Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep is the Smallest Union Territory in India

Lakshadweep is an archipelago of 36 coral islands in the Arabian Sea, located off the southwest coast of India in the Lakshadweep Sea. Only three islands are inhabited, Kavaratti, Agatti, and Andrott. The local population numbers 14,008 according to the 2011 Census, with a density of 516 per km2. Out of this, only 927 are residents, the rest are military and police personnel serving in the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, and Indian Air Force stationed there.

About Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep is a Union Territory of India. It was formed on 1 November 1956. The archipelago consists of 36 coral islands spread over an area of 3,200 km2 (1,200 sq mi) in the Arabian Sea and separated from each other by narrow channels. The lagoon area covers about 12 percent of its total surface area. They are for all practical purposes uninhabited; some are permanently manned by as few as three police officers and official sources list only 389 people as living there, though unofficial estimates put it closer to 4,000. There are no large townships or cities; each inhabited island has its own village.

Places to visit

As of 2011, Lakshadweep has received about 200,000 tourists, who mostly come from Kerala and Karnataka. There are plenty of places to visit in Lakshadweep like Agatti Island, Androth Island, Bangaram Island, and Kadmat Island. Madhava Sanctuary at Kavaratti is a site rich with historical significance. Madhav Vilasam or Cheerankave House located at Kavaratti was built by Madhava Dhondia Wodeyar. Visitors can also visit many Hindu temples including Cherukara Temple at Bangaram and Subrahmanya Swami Temple at Agatti Islands. Other attractions include Submarine Museum, St Thomas Church, etc., as well as numerous water sports facilities available.

Where to stay

Some of us love to get away from it all and come home refreshed. Well, if you want to leave it all behind, Lakshadweep’s untouched beauty will surely take your breath away. This Indian union territory has got both isolated beaches as well as luxurious resorts that offer that ‘heaven on earth’ feel. The top three beach destinations in Lakshadweep are: 1) Kavaratti Beach Resort 2) Varcandran 3) Agatti Island Resorts 4) Kappil Beach 5) Bangaram Island Resort

Population and languages spoken

Lakshadweep’s population was estimated at just over 80,000 in the 2011 census, of which around 64 percent was rural and 36 percent urban. The major languages spoken are Malayalam and Telugu. While most inhabitants are Sunni Muslims, some indigenous communities like Mappilas also exist. Additionally, there is a sizeable number of expatriates from various countries staying in Lakshadweep for employment or education purposes.