Literally meaning a ‘hundred thousand islands’, Lakshadweep has few of the most beautiful and exotic islands and beaches of India. Lakshadweep is typically accessed from Kochi (Kerala) and a permit is required to visit Lakshadweep for all tourists (including Indians). After permit, Indians are permitted to visit all islands, however, even after permit, foreigners are permitted to just visit Agatti, Bangaram and Kadmat Islands. Permits can be obtained from Kochi itself. The smallest Union Territory of India, ‘Lakshadweep’ is a group of beautiful islands, located some 400 km off India’s west coast into the Arabian Sea. However, there are only 36 islands having a total area of 32 sq. kilometers. It’s made up of 12 atolls, 3 reefs and 5 submerged banks. Ten Islands are inhabited. Far from the crowds one can have a tranquil experience on the islands. Kalpeni is famous for natural scenic beauty. Water sports like pedal boating, sailing and kayaking are popular here. The main attraction of this island is the storm bank. Bangaram is a popular tourist destination in Lakshadweep. The beauty of the lagoons and sea beaches of Bangaram are its main attractions for tourists. Water sports and sunbathing are popular beach activities in this island. Kadmat is an island about 407 km from Cochin. The sandy beaches and extensive stretch of palm trees add to the beauty of the island. Kavaratti has number of tourist attractions. Historical monuments, mosques, aquarium with variety of tropical fish and lakes can be visited in Kavaratti. The Ujra Mosque is one of the most popular mosques in this island. Agatti is situated at a distance of 459 km from Cochin. This small island is only 6 km long and 1000 m in width. The island has beautiful beaches and palm groves. Scuba diving, sailing and kayaking are some of the popular sports in Agatti. Suheli and Pitti are 47 kms from Lakshawdeep. This island is mainly known as a fishing destination. It is also known as Pakshi Pitti as a farm for breeding Tern birds is located here. It was recognized as a bird sanctuary in 1962.
Minicoy island reflects the Maldivian essence and has a rich culture. The lighthouse of this island is an attraction to the tourists. The Tuna canning factory is also located on this island of Minicoy. Tourists visiting Minicoy will love the dance performances by local male which is known as the Lava Dance.