Baratang Island (Limestone cave & Mud volcano)
Destination: Baratang Limestone Cave
Distance from Port Blair to Baratang Island: Approx- 100 KM
Located at: Middle Andaman, Andaman & Nicobar Islands
How to Reach Baratang Island: Roadways and sea ways (Vehicle and Government Ferry)
Baratang Limestone Trip Duration: 10 – 12 Hours
Trip Stars from Port Blair to Baratang Island: for 1st Convoy at 03:30 Hrs & for 2nd Convoy: 05:30 Hrs
AC Vehicle Charge for Limestone Cave Baratang Island (Round Trip) : INR 5500/- (approx 06 Person)
Vehicle Ferry Ticket (Round Trip): INR 20/- Per Person
Speed Boat Ticket price for Limestone Cave at Baratang Island: INR 700/- Per Person (Above 02 Year)
Restaurant Availability at Baratang Island: Yes (like Dhaba)
Major Attraction at Baratang Island: Limestone Cave / Mud Volcano
Activities at Baratang Island: Speed Bottom Boat Ride / Trekking / Bird Watching / Mangrove Safari
Limestone Cave Operates from: Baratang Jetty
Closed on: Every Monday
Baratang island situate between south and middle Andaman with beautiful beaches, mangrove creeks, mud-volcanoes and limestone caves. Limestone cave is under forest department and can be explore with their permission and proper local guidance. Other islands like Rangat and Mayabunder passes via this island.
HOW TO REACH BARATANG LIMESTONE CAVE ?
Baratang is 100 kms away from Port Blair. One can reach there by Roadways with government or private vehicle and Seaways with government ferry.
PLACE TO STAY IN BARATANG
Hotels are not available .
From Baratang island (Nilambur Jetty) Limestone Caves is around half- hour boat journey crossing with mangrove sightseeing followed by a boardwalk in tropical forest. Limestone is a sedimentary rock at the bottom of the sea. It is formed by the gradual deposits of fossil of marine life, shells, skeletons and corals from millions of years.
There is a boardwalk winding its way through mangroves from the main creek to Nayadera Jetty for a distance of about 240 mtrs. Tourists can either move directly by boat or can walk through the boardwalk to reach Nayadera jetty.
The boat ride that connects the location of these caves with Baratang jetty is magnificent. It passes through a narrow mangrove creek which is again an amazing experience in itself.
There are massive sedimentary limestone formations, some of which are hanging from the top, some growing from the ground. These caves are constantly evolving in shape and size. As you go inside the caves, you can actually see different patterns that are made by limestone.
Some caves are so dense, deep and dark inside that you need to light a torch to able to see the thing. It may also get slippery inside the caves so it is strongly advisable to come in floaters or shoes and it should be in your to do list when you visit Baratang.
MUD VOLCANO AT BARATANG ISLAND
Mud Volcano is approachable by road from Nilambur jetty. One has to reach up to Jarawa creek by vehicle. From Jarawa creek Mud volcano is at a walk able distance of 250-300 meters. A mud volcano is created by emission of natural gases and by decaying organic matter underground. Mud is shove upwards by the gas which gets deposit and harden on ground. The size increase gradually as more mud oozes out and spills over the edge. hence forms a miniature volcano with rich, creamy mud crater at the top.