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10 Things to Know About Kavaratti Island

By Akshatha Vinayak

Quietness, pure air and unpolluted nature is hard to find these days. We are accustomed to concrete jungles in such a way that any calm place surprise us. Many times even tourist places are crowded and it is hard to feel that tranquility. In such times, the thought of a place away from the clutches of commercialization is a wonder! Lakshadweep is one among such wonders of India; Kavaratti Island is one of the destinations that retains its virginity and that acts as a key to tourism!

Things to Know About Kavaratti Island

Kavaratti Island

Photo Courtesy: Mike Prince

Here are some interesting things to know about Kavaratti Island!


Kavaratti Island serves as the capital of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep. Tourism is the primary industry here.


Lakshadweep is known for the white sand beaches. Pristine white sand shores and the endless lagoons in Kavaratti Island keep you amazed.


Kochi is around 403km to Kavaratti Island and it is the nearest city on the Indian mainland.

Things to Know About Kavaratti Island

Kavaratti Island

Photo Courtesy: Salahpoomalika


Kavaratti Island is also base for INS Deeprakashak, one of the main Indian Navy Base. Kavaratti has been an important Indian Navy Base since 1980's. However, INS Deeprakashak was commissioned in the year 2012.


Water Sports are a big hit in Kavaratti Island and there are wide ranges of activities for the visitors. Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Water Skiing, Parasailing, Jet Skiing, Water Bikes, Wind Surfing and Glass Bottomed Boats are some of the famous water sports to try in Kavaratti Island.


Kavaratti Aquarium

Photo Courtesy: Mike Prince


The nature itself is a big attraction here. Though there is not much architectural heritage, there are some tourist places in Kavaratti Island. Ajara and Jamnath Mosque, Marine Aquarium (known for the sharks), Desalination Plant (India's first low temperature desalination plant), Urja Mosque and numerous beaches are the main tourist places in Kavaratti Island.


Coconut groves are in abundance and support the coir industry at Kavaratti. Along with the coir industry, fishing is one of the main occupations in the island.


Agatti, Kadmat and Bangaram Islands are the nearby islands and also the tourist destinations in Lakshadweep.

Things to Know About Kavaratti Island

A view from Kavaratti Light House

Photo Courtesy: Mike Prince


Kavaratti is not connected through airways even though it is the capital of Lakshadweep. Agatti Island airport is the nearest airport to Kavaratti Island.


Tourism plays a significant role in the economy of this island. Hence, several resorts and hotels can be found in Kavaratti.

How to Reach Kavaratti Island

Agatti Aerodrome is the nearest airport to Kavaratti Island. Kochi airport is the nearest one in the Indian mainland.


Kavaratti Lagoon

Photo Courtesy: Mike Prince

Tourists can also go on ship voyage to Kavaratti from Kochi. There are separate passenger ships for locals and tourists and it is an overnight journey from Kochi to Lakshadweep.

Kavaratti Island can also be reached through helicopters from Agatti Island.

Famous Cuisines of Lakshadweep Islands

Lakshadweep Islands is known for sea-food and has a variety of local dishes. Varieties of fishes and coconut are the integral park of Lakshadweep cuisine.


Kavaratti Lagoon

Photo Courtesy: Sankara Subramanian

The scenic vistas of Kavaratti Island will have a soothing effect. Pristine beaches, beautiful lagoons, colourful marine life, corals and coconut grooves keep you engaged in Kavaratti. Well-preserved nature and the water activities makes it worthwhile to visit Kavaratti Island.

We hope you would get an opportunity to explore such a tranquil destination! Waiting for your feedbacks.

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