Introduction to Baratang Island
Baratang Island tour is a massive Island that extends over an area of 243 kilometers. It is a remote island located at the south of Andaman and 93 miles from Port Blair.
The island can be accessed by road from Port Blair or accessible via passenger ferry originating at Port Blair.
Baratang Island is the gateway to access north Andaman. Baratang island is very popular for its natural assets.
The island is famous for its geology and natural wonders with a lot of limestone caves and mangrove creeks. It has everything to turn your holiday into an unforgettable experience.
Mud Volcano, Parrot Island, and limestone caves are some of the physical features and the best tourist attraction sites on the island.
During your visit to Diglipur or can be one day visit from Port Blair. While this place is a natural to delight and photographers Paradise.
It is very less developed. No Tourist hub, no bird watching, no good restaurants, or no accommodation are available here.
With all these, if you want to stay here for the night, you can get virgin beach with unique birds watching experience. Local fisherman arranges a boat journey via mangrove, which may be very pleasant and adventurous.
Whether in Baratang
The temperature range in Baratang is between 20 degrees to 35 degrees centigrade. Being coastal, it is not unbearable heat but it is having humid for sure.
How to go to Baratang:
Baratang Island is well connected by Andaman trunk Road(ATR), Which goes to Rangat and Mayabunder via Baratang Island.
The journey to Baratang island is via a Jarawa Reserve forest. This is the area of the Andaman tribe. Plan to leave early so that you can go with the first lot of cars.
Once you reach the checkpoint. You have to submit your government ID cards to the officials. While coming back you need to get it from them.
The first stop will be Jirkatang. It is a check post. You can see a long Que of cars waiting to enter the jungle. The first journey starts at 6.30 am and the last one goes at 2.30 pm.
The forest checkpoint is having many stalls that offer different foods along with tea and coffee. Paid and free toilets are also available here.
If you are lucky, you can see the tribes. Our experienced driver cum guide helps us to spot few ladies. Photography is strictly prohibited. Also do not offer food from car, even if they ask. Photography or feeding the jarwa is a punishable offense.
The last leg of the journey is very exciting. The large ferry will carry us along with the bus, truck, and our motor van to another side.
Waiting for the ferry is very boring, you can actually take some snacks and tea in the nearby stall. You can also try coconut water.
Do not go near the water. It is famous for having saltwater merciless crocodiles.
You can also venture Baratang via government ferries. Ferry service is available thrice a week.
A note and guideline on Jarwas
Jarawas are considered isolated and uncivilized people. Every effort to make them civilized failed. Still, govt is trying hard to mingle with them with the help of a translator.
The island is considered as their own homeland. Photography and offering food to them is a punishable offense.
There are plenty of beaches which attract tourists all year round.
Rock erosion for years and some deposits of coral reefs, skeletons, and other deposits have led to the formation of limestone caves which keep changing their shape over time.
The walls of the cave and inside are having a limestone foundation. The cave is dark. You can take a torch to see the structures.
It is truly a spellbound craft created by mother nature. It took years after years to create the marvelous cave.
The cave stands tall even after erosion caused by wind and tortures of visitors. The limestone formation is present on the ground and on the ceiling (hanging).
The caves act as the major tourist attraction site in India with many people across the world come to explore the caves as they pass through the dense mangrove forest. It is also a great place for hiking or trekking.
The journey to Limestone cave is a nice one. The boat is of country-made diesel boat. Throughout the journey, there will be life jackets available. The boat will enter a narrow mangrove forest.
You can get a boat from Baratang Island( Nilambur Jetty) that will take this natural wonder. After reaching the wooden Jetty, walk through the rural path for 2 kilometers to reach the limestone cave.
The walkthrough of mother nature is mesmerizing and very thrilling. You can get a touch of how rural life works here.
This place is well guarded by the forest department. There are two ways to go to a limestone cave. Take the longest route while going as you will have lots of energy and return via the second route. It is surely a must-visit place in Baratang Island.
Very few coconut huts and snack stalls are available here. You can stop here for a cup of tea.
From Nilambur Jetty you need to take a Jetty and climb around 150 meters to reach a mud volcano.
Even though it is not heavy mud coming out. Hence it is not visually appealing. But being a rare volcano, it has its own significance.
In the Mud volcano, gases like nitrogen, methane, and carbon dioxide are released from the earth’s interiors. Mud emerge from the volcano in a semi-solid state; no lava formation.
This tiny little pocket-sized volcano does not emit lava rather it emits mud. This is why it is unique.
