10 Amazing Things To Do in Lakshadweep On Your Next Holiday
Posted On January 27, 2022
Planning to take a trip to Lakshadweep? Great choice! Loaded with lush and beautiful coral reefs, the island has a lot to offer in terms of tourism. So, buckle up your seat belts, or should we say, buckle up your life jackets? We will discuss the amazing things to do in Lakshadweep on your next holiday!
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Open up your souls to Lakshadweep
Picture this – sunbathing by the sea that is colored in a rich turquoise blue that camouflages with the white shaded sky at a faraway point. Cut to views filled with lush greenery, palm, and tall coconut trees that pack your soul with unexplainable joy! Imagine the possibility of exploring coral reefs and more while also getting to take up adventure water sports. That’s Lakshadweep for you!
Lakshadweep is an Indian island located off Kerala’s coast, comprising 36 atolls and coral reefs that offer a mind-blowing tourist experience. Not all islands are inhabitable, but the populated islands are rich in culture and sea life and offer a plethora of tourist attractions for beach bums to visit and explore! From water sports to coastal experiences, you can do it all in Lakshadweep and have a satisfying and calming vacation!
Best Time To Visit Lakshadweep
Lakshadweep’s resorts are generally open throughout the year. However, if you’re planning to take the ship ride, visiting Lakshwadeep during the monsoon season may be a bad idea. So, plan your visits between the months of October and mid-May, and avoid traveling in September.
How to reach Lakshadweep?
Before we move on to discuss all the fantastic things to do in Lakshadweep, let’s take a look at how you can reach the island.
When I planned my trip to Lakshadweep, I learned that we could reach the island by both sea and air. To reach the place, you can either take a flight or book a ship from Kochi, Kerala. It can take up to 20 hours by water from Kochi to Lakshadweep. Kochi is the only gateway to the island for tourism purposes.
So, whichever part of the country you are traveling from, only a layover in Kochi will take you to the magnificent Lakshadweep islands!
10 Amazing Things To Do in Lakshadweep On Your Next Holiday
Sure, we would have learned about Lakshadweep back in school in our Geography classes. But it was only when I was planning my trip to the island did I actually study about it!
So, before we delve into the things to do in Lakshadweep, let’s quickly learn some more about the island! Also known as Laccadives, Lakshadweep is the smallest union territory of India, consisting of 36 islands, with Kavaratti being the capital. It is said that the Chola dynasty ruled this island back in the 11th century.
Today, Lakshadweep is a popular adventure and honeymoon destination, the visuals of which are often compared to that of Maldives. In fact, the island’s administrator, in 2021, had mentioned that the officials want to develop Lakshadweep like the Maldives and are looking to promote sustainable tourism in the islands.
My trip made me wonder why plenty of tourists flock to the Maldives when we have the wonderful Lakshadweep right here, well within reach, both travel-wise and budget-wise!
So, if you want to go on a relaxing yet adventure-filled vacation by the beach, you must cruise your way to Lakshadweep! Here are 10 amazing things to do in the Lakshadweep islands on your next holiday. Read on!
1. Sunbathing + Lagoon Fishing = The Best Unwinding Formula
Amidst the various things to do in Lakshadweep, lagoon fishing in Kadamat island is one of the most fun and, at the same time, calming activities. This was something I enjoyed doing! If you are someone who loves fishing, you can have fun in the many lagoons of the island while enjoying getting a good tan by the beach. Even if you are new to fishing like I am, make sure to add lagoon fishing to your to-do list in Lakshadweep.
2. Snorkelling on Agatti Island
Explore what’s in the sea by taking up snorkeling on Agatti island. Agatti is one of the most popular islands in Lakshadweep, known for its calm waters and colorful coral reefs! Whether or not you are new to water sports, snorkeling is something you must try out on your trip! It is one of the best things to do in Lakshadweep! Being a newbie to the world of water sports myself, I had so much fun snorkeling through the waters and reefs of Agatti.
3. Take Up Kitesurfing at Kadmat Island
Kadmat Island is one of the islands popular for offering guided kite surfing activities! Kites surfing is also one of the most thrilling things to do in Lakshadweep. The vast water body in Kadmat allows you to surf first before you kite, and it is one of the several exciting experiences that Lakshadweep has to offer.
4. Canoeing in The Shallow Waters of Minicoy Island
Canoeing is one of the most therapeutic things to do in Lakshadweep. The shallow waters of Minicoy island offer a calming space to slow down and peacefully canoe your way through any stress you might have! The water is clear – you can literally see sand through it – and is very low in depth. This will help you row without putting in much effort, thereby leaving you with a sense of calmness.
5. Scuba Diving in The Waters of Kalpeni Island
Delve deeper into the coral ecosystem in the waters of Kalpeni island. Take up scuba diving here and explore the stunning views of coral reefs as well as the ecosystem that exists deep in the sea. On your dive, you will be able to spot plenty of exotic fish, which will make your experience completely worthy!
6. Marine aficionado? This marine museum is for you!
If you are a marine enthusiast, your entire trip will be interesting, sure. But what you must not miss is the Marine Museum in the capital island, Kavaratti. The museum is home to a range of exotic species of sea creatures that make up the ecosystem that thrives under the waters of the union territory. So, this must be on your list of things to do in Lakshadweep!
7. Yes, Nights in Lakshadweep Can be Fun and Happening!
The island is home to happening nightlife. Visit the Bangaram island, the only place to provide alcohol in all of Lakshadweep. Besides this, almost every resort or hotel in the islands usually arrange fun activities, including barbeque parties, campfires, and more for their guests. Ensure you put Bangaram island on your list of things to do in Lakshadweep.
8. Chasing sunset on Minicoy island
If you are looking for calm amidst your activity-filled vacation in Lakshadweep, the lighthouse in Minicoy island is your spot, apart from the many beaches the island has to offer. The lighthouse in Minicoy takes in tourists who are in for a beautiful view of the sunset there. Also, there is something very tranquil about the lighthouses in small towns and islands, right?
9. Good things come in small packages – Bitra, the smallest island
When in Lakshadweep, you must not miss out on paying a visit to Bitra island. The smallest of all islands in Lakshadweep, Bitra is home to the largest lagoon! Visit Bitra for a cozy island and lagoon experience.
10. Explore the local cuisine!
If you are a food freak who loves exploring different cuisines, you must not miss the local food that Lakshadweep offers! The island has a happening street food scene, and you will find an array of sea-based food, including the most-hyped Octopus fry (!!!), Mus kuvaab, a fish-based delicacy, fish tikkas, pakoras, and more! If you are someone who loves seafood, you must have this on your list of things to do in Lakshadweep island!
These are some of the many things to do in Lakshadweep. If asked to describe my time in Lakshadweep, I’d say ‘new’. I got to do a good bunch of things I have never done before! I thoroughly enjoyed every moment I spent in and by the water for someone who would not consider himself a hydrophile. Vacay-ing in Lakshadweep islands was definitely a splash of a refresh I didn’t know I needed.
If you have been to the island (and have tried the octopus fry!), let our readers know what they can expect in Lakshadweep in the comments section below!
Gulshan Bafna is one of the luxury travelers in India. He, along with his wife, has traveled to many exotic places that one could dream. With their travel journey, they bring us the best face of those places. He compiles all of his travel journeys to give the taste of traveling to his readers. In his writing, he jots down the best things to do in all those places that he has visited. Reading these would help one know better about the place. He is also a seeker who loves exploring and discovering new places and share his experiences with everyone.