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[[Image: Lakshadweep map.jpg|thumb|240px|Map of Lakshadweep]]
Lakshadweep is India's smallest union territory. The name literally means "a hundred thousand islandsIsland made of Corals" in Sanskrit (''laksha'' = lakh [100,000]Coral, ''dweep'' = island). It has ten inhabited islands, 17 uninhabited islands attached islets, four newly formed islets and 5 submerged reefs.
Lakshadweep is one of the most beautiful destinations that you could visit during your holidays. This union territory of India is in the Arabian Sea and consists of twelve atolls, three reefs and five submerged banks. The beautiful marine life, the villages, the tourist resorts and the mosques are great attractions for the tourists.
==Get in==
[[Image:A beach side resort at Kadmat Island, Lakshadweep.jpg|thumb|right]]
'''Everybody''', Indian or otherwise, '''requires a special permit''' to visit Lakshadweep. By far the easiest way to obtain it is to book a package tour through the government's tour operator SPORTS [] or arrange a hotel to sort it out for you; in fact, for foreigners, accommodation booked in advance is a precondition for being allowed to visit.
===By plane===
Indian Airlines and Kingfisher fly daily has 6 flights (all days except Sunday) from [[Kochi]] to the airstrip at Agatti, the only one on the islands. Kingfisher Red has a daily non stop flight from Bangalore. Flights to [[Goa]] have been terminated.
===By ship===
'''Kadmat:''' Kadmat Island is one of the most popular tourist destinations. There is a huge lagoon one on the west side of the island, around 10km from the Amini.
'''Kavaratti Island:'''
* <do name="Diveline Agatti" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="Rs.3000 per dive">Operates the scuba diving shop at the Agatti Resort.</do>
* <do name="Lacadives" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Operates the scuba diving shops at both Bangaram and Kadmat Resorts.</do>
*<do name="Lakshadweep Cruise" alt="" address="Alleppey Co.Bldg, 1565 Subramanian Road, Willingdon Island, Kochi-682003 Kerala" directions="" phone="9447015565" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Lakshadweep Cruise offers Tour Packages conducted by (SPORTS) Lakshadweep Administration. Explore Lakshadweep Islands, Experience Scuba Diving, Up-To-Date Ship Schedule and much more. Start planning your Lakshadweep Cruise Vacation now.</do>
Lakshadweep is not a budget destination: in addition to the permit issue, there is no tourist infrastructure (hostels, restaurants, public transport etc) for backpackers. The cheapest SPORTS sports tours start from around Rs.10000 for four days, but this price is all-inclusive.
One can purchase pure coconut powder and coconut oil from the factory situated at Kadmat island. Fish pickles and small souvenirs are available in Kavaratti Island.
Drink large amounts of coconut water, the most abundant aerated drink on the island. 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 Unavailability of drinking water accounts for a number of islands being uninhabited.
* <sleep name="Agatti Island Beach Resort" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Privately owned, but quite run down; apparently new cottages are in the works. The main draw is the diving, which is better here than at Bangaram. 20 beds.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Bangaram Island Resort" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$400" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The first island opened to tourists, Bangaram Island was uninhabited before the resort was developed and it holds the distinction of being the only place in the entire Lakshadweep archipelago that can serve alcohol. Privately owned and managed to a high standard, but the huts are very basic (no aircon, hot water, TV) and, by Indian standards, quite expensive. (UPDATE: CGH Earth, the company that runs the resort has informed that the government has stopped issuing permits to travel to Bangaram island (to both foreign visitors as well as Indian nationals) and although the resort is still fully operational, they can't operate due to the government restrictions. They are still awaiting the verdict of the Supreme court. They expect to have an update by the end of June 2011.)</sleep>
* <sleep name="Kadmat Island Resort" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rs. 3000/4000 fan/AC" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The choice of scuba divers, this is home to Lakshadweep's first scuba facility. 22 executive huts, 26 family huts. Government-run and basic.</sleep>
In addition, basic government resorts open to Indian citizens only are available at Minicoy, Kavaratti and Kalpeni. Some packages offered by SPORTS include accommodation on board the ship, with only day visits to the islands.
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==Stay safe==
''''''NOTE: Even thought there are flight that are being operated to and from Agatti. NO PERMITS ARE BEING ISSUED.
Kindly be informed that Lakshadweep Administration have suspended issue of entry permits to Bangaram/Agatti Island, due to an unexpectable legal tussles between the resorts and "Lakshadweep Administration". Hence travel to Lakshadeep islands is NOT possible, unless there is a positive court verdict.'''
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