Lakshadweep Island can be reached by ships and flights operated from Kochi. For all tourist purposes Kochi is the gate way to Lakshadweep. The only airport in Lakshadweep is situated in Agatti island, which is connected with the Kochi Airport. Onward flights from Kochi are available to most of the airports in India and abroad. From Agatti ships and cruise vessels are available to Kavaratti and other islands depending on ship schedule during fair season (October to May). The flight from Cochin to Agatti takes approximately one hour and thirty minutes.
Permit is included with the tourist package booked through official website http://lakshadweeptourism.com and authorised travel agents.
For official engagement, one has to contact the concerned departmentto get the permitin timely manner.
October to Mach. May to September is the mansoon time in Island and movement to and from mainland becomes restricted. All the tourist activities remain suspended during these times.
Bangaram, Agatti, Kadmat, Minicoy, Kalpeni & Kavaratti are the major tourist attractions in Lakshadweep to visit
Agatti has one of the most beautiful lagoons in Lakshadweep. The airport is built on this island. From the aircraft, as one approaches for a landing, one gets a breath-taking view of the island, enclosed by the lagoon. Agatti is the virtual gateway to the islands. A 20-bed tourist complex with all modern amenities has been set up here. Indian Airlines operate flight to Agatti making it one of the most accessible islands in Lakshadweep
Kadmat is 8 km long and only 550 metres wide at its broadest point. In addition to the beautiful shallow lagoon on the west, which is ideal for water sports. The main attractions are the long sandy beaches and sand banks on the southern tip. Kayaks, sailing boats, pedal boats, skiing boats and glass-bottomed boats are available on hire. Kadmat has emerged as one of the most beautiful dive centers in India. Destination is popular with both foreign and domestic tourists.
Minicoy is, in a sense, isolated from the main group of islands and lies about 200 kms south of the northern group. Minicoy is distinct from the northern group of islands in its culture, language dress etc. A 300-foot tall lighthouse built in 1885 is a majestic landmark. Various tourist packages are offered by the tourism department
Kalpeni along with two small islets of Tilakkam and Pitti and the uninhabited island of Cheriyam in the north form a single atoll. One can avail snorkelling diving & other water sports facilities like kayaks, sailboats and pedal boats. Two bathing huts with change rooms are available at Koomel Beach. Visit to Kalpeni is part of Coral Reef package.
Kavaratti is the Headquarters of the Administration. The beautiful and calm lagoon offers an ideal spot for water sports, swimming and snorkeling. Sunbathing or just lazing around on the beach can be a heady experience. Marine life enthusiasts can visit the marine aquarium, which has an excellent collection of aquatic specimens. The multicoloured underwater life in the lagoons can be viewed through glass-bottomed boats. Kayaks, wind surfers and sailing boats are available on hire. The Dolphin Dive Centre is an attraction for those who love scuba dive.