Lakshadweep, which was one of the most underrated travel destinations among travelers, came to the limelight when Prime Minister Narendra Modi took some of his pictures while traveling on the island. These pictures started a debate about Lakshadweep vs. the Maldives, and some of the ministers of the Maldives made derogatory comments about India and PM Modi and promoted the India-Out campaign.
In response to that, several people who were planning to visit the Maldives have canceled their plans. Now the attention of travelers is being shifted towards Lakshadweep.
Several people are now planning to visit Lakshadweep, and it is expected that in the coming years, the tourist sector of Lakshadweep will bloom at a never-before-seen speed. So if you are planning your trip to Lakshadweep, here’s everything you need to know before reaching the island.
What is the Best Time to visit Lakshadweep?
Lakshadweep is among the very few places in the world that enjoy pleasant weather all year. But the most preferred time among travelers is during the winter, usually from September to May.
The temperature in the islands from September to May stays between 20°C and 32°C. So, if you want a little chilly weather during your visit, you can prefer the winter months. Apart from that, from March to May, the temperature stays between 22°C and 36°C, which is also the perfect time for your beach vacation.
From June to August, the islands witness extreme rainfall, which might not be preferred by some tourists. But if you still want to visit Lakshadweep island during this time, be prepared for the extreme winds and eye-catching natural beauties of Lakshadweep during monsoons.
How to Reach Lakshadweep?
Travelers and tourists planning to explore Lakshadweep can access the islands using both flights and Ships. Initially, they should make their way to Kochi, where ships and flights connect to the various islands. Flights from Kochi specifically reach Agatti and Bangaram islands.
The sole airport is situated on Agatti Island. During the fair season, from October to May, boats are accessible from Agatti to Kavaratti and Kadmat. In the monsoon season, helicopter transfers from Agatti to Kavaratti are available, contingent on helicopter availability. The flight duration from Cochin to Agatti is approximately one hour and thirty minutes.
Passenger ships like MV Kavaratti, MV Arabian Sea, MV Lakshadweep Sea, MV Lagoon, MV Corals, MV Amindivi, and MV Minicoy operate between Cochin and Lakshadweep islands. The travel time varies from 14 to 18 hours, depending on the chosen destination island.
Things to do in Lakshadweep
Lakshadweep has a lot to offer, apart from the serene beaches and nature. Here’s a list of activities that can be on your bucket list during your visit to Lakshadweep:
- Scuba Diving At Kalpeni Island
- Kite Surfing
- Canoeing At Minicoy Island
- Snorkeling At Agatti
- Fishing At Kadmat Island
- Visiting Architectural Wonders
- Marine Museum At Kavaratti Island
- Watching Sunset From Minicoy Island
- Visiting restaurants and clubs
- Exploring local streets and cafe hunting
Lakshadweep Travel Expenses
The travel expenses in Lakshadweep depend upon various factors, including accommodation, mode of transport, and others. But if you are planning a trip to Lakshadweep and you are on a budget, then a 3-night and 4-day trip can cost you somewhere around INR 30,000 to 35,000. Again, it’s a rough estimation and it does not count your travel expenses from your city.
So, if you want to enjoy a week’s trip to the island, then consider a budget of 40–50k for a comfortable stay. Walking around and choosing homestays over luxurious hotels can also save you a lot during your trips.
A. The most preferred time among travelers is during the winter, usually from September to May.
A. People who do not hold Indian citizenship require a passport to visit Lakshadweep.
A. Kavaratti is the capital of Lakshadweep.
A. April and May are the hottest months in Lakshadweep.
A. Lakshadweep is India’s smallest Union Territory and it consists of 36 islands.