Next morning it was a 4:00 am start from Port Blair to Middle Straight jetty, the gateway to the second largest mangroves in Asia. Decided to compensate my sleep in journey as it was too dark to see anything. It took almost one and a half hour for 42 kms journey on The Great Andaman Trunk Road to reach Jirkatang post at 5:30 am to be the part of the first convoy which was scheduled at half an hour later. After complying with the formalities, started to search for the breakfast, and found a humble tamil boy named Shiva, with a stall infront of his home. He was making idlis and vadaas along with tea and soft drinks. The vadaas and idlis he served tasted like they were from heaven. Shiva told that his shop was just next to the Jirkatang forest post, and asked to have a nice South Indian meal on my way back. From Jirkatang it was dense forest right through the Jarawa tribal territory. Happened to see many special scenes, but those couldn't be captured for records as photography/videography is strictly prohibited in this section of the Great Andaman Trunk Road. After reaching Middle Straight took a jetty to the other side of the creek and then a speedboat to the mangroves and thereon a little trek to site the limestone caves of Baratang. Then a little ride and trek to the mud volcano.
Thereafter an exhaustive way back to the base in Port Blair.
1. Always carry your IDs, they need it everywhere.
2. Start as early as possible because only a 100 vehicles make a convoy. Next convoy leaves after three hours. The number restricted to four convoys a day from each side.
3. Eat and drink where ever you spot food because you are going to see very less of it,or carry some snacks with you.