Lakshadweep Itinerary – Places To Visit & Stay

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Lakshadweep — the name itself means ‘a hundred thousand islands’. Some big, some small, same far, some near. Some inhabited and some not.

Located off the coast of Kerala, Lakshadweep islands are bestowed with miles of heavenly sun-kissed beaches devoid of the crowds, magnificent lagoon,  and turquoise blue water brimming with colorful aquatic life.

Each and every island here is blessed with an abundance of picturesque landscape to make you want to whip out your pen and paper and get creative.  The islands are beautiful inside out and the beauty is unparalleled.

With its laid back vibe, the islands of Lakshadweep offers a multitude of experiences for any traveler; all of which are bound to create lasting impressions.

Here we pop out all the details to plan your trip to Lakshadweep.

Lakshadweep Itinerary

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Lakshadweep is an archipelago made up of thirty-six  islands spread across an area of 32 sq. kilometers, 10 out of them are inhabited – Agatti,  Kadmat, Kalpeni, Kavaratti, Kiltan, Amini, Bitra, Chetlat, Androthm, Bangaram, and Minicoy. But tourists are allowed to visit just a few selected islands. The islands of Agatti, Kadmat, Kavaratti and Minicoy are inhabited by locals whereas Bangaram and Thinnakara are uninhabited islands.

Location: 8° and 12° North Latitude and 71° and 74° East Longitude

Inhabited Islands : Agatti, Amini, Andrott, Bitra, Chetlat, Kadmat, Kalpeni, Kavaratti, Kiltan and Minicoy

Language: Malayalam & Mahl (spoken on Minicoy Island). Jeseri ( similar to  Malayalam with a hint of Tamil) is a dialect that is also spoken in Lakshadweep.

Total Population : 60595 as per 2001 census, of which 95% are Muslims.

Occupation : Fishing and coconut cultivation.

Best Time To Visit Lakshadweep : 

October to March/April is the best time to visit any of the islands of Lakshadweep with temperatures dropping to 30°C along the coast.

Post April till mid-September, monsoon hits Lakshadweep and ferries and resorts are mostly closed. The rains are most frequent and abundant during these months.

If you still want to visit during off season, chopper services are also available. But it is advisable to check before planning.

October to May is perfect time if you want to opt for cruise packages.

Summer Months: March to May

Monsoon Months: May to mid-September

Winter Months: September to Feb

– Places To Visit in Lakshadweep –

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Agatti Island:

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Agatti Island will be your first stop as you land at Lakshadweep. The island boasts of having some of the finest beaches and offers tons of water-sports activities.  The beaches are clean and the waters are deep blue teeming with the most colorful and diverse underwater world.

Where To Stay : 

Local guest houses and few private run resorts are the only options. 

Note : Seashell resorts is still closed due to permit issues. ( Update : May 2016) 

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Bangaram Island

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Surrounded by a shallow lagoon this island is one of the most beautiful islands of Lakshadweep. World class corals and rich marine life makes it one of the best island. The shipwreck snorkeling site to hidden beaches with hermit crabs, bluest of the blue ocean to lagoon full of sea turtles, Bangaram fits the bill perfectly for a hidden away beach experience.

Where To Stay :

The only option is to stay at the Bangaram island resort which is run by SPORTS (Lakshadweep Tourism).

Travel Time

  •  From Agatti : 30 minutes  to 1 hour depending on the boat.

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( Read Next : Our Stay at Bangaram Island Resort )

Pareli 1 & 2 :

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These tiny islands surrounded by shallow lagoon on one side and deep sea on the other can be covered by foot in 15-30 minutes. The shallow lagoon  is home to numerous sea turtles whereas deep sea is home to sharks, stingrays, and flying fishes.

The island is full of ( hungry 😉 ) hermit crabs and sea turtles.

