After Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pictures from his visit to Lakshadweep emerged on social media, there is a significant surge in Google searches for this destination on the internet.
The viral pictures on social media prompted many celebrities to encourage people to consider vacationing on the nation's own island, Lakshadweep, instead of visiting other countries.
So, if you are also planning to visit Lakshadweep, here is your guide before embarking on your unforgettable journey.
Let's take a look at everything you need to know, from hotel costs and ticket prices to the best spots:
In addition to the scenic beauty, Lakshadweep's tranquility is also mesmerising. It gave me an opportunity to reflect on how to work even harder for the welfare of 140 crore Indians. pic.twitter.com/VeQi6gmjIM— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 4, 2024
Lakshadweep is one of India's eight Union Territories, having become a part of India in 1956.
It comprises a total of 36 islands, 12 atolls, and 3 reefs, with only 10 of the 36 islands being inhabited.
How to Reach Lakshadweep?
First-time visitors are often curious about how to reach this destination.
Travelers can reach Lakshadweep from Kochi using either flights or ships.
Air India operates flights six days a week, connecting Kochi to Agatti Island Airport.
The flight takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, with a rough ticket price of around Rs 5500, according to Makemytrip.
Helicopter services are also available from Agatti to Kavaratti during the monsoon season, subject to helicopter availability.
Alternatively, one can take a bus from Bengaluru to Ernakulam in Kochi, then reach the Willingdon Island jetty via taxi and take the ferry to Kavaratti, the capital of Lakshadweep.
How to Get Access to Lakshadweep?
Lakshadweep is restricted and requires a permit issued by the Lakshadweep administration, based in Kochi.
After obtaining the permit, download the clearance certificate and get it approved by a local police station.
After obtaining the clearance certificate, download the entry permit or visit the Lakshadweep administration office in Willingdon Island, Kochi, to get it done in person.
Upon reaching Lakshadweep, submit the entry permit to the station house officer.
Where to Stay in Lakshadweep?
Book your stay through the official website https://samudram.utl.gov.in of Lakshadweep tourism.
Accommodation options are available on the government website for the islands of Bangaram, Kadmat, Kavaratti, and Thinnakkara.
Choose from various room types, but keep in mind that booking is subject to availability.
You can also contact the property directly for reservations, with an approximate cost of around Rs 18,000 per night for single or double occupancy.
Best Spots in Lakshadweep
Lakshadweep offers captivating places for tourists, including Minicoy Island, Kadmat Island, Kavaratti Island, Pitti Bird Sanctuary, Amini Beach, and many more.
The luster of these islands provides a fascinating experience with clean beaches, resorts, greenery, and, most importantly, peaceful vibes.