How to Tour Baratang Island Andaman

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Baratang island tour

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.

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Visit Baratang Island

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 natural 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 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 degree to 35 degree 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.

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 long Que of cars waiting to enter the jungle.The first journey starts 6.30am and the last on goes at 2.30 pm.The forest checkpoint is having many stalls which offers 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 help 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 offence.

The last leg of the journey is very exciting. The large ferry will  carry us along with bus, truck and our motorvan to other 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 salt water  merciless crocodiles.

You can also venture Baratang via government ferries. Ferry service is available thrice in a week.

A note and guideline on Jarwas

Jarawas are considered the 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.

While I traveled there my driver confirmed that only 800 people exists in several groups.
Jarawas like to be in a joint family.They have a solid work distribution principle. While they roam around different parts of the jungle due to availability of food items, they never take anything from civilized people.(Few people said jarawas beg food and there was a video went viral as the British traveler asked them to dance for a piece of bread.)
They don’t know how to use salt .So any food having salt can cause serious issue to there health.They generally hunt wild pig,turtle fish,crab etc. The responsibility of the men is to protect the land from intruders while the responsibility of a  woman to collect food .They often collect fruits from trees ,wild roots ,tubers and honey.
Never try to touch then even if they come near your car. Their nails are very poisonous.It is told they do not get flu or fever.They know the anti of flu. It is also said that they can understand the signals of mother nature and other animals.During Tsunami when thousands of so called civilized people died,They survived untouched.Significantly they also celebrate several festivals .They have a queen concept. During festival she dresses up with red color dress made of forest trees.Ladies generally covers the lower part with leaves.

Where to visit in Baratang:

There are plenty of beaches which attract tourists all year round.

Limestone Caves

Rock erosion for years and some deposits of coral reefs, skeletons, and other deposits has led to the formation of limestone caves which keeps changing their shape over time.The walls of the cave and inside is having 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.She took years after years to create the marvellous 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).

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Line stone cave

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 wooden Jetty, walk through the rural path for 2 kilometre to reach to the limestone cave.The walk through the mother nature is mesmerizing and very thrilling. You can get a touch how the rural life works here.

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