The Must Visit Islands of Lakshadweep

Islands | | June 7, 2011 at 12:40 am


Lakshadweep or Laccadive Islands is basically an archipelago situated amidst Arabian Sea, 200 to 400 Km towards the west of Kerala coast. This island chain is consisted of 36 major islands, a number of smaller islands, coral reefs, coral atolls etc. The name of the archipelago resembles its structure; the term Lakshadweep in Malayalam (the native language of the area) means hundred thousand islands.

Among the 36 major islands in Lakshadweep, only 10 are inhabited. The primary occupations of the people staying in this part of India are coir twisting, coconut cultivation and fishing. The tourism industry in Lakshadweep has experienced significant growth in the past decade. For visiting Lakshadweep, you will need to obtain entry permits that are issued only from Kochi, Kerala. If you are a foreign national, you will be able to step into the islands of Agatti, Bangaram (the only unoccupied island allowing tourist entrees) and Kadmat. The island of Agatti can be reached both by sea and air from Kochi; this island is Lakshadweep’s gateway. The only airport of this archipelago is also situated in the island of Agatti.

Lakshadweep’s administrative headquarters is in the Kavaratti Island. The Kavaratti Island is more developed than any other island of this archipelago. Majority of the popular tourist attractions of Lakshadweep are situated in this island. The most visited among them are the marine aquarium and the Urja mosque. You can also take part in water sports while moving around the beaches of Kavaratti Island.

Kalpeni Island on the other hand boasts the biggest lagoon of Lakshadweep, which is a nice place for boating and kayaking. Another island popular among the tourists is the Minicoy Island. Minicoy is situated in the southern part of Lakshadweep. The natives of this island speak in a language called Mahl, the language spoken by the inhabitants of Maldives.

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