Traditional boats along Lakshadweep shore

Destination

Lakshadweep Holidays

Known as the Indian Maldives

Strung out like pearls off the coast of Kerala, the Lakshadweep islands are one of India’s best-kept secrets. The name itself is Malayalam for hundred thousand islands, although the actual figure is thought to be a slightly more modest 36.

It’s a quickly forgotten detail when you set eyes on this extraordinary island chain. Scattered across the same underwater mountain range as the Maldives, the Lakshadweep islands gift all the white-sand beaches, aquamarine lagoons, and rainbow-flecked coral reefs you’d expect from this part of the world.

The big difference is, this archipelago has remained almost entirely off the radar by comparison. In total, less than a third of the islands here are inhabited, and even fewer are accessible to tourists.

Kadmat is one of those which is, and it sits at the centre of the chain. Find an empty beach here, sit in the shade of a banyan tree – a cool glass of coconut water in-hand – and you’ll be grateful of the local government, who work so hard to conserve this pocket of purity. Here’s hoping they continue to keep Lakshadweep’s charms under wraps for many more years to come.

Essential Information
  • Time Zone GMT +5.5 hours
  • Currency INR - Indian Rupee
  • Visa Information Irish citizens are required to obtain a visa from the Indian embassy prior to arrival.
  • Language Hindi and English are widely spoken.
  • Flight Time Short 1.5 hour flight from Cochin
  • Health Information Some vaccinations are recommended when travelling to certain areas in India. Please contact your GP for vaccination requirements.

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Natalie

Destination Specialist

"These islands have some of the best snorkelling available, untouched reefs and untouched beaches to go compliment"