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Snorkelling in the Lakshadweep Islands

by Madhav Srinivasan 5 year, 6 months ago

Located at a good distance away from the Indian mainland, the Lakshadweep Islands offer virgin beaches and unexplored islands that define natural beauty and provide spectacular views or sights. Once you get the official permit to visit this part of India,

The Lakshadweep Islands are an archipelago of islands off the coast of India. They are located in the Arabian Sea and offer a host of tourism-related activities. These islands are international tourist hotspots, and they garner millions in revenue for the country throughout the year.

A holiday in Lakshadweep would not be complete without dabbling in the water-sport activities on offer and these activities range from snorkelling and deep sea diving to swimming with dolphins and sharks.

When You Should Visit Lakshadweep

Tourists flock to these islands all year long but the influx generally reduces during the period of the southwest monsoon (which occurs during the months of August and September) as conditions make the seas rough and unfavourable for outdoor activities.

Getting to the Lakshadweep Islands

You can reach the Lakshadweep Islands by air or by sea. The Agatti Aerodrome on the Agatti Island is presently the only airport in the state with flights operating from Bangalore and Kochi. At any given time of the year, two passenger ships operate from Kerala or Karnataka.

Within the Union Territory of Lakshadweep Islands, you can move around in a local manner through helicopters and through the help of boats.

What You Can Do in the Islands

Snorkelling in the Islands

Snorkelling is one of the most popular tourist attractions associated with the Lakshadweep Islands owing to the relative ease of pursuing the sport here and the fact that the activity requires a wet suit, snorkelling gear and no prior training.

The Kadmat and Bangaram Islands are generally where most of the snorkelling activities are carried out owing to the large area of relatively shallow water and their easy accessibility as opposed to some of the other islands. Bangaram is also the best bet for foreign tourists as it is the only island in Lakshadweep that permits their presence.

All water sport activities are handled by two major private organisations in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep. These are the Lakshadweep Institute of Water Sports and SPORTS (Society for Promotion of Nature Tourism and Sports). Regular camps are held throughout the year and experts in the field are brought in to help people from all age groups realise the true potential of the sport.

Other Activities That You Can Try

The islands are home to a number of other water sport activities and tourist attractions. Chief among these are scuba diving, deep sea diving, and wind surfing. These activities, however, are limited to specific islands at specific times of the year and you should ensure that you plan a trip according to the activities that you wish to indulge in.

These islands feature coral reefs, which are quite rare to come by in the Indian subcontinent, and you can spot these during your trip to the Lakshadweep islands. You’ll never have enough time to explore the entire beauty of Lakshadweep islands, as there’s a lot to do including snorkelling, other water activities, and sightseeing and late night sailing trips.

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