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'''Lakshadweep''' is a group of islands situated off [[India]]'s west coast, in the Arabian sea. They India's only Coral Islands.
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'''Lakshadweep''' is a group of islands situated off [[India]]'s west coast, in the Arabian sea. They are India's only Coral Islands.
  
 
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Revision as of 04:15, 27 June 2007

Lakshadweep is a group of islands situated off India's west coast, in the Arabian sea. They are India's only Coral Islands.

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Understand

Map of Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep is India's smallest union territory. The name literally means "a hundred thousand islands" in Sanskrit (laksha = lakh, hundred thousand. dweep = island) It has ten inhabited islands, 17 uninhabited islands attached islets, four newly formed islets and 5 submerged reefs [1]. The inhabited islands are

  • Kavaratti
  • Agatti
  • Amini
  • Kadmat
  • Kiltan
  • Chetlat
  • Bitra
  • Andrott
  • Kalpeni
  • Minicoy

Talk

The people of the islands are ethnically similar to the people of the Kerala coast of India and are of mixed Indian and Arab descent. They speak a dialect of Malayalam except in Minicoy where “Mahl” a form of Divehi is spoken.

Get in

Getting to Lakshadweep , requires special permit and its worth referring to the official website for information from time to time, http://lakshadweep.nic.in/

By Ship:

  • Take a ship from Kochi (Cochin). Takes approx. 24 hours
  • Take a Cruise from Mumbai for visiting some of the islands in Lakshadweep

By Air: Indian Airlines flies from Kochi and Goa. Kochi flights are daily (except Sunday) and Goa flights are twice a week. Flights land at Agatti island which is the only airport in the Lakshadweep. Kingfisher airlines also flies from Kochi to Agatti on selected days to be confirmed with airlines.

Get around

By boats/ferries: These can be used for getting around from one island to the other

Once on an island, there arent' too many options. You can travel by foot or hire a bicycle.

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Itineraries

Do

There are basic leisure tours and Sea/Lagoon based tours. There are plenty of opportunities for Scuba diving, Yachting, Pedal boating, Kayaking, Canoeing, Swimming, Snorkeling and sunbathing. One may also visit local houses, Marine museum, Lighthouse and a few local industries.

Eat

Spiced coconut-rich Vegetarian & Halal Non vegetarian food. The Non vegetarian food mainly consists of curried, fried and barbecued fish.

Drink

Tap water here is through bore wells and a bit hard. Rainwater harvested during the rainy season is the major source of drinking water. Non availability of drinking water accounts for a number of islands being uninhabited.

Stay safe

Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in all islands except Bangaram. Picking up Corals is a punishable crime.

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