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 Lakshadweep Islands (Lakshadweep)

The Lakshadweep islands  lie on the Arabian Sea. Formerly the Laccadives, the Lakshadweep Islands are an archipelago of 36 exquisite coral islands, with untouched beaches and verdant coconut groves, scattered off the Kerala coast in the Arabian Sea. Lakshadweep which means 100,000 islands is the smallest Union Territory in India. Kavaratti is the administrative capital of the Lakshadweep islands. Only two Islands, Bangaram and Kadmat, are open to foreigh visitors, while Indian visitors have a choice of six; all offer superb snorkelling and scuba-driving.

Lakshadweep Islands Quick facts

  • Lakshadweep Islands Geography and Climate

    Climate: Lakshadweep experiences a tropical climate. It rains here medium to heavy during the monsoon or from May to mid-September. You would never experience extreme climate here except rains and tropical storms in late summer that often results in heavy damage. 
    Geography: The Lakshadweep islands are a geographical extension of the Maldives island chain. Lakshadweep is just 220 to 440 km away from Malabar Coast of Kerala. It's located in 8º and 12º North latitude and 71º and 74º East longitude.

  • Best time to visit Lakshadweep Islands

    Note: One has to spend a night at Cochin to get entry permit to Lakshadweep if one lands in Cochin. 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 open  from Monday to Friday.  Anyone who wishes to enter into  this Island should submit the following details:
     Nationality. Passport Details. Date and place of issue of the passport. Date of Expiry. Lakshadweep Permanent Address. Date and Place of Birth.
     During May to October is favourable to visit because of ship facilities are  also available at that time.

  • Lakshadweep Islands Orientation

    Kalpeni Island in Lakshadweep: It is 287km from Cochin and has an area of 2.79sq km. It is a socially progressive island and it was here that girls first went to school when women's education was considered taboo.

  • Lakshadweep Islands Near Getaways

    Agatti: Agatti is the only island in Lakshadweep with an airport. Thus the entire air transportation between the Lakshadweep islands and the Indian mainland takes place through Agatti. Thus, Agatti is rightly addressed as the 'Gateway to the Lakshadweep islands'.

  • Lakshadweep Islands Distance(s)

    Total land area of only 32 sq km (12 sq miles) Lakshadweep is just 220 to 440 km away from Malabar Coast of Kerala. It's located in 8º and 12º North latitude and 71º and 74º East longitude.

  • How to reach Lakshadweep Islands by Rail

    The Indian internal railway system is state-run by Indian Railways (tel: (011) 340 5156 or 334 6804; website: www.indianrail.gov.in). There are six classes of travel: first-class air conditioned, first-class sleeper, second-class air conditioned, second-class sleeper, third-class air conditioned and air conditioned chair car. Major trains carry restaurant cars.

  • How to reach Lakshadweep Islands by Air

    Cochin International Airport links Lakshadweep with the mainland. Cochin is served by Air India, Indian Airlines as well as many private airlines to many part of the country and to selected foreign destinations. Agatti is the only airport in Lakshadweep. Helicopter transfer is available from Agatti to Bangaram Island Resort during monsoon and to Kavaratti through out the year.

  • How to reach Lakshadweep Islands by Water

    Four passenger ships- MV Tippu Sultan, MV Bharat Seema, MV Amindivi and MV Minicoy operate between Cochin and Lakshadweep. The journey takes between 14 to 20 hours. The ships offer different classes of accommodation; A/C Deluxe Class with two berth cabins, A/C First Class with four berth cabins and Tourist Class with A/C seating. Cafeteria and snack bars, entertainment lounge, video shows, etc are also offered in MV Tipu Sultan and MV Bharat Seema. Comfortable A/C accommodation is offered by MV Amindivi and MV Minicoy. The ship services are available during Monsoons, that is between 15th May to October 15th.

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    Lakshadweep Islands Festivals and culture

  • Lakshadweep Islands Festivals

    Minicoy is one of the largest lagoons in Lakshadweep. Minicoy is renowned for its traditional dance called the Lava Dance and is usually performed on festive occasions.

