Baratang

Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep) is a tiny but beautiful island located 37 Kms. to the south of the Andaman Islands. With unexplored coral reefs, brilliant biodiversity, white sandy beaches and tropical forest and vegetation, it is one of the hot tourist spots in the Andamans.

Lime Stone Cave

About Lime Stone Cave

The Andaman Islands also hosts the phenomenon of mud volcanoes. These active structures are formed due to the emission of gases by decaying matter underground. When these gases reach the surface, they ooze and spill over the ground. Over a period of time, they form conical structures and thus create a mini volcano with a rich, creamy mud crater at the top. Baratang is one of the only two places in Andaman to harbour mud volcanoes. So, make a note to visit this nature’s splendour when you plan a trip to Baratang.

The Limestone caves of Baratang displays this spectacle in an idyllic fashion. 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 be able to see anything. Also it may get slippery inside the caves so it is advisable to come in floaters or shoes. It should be, on your must visit list, when you come to Baratang Island.

Transport

There are two ways to reach the Lime Stone caves from Baratang Island. Tourists have to charter a boat from Baratang (Nilambur Jetty) and reach the Nayadera Jetty. After this they have to trek for 1.5 km to reach the caves.

Tourists can also reach the Nilambur Jetty via a broad-walk constructed through the mangrove creek. This walk is truly spectacular. Walking amidst dense forest is a novel idea for nature lovers. The boat ride that connects these caves with Baratang jetty is magnificent. It passes through a narrow mangrove creek which is an experience in itself.

Mud Volcano

About Mud Volcano

The Andaman Islands also hosts the phenomenon of mud volcanoes. These active structures are formed due to the emission of gases by decaying matter underground. When these gases reach the surface, they ooze and spill over the ground. Over a period of time, they form conical structures and thus create a mini volcano with a rich, creamy mud crater at the top. Baratang is one of the only two places in Andaman to harbour mud volcanoes. So, make a note to visit this nature’s splendour when you plan a trip to Baratang.