Islands are considered to be the most exotic travel destination, most of the people seem to travel only to the popular ones namely the Maldives, Andaman, and Nicobar, etc. But not many people know that India has a fantastic collection of islands, each of which is full of natural beauty and breathtaking views. Therefore, here is the list of islands in India you must include in your travel list.
Also known by the name Swaraj Island, situated in the South Andaman administrative district. The island is 92.2 square km huge. Havelock Island comprises a chain of tiny islands, many of which are prime tourist spots. Neil Island, Barren Island, and Long Island are well known for their beautiful forests and gorgeous sea views. You can even enjoy various sea adventure sports on Havelock Islands. These islands are also known for their magnificent beaches such as Ratdhanagar Beach, Elephant Beach, Vijaynagar Beach, Bharatpur Beach, Kala Pathar Beach, Lalaji Bay Beach, Laxampur Beach, Merk Bay Beach and many more. You can experience great marine life, watch an active volcano, explore great biodiversity and cherish pleasant views all in one place.
Formerly known by the name Laccadive, Minicoy, and Aminidivi, Lakshadweep is the group of Islands located on the southern coast of India. Lakshadweep is India’s smallest Union territory. Minicoy Island is known for its crystal clear water and secluded lagoons. You can go snorkelling, scuba diving, Deep sea fishing, glass-bottom boat ride, water skiing, and even kayaking at the Agatti Island. There are several Islands such as Kavaratti Island, Kalpeni Island, Bangaram Island, Kadmat Island among various others that make Lakshadweep an excellent choice for an exotic vacation. Lakshadweep even consists of a marine museum that is worth a visit.
Munroe Island also known by the name Mundrothurutu is an inland island. It is situated at the confluence of Asthamudi lake and Kallada river, in the Kollam district of Kerala. The beauty of this island attracts thousands of tourists all around the world. The Island is home to the Mulachanthara Temple and Kalluvila Temple. This Island is a cluster of 8 tiny Islands. The Island is an ideal place for touring, bird-watching, and also fish catching. The Island is like a hidden pearl located in the backwaters, and it is a perfect spot to go canal cruising. So if you wish to enjoy a beautiful Canoe ride, Munroe Island is surely your next travel destination.
Majuli Island is a river island situated in river Brahmaputra within Assam. The island even owns its place in the Guinness book of world record, it is titled as the world’s largest river Island. The 5 prime locations you must visit in Majuli Island are Kamalabari Satra, Dakhinpat Satra, Garmur, Tengapania and, Auniati Satra. Satra is an institutional centres for the Ekasarna tradition of Vaishnavism. So if you want to visit the land of wanderlust, experience the Assamese culture, Majuli island is surely your next vacation spot.
Netrani is a tiny island situated in the Arabian Sea, in the off coast of Karnataka. Netrani Island is also known as the Pigeon island and heart-shaped island. If you choose to visit the Netrani island don’t forget to visit the wonderful Murudeshwar temple, home to the world’s second-largest shiva statue. The island has many historical places such as the Murudeshwar Fort, Jamia Masjid, and many more. There are even a bunch of beautiful beaches namely Bhatkal beach, Murudeshwar Beach where you can even go SCUBA DIVING!!!!!
St Mary’s Island
St Mary’s Island is also known by the name Coconut Island and Thoenspar. It is aa collection of four small islands in the Arabian sea, off coast Udupi, Karnataka. The island was created due to the distinct geological formation of columnar rhyolitic lava. The island has several famous temples such as Aanteshwar Temple, Chandramoulishwer Temple, Sri Krishna Temple, Kemmanu Sri Parameswari temple, Venugopal Temple, Shri Laxmi Vankatesha temple, Sri Mahishamardhini Temple, Sri Indrani Panchdurga Parameshwari temple and Stella Maris church. An ideal place for people willing to enjoy India’s religious diversity and magnificent scenic beauty.
The island of Divar is located in the Mandovi river in the state of Goa. Divar Island is for sure the unexplored paradise of India, full of breath-taking views and beautiful nature. You can even rent some electric bikes and tour the island on them. The island has a perfect essence of old goa, it is full of churches and beaches. An excellent choice for love birds since the Island is all about lovely, languid exploration. So what are you guys waiting for? Grab your cellphones and start booking the best hotels.
Pamban island or Rameshwaram Island is situated in between peninsular India and Sri Lanka. The island is the home to one of the most popular pilgrimage in the world, Rameswaram temple. The island was ruled by various rulers such as the Rajendra Chola, Turks, Mughals, and Jaffna rulers, etc therefore you can see a diversity of culture here. Each of these religions holds their individuality, they haven’t mingled with each other. With every coming year number of tourist, visits keep increasing. Pamban Bridge, Adam’s bridge, and the Kurusadai island are the prime location of this island.
Chorao island also known by the name Chodan or Choddnnem is the largest island among the 17 islands in Goa. Still, when you visit the island you can feel the Portuguese air. The island is quite famous for its magnificent bird sanctuary. The island is a perfect spot for family vacations. Since the huge part of the island is part of is covered with dense mangrove forest, the canoe is the best way to navigate the mangrove beauty. The flora and fauna of the island are very rich and diverse, therefore the best place to relax with your family.
Willingdon is the largest island in India, situated in the city of Kochi. The island was created while the construction of the modern port in 1936. It is a must-visit location within India. The island connects Kochi with various seaports around the world and has one of the top hotels and commercial buildings in the district. You can also enjoy an exceptional view of the backwaters in Kerala. Along with the island, you can also tour the beautiful sea in luxury boats, so what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip to Willingdon Island.