Blessed with scenic hill stations, stunning heritage cities, vast deserts, sparkling rivers, beautiful valleys, and long coastlines, India is home to some of the most diverse yet scenic landscapes. Besides, this magical tropical country is filled with several breathtaking Islands that are unique in their own way. With clear blue sky, azure verdant sea waters, serene ambiance, pleasant climate, and coconut palms swirling in the cool breeze, these islands are the perfect places to visit in India for those who want to spend some time away from hustle and bustle of the city life. By visiting these Islands in India, one can enjoy water sports, beach parties, and scuba diving as well. If you are in search of peace, you can just relax and admire the stunning beauty of the Island. Here are some of the most beautiful islands in India that are a must-visit as part of India Tour Packages.
Havelock Island, Andaman
With its exotic white sandy beaches, warm lagoons, rich coral reefs, and exciting nature, Havelock Island is one of the most scenic islands in India, and among the prettiest places to visit in Andamans. The Island is named after Mr. Henry Havelock, a British General in India. With an area of 113 sq. km, it is the largest among all the islands in Ritchie’s Archipelago and is one of the populated islands in the Andaman group. This romantic paradise is home world’s best beaches including Radhanagar Beach, Elephant Beach, and Kalapathar Beach. Also, Havelock Island offers several water sports activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, trekking, island camping, kayaking, sailing, etc.
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Comprises of 36 main islands, many smaller islands, coral atolls, and coral reefs, Lakshadweep is an archipelago located 200-400 km west of the coast of Kerala in the Arabian Sea. Known for its golden sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and the tall coconut trees bordering the shores, Lakshadweep is one of the most secluded beach destinations in India and also one of the best places to visit during your honeymoon trip. Ujra mosque, Marine aquarium, Kalpeni, Minicoy, Bangaram, and Agatti are the top places to visit in Lakshadweep Islands.
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Divar Island, Goa
Situated in North Goa, Divar Island is a popular Island located on the Mandovi River near Chorao Island in Goa. It is one of the gorgeous islands in India, and among the top places to visit in Goa. The name of the Island is derived from the word ‘Dipavati’, which means a small island in Konkani. The island is lined up with well-maintained, elegant Portuguese villas. One can get a splendid view of the surrounding countryside including Old Goa, Panaji, Mandovi River, and the bridges across from the top of the hill. Earlier, the island was a famous site of Hindu pilgrimage and hosted the ancient temples of Shree Saptakoteshwar, Shree Ganesh, and Shree Dwarkeshwar. But, Portuguese activists destroyed these in the 16th century in their drive for the Christianization of Goa. Then, the first church on this site was built in 1515 called the Church of Our Lady of Compassion. Also, there is a small cemetery behind the church that offers one of only a few fragments of the once-grand Kadamba dynasty. Bonderam festival is the main event celebrated in Divar Island on the 4th Saturday of August with great pomp and festivity.
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Majuli Island, Assam
One of the biggest River Island in the world, Majuli Island lies on the Brahmaputra River in the northeastern state of Assam. It is one of the popular places to visit in Assam and among the must-include places in Guwahati tour packages. Known for its breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, it is one of the most unique of all the islands in India where tourists can find ochre and moss on its coast instead of sand. Along with its fascinating and unique culture and lifestyle, the island’s diverse ecosystem is not to be missed. One should surely visit the twenty-one Satras which are present on the island. One can savor northeastern cuisine instead of seafood on this stunning island along with a fair taste of Assamese culture. Also home to colorful birds, one can explore this island by renting a bike/cycle which gives you a wonderful experience.
Munroe Island, Kerala
Formed by the backwaters of Ashtamudi Lake and Kallada River, Munroe Island is one of the beautiful islands located in Kerala as well as India. It is one of the scenic places to visit in Kollam. This island is named after Colonel Munroe, the British resident of Travancore State, who helped in integrating several backwater regions of Kerala by forming canals. This place is an important historical destination in this region due to the discovery of Stone Age tools. The canals are used for local transport and are connected with Pattomthuruthu & Pezhumthuruthu Islands by boat. The boat cruises to Munroe Island are operated by DTPC twice a day.
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Situated near the coast of the Kathiyawad region of Gujarat, Diu is a small island in the union territory of Daman and Diu. It is one of the popular tourist destinations in India, and among the must include places in Gujarat Tour Packages. Boasts with stunning beaches, limestone cliffs, and shimmering golden sand beaches, Diu is one of the oldest Portuguese colonies of the world and among the least populated districts of India. The Diu Fort, Diu Museum, Gangeshwar Temple, Nagoa Beach, Shell Museum, INS Khukri Memorial, St. Paul’s Church, Naida Caves, Jalandhar Beach, Ghoghla Beach, and Zampa Gateway are some of the top places to visit in Diu. Besides, the beaches of Diu offer multiple opportunities to engage in water sport activities like Parasailing, sunbathing, surfing, and swimming.
