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Tourism is one of the few areas in Lakshadweep which can play a very important role in creating income, employment and over all development of islands. Recognizing huge tourism (possible greatness or power), a humble beginning was made in 1974 and one of the empty of people island Bangaram was opened for International Tourism. The Hotel Corporation of India was looking after the affairs of Bangaram island resort up to 1982. The tourists on those days were coming by ship Amindivi. During 1978-tourists came by chartered ship ‘M.S. Europa‘. But without a permanent set up, the flow of tourists were not encouraging. After the Hotel Corporation of India wound up their business the SPORTS was directly dealing with the tourist activities both Indian and foreign.
The policy of the Management for the promotion of Tourism in the islands is designed on the basis of the recommendation of Island Development Authority. Since the carrying ability (to hold or do something) of these tiny islands has to be kept in mind, any activities related with Tourism has to be carried out with extreme care. This has stressed the need of preventing (related to surrounding conditions or the health of the Earth) (too much of one thing and not enough of another) arising out Tourism and has recommended sea based Tourism to secure/make sure of that land useful things/valuable supplies are not over taxed.
Lakshadweep Tourist Places
The museum in Agatti Island is located 2 km from the beach near a village. It takes around INR250 in an autorickshaw from the jetty. Motor cycles can also be hired to travel the 2 km distance. The museum is a government run museum which contains different copys and sculptures of sea/ocean life.Various corals, shells, fish and water-based animals are found in fish tank like enclosures. Cheap jewelry like decorations, headgear, clothing, etc. belonging to the tribes from different parts of the Lakshadweep islands are found in this place. In the entrance to the museum is a large cannon.
Beyond the jetty in Agatti Island, there is a large lagoon with clear water. This is the place through which the boats enter the jetty. With glass bottomed boats, the lagoon can be seen with the water-based animals such as fishes, crabs, floating reefs, etc.The water is about 10 ft deep, but the bottom is visible through the clear waters. Boats to go into the lagoon are found in the jetty. Also, facilities of kayaking and other water based activities are available here.
Agatti Island is considered the gateway to the Lakshadweep Islands, which is a chain of islands that lies about 320 km off the south-west coast of India. The most calm spot of this island is the Agatti Island Resort that offers one of the world‘s best swimming beaches. Apart from the beach, the resort houses a huge and shallow lagoon and is surrounded by (more than two, but not a lot of) coconut trees.
The island offers blue lagoons, sugary white beaches, coral reefs and swaying palms. Different water sports can be got/helped in this island such as snorkelling, sailing, water skiing, scuba diving, kayaking, glass bottom boat rides and deep sea fishing.A variety of fish, corals and turtles can be viewed in the island. The island also offers sea trips to neighbouring empty of people islands such as Parali, Thinnakara and Kalpitty.
Pitti Island is a small empty of people island by the Agatti Island in the Lakshadweep (group of islands), and is a part of the Pitti bank. Amini Island and Pitti Island are a part of the sunken ring of little islands, which is also well known for the variety of birds. This particular island has been converted into a bird safe place.
Minicoy Island is located in the southernmost area of Lakshadweep. Being the second largest island in the whole area, Minicoy Island has a semi-Moon-related shape. It is the only island in which the Mahl language is spoken and on all the other islands Malyalam is spoken. Counted among one of the largest lagoon in Lakshadweep, the island is ideal for tuna fishing.
The factories located on the island are usually started/working at tuna canning. There are some ice plants and cold storage machines present within the factories.
Bangaram IslandBangaram Island is the major tourist attraction of Lakshadweep, a Union (land area owned or controlled by someone) of India. The island is spread over the area of 2.30 sq km and is surrounded by a lagoon covered with coral reef. Although weather remains warm for most of the year, temperature reduces to 27oC in the spring season.
The island has been named among the best gateways from around the world. Travellers can enjoy fun trip sports like scuba diving and snorkelling in order to explore the (many different kinds of people or things) water-based life. Unlike other islands of Lakshadweep, change (to help someone)/place to live and sleep can be received/be gotten easily in Bangaram Island.
