Top 13 Most Beautiful Islands In India

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Islands in India are one of the most underutilised tourist destinations. From the heavenly Munroe Island in Kerala's backwaters to the picturesque Havelock and ... read more...

  1. Majuli Island is one of the world's largest river islands, and thus one of the largest in India. This island is famous for its breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, making it the most unique of all the islands in India. You'll get a good taste of Assamese culture here. This is one of the most beautiful islands in India. On its coast, you'll find moss instead of sand and traditional northeastern cuisine instead of seafood. However, it will prove to be an experience well worth the effort.

    Majuli Island is the most ancient location of the Assamese neo-Vaishnavite monastery, also known as the first Satra. Its origins can be traced back to the 15th century, and there are approximately 22 Satras on this river island that will give you a glimpse into the culture, which can be seen in the area through artefacts, literature, arts, crafts, and weapons. Exploring the Satras will undoubtedly be the most soul-enriching experience of all the major attractions on Majuli Island. Some of the Satras you should visit include Kamalabri Satra, Auniati Satra, Dakhinpat Satra, and Samaguri Satra.

    • Best time to visit: October – December
    • How to reach: Take boat ride from Jorhat which is fairly connected through airways to Guwahati. There are two ferries – one leaves at 10 am and the other at 3 pm.
    • Places to see: 21 Satras and Mishing Village
    • Where to stay: La Maison de Anand, Yggdrasill Bamboo Cottage or government accommodations
    • Things to do: Rent a motorcycle to explore the island. Try your hand at local meshing and mask making.
    • Tips: Witness the beauty of the biggest island and incorporate this in your itinerary if you are visiting Guwahati.
    • Location: Brahmaputra River, Assam, India

  2. Diu is a serene windswept island on the south coast of Gujarat's Kathiawar peninsula that depicts a spectacular specimen of pure scenic beauty. The island provides the ideal combination of peace and tranquillity. It is best known as a place that combines tradition and modernity, as evidenced by its architecture, which includes several historical monuments and structures.

    Diu is most famous for its white sand beaches. Nagoa Beach is the most well-known of the beaches. Ghogla, Jallandhar, Chakratirth, and Gomtimata are some of the other beaches. At the beaches, adventure water sports are very popular. This island is the most unique of all the islands in India, and it is famous for its breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. You'll get a good sense of Assamese culture here. On its coast, moss replaces sand, and traditional northeastern cuisine replaces seafood. However, the experience will be well worth the effort.

    • Best time to visit: October – January
    • How to reach: Diu can be reached by airways and roadways from most major Indian cities. However, it does not have a railway station.
    • Places to see: Diu Fort, Gangeshwar Temple, Seashell Museum and St Paul’s Church
    • Where to stay: Sugati Beach Resort, Kostamar Beach Resort, and Krishna Park Resort. Most of the high end resorts are located near Nagoa Beach.
    • Things to do: Rent a scooter or a bike to enjoy the locale to the fullest.
    • Tips: Enjoy the beauty of Diu Island by a scotty ride or a bike ride and enjoy some of the drinks with your friends.
    • Location: Gujarat, India
  3. Divar Island, located 10 kilometres from Panjim in Goa, is a slice of heaven tucked away in dense woods amidst nature's beauty. This island, which is only accessible by ferry from Old Goa, is synonymous with natural beauty, serenity, and tranquillity. This island has a rich history that dates back to a time when it was home to a large number of Indians, particularly those of Konkani descent. However, due to a terrible plague epidemic and Portuguese invasions during that era, people fled the island and old Goa areas. Divar island was a popular pilgrimage destination centuries ago due to the presence of several famous temples, which were later relocated to other locations to protect them.

    As it is isolated from city life, the area is commonly referred to as a "village stuck in time." It is still unexplored and unexploited by tourism or commercialisation. Divar Island is dotted with vintage houses built in the Portuguese style, traditional churches, and is surrounded by lush paddy fields. The term ‘divar’ is derived from the word ‘dipavati’, which means ‘small island’ in Konkani.

