Amindivi is another exotic island that is worth visiting for a vacation. Located in the northern part of Lakshadweep, the island is known for beachside activities, picturesque views, sparkling azure water, golden sand, and simply magnetic views of sunrise and sunsets.
Coral reefs, lagoons, and coconut trees only add to the beauty and ambiance of the island. Amindivi island over the years has become a favorite destination for romantic travelers and nature lovers.
Months between October and May are great to visit Amindivi as the weather during this time is great to wander on the beaches and explore the island to the fullest. Summer and monsoon seasons are not so great as one might have to deal with the hot and humid weather during this time.
History of Amindivi Island
Locals claim that the name Amindivi came from the Arabic word ‘Amin’ which means faithful. However, there lies another popular belief related to the name Amindivi. According to it, the name came from the word ‘Amini’ which connotes a heavenly place. Amindivi island is one of the most inhabited islands of Lakshadweep, having a population of around 7K people as per the 2011 census.
The island is 220 nautical miles away from Kochi and is spread in an area of approximately 3 square kilometers. Besides being a naturally beautiful place, Amindivi is known across the country for its coir products (products made from coconut fiber). Every year tourists from all over India arrive here to witness the ethereal beauty of this island.
Major Attractions in and Around Amindivi
1. Tortoise and Coconut Shell Handicrafts
Tourists will come across many creative home decor and handicraft items made from coconut or tortoiseshell in the local market and beachside shacks. These handmade items can be great for gifting or statement pieces to enhance your personal space. Walking sticks made from tortoise shells or coconut shells are a fast-selling article among all the items.
2. Water Sports
Lakshadweep and its islands are on every traveler's list who loves water sports. Like all the other islands of Lakshadweep, tourists can indulge in numerous water sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, glass-bottomed boat ride, and swimming at the beaches of Amindivi.
3. Nature’s Own spa
Amindivi Islands are perfect for kissing goodbye to all your life stress. Lounge on the beaches relishing the most delicious seafood. And when you get bored of all these, just sail around and visit the neighboring islands.
4. Water Sports
Here you can enjoy a bountiful of water sports such as swimming, scuba diving, etc. Tourists who come here make sure these things are part of their travel package.
Yes, not only can you sit in the lap of nature and relax, but you can also party hard here. There are a lot of choices here for fun, ranging from private beach experiences, dinner parties, in-house entertainment, fun events to spas and so much more. Here you can do more than just lying around in sands near water.
How to Reach Amindivi Island
Playing with water splashes is really soothing especially when you are surrounded by water from every side like an island. Among such three water island subgroups of Lakshadweep UT, the Amindivi Islands are really mesmerizing. The distance of this natural wonder from hustled bustled cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore is 1986 km, 856 km, and 593 km respectively. Check the following ‘how to reach guide’ to know the exact roadmap.
The fastest and most effortless way to reach Amindivi Islands is to take a flight from your home city and reach Cochin International Airport. The airport has a direct linkage with Lakshadweep islands, therefore, you can further take a ship or board a small boat to reach Amindivi Islands while enjoying the ride in the waters.
From Bengaluru - Board AirAsia, IndiGo, Go Air flights from Bengaluru Airport. The airfares start from INR 7,000-8,000
From Kochi - Board Spicejet, IndiGo flights from Kochi Airport. The airfares start from INR 5,000-6,000
If you do not want to hurt your pocket during this trip, then traveling via trains would be a good option. Kannur Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Lakshadweep. Afterward, you can take a boat or ship as suggested above to proceed towards the Amindivi Islands.
Being an Island group, Lakshadweep lies 300 km off the Kerala Coast, therefore, there is no bus connectivity available.
Firstly, you will need to reach Cochin by any travel means (by air, train, road) and then you can opt to board passenger ships from Cochin that can take you to Lakshadweep. With these travel tips, your journey to the Amindivi Islands can become hassle-free as you do not need to keep boggling to find the right way to reach there.