Lakshadweep has become a developing water sports destination of India as it has vast water lagoons around it. The water sports Department is making effort to convert these untouched islands into a major water sports destination within the country and throughout the world. Therefore, the Department has been trying to develop the water sports facilities. Considering the vulnerable environment of these islands, only less aggressive water sports are preferred and water sports such as water scooters are not allowed. Lakshadweep is also in a continuous process of developing adventurous water sports like para sailing and scuba diving, etc.
An institute of water sports has been established by the Department at Kadmat Island. This Institute is engaged in providing facilities for canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, yachting, water skiing, wind surfing, and scuba diving. Kavaratti and Kadmat Islands operate scuba diving centers and have emerged as major scuba diving destinations, attracting adventure enthusiasts from all over the world.
Below mentioned is a list ofthings you can do being at Lakshadweep. Besides, enjoying the fascinating adventurous water sports you can also get involved into other activities. Learn about it below before you land at the islands of Lakshadweep.
1. Scuba Diving
Scuba diving is the most prominent water sports of Lakshadweep, which is an ideal way to see the stunning corals and various marine life at the islands of Lakhshadweep. It is a relaxing sport that can be enjoyed by physically disabled persons also. You can drive under water with the breathing equipment and can enjoy watching the amazing marine life. There are two world-class Scuba diving schools at Agatti Island and Bangaram Island of Lakshadweep.
2. Kayaking and Yatch Sailing
Kavaratti Island which is considered as the most developed island of Lakshadweep and offers it visitors with the opportunity for Kayaking and Yatch sailing. You can easily hire Kayaks or sailing yachts at Kavaratti to have some adventurous time.
To explore the rich marine life of Lakshadweep, you can get engaged in one of the popular water sport named snorkeling. Snorkeling is swimming at the surface of water body putting on a diving mask, a tube called snorkel, and swim fins. Wetsuit is also worn in chilled waters. Bangaram Island being surrounded by the shallow waters is an ideal spot for snorkeling. The island of Kavaratti also provides opportunities to practice snorkeling.
4. Canoeing and Kayaking
Canoeing and Kayaking are the exciting water sports practiced on the islands of Lakshadweep. A kayak is a boat with closed decks whereas; a canoe is an open boat that needs paddling. These exciting games are practiced in almost all the islands of Lakshadweep.
5. Kite Surfing
You need to practice Kite Surfing because it is quite difficult to get stable on the board as you will fall every time in water. Kadamat Island is the place where you can enjoy kite surfing. Snorkeling and scuba diving can also be practiced here as it serves a great place for these activities. The scuba drivers can attain PADI certificate from Kadmat Island only.
6. Lighthouse, Minicoy Island
Take a small excursion to the 50 mt. tall Lighthouse at Minicoy, constructed by the British, to get an impressive sight.
7. Coral Gazing
Being in Agatti Island of Lakshadweep, you must see the remarkable coral reef in the blue waters. This beautiful site of rich marine life, flora and fauna will keep you hypnotized and mesmerized. Deadly Sharks, transparent jelly fish, sea weed, turtles, etc. can be seen in the pristine waters of this region.
8. Moments with Tribals
Away from the bustling city life and wicked world, the tribals lead a nomadic life. In Lakshadweep, there’s an important role of womenfolk in the family. The men after marriage move to his wife’s house and adopt her surname. Their main occupation is fishing, exporting tuna and coconut cultivation. Spend some cherished moments with the tribals during your stay in Lakshadweep and learn more about their tradition and lifestyle.
9. Sumptuous Local Food
A major part of Lakshadweep is dominated by Muslim community and so the cuisine also has its influence. The place is famous for its mouth-watering seafood with the flavor of coconut. You will be able to relish a variety of fish fry. Vegetarians must try beans curry and coconut rice. The delicacies have the influence of Kerala food because it is located at a close proximity. A blend of savory and sweet makes the evening snacks. Being in Lakshadweep you must taste moah appam and coconut bondas.
10. Tribal Dance
Each island follows a different tradition, have different costumes and various forms of dance. The most popular dance forms of the Lakshadweep islands include Kolkali, Parichakali, Attom Daffumuttu and Ulakkamuttu. Minicoy is the only island, which is very different from others. The inhabitants also speak a different language. If you are interested in folk dances and traditional fairs then do visit the Kalpeni Island. These folk dances will give an insight of the culture and tradition of that place.
Plan your holiday to this amazing paradise of Lakshadweep that has big lagoons, making it an exotic tourist destination. You can have a wonderful holiday with family, friends or partner amidst pristine beauty. You will be enthralled by the untouched scenic beauty and plenty of serene water. The perfect combination of sand, sea and sun will make your vacation memorable.