    • Best time to visit: Mid-November – Mid-February
    • How to reach: 10 mins ferry ride from Viceroy’s Arch in Old Goa
    • What to see: Our Lady Of Compassion Church, Shree Ganesh Sateri Temple, European Houses and Portuguese landmarks.
    • Where to stay: Divar Island Retreat Guest House
    • Things to do: Just for your info, Dil Chahta Hai was also shot here. So, you can recreate some of your favorite scenes from that movie here.
    • Tips: Don’t miss out on taking beautiful pictures out here as you will get the same view as in the movie Dil Chahta Hai.
    • Location: Goa, India
  4. St Mary's is a group of four small Indian islands. These islands, like the Giant's Causeway in Ireland, are famous for their basaltic rock formations cut into a peculiar hexagonal shape. These islands are a must-see due to their rocky beaches and clear blue water. However, many people are still unaware of the existence of this Indian island.

    Aside from the volcanic rocks, an interesting feature of St Mary's Island is that one side of the island has a beach made entirely of shells, which is why it is known as Shell Beach. There are a lot of shells here, but no sand! The climate of the island reflects that of the surrounding areas, and it can get quite hot and humid in the summers. If it gets too hot, you can always cool off under one of the island's many coconut trees. You can also get some cool juice and food from the stalls or dip your toes in the water.

    • Best time to visit: December – January
    • How to reach: Only way to reach this island is to take a boat from Malpe, Karnataka. The ride is roughly 15 mins and costs about Rs 500 for a round trip.
    • Places to see: Coconut gardens and basaltic rock formations
    • Where to stay: Unfortunately there are no accommodation facilities on this empty island in India. However, you can make your arrangements on the Malpe, nothing like it.
    • Things to do: A few selfies and group pictures on this extraordinary rock formations are requisite
    • Tip: Carry your own food and beverage since there is no refreshment facility available on the islands.
    • Location: Udupi, Karnataka, India
  5. Little Andaman Island is a unique destination in the Andaman Islands. This island, located in the Southern Andaman district, is a haven for nature lovers from all over the world. It is one of the few places on the planet that creates a space so surreal that you will fall in love with it almost immediately. Despite being named Little Andaman, the island is not as small as the name implies; rather, it is the fourth largest of the Andaman Islands. It is also the home of the Onge tribe. A striking contrast to the city-based beaches, its shoreline is a gateway to a tropical paradise.

    White Surf Waterfall, a cascading milky white sheet of water about 65 kilometres from Hut Bay Jetty, lies amid the evergreen rainforest and is an ideal picnic spot. Another waterfall, Whisper Wave, is about 25 kilometres from the Hutbay Jetty, and a trip here includes a trek through the beautiful biodiversity of Andaman's rainforests. You can either take a boat tour through the island creeks or go on an elephant safari. This island is slowly gaining recognition as a surfer's paradise, and there are small resorts with surf camps that rent out equipment near Butler Bay Beach, which has ideal surfing waves. It is a low-lying island with rainforest and a rare species of marine turtle.

    • Best time to visit: December – February
    • How to reach: It’s a little more than a day’s voyage by ship from Port Blair.
    • Places to see: White surf waterfalls, Whisper wave waterfalls, Hut bay and Coral reefs on the east of the island
    • Where to stay: Jina Resort and Blue View
    • Things to do: Surfing on some fabulously high waves is the top thing to do in this best island in India.
    • Tips: For all the nature lovers and enthusiasts it’s a treat to witness the beauty of the Island.
    • Location: Bay of Bengal, India
  6. Barren Island, the most easterly of the Andaman Islands, is India's and South Asia's only active volcanic island. This beautiful island's stunning beauty and lava rocks make it one of India's most fascinating islands, and it will undoubtedly take you on a memorable journey. The unfortunate part is that landing on one of the most beautiful Indian islands is forbidden. A board vessel is the only one permitted to circle the island.

