early morning hours, i.e., 6 AM and 9 AM, so you will have to leave from Port Blair much early, preferably at 4 AM or 6 AM.

    It is an exciting drive to Baratang Island from Port Blair with rich green scenery and birds on the way.

    How to reach Baratang Island by water?

    You can also reach Baratang Island from Port Blair by water using a ferry. This way is the faster mode of travel, but it is not available every day. Government ferry services from Port Blair to Baratang are available, but this ferry does not make a return trip on the same day. So it is not suitable for a day trip. Two days before the scheduled departure, ferry Tickets go on sale, and you can buy them.

    The ferries sail from Port Blair to Baratang and drop the passengers at Baratang. They then immediately go to Havelock Islands. The Havelock to Baraton Island distance is roughly about 170 km. You can take the journey in from Port Blair to Jirkatang, and then from Jirkatang to Nilamber Jetty via Middle Strait. The Andaman

    Administration has launched havelock to Baratang Island ferry service. You can also use this service to cross the bay to Uttara Jetty also where you can do bird-watching and sightseeing.
    Even when you are traveling to Baratang Island by road, you have to take the vehicle ferry at Baratang Jetty check post. Ferries take all the road vehicles aboard to cross the waters between Nilambur Jetty at Middle Strait and Baratang.

    A day trip to Baratang Island from Port Blair is an enriching experience. A typical Baratang Island day trip booking can be made either online or at Port Blair itself, when you visit the place. You get picked from your hotel in Port Blair and start the journey around 3:30 AM. You get to travel through the dense tropical mangrove forests to the Jarawa Tribal Reserve. Rich natural scenery, exotic birds, and mesmerizing limestone cave all add to the beauty of your surroundings. In all, a trip to Baratang Island not only provides an energizing trip but also creates lasting memories to cherish forever.

  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands conjures an image of the exotic in the minds of visitors, who cherish holidays in the lap of virgin nature for moments of bliss, spent in solitude. An archipelago comprising of 572 islands, islets, and rocky outcrops, a visitor to the Andaman Islands is spoilt for choice of sun, sea, sand, and the beauty of evergreen and mangrove forests. A Profusion of marine life forms in their natural habitat is best enjoyed through walking undersea, snorkeling, scuba diving, and, if not anything else, glass-bottom boat rides. The trip to the Andaman Islands is incomplete without a visit to  Baratang Island, which is at a distance of 100 km from Port Blair. The best time to visit the famous Baratang Island Limestone Caves and Mud Volcano is between November and February when the sea is tranquil and the weather, pleasant for a memorable vacation.

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    Top things to do in Baratang Island:

    The ethereal journey to Brarating Island through the Andaman Trunk Road runs deep within the Jarawa territory, one of the oldest surviving and essentially reclusive tribes on Planet Earth.  Baratang Island things to do are both sublime and thrilling in abounding heavenly attractions. The silence of the woods is interspersed with the melody of myriad bird species. The serene blue-green crystal clear water, lapping at the feet changing hues with splendid crimson of the setting sun, is supremely fulfilling. Yet, Baratang Island Itinerary is a storehouse of varied activities to be enjoyed in the company of family and friends.

    Trek to the Limestone Caves:

    The Baratang Island Limestone Caves are the magical natural architecture of Stalagmites, Stalactites, and a visual treat inspires awe. A trek through the thick Baratang Island Andaman Mangrove offers the discerning visitor an adventure of a lifetime. The Limestone Cave is a unique natural geological wonder. It transforms daily with fresh carvings, created by deposits of marine components like corals, skeletons, and seashells over millions of years.

    Hiking to the Mud Volcanoes:

    One cannot miss the experience of hiking to the Mud Volcano, the only natural landmark in India. Imagination and remembering the many visuals of live Volcanoes around the world can be a reality at Baratang Island. Instead of the anticipated molten lava from a gushing Volcano, this mysterious creation of nature is a sea of craters spewing mud, water, and gases like Carbon dioxide, Nitrogen, and exploding Methane. If not for the spectacle of seeing a live Volcano, an opportunity to witness the only such natural Geological marvel in the country cannot be missed.

