Islands of India
The islands of India are one the top tourist spots and are a perfect holiday destination for nature lovers. The Indian Islands are rich with green landscape and beautiful beaches, and are well known for water sport activities like diving, rafting and snorkeling facilities. These islands are basically the treasured assets that Mother Nature has bestowed on us. These islands demonstrate splendid beauty and impressive locales.
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Island in India
- Andaman Nicobar Islands
The Andaman Nicobar Islands is a union territory of India. This Union Territory is stretched over an area of more than 700 Km. from north to south with 36 inhabited islands. The Islands consist of 2 groups, the Andaman and Nicobar. The capital city of these islands is Port Blair. Of the total land area 92% of the land is covered with rain forests. Of the 527 islands, in only 38 islands we find the inhabitants. The rest of the land is barren.The Nicobar Islands are inhabited by the backward communities and primitive tribes. The people in the islands speak many languages.
The ideal time to visit this island is from December to March. The place has abundance of natural beauty to look forward to.
- Chorao Island
Chorao is an island along the river Mandovi near Panaji, Goa, India. It is believed that the island emerged from the diamonds that were thrown away by Yashoda, the mother of Lord KrishnaThe island was said to be a place of learning and once had a University of Sanskrit. According to the Hindu deities, the island had ancient temples of Ganesh, Ravalnath, Bhaukadevi, Mallinath, Bhagwati, Devki, Santa-purush, Narayan, Kanteshwar and Chandeshwar before it was Christianized by the Portuguese.
Chorao Island is also home to the famous Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. Amongst the Christian places of worship on the Chorao Island are the Church of St Bartholomew and the Church of Our Lady of Grace.
- Elephanta Island
Elephanta Island is one of the islands in Mumbai Harbor. This island is also known as the Gharapuri islands or the place of caves. This island is a very renowned and famous tourist spot. The famous rock cut, Elephanta Caves are situated here. The island has an area of 16 km².The Elephanta island is easily accessible by ferry from Mumbai. This island is around 10 km from the south east coast of the island city. The boats or the ferries leave daily from the Gateway of India to the Elephanta islands. It takes about an hour each way for the journey.
The island is thickly forested with palm, mango, and tamarind trees.
- Lakshadweep Islands
Lakshadweep is the smallest union territory of India. Lakshadweep is the northern part of the former Lakshadweepa. It consists of 12 atolls, 3 reefs and 5 submerged banks. The atolls poised on submarine banks, harbor 36 islands having an area of 32 Sq.Km. Of these, only 10 islands are inhabited. The main languages spoken in Lakshadweep are Malayalam and Mahl. Lakshadweep is under the jurisdiction of the High Court of Kerala at Ernakulam.Nowadays, Lakshadweep is emerging as a major tourist attraction for Indians. This brings in considerable revenue. Since such a small region cannot support industries, the government is actively promoting tourism as a means of income.
Lakshadweep Islands are famous for its exotic locales and environment. The place exhibits abundant natural beauty.
- Rameswaram Island
Rameswaram Island is a small island in the Gulf of Munnar. It is one of the major pilgrim centres.Besides pilgrimage, Rameswaram Island has several places which are ideal picnic spots. There are beautiful beaches at Olaikuda, Dhanushkodi and Pamban. Olaikuda beach is engulfed by coral reefs which make sea bathing safe and enjoyable. One can also enjoy scuba diving in the waters of Olaikuda beach. Australian Flamingos, Sea Gulls and variety of birds migrates to Rameswaram Island during winter.
It is also one of the main fishing centers of Tamil Nadu. Exclusive fish variety like the prawns, lobster, sea cucumber etc are easily found here and they are also exported to other countries.
The other places that one can visit here are Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, Kodandaramar Temple, Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple and many such more temples.
- Willingdon Island
Willingdon Island is the home of the modern port that serves Kochi in Kerala, India. The island is an artificial man-made island created from the sand dug out while deepening Kochi port. It has been named after Lord Willingdon, the former Madras governor, who was instrumental in implementing this island project.It is a major port in India, and a landmark in the city of Kochi, Kerala. It serves as a link between the other sea ports of the world. The island is the site of the city’s best hotels and trading centers, the Port Trust and the headquarters of the southern naval command. The other buildings constructed nearby include a passenger platform and rail siding.