    Thousands of visitors from all over the world come here just to see the amazing view of India's active volcano. Visiting this active volcano will provide a unique and thrilling experience that cannot be described in words. It can make your vacation perfect, and visiting this can provide you with the best experience of traveling to one of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Scuba diving is the only way to see a variety of fishes and other animals living inside the ocean if you want to witness the innumerable number of aquatic creatures.

    The beauty of a colorful underwater surface will astound you. It will undoubtedly make your trip to the island memorable. Don't forget to capture your memorable moments with an action camera. Keep in mind that if you are visiting Barren Island specifically for scuba diving, the best time to dive is between the end of December and the beginning of January.

    • Best time to visit: February – May
    • How to reach: Ships sail from Port Blair on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Or take a seaplane from Port Blair. You need a minimum of 7 passengers.
    • Places to see: Kaala pathar beach, Radhanagar beach, Elephanta beach
    • Where to stay: True to its name, the island is inhabited. And there are no accommodations available there. However, you can book your retreat on Port Blair.
    • Things to do: Diving and barefoot scuba on your day trip to Barren Island
    • Note: A special Inner Line Permit (ILP) is required from the Forest Department.
    • Location: Andaman Sea, India
  7. The Great Nicobar Island is India's largest ocean island and one of the most beautiful islands in India. Its crystal clear water will entice you to take a dip and let go of your inhibitions. A large portion of the island is covered by dense forests which are 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. The incredible flora and fauna of this location make it a mini-world unto itself. This is one of India's best islands for a small vacation with your family or spouse.

    Once on the island, tourists must meet officials from the Forest Department in Campbell Bay to arrange visits to the Biosphere Reserve and Galathea National Park. Both of these locations are important to naturalists and birders because of the variety of trees, animals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds that can be found there. Indira Point is an important part of tourism on Great Nicobar Island. The country's southernmost point has been renamed Indira Gandhi Point.

    • Best time to visit: February – June
    • How to reach: Boats and helicopters are available from Port Blair.
    • Places to see: Indira Point, Campbell Bay, Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve
    • Where to stay: Silver Sand Havelock, Anugama Resort, and Aashiaanaa Residency Inn
    • Things to do: Lazy dipping and floating on the serene coasts
    • Tips: Be daring enough to witness the crystal-clear waters of the amazing Island
    • Location: Nicobar Islands, Indian Ocean
  8. The Grand Island in Goa is one of the most popular tourist destinations and is reasonably priced. A visit to Grand Island is a half-day escape in the middle of the famous Arabian Sea. It should be on everyone's list of must-see destinations. Grand Island is also known as Ilha Grande, Bat Island, and Monkey Beach. Hold on to your excitement because this trip will provide you with memories to last a lifetime. The Grand Island is the best diving and ng location near Goa. It is well-known for its excellent scuba diving sites. The exquisite beauty of the area, as well as the unspoiled beaches, will enhance your experience.

    There are many wonderful places to visit, including sunken ships, where you can see a variety of marine life, including sea turtles, dolphins, lobsters, reef sharks, and more. Corals of various colours can be found on the seafloor. There are also excellent sites for novice divers and snorkelers. If you don't want to dive, you can have a picnic lunch with BBQ at Monkey Beach, relax on the beach, swim in the clear water of the Arabian Sea, or participate in one of the many water sports activities. Beach volleyball and football are also options. The Grande Island's westernmost point is marked by a Holy Cross. The boat ride to Grande Island from the Coco Jetty takes only 90 minutes.

