Just 15 minutes away from the capital of Port Blair, Ross Island used to be the capital and served as the same from 1858 to 1941 until it was hit by a massive earthquake and attacked by the Japanese. It stands today are an important tourist destination in the archipelago and some attractions are the ruins of the Chief Commissioners house and the church. There are a number of machine gun nests that have been left behind by the Japanese who took over the island during World War II.
If you are looking for a good picnic spot in Wayanad then you would need to travel to a place called Kuruva Dweep. The place lies on the tributaries of the Kabini River and is home to a number of rare species of herbal plants, orchids and birds. To get to this place, one will need to travel around 17 kilometres from Mananthavady. The place is known to have a bamboo canopy that allows one a glimpse of the confluence of the rivulets of the Kabini. The board authorities responsible for the promotion of the place have introduced boat rides here for the tourists to enjoy.
Jolly Buoy Island
One of the 15 islands that is a part of Wandoor, Jolly Buoy is famous for its clear beaches and corals. About an hour away from Wandoor, the island forms a part of the Mahatma Gandhi National Park. Visitors to the island are not allowed to carry any plastic item and must deposit them at Wandoor with an amount of INR 100.00 which is returned. Snorkeling and scuba diving are what one should try here apart from the glass-bottomed boat rides. Do keep in mind that one needs a permit to visit Jolly Buoy and these are available at the Wandoor Jetty.
3. Divar Island, GoaThe island of Divar lies in the Mandovi river in Goa. The rather huge island is home to some fascinating people and cultures. The island in itself has four villages which are diverse and fascinating in their practices. Its relative isolation has kept Divar in a unique state, which appears to be stuck in time. According to folktales, Divar was originally occupied by people of Old Goa who migrated here to escape a disastrous plague, which spread across Goa at that time.Every year Divar is decorated with lights to celebrate three festivals – two of them being Bonderam and Potekar. Bonderam is a carnival that takes place on every fourth Saturday of August, when each part of the village takes out their floats for the parade. Potekar, like Halloween, is celebrated three days before Lent and is a spectacle where locals roam around wearing handmade masks and bells!How to reach: Ferry from Ribandar and Old Goa. The island is about 10 km upriver from Panjim.
North Bay Island Andaman
Take a ferry from Port Blair for a days trip to the beautiful North Bay Beach. The North Bay Beach organizes a great number of water based sports and activities like walking underwater and snorkeling, However, the star attractions here are the glass bat riding that comes at INR 300.00 per head and scuba diving at INR 4000.00 per head. There is a huge coral reef that is home to many marine species that put on a colorful display. The beach has a lighthouse that one can visit. They view from the top of the lighthouse leaves one in awe.
We had breakfast at Naveen Beach restaurant, which is right on the beach and provides good quality vegetarian food at reasonable rate.Had I not booked for Scuba-diving with West Coast Adventures, I would have easily overlooked this gem of an island. About 1.5 hours away from the Murudeshwar beach, this island is surreal in aqua-marine waters and has wonderful marine life.  One can snorkel for as long as the whole team is done with scuba-diving. The instructors at West Coast Adventures are cool and totally good for first timers and panicking people like me. We had a wonderful time exploring the marine life and it is an experience to remember.[Word of caution: People with motion sickness should take some medication as the island is a bit far and even scuba-diving can give motion sickness; so better be prepared.]Returned in the evening, collected our scuba-diving pictures and set off to catch our bus to Udupi, a 4 hours ride away.Adventure: Scuba-diving
Crescent shaped, Minicoy Island is the second largest isle of Lakshadweep. With one of the most superlative lagoons in its possession, it is surrounded all around by beautiful villages named Avah. The island certainly earns its position in the list of the best places to visit in Lakshadweep. Fishing is a popular sport and men and women are seen flocking to the nearest water body every time there is a high tide.Tuna fishing is an adventure in itself and if you get lucky there is a chance you might catch a game on play.You ought to check out the view tower that offers a serene view of the surrounding around, loaded with coconut trees and sand beaches.
Right in the lap of nature lay Kadmat Island. Just 150 kms away from Kalpeni, the clear waters surrounding the isle is enough to keep you captivated all day all night long.Water sports are so abundant by the beach that it will eventually leave you tossing to come to a decision. The island is big on landscape and scenery, just as the water below is brewing with marine life. Reefs are one of the many places to discover here. Winds blow strong, creating a typical sound against the waves. The rhythm that follows is one that should not be missed.Kadmat Island is one of the best places to visit in Lakshadweep.The 8 kms long atoll will make a great time come out of your vacation here. Magnificent with lime stones, it is in the news for the sandy beaches and the sea banks ideal for sunbath. An entire universe altogether, the island is a right site to vanish from your mundane life.