The volcano is a good tourist attraction site. Adventure enthusiasts like hiking into the mud volcano. You can give it a try.
Having a boat ride through the mangrove creeks gives you an unforgettable experience. You can book a motorboat from Baratang Jetty all the way to the limestone caves through the mangrove forest.
Mangrove creeks are the inseparable part of Baratang Island. So you should not miss the opportunity to travel via these creeks.
You can also watch various bird species along the green trails of canopies and trees.
Journey through creek
The locals cut the tree to create a tunnel-shaped way so that the visitor can travel in a diesel-powered motorboat. The deep and dense mangroves create shade as sunlight can not penetrate through them.
It is one of the most visited places on Baratang Island. The dense jungle around this isolated creek protects the tribals.
You might get a chance to see them if you are lucky. But remember, They still consume raw foods (fruits, meat, etc ) and they don’t know the use of salt. So do not feed them your snacks.
Parrot Island is a flat bedded, a small island that offers a unique bird( parrot) watching experience.
This is a great place you can spend a peaceful time with your friends and family as you watch the parrots fly around. The island got its name from the flock of parrots in the area.
Walking through the dense mangrove forest you can come across a number of multicolored parakeets.
This tiny island is full of mangrove trees provides a unique view to the visitor about parrots. During sunset lakhs of parrots come back to their nest. The chirping of the parrots creates a unique experience.
You can enjoy the same while seating on the island or exploring the island on a boat. The dusk makes the area alive.
The sunset from this Island creates a unique panoramic view weight lush green dense forest, blue seawater, setting sun red color everywhere with thousands of parrots flying on the sky.
The island is accessible via a boat as you explore the beautiful mangrove forest or you can cruise ride into the island giving you a unique experience of the Island as well.
The best time would post 5 pm So you cannot return to Port Blair but can stay here for a night or proceed to Diglipur.
This is an island that resembles the shape of a guitar hence the name. The island is less explored and the beaches in the area are narrow and creamy.
The island can easily be accessed via the Long Island Jetty and it is a great place for a honeymoon.
You can take a walk along the beaches and explore various sea species like shells, hermit crabs, and others.
Baludara beach is 9 km away from nilambur jetty provides another unique experience to the visitor. Baludera Beach is an isolated beach in Andaman with less crowd.
If you’re looking for a romantic holiday destination with less population, the stunning beauty of Baludera beach is a place you don’t want to miss.
Very few visitors come here to explore the hidden beauty. So if you are visiting, you may be the only person or only group on the beach. It is extremely popular among locals. You can find there picnicking on the beaches.
The serene environment is welcoming and peaceful. This beach is a very relaxing beach. You can spend time in the shade of the mangrove forest.
You can also play with water here. However, the gentle movement of the beach and endless calmness will surely blow away your mind.
Even though the beach is very tempting to swim. Do not venture if there is nobody along with you or if your guide does not permit this activity.
One more thing you can do is to explore the area on a mighty elephant. Elephant ride ground this tranquil beach is the prime crowd puller.
Pristine beach, clean water, the mighty elephant makes it as beautiful as you can think of. During low tide, you can enjoy swimming here too.
You can book a night at one of the treetop huts and enjoy a romantic evening. Once at the beach you can try beachcombing along with elephant riding.
In Balu Dera Beach, There are very few stalls that sell refreshments. The beach lacks the basic snacks and security facility.(locker/almirah/lifeguard). There is no changing room or toilet.
Note: There is no lifeguard facility available here. So be very careful.
Bluff Island is located 64 KM from Port Blair. The island is rich in aquatic life, wildlife, and several beaches. If you love nature, Bluff Island is a perfect spot for you and your family.
You can do snorkeling or diving on the island. If you want to have a relaxed day, you can explore the nearby wildlife sanctuary.
Strait Island is the smallest island in Andaman and it is located 6 KM from Baratang Island. There is a high population of birds and deer on the island.
If you love to explore wildlife and dense forests, then this island should be in your top list of must-do activities in Andaman.
Mark Bay beach is an untouched unpolluted less crowded and most secluded beach of berating. Like any other beaches, it is also covered with lush green mangroves.
The tide is gentle and the slope is gradual. The regular yellow colored sand gives you an opportunity to refresh either on the beach or the shore. The beach is ideal and best for sunbathing.
Lalaji Bay Beach
This beach offers full of silvery sand and gentle tide. This beach shows various shades of water. You can see that sea creature almost from the shore. The beach is well shaded by coconut trees and other forest trees. You can go for a swim.
