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Lakshadweep Islands – A spectacular tropical island system

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Lakshadweep is one of the more spectacular tropical island systems of the world. Each island is fringed by snow white coral sands. The crystal clear water and rich marine flora and fauna add to the attractiveness of islands. Against the vast blue sea, the islands homes an appearance of emeralds. The charm of Lakshadweep islands is its remoteness. It lies far off the beaten track and airs a peaceful and tranquil appearance. The beautiful islands covered by dense coconut groves and creamy sand are set in a sea whose waters shows various shades of blue.

Tour to Lakshadweep takes you to the only coral island chain of India. It is also the tiniest union territory of India. This archipelago consists of thirty six islands, twelve atolls, three reefs and five submerged banks. The islands have a total area of thirty two square kilometers and lagoons enclosed by the atolls cover an area of four thousand and two hundred square kilometers. There is a huge wall like reef bordering the outer side of shallow lagoons which blocks the incoming swells of the sea. Only ten of the islands are inhabited. They are Agatti, Amini, Andrott, Bitra, Chetlat, Kadmat, Kalpeni, Kavaratti, Kiltan and Minicoy.

How to reach Lakshadweep islands is a question paramount on the minds of those who search for package tours to Lakshadweep. Lakshadweep Islands can be reached by ships and flights operating from Kochi. Agatti and Bangaram islands can be reached through flights from Kochi. Four passenger ships namely MV Tipusultan, MV Bharat Seema, MV Amindivi and MV Minicoy operate between Kochi and Lakshadweep.

Lakshadweep tourism is conducted giving paramount importance to protecting the delicate environment of the islands and keeping in mind the scarcity of land and other resources like water. Keeping this in mind, a sea based daytime tourism is practiced for domestic tourists. They are brought by ship and night halt of tourists are arranged in such way that they are boarded from islands before night. This experiment is found to be quite successful. International tourists stay in Bangaram and they are brought by flight from Kochi to Agatti which homes the only air strip in the islands. During monsoons, only shifting by helicopter is practiced from Agatti to Bangaram.

Lakshadweep enjoys a pleasant tropical climate with summer temperatures ranging from twenty two to thirty three degree centigrade and winter temperatures from twenty to thirty two degree centigrade. The best time for Lakshadweep holidays is from October to mid May. From mid May to September it is rainy and is difficult to get to islands except Agatti and Bagaram. Nevertheless the rainy season presents for attractive setting with vegetation looks greener than ever and veil of rain adding different hue to beauty of lagoons and blue seas beyond. In Lakshadweep, the climate is pleasant even during peak summer because of cool sea breeze and abundant shade provided by the canopy of coconut trees. It is to be noted that only flights operate throughout the year for tourists. Ships operate exclusively for locals during monsoon.

The islands of Lakshadweep have existed sans any outside influence from time immemorial. A dialect of Malayalam is spoken in all the islands except Minicoy where ‘Mahl” language is used. Kolkali and Parichakali are the two popular folk art forms in the territory.

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