Around 350 km off the Kerala coast lies the most beautiful coral necklace in the Arabian Sea. Really like a precious jewel, the pure shores of the Lakshadweep archipelago shimmer and shine in the sun kissed setting, and wink and beckon to every traveler.
The set of 36 islands is allied to the Republic of India and at a total area of 32 sq km is her smallest union territory. 51,000 people inhabit only 10 of the islands. The islanders are mainly Muslim and they speak a local version of the Kerala language. The economy survives on fishing and coir making. Only 6 of the islands are open for tourism and only 2 of these are open to non-Indian tourists.
There’s a range of things to do on the Lakshadweep Islands. Swim with the locals: turtles, dolphins, eagle ray and stay away from the bad crowd: sharks, octopus, barracuda! (Don’t worry, the sharks are completely harmless and octopus and barracuda too far from the shores – the waters are completely safe). Snorkel in the reef through colonies of fish. Surf the aqua marine waters, romp the white sands. Just go - must go!
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
- The best time to visit Lakshadweep is from September to May, when you can enjoy water sports activities.
- During the summer season, from March to May, the temperature varies between 22°C to 36°C.
- This is the ideal time to get into the water and enjoy different sports activities.
- Summer months are followed by monsoon, when this place receives heavy rainfall.
- The monsoon season stretches from June to August, when there is greenery all around.
- During September and October, the weather is pleasant and comfortable for a vacation.
- During the winter season, from December to February, the temperature varies between a minimum of 20°C and a maximum of 32°C. This is the peak season for Lakshadweep Islands.
MIN DAYS REQUIRED: 5 days
PLACES OF INTEREST:
- Kavaratti Islands
- Agatti Islands
- Peak season is December to May, when it is cooler and drier.
- May to September is the main (southwest) monsoon season, but the October-November northeast monsoon can also be rainy.
THINGS TO CARRY:
- A trip to Lakshadweep requires a tourist permit from all. This can be arranged at the Lakshadweep Tourist Office in Cochin (Kochi)
- Don’t forget to carry sun screen if visiting during the summer
- Cool cotton clothes, beach wear, flip flops are recommended for the summers
- Smart casuals for the evenings
- During the winters the weather is a little on the cooler side, a light jacket is recommended
HOW TO GET THERE:
- Air India has 1 flight from Kochi to the airstrip at Agatti, the only one on the islands.
- There are occasional cruises directly from Mumbai.