Exploring the Hidden Treasures of Lakshadweep: Must-Visit Places on India’s Stunning Island Paradise
Lakshadweep, a group of some three dozen islands scattered over some 30,000 square miles of the Arabian Sea in India is a true delight to eyes.
Lakshadweep, the name literally translates to a lakh of islands, is surely a serenity of memories. One can never get enough of the Lakshadweep Islands, without leaving with a feeling of coming back again. This is a group of 36 islands, well known for its exotic and sun-kissed beaches, an abode of bewitching landscapes, and an experience to dive into the underwater beauty of the sea. The island is considered to be a precious heritage of ecology and culture. Lakshadweep Islands provide a lot of opportunities for water sports over the serene blue water and pearly white beaches.
The unique charm of Lakshadweep Islands lie in the fact that each island is a tiny principality in itself and has existed from time immemorial, with a little influence from the outside world. A site for overlooking the beautiful flora and fauna as one of the most colourful creations adorning the landscape of the island. Lakshadweep Islands gives the travel enthusiasts, a once in a lifetime experience of admiring the mesmerizing scenic beauty of nature in form of its uninhabited islands and serene blue water.
Karavatti, the capital of Lakshadweep, is an abode for calm lagoons and is considered to be an ideal place for water sports and swimming. Lakshadweep is well connected by Plane and Ships. The MV Tipu Sultan, The MV Bharat Seema, MV Amindivi, MV Minicoy, are some of the ships used for transportation from Kerala to Lakshadweep Islands. Various islands of Lakshadweep offer various range of tourist attractions from cuisine, culture, mystical views, white sand and many other adventure sports.
Lakshadweep tourism requires a traveller to obtain an official permit from the Administrator of Lakshadweep. Most people prefer going through travel agents as it is the most hassle free option. The islands are well connected by regular flights from Kochi. Helicopter transfer is available from Agatti to Kavaratti throughout the year. Lakshadweep has a tropical climate and it has an average temperature of 27° C – 32° C. April and May are the hottest with an average temperature of 32° C Generally the climate is humid warm and pleasant. As the climate is equitable during monsoons, ship-based tourism is closed. October to March is the ideal time to be on the islands. From June to October the South West Monsoon is active with an average rainfall of 10-40 mm. The relative humidity is 70-75%. Annual rainfall decreases from South to North. On an average, 80-90 days a year are rainy. Winds are light to moderate from October to March.
Lakshadweep’s cuisine is largely influenced by the cuisines of Kerala, the state of India which is closest to the islands. Seafood and coconut dishes define the menus of restaurants in Lakshadweep Islands. Apart from Indian cuisines, one can definitely enjoy the Chinese, Thai, and Korean dishes on these islands. Alcohol is prohibited on all the islands, expect for Bangaram island.
Places to Visit in Lakshadweep Islands
Minicoy Island is the second largest island of all the Lakshadweep Islands and is one of the few inhabited islands of the group. The beauty of this island lies in the purity of nature it has to offer. The place has not been spoiled by commercialization yet and therefore, one can enjoy the nature on this island in its raw and pure form. The island is also resort for luxurious hotels and beach resort
The beauty of Agatti island lies in the coral reefs inhabitation and the serene white beaches. This is one of the islands with airports and therefore makes it extremely accessible from major parts of the world.
The breath-taking Bangaram island is located in the clear blue waters of Indian oceans. This is one of the least explored parts of Lakshadweep Islands. Mesmerizing beauty of beaches, view of aquatic life and vibrant colors’ of coral reef are a treat for the travelers. The Bangaram Island Beach Resort is an apt destination for the people looking out to disconnect from daily fast paced life.
Karavatti is the capital of Lakshadweep and an island with splendid view of sea and pristine white sand beaches. The beaches are laden with the swinging coconut trees, and one can witness the abundant marine life of island. This island is one stop destination for enthralling water sports.
If one needs to enjoy the scuba diving, Snorkeling, Reef walking, Kayaking and other adventurous water sports, Kalpeni islands is the place. This is one of the most picturesque places of Lakshadweep Island.
Kadmat island is famous for its pristine silvery beaches and is a favorite destination among tourists for sun bathing. This is a small island having beautiful lagoon and coral reefs.
Amindivi island is located on the north of Lakshadweep, this island is famous for its choir products. It is famous for its local culture and markets.
Andretti Island is the largest of the Lakshadweep Islands and located in the close proximity of the Indian mainland. It is a spot for relaxing in the lap of sun kissed beaches and exotic aquatic life. This island is famous for the Buddhist archaeological remains and the tomb of Saint Hazrat Ubaidullah. Foreign tourists are restricted entry on this island.