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Lakshadeep: Incredibly Beautiful Archipelago

Beautifully nestled amidst the Arabian Sea, the archipelago of Lakshadeep is situated 200-400 km west of the coast of the Indian state of Kerala. Literally meaning a hundred thousand islands in the local language, Malayalam; Lakshadeep comprises of nearly 36 key islands, several smaller islands, coral atolls, apart from coral reefs picturesquely scattered over an area of roughly 100 kms.

With its azure waters, golden beaches, beautiful lagoons, and a vast range of thrilling water sports, Lakshadeep is one of the best tourist destinations of the country. Tourists need an entry permit to visit Lakshadeep which is issued at Kochi (Kerala). Foreign nationals can visit only the islands of Agatti, Bangaram and Kadmat.

Of all the islands that constitute Lakshadeep, just three – Kavaratti, Minicoy and Amini-- have human inhabitation.

Each island of the archipelago has its own distinct culture and share of attractions. While some of the islands of Lakshadeep offer lovely water sport facilities, others provide nice opportunities to enjoy the colorful and vibrant marine life found in the Arabian Sea.

The islands in Lakshadeep which must not be missed while on a visit to the region are Kalpeni, Kavarati, Kadmat, Agatti and Minicoy.

Agatti is the gateway to Lakshadeep Islands with the only airport of the UT. Of all the islands of the region, maybe Kavaratti is the most developed one. Kavaratti’s attractions include, among others, marine aquarium, beaches, water sports and Ujra Mosque. Kalpeni has the biggest lagoon to be found in the region. The lagoon is great for the purpose of kayaking and boating.

Minicoy is situated in southern part of the area and its culture closely resembles that of Maldives. Kadmat boasts of lagoons on its both eastern and western sides. Apart from a diving school, the island boasts of a water sports institute.

Bangaram is the only uninhabited island open to the tourists. It is not very far from the Agatti Island and one can easily reach it by speedboat. Bangaram’s attractions are scuba diving, coral formations, and a variety of fishes.

When to visit

The best time to visit the Lakshdweep Islands is between the months of September and March.
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