    Boat Ride through a Canopy of Mangroves:

    The piercing sunshine through the Baratang Island Andaman Mangrove Canopy creates a magical display of natural chiaroscuro of tantalizing patterns on the shimmering water. The dancing light beckons the visitor in leisurely Baratang Island Boat Rides to the majestic Limestone Caves. The serpentine waterways, crisscrossing the Mangrove forest, leaves one in a mesmeric trance by cheering exotic birds and animals, which is certain to rekindle the aesthetics of a shutterbug to capture vivid images for posterity.

    Visit Parrot Island:

    Lurking within close proximity of Baratang Island is the secluded uninhabited islet, which comes alive with the chirping of thousands of Parakeets coming home to roost every evening. Nestled among the surrounding Mangrove, Parrot Island derives its name from the spectacle of the bright green feathered birds, painting the crimson backdrop of the setting sun in dazzling contrast. Their cheerful vibrancy brings the otherwise sedate Island to life, making it a must Baratang Island place to visit.

    Exploring Baludera Beach:

    Can any Island in the Andaman be without its own alluring beach? Baratang is no exception. The pristine expanse of sun and golden sand, juxtaposed with blue-green contrast of tranquil waters, with equally azure skies in the company, is the ultimate in luxurious relaxation. Famous as a secluded beauty, Baludera Beach is a study of peace in solitude. Far from the bustling crowd, it is among the Baratang Island top places to explore. Eco-friendly huts for lazing on the sandy beach, feasting upon the sight of the deep blue sky meeting the sea at the distant horizon, accompanied with delicious drinks and platter, Baludera Beach has it all. Despite its pervasive silence, one can give free rein to indulgence in beachcombing and the occasional fun-filled Elephant Ride.

    Salt Water Crocodile sighting:

    Salt Water habitat for Crocodiles in mainland India is few and far between. The Andaman Islands offer Salt Water Crocodiles ample scope to thrive. Sighting Baratang Island Crocodiles in their natural habitat is awe-inspiring for wildlife aficionados and a rare opportunity for others. Salt Water Crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) habitat is spread across the entire archipelago. Thus, exploring the Islands can result in the sighting of Salt Water Crocodile in the Open Sea, near the Coastline and Shores, Mangrove Creeks, Freshwater Rivers, and Swamps.

    Explore Jaeawa Creek:

    A ride in the Jarawa Creek offers the visitor of all ages the scope to absorb the raw, pristine beauty of Baratang Island. The Creek is the abode of the Jarawas, who still live in harmony with nature. Reputed to be one of the ancient surviving tribes, they shun civilization and lead a life of detachment, surviving on their hunting skills. Sheer luck can lead to a glimpse of a few members of the tribe. But interacting with them is aggressively discouraged. The mystique of the Jarawa encounter is an added anticipatory attraction of the dense greenery, encompassed by a profusion of surrounding blue waters and sky above.

    Exciting Water Activities:

    When in Baratang Island, the adventurous have ample scope to indulge in adrenaline gushing activities, apart from treating the senses to nature’s bounty, typical of a tropical paradise. Canoeing, Snorkeling, and Scuba Diving options are a must to grab, as they are seldom found activities elsewhere. The sight of Corals at Mohwa Dera, 31 Km from Port Blair, leads one to an underwater fairyland. It is an experience bound to be forever etched in one’s mind, to be cherished for years to come.

  • Baratang Island, also known as Ranchiwalas Island, belongs to the North and Middle Andaman administrative district, almost 150 kms away from Port Blair. It is the gateway to the north from Port Blair and is counted amongst one of the main islands of the group, closely situated near the archipelago in the Bay of Bengal that adjoins the Andaman Sea. This magnificent island of an area of 243 square kilometres has some wonderful geographical features such as marvellous mangrove creeks and startling limestone caves. Famous in Andaman for giving a one day enriching experience, this Island has some of the distinct features too like the only mud volcanoes found in India. Baratang Island is still unexplored and untouched which is why it is not commercialised and has almost negligible tourists’ facilities such as luxury hotels and resorts like other islands of Andaman, which is an added advantage to this island. But, there is availability of private accommodation along with Forest and PWD guest houses that need permits accordingly. The blues and hues amalgamate here on this island, turning your journey memorable with endless snaps and unexplained beautiful views. The classic rustic scenery of villagers and tribal inhabitants is a treat to the city people to get to live their lifestyle and embrace their customs and traditions. On your way to this island, if you are lucky enough then you may spot the Jarawa tribes on your commutation from Jirkatang to Middle Strait, especially when you’ll go through by Great Andaman Trunk Road.

