From spectacular Limestone Caves to lush mangrove creeks, Baratang is known for its natural beauties. There are tidal swamp woods and Mud Volcanoes, both of which are minor yet intriguing. Between the Middle and South Andaman Islands, it is the first entrance north of the main city. Because of its proximity to Port Blair (about 100 km), it is a popular one-day travel destination, especially for those with limited time.
A Quick Overview of Baratang Island
Baratang is a small island in the centre of the Andaman Sea that is renowned as the "Gateway to the Middle Andaman." Rain forests cover the island, which is surrounded by mangroves. It is located between the south and the centre of the Andaman Islands, 100 kilometres from the main city of Port Blair.
Baratang exudes vastness and authenticity, with vast, undeveloped areas, a rich and interesting past, and a fantasy rendition of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The government has designated the dense forests that surround Baratang Island as a protected zone. Except for a few attractions, travellers are prohibited from visiting the majority of Baratang Island.
Baratang is a lesser-known place, and the trek there will test the brave's perseverance. Only the most adrenaline junkies should venture into Bratang. The enticements are unavoidable. A voyage in a police-protected convoy through the reserve forest, your car being moved on a vehicle ferry, a dingue ride through thick mangrove swamps, and a hike through the rainforest to reach the limestone caverns are all part of the route to the island.
How do I go to Baratang Island?
Hiring a private vehicle/car or a private AC bus is the best and most convenient method to go to Baratang. Taking a government bus from Port Blair is your best choice if you want to get to Baratang for the least amount of money.
Two-wheelers are not permitted to travel the entire distance to Baratang. You'll need to take the 'Andaman Trunk Road' (ATR) and drive in a convoy with one short vehicle-ferry link between the islands. Although this is a four-hour turbulent trip, the lush woods and azure waterways may make the journey enjoyable.
One thing to keep in mind is that there are a few Jarawas along the road. The ATR crosses through the forest, where the indigenous Jarawa tribe lives, and many tribals people wait to cross to the opposite side of the road. Interacting with them, offering them food or presents, or even taking photographs of them is strictly prohibited. For the same, one can be punished and imprisoned.