A group of 36 exotic islands, Lakshadweep is a Union Territory spread over an area of 32 square kilometres in the Arabian Sea. An interesting fact about the UT is that its Sanskrit and Malayalam translations mean a hundred thousand islands, and in the olden times, it was called Laccadive islands. The islands of Lakshadweep are no less than a paradise for beach lovers and water sports enthusiasts! Sun-kissed beaches, infinite blue sky, breathtaking views of the horizon, and enigmatic aquatic life make Lakshadweep a surreal holiday destination. Kavaratti is the capital of Lakshadweep, and out of 36 islands, only 10 are inhabited.  

History of Lakshadweep 

The ancient history of Lakshadweep is not documented; hence, only legends connect us to the history and heritage of these exotic groups of islands. According to historians, these islands were discovered when the search parties went searching for the last Kerala King Cheraman Perumal, who went to Mecca via sea route. 

History of Lakshadweep 

In the 7th century, a saint named St.Ubaidullah(r) fell asleep while praying in Mecca and dreamt about Prophet Mohammad(s), who asked him to spread Islam to distant places. Following this dream, St. Ubaidullah(r) went to Jeddah and took ships from there to travel further. On his voyage, he got hit by a storm that wrecked the ship and he landed at Amini Island. He again dreamt of the Prophet, who asked him to spread the religion on this island. St. Ubaidullah(r) started doing that, which infuriated the headman of the island. But nothing could dampen his spirit, and he continued to do so and even travelled to Andrott and spread the teachings of Islam. He breathed his last at Andrott, where his grave is present and is a sacred place today.

Subsequently, when the Portuguese arrived, they started looting the islands to procure coir, but the legends have it that the inhabitants fought bravely and ended the Portugal invasion. Later, Chirakkal Raja took over the administration of the Amini group of islands, which got passed on to Arakkal of Cannanore. In 1799, the islands were taken over by the British East India Company. After the independence of India, in 1956 it was formed a Union territory and in 1973 its name was changed to Lakshadweep.       

Culture of Lakshadweep 

Lakshadweep’s culture is as vibrant as its beaches. The most popular folk dance forms performed on special occasions and festivals are Kolkali, Parichakali, and Lava. Another traditional dance form is Oppana, in which a lead singer sings a song and is accompanied by a group of women. This is performed in marriages. Major events and festivals celebrated with great zest in Lakshadweep are Republic Day, Independence Day, Muharram, Eid Ul Fitr, Milad-ul-Nabi, and Bakrid.  

Talking about Lakshadweep, its local cuisine is perfectly infused with coconut and seafood, reflecting the island's tropical environment, while its residents maintain their traditional practices amidst the natural beauty.

Tradition of Lakshadweep

Talking about the tradition of Lakshadweep, this destination is all about magic and richness. These islands predominantly follow Muslim and Islamic customs. Traditional music and dance such as Kolkali and Lava are a crucial part of the celebrations in Lakshadweep islands. Festivals like Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha are celebrated with great fervour, involving communal prayers, feasts, and cultural performances. 

Art and Handicraft of Lakshadweep

Art and Handicraft of Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep is popular for coir products that can be taken as souvenirs and adorn your living space. In addition to the coir items, tourists can also buy handmade jewellery made of seashells, oysters, and corals. You can explore all these handcrafted items at the shops or beachside stalls.  

Food of Lakshadweep

Food of Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep food serves an elaborate vegetarian and nonvegetarian platter comprising many drool-worthy coastal and authentic Keralite dishes. Some of the most popular dishes that are worth trying are Mus Kavaab, Octopus Fry, Sannath, Maasu Podichath, Avial, Tuna dishes, and Kadalakka. 

Things to do in Lakshadweep 

  • Enjoy a walk by the beach and collect stones or shells.
  • Experience a ripple of excitement by indulging in daring water sports.
  • You must sign up for an ayurvedic massage if Places To Visit In Lakshadweep, as it will rejuvenate every cell of your body.
  • Savor the lip-smacking seafood and local cuisine.
  • If you are an admirer of coir products, then head to Amindivi island. 
  • For the best Snorkeling experience, you must visit Kalpeni island. The island is home to shallow waters and a golden sand shore that sparkles when sun rays fall on it.
  • The coral reefs of Agatti island attracts tourists from across the world. 

Things to do in Lakshadweep

  • Home to a Marine museum, mosques, and a desalination plant Kavaratti island has a lot of fascinating sites that will never let the fun element drop! 
  • Explore the most beautiful lagoon in Agatti island and capture the scenic vistas in your camera. 
  • Known for its traditional dance form Lava, and the largest lagoon, Minicoy Island will keep you hooked and amazed throughout your stay. Don’t forget to take a picture of Jha Dhoni, a colourful race boat.
  • Kavaratti Island is where you can indulge in daring water sports and get spiritually enlightened as it has more than 50 mosques. You may also explore the marine aquarium and dolphin dive centre. 

Lakshadweep always makes up in the list of travelers for its pristine beaches and enthralling vibes. Tourists can access the islands of Lakshadweep from Kochi as all the sea routes and air routes here originate from mainland Kochi. A visit to Lakshadweep is an opportunity to witness the mystical underwater world, nature at its best, and experience life on an island.

How to Reach Lakshadweep 

Lakshadweep is a beautiful group of Islands in the Arabian Sea. Thai tropical destinations can be easily reached via a combination of air and sea travel. Below is the guide to reach the Lakshadweep islands. 

  • Nearest Major City.  Kochi
  • Nearest Major Airport. Agatti Island Airport 
  • Nearest Seaport. Mangalore Port 
  • Distance from Kochi. 496 Km

By Air

  • Lakshadweep islands are well-connected with a major airport. Agatti Island airport is the primary airport for reaching the Lakshadweep islands. For further travel, you can hire a taxi or book a cab. 

Distance from the airport. 62 Km

By Water

  • Lakshadweep islands can be easily reached by water. Various passenger ships, managed by the Lakshadweep administration, operate from Kochi to various islands in Lakshadweep.  

Lakshadweep is always on travellers' lists for its pristine beaches and enthralling vibes. Tourists can access the islands of Lakshadweep from Kochi, as all the sea routes and air routes here originate from mainland Kochi. A visit to Lakshadweep is an opportunity to witness the mystical underwater world, nature at its best, and life on an island. So, book now with adotrip.com and experience all-under-one-roof A1 travel services.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Lakshadweep

Q1. How can Indians go to Lakshadweep?
A1. Indians can travel to Lakshadweep via air and water. Lakshadweep features major airports and seaports, making travel more convenient than ever. 

Q2. Why is Lakshadweep famous? 
A2. Lakshadweep is famous due to its sun-kissed beaches, lush greenery, and panoramic views. 

Q3. Which is the best time to visit Lakshadweep?
A3. Visit Lakshadweep in the winter months of October to March. The weather is relatively pleasant and perfect for water sports and other activities. 

Q4. Do Indians need a visa for Lakshadweep? 
A4. No, Indians do not need a visa to travel to Lakshadweep islands. However, they may require a permit before travelling there. 

Q5. Which currency is used in Lakshadweep?
A5. Indian Rupee (INR) is the currency used in Lakshadweep islands. 

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