Tourist Places in Kavaratti LakshadweepQuench your aquatic quest by languishing on the milky white sands of Kavaratti. For many decades this enchanting island has succeeded to attract millions of tropical travelers year on year. In case you are looking for a relaxing rendezvous with your partner or a mission to be away from the madding metro menace, make a trip to the overwhelming Kavaratti. One of the smallest and close-knit township of all 36 islands of Lakshadweep archipelago is Kavaratti. It’s the administrative capital of the union territory and slightly more crowded compared to the other islands.
In the deep blue sea
Appease your aquatic appetite by indulging in the aquarium in glass bottom boats and see a varied specimen of the water wonders: the sorts of turtles, fishes, sharks and variety of corals. Relish nature at its best in the crystal waters of the calm lagoon that attracts you towards its mystic aura.
On the Beach in KavarattiLuxuriate in the sun-kissed beaches and bask in the sands. Rent a bike or just stroll across and you can ride over the entire island at one go. Nice roads and good infrastructure makes the road trip peppy and exhilarant.
In the town360 km off Kochi coast and 50 km from Agatti lies the sublime Kavaratti. It is very well connected by air and ship. With an overall area of just 6 km in length and 1 km breadth it has a 1.5 km wide lagoon area. The island is strewn with beaches, museums and mosques. It has a population of about 10,000 Islam followers who work as stone masons and wood carvers. One would find a lot of government offices on one side and the residential area on the other .These two areas were demarcated by a wall earlier.
Tourist Attractions in Kavaratti
Water sportsSuperior standard of imported water sport equipment and the correct depth and clarity of the ocean makes Kavaratti tourist-famous for offering one of the best and safest water sports facilities in the country. Activities vary from parasailing, water-skiing, swimming, wind surfing, scuba diving, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, snorkeling, pedal boat rowing, motor boat rides, racing boats and many of the kinds. One can even try deep-sea fishing and pursue big game fishing. Local experts with boats can be hired for helping you hook fishes like yellow-fin tuna, barracuda, wahooo and trevally which are there in huge numbers.
Mosques in KavarattiKavaratti houses 52 aesthetic mosques but the more popular in them are Jamanth and Ujira mosques in the south-eastern part of the island. The Ujira Mosque was built in the 17th Century by Sheikh Mohammed Kasim. Not only it is a tourist attraction but also a place of pilgrimage for the locals. Its intricate stone carvings on the pillars and ceiling is indeed eye catching. One more example of the talent in art and architecture of the islanders centuries ago is the graveyard. The tombstones of each grave have Quranic text carved on them reveling the skills they possessed. The water from the well nearby the mosque is supposed to cure many ailments.
Marine AquariumSavor the coral life in the underwater marine aquarium. Varied types of shells, amazing looking corals and hoards of fishes preserved in glass jar gives you a feeling being in the midst of the aquatic creatures and watching the sharks circling around you at close quarter is an experience in itself. Share space with other sea creatures like octopuses and different varieties of fishes. But feel secured inside your glass enclosure.
Dolphin dive centerKavaratti has the best facilities for scuba diving. Dolphin Dive center is managed by an association called SPORTS and offers PADI Scuba Diving courses from Dive master to Bubble maker. It is the world's largest leisure diving organization. These diving excursions are available for all levels of proficiency, for those who are not very adventurous can go for simpler entertainment in the waters like snorkeling. One may hire glass bottomed boats from the beaches for a stunning view of the coral reef and the marine life that exists in the bottom of the ocean.
Where to Stay in KavarattiYou are definitely not spoiled for choices in Kavaratti when it comes to where to staying overnight. You can either go with the Coral reef package or Tarata ship package. Tourist huts with attached bath and balcony makes a suite to put up in the night. For food, it is decent Malabar cuisine with some vegetarian and more of non-vegetarian dishes, the mainly consists of sea food, like tuna and chicken.
How to Reach KavarattiBy ship
M.V. Kavaratti is a vessel flagged off in 2008 for tourists to Lakshadweep. It is well equipped to carry 700 travelers. State-of-the-art facilities make this vessel one of the best option to make this journey a remembrance to the islands. Centrally air-conditioned, it has restaurants, cafeterias, a huge dining area, entertainment rooms, snack bars, swimming pools, helipads and gymnasium. It ensures sheer luxury to passengers on board. The ship has 100 Deluxe Berths and 70 First Class Berths available for 'Coral Reef' tourists.
Best Time to Visit Kavaratti IslandThe best time to visit the capital of Lakshadweep, Kavaratti, is between November and April. The sea is calm and the weather beautiful. Summers are scorching hot and uncomfortable and monsoons are windy and has an unpredictable wild sea.
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