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How Lakshadweep Islands are a better option than Maldives?

We have an archipelago while they are an archipelago. We Indians can do anything for that one aesthetic social media post and aesthetic stories. Why do I quote this fact? As in recent weeks there has been an abrupt explosion of posts among the Indian and the Maldivian twitterati after Prime Minister Modi’s visit to one of the Lakshadweep islands to promote tourism in there. But oh boy did the Maldivians get all riffed up when they saw him promote our own islands rather then their own. Who really would have expected a head of government to promote the islands of his own country rather than someone else’s? Absolute Blasphemy.
In this article we’ll have a pretty logical view how the Lakshadweep islands are a choice as good as the Maldives for your vacation or in some cases even a better one and bring in light the severely underrated group of islands which has been ignored by our very own citizens for quite some time in favour of the Maldivian archipelago while also hoping that none of the Maldivians get rifed up while reading this. Oops!

For starters the islands are nestled amidst the turquoise embrace of the Arabian Sea, like scattered sapphires on a velvet cloth, lie the Lakshadweep Islands. This archipelago, India’s smallest Union Territory, boasts breathtaking beaches and vibrant coral reefs, but beneath the sun-kissed surface lies a fascinating geography and a unique political story.

Lakshadweep-Islands-Map-from-Cochin

Geographically, Lakshadweep comprises of 36 islands, a mere ten of which are inhabited. These coral atolls rise from the seabed, forming stunning lagoons and a diverse marine ecosystem. Kavaratti, the capital, sits gracefully on one such atoll, 400 kilometres off the coast of Kerala. Its central location and sheltered lagoon made it the ideal administrative hub after the islands’ separation from the mainland in 1956.

In essence, Kavaratti embodies both the geographical heart and the political pulse of Lakshadweep. It’s a place where swaying palm trees and crashing waves dance with the rhythm of sea waves where pristine beaches meet the hum of administrative machinery. This island capital stands as a testament to the islands’ distinct geography.

Now that’s quite a load of geographical bullcrap that I shoved down your eyes so let’s focus more on how to actually get there.

First you’ll have to secure a permit through the e-permit portal (https://epermit.utl.gov.in/) , and as there are several islands you’ll have to choose your arrival island , dates and upload all the necessary documents. With a best-case scenario and how amazingly fast our government sites are, expect the permit to be processed within 15 days.

The main entry island is Agatti and you can book a flight to there which normally starts from kerela by many regional operators and national operators present there. If you prefer the sea-route then Lakshadweep Administration operates passenger ships from Kochi to the islands. The journey takes around 14-20 hours depending on the island. However, ship services are not as frequent as flights. Beware though as for both of the routes you would need the specific permits and documents to travel there.

Also be aware before travelling of some points like that there is limited mobile connectivity in the islands themselves so check in advance if you carrier has a network system already present there and ALWAYS plan when you have to go in advance as you’ll need to pre book your stay in the peak holiday season or you are better of in the seas only. Regarding seasons, October-May offers pleasant weather and calm seas, while monsoon months (June-September) offer lower prices and fewer crowds.

Now lets get to the heart of this article , on how our very own islands are a better option than the Maldivian archipelago, first of all and something that we all can relate to is Cos, Lakshwadeep is much much more budget friendly than Maldives and also carries a lot less hassles to be carried out as it’s a domestic destination rather than an international one. Then another thing which ironically favours lakshwadeep is due to a comparatively less level of tourism development in there offers a more pristine and clean environment when comparing it to the bustling tourist hubs. Majority of the cost factor arises from the fact that Lakshadweep has tons and tons of government run resorts only rather than private ones so it can be significantly easier on the pocket.

Some popular tourist spots are –

Agatti Island:

The entry point to Lakshadweep for most tourists, Agatti boasts stunning coral reefs and lagoons. Enjoy water sports like snorkeling and scuba diving, and take in the picturesque landscapes.

Bangaram Island:

Known for its turquoise waters and coral reefs, Bangaram is a tranquil island with white sandy beaches. It’s an excellent spot for water activities and relaxation.

Kavaratti:

The capital of Lakshadweep, Kavaratti offers a mix of cultural and natural attractions. Visit the Ujra Mosque, the Aquarium, and indulge in water sports.

Kalpeni Island:

Famous for its scenic beauty and the beautiful lagoon, Kalpeni is an ideal destination for those seeking a peaceful retreat. The island is known for its coral and marine life.

Minicoy Island:

The southernmost island of Lakshadweep, Minicoy is characterized by its distinct culture influenced by Maldives. The Lighthouse is a major attraction, offering panoramic views of the island.

Kadmat Island:

Known for its long sandy beaches and clear blue waters, Kadmat is a popular spot for water sports such as snorkeling and kayaking.

Thinnakara Island:

A small uninhabited island near Bangaram, Thinnakara is surrounded by coral reefs and offers a serene and secluded environment.

Bitra Island:

The smallest inhabited island in Lakshadweep, Bitra is known for its simplicity and charm. It provides an authentic experience of local island life.

Cheriyam Island:

An uninhabited island, Cheriyam is known for its pristine beaches and coral reefs. It’s an excellent spot for snorkeling and exploring marine life.

Pitti Island:

A bird sanctuary, Pitti Island is home to a variety of bird species. Birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts will enjoy the diverse avian population.
We hope that this article helped you make an informed choice on how you can spend your vacation in the Lakshadweep islands.

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