Lakshadweep Island has emerged as one major tourist attraction among Indian union territories in last few decades. Lakshadweep is a Sanskrit word which means one hundred thousand Islands. The islands lie in the Laccadive Sea, 200 to 440 km off the south West Indian state of India Kerala. The islands are the northernmost among the Lakshadweep-Maldives-Chagos group of islands, which are actually the tops of a vast undersea mountain range, in the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. An archipelago with more than a dozen desolated Islands and a few submerged reefs, the group Islands has become a favorite destination among the tourists. The pristine beaches, isolated and peaceful islands, archaic coral reefs which have now submerged make Lakshadweep one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the south of Asian waters. The Lakshadweep Islands also offers plenty of water sports and the vast expanded lagoons provide the ideal location for the water sports enthusiasts. Kayaking, canoeing, pedal-boating, wind-surfing, scuba-diving, snorkeling are few of the enticing water sports facilities Lakshadweep islands provide for. The beauty of the Islands and would set any naturalist’s heart racing for more. The old, archaic mosques make it even more tantalizing. The beautiful lagoon in the kavaratti Island offers an ideal spot for snorkeling, swimming and other water sports. The Dolphin Dive Centre in Kavaratti also offers tourists the opportunity to scuba-dive and spot the implausible Marine Life. Kalpeni’s vast lagoon gives the perfect opportunity and spot for reef walking, kayaking, pedal boating, sail boating, swimming among other water sports. Kadmat has emerged as one the most beautiful dive centers in India. Its variety of fishes and clear waters make it an unparalleled destination for scuba-divers. Agatti Island has some of the finest beaches for swimming in the world. The local cuisine of Lakshadweep is similar to Kerala’s. Kochi is the only gateway to Lakshadweep. Agatti and Bangaram islands can be reached by flight from Kochi. Agatti and Bangaram connect the other islands of Lakshdweep though boats and choppers. This archipelago of stunning Islands is as unbelievably beautiful as difficult it is to reach there. The destination is not a budget destination and non-availability of proper infrastructure may make it an intricate pick but it is most definitely one of the nature tropical wonders and world’s one of the finest tropical spots. So what are you waiting for? Come and explore the beauty and the unbelievable beauty of the islands in Lakshadweep and relish every moments in happiness and ecstasy.
Lakshadweep is an archipelago of 36 islands, only 10 islands are inhabited. The main islands are :
Kavaratti is the administrative headquarter of Lakshadweep and the most developed island of Lakshadweep. This island houses a total of 52 mosques and the most beautiful among them is Ujra mosque.
Water sports are the main attraction to the tourists, yet leisure buffs can swim and sun bask at the sandy beaches. Marine museum has a good collection of specimen and diverse marine life is exhibited at the Marine Aquarium.
Kalpeni Island houses the largest lagoon among Lakshadweep Island. It is the hub for various water sports. Along the eastern and southeastern coastline of this coral island, huge bank of coral debris is found. The people of this island only allow girls to go to school. Kalpeni has some small islets such as Tilakkam, Pitti and the uninhabited Cheriyam with sparkling lagoon which are known for its scenic beauty. One can engage in water sports and can hire Koomel, Kayaks, Sailboats, and Pedal Boats for fun and thrill of water games. Tourist cottages are here for accommodation of the tourists. This island is visited as an itinerary of Coral Reef package.
Minicoy is southern most island of the group and it is geographically isolated from other islands. The culture of the people is a fusion of Maldivian and South Indian. People speak here Mahl, a form of Divehi, the language spoken in Maldives.
Women have a significant position in the society, so this island is known as the women’s island. There are 10 villages in this island and each village is presided by Bodukaka. The people have a rich tradition of performing arts and the most attractive among them is the Lave dance which is performed on festive celebrations. Some recreation funs one can enjoy at this island are visit to the tuna canning factory, Light House, and drive through the coconut palms, etc. Majority of people earn their livelihood working in the shipping companies. The men folk is expert in carpentry and maritime skills and women are in culinary and housekeeping skills.
A resort located here offers good accommodation to the tourists. This island is included in both coral reef package and swaying palms package.
The shoreline of Kadmat Island is ideal for romantic getaway as its beaches are nice for swimming and sunbathing. The west shallow lagoon is an ideal spot for water sports. This island has lagoons on its both sides. The vast stretches of coconut palms form an ideal canopy of shade.
A Water Sports Institute and Dive school is run by experts here. The most attractive tour packages are Dive Package tour and Marine Awareness package. International tourists gets permit only to visit this island along with Agatti and Bangaram. This is a paradise for honeymooners.
Agatti Island houses the only airport of Lakshadweep, so one can fly to this island from Kochi Airport of Kerala. A tourist resort is located here which offers cottage like accommodation and various other water sports facilities. The uninhabited islands of Bangaram-Thinnakara, Parali-I and Parali-II are just a jump away from this island.
Scuba divers head towards this island of Lakshadweep. The exquisite coral formations and a variety of coral fishes make one’s dip into underwater fruitful. The diving School of Bangaram offers enough opportunities for water sports. One can reach this island easily by a speed boat from Agatti Island. The Bangaram Island provides accommodation to the tourist which has water sports equipment and the first Dive School of Lakshadweep.
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