Packing For Lakshadweep

As I sit on the shores of the silver sandy beaches of a teeny-weeny island dotted in the Arabian Sea, cool breeze ruffles my hair, school of fishes dance around my feet, waves tickle my toes and recedes, and in front of me is a sea painted in a dreamy shade of blue.

Guess what? We are not at Maldives, Seychelles or Mauritius, but our very own India. We are at Lakshadweep Island — an archipelago of one lakh islands scattered all around like a gem in the exquisite ocean. Picturesque landscape and easy charm of the island gets you hooked the moment you set foot on the island.

We are here for a couple of days for a detox vacation and our island life starts with waking up to the sound of waves lapping in front of our cottage,  walking along the beach with our feet digging into the sand, sleeping under starry skies, devouring on seafood, snorkeling and chasing school of fishes, and whiling away our time in the hammock doing nothing.

At Lakshadweep, tourists are allowed to visit only a few islands. Kavaratti, Minicoy, Kadmat, and Kalpeni are the most visited islands if you are on a cruise package. By air — Agatti, Bangaram, Thinnakara, Kadamat or Kavaratti are the ones, people generally opt to stay.

We zeroed down on Thinnakara and Bangaram for our stay, as they are secluded and are known for the beautiful lagoons and amazing marine life. The resorts here are government run so they are not the best and not even worth the money you pay for. Though the lack of infrastructure and basic amenities is a bit of a bummer here but we have no doubt that if the island comes under the radar of tourism, it has all the potential to give a tough competition to any of the countries mentioned above.

The beauty here is so untamed and rugged.

 

Before we venture more into the nitty-gritty of planning and stuff. Let us help you with a quick packing guide if you are planning to stay in any one of the islands in near future.

Packing For Lakshadweep

Sunscreen Lotion with SPF 50 or higher: No brainer. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to wear a high SPF sunscreen while at Lakshadweep. The sun’s rays are exceptionally harsh. You cannot get out in the sun without slathering yourself with loads of this. Apply religiously every 2-3 hours.

We were tan like hell the very first day itself as we didn’t put any on.

Packing For Lakshadweep

( Hat : Forever21, Top : Max, Shorts ; Mango )

Hat : Wider the better to keep you safe from the sun.

Sunglasses : Polarized one preferably as the sunlight in day time can be blinding enough.

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( Aviators : Ray-Ban)

Liquid Soap & Sanitizer : The resorts here are mostly government-run and they offer soap in bathrooms and dining areas.  A travel-size pack of hand sanitizer will go a long way.

Refreshing Wet Tissues: You will thank us later for this. The sun in this part is ruthless and even after slathering sunscreen, the skin burns. Refreshing wet tissues will be your ultimate savior.

Face Mist : This is our must pack itinerary for every tropical vacation. Just spray on your hand and face at regular intervals.

• • • DRESS • • •

Men — T-shirts, shorts, swimwear, shirts and one pair of long pants preferably cotton and breathable fabric.

Women — Shirts, Midi/Mini Dresses, lightweight tops, tanks, skirts, shorts, sarong

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Swim Wear: Pack a load as there is no dearth of water activities on the island. Starting from scuba diving to snorkeling, parasailing to kayaking.

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Kimono or Cover-up : You don’t need a reason for this. Throw in some bright colorful ones to rock your look.

Flip Flop / Beach Slipper : As most of the days you will be spending running on the sand and in water.

Lightweight backpack / Beach Bag :  Beach bag and/or lightweight backpack for carrying snacks, water, camera, and other stuff whilst on the island hopping trips.

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( Backpack : c/o American Tourister India )

Beach Towel : I know packing towels is a torture. But government resorts and hygiene goes a bit in opposite directions. So, it is better to pack one unless and until if you don’t mind using towels with holes or stains in them 😉

• • • ESSENTIALS • • •

Medical Kit :  Take an emergency stash of things to treat motion sickness, sea sickness, stomach ache,  colds, and headaches.

