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Interesting facts about Lakshadweep

Interesting facts about Lakshadweep

2 February 2024

13 Interesting Facts About Lakshadweep That Will Dazzle You

Have you ever wondered about the hidden secrets beneath the turquoise waters and pristine shores of Lakshadweep? 


This enchanting archipelago, embraced by the Arabian Sea, holds more than just breathtaking beauty. Let's delve into some fascinating and perhaps surprising things to know about Lakshadweep. From its status as the smallest union territory to the rich marine biodiversity beneath the waves, each revelation adds intrigue to this tropical paradise. 


Read the blog to discover Lakshadweep island facts and wonders that make it a captivating destination worth exploring.


Here’s a list of some interesting facts about Lakshadweep islands:


1. It Wasn't Always Known As Lakshadweep

2. Lakshadweep is the Smallest Union Territory

3. The Only Coral Atolls in India

4. Lakshadweep Features A Rich Marine Biodiversity

5. You’ll Need A Permit to Visit Lakshadweep

6. Lakshadweep Vs Maldives

7. Only 10 Islands of Lakshadweep are Inhabited

8. Lakshadweep Holds Many Mysteries (Or Treasures)

9. An Island in Lakshadweep is a Bird Sanctuary

10. Want to Witness Some Fantastic Boat-Races?

11. Lakshadweep Boasts Cultural Harmony

12. Lakshadweep is A Dry Paradise with a Wet History

13. The Coral Castles in Lakshadweep are Taller than Palm Trees

Get Ready for Your Trip to Lakshadweep!



Did you know that Lakshadweep wasn't always called by that name? Initially, these stunning islands were known as the 'Laccadive Islands,' a title inspired by the Sanskrit term 'Lakshadweepa,’ which means 'a hundred thousand islands.' Although the exaggeration is quite poetic, there are actually only 36 islands in this tropical paradise. The name transitioned to Lakshadweep Islands in 1956 when it was declared a Union Territory.



Here’s another interesting fact about Lakshadweep. This cluster of 12 atolls is spread across the vast expanse of the Arabian Sea. However, with an area of 32 sq. km., Lakshadweep is actually the smallest Union Territory in India.



Lakshadweep is famous for its stunning coral reefs and lagoons. But did you know that Lakshadweep is India's only place with coral atolls? These islands are formed from the remains of marine organisms, creating stunning coral atolls. The beautiful coral reefs and large lagoons make it a fantastic destination for snorkelling and diving.


Other interesting facts about Lakshadweep you might not know. Here the oceans host around 600 fish species, 78 coral species, and 82 seaweed species - making it one of the world's best places for a diverse marine ecosystem. Witness colourful fish, sea turtles, dolphins, and majestic manta rays during your visit. Enjoy snorkelling and diving with a commitment to eco-tourism to preserve this remarkable environment.


5. You’ll Need A Permit to Visit Lakshadweep


You can visit Lakshadweep only if you’ve got an entry permit. Follow the Laccadive, Minicoy, and Amindivi Islands (Restriction on Entry and Residence) Rules of 1967. Obtain your permit online for a nominal fee of 50 rupees. If you’re a foreign tourist, you must have a valid passport with an Indian visa. This is to ensure the preservation of Lakshadweep’s unique ecosystem and safeguard indigenous tribal communities.


6. Lakshadweep Vs Maldives


Lakshadweep is close to India, but it's not part of the country’s mainland; it's a Union Territory with a unique blend of Indian governance and distinct cultural identity. The Amindivi and Laccadive island communities are culturally linked to Kerala. That’s why the majority of people living here speak Malayalam. However, those on the Southern Minicoy Islands share similarities with the Maldives. Even the natives there speak the same language, Mahl.


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7. Only 10 Islands of Lakshadweep are Inhabited 


In Lakshadweep, out of the 36 islands, about 10 are inhabited, each contributing to the archipelago's unique culture and nature. The rest of the islands are uninhabited.


Here’s the list of inhabited islands in Lakshadweep:


  • Kavaratti

  • Agatti

  • Minicoy

  • Amini

  • Andrott

  • Kalpeni

  • Kadmat

  • Chetlat

  • Bitra

  • Kiltan


Only a few places in Lakshadweep including  Bangaram, Kadmat, Kavaratti, Kalpeni, Minicoy, Agatti, Cheriyam, Thinnakara and Suheli are open for tourism. Suheli remains untouched and is visited mainly by fishermen. However, a Taj Resort is set to open here in 2026.


