Lakshadweep

#1 Jul 26th, 2006, 18:31
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Want some information w.r.t Lakshadweep- as in ,

* when is the best time to visit
* must-see places
* average expenditure
* num of days to stay
* to-fro means of travel

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#2 Jul 29th, 2006, 15:03
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Originally Posted by venkat83 Want some information w.r.t Lakshadweep- as in ,

* when is the best time to visit
* must-see places
* average expenditure
* num of days to stay
* to-fro means of travel

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Check out my trip report in this forum which will answer most of your questions. Brief answers to your questions.

- November to April
- Kavaratti (Capital city), Minicoy (Maldivian culture, Lighthouse), Kalpeni (Great place for snorkelling), Suheli (Very remote and desolate).
- A good twin accommodation with AC would be about Rs.2000 per day (Inclusive of food) + Rs.1000 for other sight seeing related expenses.
- 1 week should be good enough to cover most places.
- Air * Daily flights from Cochin to Agatti on IC Dorniers (Rs.5000+) Limited seats
Sea * There are about 4 ships of SCI sailing from Cochin harbour. Check Lakshadweep website for more info.

If you are going for the first time, better stick with conducted package tours of SPORTS. My report has all the details.
#3 Mar 20th, 2010, 00:08
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Lakshadweep in mid October

Hi,

We are planning to visit Lakshadweep in mid Oct this year. We have 5 days and plan to cover 3 islands. My questions are:

1. Photographically, which three islands should we choose?
2. Lakshadweep tourism organises packages. Any feedback on that?
3. What are the hotel options if we don't go for packages?
4. Mode of transport between islands?

Thanks

Sugato
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Hi Venkat,
There are two main ways of travelling to the islands
1)Flight from either Cochin to Agatti or Bangalore/Cochin to Agatti. Not cheap! Next week for example a return via Kingfisher Airlines can cost Rs21000+. From Agatti you can go by inter island boats but again can be expensive.
2) Ferry - either independently or with SPORTS (the Lakshadweep tour operator. Much cheaper.
SPORTS offer a variety of packages where you visit islands by day and sleep on the ferry at night.
Alternatively you could stay on one island especially if time is short rather than spend too much time travelling between the islands.
SPORTS can also include watersports activities if required.
October to April is ideal as between those times you have the monsoon and travelling by ferry or inter island boats can be subject to the weather conditions.
Hi Sugato,
I have only visited Kadmat and Bangaram so cannot help with regard to photography - what sort of photograpphy are you keen on - birds, people landscapes.
Although I have not used SPORTS I have travelled with groups on the ferry that have booked with SPORTS and the feedback generally seems good.
There are inter island ferries but they can be expensive and the schedules can vary as can the main ferries.
Check out the Lakshadweep web site for more details.
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Thanks CliveG. Actually I am keen on landscapes and people. But while in Lakshadweep I will concentrate on landscapes(or waterscapes, to be more precise). The ideal two islands for me would be Kalpeni and Kadmat, but I don't think SPORTS has a package for these two only. A 2 night Kalpeni package costs Rs. 7500, all inclusive. That's pretty reasonable.

I am thinking about the way to include a couple of days at Kadmat, which I am hearing is even more beautiful. Any suggestions? How long does it take from Cochin to reach Kadmat by ferry and what's the cost? Also, what are the staying options at Kadmat?
#6 Mar 22nd, 2010, 23:33
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Hi Sugato,
Cochin to Kadmat is usually 24 hours by ferry (can vary depending on the route the ferry takes between islands. A ferry calls at Kadmat every 3 days but may not be the same one that you arrive in. The small ferry - MV Amindivi is about Rs2250 each way and the more classy MV Kavaratti is about Rs4500 each way.
Accommodation on Kadmat is organised by SPORTS and was $80 per person per night this year including all meals.
Rates are usually reviewed in May.
Check out SPORTS or www.lacadives.com for accurate prices.
I like Kadmat - the water is a stunning colour. The island is about 7km long but in places only 200 metres wide. The people are very friendly and at the south end where the accomodation is it is really peaceful.

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