Toiletries: All of them. Don’t forget to pack your favorite shampoo, conditioners, body wash, razor, face wash, toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, hair brush, and anything else you might need.

Food/ Snacks : There is nothing else apart from the meals served on the island. So, do carry some snacks with you if you love munching all the time. Maybe some dry fruits mix , chocolates if you like or  bring some energy bars to have on hand.

Mosquito Repellent: As the sun sets, you will find loads of  unwanted guest. So, if you don’t want to get bitten, pack one for evening walks or star-gazing in the night.

• • • ELECTRONICS • • •

Books/Kindle : You will have enough time on the island to finish reading your favorite books or the ones you always wanted to read.

Ipod : Perfect for long idle days or lazing around beaches

Laptop : There is no Wi-Fi in the island but if you want to catch up some TV series or movies. Don’t forget to pack your laptop.

Flashlight: For navigating your way back to the room after dinner.

Power Bank: You need it for sure, most of the islands are a bit underdeveloped and power cut is a common thing here. So, take your power bank with you to charge your phones and camera whenever you need.

Waterproof Camera :  Don’t miss to carry a waterproof camera with you to capture all the memories of snorkeling with sea turtles, star fish, jelly fish and loads of colorful fishes. A MUST PACK for the trip.

Camera :  No reason for that.

We highly recommend carrying all these items on you than to leave them at home!

Till we post the detailed itinerary of our trip, here’s a sneak-peek from the tropical paradise. Hope you like it.

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( Accessories: HnM India )

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( Swimwear : Marks and Spencer, Hat : Forver21 )

 

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( Dress : With )

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( Sam’s T-shirt – HnM India )

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( Sam’s Trouser : Mark and Spencer, Shirt : Shoppers Stop | Maxi Dress : CandidlyCouture )

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Stay tuned for more posts..

Happy Pinning !!!

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35 Comments

  • Reply
    d pilankar
    May 12, 2016 at 5:22 am

    nice stunning pics.

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    Mridul
    May 12, 2016 at 5:28 am

    Great photographs, and I’ll surely visit Lakshadweep soon! Thanks for the motivation. Lets connect over Instagram at @sigmabond ?

    • Reply
      The Tales of a Traveler
      May 13, 2016 at 10:01 am

      It is a beautiful corner, definitely deserves a visit 🙂 Thanks a lot for stopping by and will surely check your Instagram feed 🙂

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    vishusaumya
    May 12, 2016 at 5:57 am

    Very helpful post. I will surely keep all this in mind 👍

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      May 13, 2016 at 10:10 am

      Thanks a lot Saumya 🙂 hope it helps to prepare you for your Lakshadweep trip incase you are planning in near future 🙂

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    rupam { xhobdo }
    May 12, 2016 at 6:34 am

    Awesome pics 🙂 Thanks for the informative post.

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    Manjulika Pramod
    May 12, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    The gorgeous pictures took my heart away. The yellow skirt looks lovely. And it makes a very helpful post because most of the time I forget something or the other.
    Mosquito repellent is important. I have been packing it for couple of my trips now.

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      May 13, 2016 at 4:57 am

      Thank you so much sweetheart 🙂 🙂 Btw it is a dress not a skirt … 🙂

      We miss things all the time so we thought a packing checklist for each destination is a good idea to share

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    Prasad Np
    May 12, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Will read some other time when I am ready to go to Lakshadweep…I was too dazzled by the gorgeous pictures of both of you…and the island

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      May 13, 2016 at 4:53 am

      Thoda so padh lete mehnat kiya hai maine likhney mein 😛 😛

      Thank you so much for the compliments 🙂 🙂 and coming to island it is outrageously stunning

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    Shrinidhi Hande
    May 13, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Beautiful pictures of you and Sam… GoPro can help as waterproof camera… Btb isn’t the list generic to any hot beach destination? Anything particular for Lakshadweep not applicable for elsewhere?

