Lakshadweep is a tropical archipelago that comprises of 36 atolls and many coral reefs located in the Laccadive Sea, which is situated off the coast of Kerala, India. Not all of the islands are inhabited, and only a few of them are open to visitors. Kavaratti is one of the most developed islands and has been home to dozens of mosques, including the ornately decorated Ujra Mosque, as well as Kavaratti Aquarium, showcasing regional fish, shark and coral species and is popular among tourists.
1. Agatti Island
Agatti Island is a 7.6 km long island. It is situated on a coral atoll which is called the Agatti atoll in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, India. Agatti is one of the Lakshadweep islands that is open to tourism. Visitors, however, are only allowed to visit the Island under certain restrictions. They are required to obtain Entry Permit from the Lakshadweep Administration for entering the island. Entry Permit is issued based on the visitor having a prior confirmed place to stay. There are only two hotels or resorts in Agatti: Agatti Island Beach Resort (AIBER) and the other is Sea Shells Beach Resort where one can book a place to stay. A road runs through the island, which can be best enjoyed by hiring a bicycle available in many places.
2. Bangaram Atoll
Bangaram is an atoll in the Lakshadweep Islands of India. The Bangaram Island Beach Resort was opened in 1974 for tourists, but the lack of commercial flights made it difficult to access. Tourism took off after the Agatti Aerodrome on the nearby Agatti island that was commissioned and had regular commercial flights from Kochi. The resort had 60 cottages. Current alcohol regulations that have been established in Lakshadweep allow the consumption of alcoholic drinks only on Bangaram Atoll.
3. Kadmat Island
Kadmat Island is popularly known as Cardamom Island. It is a coral island belonging to the Amindivi subgroup of islands of the Lakshadweep archipelago in India. It measures only 9.3 kilometers in length. The island has a lagoon with a width of 1.5 kilometers that covers an area of 25 square kilometers. The only inhabited village on the island is Kadmat. Fisheries remain the main economic activity on the island with agriculture limited to 5% of the land area. Tourism is permitted for non-Indians. The major attractions are kayaking, snorkeling and leisure trips by a glass-bottomed boat for scuba diving.
Kalpeni is an inhabited Atoll in Lakshadweep, India. Kalpeni has a beach at the northern tip of the island and therefore called Tip Beach. Here one can do snorkeling, sea bath and kayaking. Because of the coral reefs present in the sea near the beach, the water is shallow and calm, which makes it an excellent spot for beach activities. There is a 37-meter-high beautiful lighthouse in Kalpeni from whose top one can see a bird’s eye view of the island, the lagoon with the smaller islands, the reef, and the surrounding ocean. From the top of the lighthouse, one can see and enjoy the abundance of coconut trees. The ground is not visible due to the dense packing of the tops of these trees.
Kavaratti is the capital of the Lakshadweep islands in India. Kavaratti is a census town. It is well known for its pristine white sand beaches and calm lagoons, which makes it a very popular tourist destination.
6. Laccadive Islands
The Laccadive Islands or Cannanore Islands are one of the three island subgroups in the Lakshadweep. Formerly the Union Territory of Lakshadweep was called by names like Laccadive, Minicoy, and Amindivi Islands. But the name was changed to Lakshadweep by an act of Parliament in 1973.
Kiltan or Kilthān Island is a coral island belonging to the Amindivi Subgroup of islands of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep in India. The nearest mainland body is Cannanore. The nearest port is Mangalore. Kiltan is settled during the early periods of common immigration to the islands. The island has served as a part of an international trade route between the Persian Gulf and Ceylon.
8. Minicoy Island Lighthouse
The Minicoy Island Lighthouse was established on 2 February 1885. It is situated at the southern end of the Minicoy Island in the Indian state of Lakshadweep during the British regime. It is 49.5 meters in height and has now a range of 40 nautical miles it is built in brick masonry and has a lantern and gallery which is well-visited by tourists.
9. Perumal Par
Perumal Par, also known as Peremul Par, is an uninhabited coral atoll belonging to the Amindivi Subgroup of islands of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, India. Terns of many different species visit this atoll. Its surrounding waters are a good fishing area for baitfish. It is the perfect place that is often visited by fishermen from inhabited islands nearby. Tourists from nearby Bangaram Island resort usually excursions to this lonely atoll.
Villingili, is an uninhabited area in Lakshadweep, India. It is situated at the southwestern end of Minicoy’s reef, in Maliku Atoll. Viringili is barely 200 meters in length. It is covered with gravel and it is covered with bushes. A few stunted coconut trees grow in the center of the island that is the centre of attraction.