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Lakshadweep: A Guide to an Unexplored Gem of India

Lakshadweep Gem of India

India, with its diverse landscapes, offers a plethora of travel destinations. While many prefer international destinations, there are hidden gems within the country that often go unnoticed. Lakshadweep Island a Union Territory, is one such place that remains relatively unexplored. In this article, we’ll delve into the ways to reach Lakshadweep, the necessary permits, and the enchanting islands waiting to be discovered.

How to Reach Lakshadweep

To embark on a journey to Lakshadweep Island, there are primarily two routes: by air or by sea.

By Flight

If you’re planning a trip to Lakshadweep, the best way to reach is by air. Start by booking a flight to Kochi, Kerala, from major airports like Mumbai, Delhi, or Bengaluru. From Kochi, take a direct flight to Agatti Airport, the only airport in Lakshadweep. Before planning your visit, ensure you obtain the necessary permit, as Lakshadweep is a part of India’s Union Territory.

Lakshadweep Island
Lakshadweep Island

By Sea (Cruise)

Seven passenger ships, namely MV Kavaratti, MV Arabian Sea, MV Lakshadweep Sea, MV Lagoon, MV Corals, MV Amindivi, and MV Minicoy, connect Cochin and Lakshadweep islands. The journey duration ranges from 14 to 18 hours, depending on the chosen island. Accommodation options include A/C First Class (two berth cabins), A/C Second Class (four berth cabins), and push back/Bunk Class with A/C seating. On-call medical services are available, and MV Amindivi and MV Minicoy provide comfortable A/C seating for overnight travel. High-speed vessels operate during the fair season.
Check more details on Govt of Lakshadweep Official website

Lakshadweep Island

How to Obtain a Lakshadweep Permit

Before setting foot on Lakshadweep, acquiring a permit is crucial. Visit the Lakshadweep Permit official website to apply online. Alternatively, you can obtain a permit from the Lakshadweep Administration Office in Kochi, also known as the Spot Office.

Exploring Lakshadweep Islands

Lakshadweep comprises 36 islands, each offering a unique experience. Here are a few must-visit islands:

1. Minicoy Island

Known for its pristine natural beauty, Minicoy Island is a haven for nature enthusiasts. The island boasts clear waters, and you can even indulge in water conditioning activities. Don’t miss the chance to visit the iconic Minicoy Island Lighthouse, offering breathtaking views.

Lakshadweep Island -Minicoy

2. Kalpeni Island

Famous for its scenic beauty and clear waters, Kalpeni Island is a popular destination for travelers. Engage in water activities, witness the mesmerizing coral reefs, and enjoy the unique experience of coconut water between the islands.

Lakshadweep Island

3. Kadmat Island

Kadmat Island is one of the most beautiful island which stands out for its vastness and beauty. Offering crystal-clear waters, the island provides opportunities for scuba diving. Immerse yourself in the underwater world and enjoy the serene atmosphere.

Lakshadweep Island

Dining in Lakshadweep

Worry not about food in Lakshadweep, as the islands boast a variety of hotels serving both vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine. Seafood is particularly popular, so don’t miss the chance to try local delicacies.

Budget for a Lakshadweep Trip

For a four-night, five-day trip to Lakshadweep, budgeting around INR 50,000 to 1.5 lakhs is advisable. This budget includes travel expenses, accommodation, and meals. However, keep in mind that individual lifestyles may lead to variations in the budget.


Lakshadweep, with its pristine islands and rich marine life, stands as a testament to India’s natural beauty. By following the outlined guidelines, you can plan a memorable trip to this hidden paradise. Whether you choose to fly or sail, ensure you secure the necessary permits for an uninterrupted exploration of Lakshadweep’s enchanting islands. Share this guide with your friends and inspire them to discover the beauty of Lakshadweep.

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