Lakshadweep literally means “Laksha” as in “1,00,000” and “Dweep” means “Islands”. So Lakshadweep is nothing but one hundred thousands or one lakh islands. This group of islands or also known as the abode of pristine nature has some most exotic and beautiful islands of India. Located near Kerala coast, Lakshadweep is the tiniest union territory of India. Lakshadweep has total of 36 islands out of which, only 10 are colonized. Out of these 10 inhabited islands, only 6 are available for tourists to enjoy and cherish the beauty of this heavenly place. Islands of Lakshadweep are beautifully lined by coconut trees and serene white sand on the shores of mesmerizing turquoise Arabian sea water. The set-up of Lakshadweep is so mesmerizing that you will definitely feel like visiting it. So, here is a list of places to visit in Lakshadweep:
Agatti is the island that is open for tourists and is the only island with the airport facility in Lakshadweep and hence it is also known as the Doorway to the islands of Lakshadweep. Agatti has abundance of multicoloured corals and coral fishes in its deep lagoons which provides brilliant and stunning view.
Fishing is the main industry in Agatti and is the only island apart from Minicoy for getting extra fish. One can go for exciting and adventurous water sports like Kayaking, Snorkelling and here.
Please note that, to enter into the Agatti, tourists are needed to have Entry Permit from the Administration department of Lakshadweep for the visiting purpose. This entry Permit is granted on the basis of your confirmed accommodation facility in Lakshadweep.
Situated around 7 km from airport island Agatti, Bangaram is an international resort island that also welcomes foreigner tourists where other islands of Lakshadweep only allows a day visit. This almost uninhabited island is a jewel and offers a tranquil surrounding and stunning view. The lined lush green coconut canopies all around, glittering white sand on the sea shore with blue turquoise lagoon and colourful shinning coral reefs, multicoloured boats are breathtaking.
You can dive yourself in the blue aquamarine water and can enjoy exciting water sports like wind surfing, kayaking, scuba diving, Catamaran sailing, snorkelling and you can even go for deep sea fishing. Sit under the cold breeze and enjoy variety of delicious seafood here with some wine or a glass of beer because this is the only island in Lakshadweep where you can consume alcohol.
Bangaram is also ranked as the best gateways in the world.
To handle all the administrative work, Kavaratti is Lakshadweep’s the administrative capital. Kavaratti Island is also a home to the Lakshadweep’s headquarter. It is one of the most famous and one of the most developed Lakshadweep island. Kavaratti island is a perfect amalgamation of strong and influential traditional culture and the recent and trendy infrastructural facilities.
The swaying coconut canopies and its distinguishing natural beauty makes this island as one of the most attractive islands of Lakshadweep. Exciting and adventurous water activities like kayaking, swimming and yatching are arranged here with huge interests from the visitors.
Kavaratti’s main attraction is the famous Urja Mosque which is an important religious centre of Muslim follower and also for others. The decorated ceiling of this holy spot place are intricately carved from a single piece of driftwood and the shrine in the mosque is the most amazing shrine in Lakshdweep. These things attracts many visitors of different religions to visit the mosque. Other attractions includes a gorgeous aquarium which has several varieties of colourful corals and variety of attractive fishes.
The tinniest island of Lakshadweep only approximately 1 km wide and 3 km long. Andrott or Androth is in oval shaped and is inhabited island of Lakshadweep.
The main attraction here is the tomb of Hazrat Ubaidullah, who is assumed to have transformed the Lakshadweep to Islam. Other attractions includes the Buddhist archaeological ruins.
Minicoy or Maliku is a boomerang shaped island is another big island of Lakshadweep quite near to Maldives. Due to the power and control of women in the society here, this island is also commonly known own as Women’s Island.
Located at the south most part of Lakshadweep’s group of islands, Minicoy has several tourism attractions like the tuna canning factory along with a cold storage and an ice plant which was built in 1885 by the British.
Other sightseeing locations includes a very old lighthouse, several scientific research places like Tidal observatory, Radio Zone and Ravine observatory. To enjoy the flavour of Minicoy island, don’t forget to watch and enjoy the local dance forms of Lava, Dandi, Bandiya and Fuli. Visit dense and beautiful coconut farms.
Known for its long length and narrowness, Kadmat is one of the three Lakshadweep islands which are open for foreign travellers. The island is surrounded on the west and east side by big blue lagoons of stunning beauty and never ending white sand patches makes the Kadmat island as one of the ideal tourist destinations in the island group of Lakshadweep.
The most exceptional attraction of Kadmat island is its marine wealth. The exclusive coral reef banks attracts thousands of tourists to visit this serene place from all over the world and make Kadmat island as one of the most stunning diving locations in India.
Kadmat also offers best Water Sports Institute which attracts many adventure lover to visit the place. Both for learning purpose and for enjoyment purpose, Kadmat island is a perfect destination to enjoy water sports like scuba diving, water skiing, wind surfing, yachting and para sailing.
A group of 3 small islands, Kalpeni island is famous for its rich coral life. This one of the most wonderful and astonishing islands of Lakshadweep. The small islands which forms Kalpeni are the satellite islands Cheriyam, Tilakkam and Pitti which are inhabited and attracts several tourists to spend their vacations.
Kalpeni is widely known for variety of exciting water sport activities like reef walking, snorkeling, kayaking, sailing yachts and canoeing. This clean and tip beach with stunning white sand beaches and colourful emerald lagoon with crystal clear water forms a perfect place for scuba diving and snorkelling. Other attraction here is the 37 m high lighthouse which provides a panoramic view of the entire Kalpeni’s group of islands with its thick coconut canopy and pictorial lagoon.
Best Time to Visit :
The stunning white sand patches and serene surroundings make Lakshadweep as a well-liked family as well as honeymoon location. It is visited by visitors from all over the world. The best time to visit this beautiful island is from the September month to May. Weather is mostly pleasant during these months and suitable for water sports. The high season in Lakshadweep is between the months of December to February.
How to Reach :
Travel to Lakshadweep by Air –
Agatti island has the airport in Lakshadweep. It is well connected by regular flights from Kochi. Pawan Hans helicopter facility is also available here from Agatti to visit other islands.
Travel to Lakshadweep by Road/Port –
Cochin from Kerala, which is around 200 miles far from Lakshadweep is the best point to start a journey for Lakshadweep. The only way of transportation is by ships. There are a some companies that provides passenger ships from Cochin to Lakshadweep which takes approx. 18 – 20 hours. The ships varies from deluxe to luxury are all very well equipped with modern amenities. Ship services are mostly closed in the monsoon time, so plan your journey appropriately.