Lakshadweep Itinerary – How to Reach, Permit & Resort Stay

Are you looking for the ultimate Lakshadweep Itinerary? Lakshadweep — the name itself means ‘a hundred thousand islands’. Located off the coast of Kerala, the islands of Lakshadweep are bestowed with miles of heavenly sun-kissed beaches devoid of the crowds, magnificent lagoons, and turquoise blue water brimming with colorful marine life. If you are planning to visit this piece of paradise then look no further, in this post we have shared our Lakshadweep itinerary – how to reach, places to stay, and things to do.

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Lakshadweep Itinerary
Bangaram Island, Lakshadweep

Islands of Lakshadweep

The islands of Lakshadweep are beautiful inside out and their beauty is unparalleled. With its laid-back vibe, the islands of Lakshadweep offer a multitude of experiences for any traveler; all of which are bound to create lasting impressions.

Bangaram Island - Turtle - Lakshadweep
Turtle – Thinnakara Island

In this post, we provide all the details so that you can plan for a perfect Lakshadweep holiday.

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.

Tourists are allowed to visit just a few selected islands. The islands of Agatti, Kadmat, Kavaratti, Minicoy, Bangaram, and Thinnakara.

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

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

Languages Spoken: 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: As per the 2011 census, the population of Lakshadweep is 64,473 of which 93% are Muslims.

Occupation: Fishing and coconut cultivation are the major occupation on the islands. Tuna fish is the biggest export of the islands. 

What to Pack for Lakshadweep Itinerary
Bangaram Island – Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep Itinerary

Here is a sample Lakshadweep itinerary. You can mix and match and plan your itinerary that suits your needs. 

A Week-Long Trip (Suggested) – Lakshadweep Itinerary

  • Kadamat (2 days) or Kavaratti (2 days)
  • Bangaram/Thinnakara (3 days) 
  • Minicoy/ Kalpeni (2 Days)

Long Weekend Trip (Our Itinerary) – Lakshadweep Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Reach Agatti and hop on a speed boat to Bangaram Island
  • Day 2 – Enjoy your Time snorkeling, scuba diving, island hopping ( Pareli 1 & 2 )
  • Day 3 – Stay at Thinnakara island
  • Day 4 – Enjoy your time in the morning and then head back to Agatti

Our flight was from Kochi to Agatti and we booked our stay via SPORTS (official Lakshadweep Tourism Website)

( Read Next: Our Stay at Bangaram Island Resort )

Shipwreck snorkeling on Bangaram Island

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 that takes tourists to different coral islands.

Lakshadweep Samudram is a Five-days cruise to visit the islands of Kavaratti, Kalpeni, and Minicoy by ship- M.V Kavaratti.

Get all the latest updates HERE

Bangaram Island
View from the cottage at Bangaram Island, Lakshadweep
Bangaram Island
Hermit Crab, Lakshadweep

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.

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

Lakshadweep Itinerary

Map of Lakshadweep



Islands To Visit in Lakshadweep

Agatti Island

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 water is deep blue teeming with the most colorful and diverse underwater world.

Where To Stay: 

Local guesthouses and a few private-run resorts are the only options. 

Do check the latest update on the official tourism site.

Agatti Island
Agatti Island

Bangaram Island

Surrounded by a shallow lagoon this island is one of the most beautiful islands of Lakshadweep. It boasts world-class corals and rich marine life. From shipwreck snorkeling sites 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.
Bangaram Island
Bangaram Island

( Read Next: Our Stay at Bangaram Island Resort )

Pareli 1 & 2

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

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

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
Lakshadweep Itinerary
Lakshadweep Itinerary


A bite-sized island midst a shallow lagoon makes Thinnakara an ideal place for vacation. It is isolated and just a few cottages are dotted on the shores. It is 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 on the Island

Travel Time

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

Kadamat Island

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 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, and 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. However, the Non-AC tents are a little away from the main resort.


