Lakshadweep Islands Intoduction

The Lakshadweep island, also known as Laccadives, lie on the Arabian Sea. These are one of the world’s most spectacular tropical islands systems. A timeless undiscovered treasure comprising 36 reefs and coral atolls - untouched and unspoilt. It’s a tropical paradise with deserted sandy beaches, endless coconut palm trees, snow white coral sands, golden sunshine, crystal clear water, color of which ranges from palest aquamarine and turquoise to deepest sapphire and lapis lazuli.

One Lakshadweep Islands is tucked away at 220-240 kms off the Malabar Coast (Kerala). The islands comprise of 4200 sq.km. of lagoon rich in marine wealth ad 36 islands in an area of 32 sq.km. Each island in Lakshadeep is fringed by snow white coral sands, the crystal clear water and the rich marine flora and fauna enhance the mystique of these islands.

Being far off the beaten track, the charm of Lakshadeep islands lies in their remoteness., they attract no hordes of merry makers to its shores, or perhaps it is the beauty of the islands densely covered with coconut palms, and threaded by an unbroken line of creamy sand, each island serenely set in a sea whose Agatti island is the gateway to Lakshadweep islands, a chain of little known islands, lying about 320 Km off the south west coast of India.

Highlights and Sightseeing at Lakshadweep

Agatti
Agatti is about 459 kms. from Cochin. It is 6 kms. long and 1000 meters wide at the broadest point. Agatti presents a breathtaking spectacle of amazing coral reefs, turquoise blue lagoons, silvery beaches and lush green coconut palms that sway to the rhythm of the sea. There are facilities for Kayaking, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Excursions on Glass-bottomed Boats, Sail boats and Fishing trips.

Agatti Island Resort is located in the most serene spot of the Island. Agatti Island Beach Resorts offers some of the best swimming beaches in the world. The resort has a good beach and lagoon on to its front. The lagoon is huge, shallow, leaving a lot of space for a good swim. Additional beauty is added by the numerous coconut trees surrounding the resort.


The average transfer time from the Agatti Airport is a two minute walk. There is a specialized restaurant at the beach resort. Guests are served continental, chinese and local cuisine. Jain food is also served at the restaurant. Guests are given the option of indoor or outdoor dining. Special arrangements are made for guests who wish to have the food outside, under the cool shade of the tall coconut trees. Moreover, Barbeque are arranged for guests who catch fish from the lagoon.

And above, you get to indulge in your favorite water sport. Scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, glass bottom boat rides, water skiing, deep sea fishing, and sea excursions to the neighboring uninhabited islands like Thinnakara, Parali, Kalpitty make sure that you get to know the sea in and out. Agatti is where you can get to watch nature at its best.Its where shimmering coral reefs, turquoise blue lagoons, silvery beaches, lush green coconut palms and unmatched hospitality leave you spellbound.


Bangaram Island
Bangaram is located at a distance of 459 kms. from Cochin. An undomesticated island, Bangaram is one of the islands open to foreign tourists. It has been ranked among the best hideaways of the world. The teardrop-shaped island has superb beaches and beautiful lagoons. Bangram island offers a whole new set of activities. As a diving location, the virgin reefs of Bangaram have been ranked by experienced divers as being among the best anywhere. Recently an ancient ship wreck was discovered. Besides coral, the reef abounds in undersea life, particularly game fish and turtles. Diving sites are off the reefs and are reached by boat. Diving courses and lagoon diving are offered for beginners. Diving is permitted only within safe depths around 30 meters. Visitors can avail of a decompression chamber, except from 15 May to 15 September.

For deep sea big game fishing, Bangaram is an ideal location. Record size Barracuda, Sailfish, Yellow fin, Travelly and Wahoo have often been landed. Local boats are available here for rent with experienced crew. Serious anglers are advised to bring their own equipment.Coconut and fish are abundantly available on the island.


