Barren Island Andamans
Barren Island is located in the eastern edge of the Andaman Sea. This has been confirmed as the only active volcano in Indian Sub-continent. It is situated 134 km northeast of Port Blair.
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The Barren Island Andamans is about 3 Kms. in diameter and has a big volcanic crater rising abruptly from the sea. The volcano is estimated to be 150 fathoms deep approximately . The volcano erupted first in 1787 then after a series of eruptions there were one in recent past in 1991 which lasted for 6 months.
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Then the volcano erupted in 1994-1995 after which the most recent one was in 2005 which was linked to the Indian Ocean Earthquake in 2004.
The Barren Islands still experiences mild tremors, which are being promoted as major tourist attraction.
Day visits are arranged to the Barren island on-board vessels, you cannot land on shore which is for obvious reason why.
How to Reach:
Air: Port Blair Airport , from there vessels are available to take you to the island.
Sea: Ships arrive from Chennai, Calcutta, Vishakhapatnam
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The primary attraction in Chatham Island is the Saw Mill which is linked by a bridge over the stretch of sea-water. The Saw Mill is famed to be one of the oldest and the largest in entire Asia.
This was caused by the (on-going) collision of the Indo-Australian and southeastern Eurasian plates and resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands in the region and tens of thousands on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The Barren Islands are devoid of humans, but they are not exactly barren. In fact, they are home to a large population of feral goats, which apparently attracted some attention when it was believed that they consumed either no water or sea water.
The mystery of what the goats drank was solved when researchers discovered freshwater springs on the island.
There are also huge and spacious workshops that can be traced back to later half of the nineteenth century. They are constructed out of hard-wearing and costly padauk wood. Logging on the Chatham Islands has been prohibited since the 1970's.
Since then wood is shipped from Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand. You can hire a guide who will show you through the entire process of logs being offloaded, sorted, cut and stored in commodious godowns. They are later shipped to the mainland.