Situated off the Kerala coast in the Arabian Sea is Lakshadweep, which translates to one lakh islands. The island is considered as the smallest union territory of India which has a tropical group of islands of about 36 islands along with 12 atolls, 3 reefs and 5 submerged banks.
Lakshadweep is as stunning as it is isolated. Many parts of the islands have been deliberately kept away from tourism. Out of the 36 islands, only 10 are inhabited, by mostly the fisher folk and out of which only 5 are accessible to tourists.
The islands can only be visited on a pre arranged package trip and everyone, Indian or otherwise requires a special permit to enter and the easiest way to acquire one is by booking a package tour through the government's tour operator SPORTS or booking a hotel that would help you with it. Take a look at some of the best things to do when you are here.
Discover The Beautiful Marine Life
The place opens up a treasure chest of relatively untouched dive sites in the world. The coral gardens, slopes, walls, overhangs, soft coral and shipwrecks are some of the features which you get to see at this exotic destination.
Take A Boat Ride To The Islands
Going around the islands is by far and large one of the best ways to explore Laskshadweep. Walk through these idyllic islands, interact with the locals and enjoy in the warm blue waters of the Arabian Sea. The islands of Agatti, Minicoy, Kalpeni and Kadmat are some of the few which are open to tourists.
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Experience The Best Beaches
Kavaratti Beach, Minicoy Beach, Kadamat Beach, Bangaram Beach and many more beaches are apt places where one can lie back and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Lakshadweep's picturesque beaches.
At night, one can experience the blooms of the bio luminescent plankton which wash ashore on to the sand and transform into a mirror of the beautiful sky.
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Savour The Local Delicacies
Once in Lakshadweep, one cannot escape the aroma of the traditional dishes like octopus fry, appams and tuna which are cooked with a special tang of coconut flavour. Some of the well known eateries are the Agatti Island Beaches Resort, Akshaya Mess and Food Court.
The local dishes of the place have a major influence of Kerala style of cuisine; hence, the primary ingredients in most of the dishes include coconut and rice.
Visit The Colourful Corals At Kalpeni
The island of Kalpeni has a beach at its northern tip called Tip Beach from where one can go for snorkeling, sea bathing and kayaking.
The sea has one of the largest collections of the coral reefs; with its waters being shallow and calm it makes it one of the most beautiful spots for various beach sports.
Visit The Lighthouse On Minicoy Island
Built in the year 1885 by Lord Ripon who was the then Governor General Of the British India, the lighthouse on the Minicoy Island is one of the oldest lighthouses in Lakshadweep.
It is one amongst the must-visit places in Lakshadweep and the view from the top of the lighthouse is absolutely breathtaking.
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