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Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep

 Lakshadweep, a group of 36 islands tucked away between 200-400 km in the Arabian Sea off the Malabar Coast is one of the world's most spectacular tropical islands. The unique feature of the islands is the pristine heritage of coral reefs and lagoons still preserving the special ecology.Each island are fringed by snow-white coral sands and shallow calm lagoons. The islands cover a land area of merely 32 sq km and only 10 islands are inhabited.

  To preserve the fragile ecology and culture of the islands only six of these have been opened for tourism-Kalpeni, Kavaratti, Minicoy, Kadmat, Agatti and Bangaram.Only the last three are open for foreign tourists. A peculiar feature of Kalpeni atoll is the huge storm bank of coral debris along the eastern and southeastern shorelines. Kavaratti the headquarters of the island territory is known for the beautiful calm lagoon that is favored by many for water sports.


       


  The crescent shaped Minicoy is the southernmost island in the group and has one of the largest lagoons. Long sandy beaches and excellent water sports facilities are the stellar attractions of Kadmat.The scuba diving centre is located on the island. In Agatti coral growths and multi colored coral fishes abound in the lagoons. The island also has one of the two airports in the territory; the other being at Bangaram is uninhabited and surrounded by a shallow lagoon enclosed by coral reef.