Lakshadweep, the group of 36 islands is known for its exotic and sun-kissed beaches and lush green landscape. The name Lakshadweep in Malayalam and Sanskrit means ‘a hundred thousand islands’. It is mandatory to get an entry permit from the Lakshadweep tourism office situated in Kochi only after which will the tourists be allowed to enter the region where Lakshadweep Islands are situated.
India’s smallest Union Territory Lakshadweep is an archipelago consisting of 36 islands with an area of 32 sq km. It is a uni-district Union Territory and comprises of 12 atolls, three reefs, five submerged banks and ten inhabited islands. The islands have a total area of 32 sq km. The capital is Kavaratti and it is also the principal town of the UT.
All Islands are 220 to 440 km away from the coastal city of Kochi in Kerala, in the emerald Arabian Sea. The natural landscapes, the sandy beaches, abundance of flora and fauna and the absence of a rushed lifestyle enhance the mystique of Lakshadweep. These group of islands in India are perfect for those looking to engage in water activities like snorkelling and scuba diving.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to plan a trip to view the beautiful islands days is from October to April.
How To Reach: There are five ships from Kochi to Lakshadweep islands and take nearly 14 to 20 hours to reach the destination. The fare of the boat ride varies from INR 2000 to INR 5000 depending on the type of seat as well as boat hired.