Lakshadweep Islands are located off the coast of south west India, near the state of Kerala. Anyone claiming to be a travel enthusiast should not miss the opportunity to pay a visit to the islands as it is here you can appreciate nature and its beauty in its purest forms.
Best Time to visit
The weather in Lakshadweep remains pleasant throughout the year but the best time to visit the place is between October and April. The temperature doesn't usually exceed 30 degrees.
Food Most of the food cooked in Lakshadweep takes inspiration from South Indian cuisine. Foods like Appam, Dosa, Idly are generally preferred for breakfast. Cabbage, Peera, Olan, Parippu curry, Plaintain Idimas are preffered food options for the lunch. Because of the island being ruled by Muslim rulers in its history one can also spot non-vegetarian delicacies like Kozhi Masala, Irachi Varuthathu and Chicken Curry among others.
Demographics of the Lakshadweep
|Location||In the middle of Arabian Sea, 200-400 km off the Kerala coast.|
|Latitude||8° - 12°13' North|
|Longitude||71° - 74° East|
|Area||32 Sq km|
|Average Annual Rainfall||160 cm|
|Languages||Malayalam, Mahl and English|
|Time Zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Best Time to Visit||Though the weather remains pleasant all through the year, the temperature is at its best from October to April.|
|Clothing||Light cotton throughout the year.|
How to Reach Lakshadweep
Lakshadweep is a group of small islands located around two to four hundred kilometer from the south-western coast of India. These islands are the smallest union territory of India and are separated from the Indian mainland by the Arabian Sea.
The Union Territory has an airport in Agatti, which is regularly connected by flights from Kochi (Cochin) the capital of Kerala. Kochi (Cochin) is an international airport and also linked almost all main cities in India.
The Pawan Hans helicopter service is also provided to visit the islands. The flying time between Agatti and Kochi (Cochin) is only one hour and a half. From Agatti you can find helicopter services to reach Kavaratti (an important city in the region) round the year and Bangaram Island in the monsoons.
Traveling by ship is also a good option to reach Lakshadweep. A number of passenger ships operate from Kochi (Cochin) to Lakshadweep. The distance can be traveled in nearly 18 to 20 hours. The ships offer a range of accommodation and modern amenities. However, during the monsoons, the ship services remain closed.
The approximate cost of traveling to Lakshadweep from Kochi by ship is around 500 to 1000 Indian Rupees per head for the residents of India whereas it is around 2000 Indian Rupees for foreigners.
Shopping in Lakshadweep
Lakshadweep is not exactly a shopping destination. People visit the island not as much for shopping, as they do for spending an unhurried leisure time and for scuba diving which is a popular water sport.
If you are still keen on shopping in Lakshadweep, taking back some souvenir to remind you of the great holiday you had, you can look for classic beach handicrafts made corals shells and oysters.
It is worth noting that there are not many shopping markets or large emporiums or plush malls for shopping in Lakshadweep. You can find an odd shop once in a while anywhere at the island or else you may also come across few local inhabitants with roadside stalls.
There are no famous shops for shopping in Lakshadweep as the island has a population of less than even a lakh people. Lakshadweep is not a very glamorous place for shopping but you can locate cute little gifts from shops spread throughout the island.
Things to shop for in Lakshadweep
- Artificial Jewellery made of sea items
- Beautiful Aquariums
- Canned fish biscuits
- Coconut Shell Curios
- Household items made up of Tortoise shells
- Make sure you have a proper plan in place while travelling to Lakshadweep Islands as a visit to the island requires an entry permit which takes at least two days to be processed.
- Getting an accommodation in the islands can be a task if you plan your visit in peak seasons. So, make sure you have arranged for a place to stay well in advance.
- Do not travel in the islands at night as they are largely uninhabited. You may get lost or encounter unwanted attention by burglars and thieves.
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