Imagine a place so serene and pristine, where merely lying inert on a hammock to look at the horizon becomes a surreal activity. Lakshadweep is one of the best-kept secrets of the Indian tourist circuit. Here’s a look at the idyllic islands of Lakshadweep that will make you want to pack your bags and leave right away!
The name ‘Lakshadweep’ literally means one lakh islands. It is located in the Arabian Sea coast of the state of Kerala. Parts of the island system have been deliberately kept detached from tourism to preserve their rich natural habitat. Out of the 36 Lakshadweep islands, ten are inhabited, and only five are accessible to tourists.
Walking on the pristine white sand beaches will take you to a different world. Very few islands in the world offer you a luxury of strolling on the beaches fearlessly even in the middle of the night.
Lakshadweep tourism is primarily centered on water sports. Some activities you can indulge in are scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing, kayaking, sailing, glass-bottom boat ride tours, fishing, water skiing, and deep-sea fishing.
Lakshadweep is the only place in India where you can find a coral reef formation. The water is so clear that you can see through it to where the vibrant reefs are. The rich marine life and the fantastic coral reef formation only add to the mystique of the islands.
Lakshadweep is the perfect place to luxuriate in pure seclusion. At dusk, watch the sun’s dying rays paint the lagoon into unforgettable and dramatic vistas as you stroll along the jetty at Kadmat Island, the only footprints in the sand being your own.
If you are lucky, you might be the only one occupying the shacks in the islands of Bangaram or Thinnakara having the whole island to yourself like owning a private island.
Agatti Island is the gateway to the Lakshadweep Islands. As your flight lands at Agatti, feast your eyes on the shimmering waters of the lagoon that appear to merge into the blue horizon.