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Ideal duration: 4-7 days

Best time: September - May (Read More)

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"Blue Sea and Unspoiled Beaches"

Lakshadweep Tourism

Literally meaning a 'hundred thousand islands', Lakshadweep has few of the most beautiful and exotic islands and beaches of India.

The smallest Union Territory of India, 'Lakshadweep' is a group of beautiful islands, located some 400km off India's west coast into the Arabian Sea. However, there are only 36 islands having a total area of 32 sq. kilometers. It's made up of 12 atolls, 3 reefs and 5 submerged banks. Ten Islands are inhabited. Perhaps the charm of Lakshadweep islands lies in their remoteness. Far off the beaten track, they attract no hordes of merry makers 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 Lakshadweep lies in the fact that each island, a tiny principality in itself, has existed from time immemorial, with little influence from the outside world.

The islands, though all equally mystical and beautiful, each offers a unique blend of tourist spots. 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. Lakshadweep is typically accessed from Kochi (Kerala) and a permit is required to visit Lakshadweep for all tourists (including Indians). After permit, Indians are permitted to visit all islands, however, even after permit, foreigners are permitted to just visit Agatti, Bangaram and Kadmat Islands. Permits can be obtained from Kochi itself.


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- Consumption of Alcohol is prohibited on all islands except Bangaram.
- Picking up corals is a punishable offence.
- Please note that only Kadamat, Agatti and Bangaram islands are open to foreign nationals and a maximum of 12 hours of transit is allowed on Kavaratti islands. Special permit to visit Lakshadweep is required for all domestic and foreign tourists.
- It is also a relatively expensive place and there aren't much facilities for solo backpackers here. Carry sunscreen lotion, odomos, slippers,etc. for a comfortable day on the beaches.

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What's Great?

Exotic islands. Beautiful beaches. Serene and peaceful ambience.

What's not so Great?

Cannot visit without required permits.

For Whom

Adventure lovers, beach babies and explorers - Lakshadweep is the perfect destination for you. A cluster of exotic islands, it offers beautiful beaches and a plethora of adventure sports such as scuba diving, snorkelling, parasailing etc.

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Lakshadweep Entry Permit

Being an unconventional tourist spot, travelling to the Lakshadweep Islands will require a traveller to obtain an official permit from the Administrator of the Lakshadweep.
However, the requirements for Indian travellers and foreign travellers are typically different, in nature. For instance, Indian travellers are permitted on all islands in India through this permit, but foreigners (keeping in mind, the need to preserve the sanctity of the island and not ensue, hyper tourism) who have a valid Passport and Visa to visit India, can visit the Islands of Agatti, Kadmat and International Tourist Resort of Bangaram, with a prerequisite being a permit from the Administrator.
The easiest way to be granted these permits is to consult a travel agent who will thereafter take care of each of your documents and applications that have to be submitted to the Lakshadweep authorities while charging a reasonable fee.
Some of the authorised travel agents, listed down by the Lakshadweep Tourism website can be viewed via this link: http://www.lakshadweeptourism.com/agents.html
However, if you do not wish to consult a travel agent, underneath are a few steps you could follow to ensure a pleasant stay in the Lakshadweep Islands:
The form in this link can be scanned and printed or can be downloaded as an e-permit. http://lakshadweep.nic.in/permit/login.htm

The form should be filled judiciously and be submitted to the:
Administrator, Lakshadweep Office, Willington Island, Kochi - 3.

Keep in mind that one will have to list down the names of any two people from the mainland to whom the applicant is well acquainted.

Application Fee: The application costs a fee of INR 50, which can be submitted to the Office of the Administrator by cash or be issued as a demand draft in any branch of the Syndicate Bank.
The applicant should submit the permit to the nearest Administration Office or Station House Officer, within 24 hours of her/his arrival to the Islands.
On departure, the order should be then handed over to the Administrator, in Kochi.
It is also wise to carry a few documents with you while going to the Office of the Administrator, like:

  • An original ID proof with the concerned person’s signature
  • A self-attested ID of each traveller
  • An additional ID proof like Aadhar Card
  • 3-4 passport size photographs
However, since the rules for permits keep changing in this area, it’s advisable that one consults a travel agent before filling out the said application forms to be on the safer side.

Flora and Fauna

Lakshadweep Islands are one of the handful of India's most beautiful and ancient coral reefs region which India has to boast off to the world, after Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Gulf of Kutch, Gulf of Mannar, etc. Since corals have scientifically been deemed to be living entities, they come under the umbrella of “fauna” of Lakshadweep, rather than its flora, with over 70 different variants of them to be found on the Islands. Other than that, Lakshadweep has a number of sea creatures, typically found on seashores and beaches like crabs, water birds, lobsters, sea turtles, ducks, et al. Glass bottom boat rides around the islands of Kavaratti, or scuba diving expeditions could also accustom one to many-a-species of fish, like starfish, sea turtles, squids and worms. The flora of the Islands is mainly restricted to common shore side vegetation like coconut, giant palm trees and rubber trees. There are no dense forests on the Islands, and hence the flora found is not very exclusive to the Islands and can be found elsewhere. There are, however, various types of exotic flowers which can be found along the way, if one decides to trot their way on foot to the nooks and corners of the Islands like lavender and daylily.

Serene and Untouched Beaches

With soft sandy beaches basking under the sun, the Lakshadweep Islands have exotic beaches that offer a variety of activities. With splendid lagoons, long stretches of golden sand and palm trees swinging over like a canopy, Lakshadweep is a very popular destination among tourists.

Language

Most locals in the Lakshadweep Islands prefer to speak in Malayalam, which can be understood by the geographical closeness of the Islands to the state of Kerala. However, this is not common for all islands as, for the very reason of geography, locals in the Minicoy Island also speak in Mahl - which is a broad modification of the kind of language spoken in the Maldives. Apart from these, English is also used for official purposes, and one may also hear locals brave the dialects of Jeseri (Dweep Bhasha or Island Language) and Tamil.

Itinerary

Day 1- Arrive at Aggati Airport and then travel to Bangaram island by boat. Check in at hotel and rest.
Day 2- Walk on the beach, ayurvedic massage followed by visit to local food joints.
Day 3- Hike along the beaches, shell picking, spend time at the beach. Leave for Minicoy Island.
Day 4- Explore Minicoy and its beaches, participate in adventure sports. At night, leave for Kalpeni Islands.
Day 5- Walking tour of the island and beaches. Visit local food joints and then at night leave for Aggati Airport.

Lakshadweep's cuisine is identified by a significant influence of flavors, ingredients, elements and styles of Kerala's cuisine, given the physical proximity and a similar geography that surrounds both. Hence, Coconut preparations and seafood, pretty much define the island's menu
A variety of fried and barbecued fish are available here as seafood is almost staple. Due to abundance of coconut, a lot of dishes are prepared using coconut oil and coconut curry. Refreshing Coconut water is also widespread.
Apart from specializing in local food, the restaurants in Lakshadweep also serve a series of international cuisines including Chinese, Thai, Indian and Korean dishes. Alcohol is not allowed in Lakshadweep except for Bangaram islands.

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