8. Lakshadweep Holds Many Mysteries (Or Treasures)


Beneath Lakshadweep's calm waves, there lie many ancient shipwrecks. These ancient attractions speak of pirates and hidden treasures from centuries ago. Though no official gold discoveries have been reported, the idea of unexplored riches adds an adventurous touch to your island exploration. 


In the past, the northern islands and reefs of Minicoy were witness to shipwrecks before 1865, and the trend changed after the opening of the Suez Canal. Research indicates that submerged coral reefs, atolls, and shallow hazards in Lakshadweep waters were responsible for many shipwrecks. 


9. An Island in Lakshadweep is a Bird Sanctuary


Pitti Island in Lakshadweep is actually a bird sanctuary. And it's uninhabited. Thanks to its secluded and beautiful charm, It's one of the most popular places to visit in Lakshadweep. It serves as a breeding ground for various seabird species. If you love birds and nature, this place is a haven for you.

10. Want to Witness Some Fantastic Boat-Races?


Have you ever watched a boat race? If not, here is your escape. Hop to Minicoy Island and witness the thrilling boat races during the annual National Minicoy Fest. Usually held in the month of December or January, this fest hosts skilled oarsmen from all over Lakshadweep in spectacular competitions, offering a unique and exciting experience. 


Celebrating the island's rich boat-building tradition and the legendary Jahadhoni racing boat, this event adds excitement to the vibrant culture of Lakshadweep.


11. Lakshadweep Boasts Cultural Harmony


Beyond the beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters, Lakshadweep also deserves special mention for its cultural harmony. The majority of Lakshadweepians are Muslims. Unlike the rest of the country, the Islamic society in Lakshadweep has a unique trait – it follows the tradition of matrilineality. This means the descent and property are traced through the mother's line. 


Despite its rich cultural heritage, Lakshadweep boasts harmony. During your trip to Lakshadweep, locals will warmly greet and invite you to observe and participate in traditional dance forms like as Kolkali and Parichakali. 


12. Lakshadweep is A Dry Paradise with a Wet History


Here’s one of the most intriguing facts about Lakshadweep – alcohol is strictly prohibited across the islands, except on Bangaram. Due to strong Islamic influences, you'll be politely declined if you ask for a drink. But fear not, as the islands' history is far from dry. Ancient temples and mosques stand as silent witnesses to bygone eras, and the vibrant cultural tapestry unfolds through traditional dance performances and the rhythmic beats of the 'Lakshadweep Chavitt’.


13. The Coral Castles in Lakshadweep are Taller than Palm Trees


You might have heard everything great about the Great Barrier Reef. Lakshadweep's coral reefs are no less. They boast incredible diversity, with vibrant coral formations that resemble underwater castles. If you like water sports, be ready to swim alongside neon fish and graceful sharks, exploring a world where coral branches reach taller than palm trees.


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Get Ready for Your Trip to Lakshadweep!


It's time to get away from the usual travel destinations to experience a more relaxed lifestyle in Lakshadweep. Here each lovely wave will wash away your worries about the world. Whether you wish to go on a romantic walk with your better half along the stunning beaches or engage in water sports with friends. You can do it all in the picturesque Lakshadweep islands. 


We hope this guide to interesting facts about Lakshadweep sparks your interest and inspires you to explore the archipelago. 


Are you ready for a tropical escape? Book your Lakshadweep tour package now and experience the tranquillity of this hidden gem.


FAQs related to Interesting Facts About Lakshadweep


Q. Why is Lakshadweep known as Coral Island?


A. Lakshadweep is called the "Coral Island" because it's made of coral, which are skeletons of tiny marine animals (polyps). These coral structures grow taller over time, forming the beautiful coral islands we see. This unique feature not only makes the islands look stunning but also attracts different sea creatures, making it a great place for activities like snorkelling and scuba diving.

Q. Why Lakshadweep islands are famous for tourism?

A. Lakshadweep islands are popular because of extensive coral reefs, white sandy beaches and diverse marine life.

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