There are so many mysterious islands that are still hidden and unexplored by humans. One such Island is Parrot Island, situated in the southern part of the Indian union territory Andaman.
Very few people, particularly Indian visitors, are aware of the delights that this union territory of India has to offer to its connoisseurs. When people consider a beach vacation or adventure sports involving water, they search for better and more exciting locations outside of India.
That is one of the reasons why this place is still unexplored, and very few tourists have visited this paradise. A trip to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands can readily disprove people’s assumptions that India lacks stunning and exciting beach vacation spots.
The Baratang Jetty provides access to this Island, which is a part of the Baratang area and located in the southern portion of Andaman Island. Before navigating the arid landscapes of the uninhabited Island, you should be aware of the many things to enjoy at Parrot Island.
This article will discuss everything you need to know about this paradise. Such as the ways to get to the Island, why it is so special, what is the best time to visit the Island, and the do’s and don’t. So let us dive in and explore this paradise together.
What is so special about parrot island?
Parrot Island, one of Baratang Island’s most scenic areas, is regarded as a haven for birds. Visitors from all around the world rush here to witness heaven’s true glory.
The abundant flora and animals of Parrot Island contribute to the area’s unspoiled beauty and attractiveness.
Another place worth stopping at on the route to this Island is the Jarawa Tribal Reserve. The Jarawa tribe resides in this region.
Five parrots gather at this Parrot Island, according to natives, as soon as the sun goes down to survey their surroundings. Within a matter of 10 minutes, after they communicate their inspection information through coded signals, you can observe other birds approaching from all sides.
Visitors often spend an hour or more sitting on the dunghis to take in the breathtaking views of the setting sun.
A big flock of parakeets, the stunningly attractive multicolored birds that are widely regarded as the most beautiful birds on earth, will also be on display for tourists in addition to parrots.
Therefore, keep your still and video cameras with you at all times. According to science, the sound of birds tends to revitalize you and rekindle your excitement, making this location ideal for a weekend escape.
How you can reach Parrot Island?
Due to the lack of launch services from the Baratang Jetty, getting to the Island requires first traveling across a stream, which is both a beautiful and scary experience.
As you approach the Island, you notice a completely distinct variety of mangrove trees because they appear to have been chopped uniformly, giving the appearance of a man-made mangrove garden.
Parrot Island is a level area, yet mangroves and other lush green plants are everywhere around it.
As a result, you can be sure that Parrot Island will enjoy good weather. While navigating the mangrove areas, use caution.
Be aware because Some saltwater crocodiles can be there in the saline water that surrounds the mangroves. As you start your water adventure, boat owners give you a warning message telling you to keep your hands off the controls.
If you are traveling from Havelock island
You may either go by ferry from Havelock Island to Port Blair. You must first travel around 30 kilometers from Port Blair to the Baratang Jetty.
You can board a dunghi boat or a small fishing boat to get to Parrot Island after you arrive at Baratang Jetty. It will take you around 30 minutes to get from Baratang Jetty to Parrot Island. Beginning around 4:30 pm, Baratang Jetty offers boat services.
As an alternative, several fishing boats operate between Parrot Island and Havelock Island. Such ferries won’t run every working day because this isn’t a popular tourist location.
They arrange their travel for a few certain days. If you have the possibility to use a fishermen’s ferry, expect to pay at least 3000 INR per person.
If you are traveling from Port Blair
The nearest airport to Parrot Island is Port Blair. To get to Diglipur, you may either reserve a taxi or take the bus along NH233.
Before arriving at your final destination, you must travel for around 30 kilometers after arriving at Baratang Jetty.
To travel the 30 kilometers, you must board a boat at the Baratang Jetty. Within 30 minutes, you may be transported and reach to Parrot Island by small dinghy boats.
Various seasons throughout the year
Only a small number of the many visitors that travel to Baratang to view the mud volcano and limestone caverns also go to Parrot Island.
Only one out of one hundred people go there since most people haven’t heard of it and don’t have enough time.
Similar to the limestone caverns, Parrot Island is only a few kilometers from the Baratang Jetty and must be reached by fiber boat.
Around 4 pm, the final boat leaves for the Island, making it the perfect time to see the flock of parrots at dusk.
Summers at the Island: At Parrot Island’s summer season lasts from March through May, with temperatures averaging between 25 and 32 degrees. Parrot Island gets warm and muggy all year long.
Winters at the Island: Parrot Island experiences its fall season from October through February. This time period has a temperature range of 20 to 26 degrees. As the rain falls, it creates a relaxing and energizing ambiance.
Locals from Parrot Island and the surrounding areas travel here in the winter to engage in activities like sea walking, canoeing, scuba diving, and sightseeing.
Monsoons at the Island: At Parrot Island, the monsoon season lasts from June to September. During this time, the temperature may drop by anywhere from 25 to 30 degrees. The Island has a foggy environment due to the cloudy skies.
Best season to visit the Island
People often like to arrange their Parrot Island schedule for any of the three months between November and February.
The best time of year to admire this lovely Island is now for those who enjoy the outdoors. Parrot Island’s winters are also peaceful and quiet, which will make you feel excellent.
It is the most appropriate timing, especially for watching the sunset that not only marks the horizon but also is a reminder of the visit of beautiful parrots and stunning parakeets.
Why is it called Parrot Island?
The Island is called Parrot Island for a reason. It seems that more than 100 parrots visit the Island daily, trimming these mangrove trees into a distinctive form. They remain overnight on the Island, finish their task, and depart the next morning.
One of the most remarkable features that the locals have noticed about the birds on this Island is that, at first, only about five parrots fly over the Island and then depart. Later on, a similar flock appears to have arrived to inspect the Island, and finally, hundreds of parrots and parakeets arrive to spend the night on the branches of the mangroves.
This is what makes this Island mysterious, and the experience of visiting this Island is one of a kind.
Things to keep in mind before visiting this Island
You should reserve the entire boat journey since you might not have enough interest.
Bring some food to chew on
Don’t forget your camera and perhaps some binoculars to catch the Parrot Island birds and the magnificent sunset.
You are permitted to see this deserted terrain from a distance. Therefore, avoid attempting to leave your parked boats.
Avoid returning too soon and missing the sunset.
Just before and after sunset, birds on Parrot Island are easier to see. So stay there during that period.
Be sure to take the final boat trip, which departs between 4-5 pm, depending on the time of sunset.
The best time to go is one hour before sunset, which will allow you to see Parrot Island’s birds in action.
If you happen to see a Jarawa, please avoid photographing them because it is expressly forbidden by law to do so in this region, which is part of the Jarawa Tribal Reserve.
Nature is full of surprises and mysteries; there are so many places, such as Antarctica and islands like these, that are still undiscovered in a true sense. Visiting such places is a rare experience that only very few people will ever enjoy.
So if you are planning to visit Andaman anytime soon, don’t forget to put Parrot island on your checklist. If you are looking for a destination to rejuvenate and connect with nature, this is an ideal tourist destination for you.
With that being said, as much as we enjoy these destinations. This is also our responsibility to conserve and preserve natural beauty. So make sure that you are being responsible towards nature and respecting its boundaries while on your vacation.