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Kavaratti
The administrative capital, Kavaratti is the most developed with the highest proportion of non-islanders residing. 52 mosques are spread all over, the most beautiful being the Ujra mosque. A well at this mosque is believed to contain water with curative powers. The mosque has an ornately carved ceiling, carved from a piece of driftwood. Kavaratti also has an aquarium displaying several species of fish. There are glass-bottomed boats for viewing marine life and an array of remarkable coral formations that provides a background to the lagoon. Water Sports like kayaking canoeing and snorkelling are available for tourists.
It is located between 8 º- 12 º 13" North latitude and 71º -74º East longitude, 220 to 440 Kms. away from the coastal city of Kochi in Kerala, in the emerald Arabian sea. Considering its lagoon area of about 4,200 Sq.kms, 20,000 Sq.kms of territorial waters and about 4 lakhs Sq.kms. of economic zone, Lakshadweep is a large territory.
The Administration is carefully monitoring the environmental impact of coastal tourism and has taken steps to promote tourism in a way that is consistent with ecological concerns. As an effective strategy to avoid pressure on ecological environment, the efforts to promote tourism have been synchronized with the carrying capacity of the islands.!

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Kalpeni
Kalpeni has three uninhabited satellite islands, each surrounded by an immense lagoon of spectacular beauty. Sunlight on the water causes it to sparkle and flash like a million aquamarines. Koomel, the gently curving bay where the tourist facilities are located, directly overlooks Pitti and Thilakkam, two of the islands. Here you can swim, reef walk, snorkel or use water sports equipment like kayaks and sail boats. Tourist facilities have been augmented and tourists can stay in privately managed huts. The lagoon is especially rich in coral life.

 Kadmat
A particularly fine lagoon, of even depth and an endless shoreline, perfect for swimming, makes Kadmat a haven of solitude. The tourist huts are situated away from the inhabited side of the island, with only the splash of the waves to break the silence. During the day, when the beat of the overhead sun becomes too strong, the feathery network of coconut palms provides a canopy through which light dimly filters green and cool. It is the only island with lagoons on both the eastern and western sides. A Water Sports Institute has been set up. Accommodation consists of AC and non-AC tourist huts aesthetically situated amidst coconut palm groves close to beach. The island is becoming increasingly popular with honeymooners. A Scuba Diving Centre has been set up and wonderful dives are possible.

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Minicoy
Furthest from Kavaratti island, 200 km. away to the south and nearer to the Maldives, Minicoy displays a lighthouse built by the British in 1885. Visitors are allowed to the very top. The lagoon is one of the largest in Lakshadweep. The green of coconut trees and the mirror-like surface of an inland lake as it nestles in one corner of the island provide an immensely beautiful seascape. Minicoy possesses a culture very different from the other islands - in dress, language and food. There is a cluster of 10 villages, called Athiris, each presided over by a Moopan. A walk through the winding lanes of the villages can be culturally rewarding. Minicoy is renowned for its dance tradition: the lava dance is performed on festive occasions. There is a Tuna canning factory. Tourists can stay in privately managed cottages.
Agatti
This island is best known because of the only airport which is situated here. This island has become the gateway to Lakshadweep and has a beautiful lagoon. A 20 bed tourist complex has been set up here.
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Bangaram
Bangaram
 The island is open to foreign tourists and has an exotic tourist resort. Tear-drop shaped, it is encircled by a halo of creamy sand. Like the other islands luxuriant plantations of coconut provide coolness even during the hottest part of the day. There are three uninhabited islands in the same atoll consisting of Tinnakara, Parali-I, Parali-II. These are easily accessible by outboarding, sailing rowing and, for the adventurous, by kayaking or wind-surfing. All the islands share the same lagoon, an enormous bowl of turquoise blue. At twilight, the setting sun, a ball of crimson in a flaming sky, casts its reflection on the water and with the coconut palms as a black silhouette, Bangaram is simply alluring. The warm, clear, deep waters of the Indian Ocean are an irresistible invitation to the scuba diving fraternity. The exquisite coral formations include black coral formations. There is a large variety of coral fish-angel, clown, butterfly, surgeon, groupers, turtles, not to mention the abundance of adrenaline generating sharks, manta rays, sting rays and moray eels. Diving here is an addictive experience, and any diver will be proud to display the stamp of dives at Bangaram. The philosophy is to preserve marine life in its original state of purity, where coral and the shell and marine life are left undisturbed. The Bangaram Island Resort is fast becoming a "must do" among the island hoppers of the world.
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Dining
Coconut and fish are abundantly available on the island. So naturally, no meal would be complete without a selection of the day's catch.
The cuisine styles are international and the menu also offers a selection from the coast of India and local island recipes.
There is also a well stocked bar, right off the beach. Not that the magic of the enchanted isles needs any additional uplift!

Underwater Photography
Lakshadweep is one of the best places in the entire country where there is good scope for underwater photography. One can take breath taking pictures of turquoise Blue Ocean and the marine life. It is a marvellous sight to watch schools of fishes swimming against the backdrop of sunlight penetrating the ocean. People from different parts of the country and beyond come to take breathtaking snaps of the rich aquatic life of Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean.

Apart from Lakshadweep, the other places where underwater photography is taken in India are in Andaman and Nicobar Island and Daman and Diu. The Lakshadweep Tourism board encourage the tourists the opportunity to capture the beauty under the crystal blue sea. Scuba diving is very popular in Lakshadweep. The coral reeves in Lakshadweep are worth watching. Never miss a chance to live a moment worth remembering. Agatti airport is the first stop for air travellers. Agati have connecting flights from Kochi. The islands can also be reached by sea from Kochi. There are plenty of resorts and hotels to stay in Lakshadweep.
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