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Updated January 7th, 2024 at 17:55 IST

Ditch Maldives: Explore India's Hidden Island Jewels from Diu to Majuli

Be it Majuli Island or Lakshwadeep Islands, the deep beaches stand as sentinels in India. Explore these Islands of India

Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andaman and Nicobar Islands | File photo | Image:Unsplash
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The Islands of India, embody a kaleidoscope of landscapes, cultures, and biodiversity.  From the serene waters of the Arabian Sea to the Bay of Bengal's peaceful embrace of these islands The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, with their lush rainforests and pristine beaches, stand as a perfect way to explore the Bay of Bengal, while Lakshadweep's coral atolls create a heaven for marine enthusiasts in the Arabian Sea.

Majuli Island 

Majuli Island, is one of the biggest river islands in the world. The most unique of all islands in India, this place is famous for its breathtaking sunrises and stunning sunsets. 
Best time to visit: October – December
Places to see: 21 Satras and Fishing Village
Things to do: Rent a motorcycle to explore the island. Try your hand at local meshing and mask-making.

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Diu Island 

The exquisite beaches, and tropical seafood with a dash of Gujarati influence, make it a notch different from other islands in India.This place also has an architectural beauty along with the serenity of the calm islands that can stun you to a surreal world. 
Best time to visit: October – January
Places to see: Diu Fort, Gangeshwar Temple, Seashell Museum and St Paul’s Church
Things to do: Rent a scooter or a bike to enjoy the locale to the fullest.

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Divar Island

Divar Island was the home to the prominent temples where devotees from all over the world visit,  Saptakoteshwar in Naroa. One of the untouched islands in India, Divar Island lies about 10 km upstream from Panjim, Goa. 
Best time to visit: Mid-November – Mid-February
What to see: Our Lady Of Compassion Church, Shree Ganesh Sateri Temple, European Houses, and Portuguese landmarks.
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.

St Mary’s Islands 

St Mary, a set of four small islands in India. Quite similar to the giant’s causeway in Ireland, these islands are popular for their basaltic rock formations cut into a peculiar hexagonal shape. 
Best time to visit: December – January
Places to see: Coconut gardens and basaltic rock formations
Things to do: A few selfies and group pictures of this extraordinary rock formation are requisite

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Little Andaman Island 

Little Andaman Island is one of the offbeat destinations in the Andaman Islands. Not heavily crowded, this place has some alluring beaches and is one of the best Indian islands.

Best time to visit: December – February
Places to see: White surf waterfalls, Whisper wave waterfalls, Hut Bay, and Coral reefs on the east of the island
Things to do: Surfing on some fabulously high waves is the top thing to do on this best island in India.

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Lakshadweep Islands 

Beautiful Lakshadweep Islands is a set of 36 palm-laden coral islands. It is a group of the smallest islands in India.

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Best time to visit: October – May
Places to see: Kavaratti Island Marine Aquarium, Minicoy Island and Agatti Island
Things to do: Scuba diving at Kavaratti and Kadmat

Barren Island 

The astonishing beauty and lava rocks on this beautiful island make it one of the most fascinating islands of India and will certainly take you through a memorable journey.
Best time to visit: February – May
Places to see: Kaala Path Beach, Radhanagar Beach, Elephanta Beach
Things to do: Diving and barefoot scuba on your day trip to Barren Island

Grand Island 

The best place for diving and snorkeling near Goa is the Grand Island. It is famous for its exceptional scuba diving sites. 
Best time to visit: October – May
Popular Attractions: Suzy’s Wreck dive, Shelter Cove dive, Bounty Bay dive, Sail Rock Dive, Spice plantation, and Dolphin points
Things to do: Ship-wreck scuba diving and bait-fishing

Therefore, when it comes to exploring the treasure of islands it lies in the mosaic of captivating islands scattered across its maritime borders

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Published January 7th, 2024 at 17:55 IST

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