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Lakshadweep India

lakshadweep, islands in indiaThe Lakshadweep island lie on the Arabian Sea. A timeless undiscovered treasure comprising 36 reefs and coral atolls - untouched and unspoilt. Very little is known about them and this adds to the sense of adventure for visitors. The Laccadive Islands, renamed Lakshadweep in 1973, are located in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Kerala, some 200 to 300 kms away and consists of 36 coral islands covering a land area of 32 sq. kms. Only ten of these islands are inhabited. They are in descending order of size - Minicoy, Andrott, Kavaratti Kadmat, Agatti, Amini, Kalpeni, Kiltan, Chetlat and Bitra. The main islands are Kavaratti, Minicoy, and Amini. The total population is about 51,000. The historical record shows that around the 7th century a Muslim saint was shipwrecked on the island of Amini. The inhabitants were converted to Islam despite initial opposition. Although the sovereignty remained in the hands of the Hindu Raja of Chirakkal, it eventually passed to the Ali Raja of Cannanore (Kannur) in the 16th century - the only Muslim royal family of Kerala, and later in 1783 to Tipu Sultan. After the defeat of Tipu Sultan at the battle of Srirangapatnam in 1799 to the British, the Lakshadweep were annexed by the East India Company. The islands form the smallest of Indian Union Territories and was constituted in 1956. There are about 10 islands which are open for tourists. Lakshdweep offers sightseeing of beach including Agatti – which has one of the most beautiful lagoons in Lakshadweep. Bangaram - Tear-drop shaped, this island is encircled by a continuous halo of creamy sand. Kavaratti - is the most developed of the islands with the highest percentage of non-islanders as residents. Kalpeni - has three uninhabited satellite islands, all surrounded by an immense lagoon of spectacular beauty.In excursion visit to Kadhmath is must. Kadhmath is the only island with lagoons on both eastern and western sides. Minicoy Island which is 200 kms away to the South is near to the Maldives. This Island has a cluster of 10 villages.

The first glimpse of the island is about one and half hours flight from Cochin airport to the malli and Agatti. Everyting you expect of a tropical paradise is here: Deserted sandy beaches, streaches of coconut palm trees, endless sunshine and above al the clear blue waters of the coral lagoons. The most exclusive of these islands is Bangaram, A holiday resort that sits on its own lagoon, a hundred shades of blue hinting at the hidden worlds below. Once at Agatti you board a boat and set off for Bangaram which is just an hour and a half away. There are no indigenious inhabitants and facilities have been designed to respect a delicate natural ecosystem. The resort has a restaurant which serves Indian and International cuisines. The Resort provides the facilities of Scuba Diving, Snorklling, Deep Sea Fishing, Rafting, Catamaran Sailing and more water sports.

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