Bangaram Island Resort offers utmost privacy unpolluted comfort with crystal clear water. The Bangaram Island Resort offers you a variety of outdoor pursuits - scuba diving, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, kayaking and so on. A well-equipped and professionally manned Scuba Diving facilities available at the resort. Bangaram Island Beach Resort is simple, unpretentious, yet comfortable. Set in 128 acres, there are 30 tiled -roof beach huts, each with its own palm-thatched verandah, en suite bathroom, ceiling fan and fridge.

In a bit to preserve Bangram's unique environment, a hotel atmosphere is avoided intentionally, but there are enough creature comforts to ensure your stay is an enjoyable one. There are also four bungalows, which are bigger and offer more privacy. At the heart of the resort is the restaurant hut. It'sa little architectural marvel, being made entirely out of bamboo and palm fronds, around one tall central pole. The cuisine styles of Bangaram island beach resort are international and the menu also offers a selection from the coast of India and local island recipes. There is also a well stocked bar, right off the beach at Bangaram Island Resort.


Kavaratti
About 404 kms. from Cochin, Kavaratti is a beautiful calm lagoon and forms an ideal spot for water sports, swimming and basking on warm sandy beaches. The Ajara and Jamnath mosques (of the 52 on the island) have the best woodcarving and the former has a particularly good ceiling carved out of driftwood.


Kalpeni
Kalpeni is at a distance of about 287 kms. from Cochin. It is known for its scenic beauty with the small islets called Tilakkam & Pitti and an uninhabited island on the north called Cheriyam. A striking feature of Kalpeni atoll is the huge storm bank of coral debris along the eastern & southeastern shoreline. Here, one can swim, reef-walk or water sports on kayaks, sail boat and pedal boat.


Kadmat
Kadmat is about 407 kms. from Cochin. Land area of Kadmat is 8 Km long and 550 m wide at the broadest point. The best attractions at Kadmat are the long sandy beaches and the sand banks on the southern tip for sunbath. The place is ideal for a real holiday that brings you away from the busy crowd, hustle and bustle of city life.


Minicoy
Located 398 kms. from Cochin. Minicoy is the southern most island in Lakshadweep. It is about 10.6 kms. long, the second largest island, the first being Andrott. Half moon shaped, it has one of the largest lagoons. Viringili is the small islet seen to the south of Minicoy.


Reaching lakshadweep

This place is well connected by Air from Cochin(International Airport). Indian Airlines operates its daily flight to Agatti except Sundays. The flight details are as follows. IC 502 COCHIN/AGATTI 0800 HRS/0935 HRS.

Climate

From 27 to 32 degree celsius during September to March. From 30 to 33 degree celsius in April and May. The monsoon period is from 15 may to 15 September

Entry Permit

All tourists require to obtain a entry permit to get in the island and to obtain the permission one has to furnish the following details at the time of booking

  • Full Name as mentioned in the passport.
  • Nationality.
  • Passport Details.
  • Date and place of issue of the passport.
  • Date of Expiry.
  • Permanent Address.
  • Date and Place of Birth.

Note: One has to spend a night at Cochin to get entry permit to Lakshadweep if one lands in Cochin only but if one is touching Delhi anytime before coming to Lakshadweep then the permit can also be obtained from Delhi and in that case one does not have to stay overnight in Cochin just to get the permit. The office remains opens from Monday to Friday every week.

Flight Details

Kingfisher Airlines
Operates from Cochin ( Kochi ) & Bangalore (Bengaluru) Kingfisher airlines leaves Cochin at 12:50 Hrs and reaches Agatti island at 14:10 Hrs. The return flight time from Agatti island is at 14:40 Hrs and reaches Cochin at 16:00 Hrs. The flight from Bangalore departs at 11:00 Hrs and reaches Agati island at 14:10 Hrs. The return flight time from Agati island is at 14:40 Hrs and reaches Bangalore at 17:50 Hrs


Indian Airlines
Operates from Kochi (Cochin) only.  The flight leaves Cochin at 09:15 Hrs and reaches Agatti island at 10:50 Hrs.  The return flight time from Agatti island is at 11:15 hrs and reaches Cochin at 12:50 Hrs.

The above flight timings are subject to change at short notice, without prior intimation

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