Located to the west of Kerala, the Lakshadweep Islands are a union territory of India. The history of the islands is debated due to lack of indigenous population and aboriginal groups, but is referenced in the 7th century inscriptions of the Pallavas. The islands are famous for their rich marine life due to the stable temperatures of the waters. Lakshadweep islands are a famous beach destination of India with crystal clear blue waters and coral reefs. The islands are also known for pearl fishing and are a major supplier of sea food. The group of 21 islands from Lakshadweep and the surrounding waters are also a part of the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park and Biosphere reserve. Below are the best places you can visit in Lakshadweep Islands.
Also known as cardamom island, the Kadmat Island is located on a coral reef and is known for its shallow shores that are rich with marine life. The huge lagoon located towards the west of the island makes it a popular tourist destination.
2. Kavaratti Island
The most developed island in Lakshadweep, Kavaratti also serves as the administrative capital of Lakshadweep. The island is known for its sandy white beaches with crystal blue waters and secluded lagoons. Watersports and swimming can be enjoyed at the beaches and is visited by a huge number of tourists.
3. Kalpeni Island
Uninhabited and secluded, Kalpeni is known for its amazing beaches. One can sunbathe or swim in the waters or enjoy Watersports like snorkeling and scuba diving here. The waters are shallow with white sandy shores and are perfect destination for a visit with friends.
4. Bangaram Atoll
Known for its coral reefs, Bangaram is one of the most visited islands in the Lakshadweep. Bangaram is known to be the only island where consumption of liquor is allowed. It is close to the Agatti aerodrome where regular flights to Kochi can be availed. Bangaram is also famous for its clean and calm beaches.
5. Agatti Island
With a majority of Muslim population, the Island is said to have been visited by Arabian traveler Ibn Batuta. The island unlike the others isn’t easily accessible as one would need to obtain a special permit from the Administration and is granted only with visitors who have a confirmed place to stay.
6. Minicoy Island
Located at the southernmost point of the Lakshadweep islands, Minicoy Islands are often called Malikau by the locals. The island was said to be the ancient capital of Lakshadweep and was named Malikau by the Arabian Traders. The place is famous for its beaches and a lighthouse that was constructed in 1885. The island is also famous for its Maldives influences culture and cuisine.
The islands have been under the control of the ancient dynasties of southern India and are one of the most popular and secluded beach destinations in India. With a climate that doesn’t usually go beyond 35 degrees Celsius, Lakshadweep islands are best visited for its pristine beaches, marine life and distinctive culture.