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#1 Feb 20th, 2012, 11:45
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Hi guys,

I am planning a 3 day tour with my family (4 adults, 2 of which are students) to Lakshadweep this May. The main islands I intend to visit are Agatti and Bangaram, as these 2 seem to be the most popular, and have resorts where we could stay overnight. We live in Kochi (Cochin) and would prefer a flight to Agatti, and then stay there for a night, and travel to Bangaram the next day. There are a number of questions I have to ask:

1) I'm planning to visit from 15th May. Is that a good time?
2) Do they have one-way ferries/ship rides from any of the above mentioned islands, back to Kochi?
3) Is it possible to travel from Agatti to Bangaram via boat/ferry for visitors like us? And could we visit the neighbouring islands of Tinnakara and Pareli too?
4) How much would all this approximately cost, including travel, accommodation, and activities like scuba diving, water sports and snorkelling?

Thanks a lot!

Cheers,
Shawn
#2 Feb 20th, 2012, 11:57
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Bangaram is currently closed and is likely to be so for some time (possible years). You will need to check out what is available on Agatti as one of the resorts I believe is closed. It has been a difficult year to go to the Lakshadweeps with island resorts closed and permits not being issued. I would ask a local travel agent about the current situation on Agatti.
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Another thought! As you are in Kochi it might be best to visit the Lakshadweep office on Wwillingdon Island to get forst hand advice.
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i have just recieved the following from a tour arranger I have used in the past.
"We are delighted to receive your message this morning and to learn that you are planning to revisit India in the forthcoming month of December. While 'Lakshadweep Islands' are no longer open for tourists (till very recently tourists were allowed to visit them but recently the Government of India has put complete restriction to it), you may instead think of visiting the very beautiful 'Andaman Islands'. I am working on a tentative tour program for Andamans and will soon furnish you the same for your kind perusal."
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even is it restricted to visit there as day to day sightseing from Cochi?
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Even if you could get a permit which seems doubtful a one day visit would not be possible. There is only one flight per day to Agatti and the ferry takes 24 hours to get to the Lakshadweeps.
If Ali's tour operator states it is the Indian Government that is behind the restriction I wish the Government would be open about it and explain why.
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@cliveG

Though its a bad news, but thanks you dear for the quick & kind info
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I am trying to find out more info about why and for how long.

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Good luck - I have heard so many rumours it wouldn't surprise me if someone says the islands have been taken over by men from Mars!
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Hey guys! I just visited their office yesterday in Willingdon Island and learned that you still CAN visit the islands, but its become really really hectic.

There are no cruise/ships after 5th May this year, and many are going for dry-dock (repairing) so that leaves only a few available traveling dates.

Now Agatti has been closed by the Gov't due to some problems. Visitors aren't allowed there, even by flight. You can visit Kalpeni, Kavaratti, Minicoy (not too sure abt Kadmat) via the samudram/coral reef package, but the prices have increased drastically! A few years back, a 3-island trip (Coral Reef) cost Rs 12500 per head but now, a 2-island trip itself costs Rs. 12000!

I'm seriously kinda fed up and pissed off with this system, and therefore have decided not to visit these islands. This is one reason why many tourists aren't to keen to coming to India. Too many restrictions, along with sudden changes and rules that were never mentioned earlier.

I might wait a while, perhaps a year, and then visit the Maldives instead. They're a much bigger bet than Lakshadweep.
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Hi Shawn14595,
Actually we planned to visit Lakswadeep this march,12.However due to these problems we changed our plan and we visited Redang Island in Malaysia.
Its just awesome.
Till now its a bit offbeat destination. You can think of Redang instead.
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Wow I just checked out Redang and Serpentian Islands in Malaysia... awesome! In fact the beaches look similar to those in Thailand/Seychelles! Yeah sure, I guess its not that well known; hence the rather cheap packages!

I will definitely visit when I'm back in Singapore.
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Originally Posted by Shawn14595 View Post Wow I just checked out Redang and Serpentian Islands in Malaysia... awesome! In fact the beaches look similar to those in Thailand/Seychelles! Yeah sure, I guess its not that well known; hence the rather cheap packages!

I will definitely visit when I'm back in Singapore.
What kind of accommodation did you find in Redang and Serpentian, and at what cost?
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post What kind of accommodation did you find in Redang and Serpentian, and at what cost?
mate it's rather cheap, compared to Maldives & Lakshadweep. In the Perhentian islands you have pretty decent hotels with 3-Day 2-Night packages starting from around RM350 per person. I'm not that sure though. You can visit their website:

http://www.perhentian.com.my/

for Redang:

http://www.redangisland.com/

There aren't any luxury hotels there however!
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Hi Grupai,

I am planning for a trip to Redang/Perhentian Island in August. We will probably start from Mumbai on 14th night and need to be back to Mumbai by 20th night. so,it will be a 5 night and 6 days trip. Could you please let me know the details of your trip? Any suggestion about itinerary?
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