Lakshadweep Travel Guide
Lakshadweep Travel Guide: Lakshadweep is an idyllic cluster of islands that immerses you in an Aedenic experience. Thirty – two sq. km of land spread over 36 islands surrounded by 4200 sq. km of lagoon is covered with pristine nature even as the profusion of sand, sea and fun embrace. Endless coral reef, sandy beaches, unpolluted and clear water is everywhere. Water sports abound inviting you to slide, glide, sail, and snorkel or indulge in all your aqua fantasies. For honeymooners, there cannot be a cozier getaway – in the lap of nature.
Places to visit in Lakshadweep
Lakshadweep is a cluster of islands comprising:
As its administrative headquarters, Kavaratti makes you feel most at home as it happens to be the most developed. 52 mosques spread out across the islands and include the exquisite Ujra mosque. The Latter displays an ornate ceiling carved from a piece of driftwood.
Explore the Lagoon for water sports and swimming or the sandy beaches for basking in the sun. Revel in the marine life exhibits at the Marine Aquarium. Glimpse the exotic marine life floating underwater from the glass-bottomed boats. If you’re a water sports enthusiast, opt for water sports crafts like Kayaks and Sailing Yachts.
Though relatively shallow, Kalpeni’s lagoon is the largest and is ideal for all kinds of water sports. The huge storm bank of coral debris along the eastern and southeastern shoreline is fascinating on the atoll. The nearby tiny islets of Tilakkam, Pitti and the uninhabited Cheriyam complete with a sparkling lagoon add to the scenic charm. Swim, or indulge in other water sports at Koomel-it are the gently curving bay offers exhilaration on Kayaks, sailboats, Pedal Boats.
Though geographically isolated, the island has a rich tradition of performing arts. Lava dance, the most attractive among them, is performed on festive occasions. Other attractions include a visit to the tuna canning factory, the light house built by the British in 1885, and a long drive through dense coconut groves and winding village roads.
Kadmat is the only island in the group which has lagoon on both the sides. Besides the shallow lagoon on the west that is perfect for water sports, there is also a narrow lagoon on the east. Thick green coconut palm leaves form a natural canopy that protects from sunlight and its exclusivity is increasingly making it a haven for honeymooners. It has the finest diving spots in India. Kadmat is the only island apart from Bangaram and Agatti where international tourists are allowed.
Unlike others, it is the only island where one can stay as long one wishes due to the regular to and for flights. A virtual gateway to the islands, Agatti has the only airport in the island. Get away to one of the most beautiful lagoons from here. A twenty-bedded tourist resort has also been set up here.
This uninhabited Island is a Romantic’s delight. The teardrop shaped island is encircled by creamy sand, but the luxuriant coconut trees protect from Sun’s rays. Three uninhabited islands in the same atoll, Tinnakara, Parali-I and Parali-II complement the nature’s bounties. The deep, warm, clear waters of Indian Ocean with its myriad flora and fauna irresistibly invite you to the scuba dive. The natural efflorescence of black coral formations, diverse coral fishes, awesome sharks, manta rays, sting rays moray eels and turtles make enable an inimitable diving experience.
The Bangaram Island Resort provides every conceivable comfort to high-end international tourists.
How to Reach Lakshadweep:
The Lakshadweep group of islands is well connected both by Air and Sea. While Islands like Agatti & Bangaram can be reached by Air, the other islands can be reached by ship from Kochi.
Do’s and Dont’s
- Make sure your reservation of tour in advance before leaving your station.
- Carry your special brand of medicines, cosmetics, cigarettes etc. as only ordinary varieties will be available on the islands.
- While on board the ship, a representative of SPORTS has been specially designated to assist you. In case of any difficulty, please avail of his services.
- Litter the land or the water. It pollutes.
- Pick up corals as souvenirs. It is a punishable offence.
- There is prohibition on all islands except Bangaram.
- Carry narcotics or drugs. It is a punishable offence.
- Swim or sunbathe nude. It is prohibited.
- Go out of your island lagoon without permission of the SPORTS authorities and without a proper escort. It can be risky.
- Pluck tender coconuts yourself. The trees are privately owned and unauthorized plucking of coconuts is a theft. Also a fall from the palm tree can prove dangerous.