There are many different theories about how the Lakshadweep
Islands were formed. The most prominent and accepted one among
them is given by the famous English evolutionist, Sir Charles
Darwin in 1842. He was of the opinion that below the reefs in
the base of these islands is a volcanic formation. Over this
formation the corals get settled and get formed in the shape of
fringing reefs. Further they get turned into barrier reefs and
afterwards atolls because of geological submersion of the
The people of the islands speak a dialect of Malayalam. It is a
folk belief that they are descendants of traders who where
washed up on the islands during a particularly heavy storm.
Majority of the people are Muslims. Hence most of the Muslim festivals like Muharam, Id-ul-Fither etc are usually celebrated at the islands and they are most colorful and enthusiastic.
Traditional folk dances of the islands are performed by local men. Performances are available on request.
Most items of food supplies, rice, vegetables, tinned food etc. as well as a whole range of consumer goods have to be transported, at some pains, from Kerala. Hence the few shops that do exist cater very specifically to the everyday needs of the locals. Good brands of toiletries and cigarettes are available on major islands. Books and periodicals in any language other than Malayalam are difficult to find but inhabited islands have excellent libraries. Biscuits, tinned milk and similar provisions are not difficult to find.
Locally made handicrafts are plenty in all the resorts. Craft works of seashells, coconut shells etc are available here. Most of the cases tourists are depending the city of Cochin, on the main land, for shopping.
Lakshadweep has a tropical climate, with summer temperatures ranging from 35oC to 22oC and winter temperature between 32oC to 20oC . Northeast monsoon is felt in October-November in the form of light transitory showers which cool the place. You can carry
As the local Islanders are very conservative, while being in the public one should be very formal in dressing. Nudity is strictly prohibited here in the beaches. Tropical clothes throughout the year are sufficient. A waterproof coat during October- November will be useful.
All visitors to Lakshadweep require entry permits from
Lakshadweep administration. Out of 10 inhabited island only 4
islands viz., Kalpani, Kavaratti, Minicoy, and Kadmat have been
opened for domestic tourists and SPORTS, a wing of Lakshadweep
Administration is organizing package tours by ship covering the
above 4 islands from September to May every year and suspended
during the monsoon period.
Foreign tourists are allowed to visit Bangaram island and Kadmat island only. There are dive centers on both these islands. They are not permitted to visit any other islands in Lakshadweep.
Permits For Bangaram: All
foreigners need to send their names, nationality, date of birth,
passport number, date of issue and expiry to the resort. The
resort at Bangaram will obtain the permits through the
Lakshadweep Administration. A minimum of 3 days is required for
Apart from the usual sunbath and surfing, many marine activities
are possible in Lakshadweep Islands. The local fishermen provide
sunrise and sun set cruises in fishing boats. The boat cruises
for deep-sea angling, on the country raft is very popular here.
The visit of colorful villages and lagoons are totally novel
experiences to the visitors.
High quality equipment of international standards
has been imported for the Kadmat Institute of Water Sports. This
includes snorkels, glass- bottomed boats, rowing and motor
boats, equipment for wind surfing, scuba diving, Para sailing
and water skiing. Water sports facilities like kayaking,
sailing, paddle boats, inflatable motor boats, glass - bottom
boats and water skiing are available in the islands of Kavaratti,
Kalpeni, Kadmath and Minicoy.
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