Snorkeling is an amazing underwater activity to explore the marvels of the mysterious underwater world and marine life. Done in the shallow water depths by wearing an eye mask, fins, and snorkel, Snorkeling has emerged as a highly sought-after activity for Indian travellers as it serves both swimmers and non-swimmers alike. There are several places to visit in India where you can witness a dazzling array of exotic creatures and plants that thrive in the ocean as part of India tour packages.
Here is the list of some handpicked places to visit in India where you can enjoy snorkeling to the fullest.
The Andaman Islands
Located far away from mainland India, the Andaman & Nicobar Islands is a group of around 570 islands in the Bay of Bengal. With its azure waters, exotic beaches, secluded islands, evergreen tropical rain forests, vibrant flora, and fauna, Andamans is among the most trending honeymoon destinations in India. Besides, it is also a paradise for travellers and snorkelers as the coastal belt of the Andaman Islands is the abode of one of the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world. Elephant Beach on Havelock Island, Neil Island, and Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park – Wandoor, are some of the popular places to visit in Andamans for snorkeling. There are many tour operators offering basic snorkeling courses and snorkeling gear for rent. The best season for diving is from December to May.
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Netrani Island, Karnataka
Also called ‘Pigeon Island’, Netrani Island is a heart-shaped island located in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Murudeshwar, Karnataka. Known for its snorkeling and diving activities, it is one of the famous places to do snorkeling in India, and among the top Murudeshwar tourist places. Its crystal-clear waters allow visibility up to 25-30 meters giving you an amazing snorkeling experience exploring the underwater world. One will get a chance to spot a diverse variety of marine life like butterfly fish, parrotfish, eels, barracudas, mantas, clownfish, and other colorful residents. Sea turtles can also be easily spotted in deeper waters. Besides, visitors can find a ruined temple, a Roman Catholic Church, and a mosque on this island.
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Located 200-400 km west of the coast of Kerala in the Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep is an archipelago that comprises 36 main islands, many smaller islands, coral atolls, and coral reefs. With white sandy beaches and blue lagoons, Lakshadweep is one of the most secluded beach destinations in India and also one of the best places to visit as part of honeymoon tour packages. Besides, the islands of Lakshadweep are the ideal places for snorkeling as they are surrounded by living coral reefs and abundant marine life. Some of the best-known islands in Lakshadweep where you can enjoy this thrilling adventure sport are Kadmat, Agatti Island, and Bangaram Island. From octopi and manta rays to crabs and hawks, to hawksbill turtles, tourists can enjoy breathtaking views of coral reefs and vibrant tropical fish in the shallow waters of Lakshadweep Sea.
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Grand Island, Goa
Spectacular beaches, fantastic surf, verdant forests, and nightlong wild parties make Goa the most-visited beach destination in India that lures an endless number of domestic as well as international visitors throughout the year. Besides, this coastal state by the Arabian Sea also serves as a haven for water sports enthusiasts including snorkeling lovers as it has various underwater shipwrecks. Grand Island is the most popular site for snorkeling in Goa. Wreck of Suzy, Cove of Shelter, Bay of Bounty, Sinquerim Beach, Monkey Island, and Palolem Beach are other places to visit in Goa for snorkeling. However, given that the waters of Goa are generally cloudy, one could see Moorish idols and lots of fish species like snappers, barracudas, and parrotfish.
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Situated by the Konkan coast, Tarkarli is one of the popular places to visit in Maharashtra, and among the well-known spots for snorkeling in India owing to its rich underwater life with a diverse range of fishes, and submerged infrastructure of Sindhudurg Fort. The water in Tarkali is clear and provides a clear view of the 20 feet-deep seabed glittering with coral reefs spreading over the entire coast nearby. One can see dolphins, sharks, and many colorful tropical plants and fishes here. The season for Snorkeling in Tarkarli starts from October to March.
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Aravind’s Wall, Puducherry
Aravind’s Wall is yet another popular place for Snorkeling in India, and among the best places to visit in Pondicherry. The site is called Aravind’s Wall because of a huge rock formation that resembles a wall. With 2.5 km long and running from south to north, the wall has a depth of 40 meters/130 feet and is accessible only to advanced open water divers. The place is known for the beautiful populations of gorgonians, whip corals, and a wide range of animal species such as snappers, groupers, jacks, fusiliers, rabbitfish, bannerfish, rays, and all sorts of crustaceans. Temple Reef is another snorkeling site in Puducherry where you can go up close with the whale sharks, bannerfish, dolphins, turtles, and many other marine animals as part of Pondicherry tour packages. January to June and September to November are the best seasons to visit here.