Lakshadweep - A hundred thousand Islands
Lakshadweep, a paradise-like land, comprising 36 charming islands attracts vacationers to its mesmerizing beauty. The landscape is spectacular with unspoiled coral life and pristine water. Besides, the sun-kissed beaches are known for their exciting opportunities for water sports like surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and more. The 32sq kilometer paradise-like Lakshadweep has 12 ring-shaped reefs, 10 inhabited islands, 3 fringing reefs, and 5 submerged banks. This destination is perfect for those who are awaiting a vacation to explore marine life, unpolluted natural beauty, and indulge in adventure sports.
The island is known for its abundance of coconut palms, banyan trees, screw pines, and more. Marine life is rich with sharks, tunas, octopus, crabs, rays, snappers, turtles, and more. In addition, waterbirds like teals, gulls, and herons are seen in plenty. The climate of and the beauty of this place makes Lakshadweep tourism popular among vacationers. Though the climate is pleasant and amazing, the best time period to visit Lakshadweep is between October and March. To get a cultural experience of Lakshadweep, one should visit the island during the festivals like Milad-Ul-Nabi, Bakri-Eid, Eid-ul-Fitr, and Muharram. The festival time is a peak season for Lakshadweep tourism as well. To protect the island from negative environmental impacts, the island is given tight security. To visit the island tourists should choose any of the Lakshadweep tour packages, or should be sponsored by locals.
Now, let us take a look into the islands of Lakshadweep? Delve into it.
Top attractions in Lakshadweep
Kavaratti Island is the headquarters of Lakshadweep. This island is the most-sought after by tourists around the globe. The shoreline is known for its sandy beaches and cool ambiance. The amazing lagoons of Kavaratti are blessed with the presence of aquatic creatures including sea cucumbers, corals, starfish, and more. The lagoon which is situated to the west of the island is an adventurer’s dream destination for watersports like scuba diving, surfing, speedboat ride, etc. A glass boat ride through Kavaratti provides an astounding view of corals and marine animals.
Silver-sand beaches, blue lagoons, and coconut palms make Agatti Island a beauty. When you check the Lakshadweep map, you will find this beautiful island in the west to Kavaratti Island. Also, this 5.6km long island is 459 km away from Cochin. An unspoiled natural beauty, Agatti is known for tranquility and peace. One of the best tropical islands in the world, Agatti Island is an adventure spirit perfect destination. The deep-sea and shallow lagoons promise a memorable vacation with a clear view of the underwater world. Those who are not crazy about water sports can relax with a glass-bottomed boat ride!
A group of small islands namely Kadmat, Bitram Amini, Kiltan, and Chelat comprises Amindivi Island. Vacationers including families, honeymooners, naturalists love this island for its crystal blue water, soft milky sands, and the local delicacies. For a thrill with nature, Ammini Islands are going to be the ultimate!
In the Lakshadweep Map, the Andretti islands find a prominent place. This island is historically prominent and naturally beautiful. Those who wish to spend a relaxed evening at the beach looking at the aquatic animals, this is going to be a perfect choice. The largest island of Lakshadweep, Andretti is famous for the tomb of Saint Hazrat Ubaidullah and also the Buddhist archaeological remnants. The Coconut palms, coir industries, and blue colored water makes the island attractive.
Bangaram is a teardrop-like island with beautiful coral reefs, silver-colored sands, and coconut trees. A tourist hotspot, the island offers unlimited opportunities to unwind tensions and embrace solace. A coral paradise, the island offers never-ending opportunities for water games like deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and more. This exotic island promises an unforgettable vacation.
Kadmat, the most spectacular among the Amindivi Islands, is the only inhabited island in Amindivi island. This island, known for its coral reefs, is also famous as the nesting spot for marine turtles. This island which looks like a painting is rich in marine life and perfect for water activities like glass boat ride, snorkeling, surfing, kayaking, and more. To indulge in the colorful corals, aquatic animals, and the sun-kissed beaches, one should visit Kadmat islands without a second thought! The tranquility and calmness of the island offer a promising vacation!
Kalpeni island comprises three beautiful islets including, Pitti, Cheriyam, and Tilakkam. The island is famous for its photogenic sunset, beach strolls, and other water sports. This spectacular beach is like a painting and is famous for its 2.8km wide Lagoon. Those who are scared of deep-sea adventures can spend their time at the lagoon enjoying a glass boat ride, beach stroll, swimming, and snorkeling. Tree canopies beautify the beach!
Minicoy is a 10km long island that is located to the south-west of Kalpeni island. As you step onto the island, you will be greeted by the glow of the shining sands on the beach. The sand that reflects the sun rays is astounding beauty. Though small, this island has a magnificent view that is created by the crystal clear water and trees on the beaches. The cool breeze will take you to a different world and as you submerge in the water, your routine life will no more matter to you. The coral reefs that shelters the fish offer a spectacular view for the swimmers. Minicoy Island is not only known for its view but for a number of water games like canoeing, snorkeling, glass boat ride, scuba diving, windsurfing, and more. The landmark of Minicoy, the second-largest island of Lakshadweep is a tall lighthouse. There are two lagoons that make the island prettier.
Best Time To Visit Lakshadweep
The best time to visit Lakshadweep is between October and the mid of May. During this time period, the weather is pleasant and perfect to enjoy water sports or to go for a stroll. Though the island is open for vacationers throughout the year, during monsoon Lakshadweep cruise is stopped as sailing is difficult. During monsoon, tourists can visit Agatti and Bangaram islands, via flight but other islands are not accessible. However during the rainy season, it is difficult to conduct watersports, but the beauty of the island is enhanced during this time.
How To Reach Lakshadweep
You can reach Lakshadweep via Air or Water.
- By Air: The only airport in Lakshadweep is located at Agatti Island. From Agatti, travelers can go to other islands in a helicopter, ship, or boat.
- By Ship: From Cochin, ships are operated on a regular basis. There are Seven passenger ships operated between Cochin and Lakshadweep, and they are MV Arabian Sea, MV Kavaratti, MV Bharat Seema, MV Dweep Setu, MV Lakshadweep Sea, and MV Minicoy, MV Amindivi Sea. It takes around 14 to 20 hours to reach Lakshadweep from Cochin. In the ships, different classes of accommodation are available like A/C Deluxe Class (with 2 berth cabins), A/C First Class (with 4 berth cabins) and Tourist Class (with A/C seating and without A/C cabin berths) The ships are fully-equipped with medical assistance, entertainment lounge, cafeteria, etc. Also from October to May, boat services are available from Agatti island to Kadmat and Kavaratti.