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Daniel D'souza's 'Try island hopping for your next vacation' is a perfect guide of islands in India

With the promise of selective isolation and picture perfect ambience, island hopping in India is the ideal vacation plan. It provides the perfect antidote to the hustle-bustle of city life, and helps you rejuvenate and relax.

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When one thinks of island hopping, Mauritius, the Bahamas, Bali and Hawaii come to mind. But closer to home, there are a number of little treasures, hidden away in plain sight. With the promise of selective isolation and picture perfect ambience, island hopping in India is the ideal vacation plan. It provides the perfect antidote to the hustle-bustle of city life, and helps you rejuvenate and relax. Some of these little-known local wonders are as follows:

Quibble Island, Tamil Nadu:

Located close to Chennai, this island is nestled on the banks of the Adyar River and is one of Tamil Nadu’s best known secrets. Famous for the European cemetery built during the British rule, this undiscovered gem is a haven for bird watching enthusiasts. As close to 150 species of birds and other small wildlife have made this island their home. The best time to visit is between October and March and the best way to get there is by ferry from Adyar.

Divar Island, Goa:

The island of Divar lies on the Mandovi River in Goa and is a charming little town. A culturally rich and tranquil spot, Divar Island is the perfect place for a getaway. The best time to visit the island is between September and May and the best way to get there is by ferry from Panaji.

Munroe Island, Kerala:

At a distance of 27 kilometres from Kollam, this picturesque island comprises eight islands, separated by water canals and small lakes. Canoe rides are the highlight of this island, along with migratory bird watching and the famed Kallada Boat Race during the festival of Onam. Tourists can enjoy the stunning views of the lush coconut plantations and relish local delicacies served in authentic restaurants on the island.

Thinnakara Island, Lakshadweep:

This teardrop shaped island is the jewel of Lakshadweep and makes for a dreamy holiday destination with untouched natural splendour. The phosphorescent plankton that wash ashore illuminate the coastal ocean waters at night., . This enchanting island is full of sun drenched sands, lagoons, sparkling seashores and diverse flora and fauna. October to mid-May is the best time to visit

Umananda Island, Assam:

The smallest inhabited river island in existence, Umananda Island lies at the heart of the river Bhramhaputra, which flows through the city of Guwahati. It was named Peacock Island by British colonists due to its shape, and is home to the endangered and rare species of Golden Langurs. Umananda Devi Temple is a major attraction of this island, and invites an influx of devotees each year.

The article is written by Daniel D'Souza, President and Country Head, Leisure at SOTC travel.  


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