Explore Lakshadweep
Lakshadweep
A Jewel in India's Crown

Lakshadweep, located off the Kerala coast in the Arabian sea, is a cluster of majestic islands. Out of 35 islands, 10 are inhabited and only a few are accessible to tourists. These restrictions have helped preserve the true beauty of this union territory. Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Lakshadweep is paradise for beach lovers and offbeat travelers. Its picturesque islands and adventurous water sports fascinates every ardent traveler. 


Note: An entry permit issued by Lakshadweep Administration is mandatory to visit the islands. Also, foreign nationals, only with a tourist visa are permitted to Lakshadweep islands.  


Climate
The climate of Lakshadweep is tropical with the temperature ranging between 22 degree Celsius to 36 degree Celsius during summer and winter. The best time to visit this region is between September to May.

  • January — Cool
  • February — Cool
  • March — Cool
  • April — Hot
  • May — Hot
  • June — Wet
  • July — Wet
  • August — Wet
  • September — Wet
  • October — Cool
  • November — Cool
  • December — Cool
Things to do
Islands
Adorned by the vibrant coral reefs and palm-fringed trees, Minicoy Island is one of the most beautiful places in Lakshadweep. It also offers a peek into local lifestyle. You can mingle with the locals by participating in their folk dances like Attom, Parichakali, Daffumuttu, Ulakkamuttu and Kolkali. With its white sand beaches and crystal clear water, Agatti island is beyond perfect. Besides marine life, Agatti also has rich vegetation and exquisite geographical formations. Agatti island is also known for providing a great shopping opportunity with its collection of handicrafts, corals, shells and fish products. Nightlife in Agatti is just another beautiful shade of Lakshadweep. You get to enjoy cultural dance, music of your choice, coupled with scrumptious barbeque. Sometimes even Bioluminescent Plankton also known as glow worms are visible here. Kavaratti island is a perfect destination for peace seekers. The rhythm of tranquil waves and serene white sand beaches adds to the serenity of this island. Kalpeni island is well known for its rich coral life and colorful underwater life. It is a melange of Cheriyan, Pitti and Thilakkam islands. This group of islands is famous for its turquoise lagoon and exotic corals. Surrounded by beautiful lagoons this island offers the most adventurous water sports. Kadmat island is a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation. Its blue lagoons offer a plethora of water sports which will give you a chilling adrenaline rush. If you want to relax you can opt for spa treatment and peaceful massage. It's a perfect place for adventure and solitude seekers. The azure blue waters, sunkissed shores and serene beaches have embellished Bangaram with their unmatched beauty. It's safe to say that Bangaram is the most beautiful island in Lakshadweep. Also, Bangaram is the only island that provides alcohol in Lakshadweep. Snorkeling in its blue lagoons is one of the best things to do in Lakshadweep.
Adventure
Home to so many scenic islands, Lakshadweep offers a plethora of interesting adventure activities that will make your trip memorable. The shallow shores of Agatti islands make it the best place for snorkeling. You'll find yourself at peace in the vibrant reefs with exotic underwater animals. Canoeing at Minicoy Island is also another interesting way of exploring the deep water and marine life. With clear sky above and equally clear water below canoeing couldn't have gotten more enchanting. If you want a more thrilling adventure then you must try KiteSurfing or kayaking at Kadmat island. If you are new to this then there are professional instructors to guide you and make this water sport comfortable and way too exciting for you. Another interesting water sport is parasailing which offers the best scenic views of Lakshadweep. Enjoying a 360 degree bird's eye view of the island and clear waters will give you an unforgettable experience. Without having second thoughts you must try Scuba Diving to explore the real beauty of Lakshadweep. Bangaram, Kalpeni, Kadmat and Agatti islands provide the best setting for scuba. Diving amidst the tropical marine species and corals is truly a unique feeling worth living. If you seek solitude then fishing is also an excellent activity to do here. Kadmat, Kavaratti and Bangaram islands offer the opportunity of deep sea fishing. With so many alluring marine species fishing is the most favored leisure activity followed by sunbathing. Yacht cruise is a veiled adventure in the form of a leisure and peaceful experience. Sailing amidst the tranquil blue waters and divine white sands is a thrilling experience that will stay with you for a long time.
Fauna
The Marine Museum in Kavaratti not only displays a myriad of fish species and other marine life, but also, actively promotes their conservation. The multihued marine species are extremely attractive and so are the marine related artifacts. You can learn a lot about marine life and concepts associated with it in a most interesting manner at this museum. Pitti island is the only bird sanctuary located in Lakshadweep. Pitti is the only place in India where Terns breed. It's home to three species of Terns namely, greater crested tern, sooty tern and brown winged tern. Several other migratory and marine birds are also found on its sand bank. Pitti is also home to sea turtles.
Beaches
Surrounded by the Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep is home to some of the most serene beaches in India. With lush green beach vegetation, tranquil waves and silvery-white sands, Kavaratti beach is one of the most popular beaches in Lakshadweep. Not only can you watch the stunning sunsets but also enjoy numerous adventurous water sports. To simply relax and enjoy birdwatching, sunbathing and swimming you must visit Minicoy beach. Other similar most visited tranquil beaches include Agatti Beach, Kalpeni Beach, Bangaram Beach, Kiltan Beach and Kadmat Beach.
Architectural Wonders
Built in 1885, the LightHouse in Minicoy Island offers a kaleidoscopic view of the lagoon and nearby lush greenery. It's a sight to behold for all history buffs. Ujra Mosque, situated in the south-eastern part Kavaratti island, is a chief tourist attraction because of its beauty and unmatched serenity that it offers. Its carved pillars, intricately designed verandah and unique structure is a treat to the beholder.
How to spend time / how long will it take?

Lakshadweep can be explored within 7 days. You can start off your trip at Agatti Island and spend a day or two exploring the beaches and markets. You could also go shopping and buy some unique handicrafts. Water Sports are available in nearly every island open for tourism but it's especially famous in Kavaratti, Kadmat and Agatti. You can spend a day in Kavaratti visiting the Ujra Mosque and Marine Museum. Later, you can explore the turquoise lagoons or simply take a peaceful walk on the beaches to rejuvenate and relax. 


Cuisine
  • Lakshadweep is well known for its variety in seafood. You can easily find several international cuisines, especially Korean and Thai. Malabar style food can be found near the Kavaratti Islands. Also, most of the dishes are highly influenced by Kerala cuisine as a generous amount of coconut is used in them. The famous seafood includes baked or grilled squid, octopus and tuna fish. Rayereha, Mus Kavaab, Maasu Podichath, Malabar Chicken and Parotta are lip-smackingly delicious. Kadalakka made of ground rice and pulses is a delightful treat for all sweet-toothed people.
Costs
  • While the meal prices can vary, you can still expect to have a hearty meal at an average cost of INR 300.
  • Sim card cost depends on the package you opt for but the starting price is mostly INR 100. Certain important documents may be required for identity proof purposes.
Visa
  • Indian Passport and OCI Card holders do not require a Visa
  • Others need to apply for an Indian visa
Season to Visit
  • October
  • November
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 6 - 7 days

Known For
  • Beaches
  • Islands
  • Water-sports
Areas to Visit
  • Folk Dance and Nightlife in Agatti Island
  • Kadmat Island for Kitesurfing and Kayaking
  • Marine Aquarium & Museum and Ujra Mosque in Kavaratti Island
  • LightHouse in Minicoy Island for panoramic views
  • Coral Reefs in Kalpeni Island

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