Lakshadweep, formerly known as the Laccadive Islands, translates from Malayalam as “one hundred thousand islands.” Lakshadweep is a group of islands 400 kilometers off the southwest coast of the Arabian Sea that is home to some of India’s most stunning and unusual islands and beaches. There are just 36 islands in the smallest union territory of India, which has a total area of 32 square kilometers. Twelve atolls, three reefs, and five submerged banks make up its structure, of which 10 Islands are inhabited.
Lakshadweep is normally accessible via Kochi (Kerala), and all travelers must have a permit to enter the island (including Indians). After a permit, Indians are permitted to visit all islands, however, even after a permit, foreigners are permitted to just visit Agatti, Bangaram, and Kadmat Islands. Permits can be obtained from Kochi itself.
Perhaps the charm of Lakshadweep islands lies in their remoteness. Far off the beaten track, they attract no hordes of merrymakers to their shores. The islands, though all equally mystical and beautiful, each offer a unique blend of tourist spots. Some islands have been promoted for diving and water sports, and still, others have been developed so that people enjoy the charm of relaxation.