    • How to reach: A ferry ride will take 20-40 min from Goa depending on the departure point. It can be arranged by your resort.
    • Popular Attractions: Suzy’s Wreck dive, Shelter Cove dive, Bounty Bay dive, Sail Rock dive, Spice plantation and Dolphin points
    • Where to stay: This island is open just for a day trip of 8 hours. There are no accommodation facilities available.
    • Best time to visit: October – MayThings to do: Ship-wreck scuba diving and bait-fishing
    • Tip: Since the island is used as a base for Indian Navy, there might be chances that the entry is closed due to training exercises. Check with your hotel in Goa for the information before setting your plan
    • Location: Goa, India
  9. Havelock Island, the largest island in Andaman, is one of the most beautiful islands in India, and deserves to be included on this list. Havelock Island is one of the most beautiful islands to visit in India, known for its picturesque beaches and alluring scenery. This island is well-known among honeymooners and families because there is so much to do and see. It also happens to be one of India's best coral islands. Given the variety of activities available on the island, this island provides one of the most enjoyable Scuba diving experiences in India.

    Premium scuba diving and snorkelling are the highlights of Havelock Island, the most popular of the Andaman Islands. Glass-bottomed boats offer a similar up-close look at marine life. Jungle treks and camping are popular landlubbing activities, but the more delicately inclined can retire to one of several luxury resorts. Refuel with fresh coconut milk and succulent, just-caught seafood, which dominates every meal.

    • Best time to visit: February – June
    • How to reach: Take an air-condtioned ferry from Port Blair which takes 90 minutes to reach.
    • Places to see: Radhanagar beach, Kalapathar Beach, Elephant Beach
    • Where to stay: Symphony Palms Beach Resort, Havelock Nagri Resort, Barefoot at Havelock
    • Things to do: Scuba diving, exploring coral reefs
    • Tips: If you are planning to take a break with your spouse then you must visit this beautiful island in India
    • Location: Bay of Bengal, India
  10. Another Indian Ocean island worth visiting is Neil Island, which is located between Havelock and Rose Islands. Neil Island, known for its magnificent biodiversity, unexplored coral reefs, white sandy beaches, and tropical woodlands, is ideal for a relaxing vacation. This island is only 13.7 square kilometres in size. Neil can be cycled around with little effort due to the flat terrain and small area. The island's laid-back vibe and lucid charm the island is soothingly different from its neighboring Havelock.

    Neil Island is best suited for those who want to spend a relaxed time among long deserted beaches. With little bustle, few activities to take up, and few resorts, this island is best for those who want to explore the island’s villages. The romantic atmosphere that pervades the island elevates it to the ranks of the world's most exotic honeymoon destinations. It attracts a large number of both domestic and international tourists due to its beautiful coral reefs teeming with tropical fish. Neil Island provides an exotic vibe for your tropical vacation.

    • Best time to visit: October-February
    • How to reach: Take a ferry from Port Blair or Havelock.
    • Places to see: Sitapur Beach, Lakshamanpur Beach, Bharatpur Beach
    • Where to stay: Summer Sands Beach Resort, Pearl Park Beach ResortThings to do: Beach hoping, watersports
    • Tips: Don’t miss out on watching the charming coral reefs along with the tropical fishes which is a spectacular view.4
    • Location: Ritchie's Archipelago, India
  11. Kadmat Island, one of the most beautiful islands in India, will greet you with scenic views of the ocean. It is also known as Cardamom Island offering a remote island experience. This picturesque coral island has sun-kissed beaches, azure lagoons, and colourful coral reefs, and with all of these scenic wonders, Kadmat Island tourism welcomes both Indian and foreign tourists with open arms.

    Snorkeling and scuba diving are popular activities on Kadmat Island. This island has some of Lakshadweep's best diving spots, offering the best snorkeling and scuba diving experiences under professional supervision. A trip to Kadmat Island isn't complete unless you plan to go fishing. Sharks, Snappers, Bonefish, Tuna, and Stonefish are among the many colourful fish found on Kadmat Island.

    If you want to see fish, sea turtles, and other aquatic organisms sailing in the sea, kayaking and sailing in glass bottom boats are the best ways to do it. Sailing on a yacht, watching the sunset, or kayaking in the sea are all activities that everyone enjoys. The only inhabited hamlet on this island is Kadmat, which is also a popular nesting site for marine turtles. The area is well-known for its marine turtles and a variety of water activities.

