Lakshadweep, also formerly known as Laccadive islands is a group of islands in the Laccadive sea region of the Arabian sea. Situated off the western coast of India, Lakshadweep forms the smallest Union Territory of India.
The island is popular for the captivating ocean views, coral reefs, and clear sea. Since, it is a secluded holiday destination, and not connected via road, reaching here is a bit difficult. The only modes of transportation to reach Lakshadweep island is via ship and air. Kochi, a coastal city of Kerala is a gateway to this island. You can get frequent ships and flights that will take you to Lakshadweep. Let’s elaborate.
Reaching Lakshadweep via air
There are regular flights to Agatti and Bangaram islands from Kochi. It should take around 1.5 hours from Kochi to Agatti. You can land at Agatti island and take helicopter services to reach Bangaram and Kavaratti islands. But the availability of this service is seasonal and they operate as follows-
- Agatti to Kavaratti helicopter service: Throughout the year
- Agatti to Bangaram Island resort: During monsoon
Rest of the time, you can access the islands via boat.
Reaching Lakshadweep via ship
Although Lakshadweep can be visited all round the year, during monsoon, reaching here via ship is difficult. You can board either government or privately operated ships or cruise to reach Lakshadweep. Via waterways, it should take about 15 to 20 hours to reach.
Please note, 10 islands in the Lakshadweep group of islands are inhabited and they are connected to each other via boat or steamer.
You can also enquire for cruise packages that cover most of the islands in a five days trip.
For more information about Lakshadweep tourism and points to consider before planning your trip, here is a link.