Lakshadweep is the smallest union territory of India situated in the Arabian Sea. Lakshadweep means Hundred Thousand Islands in Sanskrit (Laksha = 1 Lakh/ Hundred Thousand; Dweep = Island). Turquoise blue water, wide range of water sports, village life, mosque, wide variety of birds, marine life and reefs makes it one of the most beautiful tourist destinations. The most popular tourist destinations are Kadmat, Kavaratti Island, Kalpeni, Bangaram and Agatti Island.
Though it is a beautiful place, it's not as easy as it seems to get to Lakshadweep, so OneHowto would like to tell you how to reach Lakshadweep.
Entry into the Lakshadweep islands is restricted to anyone who is not native of that place. So, anyone who wants to visit this island needs to have permit before visiting it. The permit is available at Islands Administrative Office (Director of tourism) Union Territory of Lakshadweep.
How to visit Lakshadweep for foreign tourists
Foreign tourists having valid passport and visa for visiting India can visit the islands of Agatti, Kadmat and the International Tourist Resort of Bangaram , with the permission of an administrator only as tourists. Anyone can visit Lakshadweep by airways or by waterways.
If you want to travel to Lakshadweep as a tourist you shoud contact your national embassy in India to ask for a permit in advance.
There are regular flights between the Agatti Island and Cochin (now Kochi) in Kerala. Indian airlines and Kingfisher Airlines operate flights to Agatti Island six days a week. During the monsoon, a helicopter ride is available from Agatti Island to Bangaram Island Resort.
“SPORTS” is the official agency which conducts exciting cruises to Lakshadweep. Four passenger ships M.V. Tipusultan, M.V. Bharatseema, M.V. Aminidivi, M.V. Minicoy operate between Kochi and the islands. All the ships have air conditioned cabins and air-cooled decks.
The best time to visit Lakshadweep
As Lakshadweep is a great destination for outdoor activities and water sports, the best time to visit is from September to May. Another good time to visit is from September to February, as there are mild temperatures that go from 20 to 32 degrees.
Avoid the monsoon season which goes from June to August.
Rules and Guidelines when visiting Lakshadweep
As Lakshadweep is part of an impressive coral reef and one of the most beautiful natural sites in India, there are a few rules that must be respected when visiting:
- Do not pick corals under any circumstances as it can affect the ecosystem.
- Alcohol and illegal drugs are totally forbidden.
- Nudity is forbidden.
- You mustn't pick coconuts from trees as these are privately owned.
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- There aren't many shops on the islands, so it's best if you bring your own medicines and other necessary amenities.
- There is a maximum of tourists allowed on the islands, so book your tour well in advance.