Lalaji Bay Beach is very less crowded and less populated. The beach mostly has no stalls and refreshments.
The beach does not have any security, locker, or almirah facility. You have to do a makeshift arrangement for the change room. There is no toilet facility too.
Cuthbert Bay beach
Cuthbert Bay beach is also another unpopular, untouched, unpolluted, secluded beach of Baratang. It offers visitors a calm and composed beach. This is one of the popular turtle nesting places.
Amkunj beach has started gaining tourist attraction recently due to fact that it is very near to the main road. This beach is a color palette of mother nature.
She used every bit of color everywhere. Dark green deep forest,yellowish-green leaves, light green small plants, black and brownish stone mixed with yellowish black sand, red corals, and at least five shades of blue available in sky and ocean along with the white cloud.
The panoramic view is breathtaking. Due to the stone factor, it is not suited for swimming but one can relax on the shore. or sit on the benches provided by the government.
Note- do not run or let your kid run on this beach. The stones are very sharp and falling is painful.
Water Sports activities
Baratang tourism is growing slowly. At this moment sea walking is the major water sport along with scuba diving and snorkeling. Camping is still not an option here. Do not try that.
Baratang island offers a beautiful opportunity for non-swimmers to be personal with sea creatures in knee-deep water or waist-deep water.
Mohwa Dera Village
If time permits you can visit Mohwa Dera Village for a glimpse of coral gazing. For this, you need to know a little about swimming.
For nonswimmers, there is an option called a glass-bottom boat. Both these activities give a unique view of corals and other sea creatures.
Spike Island Midlife Sanctuary
You must stumble upon this beautiful place named spike Island /It is a wildlife sanctuary covering 211 km. It is a place for flora and fauna.
One can spot spotted deers, wild pigs, squirrels, and birds here. This is a terrific experience to visit here.
Where to eat in Baratang Island?
Although there are no fancy restaurants in the area, there are various food stalls and small eateries that ensure you don’t go hungry once in Baratang. Most of the restaurants in the area serve South Indian cuisines and Bengali dishes.
Near the jetty, there are few Government guest houses available but their bookings are very hard to get. There is also a private Resort called Dew Dale Resort. Walk into resorts are not possible.
You can get makeshift refreshment points with a fresh fish fry and other snacks on the roadside. Tea, coffee stalls are also available. But there are no organized restaurants in Baratang. You can pack your food from Port Blair or you can try authentic rural food.
The island is exceptionally beautiful with a nice atmosphere and environment. You can enjoy a variety of Bengali dishes in this café at reasonable prices. The canteen also serves local fish fries and snacks to the visitors.
Jetty is a simple hotel in Baratang which offers simple food to the visitors. They also serve veggies. Although it only accepts cash payments, it is one of the best food stalls within Baratang and it is good for kids.
This is a simple and decent restaurant you can enjoy your meals within the remote island. They have tasty foods served with a smile. The restaurant is very clean and neat.
Xalxo is a restaurant near Baludera beach that serves pure vegetarian food and Indian cuisines. It is an all-day dining restaurant and can serve a large number of people at a time. It serves delicious food at average prices.
Xalxo offers high-quality food making it the most preferred restaurant in Baratang Island.
AMS offers good and tasty seafood and vegetarian food. It is a small restaurant which offers simple and freshly cooked meals. AMS serves food on a clean butter paper instead of serving directly to a plate thus maintaining food hygiene.
Best place for nightlife in Baratang Island:
Baratang Island has limited facilities and few resorts due to its remote location. Most trips to the island are planned for the same day and by evening visitors return to Port Blair.
If visiting Parrot Island, you have to arrange for an overnight stay at Dew Dale Resort which is close to the island.
Dew Dale Resort
Dew Dale Resort is a famous resort in Baratang which offers excellent services to visitors planning to spend a night in Baratang. It is located close to Parrot Island and Baludera beach.
The resort is well-maintained and offers accommodation, tasty food and drinks from their in house bar. Guest are treated to cool music as they enjoy their favorite drink.
Address- 12.191216, 92.791831, Great Andaman Trunk Rd, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 744210
Phone Number-03192 243 677
Sujath Bar And Restaurant
This is a new establishment with basic amenities. They offer a booze facility.
Location-Nh 4, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 744210
Note: Baratang Island lacks basic medical facilities. It is advisable to carry first aid kits along with you.