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. At the beaches of Lakshadweep it will be
coconut canopies that will be your tallest structure in the
vicinity. The rich marine life will be your all time
favorite neighbors. 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:
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.
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.
It is the southernmost island in Lakshwadeep, crescent
shaped & has one of the largest lagoons. The island is also
very interesting because of its unique Maldivian character.
Kadamat is 8 Kms 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 is ideal
for a real holiday that brings you away from the maddening
crowd, hustle and bustle of city life.
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
(including 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 crew.