What looks like tiny dots in The Arabian Sea on the world map is a cluster of 36 islands known for its exotic, sun-kissed beaches and lush landscapes. Lakshadweep or simply put - a hundred thousand islands in Malayalam, is India’s smallest union territory with sandy beaches, gorgeous greens and an abundance of flora and fauna.
From boat rides in Minoy Island to mesmerising sunsets at Kavaratti Island and the beautiful lagoons of Thinnakara Island, the mystique of Lakshadweep is sure to keep the wanderer in you alive.
You can choose between an adventurous escapade or a relaxed, leisurely vacation or a mix of both as per your preferences. There are many hiking and fishing options along with water sports activities such as snorkelling, scuba diving and kayaking to keep young, solo travellers busy. Families, on the other hand, can enjoy the serenity of the locale with nature trails, boat rides and birdwatching activity.
Kadmat Island is breathtakingly beautiful with a vibrant marine life. A coral island with scarce population, Kadmat makes for a great getaway for honeymooners and marine life lovers. The island’s primary source of income comes from fishing and hence you’ll find great seafood here. Don’t miss out on the local food made from the fresh catch that’s extremely promising. The Island is a treat for adventure lovers who would want to indulge in water sports such as scuba diving, snorkelling and kayaking with marine life that is sure to leave you mesmerised.
Located on the southwest side of the archipelago, the Minicoy Island is a popular tourist spot in the Island cluster with several attractions. With many mesmerising white sand beaches and a gorgeous 300 ft. lighthouse, a trip to the Lakshadweep Islands is incomplete without visiting Minicoy Islands. Set out a day for sightseeing in Minicoy Island that will include delightful boat rides, enchanting hikes and lip-smacking food.
Witness an awe-inspiring sunset at the Kavaratti Island that has several serene white sand beaches. Kavaratti Island makes for a great family getaway with its flora and fauna allowing nature lovers to revel in its beauty. This Island is great for a relaxed stay where you can enjoy the gorgeous green landscape along with delish local food.
Also situated on Kavaratti Island is the Marine Museum where one can encounter the most enchanting marine life.
Thinnakara Island is the hub of water sports activities in the Lakshadweep and thus a must-visit for adventure seekers and marine life lovers. With beguiling lagoons and fabulous coast, this island is a haven for serenity- seeking travellers.
Filled with activities for both nature lovers and adventure seekers, the Island is one of the best places for tourists and is often referred to as ‘paradise’.
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Lakshadweep Island has over 600 species of marine fishes, 78 species of corals and 82 species of seaweed along with 52 crabs, 2 lobster, 48 gastropods, 12 bivalves and 101 bird species. This rich fauna makes Lakshadweep a hotspot to explore marine life and indulge in underwater experiences. The Lakshadweep Archipelago along with the Maldives and the Chagos forms a terrestrial ecoregion and is one of the four coral reef regions in India. Lakshadweep also has a rich Cetacean diversity which includes various whales – Pygmy Blue, Bryde’s, Orca, Pilat Whale – and Dolphins.
Underwater experiences such as scuba diving, snorkelling, reef walking and kayaking are popularly conducted on the Agatti, Bangaram, Kavaratti, Kadmat, Kalpeni and Minicoy Islands.
Water sports activities such as jet-skiing, parasailing, yachting, sea fishing and undersea walking can be experienced too in Kadmat Island.
Sambar, Rice, Avial, curried and fried Tuna Fish, Idli, Puri and Potato Curry are some of the popular local dishes of the region. Since fishing is a popular source of income, seafood is also a speciality with varied preparations that can be a delight to foodies. However, vegetarian food is also easily available in the region. Coconut, an ingredient found abundantly on the island is used in many dishes of the region. Don’t forget to try the famous Malabar Chicken and Parotta.