Lakshadweep Islands are a set of islands (Part of Union Territories of India) in Arabian Sea accessible either from Kochi (Cochin) or Goa (by Flight) or Cochin (by 22 hour Boat ride). Only Agatti, Bangaram and Kadmat islands in Lakshadweep have accommodation facilities for tourists. All islands require prior permit before visiting even for Indian nationals.
The tiniest Union Territory of India with an area of 32 Sq.Kms and is comprises ten inhabited islands, 17 uninhabited islands attached islets, four newly formed islets and 5 submerged reefs. The inhabited islands are Kavaratti, Agatti, Amini, Kadmat, Kiltan, Chetlat, Bitra, Andrott, Kalpeni and Minicoy. Bitra is the smallest of all having only a population of 225 persons (Census 1991).
Lakshadweep Islands are highly eco-sensitive islands with population spread over 11 islands. Malayalam is spoken in all the islands except Minicoy where people speak Mahl which is written in Divehi script and is spoken in Maldives also. The main occupation of the people is fishing, coconut cultivation and coir twisting.
Lakshadweep Today is considered one of the few remote islands in the world still not connected via modern communication systems. It has corels all around it and pristine beaches and a destination for serious Scuba diving and snorekelling.