    The untarnished beauty of this island separates it from the rest of the islands and maintains its position as a popular destination for tourists even without some exotic and extravagant facilities. Since human safaris are banned in this island as per the orders of Supreme Court to maintain and decrease the exploitations of the tribes, this place feels much more connected to nature and its glory. The mangrove boat ride would entice your heart strings and the local Indian cuisine would please your tummy while you lose yourself in the aura of Baratang Island.

    Best Time to Visit Baratang Island:

    This island allures the tourists throughout the year but the best time to visit is from November to February. The calm sea during these month provide the best environment to experience the available water sports and go trekking in the undulation trails, and witness the awe of nature in its lap. The weather during these months is the most suitable to experience the USPs of this island to the fullest. It is generally advisable to avoid the visit during the monsoon season to avoid risk and travel hindrances. It is also advisable to wear light cotton clothes along with comfortable shoes because this island requires a lot of walking.

    How to Reach Baratang Island:

    Great Andaman Trunk Road is the path that leads you to Baratang Island from Port Blair. The duration of travel from Port Blair to Middle Strait is approx. 2.5 to 3 hours which is divided into two parts- from Port Blair to Jirkatang and then from Jirkatang to Bartang Island. It is important to note that two-wheelers are not permissible and thus, small four wheelers are the only option available to visit Baratang Island. The undulating topography may cause a little travel sickness but the scenic outdoors will woo your heart with ample of awe-striking natural beauty. You may also track Jawara tribe on your way along the roadside.

    The types of transportation available for travelling are government bus from the STS Bus Terminal at Aberdeen Bazaar, private bus from Mohanpura Bus Terminal, taxi/ cabs from Veer Savarkar Airport and jetty from the Nilambur Jetty.

    Government Bus: If you are willing to save out on travelling cost then you must consider taking a government bus from Port Blair from the STS Bus Terminal at Aberdeen Bazaar. These buses offers shared trips and aren’t equipped with air conditioners. The starting point of these buses is in the morning from Port Blair which covers Baratang Island, North and Middle Andamans. There is a possibility that the bus do not take a return trip to Port Blair on the same day so be prepared well in advance to board adifferent bus if you wish to return to Port Blair on the same day from Baratang. The only disadvantage of choosing government bus is that it does not pick you up from your location and hence, you would have to board it wither from the main Bus terminus or from some bus stops on the Andaman Grand Trunk Road. Thus, make sure you book your tickets will in advance and take a confirmation before you head towards Baratang Island.

    Private Bus: These buses also start from Port Blair in the morning itself. They are well equipped with air conditioner because of which its fare is a bit more expensive as compared to that of the government buses. But if you want to ease your travel experience then you should try it out before giving it a second thought. In these buses, there is also the facility of special coaches for the one day Baratang trippers which have to be pre-booked. Like the government buses, these buses also do not cater the facility to pick you up from your location and hence, have to board it from a specific location as per the tickets and the nearest boarding location or from some bus stops on the Andaman Grand Trunk Road.

    Government Ferry: Nilambur Jetty is the place from where you get a jetty to Baratang. The government and private buses can take you from Port Blair to this jetty. The ferry fare is very reasonable as it is government operated and takes only about 15 minutes to reach Baratang  which could be a time saver. The only problem is that this ferry doesn’t come back to Port Blair on the same day making it less preferred for the travel option for a one day trip. After this ferry drops the passengers at Baratang Island, it leaves for Havelock Island ( Swaraj Dweep ).

