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Lakshadweep at a glance

Lakshadweep is the tiniest Union Territory of India and is its only coral island chain. This archipelago consists of 36 islands, 12 atolls, 3 reefs and 5 submerged banks. The islands have a total area of 32 sq.kms and the lagoons enclosed by the atolls cover an area of 4200 sq.kms. Its territorial waters extend to 20,000 sq.kms and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to 4,00,000 sq.kms. Only 10 of these islands namely, Agatti, Amini, Andrott, Bitra, Chetlat, Kadmat, Kalpeni, Kavaratti, Kiltan and Minicoy are inhabited. Kavaratti is the Administrative Headquarters of the Union Territory. The islands are restricted area and permit from the Administration is required to visit the islands.

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  • Area 32 km2
    Capital Kavaratti
    Population 65,473
    Official Languages English, Malayalam , Hindi
    Boundary Lakshadweep is the tiniest Union Territory of India and is its only coral island chain. Minicoy,Kalpeni,Androth,Agatti,Kavaratti, Amini,Kadmat,Kiltan,Chetlat,Bitra,Bangaram & Pitti. The main islands are Kavaratti, Agatti, Minicoy, and Amini surrounded by Arabian Sea.
  • Festivals

    Different Moods of Celebrating Lakshadweep It is during the festivals that Lakshadweep puts on display the rich and long running culture of its people. Majority of the population residing in Lakshadweep follows Islam. So it is during the Muslim festivals that Lakshadweep islands is at its most exuberant and colorful. Though many tribal festivals are also celebrated here, their celebrations are not as visible as those of Ids that are celebrated here. The best place to witness these festivals are the many mosques that are spread in almost all parts of the islands. Among all Id-Ul-Fitr celebrated in the month of Ramadan is one festival that is celebrated by every soul on the island. This is one festival which is celebrated by every soul on the island. Even if you are just a tourist, visiting Lakshadweep for quiet and calm vacations, you will not be able to hold yourself from being a part of this exciting and exhilarating celebrations. The sudden and splendid change of a serene locality into loud vicinity will surely sweep you off your feet. Id-Ul-Fitr Id-Ul-Fitr is the most important of all the Id celebrated throughout the year. Id-Ul-Fitr is celebrated when the new moon appears after the month of Ramadan. Ramadan is known as the month of fasting when all Muslims bar themselves from having anything during daytime. Even a drop of water is not supposed to be taken for a specified time on all days. Id-Ul-Fitr is the day when the days of fast end. The day starts with huge number of people visiting the mosques to offer prayers and recitation of holy sermons. On this day, huge feasts are organized by people in which friends and relatives are invited. Although the number of people residing in Lakshadweep islands is not very high, still, like in rest of India, the enthusiasm and energy for the day is of top notch.

  • Culture

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    It is during the festivals that Lakshadweep puts on display the rich and long running culture of its people. Majority of the population residing in Lakshadweep follows Islam. So it is during the Muslim festivals that Lakshadweep islands is at its most exuberant and colorful. Though many tribal festivals are also celebrated here, their celebrations are not as visible as those of Ids that are celebrated here. The best place to witness these festivals are the many mosques that are spread in almost all parts of the islands. Among all Id-Ul-Fitr celebrated in the month of Ramadan is one festival that is celebrated by every soul on the island. This is one festival which is celebrated by every soul on the island. Even if you are just a tourist, visiting Lakshadweep for quiet and calm vacations, you will not be able to hold yourself from being a part of this exciting and exhilarating celebrations. The sudden and splendid change of a serene locality into loud vicinity will surely sweep you off your feet.
    Id-Ul-Fitr
    Id-Ul-Fitr is the most important of all the Id celebrated throughout the year. Id-Ul-Fitr is celebrated when the new moon appears after the month of Ramadan. Ramadan is known as the month of fasting when all Muslims bar themselves from having anything during daytime. Even a drop of water is not supposed to be taken for a specified time on all days. Id-Ul-Fitr is the day when the days of fast end. The day starts with huge number of people visiting the mosques to offer prayers and recitation of holy sermons. On this day, huge feasts are organized by people in which friends and relatives are invited. Although the number of people residing in Lakshadweep islands is not very high, still, like in rest of India, the enthusiasm and energy for the day is of top notch.

  • Popular Eateries in Lakshadeep

    Dishing out a delicious variety of sea-food with ample mix-up of coconut is the specialty of Lakshadweep Cuisines. From spicy non-vegetarian stuffs to healthy vegetarian delicacies, the island is ready with every possible kind of mouth-watering dish. The culinary influence of Kerala is quite evident in the cuisines of Lakshadweep.

    Since the island has a close proximity with Kerala, hence the cuisines reflect the taste of the inhabitants of that place. The local food of Lakshadweep primarily comprises of coconut and sea fish. The people of the island have a great inclination towards the coconut water as it is the most abundant aerated drink of the place.

    As a tourist destination, Lakshadweep is one of the most-visited spots of India. People from all over the world come to this island to explore the unexplored coral reefs, the virgin forests and the surrounding serenity. In order to cater to the needs of the tourists the governing authority of Lakshadweep, along with several private bodies have established quite a number of restaurants and eatery joints.

    Apart from specializing in local food, these restaurants also serve a series of inter-continental dishes. From Chinese and Thai to Indian and Korean, the eatery corners of Lakshadweep provide a lip-smacking array of delectables to those who wish to have a taste of global cuisine. Apart from multi-cuisine eatery zones, one can also get the original taste of Lakshadweep during major festivals when the people of the island prepare special dishes in their own home.

    Almost all the dishes have a touch of coconut since it is an integral ingredient of Lakshadweep cuisines .

  • Handicrafts

    Shells:
    Sea shell art and crafts provides a unique way to make use of the natural treasure found on the pristine beaches of Lakshadweep. The local people in the isle have long been involved in creating seashell ornaments and objects for enhancing interior decoration of their houses. People in the isle are involved in creating numerous attractive items and articles from seashell like table lamp shades, wall shelves, flowerpots and many more which looks fabulous and gives natural feel.

    Wood works
    Carpentry is another important craft among people in Lakshadweep. The skills of local people in carpentry are evident from the construction of houses, figure of animals and gods and many more. These wooden objects are well crafted and coloured brightly. Besides, the intricate wood carvings can also be seen in the many mosques across different parts of the union territory. The sophisticated and exquisite carvings that can be seen in the pillars and ceilings of Ujra Mosque in Kavarathi reflect the skills and craftsmanship of local people towards wood work.

    Coconut Shells
    Since coconuts trees are found in abundance in the isle of Lakshadweep, it forms the best natural material for craft in the Union territory. A huge population of talented craftsmen in the isle specializes in coconut shell crafts. The various items and articles are made using coconut shells and jack wood like table lamps, finger bowls and many other objects which are quite popular among the tourist to the isle as well.

    Tortoise Shells
    Tortoise shells that one can find on the beaches also form an interesting natural resource for the craftsmen in the isle. These shells are relatively large in shells and are found in different shades. Artists in Lakshadweep use these shells to make table lamps small boxes and other decorative items.

    Paintings and Chunky Jewelry
    Paintings in the isle also form an important craft which are used for enhancing the interior of the houses. Other than paintings, jewellery made with different natural colours is regarded as one of the oldest craft of the isle.

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