Who knew this little island oﬀ the Karnatic coast could be the visiting waters for whale sharks, turtles, cobias, string rays, stonefish, the Napoleon Wrasse, and the Great Barracuda! Scuba diving here (the deepest being at 18 metres which requires an Advanced Level certiﬁcation) opens the Arabian Sea up in ‘ﬁshy’ ways, and you needn’t even go as far as the Lakshwadeep for an underwater experience. Accessible through a boat ride from Murudeshwara (on the mainland), Netrani Island is a popular day-trip for locals and tourists.WHAT TO DO:Introduce your children to the wondrous milieu of coral reefs. Scuba diving is appropriate for all ages, and there are numerous diving companies such as Adventure Nation (Rs 15,000 per person; adventurenation.com) and Barracuda Diving India (Rs 18,000 per person; barracudadiving.com) oﬀer amateur and professional diving expeditions.5. Havelock Island - RITCHIE’S ARCHIPELAGO
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.