Lakshadweep, formerly known as the Laccadive, Minicoy and Aminidivi Islands is an archipelago of 36 islands that are located on the same submarine ridge of the Maldives, to the north of the latter that can only be reached from Cochin. The Lakshadweep islands are part of the Indian union territory, and include many smaller islands located about 300 km east of the Kerala region.
The archipelago name means one hundred thousand and the islands is just the landscape that appears before once landed in the island of Agatti, which is home to the only airport in the territory, but a touch of simplicity helps to fully enjoy the natural wonder of the area.
Travelling is the best way to learn about new places and new people, the culture of foreign countries or of which little is known, and is also the best way to find where the suitable places to relax and free yourself from the stress of life daily. There are plenty of bays suitable for everything, and some of the most suitable are the beaches of Kerala and Lakshadweep islands, magnificent places for a beautiful holiday dream you can remember for a long time.
Imagine taking a time machine and go back to the Stone Age and launching yourself in that virgin sea, which looks like a dream, fantasy alone, where shoals of fish that attach to the surface, of all species, colors and sizes. The pristine sea, still exists, in the sea of the Lakshadweep Islands. Tourism is very limited with clear advantages for those who have planned their vacation here to indulge in dazzling beaches, fishing and swimming for the whole day across a transparent sea. In the evenings you can dine under the stars on the beach. Here is the ultimate paradise.
Lakshadweep is for those travelers who want to flee from the well known and crowded places, and venture upon these 12 atolls of the Arabian Sea, where the coconut trees are more many human beings. Out of the 36 islands, ten are inhabited. There is no one besides the three reefs, five banks and sandy islands that appear and disappear like a mirage with the whims of the currents.
The only trace the history here is the legend of a remote shipwreck of pilgrims, who were stranded near Bangaram and later found the route to the Malabar coast, who unveiled the position of the new islands.
The motor boat cruise from Bangaram Island is a pleasant experience, slipping on an increasingly warm sea, sometimes crystal clear, sometimes emerald or pure blue, reverberating palms and seabed. We land on the east side of Bangaram, crowned by a lagoon reef and the three islets.
The few huts here are temporary homes of plantation owners who come just for the collection of coconut and coir and are the destination for excursions with the hotel boats, wooden dhows or canoes. Thinnakara has a nice beach, but is windy and at the southern tip settle the algae. The most beautiful seascapes of Parali are along the meanders and shallow waters of the south-west side.
While the eastern side is the best for swimming and snorkeling with the possibility of close encounters with turtles, rays and parrotfish. The resorts also organizes fishing trips to barracuda to catch the tuna. And there is a diving center with all the equipment. It is the most spectacular coastline, with clear waters, because the sea is not closed by islets and reefs, and therefore exposed to the erosion of the waves.
The resorts here are of a monastic simplicity, like the ayurvedic center. The boats from the Indian coast, bring supplies of food and drink and leading newspapers. The only modern amenities are electricity, a stocked bar and the hot water. There is a restaurant, but lunch is served outdoors, among palm trees and sea breeze. And, in the evening, there is a seafood barbecue by the sea, illuminated by torches. The message is clear.
It is a place for neo-essentialist who really wants to pull the plug and land in this remote remnant of the Arabian Sea not to spend the day between the pool and suites with air conditioning, but to experience the sea and the sea. The island of Bangaram is small, and two hours is enough to make the circumnavigation on foot.
There is a natural pond where the herons, storks and gulls drink and some hawk glides through sweet-salty water. The best beaches are unrolled on the west side, engraved by white sandy coves, the palm trees to give shade and the clearest sea of the island. When the sun goes down, we are privileged stage to enjoy the endless and slow sunset as in all the tropics.
These islands have been preserved as well thanks to a series of prohibitions that should be kept in mind once you are there. This includes the fact that you cannot collect shells, corals and coconuts. Lakshadweep includes numerous hot spots for fishing, and in particular those who have touched, have completely different characteristics, a perfect combination for those who like to vary the techniques such as popping.
The island of Kadmat is completely surrounded by a coral reef that sinks rapidly in the blue Indian Ocean. This long stretch of sand is home to a huge plantation of coconut palms that give much of the livelihood to all the inhabitants of the island. To enter and exit the reef you have to wait for the high tide, otherwise you are forced to make a long journey.
The fishing spots are quite limited, and their activity is closely connected to the shape of the barrier in relation to tidal currents and in some cases to those ocean. The rhythmic movement of the tides, which push on the large coral walls and corners determines the possibility of running into trevally and tuna.
However, we found a high concentration of local boats that insistently patrol the outer corner of the reef, searching for fish to take home for dinner. The beaches are bathed by the Arabian Sea and have a golden color and are rich in coconut palms. The ribs are popular with tourists not only for its lovely scenery but also because they offer a wide variety of local and recreational centers to appreciate the culinary arts and learn about Ayurvedic medicine.
The best time for a vacation is one that goes from November to March. The Lakshadweep Islands can be reached in less than two hours from Kochi. we should always arrange an itinerary of this magnitude months in advance to avoid surprises at the last moment. Lakshadweep do not have lots of hotels.
The Lakshadweep Islands are the perfect place to enjoy a good holiday in peace and a little relaxation. If you've never been there, this is the perfect time to organize a trip here, with a different holiday with some adventure and maybe more.