Housing a string of 36 atolls blessed with white sands, allure waters, dancing palm trees and cool breeze, Lakshadweep is a perfect destination to unwind. This tropical haven lures streams of travellers every year seeking some moments of peace and solitude.
Though Lakshadweep seems like a tiny gem, it houses diversity of life with numerous tribes residing together. Some of the prominent tribes residing here include Aminidivi, Koyas, Malmis and Malacheris. Each tribe brings along its own culture and traditions, painting the canvas of Lakshadweep with multihued colours. Majority of population includes Muslims. The official language of the islands is Malayalam, with few locals speaking Urdu, Arabic, Persian and Hindi.
The music and dance of Lakshadweep is inspired by the Islam culture. Kolkali, Parichakali and lava are the most popular dance forms among locals and are practiced during all the festivals.
Lakshadweep weaves a string of beautiful islands in a single thread. With 36 islands, Lakshadweep houses more than its fair share of beaches, each flaunting its own beautiful charms. Kavaratti Island is a haven of peace and lures travellers with its sandy white beaches and crystal blue waters. Kalpeni Island is another gem famous among those seeking solitude.
The ancient capital of Lakshadweep, Minicoy Islands was named Malikau by the Arabian Traders. Today, it houses some spectacular beaches and presents great way of living life in style. In addition to this, Agatti Island, Bangaram Atoll and Kadmat are some other picks that make Lakshadweep a perfect destination for the lovers of sun, sea and sand.
Lakshadweep is the perfect place to indulge in some serious adventure. Partake in snorkelling in the shallow waters of Bangaram Island, or explore the breathtaking underwater world with beautiful marine life and multicolour coral reefs by participating in scuba diving. In addition to this, surfing also gives immense pleasures to the vacationers willing to challenge the daredevil inside them.
Lakshadweep is a joy for wildlife lovers. Be it flora or fauna, the islands are home to beautiful creatures residing peacefully in their natural surroundings. The flora of Lakshadweep is spectacular with the most unique plant varieties including Banana, colocasia, Drumsticks, bread-fruit and jack fruit. However, coconut is the most popular among the locals used in almost every cuisine cooked here.
In addition to this, the fauna in Lakshadweep consists of a vibrant marine life. Skip jack, yellow fin, rainbow fish and King Fish are the most common fish found in the waters of Lakshadweep islands.
Shopping in Lakshadweep is fun. Travellers love to explore the wonderful souvenirs selling at flea markets nestling the beaches. The sights of chunky jewellery, ornamental stuff and utility items selling at the vibrant markets are beautiful. Packaged food is also popular among locals and travellers alike. Travellers can bag tinned tuna, curried canned fish and biscuits, which are quite a rage among the locals.
Most of the local dishes of Lakshadweep are inspired from Kerala. The islands are a blessing for the lovers of sea-food. The locals love to eat sea fish cooked in coconut. Most of restaurants here serve almost everything from sea weed to crab.
The best time to visit Lakshadweep is from September to May when the weather stays pleasant enough to relish sports activities. Travellers can also plan their holidays during the summer season (March to May). The months of Monsoon (June to August) can be difficult for the holidaymakers due to excessive rainfall.
Agatti Aerodrome, the main airport of the islands, is well linked by regular flights to Kochi, an important domestic and international airport of India. Lakshadweep Administration also organises few passenger ships sailing from Kochi to Lakshadweep.
Local transport of Lakshadweep comprises helicopter and boat service to get around from one island to another with ease.
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