Have you been to Netrani Island, famous for Scuba Diving?

Netrani Island is a small coral island off the coast of Karnataka, situated around 10 nautical miles (19 kilometers) away from Murudeshwar town. It is famous for scuba diving, snorkeling, etc. It is also rich in coral reef.

Netrani IslandNetrani Island off Arabian sea coast in India.

Sharp rocks and steep cliffs prevent tourists from entering the island. Scuba diving and snorkeling is done from anchored boats.

Netrani Island is rich in fauna. Butterfly fish, Coral,eels, parrot fish, trigger fish, shrimps, etc, can be seen here. Fish eagles can also be seen in large numbers, which feeds on sea snakes and fish. A Mongoose species is also seen here. Bats are also found in the island. Whale sharks were seen around the island, occasionally.

Netrani Island was being used by Indian armed forces for their target practice; remains of which can still be seen there. In 2012, Honorable High Court of Karnataka has issued a stay order on target practice here. Naval authorities has admitted that they are using a big rock here for target practice.

There are some shrines in the island.

How Do I Go to Netrani Island?

Murdeshwara (or Murdeshwar) and Goa are the nearest towns where dive shops are there. Murdeshwar shops charge you around 5000 to 6000 Rupees (negotiable). They will arrange diving trips to the island. Fishing motor boats also can take you to the island from Bhatkal Fishing Harbour.

Ideal time to visit the island is during the months of December and January.

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Active Volcano on Andaman Barren Island

Barren Island is situated in the  Andaman Sea. Barren Volcano, the only confirmed active volcano in South Asia is situated here. This volcano is part of the chain of volcanoes from Sumatra  to Myanmar. It is part of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, an Indian union territory. It is at a distance of around 38 kilometers northeast of Port Blair, the capital of the union territory. Barren Island is also called Barren Islands.

Barren IslandBarren Island, part of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, India.

This volcano has erupted more than ten times. First recorded eruption dates back to 1787. The last time this active volcano erupted was in 2017.

Ar-Ar dating of Barren Island volcano  proved that the oldest sub-aerial lava flow occurred 1.6 million years back. This volcano is located on an oceanic crust, which is  approximately 106 million year old.

This island’s highest point  is 354 meters (1,161 feet) above sea level. The most of the primitive volcano is now situated underwater (on the seafloor 2,250 meters or 7,380 feet below sea level). The island is 3 kilometers  in diameter, with a total surface area of 8.34 square kilometers.

The island is uninhabited, though some fauna exists. These include Goats, birds, bats like flying foxes and rodent species like rats. There is hardly any flora in the island.

Indians can go to the Barren islands on chartered boats, after getting prior approval from the forest department office. Landing ashore is prohibited for foreigners.

Tourism around Barren Islands

The area surrounding Barren Island is considered as one of the top scuba diving destinations in the world. Manta rays swim teams prefer this area for the large number of Manta rays here. Basalt formations are another specialty of the area. It has a fast growing coral gardens. Past lava flows are another attraction for tourists to the area around Barren Islands.

How Do I Go to Barren Island for Scuba diving?

Scuba operators are based in the Havelock Island, another island which is also part of the Union territory of Andaman & Nicobar islands. From there, Scuba operators take you abroad ships or chartered boats to the scuba diving areas near to Barren Island.

Rameswaram temple

Rameshwaram Express

Rameshwaram Express crossing Pamban bridge from the mainland to Rameshwaram (Photo credit: RedEyedRex)

Rameshwaram temple is on the Pamban island off mainland India in the Bay of Bengal connected to Tamilnadu by Pamban bridge. The temple is well known for its magnificent corridors and massive sculptured pillars. The third corridor in the temple is the largest corridor in the world. This  temple and the town are hence known as ‘The Corridor of Faith’

According to legend, this is from where the Lord Rama built a bridge, across the sea to Lanka, to rescue his consort Sita, from her abductor Ravana. There is a temple named “The Ramanathaswamy Temple” which is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the town which is closely associated with Lord Rama.

