Are you keen to explore the turquoise waters of 'India's Maldives' Lakshadweep and try a hand at adventure sports, click pictures with swaying palms and more? Unlike many tourist spots in the country, you can't just pack your bags and leave for Lakshadweep. You need a permit and some extra planning as well. Here's how to go about it.
Who should take the permit?
Everyone except for Lakshadweep residents and government officials working on the island should get a permit to travel to the coral islands. Please note, that if all you are an Indian citizen, you will need a permit if you aren't a Lakshadweep resident. Foreigners will also have to follow the same process.
How to apply for the permit?
Tourists can apply for a Lakshadweep entry permit here. After submitting the required information and documents, the permit will be emailed to you. Tourists should apply for permits well in advance, as they are issued on a first-come-first-served basis. The permit fees will depend on your nationality and number of days on the island. Make sure you book your accommodation and tickets also, soon after obtaining the permit. The permit is generally valid for 30 days.
How many islands can you go to?
Lakshadweep is an archipelago of 36 islands. But, tourists are allowed only on five of them - Kavaratti, Agatti, Bangaram, Kadmat, and Minicoy. Each of them offers different experiences. If you are into water sports, explore Agatti. Kadmat lets you enjoy natural beauty, take a stroll, and more, while Kavaratti has some vibrant markets. Bangaram has the vibrant coral reefs and many different fishes. Minicoy is known for tuna fishing, a 300-foot tall lighthouse built in 1885 by the British, and factories that process tuna fish.