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India Travel: The Lakshadweep Islands

February 8th, 2010

lakshadweep-vacation.jpgLying in the Indian Ocean, the Lakshadweep archipelago is a group of 36 islands, of which 10 are inhabited. Most famous for atolls, reefs, submerged banks, and white sands, the Lakshadweep islands have formed over ancient volcanic formations. With 12 atolls (coral islands encircling a lagoon), it is one of the most beautiful places on earth, where you can walk in the sea with shallow beaches that extend outward several meters. The coral reefs, lagoons, and white snowy beaches make for an exotic holiday, with five-star resorts, ayurvedic treatments, body massages, and spas.

The Lakshadweep islands are located around 200 km off the southwest coast of India. You can either choose to fly to Agatti airport from Kochi (Cochin) international airport, or take one of the many cruises organized by the Society for Promotion of Nature Tourism and Sports. You also choose to stay on the ship or in different resorts on different islands. In case you decide to stay on islands rather than the ship, your stay will be at the best locations on the beaches. The Society will also take care of the various permits required for visiting the islands. If you decide to fly there, helicopter and boat services are available from Agatti to various other islands.

There are many resorts on the islands, two of them being the Agatti Island Resort and the Bangaram Island Resort, each on the island after which they are named. Bangaram is an uninhabited island except for the Resort. The beach here has a blue glow because of phosphorescent plankton. Minicoy Island is about 200 km south of here, and is a commercial fishing and packaging center for tuna. Many adventure sports happen here. Kavaratti and Kalpeni are the other two islands. All of these islands offer many opportunities for adventure sports like scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, yachting, canoeing, and swimming. Many cruises are organized around these sports should you choose to opt for them.

The Lakshadweep islands are perfect for a long and relaxed holiday. Laze around on the beaches, go for canoeing when you want some adrenaline rush, and watch the wonders of coral reefs with scuba diving or in glass-bottomed boats. The reef harbors hundreds of marine life species. Or take a walk on the island — it is actually possible to walk around an entire island since most of them are pretty small. Lying by a lagoon on a white beach is probably the best holiday option one can think of. Far from the madding crowd, these islands retain a pristine charm that is unimaginable even on the beaches of Goa (India). While Kerala, Goa, Puri, and other Indian locations are very popular beach areas, the Lakshadweep islands take you a little back in time, when probably everyone had enough space to be.

The Society for Promotion of Nature Tourism is under the administration of the Lakshadweep islands, and would organize almost everything you need if you contact it. The Society is in charge of all tourism related to the islands. For more information on the islands and different package tours available, you can visit sites such as Lakshadweeptourism.com and begin planning an exotic vacation that is sure to provide an interesting experience for those who are unfamiliar with this part of the world.

This article was sent to us by Nidhi Varma, who specializes in literature relating to travel and tourism in India.

One Response to “India Travel: The Lakshadweep Islands”

  1. comment number 1 by: Sadeesh

    This was a very good information on lakshadweep

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