This paradise of tropical coral atolls is a group of islands in the Laccadive Sea, 200 to 440 km off the coast of the South West Indian state of Kerala. Largely pristine, little explored, Lakshadweep enchants with long beaches and crystal clear lagoons, brimming with marine life. The white sandy coastlines, abundant scenic charm and tranquil surroundings make Lakshadweep a popular family as well as honeymooning destination. Best season in Lakshadweep is between September and May, when the weather is pleasant and conducive for scuba diving. The waters around the many islands dotting the archipelago are home to beautiful lagoons which have stunning coral reefs and an abundant of marine life.
Highlights of some of the islands of Lakshadweep:
Agatti Island – The gateway to Lakshadweep connected by air from Kochi on mainland India. The island offers coral reefs with powder white sand, offering some of the best beaches for lazing, snorkeling and fishing spots.
Bangaram Island – Offering a warm water temperature of 31° Celcius with visibility up to 50m, this island offers excellent diving with opportunities to encounter Mantas, reef sharks, eagle rays, turtles, trigger fish etc.
Kavaratti Island – The administrative capital of Lakshadweep is endowed with ideal spot for water sports. Dive attractions includes the Wall of Wonders, A wall of soft coral in a multitude of hues, fish in all colours and shapes, turtles and more.
Khadmat Island – Beautiful and undisturbed coral reefs with schooling surgeon, sweetlips.
Minicoy Island – The second largest and southernmost island of the archipelago, Minicoy Island stretches approximately 10 kms. from north to south and is covered largely by coconut trees. Pristine beaches and crystal clear water mesmerize and is home to manta rays, eagle rays, green sea turtle, shark, giant grouper, grey sweet lips, snappers, surgeon fish, and wrasse of various kinds and banded butterfly fish. Several wrecks litters part of the island.