Lakshadweep | Best Time to Visit | Top Things to Do

A beautiful gem of southern India lying atop the Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep is a union territory of India, made up of numerous islands. Promising a landscape of swaying trees of palm and coconut, sandy beaches, and the roaring waves of the sea, Lakshadweep is among the best island getaways in the world.

Some of the popular islands of Lakshadweep include Bangaram, Kavaratti, Minicoy, and Kadmat. Read along to discover more about the beautiful islands of Lakshadweep and must visit attractions that you shouldn’t miss out on a trip to Lakshadweep.

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The list of top Most-visited Places in the Lakshadweep

Kavaratti Island

Kavaratti Island

The capital of Lakshadweep, Kavaratti is a narrow island spread over an area of 4 sq. km. One of the reasons that make Kavaratti a popular tourist attraction is its 6 km long stretch of lagoon that contains within itself a habitation of marine life such as starfish, sea turtles, colorful fish, as well as sea cucumbers, among many others. With such an abundance of a variety of oceanic life, Kavaratti houses the Marine Aquarium and Museum which will be of interest to marine and wildlife enthusiasts who wish to know more about the ocean and the life within.

Top Things to Do:

  • Visit the Marine Aquarium and Museum.
  • Try one of the many water sports offered on the island.
  • Go snorkeling and view the island’s marine life.

Bangaram Island

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When it comes to the best islands to visit in Lakshadweep, Bangaram Island cannot be forgotten. This beautiful island in Lakshadweep is one that is a popular tourist attraction despite being an uninhabited island. Covering an area of just 2.3 sq. km, the island is a tiny one as compared to the others of the archipelago. In close proximity to the islands of Agatti and Kavaratti, Bangaram Island is a favored destination for spending a tropical vacation, even among foreigners. The scenery of the island captures a mix of a variety of fish such as crabs and pufferfish; birds such as parrots, and wildlife like prickly porcupines along with a marvelous setting among the coastal trees of palm and coconut, densely spread out through the island.

Top Things to Do:

  • Try one of the many water sports offered on the island.
  • Observe the island’s beach at night as it turns blue.
  • Explore the birds and wildlife of the island.

Agatti Island

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It is from Agatti Island that flights are operated to and from Lakshadweep. One of the popular tourist attractions of the island is the lagoon that the island lies upon, creating the most mesmerizing landscape as it lies along the Laccadive Sea. Agatti Island is also known for its coral reefs and the fish that it has in abundance, making fishing one of the main industries that operate in Agatti. Having such a surplus of fish, seafood lovers are sure to have a delightful time while at the island, with a variety of fresh fish and seafood to opt from. Covering an area of 3.8 sq. km. the island looks like a piece of paradise, with its blessed sceneries that cover the entire island.

Top Things to Do:

  • Try the local cuisine and fresh seafood.
  • Go for snorkeling and explore the underwater world.
  • Take a walk and feel the soft sand of the island’s beach.

Kadmat Island

Kadmat Island

Kadmat Island is among the top tourist destinations in Lakshadweep and is among the top three popular destinations of the archipelago favored by tourists. With an area of 3.2 sq. km. Kadmat is a narrower island with endless beauty within its boundaries. Take a trip to this enchanting island of Lakshadweep and immerse yourself in its scenic beauty. The island flaunts its long, sandy beaches that make for an ideal setting for sunbathing, where you can just relax and bask in the goodness of the sun. What makes this island one of the top islands to visit in Lakshadweep are the lagoons that surround it both, on its western and eastern sides creating the most aesthetically pleasing landscape, with the green trees of palm and coconut lining the beach as well.

Top Things to Do:

  • Explore the island’s beach and take a sunbath.
  • Go for a glass-bottomed boat ride and explore the sea.
  • Stay in one of the tourist huts at the island’s beach.

Kalpeni Island

Kalpeni Island

Situated between the islands of Andrott and Minicoy, Kalpeni Island is one of the most beautiful islands to visit in Lakshadweep. The island covers an area of 2.7 sq. km. of land and boasts of beautiful golden beaches against the backdrop of the blue lagoon. Blessed with many rare species of plants and marine life, Kalpeni Island is a delight to explore. The island is also known for providing the best water sport activities in all of Lakshadweep with activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, in the island’s mesmerizing lagoon. The location of the island makes it a favored destination for snorkelers and divers, who love to explore the underwater world at Kalpeni and spot various beings of the marine kingdom such as fishes, rays, and sea turtles.

Top Things to Do:

  • Take a walk and feel the soft sand of the island’s beach.
  • Go snorkeling and view the island’s marine life.
  • Visit the local village and learn about the culture of the indigenous people of Lakshadweep.

Best Time to Visit Lakshadweep

Being a coastal region, Lakshadweep experiences a tropical climate often seeing warm and humid days. The archipelago faces an average temperature of 27°C to 29°C throughout the year with the temperatures reaching a maximum of 31°C in the month of May when Lakshadweep sees its hottest days.

Between the months of June and September, the region experiences the season of monsoon when the weather can include a mix of harsh rains, strong winds and sometimes cyclones, making it an unpleasant time to visit the island for tourism.

As such, the best time to visit Lakshadweep for a holiday vacation is between October and May, when the weather is pleasant and is ideal for exploring its islands.

How to Reach Lakshadweep?

Being an island, Lakshadweep can be reached via ships and flights both of which operate from Cochin, Kerala. Here is how you can reach the union territory:

By Air: Flights to Lakshadweep are operational from Cochin and fly to the Agatti Airport, located on Agatti Island, and can take one and a half hours to reach the island from Cochin.

By Sea: Many ships operate from Cochin to Lakshadweep such as MV Kavaratti, MV Arabian Sea, MV Lakshadweep Sea, MV Lagoon, MV Corals, MV Amindivi and MV Minicoy that will reach the island in a span of 14 to 18 hours, and will reach the different islands of Lakshadweep.

Things to Remember

  • For people not native to Lakshadweep, it is necessary to obtain a permit to visit the islands.
  • The permit can be obtained by applying online at
  • Applying for the permit as an Indian will require you to submit a Police Clearance Certificate from the Commissioner of Police of the district you reside, a self-attested copy of your identity card, and 3 passport-sized photographs.
  • Foreigners who wish to visit Lakshadweep would need a valid passport and an Indian Visa.
  • Though Indian tourists are allowed to visit all the islands in Lakshadweep, foreigners only have access to the islands of Agatti, Kadmat, and Bangaram.
  • When planning your trip to Lakshadweep, you must book all your tickets beforehand, since it is difficult to find flights, hotels, and ships at a moment’s notice at Lakshadweep.
  • Whether you go snorkeling or diving, you mustn’t touch or take with yourself the corals of Lakshadweep.
  • It is not only a punishable offense but corals are extremely important for the ecosystem of the seas and oceans.
  • Alcohol consumption in Lakshadweep is not allowed except in the islands of Kavaratti and Bangaram, as such, consuming or carrying alcohol with you on other islands may invite official action.
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