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10 Most Spectacular Islands in India

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There is something special about an island that seems to captivate our hearts and minds. These islands are mostly covered with lush green forests and surrounded by pristine waters. But did you know that India has a wealth of them? Islands in India are marked by unique climate, interesting cultures and flavourous cuisine. India is, in fact, home to a wide variety of islands, some of which are not even open to tourists. But worry not, for here is a list of islands in India that you are sure to bookmark for your travels: -

Havelock Island

It is one of the many islands that can be found in the group of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. What makes Havelock unique is its tropical jungles and white sandy beaches. The best part about Havelock is that it isn’t very densely populated which makes it a perfect destination for tourists who are looking for a place to relax. The Havelock Island beach resort is an ideal accommodation for tourists looking for a place to stay on the island. It offers a wide variety of amenities and facilities for tourists, including DJ arrangements and poolside parties.

Lakshadweep

‍Lakshadweep

It is the smallest union territory in India with over 36 islands spread across 32. Sq. km. The word Lakshadweep in Malayalam means “one hundred thousand islands”. It is one of the most famous islands in India. Tourists can reach Lakshadweep islands from Kochi in Kerala but before planning a visit, you will need a permit. This applies to both Indian and foreign tourists.  Most islands here are still restricted for foreigners even if they have a permit. Lakshadweep is also home to the largest island in India, the Andrott Island.

Munroe Island

It is part of a cluster of Islands located in Kollam. The island was named after Colonel John Munroe who played a crucial role in linking these small islands by digging canals. The island is famous for the Kallada boat race held during the auspicious festival of Onam. Munroe Island is a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and admire nature in all its glory.

Majuli Island

This island is located in Assam and is one of the biggest river islands in the world. It is also considered to be the best island in India. It is formed by the union of two rivers, Subansiri and Brahmaputra. The island is pollution free and is a hotspot for cultural events. The Raas festival celebrated on the island attracts thousands of tourists from all around the world. The festival showcases performances that beautifully depict the life of Lord Krishna.

Netrani Island

The heart-shaped island is located off the coast of Karnataka. The island showcases a wide variety of fish such as Great Barracuda, Sting Ray and Turtles. Netrani Island also serves as a pilgrimage site for the holy city of Murdeshwar. The island is quite popular among adventure sports enthusiasts who mostly visit the island for scuba diving.

St Mary’s Island

The island is of great historical significance since it is the same place where Vasco De Game first set foot when he discovered India. St Mary’s Island is famous for the crystalline rocks formed due to its separation from the Madagascar Islands. The island is home to some of the most popular beaches in the country.

Elephanta Island

Elephanta Island is situated in the metropolitan city of Mumbai. Amazing to know, isn’t it?! The island is home to the famous Elephanta caves. The archaeological site houses some of the most beautiful stone carvings dating back to the 5th century. The Elephanta caves are also a UNESCO world heritage site. Apart from the caves, the island is also famous for its ferry ride and local shopping stalls. Tourists can buy silver jewellery from the local shops as a souvenir for their friends and family.

Rameswaram

Rameswaram

The island is famous for the Ramanathaswamy temple, a major pilgrimage site for the Hindu devotees in the region. Apart from the temple, the island is also known for its pristine beaches such as Olaikuda, Dhanushkodi and Pamban. Tourists can look forward to watching the migratory birds that visit the island and participate in water sports like scuba diving.

Charao Island

Located on the Mandovi River, Charao Island is the biggest island in Goa. The island showcases traditional Goan houses accompanied by agricultural fields. Charao Island is also famous for Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary which houses some of the rarest species of birds. It is one of the biggest bird sanctuaries in India.

Willingdon Island

This is, straight up, among the biggest man-made islands in the country. It is home to the Kochi Naval Base of the Indian Navy. Willingdon Island also happens to have some of the best hotels in the area. It is connected to the mainland by the Venduruthy Bridge. Tourists can also look forward to enjoying the ferry ride and boat trips around the island.

So, did this list of islands leave you intrigued?! Well, there’s more where that came from. If you are looking for a private island in India, then there are plenty of options to choose from. These islands are owned by individuals and corporations and can be bought or rented.  Consult our travel experts while booking your India tour packages to visit and explore the best islands in the country.

July 15, 2022

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We are an Indian travel company founded in 2013 and excel at domestic and international tour packages including guided group tours, specialty tours, customized holidays, corporate MICE travel, inbound travel and destination weddings.

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