India has more than 1,200 islands, but most of us only know about the Andaman and the Lakshadweep. India is home to some of the most fascinating islands that are still not known to many. While some of these islands are just specks in the water, others are larger islands which are home to some thriving communities. Here’s a list of some of these lesser known islands in India.
1) Bet Dwarka, Gujarat
Bet Dwarka is a 13 km long strip of land located in the Gulf of Kutch. Bet Dwarka island is knoen for the Dwarkadhish Temple and the Shri Keshavraiji Temple which are major temples of Lord Krishna. The island also has some interesting history attached to it because some artifacts of Late Harappan period were found there.
2) Kalijai Island, Orissa
The Kalijai Island lied in the meditative expanse of the Chilika Lake and is famous for the Maa Kalijai temple. Apart from the religious reasons, one can also visit the island for birdwatching, or even just for solitude. One can even enjoy the morning rituals when fishermen come in to catch fishes with the traditional bamboo baskets and nets.
3) Majuli Island, Assam
Majuli is a river island in the Brahmaputra River and is also the first island district of the country. This island also holds the Guinness World Record for being the World’s Largest River Island. You can also get to experience Assam is a different way here along with the breath taking sunrise and sunsets. Just make it quick because the island is shrinking at a rapid rate.
4) St. Mary’s Island, Karnataka
St. Mary’s Island are a set of four islands in Udupi, Karnataka and are known for the distinctive geological formation of columnar basaltic lava. The islands form one of the 26 geological monuments in India. Regular ferry service from Malpe harbour can take you to the island.
5) Divar Island, Goa
The Divar Island lies in the Mandovi River in Goa. There are four scenic villages in the island and in case you didn’t know, a few scenes of Dil Chahta Hai were shot here. Divar is also one of the few places in India where Urak is served all year round.
6) Elephanta Island, Maharashtra
Elephanta Island is famous for the Elephanta caves that have been carved out of rock. The island is easily accessible and is about 10 km from Mumbai. The island is home to three villages but staying overnight is not permitted for tourists. Head out to this place if you want to experience the beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
7) Srirangapatna, Karnataka
Srirangapatna is a river island of River Kaveri in Karnataka. It is a popular destination among Vaishnavas as this place is one of the three holiest shrines of Vaishnavites in South India. The town is also capital of Mysore’s Wodeyar Dynasty and also used to be part of Tipu Sultan’s empire. The town is home to Tipu Sultan’s mausoleum.
8) Pamban Island, Tamil Nadu
Also known as Rameshwaram Island, the Pamban Island is located between peninsular India and Sri Lanka. Mount Gandamadana in Rameshwaram Island is considered as the point from which Lord Rama observes Lanka and decides to construct a bridge between India and Sri Lanka. You can kayak around Rameshwaram and spot some dolphins and sea turtles.
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