Around 5000 miles of coastline lined by coconut trees and far-flung sandy beaches keep India much ahead of international island destinations. As the blue sky bows down to kiss turquoise green waters, travellers fly from different corners of India and abroad to catch a glimpse of the country’s vivacious beauty. It is romantic to sink your feet inside waters over sun-soaked beaches, and thrilling to go for early scuba diving in search of dolphins and more. With hundreds of islands anchored over seas and rivers, Island trip in India has taken the country’s tourism to great heights.
From Bengal in the east to Kerala in south, islands with their very own community of islanders gave birth to a culture typical to their land. By travelling to these destinations, you can feast on local cuisines, explore their art and architecture and enjoy the natural melange of sun, sand and sea. Goibibo picks up the best of islands in India where memories are crafted to remain forever.
The mix of opaque emerald waters and Portuguese history of Diu in Gujarat’s Kathiawar peninsula take you to a world of pristine beauty. Diu is comparatively small making it an island to explore over a weekend. Diu’s Portuguese culture, white-washed churches, foreign tourists, less traffic, and English cafes give that non-Indian feeling within the Indian heartland. The renowned Nagoa Beach and Jallandhar Beach along with Diu Fort, Seashell Museum and caves of Nayda make it a paradise for island lovers and history buffs.
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St Mary’s Island
Take a ferry ride from Malpe to the spectacular St. Mary’s Island in Karnataka, India. Its endless coastal line with a horizon that turns crimson during sunset brings forth the astonishing beauty of nature. St. Mary’s Island is a big fishing harbor. Unlike other island destinations in India, St. Mary’s is uninhabited and does not possess accommodations. Yet, its concrete benches make you sit for hours and loose yourself to the site and sound of never ending waves.
There is always something unique about Goa, and Chorao Island is one of those. Around 5km away from Panaji, Charao Island happens to be the largest island in Goa. Presence of legends, mangrove swamps and Goa’s largest bird sanctuary, can be traced here. Take a regular ferry boat from Ribandar and land on the remains of Indian and Portuguese colonizers marked by Catholic churches, Hindu temples and dozens of churches.
Shelter to a labyrinth of ancient cave temples, Elephanta Island is nestled picturesquely in the middle of Mumbai Harbour on the Arabian Sea. A large stone elephant near the shore and framework of courtyards, halls, pillars and shrine of the main Shiva temple narrates the glory of India’s past.
With eight tiny islands in Kollam district, Munroe Island forms an integral part of Kerala backwaters. It is where you can take a canoe tour, glide along narrow canals, halt for a cup of tea and see tall trees and colorful birds pass by. Apart from luxury houseboats, you can reserve home- stays right by the side of serene backwaters. Get down at Kollam Railway Station and proceed for your onward journey to Munroe Island.
Pack your beachwear and head for a spectacular island travel. Before that, check our exclusive Island travel & tours packages.