I think the most important thing that Andamans can be proud of is ACTIVE MUD VOLCANOES!
Yes, you read it right. These are active volcanoes that spill out mud. There are two active mud volcanoes in entire Andaman and Nicobar region. One is found at Diglipur
and the other is located at Baratang
As part of my traveling spree, I traveled to Shyam Nagar, around 40 kms from Diglipur (and Diglipur is about 300 kms North of Port Blair). We had heard of an active Mud Volcano in the area and finally today we made the march. Reached the location at 7 am and got to know that we would have to travel for around an hour amidst dense forests! The weather was lovely so we walked ahead. The pictures below show the way we traversed.
When we reached the volcano, I was kind of disappointed as I could just see a huge deposit of molten mud that had got dried.
But soon, we were told that there were few more volcanos in the area. We again walked for about 2 kms and saw some of the most miraculous moments – mud coming out of small volcanos. There was a series of small volcanos that have been erupting mud for quite a few years now! So much so that you can see a drainage of the mud that has made its own path down the valley. The picture below depicts the mud that was erupted right in front of us!
Watching a live volcano today is certainly one of the most fascinating sights. Somehow it also made me happy to realize that our beautiful A&N Islands boast of rich, creamy beaches, beautiful Islands, lush green forests and even rare volcanos!
In entire India, active volcanos exist only in A&N Islands in Baratang, Barren Islands and North and Middle Andaman.
Watching a live volcano throwing out leaps of grey colored mud is a sight in itself. Isn’t it awesome that our country is one among the few countries that have active mud volcanoes?!
How to reach: Reach Diglipur by STS bus or seaplane or a ship. There are regular ferries to Diglipur from PortBlair. From Diglipur bus stand, board a bus to Shyam Nagar and then walk down to the volcanoes.
Accommodation: One can easily go to the volcano location and come back in 6 hrs or so. Thus, find an accommodation in main Diglipur city as Shyam Nagar does not have adequate lodging facility.
NOTE: The best time to visit the volcanoes is to reach there early in the morning as that time it is relatively less hot and the walk would be more comfortable. Also on the way back as the Sun shines, you may be able to capture some eruptions.