A Coral Paradise
Lakshadweep is an intriguing destination that lies 400 kms off the coast of Kerala and attracts nature lovers. Lakshadweep, meaning 'A Hundred Thousand Islands' is a spectacular archipelago. With soft beaches and sun, this cluster of 35 islands combined with lush green landscapes and gorgeous beaches boast of its snorkelling and diving facilities. The islands have been created due to coral activity. These coral reefs offer each of these islands a stunning look. Lakshadweep is the smallest of all Indian Union Territories. It speaks volume about the lush green landscapes, soft beaches, amazing marine life and interesting water sports.
Its history is based on old legends and myths, which were transferred from generation to generation. It is believed that the first settlement on these islands was by Cheraman Perumal, the last king of Kerala. The arrival of the Portuguese in India made it an important destination. It was formed a Union Territory in 1965 and was named in Lakshadweep in 1973.
Major Tourist Attractions in Lakshadweep
The islands offer you the best glimpses of shimmering coral reefs, blue lagoons, green coconut palms and silvery beaches. Sprawled over 128 acres, the island is uninhabited. Holiday makers can enjoy a number of water activities like scuba diving, snorkelling, rafting and catamaran sailing. The site offers ample opportunities to spot the Asian dolphins.
This famous island is the entryway to Lakshadweep islands. It lies about 320 km off the south west coast of India. The site enables you to live close to nature, which in-turn helps you to get a refreshing feel.
It is the most spectacular island of the capital city of Lakshadweep. Kavaratti also serves as the administrative capital of the territory. The architectural beauty of the site surpasses to other islands. Around 50 mosques around the site, the Ujira mosque is the most famous for its excellent wooden carvings.
This island made of three small isles. Once it served as a centre to collect turtle shells. Now the fisherman lay their nets to collect octopus. Tourists can find here the occasional catches of skates, seer and Bombay ducks.
Tourists can also spend their time strolling around the local handicraft shop, from where they can buy miniature boats and t-shirts of Lakshadweep Tourism.
With its huge stretch of white sandy coastline, Lakshadweep is a perfect water sport destination in India. There is a water sport institute at Kamat Island that offers facilities to enjoy yachting, kayaking, snorkelling, canoeing, wind surfing and scuba diving.
Best Time to Visit
Between October to April.
A variety of fresh seafood is what you will get at Lakshadweep. A Kerala element is obvious in the dishes here. Tuna fish is also available. Fresh coconut water is available in plenty.
Though there are limited options for shopping yet you can buy a variety of handicrafts made of oyster-shells and seashells. The chunky jewellery is also popular shopping item.
Agatti Island Beach Resort offers comfortable and eco-friendly accommodation options with its hut-like rooms. Lies on the most serene spot of the island, the resort has the finest swimming beaches in the world.
How to Reach
Regular flights run between Agatti Island and Cochin in Kerala. Helicopter transfers are also available from Agatti Island to Bangaram Island Resort.
Kerala houses around 2000 railway stations that link destinations within and outside Kerala. Many long distance express trains connect all major cities of Kerala with Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Goa and Kolkata.
Ship cruises are available from Cochin to Agatti and back. All ships are facilitated with air-conditioned cabins and air-cooled decks.