Lakshadweep – The Coral Paradise (Photo Journal)

Festooned with unspoiled and pristine marine life, silvery beaches and exquisite coral reefs, Lakshadweep or the “One hundred thousand Islands” is an ideal tropical getaway in the Arabian Sea. Located off the coast of Kerala, Lakshadweep flaunts a group of 36 islands of which 10 are inhabited. Adorned with tall coconut trees and cornucopia of Tuna fish,  these tiny group of islands casts a ethereal spell in the hearts of tourists.

This trip of mine to this palm-laden coral islands was in December 2010. And as you can guess, I don’t remember any details of this trip. So here’s my solution : A Photo Journal.

Now, if you are planning to visit this breathtakingly beautiful coral paradise, you should first get yourself a permit from the Lakshadweep administration. Being the tiniest union territory in India, Lakshadweep is not very well versed in tourism infrastructure. There are only a few hotels and resorts in the entire island group.

Sunrise in Lakshadweep

The sunrise in Lakshadweep as seen from a boat. We had to hitch an early morning boat ride to Bangaram island. The rolling motion of the boat can make one nauseous, but we were lucky.

Bangaram Island

These small sand banks are common sights in Lakshadweep

Bangaram Island

Bangaram Island

Bangaram Island

The true island Paradise – Bangaram Island. This tear drop shaped island is a tourist heaven and a trip to Lakshadweep is incomplete without visiting this magnificent haven.

Bangaram Island

Bangaram Island

The sea bed as seen during a low – tide at Bangaram

The low tide causes the water level to drop by more than a meter and it thereby increases the area of the islands by a considerable amount.

Bangaram Island

Bangaram Island

The major source of income for the inhabitants of Lakshadweep is coconut plantation and fishing.

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Tuna Fishing

Tuna Fishing – The life line of Lakshadweep

Sunset in Lakshadweep

Sunset in Agatti Island

Sharks!!

These lads were happy to show me their prized catch – Sharks!

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The largest tree in Lakshadweep and see how tiny my sister is compared to it.

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Thats the “highway” in Lakshadweep. I’m not kidding. This is how the roads are. After all, who needs a 4 lane road to travel in an island that’s hardly 8 km long?Lakshadweep

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Alluring sandy beaches!!

Aerial view of kavarathi

Aerial View of Kavarathi – The capital of Lakshadweep

My Helo!!

That’s my ride. The connectivity between islands is poor. You can get yourself a helicopter ride from Agatti to Kavarthi if you are lucky. Else its a long boat ride through the rough Arabian sea.

Family

What’s a trip to Lakshadweep, without a family photo by the beach?

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The Lonely Beach

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Miniature Coconuts!!

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Dead Corals seen during Low tide at Kavaratti

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A swim in the calm seas of Kavarathi. Lakshadweep islands are a diver’s Eden. Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Kayaking, Canoeing and Water Skiing are a few adventure sports that Lakshadweep offers.

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A view of Kavarathi from the Light House.

Underwater view

Underwater view

Underwater view

Underwater marine life as seen through a glass-bottomed boat

My Ship!!

Capt: Jibu "Sparrow"

MV Bharat Seema – My ride back.

The transportation facilities are very poor in Lakshadweep as the weather plays a significant role in boat and ship schedules. The flights are few and expensive. So be ready to shell out a few more days if the weather Gods aren’t in your favour.

This concludes my photo journal on Lakshadweep. I’d urge you to visit this place as it’s one of the most beautiful island wonderlands in the world.

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18 thoughts on “Lakshadweep – The Coral Paradise (Photo Journal)

  1. dileep

    good one. beautiful place, culture..

  2. anil

    beautiful…………..!! can u provide more information on accommodation…..!!!

    • There are very few hotels in Lashadweep. Most people take a package in which the night stays are in a ship. Bangaram has 2 resorts. One by the Lakshadweep administration and the other by a star hotel group. The latter is very expensive and a room can cost over 20k per night.

      Other hotels in Lakshadweep charge close to 3-5k per night. So the cheapest option is to take a SPORTS package which would be somewhere around 20k.

  3. harish

    awesome dude !

  4. Jilu

    U Nailed it…. 🙂

  5. Sumedh

    Which indian sim cards can I use at lakshadweep? Pls help

  6. jyoti pandalai

    Jibu, I am an editor of school books. I am currently working on a social science book. Can I use a photograph of fishing in the Lakshadweep islands from your blog?

  7. sanyukta

    very nicely presented 🙂 i loved the photographs

  8. Chitra

    Very nice pics. We have recently visited Bangaram Island and felt nostalgic. Now the resort has been closed there and only tent accommodation is available. The arrangements are pretty bad. But the island is beautiful no doubt.

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