While Lakshadweep consists of 36 islands, only 10 of them have human settlements. These inhabited islands are Kavaratti, Agatti, Kadmat, Kalpeni, Minicoy, Andrott, Amini, Kilthan, Chetlat, and Bitra. All these islands are open to tourists, but tourist amenities are limited on Andrott, Amini, Kilthan, Chetlat, and Bitra. Additionally, certain uninhabited islands also provide opportunities for tourist activities.
Kavaratti, the capital of Lakshadweep, is well-known for its water sports. The island also boasts attractions such as a marine museum, a lighthouse, a ghost ship, and the Ujra mosque, which is a significant Muslim pilgrimage center.
Kalpeni offers visitors the opportunity to witness coral reefs directly along the shoreline.
Agatti serves as the entrance to Lakshadweep and is renowned for its stunning lagoons. Visitors can enjoy watersports activities both in Agatti and the neighboring Kalpitti Islands. Additionally, Agatti serves as the starting point for boat services to various smaller islands.
Bangaram, an island resembling a tear drop in the Arabian Sea, stands as the epitome of Lakshadweep Tourism. Accessible by a one-hour boat journey from Agatti, Bangaram beckons visitors with its breathtaking lagoons and a plethora of watersports. A distinctive spectacle awaits at night with the enchanting bioluminescence in the sea, a phenomenon known to Malayalam movie enthusiasts courtesy of the film ‘Kumbalangi Nights.’
Accommodations in the form of resorts and cottages are readily available for those looking to extend their stay on Bangaram. For a unique experience, a short 15-minute boat ride from Bangaram leads to Parali 1 and Parali 2 islands, where tourists can partake in a captivating ‘turtle watch’ activity. Adjacent to Bangaram is Thinnakara island, where visitors can witness the fascinating process of manufacturing jaggery and ‘surka’ from coconuts.
Notably, Parali 1, Parali 2, and Thinnakara are uninhabited islands, adding an extra layer of tranquility to the overall experience.
Minicoy stands as an isolated island, situated apart from the other islands in Lakshadweep and in closer proximity to the Maldives. The language and culture of Minicoy set it apart from the rest of Lakshadweep. Noteworthy attractions on the island include mangrove forests and a scenic lake, making it a magnet for visitors interested in rural tourism. Additionally, tourists have the opportunity to relish the picturesque sights of the nearby island of Viringili.