Minicoy Island

Minicoy Island is a beautiful coral island dotted in the Arabian Sea full of dense coconut groves, a 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 on this island.

Where To Stay:

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

Minicoy Island

Kalpeni Island

Kalpeni is famed for its 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 the 1800s 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 tourists and it is run by SPORTS (Lakshadweep Tourism).


Kavaratti Island

It is the capital of Lakshadweep and the most developed of all the islands. Apart from sun-drenched white sandy beaches, and 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 on 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

Kavaratti Island

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

Inter-island transfers could be arranged and the price varies depending on the boat. Everything for us was organized by the Sports and we paid around 60-65 K.

  • Pick up from/ to airport + Stay ( Inclusive of all three meals ) + Island transfers
Bangaram Island
Snorkeling Time at Bangaram Island, Lakshadweep

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.

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  • Reply
    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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    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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    July 14, 2016 at 6:14 am

    Such a helpful post!

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    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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    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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    July 14, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    The place looks stunning for sure!

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    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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    July 15, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Beautiful images. This is a very useful itineary.

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    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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    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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        Chitrangada Roy
        November 27, 2022 at 4:41 pm

        I want to plan my own trip and not go for any package. Will Sports help me get permit if I only book my lodgings through them?

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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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    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 a day trip or you could check weekend cruise packages from Cochin.. hope that helps

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    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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    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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    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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    Anushka Anand
    July 15, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    did you book the whole trip through SPORTS ?

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      July 16, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      Not the whole trip only the accommodation and transfer between islands … food is inclusive

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    Nimisha Agarwal
    July 26, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    hey..Thanks for the informative post.. Though I have a query.. you have given quite a detailed information of the islands while SPORTS website is mostly about about the cruise packages and they dont cover all the island either. Did you guys make your own itinerary and visited the place via flight. Would it be possible for you to give an idea about the ititnerary you followed.

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      July 30, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      Thanks a lot, Nimisha….We have mentioned everything about our itinerary in this post only 🙂

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    August 26, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Hey.. just wanted to say thanks. Your blog is very descriptive and informative. You’re doing awesome job by writing down about your travel experiences. It’s really helpful for me and I’m sure for others also. This inspired me to go to lakshwadeep. Thanks again. Happiness and blessings to you.!

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    Riddhi Kothari
    September 9, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Detailed and useful for Lakshadweep travellers !

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    April 19, 2018 at 6:33 am

    First of all !thank you for informative post. We are planning to visit lakshadweep by the year end, and your post is really helpful in planning for the same.

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      August 23, 2019 at 11:02 pm

      Glad you liked and have fun in Lakshadweep, it’s a beautiful place and best time to visit is during winters 🙂

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    December 12, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    A really detailed, informative with amazing pics, itinerary! Appreciate it both!! Wanted to plan on a trip and this blog had almost all the information that I was looking for. I have been thinking of writing such a blog, but haven’t written one yet.

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      August 23, 2019 at 11:00 pm

      Thank you so much Kevin and all the best for your blog, do share a link whenever you write one, would love to read your experience 🙂

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    April 9, 2019 at 11:44 am

    Awesome post. The tips very helpful for the visit Lakshadweep. Thanks for sharing the information and guide to travel near places of the Lakshadweep.

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    Pulari Kurian
    April 25, 2019 at 4:58 am

    Hi, what a wonderful post with great details. Which month of the year did you travel?

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    Amitava Chatterjee
    July 17, 2019 at 7:35 am

    wow! such nice and informative blog thankss for sharing your travel experiences with us

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      August 23, 2019 at 10:58 pm

      Glad you liked and hope it helps you in planning to this beautiful part of India 🙂

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    Priyanka Gupta
    June 22, 2021 at 11:05 am

    I was looking for a detail guide to Lakshadweep Island and so landed on your website. Really great info and guide. Better to visit Lakshadweep than maldives. this is after looking at your pictures.

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