Monday, July 12, 2010

Kalapathar Limestone Caves of Little Andaman

About 10 kms from Hut Bay town and bordering the Andaman Sea are the Kalapathar Limestone caves.

These natural caves are a splendid sight. The sea keeps battering one side of these limestone caves, while the other side is land.

At some places, the caves have eroded so much that water from the sea is forced onto the land, something like a blow-hole effect, but horizontal.

At these blow-hole areas, one can find a lot of crabs and other colourful fishes. From a good distance, I could spot these large crabs, but by the time I approached their zone, they would go into hiding.

There are various places that one can explore here. Sharp and precarious climbs and crouching slopes leads one to certain caves from where one can get breathtaking ‘blue’ views of the Andaman Sea.

One can also enjoy the stiff sea breeze at such locations while enjoying nature’s beauty. It must be some sight to sit here and enjoy the view of the rough seas during the monsoons. I hope to do this sometime in the future.

The Kalapathar area also has its own private beach. You can hardly see a soul here. Such is the remoteness here. The beach, though, is rocky, staying in line with its rocky surroundings.

A little distance away, one can notice eco-tourism development activities taking place. This stretch was badly affected during the 2004 tsunami, but tourism is yet to be revived even six years after that tragic event. But, deep down, I like it this way in spite of having zilch facilities for tourists like me as it helps preserves the sensitive environment.

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