The beautiful tropical islands of Lakshadweep are endowed with exotic coral reefs, sandy beaches and pristine, clear water, and are worth a visit.
In an attempt to conserve theecology and culture of Lakshadweep, only some islands have been opened up for tourism and water sports.
This is Lakshadweep's best-developed island and is famous for its
fifty-two mosques. The most popular is the Ujra mosque, with ornately
Kalpeni has one of the largest lagoons in Lakshadweep
and is popular for its coral reefs. Tourists can look forward to water
sports, swimming and basking in the sandy beaches. The Marine Aquarium
has a vast collection of marine life exhibits. Tourist facilities are
located around the Koomel bay that directly overlooks the islands of
Pitti and Tialkam.
Minicoy is one of the largest and Southern-most islands in Lakshadweep
with a unique language, dress and food. Visit the tuna canning factory,
the lighthouse built in 1885 by the British and dense coconut groves.
If you are lucky you may catch the Lava dance, performed during festive
An ideal location for water sports, the Kadmat island has
the finest diving spots. There is a full-fledged water sports institute
and a diving school with trained instructors on the island and a long shoreline suitable
for swimming. It also has a lagoon on both sides with thick green palm
leaves forming a natural canopy over the entire area.
Shaped like a tear drop, the Bangaram island is encircled with
a halo of creamy sand and picturesque blue-green waters. The island is
a paradise for divers with its exquisite coral formations and a variety
of coral fishes. Visit the three uninhabited islands of Tirmakara,
Parali-I and Parali-II from here. The island has incredible flora and
fauna you don't want to miss.
Lakshadweep's airport is located in Agatti. Tourists have the
flexibility to stay as long as they want or just take one day
excursions because of the proximity to the airport.
Lakshadweep has a tropical climate. The Southwest and Northeast monsoons bring in a considerable amount of rain. Light cotton tropical clothes are sufficient throughout the year. A waterproof coat will come in handy during the monsoons.
How to reach
The Cochin International Airport links Lakshadweep
with the rest of India. Helicopter transfer is available from Agatti to
the Bangaram Island Resort during monsoon and to Kavaratti through out
the year. The flight from Cochin takes approximately one hour thirty
Passenger ships operated between Cochin and Lakshadweep take approximately 20 hours to reach. There is accommodation available on the ships apart from cafeteria and snack bars, entertainment, etc.
Where to stay
Accommodation is available in the islands of Kavaratti, Kalpeni, Minicoy Agatti and
Kadmat. These islands have tourist huts with one or two twin-bedded
rooms with attached baths. You can also opt for one-day tour packages.
Visit the island during the day and return to the ship at night.
When to visit
If you want to avail ship-based packages, October to May is the
best time to visit. Agatti and Bangaram may be visited throughout the
Make all reservations before reaching.
Carry any special medications you require. Only basic medicines are available here.
Consumption of alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited in all the islands except Bangaram.
Avoid picking up corals. It is a punishable crime here.
Littering around the land or water is not allowed as it affects the natural environment.
Swimming or sunbathing nude is prohibited.
Coconut groves are privately owned. Unauthorized plucking of coconuts is deemed as a theft.
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