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    Lakshadweep tourism is an exclusive tropical paradise for all over the world.  It has one hundred thousand islands.  It lies between 200km and 400km in the deep blue of the offshore of the Arabian Sea.  Lakshadweep is the smallest union territory in India.  This island has 27 tiny, coconut palm covered coral islands are the archetypal tropical hide away.  It is edged with pristine white sands and surrounded by calm lagoons where the temperature of water it around 26°C all over the year.  The coral reefs lies beyond the lagoons which is the home to sea turtles, dolphins, eagle rays, lion fish, parrot fish, octopus, barracudas and sharks.  Ten of the Islands are inhabited others are divide of birds and animals.  The total population of this area is 50000 majorities of them are Malayalam speaking Sunni Muslims whom are descended from 7th century Keralan Hindus who were converted to Islam. 

The main sources of income in these islands are fishing and coconut.  Fruits, vegetables and pluses are cultivated in small quantities but staples such us rice have to be imported.  The Portuguese discovered the value of coir rope, spun from coconut husk, controlled Lakshadweep during the 16th century.  They imposed an import taxes on rice; locals retaliated by poisoning some of the forty strong Portuguese garrison and terrible reprisals followed.  The Islanders enjoyed friendly relation with Tipu Sultan of Mysore because they are Muslim.  This naturally aroused the ire of the British who moved in at the end of the 18th century and remained until independence; When Lakshadweep became a union territory.

Visiting Lakshadweep

The ecological impact of Tourism in Lakshadweep is minimized by the concerted attempts.  The accommodation is available for non Indian on only two islands Bangaram and Kadmat at present.  Indian tourists are allowed to visit the neighboring islands of Kavaratti and Minicoy.  All visits to Kadmat must be arranged in Kochi through the society for promotion of recreational tourism and sports on IG road, Willingdon Island.  They offer a five day package cruise to Kavaratti, Kalpeni and Minicoy Islands on one of the ships.

The uninhabited, teardrop shaped half square kilometer islet that of Bangaram welcomes a limited number of foreign tourists at any one time and it expect them to pay handsomely for the privilege.

Getting to the islands

The only way for foreigners to reach bangaram is the expensive flights on small12-seater aircraft run by Indian Airlines out of Kochi.  It takes an hour and a half.  Flights arrive in Lakshadweep at the Island of Agatti, 8km south west of Bangaram which connects the boat journey to Bangaram takes two hours, picking its way through the shallows avoids corals.  Helicopters are used to protect the fragile coral reefs under the surface during the monsoon season. 

Lakshadweep is theoretically possible to visit all around the year.  The hottest time is April and May when the temperature can reach 33°C, the monsoon is from May to September attracts approximately half the rain fall seen in the rest of Kerala.  It is in the form of Passing showers rather than a deluge, all though the seas are rough.

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