Thursday, May 13, 2010

Tropical Trek that leads to the world’s largest limestone caves

This place is tropical at its very best. The tall tropical rain forests had been left behind. Then came the mangrove forests and then the extremely humid mangrove swamps. All this while I was on a small boat. Now, the time had come to get my feet kicking.

As I started walking on the thin nature trail, I kept checking my surroundings. First, the mangrove swamps started disappearing and they lead to open fields. This was the last relaxation spot for the tourists with shade and bench around.

Local Andamanese people were selling extremely tasty lime juice to help the tourists beat the extremely sultry and sapping conditions.

After a relaxing sip, we moved forward and within a short distance, the trail got completely enveloped by bamboo forests. This continued for thirty more minutes before leading to steep rock cut surfaces and large roots jutting out of these rocks.

This tropical trail is situated in the Baratang Island of the Andamans and can be reached via a small motor boat through one of the many mangrove creeks that adorn the perimeter of this island.

This tropical trail leads to the world’s largest limestone caves. It is believed that millions of years back, these limestone caves were submerged by the Bay of Bengal.

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