    Private taxis/ cabs: This could be a more expensive yet an altogether comfortable experience for you as you make your way from Port Blair to Baratang Island. It is considered as a good option for the ones who are more prone to motion sickness because the bumpy rides can spoil your entire mood if not taken care of the health while travelling. A private cab/ taxi can be booked as per the number of passengers so if you are travelling with a small group, cabs/taxis which are generally 5-7 seater can do but if it’s a comparatively larger group then you can go for Tempo travellers.

    Transportation of Baratang Island:

    It is comparatively easy to travel in the Baratang Island than travelling to this island from Port Blair. There are various options available depending upon the number of people and individual convenience. Some different modes of transportation can be listed as:
    Private Jeeps- These can take you to places like Mud Volcano from the Baratang Jetty.
    Government Bus – It can give you a ride to sightseeing spots such as Mud Volcano and Baludera Beach.
    Private Cars- The private cars or taxis can give you a one-time solution for all the travel matters on this island; from Port Blair to Baratang, around the island and then back.
    It is important to note that scooter or bike rentals are not available on this Island and also, auto-rickshaws are also nowhere to be accessible on Baratang Island.

    Duration of Stay in Baratang Island:

    This tropical island unleashes one of the most treasurable attractions such as Limestone Caves, Mud Volcano, and Parrot Island. Most of the island can be covered in 2 days maximum but if you are time bounded then it is advisable to cover the major spots and make it a one day trip to satisfy your adventure hunger. Baratang Island is technically not a destination to take accommodation because of the inadequate stay facilities. Since there are only three guesthouses – APWD Guest House, Forest Guest House and Panchayat Guest House – and a private resort, Dew Dale, it is difficult to accommodate tourists and thus, may lead to an uneasy environment. Also, for night halt, a special permit is needed from the UT Administration.

    People of Baratang Island:

    According to the 2011 census of India, the Island has 5691 inhabitants. There are a twelve villages in Baratang in which the most popular ones namely are Adazig, Sunderghar, Nayaghar and Nilambur(HQ).The people residing in this location have a long history dating back to the late nineteenth century when the city of Ranchi was under political upheaval. The locals escaped and took refuge by converting themselves to Christianity who were further commanded to move to the forests of Andaman and Nicobar islands by the Britishers. They would great agriculture opportunity in Baratang Island so they stayed back here to cultivate crops. Since then, this Island is also the home to those refugees and their heirs along with Jarawa tribe who have their settlements along the Great Andaman Trunk Road, particularly in the Jarawa Tribe Reserve region. Make sure you do not intrude their privacy or interact with them, as it could lead to fine and imprisonment. Also, offering food or any objects and clicking their individual pictures or selfies is also prohibited by the Andaman administration.

    Language of Baratang Island:

    Most people know Hindi but they are not well versed with English. Since, this location is not a typical tourist destination, the lack of commercialisation has proven to be a drawback in term of language and communication. The crop cultivators of Ranchi and Jarawa tribe are the local residents of this place and hence, it is difficult to indulge in even small talks here without a proper guide.

    Exploring Baratang Island:

    Baratang Island is the place to embrace the full-fledged experience of a day out in the forest lands amongst the tribe and tremendous natural habitat. At every step ahead in your journey, it offers you a chance to gaze at the utopia of nature. It gives you a taste to cherish the basic lifestyle and spend a quality time staring at the nature than at your phones and devices. The tour can be a nirvana in your hectic lives where you can galvanise yourself from the worries of life.

    The exploration of Baratang Island is one level up than its travel journey: it is definitely a treasure hunt in the vast green tropical island with lots of surprises boxed up on your way! You should not miss out on exploring these sites on your visit to Baratang Island:

    Mangrove Creeks: The soothing boat ride floating amidst the thick mangrove creeks will definitely be once in a lifetime experience to grab onto. Lose yourself in the dawdling ride with you loved ones while you witness the variety of birds chirping and singing honey dipped melodies and animals gazing you with their timid eyes to set the ambience. It seems like a tunnel to heaven that leads to limestone caves, leaving you speechless with its overwhelming milieu with the streams of canopies and tree knots.

