Lakshadweep Island is the smallest Union Territory of India. These are a group of islands on the southwestern coast of India. The islands have scenic beauty. They are visitors delight. The archipelago is a group of 36 isles few of them are restricted to Indians and some are not open to visit for tourists. It is located parallel to the coast of Kerala. Kerala is the nearest state to the islands. One would need to take permission from the government to visit the place. If you book a guided tour they will take care of it. But, if you are opting for a self-tour, you will need to complete those formalities. Detailed procedure can be understood by self from Lakshadweep tourism ministry website.
The major language spoken is Malayali due to influence from Kerala. Non-Indian nationals would need a visa and Indian tourist would require prior permission to visit some parts of the island.
Kochi is the gateway to reach the Lakshadweep islands. There are ships and flights operated from Kochi for all tourists for Lakshadweep. Flights from Kochi airport are easily available for Agatti and Bangaram Islands.
Locals are very friendly, helping and hospital. One would not face any major problem while dealing with locals in general instead it would be and helpful and friendly encounter.
We will discuss the major fun activities and places not to miss at Lakshadweep. Our aim is while you travel Lakshadweep for your vacation you do not miss out on major fun activities and sights in the place.
The islands offer the most beautiful and cleanest sights for visitors. They also have clear beautiful shallow lagoons making them ideal for water activities like Snorkeling and Scuba Diving. Any season round the year is ideal to visit. These enthralling beaches are one not to miss. As Lakshadweep is composed of a group of many significant islands you would have many coasts and beaches to catch a glimpse of. But, below we have compiled a list of important places and activities to not miss in them.
Minicoy is a mesmerizing place with white-sand beaches. Places like 300-feet lighthouse built by the British in 1885 and blue waters would add glow to your Instagram stories. Canoeing is one sport that is not to be missed here. The shallow clear waters provide a perfect place even for beginners. If you are new to water sports and want to experiment Minicoy is a good place to start with. It is probably the best place for Canoeing in Lakshadweep. Another not to miss activity here is Shipwreck diving. It is an exclusive experience that a place can offer.
Kavaratti is the official capital of Lakshwadeep. The beach has alluring calm waters. Swimming, Snorkeling and Kayaking can be enjoyed. The island is just 123 kilometres from the city centre. You can enjoy views of unique corals and serene lagoons. Karvatti is an ideal location for a cultural visit. It is a pilgrim destination for Muslims. There are many significant mosques in place. Especially Urja Mosque is of special significance. Apart from all this one place not to miss here is Marine Museum, this museum has been recommended as a must watch by many tourists and is a beautiful sight.
Kalpeni is full of architectural wonders. Kalpeni is again a place with wonderful and soulful mosques, some of them are a must-visit. The seafood here is amazing and can be relished in authentic local tastes. Kalpeni is a combination of three islands Koefani, Cheriyam, Tillakkam and Pitti making it Kalpeni. Along with usual water sports like Scuba Diving, Canoeing and Snorkeling Kalpeni also offers an experience of reef walking, sailing yachts and Kayaking. There is a variety of Coral's here. One can spend a peaceful weekend in the serene surrounding. Nature and sights are sure to mesmerize you. Kalpeni has a beautiful bird sanctuary that is surely not to miss.
Amindivi Islands are one of the restricted places and one would need permission from authorities to visit these islands. This rule applies to Indian citizens as well. Amindivi is famous for its choir products. There are a wide variety of choir products to select from. Along with choir products, handicrafts with Shell products are an important attraction for shopping.
Similar to all other islands at Lakshadweep, Bangaram has a variety of water sports activities for its tourists. Though one thing that keeps Bangaram apart is the availability of Liquor. Bangaram is the only island providing alcohol. So if your vacations are incomplete without a drink, Bangaram is a must-visit place while on a trip to Lakshadweep. The atmosphere is moderate. The place has white sand beaches and tall palm trees and a variety of water sports. Turtle nests and colonies are not to be missed near Parali Island in the Bangaram Lagoon.
There are various places and beaches to choose from in the Lakshadweep cluster. Most of them have easy connectivity from the city center. A common element of the place is seafood, water sports and serene beaches. If you are looking for a beach just to chill out and unwind then Thinnakara is a perfect destination. Thinnakara does not have water sports at its beach and it is a quiet place away from busy city life. The beaches are picturesque and mesmerizing. Look out for Phosphorescent planktons that wash ashore at night. It gives a glow to the beach at night.
You are planning to travel alone or with family and friends Lakshadweep islands has a lot to offer. We strongly recommend learning swimming, to enjoy most from your Lakshadweep vacations. It is a beautiful and friendly place. We would like to call it a beach lover’s delight. The number of beaches and water activities are perfect to have lifetime memories and exquisite Instagram stories. Pictures from the place would surprise your friends as it is a less talked about part of India. We hope you enjoy happy vacations at the place.
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