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Lakshadweep Travel Guide

The smallest Union Territory in the Indian Republic, Lakshadweep is a group of islands situated at the southern coast. There are around 36 islands, while only 10 are inhabited. Lakshadweep tourism is still in its nascent stage. Being one of the world’s best tropical island systems, Lakshadweep tourism is gaining prominence with Indian government deciding to develop tourism in a big way in this part of the country. Eco-tourism has found a new definition and destination in the Lakshadweep islands. Tourism is considered to be the next big occupation after fishing and coconut cultivation in this region. Lakshadweep Travel Guide: Things to do There is not much of a sightseeing to do in Lakshadweep. Lakshadweep tourism is mainly about leisure tours and water sports. There are guide tours to the underlying coral reefs. Each island in this group is fringed by the snow white coral sands and crystal clear waters. The major Lakshadweep attractions are its calm and quite nature. The pristine beauty of these islands and the increased accessibility is attracting many tourists to Lakshadweep islands. The major activities for adventure sport enthusiasts include scuba diving, snorkelling, wind surfing, surfing, canoeing; kayaking, water skiing, yachting and night-voyage into sea are adventurous as well as quite popular among tourists. Lakshadweep attractions include varieties of living corals, sea turtles, dolphins, sea urchins, seaweeds, seabirds, starfish, sea cucumbers, cowry, eels, swordfish, clams, octopus and innumerable types of lagoon triggerfish. are a real delightful treat to the eyes of a naturalist. Tourists flock these islands throughout the year except during the South-west monsoon months when sea is extremely rough. Consumption of Alcohol is strictly prohibited in all Lakshadweep islands. Taking corals as specimens from the seashore is considered an offence. However, tourists can purchase the artifacts made of corals as souvenirs. Lakshadweep cuisine is predominantly made of coconut spiced in various manners. Marinated fish is one of the very famous delicacies. There are also many vegetarian varieties; however, the authentic cuisine is non-vegetarian food. Lakshadweep Travel Guide: Places to see Lakshadweep sightseeing includes visiting the various inhabited islands namely, Kavaratti Islands, Minicoy Islands, Agatti Islands, Bangaram Islands, Kalpeni Islands and Kadmat Islands. Each of these islands is unique in their own respect. The Marine Aquarium and Museum, situated in Karavatti, the capital of the Lakshadweep Islands. Established in 1983, the Marine Museum has become of the major Lakshadweep attractions with both the locals and the tourists. The Museum promotes marine product awareness and preservation. The aquarium is home to some of the rare species of marine fauna. The lighthouse is yet another one of the Lakshadweep sightseeing venues and was established in 1885 by the British in the Minicoy islands. The breathtaking view of the Lakshadweep islands from atop the 300 feet lighthouse is memory to cherish for a lifetime. Lakshadweep Travel Guide: Shopping Another major attraction in the Lakshadweep attractions is shopping for beautiful crafts. Walking sticks made of tortoise shells and coconut shells, carved flower motifs on coral stones and other artifacts made of sea shells are some priced possessions to be collected from Lakshadweep. Lakshadweep Travel Guide: Accommodation Lakshadweep tourism is yet to be fully developed and explored. Tourist huts along the serene beaches provide basic amenities to the tourists. More than the amenities, the tourists come to Lakshadweep to enjoy the unspoilt natural beauty. There is one holiday resort at the Bangaram Island. Lakshadweep Travel Information: How to Reach The closest mainland to reach Lakshadweep is Kochi, an important city in the Indian state of Kerala. Four ships namely, M.V. Bharatseema, M.V Tipusultan, M.V Aminidivi and M.V Minicoy operate between Kochi and the Lakshadweep islands. There is also an Indian Airlines flight flying between Kochi and Agatti six days a week except Sunday. Tourists require a permit to enter into the Lakshadweep islands. The entry permit is issued at Kochi on producing valid identity and address proof documents. Foreign tourists are allowed to visit only three of the 10 inhabited islands and these are namely – Agatti, Bangaram and Kadmat. Lakshadweep Travel Information: Best Time to Visit Lakshadweep tourism is best explored during the months of October to May, when the weather is pleasant and the climate is blissful. The summers are extremely hot and humid with temperatures as high as 380C. Best time to visit Lakshadweep Islands The ideal time to visit Lakshadweep Islands is between the months of October to April when the weather is most pleasant and surrounded Arabian Sea is pure Aqua. How to Reach Lakshadweep Islands By Air: Lakshadweep Islands are 400 Kms far in the west coast of Kerala. There are regular flights that run between Agatti Island and Cochin or Kochi in Kerala. Indian airlines and Kingfisher Airlines operate flights to Agatti Island six days in a week. Helicopter transfers are also available from Agatti Island to Bangaram Island Resort during monsoon and to Kavaratti through out the year.. By Sea: Ship cruises operate from Cochin to Agatti and back. "SPORTS" is the official agency that conducts exciting cruises to Lakshadweep. Four passenger ships M.V Tipusultan, M.V. Bharatseema, M.V Aminidivi and M.V Minicoy operate between Kochi and the islands. All ships have air-conditioned cabins and air-cooled decks.

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