Soon, there will be more to see of Lakshadweep!
The Union Territory will make three uninhabited islands - Thinnakkara, Suheli Par and Cherium - tourist-ready by next year with beach resorts and water sports facilities.
These tiny islands occupy an area of about 40-50 hectares of land and have managed to remain untouched by humans, which means that it still has silver sand beaches, clear waters, abundant marine life and coral reefs.
They will be ready to welcome tourists by next year with resorts and water sports facilities like scuba diving, jet ski watercraft, snorkelling, rafting, windsurfing, deep-sea fishing and yachting.
Lakshadweep is located in the Arabian Sea around 220-440 kms away from Kerala's coast. It has a total of 36 islands of which only six have resorts. It's popularity lies in the fact that it is such a superb destination for adventure sports and nature lovers; it has beautiful dive spots, loads of marine life, coral reefs, silver beaches and clear waters.
It is a clearly a niche destination; last year saw only 17,000 tourists visiting the Lakshadweep islands! So if you're looking for some genuine peace and quiet, for some time away from humanity, this is the place to go to.
The islands are connected by sea and air from Kochi and Calicut. The tourism department is also looking to start sea planes, which are capable of taking off and landing on water. Take a look at the Lakshadweep tourism department website for packages and info on its different islands.