Lakshadweep Islands Activation of Tourism in Isolation

Lakshadweep islands activation of tourism in isolation

As one travel fanatic recalled the oceanic memories, “I was happy anywhere I could see the ocean”. Same feeling dawns when one comes to Lakshdweep Islands’ Serene blue sea, lagoons, sandy beaches, coconut trees and warmth of sun. What else one can long for in winter seasons’ hideout. These islands are situated in South Western India, about 200 to 440 km off the coast of Kerala in the Arabian Sea. Lakshadweep means hundred thousand islands, is also called Laccadive Islands. Lakshadweep islands are being developed by government of India as a perfect tourist destination for all seasons, especially for winters which is the best time to visit these islands.

sandy beaches lakshdeep

Brief history

Lakshadweep islands fall in line with shipping route to India from western part of the world. The islands were in control of Kerala’s rulers in olden times, then in 16thcentury Portuguese controlled whole Arabian Sea and these islands too. Then Tipu Sultan king of Mysore had these islands under him which later fell to English Raj, who attached it to Malabar region. It came under Maldives who handed over these islands to free Indian republic in 1956.  

Lakshadweep islands

Geography

Lakshadweep is an archipelago of 12 atolls forming lagoon, three reefs and 39 islands and islets. The land area is only 32 sq km of land and 4200 sq km of lagoon. Only ten islands out of the cluster are truly inhabited. As per 2010 census, the population of the islands is around 64,500 people.



Weather

The weather is tropical monsoon and very hot from March to May, then rains start which go on till first half of September. Winters are good, temperature remains around 30c and humidity around 70%.

 Islands

Habited main islands are Kavaratti, Agatti, Kalpeni Andrott, Androth island, Kadmat, Kiltan, Chetlat, Bitra, Minicoy and Amini.

Agatti Island

 How to reach the islands

Main mode of transport from mainland is ship which starts from Kochi and reaches Kavaratti by overnight journey. Many passenger ships ply between these two places. Agatti  Island has its only domestic airport, boats and helicopters are also available from there for other islands.

Kochi International airport is on mainland, which is the closest airport. Commercial flights are available from there to Agatti.

Accommodation

Hotels, resorts, rooms, sea facing resorts, tree houses, beach tents and beach resorts all are available for both luxury seekers as well as budget travelers.


Culture

Religion

In Lakshdweep Islands religion of the 97% people is Islam, rest all are of mixed religions.

Language

Spoken languages are Malyalam, Mahi, Jeseri and English.

Dances

Traditional dances Lava Dance, Kolkali and Parichakli dance

Lava Dance Lakshdeep

Food

Food has base of sea food, coconut and Malabari masalas- Seafood with rice is a staple diet of the people here. Diverse food varieties are also available, as tourists and traders come from everywhere.

Tourism

The scenario of tourism bright and it is making big contribution to islands’ economy. Lakshadweep is a perfect winter getaway for all reasons be it hospitality, friendly locals, serene ocean, blue lagoons, many adventure activities and walk in the wilderness. Tourists love the winters here as they laze around the beach overlooking the blue ocean. The coconut plantation along the coast gives the reasons to smile. There are many aqua activities one can do like scuba diving, wind surfing, snorkeling, surfing, water skiing, kayaking, canoeing and sport fishing.

sport fishing Lakshadweep

Flora and Fauna

Lakshadweep has great collection of aqua life to display. 600 varieties of amazing fishes, 52 species of crabs, 2 species of lobsters, 48 species of gastropods, 12 species of bivalves. Also 101 species of colorful birds are birdwatchers’ delight in Pitti Island which is a declared bird sanctuary, a breeding ground for sea turtles. Corals and seaweeds are unique attractions.

bird sanctuary Lakshadweep

As regards to Flora, the forest is almost absent, but 400 plants species are identified and documented. Only coconut plantation is spread out to all the islands.

Visiting Lakshadweep Islands in winters is a great experience, which should not be missed at all. As someone said “you have to travel to see new light, find new hope, renew the mind and revitalize the soul”

Ten magical winter destinations of India

Ten magical winter destinations of India

Winter season in India is a happening time, when people love to enjoy its cold flavor. After a happy farewell to harsh summer days, escape route to delightful rendezvous is seen as the ultimate plan. The choice of places is between serene snow mountains, cozy deserts or exotic sea locales. Every place has its own unique topography, historical or scenic importance. Best ten magical winter destinations of India are described briefly.

