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Lakshadweep, formerly known as the Laccadive, Minicoy and Amindivi Islands, is a group of 36 islands in the Laccadive Sea, 200 to 440km off the south western coast of India. The archipelago is a Union Territory and is governed by the Union Government of India. They were also known as Laccadive Islands, although geographically this is only the name of the central subgroup of the group. Lakshadweep comes from 'Lakshadweepa', which means 'one hundred thousand islands' in Sanskrit as well as many Indian languages.

The islands form the smallest Union Territory of India. The region forms a single Indian district with ten sub divisions. Kavaratti serves as the capital of the Union Territory and the region comes under the jurisdiction of Kerala High Court. The islands are the northernmost of the Lakshadweep-Maldives-Chagos group of islands, which are the tops of a vast undersea mountain range, the Chagos-Laccadive Ridge.

Lakshadweep is known for its exotic and sun-kissed beaches and lush green landscape. Water sports activities such as scuba diving, wind surfing, snorkelling, surfing, kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, sportfishing, yachting and night-voyages into the sea are quite popular activities among tourists. Tourists flock to these islands throughout the year except during the south-west monsoon months when seas are extremely rough.

Tourists need a permit to visit the islands. Foreign nationals are not permitted to visit certain islands. According to the current alcohol laws of India, consumption of alcoholic beverages is not permitted in the Lakshadweep Archipelago except on Bangaram Island.

Latitude 10.57°N
Longitude 72.63°E

Must See

Kavaratti Island - the most developed island and the administrative capital of Lakshdweep. There are many mosques on this island(around 52) and the most beautiful one is Ujra Mosque

Kalpeni - this place lies in an extensive and shallow lagoon at a distance of around 76km south of Androth. The lagoon is world famous for its rich coral and marine life

Agatti - the gateway for the Lakshadweep, located at a distance of around 459km from Cochin. It is around 6km long. This island has some of the best beaches for swimming in the world. Here tourists can enjoy indulging in activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, sailing, boat rides, water skiing and kayaking

Kadmat - one of the most popular tourist destinations. There is a huge lagoon on the west side of the island, around 10km from Amini

Bangaram - one of the best tourist destinations in the world due to its smooth sands and amazing palm grove backdrop caressed by the waves of the multi coloured sea. This beautiful island lies at a distance of around 8km from the north side of Agatti Island

Popular Food

-Vegetarian & Non Vegetarian spiced coconut rich food
-Curried, fried and barbecued fish

Things to Buy

-Beach handicrafts
-Corals shells
-Oysters
-Artificial Jewellery
-Beautiful Aquariums
-Canned fish biscuits
-Coconut Shell Curios
-Household items made up of Tortoise shells

How To reach

Seaways
-Six ships connect Kochi and Lakshadweep, they are M.V Kavaratti, M.V Amindivi, M.V Minicoy, M.V Arabian Sea, M.V Lakshadweep Sea and M.V Bharath Seema
-The ships offer a range of accommodation and modern amenities
-The passage takes between 14 to 20 hours

Airways
-Kochi International Airport links Lakshadweep with the mainland through only airport at Agatti
-Onward flights from Kochi are available to most of the airports in India and to selected foreign destinations
-Helicopter services are also available from Kochi to Agatti, a one and half hour journey
-Helicopter services are available from Agatti to Bangaram Island during monsoons and to Kavaratti through out the year

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