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“A natural wonder - but very hectic travel!”
Review of Limestone Caves

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Reviewed 6 March 2015

If you really want to experience the natural limestone caves and the mangroves - then do go for it. But remember - it is a very long travel. You will spend more time on the road than actually in the destination. First you will go by road till the forest reserve area, you will need to fill up forms there - if you don't reach on time, you will be behind a long queue of cars. There are a few small snack shops here (you can grab some breakfast & tea here, and even get some packed for the long day ahead of you). Next, you will pass through the dense forests area - which houses the 'JARAWAS' tribe, but seeing them is extremely rare, so do not go with high hopes. Then you will have to travel by a big boat across a river - and then by a small boat from the jetty to the mangroves. From the mangroves, you will have to walk about 2kms through forest and fields to reach the limestone caves. It is definitely a unique opportunity for city dwellers to experience this - but prepare yourself for the long travel. The travel to and back will cost you the whole day. Also, once you are back from the mangroves/caves, you may need at the jetty area to board big boat. This area is not very clean, crowded and the waiting area has less seating space (to top it, tired tourists lie down on the benches, not even leaving enough space for other people to sit. Once the big boat arrives, you are herded on to it like cattle. All said, riding in the boat through mangroves was a unique experience - something you will always remember.

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Reviewed 1 March 2015

you just cant stop admiring the mother nature for this ,the trip to the caves thru mangrooves is very nice, nice veverages sold outside refresh u after a brief walk tot he caves, infants can be affected by the slight smell in side the caves.

3  Thank atuldeolankar
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Reviewed 3 February 2015 via mobile

Though the place itself was not as bad. The amount of time and effort you need to spare to visit the place is not at all worth it. If it was like an hour ride from port blair or on my way if i was visiting north Andaman then it would have been fine. But almost an entire day is spent and most of the time is spent waiting or traveling.

First thing you need to wake up in the middle of the night to make this trip. We got up at 3 and traveled to the place from where the police convoy starts at 6 amidst the forested area where the jawara tribes live. From there it was another 3 hour car ride. The car will travel through the forest area, the ride is scenic but nothing extraordinary, moreover we were struggling to keep ourselves awake. After which you need to take another short ferry ride to reach a jetty. Then there is boat ride to reach the mangroves forest where the limestone caves are. Only the last part of boat journey when it passes through really dense mangroves patches was quite good but it lasted for like 10mins.

Limestone cave itself were average. And then we needed to wait again as the next police Convoy back was only at 12.30. So overall only extraordinary thing about this trip was the last 10 mins of the boat ride, still not worth an entire day. I wished we had rather gone to Neil island.

5  Thank Ankita K
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Reviewed 2 February 2015

We enjoyed our speed boat travel from Uttara Jetty at Baratang through the back waters surrounded by mangroves forests on both sides. It is about 30 minutes or less speed boat ride to reach the temporary jetty and the wood bridge walkway of about 1km will take you to the flat ground (cultivation fields around the village nearby) from where you have to enter the forest area to walk about another 1.5km in ups and downs path to reach the cave. You need a good shoe to walk as there are some sharp climbs (not very high but no proper road is there). The cave is a very small one and people who have seen Burra caves in Andhra Pradesh and Kotamsar caves in Chhatisgarh will find the same to be much below Par cave. At any point, it can fit about max 15 people (the size of a speed boat ride passengers) and people have to travel in bathes according to the entry list which was given at starting point. The speed boat driver is usually the guide. The entry fee is 450 per person. The cave visit lasts only about 15 minutes or less. You can see various stone formations of stalagmite and lime stone. Various shapes have been given names (like a lotus flower, human face, Hindu God Ganesh, etc.). You can get local "Nimbu panni" for 15 per glass. This is the most preferred drink here. We enjoyed our trip here.

5  Thank GolakaNath
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Reviewed 27 January 2015

First of all, reaching the baratang island itself is a real thrill; Starting up from portblair right at
3.30 am, reaching the entry point of tribal land which has to be crossed to reach the Island, at 4.45 am, the entry to the ghat section is allowed at 6.00 am like a convoy of limited vehicles by forest department, i.e. we had to reach little early to gain early entry to the tribal land; journey thr' the ghat section of the tribal land, ups and downs, lots of curves, was very enthralling and after one and half hours journey, we reached the jetty to board the ferry which takes not only the people but also all the vehicles that had to go to baratang island; crossing the sea-waters is only just 20 minutes; after reaching, speed boat awaits to take us to Lime stone caves, which is half an hour journey in a high speed board;

After alighting from the speed boat, we had to walk for about 20 minutes to reach the lime stone caves; a fantastic formation of lime stones through caves is a real treat to not only eyes but also a sensuous feel happens there inside the caves; LED lights by the boys who escort the tourists, are helpful to see clearly the different designs of the lime stone formations.

After this, a journey of about half an hour from the jetty by road leads to Mud Volcano site;
small bubles of mud is getting out of the earth surface and we were told the vovcana is getting formed inside the earth which is monitored from the labs at Calcutta; there are so many volcanos that have happend in the past, it seems;

By this, the visit to Baratang island needs a full day right from morning 3.30 am to 5.00 pm. in the evening when we reached back in the same way as above, to portblair; a wonderful experience indeed;

4  Thank venkatindia007
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