Limestone Caves

Limestone Caves, Baratang Island: Address, Limestone Caves Reviews: 4/5

Limestone Caves
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Bengaluru, India12 contributions
Apr 2021
More than the limestone caves I enjoyed the boat ride through mangroves to reach limestone caves. The caves are also a unique thing and you do not get to see them anywhere else. We skipped mud volcano as it was in opp direction and did not sound very exciting.
Written 7 May 2021
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Pune, India77 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Long back I hv been to Shillong and seen the caves there. I was going to gv a miss to these caves. Thank goodness I went there. From Baratang we took a boat ride which was ok in speed. Then walked thru sm mangroves ( which I saw for first tm) , then crossed sm farms and then behold ; what an amazing sight it was. Nature is an architect. There were scores of ppl there but all were just chattering. They came saw and went. Normally is the same everywhere. One has to hv an eye for beauty, patience to see and appreciate things.
Written 17 April 2020
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New Delhi, India274 contributions
Jan 2020
Tour to Baratang is a tiring (85 kms) especially if you have small kids and elderly. Please take the forms before hand from your tour guide.

The entry of the forest reserves opens between 7 am to 8 am & allows a limited number of vehicles which includes people going to Diglipur too. Hence, leave early from PB (4 - 4:30 am) for timely registration.

The journey within the forest reserve is picturesque and allows you to have a look at the endangered "Jarawa" tribes. A word of caution here - you are not allowed to stop your vehicle, take pictures of the tribals & offer them eatables.

After reaching the end of the forest reserve, one has to board a jetty to across the water body. This might take few minutes to half an hour.

On the other side the tourists have to register at the police check post. Please carry your Id (Adhaar, DL) for the same.

Later, you board a boat to the lime stone caves. This ride is beautiful as the boat snails across the mangroves dancing in the tune of splashing water. One has to walk for 1.3 kms past a dense forest hosting rare and old trees.

The Lime stone cave in itself is small and under maintained but the guide explains it well provided you have space left inside to appreciate it. One has to be patient to marvel the natural beauty.

On your way back relish tasty lemon water made by inhabitants of the island. Selling lemon water is their only earning apart from farming and rearing cows which helps to maintain their families.
Written 5 April 2020
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2 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
The place is so beautiful but the best part of the tour was the journey to the caves itself. Drive through the sense Jarawa Reserve and then the boat ride through the mangroves. Simply amazing and worth the effort.
Written 10 February 2020
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Asis Kumar P
Bhubaneswar, India11 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
The cave is not good in comparison to Bora caves near Visakhapatnam, But the journey through Jarwa tribe is enjoyable. There is a very good have to the tribe people also.
Written 2 February 2020
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National Capital Territory of Delhi, India35 contributions
Dec 2019
It is a long motor boat ride from Baratang jetty to the Limestone caves and then a trek of 1.3 KM. But this is a natural phenomenon and a must visit place in Baratang.
Written 23 January 2020
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Saurabh Agrahari
8 contributions
Dec 2019
just an average cave with different shaped carved out naturally. although forest and mangroves on the way to cave are beautiful.
Written 15 December 2019
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Kolhapur, India128 contributions
Nov 2019
Got up early in morning drive@3.00 am. went toward baratang. At 6 am from the police check post we went with the convoy. In this, we went through the actual tribal area[jarawa tribe] were we lucky to see those tribal people. It was very exciting to see those People still in there Ancient Life and way of living. Was not able to take the picture as it is strictly prohibited. Further after passing that tribal area for more than an hour took the ferry and then speed boat. Traveling in speed was amazing as we where passing through islands in both side and then a tunnel of Mangroves which was eve more mesmerising. futher after speed boat we have trekk 1.4km on wounderful path to reach Lime stone caves. the 14 hours to and fro adventures journey was tiring, thirlling but refreshing. And one should must visit Baratanga from port blair. Although most of the Trip operators does not include this in there iteniary.
Written 9 December 2019
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Mumbai, India19,226 contributions
Nov 2019
The beautiful Limestone caves at Baratang in Andaman were a visual treat. Limestone is a sedimentary rock formed at the bottom of the sea over millions of years when various deposits of marine life,shells,corals & skeletons undergo natural compression to form unique shapes. The caves are lined up with stalactites & stalagmites.They have taken hundreds of years to form and are nestled deep within the mangroves & lush green rain forests.

