THE ULTIMATE BEACH GUIDE TO LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS

THE ULTIMATE BEACH GUIDE TO LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS

“The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” –
― Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Lakshadweep islands, was on my list since the time I was studying in Kerala and I wonder why it took me five years to visit this coral island of India!

With white sand that puts salt to shame, turquoise, teal and Prussian shades of the ocean, nature’s pristinity, Lakshadweep is beauty etched in every grain of sand. People seldom chatter about Lakshadweep, while its popular cousin, Andamans steals the show due to easy access! I’ll also admit that I ended up going to Andaman much before we visited Lakshadweep.

So, when we decided to visit Lakshadweep and I started doing my research I found very little information on the internet.

Don’t listen. Go experience! That’s what we did.

So here is our practical guide to Lakshadweep. We’ve tried to keep it as simple as possible.

WHY VISIT LAKSHADWEEP?

The charm of Lakshadweep islands lies in its remoteness. Off the beaten track, minus the selfie crowd, just surrounded by coconut palms, exotic marine life, azure blue waters and secluded pristine white beaches, with hermit crabs and turtles for company!

But, if you are the luxury traveler, you might want to remove Lakshadweep off your list! Lakshadweep is heaven for people who want beaches, adventure and a mixture of both whilst compromising on luxury.

GEOGRAPHY LESSON

Where are Lakshadweep islands?

Lakshadweep comes from Lakshadwipa, which means “one hundred thousand islands” in Sanskrit. An archipelago of 36 islands, 12 atolls, 3 reefs and 5 submerged banks islands in an area of 32 sq. kms off the coast of Kerala in Arabian sea. Out of 36 islands only 11 are inhabited.

ISLANDS TO STAY

AGATTI  ISLAND

Agatti, serves as the gateway to all islands in Lakshadweep, the gateway to heaven, maybe? With the only aerodrome on the island, at present no government approved guesthouses are available at Agatti and tourists are not permitted to stay on the island.

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KADMAT ISLAND  For the luxury traveler –AC rooms!

Also known as the Cardomon Island, it is known for the coral reef and exotic marine life.

Stay:  Sea facing AC cottages.

Transport: High speed boat available from Agatti – available only on Mon, Wed and Friday

One way boat charge from Agatti to Kadmat – Rs 4000

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KAVARATI ISLAND  – For families and backpackers

Kavaratti is the administrative capital of Lakshadweep. The island is known for its sandy white beaches with crystal blue waters and secluded lagoons.

Stay: Tourists hut on the beach front. If you’re on a budget there are  dormitory available.

Transport: High speed boat available from Agatti – available only on Mon, wed and Friday

One way boat charge from Agatti to Kavaratti – Rs 1000

KALAPENI ISLAND – For the cruiser

It is known for its natural beauty and the small islets called Tilakkam and Pitti and an uninhabited island on the north called Cheriyam. It is a progressive island. It was in this island that girls first went to school, when women’s education was considered a taboo. Apart from water sports, you can also visit the the Light house.

Kalpeni is part of the Coral Reef package.

BANGARAM ISLAND – For the honeymooners

Bangaram is a tear drop, uninhabited islands in Lakshadweep. It is known for its beautiful coral reef and water sports. Discover the graceful fishers, porcupines, parrots, Pufferfishes, Hermit Crabs and Seabirds on the vast 120 acres of lush coconut groves in Bangaram.

CGH(private resort) earlier had a property at Bangaram, but it is now run by the government.

Stay: Air cooled beach cottages are available

How to reach:   One and half hours boat ride from Agatti. One way boat charge from Agatti to  Bangaram – Rs 2000

THINNAKARA – for the offbeat travelers

Ever had a dream on being on a secluded island? Well, it’s time for that dream to come true, just that you don’t have to look around for wood to start fire and prepare your meals! Staying at Thinnakara feels like you’re on a private island, surrounded by a vast lagoon, swaying palms, coralline banks with spectacular marine life, it is the ultimate reprieve from urbane goose chase.

Stay: Tented accommodation on the beach.

How to reach:  Two hours boat ride from Agatti.

One way boat charge from Agatti to thinnakara – Rs 2500

MINICOY ISLANDS – for culture and adventure lovers

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 influenced culture and cuisine.

The Minicoy island is distinctive as opposed to the other islands in terms of culture and cuisine. Most men are into sailing and travel the world leaving the families behind with systematically arranged village system known as Avah. Each Avah is a cluster of houses which is headed by an elderly man called Moopan, who is elected by the people and works towards the welfare of the village. Mahl is the spoken language which is different from what is spoken in other parts of Lakshadweep. Minicoy is also an important centre of tuna fishing.

