One of the most serene and scenic locations that India has to offer is the island region of Lakshadweep. With a cluster of gorgeous islands, each offering unparalleled beauty and calm, Lakshadweep is a paradise for all. So whether you want to plan a trip with your besties, take your family for a vacation or just get away from the hustle and bustle of city life by yourself, Lakshadweep is a place that should be on everyone’s must-see list.
Lakshadweep is primarily connected to the Indian subcontinent from the coastal city of Kochi. Kochi has a huge port that houses many ships that regularly travel to and from Lakshadweep. Another option to get the islands is to take a flight from the mainland at Kochi airport. Getting to Lakshadweep is not at all a hassle and there are many transport options available.
There are seven primary passenger ships that operate between Kochi and Lakshadweep. Passengers can choose from ships like MV Amindivi, MV Bharat Seema, MV Dweep Setu, MV Arabian Sea, MV Kavaratti, MV Lakshadweep Sea and MV Minicoy from the port at Kochi.
The usual time for travel by the sea route takes between 14 to 20 hours and the fares can vary as per the accommodation class and the passenger line chosen. Most of the ships have snack and entertainment bars, lounges, movie screenings and on-deck activities as part of the journey. Travel by ship can be quite an exciting affair as it comes along with chance viewings of dolphins, flying fish and gorgeous sunrises and sunsets on the horizon.
Those who are not too comfortable with sea travel or want to get to the islands quicker can opt for air travel to the islands. There are regular Indian airlines flights from Kochi to Agatti, which is the only airport on the islands. Helicopter transportation is also available from Agatti to some other islands in Lakshadweep. The flight from Kochi generally takes about an hour and a half and operates on all days of the week except Sundays.
It is important to remember that while entering Lakshadweep, travellers are required to purchase a permit to enter the Union Territory. These permits can be easily arranged for through various travel agents and tour operators.