From Port Blair, the caves are around 100+ kms away in Baratang. We had to get up at 2.30 am and started our journey by 3 am so that we reached the convoy check post by 5 am.There were many cars already waiting before us and many joined after. Luckily, check post had some hot tea & coffee available. We also enjoyed the fresh dosa, idly and wada at the roadside vendors and used the paid wash rooms before the journey ahead. We had to submit some id proofs to pass through the reserve forest. Cars aren’t permitted to stop along this drive as it passes the restricted Jarawa reserve tribal belt. We were very lucky to spot a few Jarawas as we passed through the region. After over an hour or so, we had to take a ferry to cross a creek at Middle Strait to reach Baratang. After this we took the fiber boat ride through a creek with fascinating Mangroves around which led us to the start point of the trek to Lime stone caves. Trek through dense forest to reach the Limestone Cave was superb and helped us enjoy the natural beauty of this rain forest region !
Written 1 December 2019
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India49 contributions
Sep 2019
From Port Blair we started @ 6:30 am by car to Jirkatang (about 50 km via NH4), through dense green forest, large Padauk & Grajan trees all around. Some stretches the forest is so dense that the sunlight can hardly penetrate. Road is good, takes about one & half hours to reach Jirkatang check post. Here we had to register ourselves & the car to obtain the permit to enter the tribal area (where the Jarwas live).

This process takes about 45 minutes. There are small eateries serving fresh hot snacks, tea & coffee. There is pay & use toilet facility also. It was a reasonably good breakfast halt.

From this point we went in a convoy (with armed guards at both ends) of about 40 vehicles to Middle Strait (about 50 km). It takes about one & half hours by road to reach Middle Strait jetty. Photography is strictly prohibited. One cannot get down from the vehicle & cannot feed the Jarwas. We saw few Jarwas on the way. They look to be bit civilized & quite used to seeing tourists.

Since, photography is not allowed we concentrated on visual memory & enjoy the beauty of dense rain forest all through. We were wondering how the Jarwas (about 300 of them) live in this dense forest without electricity & any modern amenity. This was the best part of our drive.

After reaching Middle Strait jetty we took a govt ferry to reach (about 20 minutes) Baratang jetty. From there we took a speed boat (10 pax capacity) to reach one wooden jetty. It takes about 25 minutes (depending on tide) to reach. This ride is also very scenic passing through mangrove forest. We saw one full grown crocodile sunbathing on sand.

From the wooden jetty it is about 1.5 km walk through dense forest, fields, undulating ground to reach lime stone cave. Walk is enjoyable, carrying sunglass an umbrella would be good.

Only 40m of the lime stone cave is open to tourists. One has to make way through narrow dark passage on slushy ground. Carrying a torch is a must, otherwise mobile battery may be drained. Since there is no restriction on entry - this place could be dangerous on high season. Govt. should restrict the entry of number of persons at a time, otherwise tourists might get hurt inside the dark cave. As such, the cave wasn't that impressive. There much better lime stone caves in other parts of the country. But the entire journey was quite thrilling.

We returned to Baratang jetty by 2:00 pm. Our guide said "we don't have enough time to visit mud volcano, as the return ferry is @ 3:00 pm". We were feeling a bit hungry & looking around for some food joint. Just then one car standing at the jetty said he will take us to one AR restaurant for a quick lunch (free pick up & drop). Our guide recommended the same & we jumped into the car. Super fast was the service. No much choice. We took 1 veg thali each and 1 plate of fish fry. Food was fresh, hot & good. We were back in time to catch the ferry back to Middle Strait. At Jirkatang we had a tea break. We were back to our hotel in Port Blair by 7:00 pm. It was a hectic 13 hrs tour - worth the money, time & effort. A memorable trip indeed.

While going to Baratang convoy timing @ Jirkatang check post is 6:30 am, 9:30 am, 12:30 pm. One has to reach there 1 hr before to complete the registration & permit formalities. If you take 6:30 am convoy you can see both mud volcano, lime stone cave & return to Port Blair by 4:00 pm. To catch 6:30 am convoy you have to leave Port Blair 3:30 am, which we didn't opt for. We went by 9:30 am convoy saw only lime stone cave & returned to Port Blair by 7:00 pm. You can carry little bit of snacks for the road. Breakfast at Jirkatang is fresh & good. Lunch at AR restaurant Baratang was awesome. Need not carry much drinking water if you like cocoanut water (available in plenty). Croc like footwear with strap may be good. Sneaker may get wet while boarding & alighting boats. Cap, Sunglass, torch & umbrella are recommended.
Written 26 November 2019
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