Lakshadweep is renowned for its coral reefs and is often referred to as the “Coral Paradise” of India. It is an archipelago of 36 islands and islets and each one of them has something unique to offer and is a perfect holiday destination.
Located in the Laccadive Sea, 220–440 km off the Malabar Coast of Kerala it is famous for its exotic and sun-kissed beaches and lush green landscape.
Here is a list of 12 amazing facts about Lakshadweep that will surely make you pack your bags for this coastal paradise
Facts #1 The name Lakshadweep translates to “a hundred thousand islands” in Malayalam and Sanskrit. Kavaratti is the capital of Lakshadweep and the region comes under the jurisdiction of the High Court of Kerala.
Facts #2 The islands were previously known as Laccadive, Minicoy, and Amindivi Islands. The Union Territory was formed in 1956 and it was named Lakshadweep in 1973.
Facts #3 Lakshadweep is the smallest Union Territory of India with a total area of 32 sq km. It is an archipelago consisting of 36 islands with an area of 32 sq km. It is a uni-district Union Territory and comprises 12 atolls, three reefs, five submerged banks and ten inhabited islands.
Facts #4 The culture of Lakshadweep is a blend of Indian, Arab, and Maldivian influences. The majority of people follow Islam, and the principal language spoken is Malayalam or Jeseri, a dialect of Malayalam with the influence of Arabic. Mahl is also spoken in Minicoy.
Facts #5 Lakshadweep does not have airports or airstrips on all the islands, only Agatti and Bangaram islands have airports with regular flights. Transportation mainly takes place via boats and helicopters.
Facts #6 The consumption and sale of alcoholic beverages are banned in Lakshadweep, except on Bangaram Island, where the sale of alcohol is permitted, but only for tourists.
Facts #7 The islands are home to many colourful coral fish, including parrot fish, butterfly fish, and surgeon fish. The most common crab is the hermit crab.
Facts #9 The emblem of Lakshadweep features an Ashoka Chakra, a palm tree, two butterflyfish, and ribbons in the colours of the Indian flag.
Facts #10 The people who live on the Amindivi and Laccadive group of islands share cultural similarities with the coastal regions of Kerala, while the people living in the Southern Minicoy Islands share cultural similarities with the natives of the Maldives.
Facts #11 The islands are known for traditional dance forms like “Kolkali” and “Parichakali.”
Facts #12 Lakshadweep islands are the only coral atolls in India. The coral formations contribute to the region’s rich biodiversity.
Frequently Asked Questions About Places To Visit In Lakshadweep
Lakshadweep is known for its coral reefs, white sand beaches, blue lagoons and lush green forest. Some of the best tourist places to visit in Lakshadweep are Minicoy Island, Agatti Island, Bangaram Island, Kadmat Island, Kavaratti Island, Pitti Bird Sanctuary, Marine Museum and Thinnakara Island.
The best time to visit Lakshadweep is between October and mid-May. During these months, the weather is pleasant and ideal for sightseeing and water sports.
Lakshadweep islands can be reached by air and ship. There are direct flights to the city of Agatti and Bangaram from Kochi International Airport. From Agatti, boats are available to Kavaratti and Kadmat during the fair season from October to May.
You can also travel to Lakshadweep by ship from Kochi on a cruise ship package.
Lakshadweep is a perfect honeymoon destination for couples who like to relax and spend time by the sea, with stunning beaches, water sports, and a serene atmosphere creating a romantic vibe all around.
The consumption and sale of alcoholic beverages are banned in Lakshadweep, except on Bangaram Island for tourists only.
Some of the best beaches in Lakshadweep are Kavaratti Beach, Minicoy Beach, Agatti Beach, Kalpeni Beach, Kadmat Beach, Bangaram Beach, Kiltan Beach, and Amini Beach.
Yes, a permit is required for all tourists, including Indian citizens, to visit Lakshadweep. Entry Permit Portal: http://epermit.utl.gov.in