Baratang Island: Total Area 297.60 sq. km2
Baratang is an Island situated in Middle Andaman zone of Great Andamans. It is around 65 kilometers by road from Port Blair. As per 2001 census Baratang has population of ~6000. The population consists people of Ranchi community, Bengalis, Telugus, Tamil and Malyalis. Baratang was a non-existent entity on the tourist map before the mud volcano and Limestone caves were opened for tourists in 2002. An estimated 1000 tourist now visit the place daily during seasons (Nov to March). A creative mangrove canopy walk connects to a trail through moist forests that leads to the lime stone caves. There are around 180 limestones in vicinity of each other, but only one is open for tourists as the rest are unsafe for entry.
Mud volcano, Baludera and Merckbay beaches, the limestone caves and the Parrot
island (or Tota Tekri is a island nearby the Nilambur Jetty. Tota tekri gets its
name because lots of Parrots are nesting in the Island) to Visit from here. You need to take a boat out to limestone caves and parrot
island (separate trips). Parrot island is a sunset trip and should not be missed
and can only be covered if you stay at Baratang. Limestone caves is nice and
gets a little crowded in the boat because of day travellers from Port Blair.
Please carry caps and water as its fairly long boat ride and there is no
covering in the boat. Mud volcano was quite a let down so was the beach. The
beach was quite shallow and stony but very empty. Go on a Jungle trek.
As per last information, the only private resort "Dew Dale Resort" is closed down by Local Administration because of Tribal Area buffer zone notification
Daily Govt. Bus Service available from early morning 4.00 AM to 12.30 PM and return trip available from 5.30 AM to 2.00 PM.
•Pvt. Bus service available between 4.30 AM and 11.00 AM from Port Blair and return trip available from 7.00 AM to 12.30 PM.
|Vehicle Convoy Timings|
|From Jirkatang (Towards Middle Andaman)||From Middle Strait (Towards Port Blair)|
|6.30 AM||6.30 AM|
|7.00 AM||8.00 AM|
|8.00 AM||9.00 AM|
|9.30 AM||9.30 AM|
|11.30 AM||12.00 Noon|
|1.30 PM||1.30 PM|
|2.30 PM||3.00 PM|
Healthcare: Almost 100% of healthcare delivery is done by Government
Primary Health Centres (PHC) at : 1
Health Sub Centre : 03
Villages in Baratang Island (Middle Andaman):
|Village Name||Village Type|
|08||Khatta Khari||Revenue Village|
|08||Wrafter’s Creek||Revenue Village|
|08||Papita Dera||Forest Camp|
|08||Shankar Nallah||Forest Camp|
|08||Middle Strait||Forest Camp/Police|
|08||Bolcha||Enchroached Forest Area|
|08||Khatta Khari||Enchroached Forest Area|
|08||South Creek||Enchroached Forest Area|