Who doesn’t like a long, lazy vacation on a breathtaking island? Add to it some beach parties, water sports, and you’re in for a fun holiday. But none of this means you need to empty your bank account by traveling to foreign lands. You can have your captivating sunsets and long walks right here in India. While a lot of islands in India have become too commercial for a truly relaxing holiday, we managed to pick some not-so-touristy spots for a memorable escape to these beautiful Indian islands.
1) Majuli, Assam
Majuli is located on the Brahmaputra River, it is the largest mid river deltaic island in the world. Several extinct migratory birds can be seen here. It flaunts a vibrant culture and unparalleled scenic landscapes. The island is home to a mix of communities – the Mishing tribe, the Deoris, the Sonowal Kacharis and the Ahoms. The inhabitants of Majuli are always happy to welcome travellers. Mishing tribals like to invite visitors into their homes for a bowl of freshly prepared apong or rice beer.
StartUrTrip Tip: The best time to visit is during July to September.
Suggested Read: Top Experiences in Assam
2) Great Nicobar Island
Visit this island if you are looking for clean waters, lush rain forests, and a diverse wildlife. The Great Nicobar island also happens to be the largest island in India. Take a dip in its crystal-clear waters, explore the coasts, and enjoy a perfect vacation on this huge island.
You can reach the island either through boats or a helicopter from Port Blair. Some notable places to visit are Indira Point, Campbell Bay, and the Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve.
StartUrTrip Tip: The best time to visit is between February and June.
3) Divar Island, Goa
Divar is about 10 km upstream from the capital city of Goa, Panjim, and is relatively less-known. A serene 10-min ferry ride from Viceroy’s Arch in Old Goa will get you here. Situated across the Mandovi river, this island is bustling with the cheerful Goan culture.
Some notable places to visit are Our Lady of Compassion Church, the European Houses, and Portuguese landmarks.
StartUrTrip Tip: The best time to visit the island is between mid-November to mid-February.
4) St. Mary’s Island, Karnataka
St.Mary’s Island are set of 4 islands in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Malpe in Udupi, Karnataka. St.Mary’s Island are also known as Coconut Island & Thonsepar. Legend has it that in the year 1498, Vasco da Gama landed at St. Mary’s Islands on his journey from Portugal, and named one of these islands, O Padrão de Santa Maria, as a dedication to Mother Mary. It is from this name that the islands got their current name. Coconut Gardens & Basaltic Rock Formations are must-see attractions of the island.
StartUrTrip Tip: Best time to visit is during December – January.
5) Lakshadweep Islands
Lakshadweep is a spectacular cluster of 36 tropical islands, famous for their rich and unique marine life. You must visit the island at least once to believe its beauty. For those looking for an adrenaline rush, scuba diving at Kadmat and Kavaratti is not to be missed.
You can reach the islands either through the sea or air. Don’t miss the Kavaratti Island Marine Aquarium, Agatti Island, and Minicoy Island.
StartUrTrip Tip: Best time to visit is between October-May.
So, get ready to lose yourself in these little paradises and enjoy a tranquil, undisturbed island holiday.