Lakshadweep, a union territory of India, is an archipelago of 36 islands, serving as the maritime boundary between the Arabian Sea and Laccadive Sea. The name Lakshadweep in Malayalam and Sanskrit means ‘a hundred thousand islands.’ This beautiful territory consists of 10 inhabited islands and 17 uninhabited islands, 4 newly formed islets and 5 submerged reefs. Even though this mesmerizing island can be visited thorough out the year, it is ideal to visit from October to March.

Communication and Network:

The main language spoken on all island is Malayalam except Minicoy where people speak Mahl langusge. As for the network connectivity only BSNL and Airtel provides telecommunication services to Lakshadweep Islands. BSNL provides connectivity in all 10 inhabited islands whereas Airtel provides connectivity to Karavitti and Agatti islands.


Tourists can reach Lakshadweep by flight or by ship. If you are traveling by flight Kochi is the gate way to Lakshadweep. One-way flight ticket may cost around Rs.5000 to Rs.6000, and the journey is around one and half hours from Kochi. If you are planning to visit the island it is advisable to book the flights well in advance. The only airport operating in Lakshadweep is in Agati Island.  

The entry to Lakshadweep Island is restricted. One requires an entry permit issued by Lakshadweep Administration to visit these islands.

Geography and Breathtaking Landscapes:

Lakshadweep, meaning ‘a hundred thousand islands’ in Malayalam, is a union territory of India. The islands are scattered over approximately 32 square kms, forming the smallest union territory in terms of both area and population. Despite their small size, the islands boast a diverse a stunning landscape.

The pristine white sandy beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and vibrant reefs contribute to the visual spectacles that Lakshadweep offers. Each island is unique blend of natural beauty and cultural richness, providing an escape from the hustle and bustle of the mainland.

Cultural Heritage:

The cultural fabric of Lakshadweep is deeply intertwined with its maritime history and the influences of various civilization. The inhabitants, predominantly Muslim, have a rich cultural heritage reflected in their language, cuisine and traditional arts.

The islands are renowned for their traditional dance forms, such as Lava dance and Kolkali, which showcase the vibrant spirit of the local communities. Visitors have opportunities to immerse themselves in the local customs and traditions, gaining a deeper understanding of the islanders’ way of life.


Marine life and Coral Reefs:

Lakshadweep is a haven for marine enthusiast, offering a mesmerising underwater world teeming with diverse marine life. The coral reefs surrounding the islands are home to an array of colourful fish, sea turtles and other exotic species. The marine biodiversity is so rich that the entire archipelago has been declared a marine national park.

Snorkelling and scuba diving are popular activities that allow visitors to explore the vibrant coral gardens. Bangaram is known for its pristine beaches, its vibrant coral reefs many different fishes and few of the adventure water activities. It is an uninhabited island located at a distance of 12 kms from the Agatti Island. Bangaram island is also recommended for water sports like kayaking, snorkelling and scuba diving. Boats and ferries are available from Agatti that will take you to Bangaram in just 45 minutes.

Island Highlights:

Lakshadweep consists of 36 islands, but not all the islands are accessible to the tourists. Only few of these islands are inhabited and allows tourist to visit. Here are five such islands of Lakshadweep which are popular among the tourist.

Agatti Island:

Serving as the Gateway to Lakshadweep, Agatti Island is the only one with an airport. Agatti island is known for its beautiful sandy beaches and coral reefs. This lagoon is surrounded by coral reefs and multicoloured coral fishes. Visitors can also enjoy variety of water activities like scuba diving, snorkelling, glass bottom boat rides and many more. If you are not interested in water activities, you can relax on the beach and enjoy the white sandy beaches. In the evening you can enjoy the beautiful sunset.

Bangaram Island

Bangaram Island also known as the Bunnagara, is a tiny tear drop shaped island, located near Agatti and Kavaratti islands. This mesmerizing and enchanting island is one of the least explored gems of Lakshadweep. Two other small islands namely Thinnakara and Parali are also located near this island. Bangaram island is uninhabited and is surrounded by shallow lagoon enclosed by coral reefs. The island is popular among tourists because of the beautiful resorts, where guests can unwind and relax.

Kavaratti Island

As the capital of Lakshadweep, this islands is famous for its splendid sea views and the white sandy beaches. The island is home to 12 atolls, 5 submerged banks and 3 coral reefs. This calm lagoon forms an ideal spot for basking in the warm sandy beaches and water sports. Tourists can enjoy collection of marine life at Marine Aquarium and enjoy water activities at The Dolphine Dive Centre. The spectacular views of the Arabian sea, the sparkling white-sandy beaches offers solace amidst the tranquil nature. Kavaratti is best known for its breathtaking sceneries and the enthralling water sports.

Kadmat Island

Located 407kms from Kochi, it is one of the largest islands in the groups of islands in the Lakshadweep.  The most outstanding strength of Kadmat Island lies in its marine wealth. Surrounded by large lagoons on the eastern and western side of the enchanted beauty, long and sandy beaches that makes the place one of the ideal tourist destinations in the region. The blue lagoon is encircling the invaluable wealth of colorful corals, coral habitats, and the reef banks. Kadmat is an underwater mountain summit where peace by their very nature enjoys one’s solitude. The tourists can indulge in the water sports like Kayaking, yachting, boating and skiing on the water surface. The island also has the scuba diving center that arranges for water sports for the ardent fancier.

Kalpeni Island

Kalpeni Island is a smallest island which can be covered in a short walk. If you are a tuna lover, Kalpini is the best place to visit in Lakshadweep for you. Much like most islands in the area, it is equipped with a lighthouse. Kalpeni is famed for bewitching landscape with small islets Tilakkam, Pitto and uninhabited island on the north called Cheriyam. The island bears a striking resemblance to the Maldives and can be rightly called a blue lagoon. It has the largest lagoons among all the islands in Lakshadweep. These lagoons are quite shallow and re perfect for all sorts of water sport activities. You can also explore the Saint Moinuddin Mosque while on the island. A distinguished attribute of Kalpeni is the remains of coral debris running along the shoreline.


The cuisine of the Lakshadweep Islands, is a delightful reflection of its tropical paradise. With a strong influence from the Keral Cuisine the food revolves around fresh seafood and coconut. Some of the best dishes are Kadalakka, Kallummakaya Curry, octopus and Mus Kavaab.

Mus Kavaab is a curry where the boneless fish cooked with grated coconut and Indian spices. This dish is best enjoyed with rice or parotta. Kadalakka is a sweet cake prepared with chana dal, eggs, cashews and almonds. Kullummakaya Curry is a combination of mussels, coconut milk, curry leaves and herbs. It is often pared with appam. Apart from these some of the other dishes are Kakka Irachi Ularthiyathu- a traditional octopus stir-fry, Mutta Mala- traditional sweet dish shaped like a necklace and Kinnathappam.


Lakshadweep beckons travellers with its pristine beauty, rich cultural heritage, and abundant marine life. Whether seeking relaxation on sandy beaches, exploring vibrant coral reefs, or indulging in delicious seafood, this enchanting archipelago offers a paradise-like experience for all who visit.