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6 Exotic Island Retreats In India

6 Exotic Island Retreats In India

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To sit back and unwind on an exotic island is a traveller’s dream-come-true. And you don’t need to go outside India to find them. Read on as we list the best island destinations in India!

Laze around on the beaches of Havelock, Andaman Islands

Laze around on the beaches of Havelock, Andaman Islands

Island retreats are one of the most preferred destinations for honeymoons as well as family vacations. Which islands generally come to mind when planning such a holiday? Maldives, Bali, Bora Bora, Santorini, Maui, just some of the the exotic international locations that come to mind. But India itself is home to a few gorgeous islands complete with golden sands and clear blue waters. So the next time you want to go on an exotic island retreat, choose one of these Indian island holidays.

#1 Majuli Island

Majuli Island is one of the biggest river islands in the world.

Majuli Island is one of the biggest river islands in the world

Even though Assam is known for its scenic beauty, no other destination in this state can compare with the serenity and natural beauty of Majuli Island. The gorgeous blue waters surrounded by lush greenery are perfect when you want to enjoy a relaxing vacation. Keep a camera on you at all times because this island offers you some stunning sunrises and breath-taking sunsets.

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Location: A river island on the Brahmaputra River in Assam
How to Reach: Take a ferry from Jorhat, the ferries leave at 10:00 and 15:00 hours every day
Official Language: Assamese
Climate: Tropical Rainforest Climate
Food & Drink: Tenga, Khar, and Laksa are some of the most popular Assamese dishes on offer here

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#2 St. Mary’s Island

The golden sands and the crystal clear waters of St. Mary’s Island

The golden sands and the crystal clear waters of St. Mary’s Island are sure to take your breath away

A set of four islands in the Arabian Sea, St. Mary’s Island in Udupi, is a treasure trove of striking basalt rock formations. It is because of these rock projections that St. Mary’s Island looks more like an island in Ireland than India. Be sure to visit the coconut gardens once you are done exploring the crystal blue waters of this island.

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Location: Off the Malpe coast in Udupi, Karnataka
How to Reach: The only way to reach these islands is via boat from Malpe. The ride only lasts for 15 minutes or so
Official Language: Tulu, Kannada
Climate: Tropical Climate
Food & Drink: Udupi cuisine items such as spiced rice, Bakshya, and Tambuli must be tried at these islands.

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#3 Diu Island

 Sunrise on the Diu Island offers you some of the most breath-taking views

Sunrise on the Diu Island offers you some of the most breath-taking views

Come to Diu Island to discover the impressive monuments that can be traced back to a time when the Portuguese ruled here. The picturesque beaches, the clean city, and the tropical food with a Gujarati flavour are the qualities that set this island apart from the other Indian islands. Some good news–unlike the rest of Gujarat, alcohol is served in Diu!

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Location: Just off the south coast of Kathiawar peninsula in Gujarat
How to Reach: Diu is well-connected to the major Indian cities via the airport and the roadways.
Official Language: Gujarati
Climate: Extremely hot and dry summers and mild winters
Food & Drink: The cuisine at Diu Island offers you an unique mix of Portuguese and Gujarat cuisine

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$4 Lakshadweep Islands

The turquoise blue waters of Lakshadweep Islands

The turquoise blue waters of Lakshadweep Islands are not to be missed

Lakshadweep si ethereal–no other words can truly describe the beauty of these isolated islands located approximately 300km from Kerala. Powerfully packed with turquoise blue waters and green palm trees, these coral islands are the smallest in India. The unspoiled quality and remote location of Lakshadweep Islands are perfect when you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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Location: Situated in the Laccadive Sea, on the southwest coast of India
How to Reach: The Lakshadweep Islands have limited connectivity. You have to pass through Kochi to go there, either by air (to Agatti, the only airstrip on the island), or the occasional cruise ship from Mumbai, Cochin, Chennai or Vishakapatanam.
Official Language: English, Malayalam, Hindi
Climate: Tropical Climate
Food & Drink: Food on Lakshadweep Islands are known for their spicy taste and lovely coconut flavours

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#5 Andaman Islands

Havelock Island, one of the picture perfect Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Havelock Island, one of the picture perfect Andaman Islands.

You may have heard about the beauty of the Andaman Islands. But no amount of pictures or descriptions can do justice to the surreal exquisiteness of these islands. Out of the almost 572 islands here, only 37 are inhabited by tribals. Forget palm trees, Andaman Islands offer you lush rain forests! Go scuba diving to explore the magnificent marine life at these islands.

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Location: Near the confluence of Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea
How to Reach: The best way is to fly to Veer Sarkar International Airport in Port Blair
Official Language: Bengali, Nicobarese, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi
Climate: Tropical Climate
Food & Drink: The main cuisine of Andaman Islands is seafood – so don’t forget to try crabs, prawns, and lobsters here.

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#6 Pamban Island

The Pamban Rail Bridge at sunset

The Pamban Rail Bridge at sunset is one of the most picturesque spots

Also known as Rameshwaram Island, Pamban Island is renowned for its association with Ramayana, a Hindu epic. According to the legend, Rama built the famous bridge from Rameshwaram to Sri Lanka to rescue Sita. Today, this island is renowned for two things–the Ramanathaswamy Temple and the ghost town of Dhanushkodi. Explore this town and marvel at the crumbling remains of a city that was destroyed by a cyclone in 1964.

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Location: Between Sri Lanka and the Indian Peninsula
How to Reach: The roadways and railways are your ideal choice to reach Pamban Island
Official Language: Tamil
Climate: Tropical Climate
Food & Drink: Sambar rice and Rasam are two must-try dishes in Pamban

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