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Sandwiched between Havelock Island and Ross Island, Neil Island is another beautiful, scenic, and serene island situated in Ritchie’s Archipelago of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. It is one of the best places to experience Andaman Tourism. The island is named after British Brigadier General James Neill, who had sternly dealt with the freedom fighters during the suppression of the 1857 Mutiny. Spread over an area of 18.9 sq. km, the island is famous for its unexplored coral reefs, brilliant bio-diversity, white sandy beaches, and tropical forest and vegetation. Bharatpur Beach, Laxmanpur Beach, Sitapur Beach, & Ramnagar Beach are the must-visit places on Neil Island. Also known for its rich marine life, Snorkeling in Neil Island gives you a memorable experience. Neil Island is most commonly visited as a day trip from Port Blair.
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St. Mary’s Island, Karnataka
St. Mary’s Island is a group of small beautiful islands situated just off the coast of Malpe Beach near Udupi. This is the land where Vasco da Gama first set his foot before reaching the Kappad Beach (near Calicut) while finding a sea route to India in 1498. Dotted with white sands, coconut trees, blue waters & monolithic rock formations; it is one of the top places to visit in Udupi, and among the perfect places to spend some quality time with your loved ones as part of Mangalore tour packages. Also, one can watch the picturesque sunset standing on the crystalline rocks. As the Basalt rock formations are found everywhere, it is not a safe place for swimming. One can reach this island by a 30-minute boat ride from Malpe Beach.
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Barren Island, Andaman
Barren Island is one of the beautiful and the only active volcanic island of India as well as South Asia. It is one of the most fabulous islands that one must visit during the Andaman Tour. With its stunning natural beauty and lava rocks, it is one of the most gorgeous islands of India and a visit to this island gives you a memorable journey. Though landing on the shores is prohibited, one can travel around the island and indulge in the water sports like scuba diving. One can also visit nearby Baratang Island and Parrot Island.
Netrani Island, Karnataka
Also called ‘Pigeon Island’, Netrani Island is a heart-shaped island located off the coast of Murudeshwar. It is one of the very few places for snorkeling in Karnataka and among the top Murudeshwar tourist places. Its crystal-clear waters allow visibility up to 25-30 meters that give you an amazing scuba diving experience exploring the underwater world. Known for its snorkeling and diving activities, one will get a chance to spot a diverse variety of corals and fishes. Also, one can find Whale Sharks around the Island. Besides, the island also has a ruined temple, a Roman Catholic Church, and a mosque.
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Little Andaman Island
The Little Andaman Island is one of the largest islands situated at the southern end of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Lies just opposite the Great Andaman Island, it is one of the famous places for sightseeing in the Andaman Islands. With a perfect mix of white sandy beaches, bewitching waterfalls, boating through the creeks, exciting elephant safari, and surfing, the place attracts a number of tourists. Butler Bay Beach is the most popular and splendid beach in Little Andaman and is suitable for sun basking, scuba diving, snorkeling, and surfing. During the 2004 Tsunami, a major part of Little Andaman was affected badly.
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Pamban Island, Tamilnadu
Pamban Island, also known as Rameswaram Island, is one of the beautiful islands situated off the coast of Tamilnadu. Set between peninsular India and Sri Lanka, it is one of the popular tourist places in Tamilnadu for all Indians and beach lovers from across the world. The island extends around 30 km in width from the township of Pamban in the west to the remains of Dhanushkodi towards the south-east. Boasts of the longest sea bridge in India, the island houses ancient temples, lovely beaches, and exciting water sports. Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple, Agniteertham, Gandamadana Parvatham, The five-faced Hanuman Temple, and Dhanushkodi are some of the best places to visit in Rameswaram.
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Great Nicobar Island
Great Nicobar is the last island of the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago. Spanning an area of around 921 km, it is the largest of the Nicobar group of islands and is home to about 9000 people. Covered by dense forests, the island is home to a variety of endemic biodiversity including the Nicobar megapode, the Nicobar tree shrew, and the Nicobar long-tailed macaque. The most common visitors to the island are naturalists, birders, and researchers. It is also a perfect place for spending a vacation with your family or loved ones as part of Andaman & Nicobar packages.
Santhi is an avid traveler and primary contributor to the blogs at Trawell.in. She has explored most of the states in India and gained vast knowledge on tourist destinations in India and abroad. She also contributes content to other travel websites.