Baratang Island - The land of natural wonders
Baratang Island is located at about 100 Km off the Capital city of Port Blair on the NH 223 (known as Andaman Trunk Road) towards Diglipur. The total length of the Island is around 22 Kms and totally separated by Creeks on both sides. It lies between latitudes 11º 46’ 10” and 12º 18’ 35” North and between longitudes 92º 36’ 55” and 92º 10’ 40” East.
The island has dense Tropical Forests of all types ranging from tidal swamp forest to Evergreen to littoral forests laced with sandy beaches along its coast at Baludera, Roglachang etc. The presence of Mud Volcano near Jarawa Creek and limestone caves in Nayadera is a rare attraction for tourists, as it is present only at few places in the world and these are truly wonders of nature and a must see sights. In addition the mangrove ecosystem is an attraction to bird lovers and nature enthusiasts, as biodiversity rich areas which harbours diverse flora and fauna. The Parrot Island is a natural habitat for parrots in this region. Thousands of parrots returning home before every sunset is a unique and must see view for all nature lovers. The Parrot Island is the best experience for the tourists visiting to Baratang. If your tour to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands does not cover Parrot Island, it is going to be a real loss. Just make it a point to add Parrot Island in Your Andaman tour Itinerary.
The added advantage of Baratang island is that, it is connected by road from Port Blair and accessible throughout the year.
The major tourists’ spots like Lalaji Bay Beach, Merk Bay Beach, Spike Island etc. are easily accessible from Baratang and are reachable within 30 to 45 min by sea. To Travel towards North Andaman also it is very convenient, since the main highway leading towards Diglipur passes by Baratang Island.
For special interest groups activities like jungle trekking, Creek safari, Island camping, Beach tours, Bird tours, scuba diving and snorkelling trips can be arranged from Baratang.