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Lakshadweep Islands

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An archipelago consisting of 12 atolls, 3 reefs and 5 submerged banks, Lakshadweep floats in seclusion amidst the deep emerald green water of the Arabian Sea. A geographical extension of the Maldives island chain, Lakshadweep has 10 inhabited islands and 17 uninhabited islands with a total geographical area of 32 sq. kms.

Dwelling amidst the serene sea, whose water colour varies from palest aquamarine and turquoise to deepest sapphire and lapis lazuli., the Lakshadweep Group of Islands are also referred to by many as the 'ultimate island paradise'. At a distance of 220 to 440 Kms. away from the coastal city of Kochi in Kerala, Lakshadweep is the union territory of India.

The Beaches in Lakshadweep Islands :

Kavaratti, the capital of Lakshadweep has a lovely beach to relax and sunbathe. The beach here is ideal for swimming, snorkeling and many other types of water sports, which brings the adventurous mind to the sea front. Also enjoy sailing in glass-bottomed boats, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing. Amongst the other most popular attractions here are the Marine Aquarium and the Dolphin Dive Center, which are located close to the Kavaratti Beach in Lakshadweep, India.

The huge mass of coral atoll formed along the south east of Kalpeni is an interesting sight. It is believed that this mass of coral were formed after a storm in 1847. Enjoy snorkeling, swimming, and paddling in the reef as well as kayaking, pedal boating and sailing, on your beach holiday at Kalpeni.

» Minicoy : ShipMinicoy Island has amazing beaches, which offers facilities and services that meet every tourist's expectations. The beach here has bathing huts, changing rooms and water sports arrangements. The 300 feet tall lighthouse, the lava dance and the races between local boats called 'Jahadhoni', are amongst the many attractions in the island.

» Kadmat : Known for its pristine beaches, lagoons and scuba diving facilities, Kadmat is one most lovely beach resorts in the Lakshadweep group of Islands. The stretches of sandy beach to the south of the island are perfect spot for sunbathers. Beach huts are also available for those who are looking for shades and a cool place to relax. If you are searching for adventurous activities then go for kayaking trips, or try water skiing, sailing, or riding on pedal boats. Kadmat is also one of the best sites in India for scuba diving. While diving you will meet tropical fishes, sharks and rays at Kadmat beach in Lakshadweep, India.

» Agatti : Agatti Island serves the incoming and the outgoing air-passengers of the Lakshadweep island, for it owns the only airport of Lakshadweep. Agatti boasts of a beautiful beach and lagoon, which is ideal of the beach enthusiasts around the world.

» Bangaram : Close to Kavaratti and Agatti is the Bangaram Island, known for its lovely beach. The bioluminescent plankton that are accumulated on the beach during high tide, makes the beach glow with a blue light at night, the beauty of which is unimaginable. Bangaram is also known for the bird population making the place truly celestial for the travelers.

The Lakshadweep has a tropical climate and the temperature remains moderate throughout the year. Summer continues from March to June, monsoons from May to - October, and winter from November to February. The summer at Lakshadweep is warm, while winters are pleasant. November to February is the best time to visit this place.

Way to Lakshadweep
» By Air : Cochin International Airport links Lakshadweep with the mainland. Cochin is served by Air India, Indian Airlines as well as many private airlines to many part of the country and to selected foreign destinations. Agatti is the only airport in Lakshadweep. Helicopter transfer is available from Agatti to Bangaram Island Resort during monsoon and to Kavaratti through out the year.

» By Sea : Four passenger ships- MV Tippu Sultan, MV Bharat Seema, MV Amindivi and MV Minicoy operate between Cochin and Lakshadweep. The journey takes between 14 to 20 hours. The ships offer different classes of accommodation; A/C Deluxe Class with two berth cabins, A/C First Class with four berth cabins and Tourist Class with A/C seating. Cafeteria and snack bars, entertainment lounge, video shows and upper-deck promenade etc are also offered in MV Tipu Sultan and MV Bharat Seema. Comfortable A/C accommodation is offered by MV Amindivi and MV Minicoy. The ship services are available during Monsoons, that is between 15th May to October 15th.

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