Places to Visit in Lakshadweep Islands Tourist Places India

    About Lakshadweep Islands are also known as the Laccadive Islands.  It is a group of islands in the Laccadive Sea. Lekshadwep is about 220 to 440 km off the coast of the South West Indian state of Kerala. Of the 36 islands covering an area of 32 sq km only 11 islands are inhabited. None of the islands is more than 2km width. Chettlatt is the northernmost island while Minicoy close to the Maldives in the Indian Ocean is the southernmost island. Lakshadwep and Cochin are linked by ship, which takes about 18 to 20 hours and by flight, which take 90 minutes.

Lakshadweep and Andaman are the similar islands.  This group of Lakshadweep Islands are endowed with the beauty of coral reef, sandy beaches, unpolluted and clear water and hospitable settings, most of these differ in terms of facilities and services offered. 

About Lakshadweep Islands City in India

Lakshadweep means a hundred thousand islands in Malayalam, the local language. It is a union territory of India the tiniest and has the country’s one of the coral islands. However there are only 36 island having a total area of 32 sq kilometres. Lakshadwep Islands are the northern most among the Lekshadweep-Maldives-Chagos group of island, which are actually the tops of a vast undersea (submerged) mountain range, in the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea.

Lakshadweep Islands Administrator : Shri. Praful Patel

Lakshadweep Islands Tourism in India

 Perhaps the charm of Lakshadwep Islands lies in their remoteness.  Far off the beaten track, they attract no hordes of merry markers to their shores. Or perhaps it is the beauty of the islands densely covered with coconut palms, and threaded by an unbroken line of creamy sand; each island serenely set in a sea whose waters range from palest aquamarine and turquoise to deepest sapphire and lapis lazuli. Yet again, may be the unique charm of this island lies in the fact that each island, a tiny principality in itself, has existed from time immemorial, with little influence from the outside world. Though all the islands are endowed with the beauty of coral reef, sandy beaches, unpolluted and clear water and hospitable settings, most of these differ in terms of facilities and services offered. Some islands have been promoted for diving and water sports still others have been developed so that people enjoy the charm of relaxation and natural enjoyment. Since the land is precious and scare it is avowed policy of the administration to relieve pressure of land and promote water based tourism. The motto being admires and not exploits that natural beauty.

 The flora of the Lekahadwep includes banana, colocasia, drumstick, bread-fruit, and wild almond. Coconut is the only crop of economic importance in Lekshadeep. Cattle and poultry are commonly seen. Oceanic birds are also generally found in one of the uninhabited islands known as ‘Pitti’. Pitti has been declared as a bird sanctuary.

Lakshadwep administration has taken a holistic view of tourism development. It promotes tourism as a composite package, comprising accommodation, transportation from and to main land by ship air, catering facilities, recreational facilities, water sports, scuba diving, boating, wind surfing etc. These are the well features about Lakshadweep Union territory.

Scuba Diving in Lakshadweep Islands

 Scuba Diving facilities of these two island, Bangaram and Agatti are being managed by private agencies. Private divers also run the scuba diving school at Kadmat. Scuba diving is one of the famous water sports in Lakshadweep. It offers an ideal and mesmerizing view to watch the colorful corals and fish in crystal clear water.

The thrust is on promoting ship based tourism for Indian nationals at fordable rates and the local Administration’s efforts in the regard has met with great success. As the ship cannot enter the lagoon, the passengers are transferred on small boats and brought to the islands jetty.

It comprises twelve atolls, three reefs and five submerged banks, with a total of about thirty-six islands and islets. The reefs are in fact also atolls, although mostly submerged, with only small unvegetated sand cays above the high water mark. The submerged banks are sunken atolls. Almost all the atolls have a northeast-southwest orientation with the islands lying on the eastern rim, and a mostly submerged reef on the western rim, enclosing a lagoon. The main islands are Kavaratti (where the capital city, Kavaratti, is located), Agatti, Minicoy, and Amini. The total population of the territory was 60,595 according to the 2001 census. Agatti has an airport where there are direct flights from Kochi, Kerala or Ernakulam (Cochin).

Permit And Other Information in Lakshadweep Islands

Lakshadweep Islands Tourists need a permit to visit the Lakshadwep; foreign nationals are not permitted to visit certain islands. Consumption of alcohol is not permitted in the islands except on Bangaram Island. 

Occupations in Lakshadwep

Coconut cultivation and fishing are the chief occupations of the people. Boat building was once an important skill. Sadly, after the advent of motorized boats, this has reduced considerably.

 However, majestic wooden boats anchored along the shore stand silent testimony to a fragment of the past. Boats were built for fishing, for navigation from one end of the island to another for inter island communication, for transporting coconuts and dried fish to the mainland and returning with food supplies, as well as for friendly competitive race. Each boat was built differently, according to its function and every island has its own slight variation in design. The people are often commended for their honesty. Absence of crime in the island is laudable.