When it comes to beautiful and serene tourists spots in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, there is no lack of places. Around 40 kilometers from the world famous place Port Blair is Neil Island that is referred to as the Vegetable bowl of Andaman. The island got tagged as this due to the fact that much of the produce comes from here. A favorable climate and high farming standards has resulted in great harvests and thus the place has become extremely famous. Neil Island is as beautiful as the others and some famous places close to this spot are Bharatpur, Laxmanpur, and Sitapur.
This winter, travel to the Munroe Island, which is at the confluence of two rivers and has the most serene backwaters. The island still preserves its age-old heritage and culture; they even have the tools used during stone age. Munroe Island is named after its first resident, Colonel John Munroe. The island has some of the oldest architecture in the country, and buildings that once upon a time belonged to the Dutch. However, the Munroe Island faces a threat of submerging, so for us travellers the clock is ticking.How to reach Munroe Island:Munroe Island has its own railway station, and is well connected by both road and rail. The best way to reach Munroe Island is by taking a flight to Trivandrum and from there hiring a vehicle to the island, which is about 80km away.
This is a dazzling island in the midst of the mighty Krishna River. This is a tpurist hotspot due to the wonderful views and the luxurious holiday resorts such as the Haritha and the one which is supervised by the APTDC. You can drive till the banks and then reach the island via boats. Boating is a favorite activity you can do here and enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings slowly while you boat around the river. The lights of the resorts and buildings on this small island makes it look like a piece of celebration from far off.
This is a very remote island with absolutely no facilities for you. You can take a boat ride from the Kali River and reach here. You just have to make sure that you come back before 5 PM since you will not find anything to get back after it is dark. There is nothing much to see here except the wild flora and vegetation of this place. If you are too much in need of adventure, you can make arrangements and stay back here to camp on the island. This is however an ideal place for photography.
2. Kavvayi, KeralaKavvayi is a small island in the largest backwaters of North Kerala, Kavvayi Kayal. The island holds vast history in its small area. Several global travellers such as Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta and even Adbul Fida have written about Kavvayi in their travels. This hidden place was also of great relevance to the British East India Company, as this land of zamindars hosted a large port and was home to the magistrate court.The wetland of 37 square kilometre makes Kavvayi the largest ecosystem of North Kerala. Valiyaparamba Island is also on the same backwaters and is only 5 km from the Kavvayi island.How to reach: Either use ferry from the mainland or cross through the Mavila Kadappuram Bridge. Nearest railway station is Cheruvathur, on the Kozhikode-Mangalore route.
Henry’s Beach is a mangrove forest that is perfect for some alone time over the weekend. It is situated on the western edge of the popular Sundarbans. It is fast becoming known as West Bengal’s favourite beach destination. October to March is the best time to visit the place. It is perfect for nature walks, bonfire nights and bird watching. If you are looking for places near Kolkata, this should feature on your list.
Ponnumthuruthu Island/ Golden island: (15 km south of Varkala) A delightful getaway surrounded by the Anjengo backwaters. This uninhabited isle is accessible by boat from the makeshift jetty at the nearby Nedunganda Village. A 100-year-old Siva-Parvathi Temple, rebuilt a decade back, is situated here and the entire island is temple property. We were not able to visit this place due to time constraint.To be frank you would not see so many foreign tourists at one single place as I saw in Varkala. You hardly find any Indians other than the locals who run the shops and the restaurants.Do not expect the markets to shut down with the sunset as the night life is simply amazing, and it goes on till midnight. All the shops remain open and the restaurants display their fresh catch for the day to tempt the tourists in the evenings. Drinking beer and having the sea breeze hit in the dark of the night, with some music in the background, can’t be described in words.. The restaurants are quite expensive but never restrict yourself from exploring the delicious sea food. They do have live bands and they keep playing and dancing till midnight.This is one place you should go to if you want to just laze around. The feel of going back home would never be there. I just did not feel like leaving the clear blue waters & the fine sand.I just wish that the beauty and calmness of this place doesn’t get lost with greater influx of tourists.
Piram Bet Island
One of the oldest educational institutions of Uttar Pradesh, this was earlier known as the Uttara Kasi University or the Hindu College. This is the public Central University of Benaras and the land for this place was donated by the formal ruler of kashi who is known as the Kashi Naresh. This is also one of the most prominent universities of the country and still partly follows the system of Vedic Education like in the early days. They have a very large campus which is spread over many acres of land. Within this there are not only the university units but also a number of big trees under which classes are helf till now. This is one of the very universities where you can opt for a specialization in Vedic scriptures and studies and the very learned Pandits here will train you with a lot of discipline. Apart from this they have all sorts of subjects from Science, Arts, Commerce, Economics, Astrology, Astronomy, Literature, Philosophy and much more. Modern developments and technologies along with very modernized studying techniques have found very distinctive positions in this university in spite of the traditional methods of teaching in existence.