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      May 13, 2016 at 4:49 am

      Thanks a lot Shrini 🙂 … As the islands are underdeveloped with very few/no shops at all, it is very difficult to get anything you want.

      Especially you can’t miss toiletries ( ALL of them) , power bank, mosquito repellent, medical kit and any kinda food to munch — If you miss any, you have to survive on clinic plus shampoo and lux soap for the entire trip 😛

      Forget conditioner or sunscreen lotion 😀 Face mist is a new thing for them and for islands like Bangaram, you have to entirely depend on resort for food i.e – breakfast, lunch, evening tea & dinner 🙂 🙂 No other demands are entertained 😉

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    Biddu
    May 13, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Fantastic snaps !! I am planning a vacation, sometime later this year.
    I read that you stayed in Thinnakara and Bangaram. Can you share any info on accommodation in Kadmat?
    Another thing.. Is the process of acquiring permit to visit hassle-free?

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    Biddu
    May 13, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Fantastic snaps !! I am planning a vacation, sometime later this year.
    I read that you stayed in Thinnakara and Bangaram. Can you share any info on accommodation in Kadmat?
    Another query.. Is the process of acquiring permit to visit hassle-free?

    • Reply
      The Tales of a Traveler
      May 13, 2016 at 9:58 am

      Thank you so much for liking our post and stopping by to comment 🙂

      Coming to your queries, you can easily get the permit, no hassle there 🙂 and I will be soon posting 2 other posts which will cover all your queries.

      you can also shoot an email incase you have any other doubts 🙂

      Cheers !!

  • Reply
    Ami
    May 14, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Beautiful pictures…..hoping to get there soon.

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      May 14, 2016 at 3:33 pm

      Thanks a bunch Ami 🙂 🙂 It’s a stunning place .. Maldives san luxury you can say, even much better than Maldives 🙂

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    Mridula
    May 14, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Hey Swati what about the tourist permit to the islands? What is required?

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      May 14, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      You just have to book via SPORTS or any other authorized travel agent. They will take care of the permit. Without permit you are not even allowed to board the flight from Kochi .. I will be sharing a detailed post next week 🙂 🙂

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    Saumya
    May 18, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Stunning pictures Swati. Hoping to visit this place someday. 🙂

  • Reply
    Sonali Chauhan
    June 1, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Congratulations to you Swati & Sam for being Lakshadweep. Your post is really nice & it show wonderful sound about Lakshadweep 🙂

  • Reply
    Chayani
    June 1, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Beautiful pics and nice post 👍

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    Roopa Sinha
    June 6, 2016 at 5:36 am

    Really soothing pictures.All time while reading post,I was just watching these photos.Thank you

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      June 6, 2016 at 7:32 am

      Thanks a lot Roopa for stopping by and liking our post 😊😊 Lakshadweep is an outrageously stunning place

  • Reply
    John DTDC
    July 20, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    What a lovely place.I can’t imagine .Look like a foreign country.I surely visit Lakshadweep .

  • Reply
    Ankur Baranwal
    August 24, 2016 at 10:32 am

    This is really helpful. Photos are awesome.

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    Fly With Shaunak
    November 7, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    These are certainly great pictures shot from with equally wonderful angle – all of them. Lakshadweep has been added to my bucketlist, thanks to Swati & Sam both 🙂

  • Reply
    Kavita
    November 7, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Gorgeous place and pictures. Thanks for sharing such an informative post.

  • Reply
    Roshan Radhakrishnan
    November 8, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    This is a lovely post. Informative and a really good guide for all of us, especially when the time comes to pack. Saving this for future use 🙂

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    Pooja Bhatt
    November 14, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    What stunning Pics here 🙂 totally mesmerizing ones :0

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    Sreeram
    April 28, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Very informative post, and lot of good insights. This website is helping me plan better on the stay and “must do” activities.
    How much does it typically cost for the water sports activities on the islands? If there are no ATMs, we would have to carry all cash only!

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