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Agatti Islands, Lakshadweep Overview

Agatti Island stands as a captivating gem within the Lakshadweep archipelago, known for its pristine beauty and tranquil atmosphere. As one of the few inhabited islands in the Lakshadweep group, Agatti offers visitors a rare glimpse into the local way of life amidst its stunning natural surroundings. The island, spanning across approximately 8 square kilometers and home to around 8000 residents, boasts lush vegetation and picturesque landscapes at every turn, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers and adventurers.

One of the distinguishing features of Agatti Island is its accessibility, thanks to its own airport, making it easily reachable from major cities such as Kochi. This accessibility has contributed to the island's growing popularity among tourists seeking an off-the-beaten-path destination. Visitors can explore the island's pristine beaches, vibrant coral reefs, and charming villages, all while immersing themselves in the warm hospitality of the locals. English and Malayalam are the predominant languages spoken on the island, reflecting its cultural diversity and heritage. With fishing being the primary occupation of the locals, Agatti Island offers a unique opportunity to experience the traditional way of life in a tranquil island setting.

Must Know Before You Visit Agatti Islands

Agatti Islands Entry Permit :

Visitors need Permit to enter Agatti Island. Read more on Permits

Fee for Permits : The application fee is 50 rupees for each applicant, and the heritage fee is 100 rupees for children aged 12 to 18. For individuals above 18, the heritage fee is 200 rupees.

Agatti Islands Highlights

1. Water Sports

Water Sports
Adventure enthusiasts can indulge in water sports such as snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming, kayaking, and water skiing in the beautiful tides of the Arabian Sea. Some may even give Deep Sea Fishing (Read More) a try. Scuba diving and glass bottom boat ride are incredibly famous on the island. With a variety of colourful fishes, gorgeous corals and unique aquatic animals these activities are worth a try at Agatti Island.

2. BeachesĀ 

The Island has splendid beaches making Agatti a perfect beach destination. The tropical climate of the Island is apt to sunbathe lying in the clear white sand under the azure skies by the beautiful Ar (Read More)abian Ocean. One can choose to go on long strolls on the beach clad with tall coconut trees in the fresh and unpolluted atmosphere of the island.

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Geography of Agatti Island

Agatti Island is a 3.3 square kilometre area island in the Lakshadweep Group of Islands in India. It is situated about 460 kilometres off the mainland of Kochi and about 530 kilometres away from the Kollam Port. The island has a 25 square kilometre lagoon area. The Bangaram Island is the nearest Island which is about 7 kilometres from Agatti. It lies to the North-East of Agatti Islands. To the South-East of Agatti is the Kavaratti Island at a distance of about 55 kilometres. The Suheli Par island is located 77 kilometres to the South of Agatti Island. A small area of about 0.09 square kilometres forms the Kalpatti Island and is located at the southern end of the Agatti Island.

Best Time To Visit Agatti Islands

The best time to visit Agatti Island between October and March as the weather stays pretty much pleasant throughout the months and the sea stays calms making it safe to explore the island. During summers, i.e. between April and May, the temperature goes as high as 35°C degrees Celcius and minimum 22 degrees Celcius. During monsoons, the island receives intermittent to heavy rainfall.

Stay Near Agatti Islands

There are only two resorts on the island for accommodation and bookings need to be made in advance. This assures less number of tourists at a time and hence ensures a peaceful holiday away from commercialisation and away from the crowd. The resorts have all the basic facilities and luxury amenities like spa, Wi-Fi, Gym, Transport arrangement etc. To enter the island, the tourists require a special permit from the Lakshadweep Administration which can be availed once you show your confirmed place of stay on the island.

Tips For Visiting Agatti Islands

1. You can cover all the places to visit on this island by walking.
2. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the islands.
3. Only Indians are allowed to visit and stay on Agatti Islands. The foreign nationals can stay Bangaram Island, Minicoy Island and Thinnikara Island.
4. Airtel and BSNL mobile networks are strong on the island. The other mobile networks have a low range throughout.
5. Carry plenty of cash as there is only one ATM on the island.
6. The locals of Agatti Island are courteous and friendly. So, don't hesitate to interact with them.

How To Reach Agatti Islands

Agatti Island has its airport, the Agatti airport. Daily ATR 42 flights operate from Kochi Monday through Saturday.

Agatti Island is also connected by a sea route. The island is located just 8 km from the Bangaram Island which can be easily accessed by a boat ride. Seven-passenger cruise ships with modern facilities operate from Cochin every day, and they reach Agatti within 20 to 22 hours.

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