Tourists can reach the Bangaram Island through airplanes as well as cruises that are available from the Cochin Harbour. Agatti Airport is the nearest domestic airport to Bangaram Island. Cochin International Airport serves the international tourists wishing to visit the island.
Lighthouse, also known as South Side Lighthouse, was built by the British in 1885. It is counted among the oldest lighthouses in Lakshadweep and was under the British control until India‘s independence. It has a height of around 300 ft, which makes it visible even from a distance.The Lakshadweep Islands, Arabian Sea and Virgin Islands can be seen from the top of this Lighthouse. It is surrounded by coconut groves and white sand. A memorial postal stamp of INR1 was issued on 2nd February 1985 to mark the completion of 100 years.
Kadmat Island, like the Agatti and Bangaram Islands, is open for visitors to explore the underwater life. The island is known for the existence of lime stones for the construction purposes. A lagoon is located on the eastern part of the island. The beach is located on the southern part of the island and is visited for (lying in the sun).
Bangaram Island is one of the lived-in islands in Lakshadweep. Boat tours to Bangaram take around 2 hours. There is a Bangaram Resort in this island. During a visit to the Bangaram islands, snorkelling, diving and scuba diving can be done.The island is full of coral reefs and the water is crystal clear with variety of fish. There are three other small empty of people islands nearby, Thinakara, Parli I and Parli II. The water between these islands is very shallow and a walk can be taken here.
Lunch can be had on the island, or packed food can be arranged from Agatti. The area of the shipwreck beyond the reefs is a place full of fish and corals, where diving can be done. The trip to Bangaram Island starts at around noon and the return to the Agatti Island is possible in the evening.
Agatti Island is located nearby Bangaram Island and has an airport in Lakshadweep. Fishing is the main occupation and source of job for the (people in a country who were born there) of this island. Travellers can explore the beautiful beach by (small, light, pointed boat) rides as well as fibre glass boats.Beaches of the island offer opportunities for swimming as well as other watersports like scuba diving, kayaking, deep sea fishing and water skiing.
The Lighthouse, which was built during the British government in power, is the other famous attraction of Androth and is well known for its (related to the beautiful design and construction of buildings, etc.). It is one of the oldest lighthouses in Lakshadweep and is 300 ft tall. This lighthouse was built so that the ships sailing towards this area could easily locate the island.The first modern Lighthouse Tower was established by the Government of India at the east end of this Island and was completed in 1966. On 1st May 1967, this Lighthouse was (put into use/paid in exchange for services) into service.
Juma Masjid is located in the Minicoy Island of Lakshadweep and is of religious, as well as historic importance. It is believed to have been built during the (very old time in history) period and has a rich collection of rare artefacts. The Rai Hilai is still preserved in the mosque and is believed to be the remains of a very old stone (boat holding device/source of support and security/TV reporter).
Kadmat Islands, one of the most important tourist locations of the Lakshadweep, is located at a distance of 10 km from Amini Island. On the eastern and western sides of the island, tourists can witness lagoons and coconut palms. Water sports such as kayaking, yachting, skiing and scuba diving can be enjoyed on the Kadmat Islands.
Amini Beach is located on the island of Amini in Lakshadweep. The eastern and western sides of the beach are covered with coral sandstone that is used for construction purposes. Tourists can enjoy swimming, reef walking and reclining on this sandy beach. Water sports such as kayaking, scuba diving and surfing can also be done. Corals can be seen by sailing in glass bottomed boats.
On Amini Beach, visitors can buy (small, inexpensive objects that are reminders of visiting a place) like walking sticks made with tortoise and coconut shells along with coir products. (songs popular with a certain group of people) performed by the local people are another attraction.
Urja Mosque is considered to be the most important holy trip spot in Kavaratti. It is located in the south-eastern part of the island and was built in the 17th century by Qasim Muhammad Sheikh. The prayer hall of the mosque holds the grave of Muhammad Sheikh. The carved wooden (tall supporting posts/important parts) and ceilings are the highlight of the mosque.
Jumaat Mosque is one of the well known attractions of Androth which houses the grave of Saint Ubaidullah. The mosque is famous for its beautiful architectural work and design.