Planning a Trip to Lakshadweep: The Ultimate Tourism Package Guide

Dreaming of a trip to the pristine Lakshadweep islands but feeling overwhelmed by the lack of information? You're not alone. Planning a visit to this breathtaking archipelago can be a daunting task, with permits, limited accommodations, and unpredictable weather playing crucial roles. However, our recent trip to Lakshadweep turned out to be a magical experience, thanks to a mix of determination, local connections, and meticulous planning.

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For over a year, the allure of Lakshadweep had tugged at our wanderlust, but the complexities of obtaining permits and the confusing options presented by various websites left us on the brink of abandoning the idea. That's when serendipity struck in the form of Mr. Satyanarayana, a retired diving instructor we met at Devbagh Island. His connections in Lakshadweep reignited our desire, and armed with contact details from a seasoned local, we set out to make our dream a reality.

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Undeterred by initial setbacks, we decided to plan well in advance. Choosing the end of October, aligning with the holiday season and full moon nights for turtle nesting, we aimed to witness the unique phytoplankton activity that occurs during Lakshadweep nights.

Cutting through the chaos and misinformation, we eventually gathered valuable insights for our Lakshadweep vacation. Here's a breakdown of what we learned:

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Lakshadweep Islands: An Overview

Lakshadweep, meaning 'a hundred thousand islands' in Sanskrit, comprises 36 islands, including 12 atolls, 3 reefs, and 5 submerged banks. Among these, ten islands are inhabited, namely Agatti, Amini, Andrott, Bitra, Chetlat, Kadmat, Kalpeni, Kavaratti, Kiltan, and Minicoy.

Tourist Islands and Accommodations

Tourists can visit a select few islands: Agatti, Kadmat, Kalpeni, Kavaratti, Minicoy, Bangaram, and Thinnakara. However, permits are mandatory for each island visit. Accommodations vary, with SPORTS offering options on certain islands. Private resorts carry risks, as permits may not always be guaranteed.

Travel Logistics

Agatti serves as the sole airport in Lakshadweep, connected by Air India's ATR-42 plane from Bangalore. Ship travel is also an option, weather-dependent and costing around Rs. 3500 from Kochi. Inter-island transportation is facilitated by speedboats and helicopters.

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Stay and Dining Costs

Accommodation costs vary, with Kadmat offering AC super deluxe rooms at Rs. 11,000. Meals are usually included, featuring basic yet delicious fare. Alcohol is strictly prohibited.

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Activities and Itinerary

Lakshadweep offers a plethora of water activities, including scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, and beach trekking. Our 4-day, 3-night itinerary included visits to Kadmat, Bangaram, and Thinnakara islands, with each day packed with exciting activities and breathtaking sights.

Tips and Restrictions

Lakshadweep Tourists are advised to dress modestly, and alcohol and coral collection are strictly prohibited. November to January is the peak season, witnessing increased tourist influx and prices.

As we share our detailed itinerary, you'll discover the enchanting beauty of each island, from the sunrise at Kadmat to the coral gardens between Thinnakara and Bangaram. Our journey through the Lakshadweep islands left us captivated, and we're eager to share more insights in future articles.

If the idea of swaying palms, azure waters, and coral paradises entices you, stay tuned for our upcoming articles detailing the wonders of Lakshadweep. In the meantime, check out the captivating pictures captured during our journey and discover why Lakshadweep deserves a spot on your travel bucket list.