Lakshadweep, Lakshadweep, Union Territory
Lakshadweep means 'a hundred thousand islands' in Malayalam, the local language. However there are only 36 islands having a total area of 32 sq. kilometers. It is the tiniest Union Territory of India with 12 atolls, 3 reefs and 5 submerged banks. Ten Islands are inhabited. They are Agatti, Amini, Andrott, Bitra, Chetlat, Kadmat, Kalpeni, Kavaratti, Kiltan and Minicoy. Lakshadweep is one of the most beautiful destinations that one could visit during the holidays. The beautiful marine life, the villages, the tourist resorts and the mosques are great attractions for the tourists. The biggest of tourist attractions in Lakshadweep lies in its pristine charm and its laid back life. Far away from the urban clamour and clutter, the only sound one can hear is that of waves crashing against the beaches and the cry of seagulls. Far from the madding crowds one can have a tranquil experience on the islands.
Whether Indian or foreigner, everyone requires a special permit to visit Lakshwadeep; While foreigners are restricted to visit the islands of Agatti, Bangaram, Kadmat and on transit basis to Kavaratti. Indians can visit the other Islands as well but accommodation is very limited. One needs to pass through Kochi to reach Lakshwadeep and from there one can take a plane or ship to reach destination.
The best time to visit Lakshwadeep is between December to May when the weather is cooler and drier. The period between May to September is generally rainy owing to the monsoon season.
Lakshwadeep is one of the most beautiful holiday destinations in India. Situated along the Arabian Sea this beautiful destination has twelve atolls, three reefs and five submerged banks. The beautiful marine life, the gorgeous villages, resorts and mosques form the key attraction to this destination.
Kalpeni is famous for natural scenic beauty. Water sports like pedal boating, sailing and kayaking are popular here. The main attraction of this island is the storm bank.
Bangaram is a popular tourist destination in Lakshadweep. The beauty of the lagoons and sea beaches of Bangaram are its main attractions for tourists. Water sports and sunbathing are popular beach activities in this island.
Kadmat is an island about 407 km from Cochin. The sandy beaches and extensive stretch of palm trees add to the beauty of the island.