lakshadweep???

#1 Oct 28th, 2006, 17:10
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hey.. how do i get to lakshadweep???
#2 Oct 28th, 2006, 18:45
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We will skip getting from your home to India! To get to the Lakshadweep Islands you need to take a plane, an old Dornier (an experience in itself!) from Cochin to Agatti. The airline is Indian airlines. If you are then going onto Bangaram or Kadmat you take a boat which will take about 2 hours to Bangaram and up to 4 hours to Kadmat (depending on the size of the boat available). You will need a permit to travel to the Lakshadweep Islands as the Indian Government limit the number of tourists there. The permit is free. Because flights are limited and the plane only takes about 14 at a time this can be a problem at certain times of the year. I suggest you contact Casino Hotel in Cochin who can arrange everything for you or if you are a diver then you can also contact Lacadives in Mumbai. Casino is possibly more efficient. both Casino Hotels and Lacadives have web sites. Hope this helps.
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If you are then going onto Bangaram or Kadmat you take a boat which will take about 2 hours to Bangaram and up to 4 hours to Kadmat (depending on the size of the boat available).
I have seen in a few places on this board that foreign passport holders can only go to Bangaram. Is this true? Or is Kadmat also an option?

I have heard that Kadmat has more locals and thus is a bit more interesting in that respect?

Where Bangaram is more high-end and expensive, only 60 people on the island, alcohol OK, mostly foreigners?
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Hi again,

Foreign passport holders can visit, Agatti, Bangaram and Khadmat.
Yes Khadmat has a local population at one end of the island while the beach resort is at the other end. The beach resort will arrange a visit to the village. Khadmat is dry in that it is a Muslim island and no alcohol allowed. The accommodation is good but the food is very basic. I would suggest that Khadmat is more for divers than for people who just want to relax.
Bangaram has excellent food, good snorkelling in the lagoon alcohol and more facilities such as a TV (if interested) a small library, fishing trips, canoes, a sailing boat etc. While a few years ago it was mostly foreign tourists who went ot Bangaram last year there were quite a few Indians as well. Khadmat is slightly cheaper than Bangaram and while Bangaram has a limit of 60 guests Khadmat generally has much less than that (15-20 maximum). Also as you are going for just a few days the boat transfer to Bangaram is about 90-120 minutes whereas it can take up to 6 hours to get to Khadmat depending on the boat they have available. If cost is not a problem I would choose Bangaram.
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Also as you are going for just a few days the boat transfer to Bangaram is about 90-120 minutes whereas it can take up to 6 hours to get to Khadmat depending on the boat they have available. If cost is not a problem I would choose Bangaram.
Wow, that's a long boat ride! That settles it, Bangaram it is!

Thanks so much Clive, I'll be back with more questions I'm sure. As I have been searching the forums for Lakshadweep info I've come up on your advice countless times! It's all going into my notes.

Thanks!
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FYI Kingfisher Airlines also now flies from Cochin to Agatti in Lakshadweep (making the airline options Indian Airlines and Kingfisher).
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Originally Posted by Tapestry View Post FYI Kingfisher Airlines also now flies from Cochin to Agatti in Lakshadweep (making the airline options Indian Airlines and Kingfisher).
Which airline you use can depend on when you want to go as they do not operate on the same day. Advantage of Kingfisher is that you have a weight allowance of 25kg as opposed to 10kg on Indian Airlines. In practice 10kg is more than enough as you need very little on the islands. Kingfisher is a lot more expensive (surprisingly for an airline that claimed it was going to offer a budget flights). In December the cost is Rs20000 return which is nearly twice what I paid last year with Inndian airlines. I do not know what the price is for Indian Airlines this year as their web site refuses to give me details.

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