Manali

Winter in Himanchal’s hill station is a virtual spectacular experience. The snowfall starts in December end normally; whole landscape of the green and brownish mountains becomes white with snow, which is a unique serene experience hard to get off your memory. Read More

Kullu Manali one of the winter destinations of India

Mussorie

Just one hour away from Dehradun, Mussorie is original ‘queen of the hills’ for its sheer beauty. The snowfall is nature lovers’ dose which gives them welcome warmth and reason for winter season. Long walks on Mall road protected by warm clothes and stroll along groomed flowers under soft sun shine in company garden, are the ways for perfect holidays. Read More

Mussorie



Kashmir

Places like Srinagar, Pahalgam, Gulmarg in Kashmir, which is considered Paradise on earth, are the perfect places for winter tourism. Dal Lake in Srinagar which has many house boats to live, canoes and other luxury boats to move around, make Kashmir a scenic wonder. The visit to Shankaracharya Temple, skiing in snow laden Gulmarg are reasons which make Kashmir one of the best winter destinations. Read More

gardens of beautiful flowers in Kashmir

Goa

Goa is a fun place to be in with its long beaches, old churches from Portuguese era and carnivals. Goa is a perfect winter getaway to enjoy its sandy beaches and all variety cuisine and ethnic food. At the time of Christmas and New Year, Goa converts to a carnival of traditional and modern times. Read More

Goa beaches

 Rann of Kutch

Rann of Kutch is the largest salt desert in the world that has vast nothingness, sand and sand everywhere. Nearest town Dhorado is being developed by Gujarat government as a winter tourism destination from October to March. Lots of activities are planned like festival, cultural activities and camel excursions etc. Read More

Handicrafts of Rann of Kutch

Rajasthan

Whole of Rajasthan is a popular winter destination and tourism to places like Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Jaipur, Jodhpur etc. Land of maharajas, all the cities has great forts, lakes and gardens to make your winter tourism a memorable experience. Read More

udaipur saheli ki bari

Andaman Island

Andman Island is a pristine cluster of islands, being promoted by government for tourism. These islands have hilly terrain at places, coconut palm trees, tropical forest and beaches. Adventure sports like scuba diving, Snorkeling and swimming in blue sea are popular. Andaman Islands are exotic destination for winters. Read More

Water sports Andaman and Nicobar

Kerala

The backwater and beaches of God’s own country Kerala are the terrific sites to be there in winters. Kerala is known for boat rides, traditional boat races, tea plantations, Ayurvedic treatments and wildlife. Kovalam is a major tourist attraction for tourists from all over the globe. Read More

Guruvayoor Temple kerala

Jim Corbett Park

As winter dawns tourism activities start in Jim Corbett Park near Ramnagar in Uttrakhand. A famous tiger reserve, a deep jungle and a river is a perfect winter destination. In winter’s especially wildlife is a visual treat. Besides tigers, elephants, cheetal, barking deer and 600 species of migratory birds can be seen. You can watch wildlife on open jeep or on elephant back. Read More

Jim Corbett Park


Lakshdweep Islands

Cluster of 36 islands in 32 sq km in Arabian Sea is fast becoming a tourism destination. Beautiful beaches, blue sea, coconut palm trees and hospitality of local people are features to make this venue an one of the important winter destinations of India. Read More

Lakshadweep

This year make winter destinations of India your winter abode for memorable experiences.

Incredible View of Rann of Kutch

Rann of Kutch one of the Unique off beat places

Rann of Kutch- magnificence of nothingness

Enchantment has the new meaning once you visit the Rann of Kutch. Located on the edge of western Gujarat bordering Pakistan, Rann of Kutch is world’s largest salt desert. Incredible view of white magnificence of nothingness and shimmering sheen of desert in the moonlight is so engrossing, it gives truly out of the world feeling. Rann of Kutch should be on priority list of winter destination in India. You will love this one of the Unique off beat places in India ranging from Rann of Kutch, Gujarat to Mawlynnong in Meghalaya.

Geological factor

Rann of Kutch salt desert is spread over 30000 sq km. The pure white land, its molten sandy horizons and complete sandy view is so spectacular that one is lost in its wilderness. It gives a feeling that you are standing on the edge of the world and there is nothing beyond it. This expanse was created by geological disturbance. It used to be the shallow area of the Arabian Sea, geological uplift of the land cut off water flow. With the time the water dried off, leaving behind a huge area of salt desert for all to appreciate.

Rann of Kutch

Location of Rann of Kutch

Village of Dhordo, on the edge of Rann of Kutch is about 86 km from Bhuj town of west Gujarat. Taxis and buses are available from there. By train from Mumbai to Bhuj is 15 hours. There is air connection too from Mumbai to Bhuj.