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Where To Stay :

No options. These islands can be visited as day trips from Bangaram, Agatti or Thinnakara

Travel Time

  • From Agatti : 30 -75 min depending on the boat
  • From Bangaram : 20-40 min depending on the boat
  • From Thinnakara: 15 min

Thinnakara :

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A bite-sized island midst shallow lagoon makes Thinnakara an ideal place for vacation. It is isolated and just a few cottages dotted on the shores makes it a perfect escape for those who want to be away from the rush of life. You can snorkel, sail out in your kayak, play beach volleyball and relax in a hammock doing nothing.

Even at times, it might happen you are the only one with the resort staff on the island.

Where To Stay :

Cottages at the island

Travel Time

  • From Agatti : 20-40 min depending on the boat.

Kadmat Island :

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Kadmat is one of the most stunning islands in the archipelago. You will find dolphins cleaving through the clear blue waters, sea turtles all around and if you are lucky enough flying fishes by dozens might come to greet you on your way to Kadmat from Agatti.

The phenomenal sweep of talcum-powder sand with dramatic waves breaking across the bay is an everyday thing here. Apart from the scenic vista, the island also offers various water sports activities like diving, snorkeling, kayaking, paragliding to name a few. Some of the best diving spots can be found here.

Where To Stay :

Kadmat island Resort – You have an option of NonAC tents and AC rooms to choose from in this island. However, the NonAC tents are a little away from the main resort.

Minicoy Island:

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Minicoy Island is a beautiful coral island dotted in the Arabian Sea full of dense coconut groves, long stretch of white powdery beaches and an amazing marine world. The island is distinct from the rest of the islands in terms of culture, lifestyle, and language. You can find a lot of influence from Maldivian and South Indian culture in this island.

Famed to be an important center for tuna fishing — the island is divided into a cluster of houses which is headed by an elected elderly man called Mooppan(Bodukaka). Each and every house in this island is beautifully decorated. Another major attraction of the island is the oldest Lighthouse which was constructed in 1885 that offers a breathtaking view of the island.

Where To Stay :

There are three tourist cottages and one 20 bedded tourist home.

Kalpeni Island :

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Kalpeni is famed for bewitching landscape with the small islets Tilakkam & Pitti and an uninhabited island on the north called Cheriyam. You can walk to Cheriyam island from Kalpeni during low tides but make sure you are not barefoot.

The islands of Kalpeni were reshaped because of a huge storm in 1800’s and the formation of the beautiful corals is attributed to this storm. It has the largest lagoons among all the islands of Lakshadweep. These lagoons are quite shallow and are perfect for all sorts of water sports activities. You can also explore the Sait Moinuddin mosque while on the island.

Where To Stay :

Koomel Beach Resort is the only resort for the tourist and it is run by SPORTS (Lakshadweep Tourism).

Kavaratti Island:

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It is the capital of Lakshadweep and the most developed of all the islands. Apart from sun-drenched white sandy beaches, amazing coral reefs, you can also explore the aquarium and museum on the island.

Ujra Mosque constructed by Sheikh Mohammad Kasim in the 17th century is one of the most prominent attractions of the island and draws a lot of tourists. The island also offers a plethora of water sports activities like kayaking, snorkeling, parasailing and scuba diving at a very reasonable rate.

Where To Stay :

Kavaratti Island Beach Resort


Lakshadweep Itinerary :

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Here is a sample itinerary that you could follow. Just mix and match and plan your itinerary.

A Week-long Trip ( Suggested):

Kadamat (2 ) + Bangaram/Thinnakara ( 2)  + 2 Kavaratti + 1 day Minicoy/ Kalpeni

Weekend Trip ( Our Itinerary) :

2 days at Bangaram + 1-day at Thinnakara ( Day trip to Agatti and Pareli 1 & 2 )

You can also opt for — 2 days in Kadmat/ Kavaratti + 2 days in Bangaram/Thinnakara

( Read Next : Our Stay at Bangaram Island Resort )

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Cruise package :

Two days/ Weekend Excursion Package : Lakshadweep islands are perfect weekend getaways from Cochin, Mangalore, and Beypore. The ship departs on Saturday from Kochi/Mangalore/Beypore and on Monday  it returns to Kochi/Mangalore/Beypore.