History

The people of Lekshwadeep are descendants of persons who left the Kerala coast many centuries ago and settled on these lovely ilands. On the Minicoy island, however, the people are more similar in appearance to the people of Maldivies and through them to the sinhales of Sri Lanka.

Lekshadwep were colonized by the Hindus from Kerala in the 6th century.  The islanders were converted by Islam by the Arab saint Hazrat Ubvaidulla in the 8th century.  For a long time, Lakshadwep remained in the hands of King Chirakkal and subsequently Ali Raja, the head of the Muslim House of Arakkal of Kannur in Kerala.

On November 1, 1956, the islands were formed into a Union Territory, renamed as Lekshadweep in November 1973. An Administrator was appointed with headquarters located at Kavaratti island.  Lakshadwep has a population of about 52000.  Malayalam is the spoken language.  Arabic is used for writing. English is well understood.  Coconut is the only major crop of these islands. Fishinging is another major activity of the people. Corals and shells are also a source of income. Cowrie and shells of exotic colours are available in plenty.

LakshadweepTrip

Lakshadweep Islands trip relaxes the rules to enter into these ilands, It is becoming a more popular tourist attraction both for foreign and domestic persons because of its numerous lagoons and palm fringed beaches. Only a few islands are open to tourism. Lekahadwep with shallow lagoons are ideal for a quiet holiday by the sea. The islands lies one beyond the other, threaded by an almost continuous line of silver sand beaches fringed by dense rows of coconut palms. 

Most of the Places have lagoons on their western coast. The lagoons are enclosed by coral reefs. These calm and clear stretches of water are ideal for swimming, sun bathing and other water sports.  They are rich in marine life, especially ornamental fish.

The lagoon are excellent for wind surfing also. No equipment is available here. Tourist can take the boards easily on MV Tippu Sultan or MV Bharat Seema, which ply from Kochi to Lekshadwep.  One can do surfing from one island to another.  It is best to go out during high tide in a lagoon as the coral formations can be comfortably close to the surface during low tide. scuba diving is another attraction on these ilands to discover fascinating corals and coloured fishes. These are the well important places in Lakshadweep.

Food

Spiced coconut-rich Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian food.  Curried, fried and barbecued fish.

Lakshadwep Tourism Season

Lakshadwep tourist season is October to May for the ship based tour packages.  Agatti and Bangaram may be visited throughout the year.

About Lakshadweep Important Places

Kavaratti

Kavaratti is the administrative capital of the Lakshadweep group and is a well developed island. Out of the 52 mosques built here, the Ujra Mosque is considered most beautiful.  The ornately carved ceiling mosque of this mosque is supposed to have been made from drift wood. An aquarium with a variety of fish and beautiful coral formations are the added attractions. A sacred well located in the Ujra Masque is believed to have water possessing medicinal and therapeutic value.

Kalpeni

Kalpeni is surrounded by three uninhabited Islands known as Koomel, Pitti and Tilakam. Facilities for tourists are available at Koomel which is a curved  bay overlooking Pitti and Tilakam. A trip by the glass bottomed boat will reveal the fascinating world of colourful fish and beautiful coral formations in the lagoon.

Kadmath

This has an abundance of coconut palms and a fine lagoon ideal for swimming and exploring under water. Sun bathing is a popular pastime besides discovery of fascinating colour and fish. A school has been opened here to train enthusiasts in Scuba diving.

Minicoy

The chief attraction of the Minicoy is the hundred year old light house built by the Britishers. Visitors  are permitted to climb to the top and have good view of the surroundings. One of the largest lagoon is in this group of islands.  This is a unique place with inhabitants of different type and culture. Their language is called Mahi.  This island has an endearing dance known as Lava which is performed only by men.  Making handicrafts of wood and boat building are the chief occupations of the inhabitants of the island.

Bangaram

Lakshadwep which is also uninhabited, is open to international tourists. A resort has been developed with small huts to provide accommodation.  There are lagoons here also. Visitors can watch the changing colours and shades of water in the lagoon and moods of the sky at different times of the day.

Things not to do

Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in all islands except Bangaram. Picking up Corals is a punishable crime.

How to reach Lakshadweep

How to reach by flight

Regular flights are available in Cochin.  It connects Lakshadweep with Agati island.  It is the closest Airport to this group of island.

How to reach by ship

Regular trips by ships are also operated from Cochin to this island. Visitors can travel by boats to other places. 

Frequently Asked Question

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Which is the capital of Lekshadweep Islands?
Kavaratti is the capital of this Union territory.

How is the weather conditions in Lekshadweep?
Lekshadweep has pleasant climate. Its temperature is about 22°C to 33°C in summer, 32°C to 20°C in winter.  In March and April, the temperature rises gradually.

What is the distance from Kerala to Lekshadweep?
The distance from Kerala to Lekshadweep is about 262 miles (422km).