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Baratang

A hidden gem nestled within the stunning Andaman archipelago.

Introduction to Baratang Island

Baratang Island, located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India, is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Known for its stunning natural wonders such as limestone caves, mud volcanoes, mangrove forests, and pristine beaches, Baratang offers a unique blend of adventure and tranquility.

How to Reach Baratang Island

From Port Blair to Baratang Island

Step 1: Travel to Port Blair

- By Air: The Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair is well-connected with major Indian cities like Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, and Bangalore.

- By Sea: Passenger ships also operate from Chennai, Kolkata, and Visakhapatnam to Port Blair. The sea journey takes about 3-4 days.

Step 2: From Port Blair to Baratang Island

1. By Road:

- Route: Port Blair - Jirkatang - Baratang Island

- Distance: Approximately 100 km

- Duration: Around 3-4 hours

- Details:
- Start early in the morning from Port Blair.

- Travel by bus, taxi, or private vehicle via the Andaman Trunk Road (ATR).

- Stop at Jirkatang for a mandatory check at the forest check post.

- Continue through the Jarawa Tribal Reserve, which requires traveling in convoys for safety.

- Cross the mangrove creeks using a vehicle ferry service to reach Baratang Island.

2. By Ferry:

- Ferries are available from Port Blair to Baratang Island, offering a scenic route through the Andaman Sea.

- The journey takes approximately 2-3 hours.

Tourist Spots in Baratang Island

1. Limestone Caves

- Description: These caves are natural wonders formed by the gradual deposition of minerals.

- How to Reach:

- Take a speedboat from Baratang Jetty to Nayadera Jetty (around 30 minutes).

- From Nayadera Jetty, a short trek of about 1.2 km through the forest will lead you to the caves.

2. Mud Volcano

- Description: It is the only known mud volcano in India, constantly emitting small amounts of mud and gas.

- How to Reach:

- Travel by vehicle from Baratang Jetty to the Mud Volcano site (approximately 20 minutes).

- A short trek from the parking area to the volcano site.

3. Parrot Island

- Description: Known for its large population of parrots that return to the island every evening.

- How to Reach:

- Take a boat ride from Baratang Jetty in the late afternoon (around 30-40 minutes).

- Best visited during sunset to witness the parrots returning to roost.

4. Baludera Beach

- Description: A serene and less crowded beach perfect for relaxing.

- How to Reach:

- Travel by vehicle from Baratang Jetty (approximately 30 minutes).

Travel Tips

- Permits: Ensure you have the necessary permits to visit the restricted areas, especially when traveling through the Jarawa Tribal Reserve.

- Timing: Start early from Port Blair to align with the convoy timings through the Jarawa Reserve.

- Guides: Hiring a local guide can enhance your experience, providing insights and ensuring safety.

- Safety: Follow all safety guidelines, respect the local tribal communities, and avoid disturbing wildlife.

Services by Holiday in Waves

Holiday in Waves can provide the following services to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip to Baratang Island:

1. Flight and Ship Bookings: Arranging transportation to Port Blair.

2. Transfers: Organizing road and ferry transfers from Port Blair to Baratang Island.

3. Accommodation: Booking hotels or guest houses in Baratang.

4. Guided Tours: Providing local guides for visits to limestone caves, mud volcanoes, Parrot Island, and Baludera Beach.

5. Permits and Permissions: Handling the necessary permits for travel through restricted areas.

6. Custom Itineraries: Crafting personalized travel itineraries based on your preferences.

With these detailed steps and the support of Holiday in Waves, your trip to Baratang Island will be both enjoyable and memorable.