Kadmat Island is a part of the Amimdivi group of islands of the Lakshadweep archipelago. The island is a popular tourist destination located outside mainland India in the Arabian Sea. Kadmat Island is known for marine turtles and coral reefs. Spread in approximately 9 kilometers, the island is also known as Cardamom Island. Besides the enigmatic views, the place is also known for multiple water adventure sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and sailing.
There is nothing noteworthy documented in the history books about the Kadmat island. All that is known, is that most of the islands of Lakshadweep archipelago have long been uninhabited. After India’s independence, when Lakshadweep was granted the status of Union Territory, people started settling in some of the islands and Kadmat is one of them. Later, entire Lakshadweep developed as a tourist spot and today its a popular honeymoon destination.
Kadmat island also has a lagoon on its west side that is approx 2km wide at the broadest point. This lagoon offers a safe ground for many water sports. The long sandy beaches and tourist huts along the shore make this place a paradise for nature lovers. The island has been granted the tag of being a marine protected area by the Ministry of Environment and Forests. As per this official notification the natural resources, plants, and animals of the Kadmat Island are entitled to be conserved.
This beach is a great place for tourists who are looking to spend their vacation in the lap of nature amidst the calming sounds of waves and lush greenery at the beach shore. Witnessing sunrise and sunset here at the beach is an experience of a lifetime.
Tourists can indulge in numerous adventure water sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, boat ride in glass-bottomed boats and even fishing in the deep seawater.
This is the only museum in the entire Lakshadweep and is located in Agatti Island. Wooden chests, antique jars, mini coy sailboats, and gold coins that have been collected from the shores of the islands are displayed in the museum. Locals claim that these antique items belong to the ancient voyagers.
Lakshadweep will not only amaze you with the raw beauty of its beaches and islands but will also entice you with the rich and raw taste of local spices and herbs through its local dishes. If in Lakshadweep one must relish the following dishes: Mus Kavaab (boneless fish), octopus fry, and Maasu Podichath (dried tuna).
Winter season is great to visit and explore Kadmat island. Between October and May, one can enjoy the weather and the place to the fullest. Visiting the island in summer or monsoon season is not advisable because of humidity and hide tides in the Arabian sea.
Because Kadmat is an island located in Lakshadweep in the Arabian Sea, one can only visit the place by two modes of transportation i.e either by air or by water.
By Air. Agatti Airport is the nearest airport to reach the island. Direct and connecting flights from mainland India arrive at the airport hence one may consider traveling by air for utmost comfort and to cut down the travel time.
By Water. From Agatti Island, one is required to cover the remaining distance in a boat which will take 4 hours to take you to Kadmat island.
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