One of world’s most spectacular tropical island systems, Lakshadweep is tucked away at 220-440Kms off the Kerala Coast. The islands offer a precious heritage of ecology and culture. The unique feature of the Islands is its coral reef, making it a pristine leisure spot to come back to. 4200 sq. kms. of lagoon, rich in marine wealth, is spread over 36 islands in an area of 32 sq. kms. The underwater view at Lakshadweep is kaleidoscopic and breathtaking. The lagoon offers excellent potential for water sports like swimming, wind-surfing, diving, snorkeling and kayaking. No wonder, Lakshadweep is fast becoming India’s one of its kind “Adventure sport – Nature Tourism” location. Each island is fringed by snow white coral sands.
The crystal clear water and the abundant marine life enhance the beauty of these islands. Against the vast expanse of the blue sea, the island look like emeralds. The huge shallow calm lagoon on one side with wall like reef made of marine live coral boulders blocks the incoming swells of the outer sea. The islands are linked to the mainland by: – ship, helicopter, Indian Airlines, Kingfisher Airlines and mechanized sailing wooden vessels. In all the islands, elaborate infrastructure is in place to meet the needs of tourists.
Lakshadweep was given the National Eco-Tourism Award 1997.
Of the 36 islands, 10 are inhabited and others are noted for their exquisite scenic beauty. Palm fringed and silver colored crescent shaped sea beaches, and the endless azure expanse makes Lakshadweep an exhilarating experience. Some of theTourist Attractions in Lakshadweep includes the following sports:
Scuba Diving :-
In this water-sport you can see the underwater life that attracts you with their natural charm and charisma.
Deep Sea Big Game Sports Fishing :- In this sport deep water sea fishing can be done, and is best visited from October to May.
Boat Trip within Lagoon :-
This is perhaps the most exciting excursion that involves glass-bottom boats from where you can see the exotic marine life. It is also used for snorkeling.
Tourists Attraction in Lakshadweep consists of numerous scenic beauty observable in the islets. There are numerous islands of which Bangaram is uninhabited and Kavarattim is the administrative capital. Minicoy consists of one of the largest lagoons in the archipelago, Agatti has beautiful lagoons and the airport is located here. Viewed from above the islands looks like emeralds glittering with the sparkling sun.
Best Time to visit
The weather in Lakshadweep remains pleasant throughout the year but the best time to visit the place is between October and April. The temperature doesn’t usually exceed 30 degrees.
Most of the food cooked in Lakshadweep takes inspiration from south Indian cuisine. Foods like Appam, Dosa, Idli are generally preferred for breakfast. Cabbage, Peera, Olan, Parippu curry, Plaintain Idimas are preffered food options for the lunch. Because of the island being ruled by Muslim rulers in its history one can also spot non-vegetarian delicacies like Kozhi Masala, Irachi Varuthathu and Chicken Curry among others.
How to Reach
Lakshadweep is a group of small islands located around two to four hundred kilometer from the south-western coast of India. These islands are the smallest union territory of India and are separated from the Indian mainland by the Arabian Sea.
The islands are not very easily accessible, but the picturesque archipelago is a compelling destination. If you ever wondered how to reach Lakshadweep, don’t worry the islands are connected with the mainland either by air or sea. Tourists visiting Lakshadweep islands need to obtain a permit to enter the islands.
The union yerritory has an airport in Agatti, which is regularly connected by flights from Kochi (Cochin) the capital of Kerala. Kochi (Cochin) is an international airport and also linked almost all main cities in India.
The Pawan Hans helicopter service is also provided to visit the islands. The flying time between Agatti and Kochi (Cochin) is only one hour and a half. From Agatti you can find helicopter services to reach Kavaratti (an important city in the region) round the year and Bangaram Island in the monsoons.
Traveling by ship is also a good option to reach Lakshadweep. A number of passenger ships operate from Kochi (Cochin) to Lakshadweep. The distance can be travelled in nearly 18 to 20 hours. The ships offer a range of accommodation and modern amenities. However, during the monsoons, the ship services remain closed.
The approximate cost of travelling to Lakshadweep from Kochi by ship is around 500 to 1000 Indian Rupees per head for the residents of India whereas it is around 2000 Indian Rupees for foreigners.
Shopping in Lakshadweep
Lakshadweep is not exactly a shopping destination. People visit the island not as much for shopping, as they do for spending an unhurried leisure time and for scuba diving which is a popular water sport.
If you are still keen on shopping here, taking back some souvenir to remind you of the great holiday you had, you can look for classic beach handicrafts made corals shells and oysters.
It is worth noting that there are not many shopping markets or large emporiums or plush malls for shopping in Lakshadweep. You can find an odd shop once in a while anywhere at the island or else you may also come across few local inhabitants with roadside stalls.
There are no famous shops for shopping in Lakshadweep as the island has a population of less than even a lakh people. It is not a very glamorous place for shopping but you can locate cute little gifts from shops spread throughout the island.