    • Best time to visit: October-May
    • How to reach: Take a ferry from Agatti Island. It is where the nearest aiport is.
    • Places to see: Mohiyudeen mosque, Golden Jubilee Museum
    • Where to stay: Kadmat Resort, Kadmat Beach Resort
    • Things to do: Scuba Diving, Snorkeling
    • Tips: You must surely visit Cardamom Island which is indeed one of the most beautiful Islands amongst Lakshadeep Islands.
    • Location: Lakshadweep archipelago, India
  12. Planning to visit some of the beautiful islands in India then Munroe Island is a must-visit for you. The magical backwaters of Munroe Island will surely make your vacation a memorable one indeed. Munroe Island is made up of eight island clusters connected by a fascinating network of water canals that assist in integrating various water bodies in the particular region. Guests can stay overnight in one of the stunning Indian Islands on houseboats.

    The lush green beauty of the area is one of the main reasons why so many people come here. This area receives a lot of rain because of its lush natural vegetation. It is blessed with a pleasant climate. This location's hill stations provide a breathtaking view. Aside from that, this state has a number of beaches and islands. Houseboats are popular among travellers in this area because they provide a luxurious travel experience.

    • Best time to visit: Munroe Island in Kerala can be visited in the months of October to May. The place must not be visited in the monsoon season which lasts from June to September.
    • How to reach: As Munroe Island is situated at a distance of 25 kms from Kollam, you can use ferry which will cost you INR 500. There are two shifts for the ferry ride one in the morning at 9 AM and other in the afternoon at 2 PM.
    • Places to see: Thenmala, M.G Beach, Jatayu Rock, Shendurni Wildlife Sanctuary, Varkala Beach, Chavara and Palaruvi Falls. However, there are other attraction as well.
    • Where to stay: You can prefer to stay in lodges or in hotels which are nearby.
    • Things to do: You can have beach fun or enjoy staying in houseboats or enjoy splash of water in waterfalls.
    • Tips: The place must not be visited in the monsoon season which lasts from June to September
    • Location: Kerala, India
  13. Netrani Island in Karnataka, also known as Pigeon Island, is one of the most beautiful islands in India to visit. The island is well-known for its scenic beauty, picturesque landscapes, attractive cliffs, and jagged rocks, and it is one of the most beautiful Islands in India for aquatic life enthusiasts, with whale sharks and butterflyfish to be found.

    In Karnataka, Netrani is a popular scuba diving destination. This is a beautiful island with a dense forest of trees and curved rocky formations that provide shelter for a large number of pigeons. The island, with its corals and clear waters, is probably India's best snorkeling and diving location. There are excellent snorkeling opportunities in this area, suitable for both beginners and deep-diving experts. Swimming like a fish, seeing aquatic animals up close, and colorful corals will be an unforgettable experience for the entire family.

    • Best time to visit: Netrani Island in Karnataka must be visited in the months of December to January where you can enjoy scuba diving, snorkelling and various other water sports. You must not visit the place during monsoon season from June to September.
    • How to reach: As the Netrani Island is located near the Arabian Sea, you can reach by hiring boats from Bhatkal or you can even hire cabs or auto-rickshaws which are also available from Bhatkal.
    • Places to see: You can visit ruined temple which is nearby the Island or a Roman Catholic Church or a mosque. The choice is yours.
    • Where to stay: You can book hotels near the Netrani Island such as KSTDC Mayura Gerusoppa, Kairali Residency or Sagar Kinara Beach Resort and many other hotels.
    • Things to do: Scuba Diving, snorkelling and other adventurous water sports. Scuba diving starts at 5000 INR per dive.
    • Tips: You must not visit the place during monsoon season from June to September as there will be no water sports owing to high water level in the sea.
    • Location: Karnataka, India

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