This  temple and the town are considered as a very holy pilgrimage site  for both Shaivites and Vaishnavites for performing rites for ancestor’s spiritual well being.  Every Brahmin, whether  Shaivite or Vaishnavite, believe that it is their duty to visit, Kasi Vishwanath Temple and Rameswaram Temple, at least once in their lifetime, to  give sacred oblations to their ancestors. Rameswaram is well known for its 22 ‘Theerthas’ or wells in and around the main Rameswaram temple.

Rameswaram temple is spread on a 15 acre land and there is a colossal ‘Nandi’ statue in the temple which is the seventh largest Nandi statue in the world measuring 12 feet by 9 feet. (Lepakshi in Andhra Pradesh state, India has the largest Nandi statue in the world with 27 feet length and 15 feet height)

Rameshwaram is also spelt as Ramesvaram, Rameswaram or Ramisseram.

How Do I Go to Rameshwaram Temple?

Rameswaram is well connected by train services from Tamilnadu. Nearest airport is Madurai. Rameshwaram is well connected by roads also. Rameshwaram temple is at around 572 kilometers away from Chennai, the capital city of Tamil nadu state.

What are the Aquatic Related Places to Visit at Rameshwaram?

Pamban island has beautiful beaches. Olaikuda Beach is famous for coral reefs and ocean reefs. Scuba diving is permitted here. Olaikuda Beach is at a distance of one kilometer from the Rameshwaram temple. Rameswaram is a fishing center with many varieties of fishes available.

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam National Memorial at Rameswaram

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam National Memorial on the island town is a newly added national monument, inaugurated on the 27th July 2017.

Water Activities and Health Resorts at Kovalam Beach in God’s Own Country

Kovalam Beach on the Arabian Sea coast in South Kerala is one of the best beaches in India, known for its Water Activities and Health Resorts. There are three main beaches in Kovalam; Howah Beach, Light house Beach and Samudra Beach. Entry to Light house beach is only for the tourists and fishermen are banned here. This Beach at Kovalam offers best relaxation to any tourist.

View of Kovalam Beach
View of Kovalam Beach, one among the best beaches in India.

This beautiful Beach is surrounded by coconut trees. It is around half an hour’s drive from Kovalam hotels like Vivanta by Taj – Green Cove, The Leela Kovalam Beach, Hotel Samudra KTDC, Abad Harmonia, etc.

The lighthouse and beach at Kovalam.
The lighthouse and beach at the Beach.

There are a variety of relaxation facilities and water activities available at the beach. Scuba diving, Wind Surfing, Para Sailing, Water skiing, Catamaran skiing, Swimming in the clear shallow beach waters, etc, are to name a few.

Underwater diving has recently become very popular among tourists to Kovalam beach. Scuba diving kit or scuba diving gear is provided free of cost as part of the Underwater diving package tour. Kovalam beach is one among the best scuba diving destinations in India.

There are many hotels near the waterfront and surrounding areas. Waterfront restaurants are also there on the beach coast.

There are a large number of Resorts, Ayurveda centers, etc, also, that offers rooms to tourists. ‘Somatheeram’ is a leading Ayurveda Health resort at Chowara Beach, 9 kilometers south of the world famous Beach at Kovalam.

God’s own country,Kerala, beacons you. Kovalam tour packages are one of the best Kerala Tourism packages one can think of. If you are planning for an Indian holidays trip, do not forget to include Kovalam in your trip.

How Do I Go to Kovalam Beach known for Water Activities and Health Resorts?

Kovalam Beach is very near to the capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram Alias Trivandum at 13 kilometers away and it takes only 30 minutes drive to reach from Kovalam beach. “Thiruvananthapuram Central” is the nearest railway station to this beach. Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is the nearest airport to Howah Beach, Light house Beach and Samudra Beach at Kovalam.

Varkala Beach, another famous beach known for its geographical formations near the beach, is just 55 kilometers away from Kovalam Beach.