You can find Exotic Places in India that are as beautiful as Maldives. There are places like Maldives in India where you can go to the beach for water sports, laze in a hammock and read a book, enjoy the beautiful sunset or go on a long walk with your loved ones. Think again if you are planning a vacation to the Maldives! 

From pristine green waters, lush greenery, powdery white sand, delicious food, and a range of adventure activities, it is time to look beyond Maldives and explore the islands in India. You can have the same amount of fun and frolic at these places in India at half the amount you may spend and have the trip of your life here in our own 'Incredible India.' 

So, without any further ado, let's look at 5 beautiful islands to visit in India instead of the Maldives. 

Diu Island, Daman and Diu

A small island, Diu Island is one of the many hidden gems of India that is largely unexplored. Once a Portuguese colony, you can still find traces of the Portuguese influence on the local culture and buildings with unique and eye-pleasing architecture. 

The serene vibe and untouched and unfiltered beauty will transport you to a different world. You can spend hours admiring the beauty of the exquisite beaches and indulge in tropical seafood with a dash of Gujarati influence. 

  • Best time to visit – November to January
  • Places to see – Gangeshwar Temple, Diu Fort, Seashell Museum
  • Best place to stay – Azzaro Resorts and Spa

Neil Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Talking about exotic places like the Maldives in India and Neil Island would find its mention. A slice of heaven on earth, this stunning island is lined with lush green paddy fields, tropical beaches, and fruit plantations. 

A perfect place for relaxing, indulging in adventure water sports, and watching the marine life, you must visit this place once to get a first-hand experience of its incredible beauty. You can rent a bike, explore places like the locals, and have a gala time. 

  • Best time to visit – November to February
  • Places to see – Bharatpur Beach, Laxmanpur Beach, Neil Island Jetty, Howrah Bridge

Munroe Island, Kerala

While you may know that Kerala is home to the serene backwaters, gushing waterfalls, and stunning beaches you would find anywhere in India, you may not know that 'God's Own Country' also has one of the most magical islands in the country. Munroe Island is a collection of 8 islets. It is a wonderful place to spend a peaceful holiday in the lap of nature. 

You can live in a houseboat or floating cottages that offer the best of both worlds – luxury and nature. The island is one of the most tranquil places in Kerala and a perfect spot to rejuvenate. 

  • Best time to visit – October to May
  • Places to see – Jatayu Rock, Shendurni Wildlife Sanctuary, Varkala Beach, Palaruvi Falls
  • Best place to stay – Club Mahindra Ashatmudi

Netrani Island, Karnataka

Popularly known as Pigeon Island, Netrani Island is one of the most beautiful islands to visit in India, instead of Maldives, and it offers an equal amount of fun at less than half the price. Located on the Konkan coast, the island is known for its stunning natural beauty, picturesque landscapes, jagged rocks, and rugged cliffs. 

It is a popular tourist spot in Karnataka. It is considered one of the top five places in India for scuba diving. If you are planning a holiday here, research the Whale Shark migration period well, and you can spot these majestic and exotic species on your dive. 

  • Best time to visit – December to February
  • Places to see – Murudeshwar Shivana Temple, Murdeshswara Beach, Viraz Valley, Bhatkal Beach

Kadmat Island, Lakshadweep

Another stunning Island in India that will give you a complete Maldives vibe and an even better oceanic view is the Kadmat Island in Lakshadweep. This stunning island, also known as Cardamom Island, gives you a remote island experience like never before. The place is famous for its myriad of water activities. So, get your beach wear and tan cream and get set going. 

As exciting as it can be to go on a holiday to his paradisical land, make sure to get your permissions well in advance from the government of India to avoid any last-minute hassle. You apply for the permission online through the ePermit portal. 

  • Best time to visit – November to April
  • Places to see – Mohiyudeen Mosque, Golden Jubilee Museum

Can you hear these islands calling you out loud? Which of these places are you most excited to visit? All these places are alluring and will give you the experience of a lifetime. Be it the azure backwater Island or the pristine and unexplored one in Lakshadweep, you would surely love visiting these places and have only happy moments, stunning pictures and loads of vitamin sea to bring back home. 

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