Honeymoon in Lakshadweep Islands (Coral Wonders) – One of the leading destinations for eco-tourists, Lakshadweep is built on ancient volcanic formations enclosing 12 atolls, three reefs and some submerged coasts off the coast of Kerala in the Arabian Sea.
Lying amid the languid waters are tiny islands, altogether measuring up to 32 sq.km, that beckon honeymooners with their enchanting landscapes. Agatti, Amini, Andrott, Bitra, Chetlat, Kadmat, Kalpeni, Kavaratti, Kiltan, Bangaram and Minicoy are some of the major islands within the 36 island archipelago shielded by shallow lagoons and large coral formations. These physiographic elements accentuate the inherent charm of these tropical islands, and enable swimming and other sports in the sea. Glass bottomed boats are also at hand for those who prefer to watch the treasures of the sea without getting soaked. Kayaking and sailing are pleasurable activities that take you closer to the riches of Lakshadweep.
While in Lakshadweep, steal a few days at a hut on Kadmat’s sun-kissed and moon-lit beaches enclosed within coconut groves which part to offer enticing views of the sea. At the unimaginably beautiful island of Bangaram, you’re assured of complete privacy with no settlers around. Stay at one of the beach huts amidst the swaying of the palms and the rush of the waves all day without getting disturbed. Bangaram is served by Agatti airport, a two hour boat ride away, a fun journey by itself.
Kavaratti is the administrative capital and the placid waters of the lagoon enable swimming and other water sports. Kayaks and sailing yachts can be taken on hire for a cruise around the island. Kalpeni has three satellite islands of Tilakkam, Pitti and Cheriyam and offers similar facilities at its beach resort. Andrott is the largest of the Lakshadweep islands and here is where you can observe the lifestyle of the local seamen living in clusters called ‘athiris’.
Lakshadweep can be visited all round the year, but if you wish to take a cruise around the islands, plan your trip between October and May to escape the turbulent sea during the south-west monsoon.