Being on an island can be quite magical. Imagine waking up in the middle of the ocean with the chirping sound of birds and falling asleep under the sky with shimmering moonlight! A vacation on an island is all about spending most of the day swinging in the hammock and sipping fresh cocktail for those who want to relax. For others, it is about exploring the island and watching beautiful sunrise and mesmerizing sunsets. Also Read - Thanks to Facebook, Andhra Girl Who Went Missing 12 Years Back Finally Reunited With Her Family

Andaman and Nicobar islands are among the most popular islands of India. If you don’t want to spend your vacation on the famous and touristy island, here is a list of five lesser known islands in India for that perfect, quiet getaway. Also Read - Andhra Man Kills His Wife Because He Was Upset With Her Habit of Making TikTok Videos

1. Bhavani Island, Andhra Pradesh

Bhavani Island

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Bhavani Island is located in Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, and is surrounded by Krishna River. The Andhra Pradesh government has taken an initiative to turn this island into a tourist attraction. Ropeway, rural museum, sporting activities and resorts have been developed by the government to promote tourism. The island is reachable via a ferry. Also Read - Hyderabad: Man Beheads Wife on Road, Throws Her Head in Canal And Surrenders Himself to Cops

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2. Umanand Island, Assam

Umanand Island

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Umanand Island located in Assam is the smallest river island. It was named as Peacock Island by the British for its shape.  The island is surrounded by Brahmaputra River and you can reach it on a ferry or speed boat. The island has the popular Shiva temple, Umananda Temple, which was constructed by the Ahom King Gadadhar Singha. The temple was damaged during an earthquake in 1897 but was rebuilt by a local merchant later. The temple comes to life with all the festivities during Mahashivratri. This island is also home to Golden Langurs. Visit Umanand island for some tranquil time.

3. Agati Island, Lakshadweep

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Located in Lakshwadeep, Agatti Island is 5.6km long. Passenger ship service is provided between Cochin and Lakshadeep ports. The island also has an aerodrome. Entry permit from the Lakshadweep Administration is required to visit the island. The island is picture perfect with a long stretch of white sand, blue seawater and an enchanting scenery. You can ride a bicycle through the island to take in the natural beauty of the place.

4. St Mary’s Island, Karnataka

St Mary's Island

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St Mary’s Island, which is located in Karnataka off the coast of Malpe, is a group of four islands. The island is also called Coconut Island. Ferry service is provided to reach the island from Malpe. The island is famous for the columnar basaltic lava. On the western coast of St Mary’s Island, you can find seashells of different shapes and sizes. The clear blue sea and the hexagonal basaltic rock formation make it a must visit place.

5. Barren Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

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Barren Island, which is part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, is heaven for people who are interested in scuba diving. The water surrounding the island is one of the best destinations in the world for scuba diving. The island has an active volcano, which is the only confirmed active volcano in south Asia. This uninhibited island with pristine blue water is a treat for sore and tired eyes.

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