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Lakshadweep is the smallest Union Territory in India and is a collection of Islands located on the western coastal India in the Arabian Sea. It comprises of ten inhabited and seventeen uninhabited islands, five submerged reefs and four new islets. The place is ideal for a holiday visit and the major attractions are the villages, the mosques and the marine life. It lies 440 kilometers towards the southwestern state, Kerala.

People on the islands are ethnically similar to coastal Malayali people. A large chunk of the population speaks Malayalam barring the residents of Minicoy who speak the Mahl language, a form of the Dhivehi dialect spoken in the Maldives. Cochin is the junction where people either board ships or flights to reach Lakshadweep.

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There are ten Islands inhabited by the local people and they rest seventeen remain uninhabited. The ten islands are Amini, Andrott, Bitra, Chelat, Kalpeni, Kadmath, and Minicoy. The Kadmath Island is one among the most popular islands in Lakshadweep; it is located around 10 kilometers from Amini and has a huge lagoon in its western part.

The Kavaratti Island is the administrative capital of the Lakshadweep Islands and has a population that’s mainly dominated by Muslims. There are nearly 52 mosques in the place; the most beautiful one being the Ujra Mosque. Kalpeni, located 76 kilometers towards the southern region of the Androth Island, lies in a shallow and extensive lagoon. The place has a rich marine and coral life.

The Bangaram Island is where tourism in Lakshadweep was nurtured; it was one of the first islands where tourism started mushrooming. The captivating palm groves and the smooth sands are a delight to watch for any visitor. It is a small Island located towards the north of the Agatti Island.

Agatti is the gateway for Lakshadweep and is located at a distance of 459 kilometers from Cochin. Fishing is the primary occupation of people around this island as surplus fishes can be found on the island easily. The island stretches for around 6 kilometers.

The islands here have some of the finest beaches in the world where one can enjoy the thrill of snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving, sailing, deep sea fishing, water skiing, boat rides and a whole range of other water sports activities. The Maritime museum and the light house are also major crowd pullers.

How to Reach


By Air


The Agatti airstrip receives flights from both Kochi and Bangalore. International tourists can avail the international airport in Chennai; it receives flights from China, Europe, US and Middle East Asia. Flights from Agatti to Kochi take 30 minutes to reach.

By Water


Tourists from the metro cities in India like Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Delhi can either come by air to the Agatti airstrip, or take a ferry from the Kochi port.

There are four ferries operating between Kochi and Lakshadweep. The time taken to cover the distance is 14 to 18 hours.

By Roads


Transportation within the Islands is scarce; hence tourists hire a motorcycle or cycle to travel around the Island. However, during monsoon helicopters are used to move around Lakshadweep.
 

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