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Lakshadweep Islands - Hidden Paradise in the Indian Ocean

About Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep, a land in the deep Arabian Sea is a part of the Indian Subcontinent and is recognized as the smallest Union Territory of India. Lakshadweep means "hundred thousand islands" in Malayalam and Sanskrit. True to its name, these islands are very picturesque and provide a true vacation for those who love beaches, water sports and sea food.

The whole of Lakshadweep is nothing but a set of small islands situated near each other. It comprises of a total of twelve coral atolls, five banks, three coral reefs, and several islets. The location is near the Kerala coast and falls under the jurisdiction of Kerala state of India and Kerala High Court. Kavaratti is its capital and it is considered one of the most beautiful places in the Indian subcontinent.

Lakshadweep - Facts

Date of Formation
Nov 1, 1956
Size
32 sq km
Population (Census 2011)
64,473
No. of District
1
Capital
Kavaratti
Forests & National Park
Pitti Bird Sanctuary
Languages
Malayalam, Mahl, Tamil, Hindi
Neighbouring States
Tamil Nadu, Karnataka
State Animal
Butterfly Fish
State Bird
Sooty Tern
State Tree
Bread Fruit

The facts on Lakshadweep provides a thorough overview of the Union Territory of India. Situated on the coast of Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep encompasses a total population of 60,595 (as per the census data of 2001). Endowed with an unparalleled natural scenic beauty, the Union Territory boasts of a rich biodiversity that adds to the charm of Lakshadweep.

Beaches

Lakshadweep is a land of beaches and corals. You can find long stretches of white and shining sands that will beckon you to have a sun bath. The enchanting beaches have a lot to offer for those who come here to relax and enjoy the sunset. It is a great place to be when you want to stay away from the crowd. The idle lagoons are great for spending time, watching the birds and the palms sway to the tune of the wind. The emerald green water is welcoming and a good swim in these waters is rejuvenating.

Kavaratti is the capital of the Lakshwadeep Island situated 360 km off the coast of the Kerala state in India. It lies on 10.57 degree North 72.62 degree east. Lakshwadeep is a cluster of thirty six widely scattered coral islands, together known as Lakshwadeep.

Agatti Spread over a total area of 3.84 sq. km, the picturesque landscape of the Agatti Island of Lakshadweep draws several tourists from all over the globe. Blessed with the bounty of nature, the Agatti island is the only island of Lakshadweep that boasts of a well maintained airport.

Kadmat Island One of the inhabited islands of the Lakshadweep group of islands is the Kadmat Island, which lies between the 11.13 degrees north latitude and the 72.47 degrees longitude. The present population of the island rises to 5319 persons who live and work in the island and communicate in the language of Malayalam.

Lakshadweep also many beaches like Minicoy, Amini, Bitra, Kiltan, Andrott, Kalpeni, Chetlat.

Climate of Lakshadweep

Climatic conditions are similar to that of Kerala. Average rainfall is 1600mma year with the major share from the southwest monsoon. Almost all islands experience tropical climate with temperature ranging from 25 degrees c to 35 degrees c and humidity ranging from 70 -76 per cent during the most part of the year. March, April and May are the hottest months of the year.

Best Time to visit

The weather in Lakshadweep remains pleasant throughout the year but the best time to visit the place is between October and April. The temperature doesn't usually exceed 30 degrees.

How to Reach Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep is a group of small islands located around two to four hundred kilometer from the south-western coast of India. These islands are the smallest union territory of India and are separated from the Indian mainland by the Arabian Sea. The islands are not very easily accessible, but the picturesque archipelago is a compelling destination. If you ever wondered how to reach Lakshadweep, don't worry the islands are connected with the mainland either by air or sea. Tourists visiting Lakshadweep Islands need to obtain a permit to enter the islands.

By Air The Union Territory has an airport in Agatti, which is regularly connected by flights from Kochi (Cochin) the capital of Kerala. Kochi (Cochin) is an international airport and also linked almost all main cities in India.

By Sea Traveling by ship is also a good option to reach Lakshadweep. A number of passenger ships operate from Kochi (Cochin) to Lakshadweep. The distance can be traveled in nearly 18 to 20 hours. The ships offer a range of accommodation and modern amenities. However, during the monsoons, the ship services remain closed.

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