If you want an authentic local experience surrounded by beautiful coral reef and pristine beaches, this is the island for you!

How to reach – Through Coral Reef and Swaying Palm packages

Stay: Tourist cottages on the beach.

GETTING THERE?

Flight or cruise. Tough choice isn’t it?

CRUISE

This is very important as you have to decide if you want to take a cruise which would mean staying the night on the ship and day trips to the islands. The cruise starts and ends at Cochin, Kerala.

CRUISE OPTIONS – 

Lakshadweep Samudram

Island visited: Kavaratti, Kalpeni and Minicoy

Duration: 5 days

Accommodation: The Island tour during the day and nights are spent on board the ship. Transport: ship- M.V Kavaratti

Swaying Palm

Island visited: Minicoy

Duration: 2-6 days

Accommodation:  A/c cottages built on the beachfront.

Transport:  M.V Arabian sea,  M.V Lakshadweep sea, M.V. Minicoy and M.V. Amindivi , M.V Kavaratti.

The ships offer different classes of accommodation: A/C First Class with two berth cabins, A/C Secound Class with four berth cabins. To know more  click here

FLIGHT

Take a flight to Agatti and then a short boat ride to one of the islands.

Islands accessible

  • Bangaram
  • Thinnakara
  • Kadmat
  • Kavaratti

Boats to  Bangaram and Thinnakara are available every day.

Marine Wealth Awareness Programme

Island visited: Kadmat

Duration: 4-7 days

Accommodation:  A/c cottages built on the beachfront.

Transport: Boats from agatti jetty to island. Boats available only on mon,wed,fri.

Taratashi

Island visited: Kavaratti

Duration: 4-5 days

Accommodation:  cottages built on the beachfront.

Transport:  boats from agatti jetty to island. Boats available only on mon,wed,fri.

If you do decide to take a cruise, you can check the schedule and availability of seats on the SPORTS website. The ships have a fixed schedule and the islands covered are mentioned on the site.

Book your seats months in advance as the seats get sold really fast!

WHEN TO GO?

While planning a trip to Lakshadweep, consider the effect of monsoons on area’s climate. The sea gets very rough and water sports might not be possible. The best time to visit is November to march.

I hope this guide helps you and you start planning a trip to these gorgeous islands soon!

Check our next blog for itinerary and cost!

LAKSHADWEEP ITINERARY

Happy travels!

Saaks & Viv

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16 Comments

  1. Reetuparna Saha 5 months ago

    I have been looking for information on itinerary of lakshadweep islands too! I’ve always wanted to visit it, and can’t thank you enough for the valuable pieces of information.

  2. Harshitha 5 months ago

    Lakshadweep Islands on my bucket list .. you have some amazing pictures here

  3. Shubhada Bhide 5 months ago

    Oh, my!! that beach looks really relaxing. The beautiful and peaceful ambiance of that beach is so fulfilling. You had amazing photos.

  4. Ruchi Verma 5 months ago

    Wow!! This is so beautiful …I will sure visit this soon

  5. Jayshree 5 months ago

    This is a really amazing place to visit…. I really love to visit this place

  6. Jhilmil 5 months ago

    Awesome post, loved every tit bit of this beautiful guide to have fun and adventure. Great pictures as well.

  7. Priyanka Patwari 5 months ago

    Lakshadweep Islands is in my next trip list.. hope you had a great time there

  8. Amrita 5 months ago

    Lakshadweep is gorgeous I really want to visit .Will definitely avoid monsoons.

  9. Mala 5 months ago

    I am planning to go for a holiday here. Your post has helped me solve almost all my queries.. Thank you

  10. Preeti tiwari 5 months ago

    I always want to visit Lakshadeep and it seems your post is just for me… Thanx a lot for sharing.

  11. PRERNA SINHA 4 months ago

    OMG, surely visiting this beautiful island someday soonish! Thanks for sharing this beauty!

  12. Priyanka 4 months ago

    Superb info !!! Looking forward to go here now.

    Cheers~ Priyanka Koijam aka http://www.nerdyadventuress.com

  13. mayuri patel 4 months ago

    All the pics are so beautiful
    lovely post with all information

  14. George Kumarakom 4 months ago

    Lakshadweep Islands looks amazing. Thanks for posting such beautiful your pictures and detailed article on each island.

  15. sandeep 3 months ago

    this kind of information is already available on the internet. since u have already been to the union territory you should have elaborated critical points like entry permit and insanely expensive.

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      SEATBACKUPRIGHT 3 months ago

      Well i have already mentioned about the permits ( which is easy to get, once you book through the government site,you fill a form and they email you the permit) itinerary and costing on the second party of my blog.

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