General Information Of Lakshadweep:
Area : 32 sq km.
Capital : Kavaratti
Location : 8° & 12° 30’ North latitude 71° & 74° East longitude
Total Island : 36
Temperature : Max. 32° C and Min 28° C.
Rainfall : 24.18 cms.
Introduction of Lakshadweep:
One of world’s most spectacular tropical Island systems, Lakshadweep is tucked away 220-440 kms off the Malabar Coast. The Islands offer a precious heritage of ecology and culture. The unique feature of the Islands is its coral reef, making it a pristine leisure spot to come back to 4220 sq. km. Of lagoon, rich in marine wealth is spread over 36 Islands in an area of 32 sq. kms. The underwater view at Lakshadweep is Kaleidoscopic and breathtaking. The lagoon offers excellent potential for swimming, windsurfing, diving, snorkeling and kayaking making it India’s one of its kind “Adventure Sport-Nature Tourism” location. You can indulge in any of these sports or just laze around and unwind in the tranquil atmosphere. The crystal clear water and the abundant marine life-watch it for yourself. Against the vast expanse of the blue sea the Islands look like emeralds. Lakshadweep means a hundred thousand Islands and it’s the tiniest union territory of India. Snow-white coral sands fringe each Island. These are marked by a huge shallow, calm lagoon on one side which separates it from incoming swells of the outer sea by the fort wall-like reef made of massive coral boulders and live corals. Lakshadweep was given national Eco-Tourism award in 1997. What meets the eye at first glance is the lush green colour that gracious tall palm trees paint. There are no dogs and snakes on the Island only a few Islands have crows. Common sea birds are Tratashi and Karifetu. Most of them nest on Island called Pitti – a bird sanctuary. Strikingly the colourful fishes draw one’s attention by their interesting behaviour, peculiar forms and captivating movement. A variety of crabs, lobsters and shrimps inhabit the crevices of corals.
Best Time to Visit Lakshadweep :
October to April are the best time to visit Lakshadweep. During monsoon most of the activities are closed. Summer season is the ideal time for water sports, temperature varies between 22 to 36 degree C.
How To Go Lakshadweep :
The Lakshadweep group of Island is well connected both by air and ship. While Island like Agatti and Bangaram can be reached by air, the other Island can be reached by ship by Cochin. The ship offers different class of accommodations. A/C first class with two/four birth cabin and tourist class with A/C sitting. The vessels has all the facilities that go with a passenger vessel, namely video shows, cafeteria and snack bar, upper-deck airing space, entertainment lounge, Doctor on call, etc.
Places To Visit In Lakshadweep:
Minicoy, The Majestic Marvel: Minicoy, The “majestic” in the regional dialect. As you enter this unique ecosystem, exciting possibilities open up. A Eureka sort of feel engulfs you. Starting with its crescent shape and the lingering romantic beauty, the largest lagoon in Minicoy, slowly makes you aware how different it is from the other islands. There is more to Minicoy than meet the eye. Its charm will descend on you, as people and places unfold before you. A long leisurely walk through the coconut groves and village pathways will enliven your spirits.
Agatti: Agatti is situated 459 km from Cochin. The 6 km long and 1000mts. wide in area. Here corals growths and multi coloured coral fishes abound in its lagoons. Agatti is the airport stopover from Cochin and Goa on the way to Bamgaram, which ca be seen on the northern horizon. Agatti offers fully furnished resorts. The main attraction of this resort here is the water sports facilities.
Andrott: Andrott is located 293 km from Cochin. Andrott is the nearest Island to the mainland. It is the largest Island in Lakshadweep. Thick vegetation, mainly coconut groves, adds to the beauty of the Island. It was the first Island to embraced Islam.
Amini: Amini is located 407 km from Cochin. It is 3 km long 1.5 km wide with oblong shape. Amini is famous for stone engravers and has a rich tradition of folk songs. Talented craftsmen living here are famous for making walking sticks with tortoise shells and coconut shells. The Island got its name from the Arabic word ‘Amini’ meaning “Faithful”.
Bangaram: Bangaram is located 459 km from Cochin. Warm round the year. Rainfall is limited and the temperature during monsoon is 25° – 27° C. A bewitchingly beautiful and breath taking Island in the Lakshadweep.
Bitra: Bitra is located 483 km from Cochin. Bitra is the smallest inhabited Island in the territory. There is a small shrine of Malik Mulla, an old Arab Saint. The shrine is the place of pilgrimage.
Chetlat: Chetlat is located 432 km from Cochin. Chetlat is the northern most inhabited Island. Coir twisting is the chief occupation of the people here. Manufactures of the mat and weaving of coconut are spare time industries here.Chetlat is located 432 km from Cochin. Chetlat is the northern most inhabited Island. Coir twisting is the chief occupation of the people here. Manufactures of the mat and weaving of coconut are spare time industries here.
Kadmat: Kadmat is located 407 km from Cochin. It is 8 km long and 550 mts. wide at the broadest point. It has very large lagoon with abundant coral growth. Long sandy beaches and excellent water sports facilities are the stellar attractions here. It is famous for its lime stones used for building purposes.
Kalpeni: Kalpeni is located 287 km from Cochin. It is known for its scenic beauty and the small Islets called Tilakkam and 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 and south eastern shore lines. Here, one can Swim, Reef-Walk or Water Sport on Kayakas, Sailboat and Pedal Boat. Water Sport Crafts are given on hire. Two bathing ghats with change-rooms are available at Koomel Beach Resort. A visit to the Baniyan Factory and the Light House is also included in the day’s programs. Four tourist cottages are also available for staying tourists.
Kavaratti: Kavaratti is located 404 km from Cochin. Tourists have enough time to explore the Island. The beauty calm lagoon forms an ideal spot for Water Sports, Swimming and Basking on warm sandy beaches. Marine life exhibits can be seen at the New Marine Aquarium, which are excellent collection of specimens. Tourists can be viewed the exotic under water world easier through Glass Bottom Boats. Kayakas and Sailing Yachts are available for hire. The Dolphin Dive Centre is another attractions for Water Sports enthusiast. One can visit Kavaratti in Coral Reef and Taratashi packages. Tourists availing ‘Taratashi’ package to Kavaratti stay in the tourist huts at the tourist complex.
Kiltan: Kiltan is located 393 km from Cochin. The Island is only 3 km long. On the northern end and southern ends of the Island there is a high storm beach. The Island thick in flora and is fertile. The summer night in Kiltan is warmer and it is usual for the people to sleep outside their home on the beaches. Kiltan has a rich tradition of the folk dances.