A chain of emeralds created by volcanic eruptions in the Arabian Sea now rests off the Kerala shore. Easily accessible from Agatti, Lakshadweep Islands with its white sand beaches, fringed by swaying palm leaves and fresh water lagoons, bathe under abundant sunshine. Untouched by industrialization, chirping birds, frothy brooks and random waves invigorate the atmosphere with natural sounds that are soothing to the ear as to the mind.
Places to visit on your tour to Lakshadweep :
Bangaram Island -
Encircled by overwhelmingly beautiful coral reefs, the sun drenched sandy beaches of Bangaram Island with cool breeze and fresh water lagoons offer an exciting array of adventure sports. From the milder past times such as snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing to adrenaline driven sports such as kayaking, yachting and deep sea diving.
Travel to Lakshadweep islands is not limited to Bangaram or adventure sports. You can travel to the inhabited islands of Kavaratti, Kalpeni, Kadamat and Minicoy and enjoy similar pleasures there too.
Kavaratti Island -
Headquarters of the Lakshadweep Administration, Kavaratti is the most developed of all the islands. Apart from its official significance, it is home to 52 mosques of which Ujra mosque stands out. People visit the mosque to be cured by the magical waters of a well nearby. Glass bottomed boats in the lagoons and the well-stocked aquatic museum provide insight into the diverse sea life of the union territory of Lakshadweep.
Kalpeni Island -
Kalpeni forms an atoll with Cherriyam (uninhabited), Tilakkam and Pitti (small islets). The enormous storm banks of coral debris distinguish it from the other islands. Its unique relief feature, believed to be a result of a violent storm in 1847, provides for past times such as reef walking. It is a progressive island where girls first enrolled into schools.
Kadamat Island -
The variety of fishes available and a visibility of 20-50 meters under water makes this Lakshadweep Island an unparalleled diving destination for scuba divers. Coral beaches and fresh water lagoons are ideal for water sports of all intensity.
Minicoy Island -
An elongated island isolated from other clusters, to the north of the Lakshadweep chain, Minicoy has a distinct culture of its own. A cluster of 11 villages, with elected elders and decorated village houses, lead a democratic way of life. Built by British in 1885, a 300-foot tall lighthouse stands guard over this Lakshadweep Island. You can feast your eyes on the colorful race boats called 'Jahadhoni' and the traditional dance form 'Lava' performed during festivals. Shipping industry and tuna canning factories are a major source of livelihood.
Agatti Island -
The airport, with regular Air India flights, makes Agatti Island the gateway to the other Lakshadweep Islands. It is home to some of the best lagoons the world has ever seen. On your travel to the Lakshadweep Islands you will see one of the most breathtaking sights. That of the airstrip sketched on the island.