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.
Exotic islands. Beautiful beaches. Serene and peaceful ambience.
Cannot visit without required permits.
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.
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.
Lakshadweep are group of islands and to travel from one to another you can either use the ferry system or hire a helicopter.
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.
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.
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.
By Atharav-Raj Yadav
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