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Munroe to Havelock: 9 Islands In India That Will Leave You Mesmerised

A handy list to visit the beaches of your dreams.

Team ZZ

Taking a vacation on an island can offer a mesmerising experience—one that you may never forget. The surreal beauty of nature, the cool sea breeze, and the thick natural flora all around make islands a wonderful and relaxing vacation spot with plenty of thrills. These islands might be the perfect destination to rest and refresh, whether it's for your honeymoon, a trip with friends, or a family holiday. Pack your swimsuits, grab your camera, and get ready for a beach tan at these top islands in India.

1. Munroe Island, Kerala

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Munroe Island, one of the best places to visit in Kerala, is undoubtedly the vacation getaway you are looking for. This hidden island combines the beauty of backwaters with the warmth of Indian culture and tradition. The island is actually a cluster of eight small islands, located 27 kilometres from Kollam—where you will find endless adventure and thrill. The island was named after honourable Colonel John Munro, Diwan of the former princely state of Travancore. While Kerala is not one of the best summer vacation destinations, you must visit during Onam. During the festival, many cultural events are organised, providing you with a peaceful escape to nature. Enjoy a boat ride and other activities available on this Kerala island.

2. Grand Island, Goa

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Are you looking for a place to spend your December vacation? You can certainly go to Goa, India's best beach destination and home to one of the best islands in the country—the Grand Island. This island on the Arabian Sea, also known as Grande, Ilha Grande, or Ilha Grao, is well-known for its exquisite beach beauty. The well-known Monkey Beach is nestled in the pristine setting of Grande, providing you with every adventure and leisure activity you could want.
When it comes to having fun and excitement, Grande or Grand Island is a popular destination for divers and snorkelers. The underwater life is diverse, giving a sneak-peek into corals and various fish species. Apart from being a tourism hub in Goa, Grand Island also serves as a training facility for the Indian Marine Forces.

3. Havelock Island, Andaman

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This list would be incomplete without Havelock Island—arguably the best island in India and the largest island in Andaman. Havelock Island is one of the most beautiful islands in India to visit, and it is known for its picturesque beaches and alluring scenery. This island is popular with honeymooners and families, because there is so much to do and see. In addition, it is 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.

4. Lakshadweep Islands

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The stunning Lakshadweep Islands are a collection of 36 palm-fringed coral islands. This is India's smallest island group. The extraordinary beauty and relatively untouched environment can alleviate any stress you may have had prior to your visit. It is among the most pristine islands in the Indian Ocean.

5. Netrani Island, Karnataka 

Netrani is an Indian private island in the Arabian Sea, off the coast of Karnataka. Pigeon Island is a popular name for the island, which is home to a large population of pigeons and wild goats. Sharks, whales, and butterflyfish are just a few of the exotic marine creatures that can be found underwater. The island's wildlife is undoubtedly the main draw, as it provides a natural habitat for many corals, eels, fishes, and shrimps.

When viewed from above, the magnificent landscape of the region looks to be in the shape of a heart. It's a paradise to explore, with jagged rocks, rough cliffs, and lush terrains. Scuba diving and snorkelling are two of the numerous exciting activities available on the island. Before visiting the island, be sure you have the requisite permission. Please note: Due to the presence of orcas and whales, this island is deemed dangerous. 

6. Barren Island, Andaman

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Barren Island, Andaman's most easterly island, is India's and South Asia's only active volcanic island. This beautiful island's breathtaking beauty and lava rocks make it one of India's most fascinating islands and will undoubtedly take you on a memorable journey. The sad part is that setting foot on one of the most beautiful Indian islands is prohibited. Only board vessels are permitted to circle the island.

7. Agatti Island, Lakshadweep 

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Agatti is among the top islands in India for a holiday, with its stunning lagoons, crystal blue waters, and a coastline teeming with marine life. The lagoons here are home to a vast and vibrant colony of corals, which is the main draw for divers. While the sandy soft beach is very relaxing and offers multiple avenues for enjoying the scenery, the adventures will not allow you to stop and rest. You can swim or dive deep into the water to make each experience unique and memorable. There are numerous islands near Agatti that you can visit during your tour.

8. Majuli Island, Assam

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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 the most unusual of India's islands. On its coast, you'll find moss instead of sand and traditional North-Eastern cuisine instead of seafood. However, it will prove to be an experience well worth the effort.
 

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