Coral Reef  Package : It is a five-day cruise package which takes tourists to the coral islands for a day excursion. Nights you would be staying at MV Kavaratti or MV Tippu Sultan.

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Budget & Expenses :

Flight :

Flights rates are fixed and they don’t vary from Kochi to Agatti – Rs.4842*

Stay :

Stay at Bangaram – INR 10,000 for Tent and INR 15,000 for Cottage

Stay at Thinnakara – INR 10,000 for Tent

PS: We booked our stay at Bangaram & Thinnakara resorts via SPORTS. To confirm your booking you just have to share your flight details and pay by electronic fund transfer (NEFT) or check.

For customizing your trip , you could drop an email to  – laksports.reservation@gmail.com

Packing for Lakshadweep :

Breathable fabric mostly cotton and linen are the best to pack for this tropical paradise. Pack all your breezy flowy maxi or midi dresses,  loads of swim wears, wide-brimmed hats, your best of shades and the most important SUNSCREEN with a higher SPF 😉

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Handy Tips: Try to avoid revealing dresses at the islands inhabited by locals and respect the culture.

( Read Next : What To Pack for Lakshadweep )

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How To Reach Lakshadweep:

Agatti Island

By Air : Air India operates a flight from Kochi to Agatti Island every day except Sunday.

By Ship : M.V. Bharatseema , M.V Tipusultan, M.V Aminidivi and M.V Minicoy are  passenger ships that operate between Kochi and the islands. You can choose the various packages offered by Lakshadweep tourism at a reasonable rate. ( You can see the detailed list : HERE )

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Getting Around :

Interisland ferry operates from Agatti to most of the island. For island hopping and inter-island transfers speed boats and chopper services are the only options.

You can also rent out a bike to explore the bigger island like Kadmat, Agatti or Kavarrati.

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Things to Do
in Lakshadweep :

 

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If you are an adventurous soul, Lakshadweep offers a plethora of activities to keep you hooked.

Scuba Diving

Snorkeling

Parasailing

Glass Bottom Ride

Kite Surfing

Knee Board

Turtle Watch Tour

Fishing / Night Fishing

Water Scooter Rides

Kayaking

Island Hopping

 Rent a bike and go for a village tour

Last but not the least, it offers ample opportunity to just relax & unwind.

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Good To Know

Tourists are allowed to visit only a few islands in Lakshadweep namely- Agatti, Kadmat, Kalpeni, Kavaratti, Minicoy, Bangaram, and Thinnakara.

Resorts with AC and NonAC standard and Deluxe rooms are available on islands of Kadmat and Kavaratti. Islands of Bangaram and Thinnakara have non-AC tents/ cottage only.

Alcohol is banned on all islands. It was only available in Bangaram island long back when the resort used to be operated by CGH Earth.

There is no party scene on any of the island. If you are going in groups, you can plan something and ask staff to arrange a bonfire.

Try to avoid revealing dresses on islands inhabited by locals ( Kavarrati, Kadamat & Agatti )

The islands are underdeveloped so take whatever you might need for the vacation especially medicines and other toiletries stuff.

Flights are operated only six days a week ( Mon- Sat) and once in a day.

Permit is needed to visit Lakshadweep. Permits can be arranged by SPORTS or travel agents prior to departure and had to be shown at the airport before boarding the flight.

Carrying corals – dead/alive or any shells back from the islands is a punishable offence.

ATM’s are few especially only on the islands which are inhabited. There are no ATM’s in islands like Bangaram or Thinnakara.

Try to haggle and settle down with good rates for all adventure activities offered by the resorts or kiosks on the islands.

Permit issued by Sports is required to stay on any of the islands. So, it is wise to choose to stay on islands where SPORTS has set up accommodation or are run by them.

