Located across the vast majestic Arabian seas, Lakshadweep is presently one of the most exotic holiday destinations. Formed by a group of 36 breath-taking islands jeweled with silvery sands and the azure sea, Lakshadweep is one of the most incredible escapades.
However, with a view of conserving the marine culture, not all of these 36 islands are open to the public. In fact, not even ten of them are open for tourists. These are small islands that are 2 to 15 kilometers long and you can, in fact, walk through an entire island.
For instance, Kadmat is roughly 9.3 km in length and 1.5 km in breadth. So, try spending your evenings walking amongst the coconut groves so that you can later brag about walking an entire island.
Below listed are some of the most widely popularized islands by the Lakshadweep Tourism Department and the best things to do in Lakshadweep.
The only way to reach Lakshadweep is either by sailing across the Arabian seas or by flying over it. If you chose the latter, then the only airport at Lakshadweep is on its capital, Agatti. Once there, you won’t regret it as Agatti is one of the most exciting places to visit in Lakshadweep.
The best way to enjoy your time at Agatti is by scheduling to cover it up on the day you land there. You can also keep it as the last place to visit just before your departure.
This sparsely populated island is the most relaxing retreat, whether for a couple or a family. You can scuba dive and snorkel here and feast your eyes on the coral reefs.
- Getting to Agatti – You can board a ship or a flight. Nearest points are Kochi or Bengaluru.
- Things to do – Sightseeing, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling
This is a scenic island known for the many coral reefs and turtles out there. It is a fantastic place to visit in Lakshadweep for all those who’d like to spend some homely time in sea-facing bungalows. Most of these bungalows are air-conditioned to beat the heat.
You can also venture into the water and explore the marine culture underneath the clear blue waters. This is one of the best places in Lakshadweep to dive in so don’t forget to scuba dive on your next visit to Kadmat.
- Getting there from Agatti – Takes 2 to 3 hours by boat
- Things to do – Scuba diving, Snorkelling
One of the best things to do in Lakshadweep is to take a boat ride in a glass-bottom boat in Kavaratti and enjoy looking through the azure waters. A hub for water sports, this island offers activities like scuba diving, snorkeling and much more. You can also visit the Marine Museum out here or shop for some Tuna pickle.
- Getting there from Kadmat – 2 to 3 hours by boat
- Things to do – Sightseeing, Scuba Diving, Shopping fish products, Marine museum, Boating in glass bottom boat
Although open to the public, this island requires a special permit from the concerned authorities. You can contact a travel agent and he should be able to arrange that for you. Some of the preferred things to do here are visiting the Minicoy Lighthouse, scuba diving, and kayaking. However, the best time to visit the Minicoy Island is during its annual fest in December.
- Getting there from Kavaratti – Half a day’s ride in the boat
- Things to do – Sightseeing, Scuba diving, Kayaking
You don’t need to worry about not owning a private island once you get to this thinly populated island. Breathtakingly beautiful, just a glimpse of the silvery sand and clear blue water is extremely refreshing.
To take a look at the aquaculture, one doesn’t even have to bother to scuba dive here because of the crystal clear water that itself gives a splendid view of the coral reefs and other marine species. Yet another reason for people to flock here is their thirst for liquor. That’s because this is the only part of Lakshadweep where Liquor is permitted.
- Getting there from Agatti – Take a one and a half hour boat ride
- Things to do – Sightseeing, Marine culture, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling
One of the best things to do in Andaman is to get yourself an underwater video with sea cucumbers and coral reefs at Kalpeni. Besides snorkeling and scuba diving, one can also enjoy camping and some folk dance with the locals out here. Not to mention that there are some very beautiful cottages to stay in.
Kalpeni is one of the most admirable tourist places to visit in Lakshadweep and more so for women. That’s because Kalpeni boasts of being one of the earliest places that encouraged education for women.
- Getting there from Agatti – Take a boat ride from Agatti
- Things to do – Underwater video, Scuba diving, Snorkelling
The clear turquoise blue water and the indigo blue skies at Lakshadweep is sure to get you behind the lens whether or not you are a photography buff. Although you may presume that all islands at Lakshadweep are likely to be the same, the diversity here is sure to compel you to change your opinion.
You can go to Lakshadweep with a flexible budget as there are several options that you can choose from. Be prepared to feast on South-Indian style seafood on sun-drenched islands. The locals are extremely friendly.
This sparsely populated region has a strict prohibition on liquor, except for some regions like the Bangaram Island. Also, you need to do your homework beforehand if you plan to visit Lakshadweep.
That’s because a fair deal of commuting is only by boats and that means you cannot drive through that 30 km in half an hour as you do on road. To sum it up, Lakshadweep is a great place to chill out, devour some fantastic seafood and indulge in some water sports out here.