The Islands of Lakswadeep are situated off the South-west coast of India. It is an archipelago of 36 islands, also the only Coral Reef islands in the country. Tourism is a relatively new sector, therefore, lot less explored than other islands on the Indian ocean. It is a virgin and very fragile eco-system. The place is great for water sports.
Lakswadeep islands can be reached by air from Kochi or by sea in passenger ships. You may not find luxury hotels in Lakswadeep as all accommodation is controlled by one central body. Standardised rooms and wholesome and hygenic food is available.
Tourism in Lakswadeep has been promoted in a very cautious manner. Some islands have been promoted for water sports, others for leisure activities. It is compulsory to build with locally available, bio-degradable materials there.
The islands of Minicoy, Kavaratti, and Kalpeni have been promoted for water sports. You can go snokelling, scuba diving, wind surfing and parasailing. Kavaratti is the administrative headquaters of the islands and also the most developed. The lagoon here is ideal for water sports.
Kalpeni has the biggest lagoon among all the islands. It is connected to small islands called Tilakkam, Pitti and the uninhabited Cheriyam, where you can go for day trips.
Minicoy is geographically isolated from other islands. This island has a rich history of performing arts – Lava, being the most attractive dance form. You can visit a Tuna canning factory there and take drives through winding roads surrounded by dense coconut plantations.
Kadmat has a long stretch of shore line and is ideal for enjoying solitude. Kadmat can accomodate only 48 tourists at a time, therefore becoming a haven for honeymooners. There are only three islands in Lakswadeep where international tourists are allowed. Kadmat is one of them, apart from Bangaram and Agatti.
Bangaram is an uninhabited island surrounded by cream coloured sand. There is an impressive range of underwater flora and fauna to explore. Exquisite coral formations, including the black coral formations can be found here.
Agatti is the only island where there is an airport. Also, the only island where you can decide your duration of stay, as it is well connected to Kochi by air. Consumption of alcohol is prohibited on all islands except Bangaram. Picking corals is also a punishable offense here.