Lakshadweep, India’s smallest union territory is the only coral island of India comprising of twelve islands, three reefs and five submerged banks, with a total of nearly thirty nine islands and islets. The region has 10 inhabited islands and 17 uninhabited islands. The main islands of Lakshadweep include Kavaratti, Agatti, Minicoy and Amini. The region located around 440 km from the coastal state of Kerala, offers tourist the perfect escape from city life or for that from civilization as a whole as the region due to its fragile bio diversity is a protected region and hence it is not much commercialized with only a limited number of hotels and small restaurants present in the region.
However, when vacationing in this beautiful islands these facilities or the lack of it don’t make much difference, as the beautiful and peaceful surroundings of the islands gives you the perfect opportunity to adorn the beauty of nature, relax and also ample time to introspect.
But vacationing at this beautiful Indian island is not that easy, tempting tourists all over the region remains elusive and out of reach of many travelers, owing to the huge formalities that are needed to be duly complied with before you can set foot on these magical island. Hence to make things little simpler for tourists here is a simple compilation of few Lakshadweep travel tips.
Firstly, Lakshadweep is not a budget friendly holiday destination. Although the facilities offered are not much but I guess every good thing in life comes at a price, similarly the natural beauty and the peaceful surroundings of the region are just something money can’t buy.
Secondly, due permissions from authorities are required without which no tourists, Indian or otherwise are allowed to set foot on the Islands, in fact foreigners are further given only restricted entry limited only to few islands of the region.
Thirdly, having advance booking in a Lakshadweep hotel is an essential requisite to get the due permissions of authorities for entering the island.Fourthly, Lakshadweep enjoys a tropical climate with the temperature rarely moving above 28 degree Celsius and hence light cotton clothing should be carried.Fifthly, the region is not overtly commercialized and as such there is no such emergency medical services in the region, so do carry your essential medication and some first aid with you.
Sixthly, alcohol is not permitted on the islands, with the exception of Bagram islands, so do not carry any alcohol with you if visiting other islands of Lakshadweep.Lastly, Lakshadweep is still inhabited predominantly by tribal people, hence do respect local traditions and culture.