The spell bound expanse of emerald isles, Lakshadweep studded in the blue water of the Arabian sea unfolds another world in itself. The panorama encompasses magnificent lagoons, sylvan sea shores, miles of sun drenched sand and the enchantment of swaying palms. All these harmonise to form a colourful kaleidoscope typical of an archipelago paradise. This charming isolated destination has only 10 of its islands inhabited. Of these five are open to tourists:
Kavaratti : The headquarter of the Administration, Kavaratti is
beautiful calm lagoon and forms an ideal spot for water sports, swimming and basking on
warm sandy beaches.
The Ajara and Jamnath mosques (of the 52 on the island) have the best
wood carving and the former has a particularly good ceiling carved out of driftwood; a
well within is believed to have medicinal water. Marine life exhibits can be seen at the
new marine aquarium. Kayaks and sailing yatch are available on hire and one can also enjoy
viewing the exotic marine life through glass bottom boats.
Kalpeni is known for its scenic beauty with the small islets called
Tilakkam & Pitti and an uninhabited island on the north called Cheriyam. A huge
shallow lagoon encloses all of them. A peculiar feature of Kalpeni atoll is the huge storm
bank of coral debris along the eastern & south-eastern shoreline. It is believed that
huge boulder were thrown up during a storm in 1847. One can swim, reef walk or water
sports on kayaks, sail boats, pedal boats. Water sports crafts are available on hire.
Minicoy : It is the southernmost most island in Lakshwadeep,
crescent shaped & has one of the largest lagoons. The island is also very interesting
because of its unique Maldivian character.
Kadamat : Kadamat is 8 Km long and 550 m wide at the broadest
point. In addition to the beautiful shallow lagoon on the west that forms an ideal spot
for water sports, there is a narrow lagoon on the east. The best attractions are the long
sandy beaches and the sand banks on the southern tip for sun bath. Kadamat has been
identified for staying tourists with its tourists huts aesthetically situated in the
coconut palm groves in the beaches facing the lagoon. The place place is ideal for a real
holiday that brings you away from the maddening crowd, hustle and bustle of city life.
Bangaram : An uninhabited island, Bangaram is the only one open to
foreign tourists. The teardrop-shaped island has superb beaches and beautiful lagoons. The
wealth of coral formation (incl black coral) attracts a variety of tropical fish-angel,
clown, butterfly, surgeon, sweetlip, snappers and groupers. There are also manta and sting
rays, harmless sharks and green and hawkbill turtles. Windsurfing, scuba diving,
parasailing, water skiing and snorkeling. Deep sea fishing is possible on local boats with
Accessibility : Flight from Kochi upto Agatti. From Agatti boats
Different islands are then anchored by boats services.
Ship cruise are also available but only for Indian National.
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