About 220 to 440 km away from the cost of Kerala lies one of the world’s most spectacular tropical Islands systems in a scattered group of 36 coral islands, collectively known as Lakshadweep. They form a part of the Union Territory of India and are one of the country’s newest tourist destinations. Of the 36, only 10 islands are inhabited by simple, peace-loving folks, whose language is close to that spoken in Kerala. The administration ensures that the way of life of the islanders is not disturbed by external influences. Lakshadweep is India’s only Coral Island Chain. Most of the islands have a lagoon enclosed by a coral reef on their western side. The lagoon runs through the entire length of the island and differs in width and depth. The islanders have lifestyles and occupations that revolve around coconut cultivation, coir matting, and fishing. The islands that are open to tourists offer simple non-luxurious beach cottages. Snorkeling and scuba diving are the main activities here. Lakshadweep Island can be reached by ships and flights operated from Kochi. The airstrip is in Agatti, and other permitted islands can be reached by boat. For all tourist purposes, Kochi is the gateway to Lakshadweep.
The particularly fine lagoons, of even depth and an endless shoreline, perfect for swimming, make Lakshadweep Islands a haven of solitude. The tourist huts are situated some distance away from habitation, with only the splash of the waves breaking the silence. The islands of Agatti, Kavaratti, Kadmat, Kalpeni, Bangaram, and Minicoy are open for tourists.
8° and 12° North Latitude and 71° and 74° East Longitude. It is 220 to 440 km off the Malabar Coast in Kerala, India.
Climate: Tropical. 27° C – 32° C
Best time to visit: Between October – April