  • Lakshadweep Islands Culture

    Most of the population speaks Malayalam, but people on Minicoy island speak Mahl which is spoken in Maldives also. Minicoy is culturally very different from other islands. Here you will find that dress, language and food, all vary compared to other islands. The primary occupation of the people in lakshadweep is fishing, coconut cultivation and coir coiling. Tourism is also an emerging industry and provides employment to many.

  • Lakshadweep Islands Religious Places

    The Main Island -- Kavaratti : The Ajara and Jamnath mosques are the two most significant mosques here out of the fifty-two mosques that are spread out over the island. Ajara mosque has good ceiling carved out of driftwood. A well within Ajara Mosque is believed to contain water with curative powers.

  • Lakshadweep Islands Monuments

    Kalpeni: It is 287km from Cochin and has an area of 2.79sq km. The main monument at Kalpeni is the Moidin Mosque that has walls made of coral. A peculiar feature of Kalpeni is a huge storm bank of coral debris along its eastern and southeastern shorelines. It is believed that a violent storm in 1847 threw up huge coral boulders along these shores.

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    Lakshadweep Islands Entertainment and Night Life

  • Lakshadweep Islands Adventure

    Lakshadweep islands provide an experience that can never fully be explained in words or captured on film.
     Minicoy: One of the largest lagoons in Lakshadweep. Minicoy, is in fact much more nearer to the Maldives Islands. A lighthouse built by the British in 1885 stands here in Minicoy. You can climb to the top and enjoy the incredible view it offers.

  • Lakshadweep Islands Nightlife

    People here enjoy the cool breezes during night times with some folk songs or dances.

  • Kidding around Lakshadweep Islands

    Kavaratti : About 404 kms. from Cochin Kavaratti is a beautiful and ideal spot for water sports, swimming and basking on warm sandy beaches.

  • Lakshadweep Islands Shopping

    There is not much to shop here but you can look for classic beach handicrafts made   out of corals shells and oysters.

  • Famous To Eat at Lakshadweep Islands

    Non - vegetarain food and food consisting   a lot of coconut .

  • Lakshadweep Islands Museum and Hill Stations

    Not found exactly in this area.

  • Lake at Lakshadweep Islands

    Kadmat: 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. Bangaram Island: The uninhabited Bangaram Island is covered with dense groves of coconut plams and has lovely sandy beaches. The Bangaram Island Resort run by Casino Hotels of Kochi, has about 30 rooms as well as a restaurant and bar. Visitors can choose from the variety of water sports available, including sailing. A health certificate from a doctor is required for driving.

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    Lakshadweep Islands Tips

  • Lakshadweep Islands Travel Tips

    A health certificate from a doctor is required for enjoying the water sports available in this Island.

  • Lakshadweep Islands Tourist Offices

    Authorised package tour agents for Lakshadweep tours Ashok Tours and Travels, N.Delhli (ITDC)Ph : 3315723 Lakshadweep Travel links, Bombay-2Ph : 2054231 Raj Travel & Tours Ltd, Bombay -7Ph : 3676266 Leonard Travels, PunePh : 6130782 Simas, PunePh : 4493463 Ashok Tours & Travels, Calcutta (ITDC)Ph : 2885208 Lakshadwep Tours & Travels, Calilcut.Ph : 766596 Mercury Travel India, Madras-6Ph : 8522993 Clipper Holidays, Bangalore-1Ph : 5592024 Lagoon Travels, Cochin - 20Ph : 336767 Island Tours And Travels, CochinPh : 368670 Lakshadweep Sea Animone,CochinPh : 323157 Lakshadweep Foundation, Mangalore.Ph : 425950

  • Must do at Lakshadweep Islands

    A health certificate from a doctor is required for enjoying the water sports available in this Island.
     Foriegn nationals  can  visit  only  Kadamatt and Bangaram Islands.  (Two islands are permitted).

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