Lakshadweep, formerly the Laccadives, is a group of islands situated some 400 km off India’s west coast in the Arabian sea. They are India’s only coral atolls and geologically a part of the same chain as the Maldives.
Lakshadweep is India’s smallest union territory. The name literally means “Hundred Thousand Islands” in Sanskrit (laksha = Hundred Thousand (1 Lakh), dweep = island). It has ten inhabited islands, 17 uninhabited islands attached islets, four newly formed islets and 5 submerged reefs.
Lakshadweep is one of the most beautiful destinations that you could visit during your holidays. This union territory of India is in the Arabian Sea and consists of twelve atolls, three reefs and five submerged banks. The beautiful marine life, the villages, the tourist resorts and the mosques are great attractions for tourists.
Some of the islands that are really worth visiting are:
Kadmat: Kadmat Island is one of the most popular tourist destinations. There is a huge lagoon on the west side of the island, around 10km from the Amini.
Kavaratti Island: Kavaratti Island is the most developed Island in Lakshadweep. It is the administrative capital of Lakshdweep and the population is dominated by non-islanders. There are many Mosques on this island (around 52) and the most beautiful one is Ujra mosque.
Kalpeni: Kalpeni is located at the distance of around 76km south of Androth. This place lies in an extensive and shallow lagoon. The lagoon is world famous for its rich coral and marine life.
Bangaram: This island is one of the best tourist destinations in the world due to its smooth sands and amazing palm grove backdrop. Here smooth sand is caressed by the waves of the multi coloured sea. This beautiful Island lies at a distance of around 8km from the north side of Agatti Island.
Agatti Island: Also known as the gateway to the Lakshadweep, Agatti is located at a distance of around 459 km from Kochi. It is around 6 km long. Surplus fishes are easily found on Agatti island. Fishing is the main occupation for the people living here.
This island has some of the best beaches for swimming in the world. Here tourists can enjoy the adventure of swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. Tourists can also find huge lagoons over here, which increase the beauty of this island. Visitors can also enjoy different water sports activities like Scuba Diving, Deep Sea Fishing, sailing, boat rides, water skiing and kayaking at Agatti Island.
There are many basic leisure tours and Sea/Lagoon based tours. There are plenty of opportunities for Scuba diving, Yachting, Pedal boating, Kayaking, Canoeing, Swimming, Snorkeling and sunbathing. One may also visit local houses, the Marine museum, Lighthouse and a few local industries. One can purchase pure coconut powder and coconut oil from the factory situated at Kadmat island. Fish pickles and small souvenirs are available in Kavaratti Island.