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Located in the Arabian Sea about 200 km off the South Western Coast of India, Lakshadweep is Union Territory of India. The Union Territory Lakshadweep is a group of several small islands located in the Laccadive Sea. In fact, it is quite interesting to share that the literal meaning of Malayalam word ‘Lakshadweepa’ is “one hundred thousand islands”.

All around the archipelago Lakshadweep, about 4,200 square km is covered by lagoon. With its capital Kavaratti, the region has only one district with 10 Sub Divisions. However, the territory comes under the jurisdiction of High Court of Kerala.

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Because of not having any aboriginal groups, there are many thoughts given by historians and other scholars regarding the historical evidence of human settlements on these islands. But as per the record taken by archaeologists, most probably human settlement started in the region about 1500 BC. Furthermore, the record of islands can be seen in various historical books; it had been also popular as sailors during the period of the first century AD. Lakshadweep is also discussed in the Buddhist Jataka stories during the period of the 6th Century BC. About 7th century ago when Muslim missionaries came, they established Islam on the islands. However, by the time of Medieval period, these islands came under the kingdom of Cholas of Cannanore.

In the year 1498, when Portuguese came India, they remained here till 1545; however, the region was governed by the Muslim house of Arakkal and then Tipu Sultan. By the end of 18th century, British took the governance and ruled over these islands. Finally, in the year 1956, the region has been incorporated as Union Territory of India.

Geographically, archipelago Lakshadweep is a group of 12 atolls, 5 submerged banks and 3 reefs along with total nearby 39 islands and islets. Furthermore, all its submerged banks are the sunken atolls; all around the reefs gives picturesque landscapes. There are about 10 inhabited islands and 17 islands and other islets are uninhabited. However, the significant islands are Kavaratti, Minicoy, Agatti and Amini. Agatti Island is connecting point because of having airport that directly connects with Kochi.

Lakshadweep Tourism

By virtue of its location and scenic landscapes, Lakshadweep is one of the most favourite attractions for the tourists. In fact, tourism is the most significant source of revenue on the islands, this is the region that government promoting tourism by making available all sorts of tourists’ facilities.

Major Tourists’ Attractions

There are two major groups of islands:

The Laccadive Group of Islands: It consists of Kavaratti, Androth, Pitti, Kalpeni and Suheli Par.
The Amindivi Group of Islands: It consists of Keltan, Amini, Chetlat, Bitra, Kadamat and Perumal Par.
Interestingly, all these islands which are made up of coral reefs and both of these two groups of islands have submarine connection.
All these islands have been built up by corals and have fringing coral reefs very close to their shores. In addition, various marine fauna also fascinate tourists.
Because of islands’ beauty and tranquil environment, tourists (national as well as international) prefer to go there round the year except during the time of south-west monsoon.

Fascinating Activities of the Lakshadweep Tourism

Scuba diving
Wind surfing
Water skiing

All these activities are so thrilling that make tourists’ holiday unforgettable.

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