The exoticism, white sandy beaches, swaying palms, scenic lagoons and the
coral riches make the Union Territory of Lakshadweep a much travelled
destination for visitors to India. Set free in the azure Arabian Sea, it is
an archipelago of around two dozen islands. The islands occupy an area of 32
square kilometres and span over 30,000 square miles of the Arabian Sea. For
tourists, Lakshadweep is a destination of peace, beauty and adventure.
The islands of Lakshadweep experience a climate similar to that of the
Keralan coast. Tropical climate prevails all over with temperature varying
from 25 degrees to 35 degrees centigrade. The southwest monsoons bring here
a lot of rain; the average annual rainfall measures 1600 mm. Temperature
shows maximum in the months of March, April and May.
Of all the islands, only ten are inhabited including Andrott, Amini,
Agatti, Bitra, Chetlat, Kadmath, Kalpeni, Kavaratti, Kiltan and Minicoy.
Kavaratti, located on the Kavaratti island, is the capital city of
Lakshadweep. As per the Census 2001, the total population of this union
territory adds up to 60,595. Tourists require a permit to visit the islands.
There are a few islands where no foreigners are allowed.
People & Culture
The residents of the Lakshadweep islands are sociable and warm. They follow
their spiritual beliefs with all the respect and sincerity. Muslims (around
90%) form the majority of the islands' population. The race of these people
trace their descent to the Arabs and the Hindus. Malayalam is chiefly spoken
in all the islands with the only exception of Minicoy (where Mahl is
spoken). Conservative disciplines and traditions still exist due to the
indigenous population of Muslims.
Famous Travel Attractions
pristine islands of Lakshadweep offer you a quite and laid back ambiance,
faraway from the rat race of the city. Laze around on its coral-rich beaches
and feast your eyes on the spectacular scenery. For water sports
enthusiasts, there are abundant options to indulge in. Important of these
include snorkelling, kayaking, wind surfing, scuba diving and yachting. The
shallow and clear water of these islands make it a perfect option to go
scuba-diving. Kadmat and Kavaratti islands are famous for offering abundant
water sports options. Apart from that, you can also get you some of the most
interesting curios and souvenirs before you get back home.
Air/ Rail/ Road Link
The Agatti Airport of Lakshadweep has regular flights to Kochi, the capital
city of Kerala. Cochin, being an international airport, has links with all
the major destinations of the country. An air-journey between Agatti and
Kochi spans an hour and a half. If you are not arriving in monsoons, you can
also avail of ships that ply between Agatti and Kochi. By ship, it takes 18
to 20 hours to reach the Agatti Island in Lakshadweep.