The tourists huts in the tourist focal Islands of Kavaratti, Kadmat, Kalpeni, and Minicoy are looked after by SPORTS. Apart from these huts three private cottages at Minicoy are operated by locals.

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30 Comments

  • Reply
    Atulmaharaj
    July 13, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Nice and informative. Sums up Lakshwadeep perfectly. Will be very handy for someone traveling to Lakshwadeep.

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    Indrani
    July 14, 2016 at 6:08 am

    This should make it easy to plan a trip there. Great pics. A dream destination for me.

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      July 15, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      That was the whole purpose of this post Indrani 🙂 🙂 Hope it helps others in planning and we hope you get to visit this tropical paradise soon

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    Niranjan
    July 14, 2016 at 6:14 am

    Such a helpful post!

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    Kalpanaa
    July 14, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Had such fun looking at those photos of sea and sky. Fabulous. Tons of information too.

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    Ami
    July 14, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    A good guide for the lesser known Lakshadweep….hopefully one of these days and soon

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    Mridula
    July 14, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    The place looks stunning for sure!

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    matheikal
    July 15, 2016 at 5:46 am

    Very exhaustive info. Loved it.

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    yogi saraswat
    July 15, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Beautiful place to visit !! well narrated

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    Rajesh
    July 15, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Beautiful images. This is a very useful itineary.

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    Renuka
    October 26, 2016 at 6:40 am

    Great post on Lakshadweep! I have been wanting to visit it for so long…. I’m glad I can plan my trip with ease with this post. Thanks guys!

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    Prashant
    November 5, 2016 at 11:09 am

    I am planning a trip to lakshdweep in january, I will be alone and do not want to spend much on stay. Please suggest whether i can get some cheap stay after reaching there, or prebooking/e-booking is required?
    Please note I am a solo traveller and I generally focus on sightseeing and local cuisines and culture. I can manage with some cheap accomodation.

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      December 9, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      Hi Prashant, you need a permit to travel to Lakshadweep. This permit is arranged by SPORTS or any other travel agent which takes care of your lodging (the details of travel agents are on the SPORTS Lakshadweep website). We would highly recommend a pre-booking. For more details, you can check the website of SPORTS Lakshadweep.

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    Shrinidhi Hande
    November 28, 2016 at 1:44 am

    Detailed and useful post…. Kachua photo is best. Hope to visit here some day

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      December 9, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      Thanks a lot, Srinidhi and yeah we too loved the turtle. There were so many of them near the island. You should definitely plan a visit soon.

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    Vipin
    November 28, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Thanks for detailed tour guide. I really like to visit this place. Carry some nostalgic memories. My father was working in Minicoy long time back when I was a toddler. So I wan to see the place again taking with my mother. Can you please suggest a 2-3 days (max) itinerary covering Minicoy. I want to see Minicoy.

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      December 3, 2016 at 10:30 am

      Hi Vipin,

      Glad you liked our post, minicoy is near kalpeni & Kavaratti so either you can plan to visit one of the islands and visit minicoy on day a trip. or can check weekend cruise packages from Cochin.. hope that helps

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    Moon
    December 19, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Lovely photos as always! Thanks for sharing vital information on Lakshadweep tour.

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    pallavi dalvi
    December 26, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    What is the approximate total cost for a week trip. I want to mainly know how much we would spend on daily stays at each island and the no of ppl on sharing basis.

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    Radha
    January 21, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Awesome post! It’s so confusing the information on google about these islands! Just wondering – is Minicoy an inhabited island? Just because you mention that there are 3 guest houses owned by locals there. Also if we were to book a few days through SPORT and stay at their accomodation, could we extend our stay and stay at local accomodation somewhere? Do we need to apply to SPORTs to be able to stay in local accomodation? I just assume local places would be cheaper?

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    Bhushavali
    February 17, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Awesome tips. Thank you so much for this post. Being located so close to use, Lakshadweep is in the top of my wishlist! I really hope to go soon…

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