The Baratang Mud Volcano, also known as the Baratang Island Mud Volcano, is one of the several mud volcanoes found in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Imagine a volcano, but not one spewing fiery lava and billowing smoke. Instead, picture a gentle mound of earth that oozes mud like a slow-motion geyser. Baratang’s Mud Volcano is a geological masterpiece.
These mud volcanoes are not born of molten rock and fury but are a result of something altogether different. Deep beneath the Earth’s surface, natural gases escape from decaying organic matter, pushing mud upwards and creating small muddy craters.
Where is the Mud Volcano Located?
It is located in the North and Middle Andaman District at Baratang, of Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
How to Reach the Mud Volcano?
You have to reach Baratang first. You can reach there by road. There used to be direct ferries operating from Port Blair to Baratang, but as of now, the only way you can reach Baratang is by road.
You can easily reach Baratang to see the limestone cave by yourself. Just follow the guide below:
- From Port Blair: Begin your journey from Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is best to begin your journey early in the morning
- Drive to Baratang : Take a private car or a private AC bus to Baratang, which is approximately 100 kilometers away. If you’re on a budget, you can opt for a government bus from Port Blair.
- Andaman Trunk Road (ATR): The route to Baratang follows the Andaman Trunk Road (ATR). It’s a scenic drive with lush green landscapes and stunning views of the azure waters.
- To cross the ATR road you will have to take a convoy from the checkpost. The convoy starts at 4:00 am in the morning and costs INR 100 onwards depending on the vehicle.
- Short Vehicle-Ferry Connection: Near Baratang , you’ll encounter a short vehicle-ferry connection. This part of the journey is an unforgettable experience, offering glimpses of the island’s natural beauty.
- After you reach the Jetty you will have to hire a jeep to the Mud Volcano if you do not have a private vehicle.
- Note: Keep in mind that two-wheelers are not allowed for the entire journey to the island.
Mud Volcano entry fee:
There is no entry fee to the Mud Volcano.
Options to Stay:
If you wish to stay at Baratang, you can book a hotel. Following are a few options:
Other Places of Interest:
- Limestone Cave
- Parrot Island
Near the Nilambur Jetty you will find many facilities like:
- Tourist shed
- Toilet complex
Note: Above facilities are not available at the Mud Volcano.
Is the Mud Volcano worth visiting?
The Mud Volcano offers a glimpse into a fascinating geological phenomenon, showcasing nature’s intricacies. However, it may not be visually stunning in the traditional sense. Instead of the dramatic lava eruptions associated with conventional volcanoes, you’ll encounter bubbling mud pools and hissing gases.
If you’re open to exploring new places then Mud Volcano is a must visit. Do not expect a spectacle similar to conventional volcanoes, you might be disappointed.
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