    Mud Volcanoes: The most special attraction of this island is its mud volcanoes as they are the only active mud volcanoes present in India. Some of these mud volcanoes are also found in Diglipur which grabs the attention of almost every traveller. The tempting live volcanoes can drop your jaw with the clayey grey mud discharging from the mouth of the volcanoes. You can be relieved by knowing the fact that these volcanoes erupts natural gases like methane instead of molten lava. On your walk to these volcanoes, you shall also come across some intriguing and sporadic wildflowers and mushrooms.

    Limestone Caves: The limestones caves will entice you with its stimulating and erratic shapes of stalagmites, stalactites and rock formations. These have been formed over the years of recurrent erosion by carbon dioxide dissolved water. You can have fun while you trek to this location after a delightful ride in the Mangrove creeks. It would take 30-minutes’ drive from Baratang and a 30 minutes trek (2 km) into the jungle to reach this location. The natural carving of these cool limestone caves are irresistible and can give you a magical experience to appreciate the creativity of mother earth. Here, you can also locate the crocodiles that rest near the swamps.

    Parrot Island: Ever wondered what would it be like to visit a land full of vibrant parrots? Come and hear out the parrots of Baratang Island in their residence- Parrot Island. You can spot various types and colours of parrots along with few other variety of birds as they retrieve to their nests as the sun sets. The amalgamation of the crimson sky and flock of parrots is the perfect way to end your day with a blissful heart and lots of lovely memories. If you are bird watcher, then you can’t afford to miss out on this location.

    Baludera Beach: A beach that brings you closer to solitude and nature: Baludera Beach. With less population and more serenity, this is a perfect place to relax and take a breath from your tour in Baratang Island. Make yourself comfortable by swimming in the low tides under the bright sky. The aura of this beach leaves you in awe and makes you want to spend your entire day lying around in leisure. This island is also a happening place in terms of some fun activities such as beachcombing and elephant ride which you can take as a gift wrapped up in the memory lane.

    Hotels to Stay in Baratang Island:

    Since Baratang Island is not a place to stay for longer and is not fully commercialised in order to maintain the natural and cultural significance, this island does not have many accommodation spots. The available ones are really comfortable and operate in a way that brings you closer to the natural way of living. The three best places to have a home like stay are:
    Dew Dale Resort
    Coral Creek Resort
    Hotel Avis

    Restaurants in Baratang Island:

    The limited food places of Baratang Island offers you the Brest ethnic and local cuisine to warm your taste buds during your trip to this island. The rich taste of the naturally grown crops without added preservatives can change your perspective as a foodie. Some food stalls and small eateries are available near and around the Nilambur jetty, which serves mainly South-Indian and Bengali dishes as their core platter but the snacks and refreshments are adequately available for the tourists at every turn. The meals here are very much affordable along with a good taste that can make your day. The coconut water shall add life to your tiresome trekking and would help you to beat the heat of the scorching sun. Spicy cucumbers, lassis, and buttermilk are some other rejuvenating snacks that you can rely on while you dwell in the beauty of Baratang Island. The places that we would like you to try out are:
    Dew Dale Restaurant
    Jetty Hotel
    AMS Restaurant
    Port Canteen
    Sujath Bar and Restaurant
    Deeya Baroi Hotel

    Connectvity in Baratang Island:

    This island does not support proper connectivity and the tourists might suffer in keeping in touch but this is a good reason to keep the phones aside and indulge in admiring the nature. Here, BSNL is known to provide much better connectivity than any other networks. Also, it is advisable to the tourists to carry enough amount of cash to ease the trouble of withdrawing money from the ATM since there are limited number of ATM’s available which are generally out of cash because of multiple withdraws from tourists.

    Healthcare and Safety in Baratang Island:

    This island has a very limited access to proper and well equipped medical facilities but it is easy to connect with Port Blair which eases the emergency situations. Since, this island is on its developing stage, the health infrastructure is being improvised and taken care of by the health administration. Anyway, there are enough medical facilities to deal with medical issues and in case of some serious case, he patients are transferred to Port Blair. Homeopathy dispensaries are also available in this island which is a sign of progress.

    In case of emergencies, you can feel free to dial these numbers to assist you in Baratang Island:
    Baratang Hospital : 03192-279533
    Baratang police station: 03192-279503


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