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Surprising Details About Barren Island – The Only Active Volcano in India

A trip to Andaman can never ever be complete unless you’ve paid your visit to the only active volcano in South Asia. A must visit place for every Andaman Goer. Here are some of the surprising details that you probably don’t know about Barren Island.

  • The Barren Island is located about 86 miles north-east to Port Blair, the volcano last erupted on 23rd January 2017 leaving ash laden clouds drifting through sky and red pungent lava moving downhills though it was barely a 2 on the scale.
  • Abhay Mudholkar and B. Nagender Nath from the NIO saw the episode from a mile away and observed the frequent eruptions every 5 to 10 minutes. However, 1991 eruption had an unsolicited obnoxious impact on the flaura and flora population.
  • Aftermath the dreadful eruption, only 6 out of 16 species of birds were noticed and only one species of rat remained. An active lava is believed to erupt at least once in every 10,000 years. The dauntingly Delphic volcano lies on the Indian and Burmese tectonic plates and the island is stretched over 3 km.
  • You might be wondering why it’s called “Barren Island”. Well, the name justifies the fact that it has zero vegetation and is bleak with its only residents as hardy goats, birds, bats and rats who’ve braved all the anomalies and morbid conditions. The mysterious part about it is how the goats got into this island.
  • Barren Island is renowned for its scuba diving around the world for the abundant marine life and corals. It’s difficult to take your eyes off the underwater marvels. Bet you’ll make indelible memories as you swim with school of fishes in the clear profound turquoise water.
    What makes this island more gorgeous is the purple-black toned bedrock. It’s distinct and one of a kind.


Ships from Phoenix Bay Jetty, Port Blair leave for Barren island thrice a week. The fare and schedule vary as per the number of passenger and weather.

Or you can take a seaplane from Port Blair to get the picturesque view from up.

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