Did you know that India has an active volcano And you can visit it and dive in the waters around it
The volcano lies on Barren Island in the Andaman archipelago, which is about 140 miles from the city of Port Blair. The island is situated on a chain of active volcanoes that stretches from Sumatra in Indonesia to Myanmar. With reported eruptions dating back to 1787, the volcano&rsquos existence has been known to us for centuries. However, inaccessibility and limited, poorly publicised research has long rendered the island an enigma unto itself.
It is a restricted zone, visitors are permitted to visit here only with the consent of the Forest Department.
The Latest Activity
The Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre, one of nine centres worldwide operating under the International Airways Volcano Watch, reported that ash plumes from Barren Island were identified in satellite images at 2340 on December 30 December, 2022 and 0050 on December 31, rising to 1.5 km (5,000 ft) above sea level and drifting southwest. Read more about it here.
Exploring the Isle
With miles of nothing but sea surrounding it, this lone sentinel keeps a solitary watch over the Andaman Sea. The foundations for the volcano are around 2,200 metres below the surface.
The uninhabited island is a desolate area devoid of people. You may find goats feeding on the grass. And a few varieties of birds, bats, and rodents can be seen .
Barren Island does not permit overnight stays, so you can arrange to travel there in the morning, departing as early as 4 am.