Lakshadweep, the only coral reef island of India, attracts tourists from all over the world. The smallest Union Territory of India, Lakshadweep spreads over an area of 32 sq. Kms from the emerald Arabian sea, at a distance of 220-440 kms from Kochi, Kerala. It comprises 10 inhabited islands, 17 uninhabited islands, four newly formed islets, five submerged reefs and several attached islets. Kavaratti is the administrative headquarters of Lakshadweep Island.
Lakshadweep – Islands
The inhabited islands include Agatti, Amini, Andrott, Bitra, Chetlat, Kadmat, Kalpeni, Kavaratti, Kiltan and Minicoy. Kavaratti is an ideal destination for water sports, swimming and basking on sandy beaches. Androth is the largest island in Lakshadweep, fishing industry is well developed here and coir and copra are the main products of the island. Minicoy is the second largest island of Lakshadweep, the lighthouse of this island is one of the oldest and was established in 1885.
Best Time to Visit
November to March is the best time to visit Lakshadweep.
How to Reach
By Air: Cochin International Airport is the nearest major airport which connects Lakshadweep with the mainland. From Cochin, flights are available to important places in India as well as the world. Agatti airport is the only airport of Lakshadweep, the flight from Cochin airport to Agatti takes around 1.5 hrs. Helicopter transfer is available from Agatti to Bangaram Island Resort during rainy season and to Kavaratti all through the year.
By Ship: Ship services are available between Cochin and Lakshadweep and the journey takes around 14 to 20 hrs. Four passenger ships namely MV Bharat Seema, MV Tipu Sultan, MV Minicoy and MV Amindivi ply between Cochin and Lakshadweep. Various classes of accommodation are provided by these ships that include Air-conditioned Deluxe Class with two birth cabins, Air-conditioned First Class with four berth cabins and Tourist Class (Air-conditioned). Other facilities offered by the ships include cafeteria and snack bars, entertainment lounge, video shows, upper-deck promenade etc. Apart from these, the doctor is also available on call on board these ships.
Shopping at Lakshadweep
Lakshadweep is not exactly a shopping destination. People visit the island not as much for shopping, as they do for spending an unhurried leisure time and for scuba diving which is a popular water sport. If you are still keen on shopping in Lakshadweep, taking back some souvenir to remind you of the great holiday you had, you can look for classic beach handicrafts made corals shells and oysters.