Visiting Bollywood stars is like the lap of the sea in the Maldives. The star actresses gave themselves to that lap and took one after another hilarious pictures. And in that film, Instagram became the winner.
This time maybe not the Maldives, these pictures can be seen in Lakshadweep! But what is there in Lakshadweep?
Because Maldives, a tourist attraction close to the home of Indian stars, is no longer what it used to be. Mohamed Muijju, the leader who called for the expulsion of the Indians, is now the country’s president. He has given time till March 15 to withdraw the Indian troops from the country. He also called to send tourists to China.
Even the three ministers of the country made a kind of joke about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Lakshadweep. Recently, they had to be fired for posting mocking Modi on social media. The three dismissed Maldivian ministers are Mariam Sheuna, Malsha and Hasan Jehan.
Narendra Modi visited Lakshadweep at the beginning of the new year. The purpose of his visit was to promote the tourism industry of the region. These ministers shared some pictures and videos of Modi’s visit to Lakshadweep on social media and taunted him.
Since then India-Maldives tension started anew. That tension was first seen in Muizzur’s election campaign, where he delivered an anti-India message. That debate has now come to Lakshadweep. However, there has not been much discussion about this Lakshadweep.
Where is Lakshadweep located, what is there?
Lakshadweep is the smallest autonomous region of India consisting of 36 islands off the coast of Kerala. The 32 square kilometer area is bounded by the Arabian Sea to the west and the Laccadive Sea to the east.
Different tribes live in the islands here. For this reason, permission from the Indian government is required to go there.
Lakshadweep is mainly attractive for its white sand, emerald and shallow water bodies of green water. There is also a clear water lake here. The color of the water is sometimes green, somewhere blue-green, somewhere dark blue. Tourism business is developing in Lakshadweep lately. Investment is also going on in various fields. Construction of hotels and infrastructure has also started.
According to the Indian media Anandabazar Patrika, Lakshadweep has shimmering lagoons, secluded beaches of white sand and abundant corals. These pristine beaches are famous for their white sand and crystal clear waters.
Some notable places of Lakshadweep
Hindustan Times has given a description of the places to visit in Lakshadweep.
1. Bangaram: A small teardrop-shaped island, which is very close to the areas called Agatti and Kavaratti. It is the only uninhabited island in Lakshadweep. It is known for its phosphorescent plankton. This plankton turns coral sand beaches blue at night.
2. Agatti: Agatti has one of the most scenic lagoons in the world. Only Agatti has an airstrip in Lakshadweep.
3. Kadmat: The 8 km Kadmat is only 550 meters wide at its widest point. It has a beautiful shallow lagoon to the west, which is quite popular for water sports.
4. Minicoy: It is slightly isolated from the main islands. One of the largest lagoons lies about 200 km south of the Northern Isles. There is a cluster of 11 villages. Which is known as ‘Avah’.
5. Kalpeni: A peculiar feature of Kalpeni is that it has a large bank of coral reefs along its eastern and southeastern coasts.
6. Kavaratti: It is the administrative headquarters and the most developed island. There are 52 mosques spread across the island, the most beautiful of which is the Uzra Mosque.
7. Shipwrecks: Minikoy is the only island in Lakshadweep, where the SS Hoechst and three other large shipwrecks are believed to lie within 8 meters of the reef. These wrecks are virtual underwater museums. The fish species found here are quite large in size.
8. Water Sports: Most tour packages include kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, sail boats, wind surfers, snorkel sets, glass-bottomed boats and other facilities. Deep sea fishing enthusiasts can enjoy big game fishing. Local boats with experienced crew can be hired.
9. Diving: Kadmat is one of the most beautiful diving locations in India. There are also special training arrangements. These can be seen in the video of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
how to go
There is no direct way to Lakshadweep from Bangladesh. First you have to go to Kochi, India. Kochi is the gateway to Lakshadweep. From Kochi you have to fly to Agatti or Bangaram Island. There are ferry services from Agatti to Kavaratti and Kadam. There is also a helicopter service to Kavaratti Island from there.
There are several small ships that go from Kochi to Lakshadweep. But for this you have to book in advance. The ship has various modern services and facilities. You can also visit each island from a ship.
A direct flight from Delhi to Lakshadweep’s Agatti Airport. Lakshadweep can be reached via Kochi. However, many airlines offer direct services from Delhi to Lakshadweep. In that case two to three stops may be necessary.
If you book a flight ticket about a month in advance, it can cost a person a little more than 12 thousand rupees from Delhi, India. It is natural that the cost will be much higher if it stays in Bangladesh. There is a cost to being out of it.
But the cost will be much less than Maldives. However, there is no opportunity to go to any other island except Kavaratti, Agatti, Bangaram, Kadmat and Minikoy. Yet as a new attraction for travelers – or less?