India has two sets of islands that belong to it – Lakshadweep and the Andaman Nicobar Islands. To the east of the Indian mainland is the group of islands called the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. These islands cover an area of around 700 Kms. Thirty six islands in this group are inhabited. Most areas in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands are tropical forests which are home to various species of birds, animals and flowers. Coconut palms and the clear blue waters at the reefs are a constant sight here. The rare flora and fauna, underwater exploration opportunites and an endless list of islands to visit are some of the reasons why you would want to visit the Andamans.
Lakshadweep, which means a hundred thousand islands, is built on ancient volcanic formations. It is the smallest Union Territory of India. It lays approximately 220 - 440 kms from the Malabar Coast of Kerala. There are 36 islands covering an area of 32 sq. kms and out of these only 10 are inhabited - Agatti, Amini, Andrott, Bitra, Chetlat, Kadmat, Kalpeni, Kavaratti, Kiltan, Minicoy.
Adventure tourism like trekking, island camping, snorkeling, scuba diving etc., are the real attractions in both the island clusters. It’s an experience of a lifetime to explore the totally unknown and unexplored world under the seas. Watch the rich flora and fauna of the sea in their natural habitat. Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep are the best places to enjoy Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in India. In the Andamans, one can enjoy the under-water marine life and view the rarest varieties of corals by Snorkeling in the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Carbyn's Cove Tourism Complex, Havelock and other islands. Lakshadweep is fast becoming water sports capital of India and especially of the underwater sea sports.
Private Island Resort - Bangaram Beach Resort
An uninhabited Island, Bangaram, the only inhabitants are the staff and tourists of the Bangaram Beach Resort. The deep, warm, clear waters of Indian Ocean with its myriad flora and fauna are an irresistible invitation to the scuba diving fraternity all over the world. The Diving School at Bangaram has many offers; one can see the black coral formations, the clownfish, the butterfly fish, the sturgeon, harmless sharks, Manta rays, Moray eels and turtles.
The Bangaram Island Resort caters to high-end international tourists. This 60-bed resort is well equipped with water sports equipment and has Lakshadweep’s first Dive School. Come away from the noisy concrete jungles and get the real taste of nature right here!
Agatti Beach Resort
Agatti is the gateway to Lakshadweep. The island’s only airport is located on Agatti island. Agatti and its satellite islands of Bangaram, Thinnakara and Parali presents a breathtaking spectacle of sparkling coral reefs, turquoise blue lagoons, silvery beaches and lush green coconut palms that sway to the rhythm of the sea. Lakshadweep enjoys a tropical climate with summer temperatures ranging from 30-33 0C during April and May and winter temperatures from 27 - 32 degrees C during the months of September to March. Water Temperature is usually around 25 - 27 degrees C. From May to early September there’s plenty of rainfall in the islands. It also rains a little during October and November. However, rainfall is scanty and falls as passing showers. Even during the summer, the cool sea breeze and the abundant shade bestowed by the canopy of coconut palms make the climate pleasant.
The Agatti Island Beach Resort consists of 20 cottages (A/C, Deluxe & Non A/C) built in wood and concrete, furnished in European style with attached toilet, refrigerator, private verandah. Each hut accommodates 2 people and it faces the beach.The well designed 'THAKKARAM' Restaurant serves various Indian, Continental, Chinese and Lakshadweep cuisine, buffet, bar-be-que dinner on the beach, coffee shop on the terrace etc.There is a well equipped communication and business center; it can hold up to 40 persons. On the resort you can find well arranged aquatic sports like Kayaking, Canoeing, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Glass bottom boat riding, Skiing, Excursion to nearby islands and lagoons.
The resort operates a licensed Scuba Diving Center where tourists can learn diving and explore spectacular dive sites in close proximity to the island with experienced guides.
The Islands are connected to mainland by Indian Airlines flight from Cochin (daily, except Sunday), Goa (weekly three flights) and by ships from Cochin. So what are you waiting for? Come over to heaven on earth, Agatti Island.
Andaman Beach Resorts
There are various hotels and resorts in the islands. They cater to all budgets and have ample facilities. There are star ones like Silversand Beach Resort and Fortune Resort Bay Island.And then, there are Hotel Sinclairs Bay View and Wild Orchid Resort. One can also find cheaper accommodation at Pearl Park Beach Resort, Bay View Inn and Café del Mar.All kinds of cuisine are available at these restaurants – North Indian, Continental, South Indian and Chinese.