Lakshadweep in Malayalam means ‘a hundred thousand islands’. It is the smallest Union Territory of India. Out of all the islands only ten are inhabited which are Agatti, Amini, Andrott, Bitra, Chetlat, Kadmat, Kalpeni, Kavaratti, Kiltan, Bangaram and Minicoy. Being a fully fledged natural destination, you will find various species of marine life.
The tourism stream provided by the government is a means of income for the inhabitants at Lakshadweep. If you are looking for an amazing exotic travel experience in a budget, this is your spot. The infinite lagoons and the crystal clear waters of Lakshadweep offer a serene and peaceful stay that will rejuvenate your senses. If you are keen to go for an adventurous getaway you can indulge into water sports such as scuba diving, wind surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, fishing and yachting.
To get there you need to take ships which operate from Kochi, Kerala to Agatti or you can opt for the flights which fly from Kochi to Agatti Island except on Sundays. The ideal time to visit Lakshadweep is from October to May since the sea gets violent during the monsoon. The accommodation can be done in the local lodges which are hut style to give you an exotic experience.
We have listed the speciality of some of the islands here which will make your stay even more memorable.
It is the admin headquarter and is a tad bit more developed than the other islands. You can see many mosques here. There is a Marine Aquarium showcasing a vast collection of specimens. For those who like to see the underwater world without getting wet there are rides arranged in glass bottomed boats to enjoy the marine life.
Creamy sea shore at Kavaratti.
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It has the largest lagoon among all the other islands at Lakshadweep. It is the best to conduct all kinds of water sports. You can take the boats on hire as well.
It is sort of isolated from the other islands. The culture here is a fusion of Maldivian and South Indian. There are villages and tribes who are excellent in performing arts. It also consists of a tuna canning factory and a light house built during the British era.
It is the best place for adventure junkies who wish to get the adrenaline rushing. The water sports carried out at Kadmat are on wild waves which dance in the strong wind. You can also take part in snorkeling here and if you’re lucky then might even spot an olive ridley sea turtle.
Considered as the most beautiful lagoons here it is your main spot to start since the airport is located here. A resort has been set up here for mass accommodation of tourists.
It is an uninhabited island. For those looking for a romantic getaway this is the ideal location. Hold on to that special someone as you walk across the creamy sand of the shore. Bangaram contains more marine life than the other islands. You can spot sting rays, eels and turtles while snorkeling or scuba diving. The Bangaram Island Resort caters to the elite international tourists. The resort also runs Lakshadweep’s first Dive School.
Being a restricted area a permit is required to enter the Lakshadweep islands. Tourists from abroad can get their permits arranged by tour operators. Alcohol consumption is an offence except in all islands except Bangaram. Ripping off corals is also a punishable offence.
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