Lakshadweep is an archipelago of Islands, which are nestled midst the endless Arabian Sea. The archipelago comprises of 36 main islands, many smaller islands, coral atolls and coral reefs. These coral reefs give each of these islands and the sea around them, a unique colour and beauty. Out of 36 islands, only10 islands are inhabited, namely Agatti, Amini, Andrott, Bitra, Chetlat, Kadmat, Kalpeni, Kavaratti, Kiltan and Minicoy. Built on ancient volcanic formations, Lakshadweep is the tiniest Union Territory of India with 12 atolls, 3 reefs and, 5 submerged banks. An inviting holiday destination for nature lovers, Lakshadweep is known for its lush green landscape, incredible marine life, soft silvery beaches and water sports.
"Tourism sector in Lakshadweep is the fastest growing sector and it plays a vital role in generating income, employment and contributes to the over all development of this Union Territory. Lakshadweep tourism is renowned for its pristine natural beauty which includes its unspoilt beaches, rich flora and fauna, and rich marine life. These beautiful islands attract thousands of tourists from all over the world every year.
To promote tourism in Lakshadweep, the tourism department of Lakshadweep plays an active role towards construction of hotels, , conservation of heritage monuments, development of new tourist destinations and development of infrastructure.
Lakshadweep tourism offices are located at various cities pan-India, providing travel related information about Lakshadweep. The official website of Lakshadweep tourism showcases detailed information about this beautiful destination. Lakshadweep Tourism Board also offers exclusive holiday packages to different Islands of Lakshadweep. These packages include transfers, comfortable accommodation, sightseeing and water sports activities as well as all meals. Tourists can also avail specialized Lakshadweep tourism guides at any of the islands.
Lakshadweep with its vast stretch of white sandy coastline has emerged as a water sport destination in the country. Understanding the immense potential of water sports, Lakshadweep Tourism board has been concentrating on developing water sports facilities. The Department has set up a full-fledged Water Sports Institute at Kamat Island which offers facilities for canoeing, yachting, kayaking, snorkeling, wind surfing, water skiing, and scuba diving."
The ideal time to visit Lakshadweep Islands is between the months of October to April when the weather is most pleasant and surrounded Arabian Sea is pure Aqua.
The tomb of Hazrat Ubaidullah, mosques of Kavaratti, Buddhist archaeological museum, Kavaratti Aquarium, and the Tuna Canning Factory are the key tourist attractions in Lakshadweep. Other destinations in Lakshadweep include Kavaratti, Minicoy, Agatti, Kalpeni, and Bangaram.
By Air : Lakshadweep Islands are 400 Kms far in the west coast of Kerala. There are regular flights that run between Agatti Island and Cochin or Kochi in Kerala. Indian airlines and Kingfisher Airlines operate flights to Agatti Island six days in a week. Helicopter transfers are also available from Agatti Island to Bangaram Island Resort during monsoon and to Kavaratti through out the year.
By Sea :Ship cruises operate from Cochin to Agatti and back. ""SPORTS"" is the official agency that conducts exciting cruises to Lakshadweep. Four passenger ships M.V Tipusultan, M.V. Bharatseema, M.V Aminidivi and M.V Minicoy operate between Kochi and the islands. All ships have air-conditioned cabins and air-cooled decks.
Local transport on the Lakshadweep islands is scarce, and you have to get around on foot alternatively, can hire a bicycle. Boats/Ferries and helicopter transfers are available to get from one island to another. During the monsoon, helicopter transfers may be your only option. Here at Yatra.com find information on How to Reach Lakshadweep by flight, train, bus, taxi, or car.
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