A visit to Andaman and Nicobar islands is not just about picturesque beaches and islands, like most of us think. A major tourist attraction is Bartang Island, which happens to host India's only mud volcano. Here's more gyaan...
Not many people have volcanoes on their must-visit travel lists. Beaches, memorials, hills, suicide points, museums, botanical gardens, palaces are all okay. Jails also qualify. But certainly not a volcano!
An exception to this convention is the mud volcano at Baratang Island nestled in the Andaman and Nicobar islands that attracts hundreds of tourists every year.
Baratang Island is about a 100 kilometres from the capital city of Port Blair. It is easily accessible by ferry at all times of the day, all days of the year. The isle spans 22 kilometres in length and is enveloped by creeks on all sides. It is covered by a lush green forest cover. The rare mud volcano is near the Jarawa creek.
India’s only Mud Volcano
Baratang holds India’s only Mud volcano. These volcanoes have exploded from time to time, with latest eruptions in 2005 that were believed to be linked with the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. A trip to the volcano takes up a complete day. One is likely to encounter members of Jarwan tribe on the way there.
In the vicinity
Some other volcanoes in the neighbourhood include the one at Barren Island, which is the only active volcano in the whole of South Asia and Narcondum volcano which is considered to be a potentially active volcano.
Tourists visiting the island usually also go to Limestone caves, a site of ancient caverns and Parrot Island, which, as the name suggests, is home to thousands of parrots. For this, tourists must put up for a night at any of the government or private rest houses on Baratang Island itself.
Only a handful sights in the world are so richly endowed with natural beauty. Tourists to the beautiful Andamans must surely fit in this wonder of nature in their itineraries!