Lakshadweep is the smallest union territory of India. Spread across just an area of 36 square kms, it is a group of 32 islands out of which only ten are inhabited. These ten inhabited islands are Minicoy, Bitra, Agatti, Kavarati, Amini, Kadmat, Kalpeni, Andrott, Kiltan and Chetlat. Lakshadweep is the only chain of coral islands in the Indian sub continent. Thus the Lakshadweep coral islands are unique and one of the most preferred and popular tourist destinations of the world. Made up of beautiful and fascination corals, the coral islands of Lakshadweep were formed when the corals accumulated on the volcanic island on the bed of Indian Ocean. Recently opened up for the tourist, the Lakshadweep coral islands have some of the most beautiful and peaceful beaches in the world. This is a perfect place to spend some quiet quality time with your family or friends. Untouched and unspoilt for many years, these islands retain their naturalness and originality. This is probably one of the few places on earth where you will find the nature at its best. Chill and relax around the beaches, play some adventurous water sports, enjoy the local culture and cuisine, you will be guaranteed a good time when you visit the coral islands of Lakshadweep.
A coral island is an island whose lagoon has either dried up or has been filled with coral sand and detritus. It forms a ring that partially or totally encircles a water body or a lagoon. They are formed of tiny organisms called polyps which build the corals. The Lakshadweep coral islands are lined by snow white coral sands. Some of the most popular coral islands of Lakshadweep are Kavarati which is the headquarter of Lakshadweep, the scenically beautiful Kalpeni, Minicoy which is the second largest island and Kadmat which is ideal for water sports. These islands are easily accessible from mainland Indian, either through air or sea. Ships are available from Kochi in Kerala. Travelling by ship can be exciting and fun with lots of options available from A/c first class to normal deluxe class. It is advisable to make the reservations beforehand and do not forget to carry items of basic requirements. Do not litter the place or pick any coral as it is a punishable offence. Enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of the islands to the fullest without disturbing the natural condition. The weather is pleasant and the temperature varies between 27 degree Celsius to 32 degree Celsius. These islands are mostly inhabited by Muslims and majority of them speak Malayalam and some also speak Mahl. Tourist huts are available for accommodation. There is also a holiday resort at Bangaram. The coral islands f Lakshadweep is ideal for leisure tours. It does not have numerous tourist attractions but the peaceful and calm environment of these islands is what attracts people from all over the world. Even though these islands can be visited all through the year, October to May is the best time to visit these islands.
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