Best time to visit

In monsoon time Rann is filled up with water, in October it dries up. Best time to visit is between months from October to March. Woolens should be important part of the wardrobe that you must carry to Kutch in winters. The winter is the best time for visit to this enchanting place.

 



Permission

Rann of Kutch is a sensitive region as being in close proximity of Pakistan. A permit is required to enter, it costs Rs 100 per person in Taxi and Rs 50 for vehicle, a copy of photo ID is demanded. This can be taken at a check post 30 kms before Rann of Kutch or from DSP police in Bhuj. If on a travel package, tour agency gets you this permit.

Accommodation


In Dhordo and Hodka villages there are resorts which are owned by locals. These resorts are village resorts with mud huts (Kutchi Bhungas) to stay in with AC and non AC accommodations and tents also.

Kutchi Bhungas

Food

Bajra na rotla with curd and butter milk and ample butter oil or ghee is the staple diet of kutch. Traditionally the food includes khichdi a tasty mix of pulses and rice, Kadi chick pea grounded and curd dish , spicy dal, rice, and Gujrati traditional platter is also served. The sweet jalebi is served which is very popular here, besides many sweets for sweet toothed people. Dudhpak a spiced milk and rice pudding is a specialty here.

Why Rann of Kutch as tourism destination

Rann of Kutch is considered as popular winter holiday destination of India, comprising of vibrant    colors, culture, natural beauty and a lot more.

Secondly, Dhordo is being developed for tourism by Gujarat government as it the gateway to amazing white desert of Rann.

Dhordo

Rannotsav

It is a festival organized by Gujarat tourism every winter for three months from November to February. It’s a carnival of music, dance and handicrafts’ display that reflects unity in diversity of Gujarat and unique cultural identity of Kutch. More than 8000 tourists come every year in this carnival to behold the beauty of moonlit shimmering desert, Kutch’s cultural presentation, handicraft show and camel ride in vast expanse of white desert. Government of Gujarat organizes this carnival with full zest to provide tourists with specially designed tent accommodation, recreation hall for indoor games, incredible food which is devoid of non-veg and hard liquor.

Rannotsav

What to see and do around Rann of Kutch

The short excursions are arranged too, like camel carting, visits to interesting venues and activities around.

Visit to Kalo Dungar or Black Mountain gives another perspective of Rann from different angle. Its height is easily accessible being only 462 m above sea level. On the top of the hill is a temple of Dattatreya, which has its religious following.

Kalo Dungar Kutch

  • Wild life-the birds like Lapwings called peewit or peewee, it is called sandpiper in Europe, are found here in Dhordo. Sand pipers are found near sea shores, in India these are found here only. Another bird found here is Demoiselle Crane (kunj Bird) is 3-4 feet tall and weighs around 8-15 kg. Originally from Afghanistan these birds are interesting to watch. Many flamingoes also can be seen around here.

Wild life

  • For religious interest Kutch has sacred Lake Narayan Sarovar, Koteshwar temple, Ashapura Mata no Madh temple, Jain temples, Gurudwara and Sufi dargahs.

 

Handicrafts

Banni region has many sparsely populated small villages. Handicraft making is the main occupation of people here. It is interesting to see the artisans work on Kutch style Patch work and expensive embroidery. Women and girls make unique embroidery with stamp of Kutch on the work. These embroideries have different styles in mirror and bead inlay work, such as Rabari, Sindhi, Ahir, Banni, Mutwa, Ari and Soof.

Handicrafts of Rann of Kutch

Plan your visit to the Indian winter holiday destination, Rann of Kutch and take away gifts of pleasure, priceless items and memories.

Goa, Beach Capital of India and a “Tourist Paradise”

Goa Beach Capital of India

Goa beach capital of India is one of the best holiday destinations in India known as “Pearl of the Orient”, beach capital of India and a “Tourist Paradise”

Goa beach capital of India is a wonderful and exciting place located in the West region of Konkan. It is the smallest state in India by area and fourth smallest by population. It is an astonishing fact that Goa was ranked the best place for a beautiful life in India. The magnificent scenic beauty, beaches and the architectural splendors of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a firm favorite with travelers around the world. The churches are the attraction of pilgrims from far and away. Amongst the most popular churches of Goa are Se Cathedral, Convent & Church of St. Francis of Assisi and Church & Convent of St. Monica.

When and Why one should visit Goa?

The tourist season in Goa begins in late September and carries on through early March. If you wish to enjoy the revelry and festivals then Christmas and New Year is the best time when Goa is completely lit up. There’s the carnival in February  and Sao Joan festival in mid-June. The weather in these months is usually dry and pleasantly cool. Besides the natural beauty, the fabulous beaches and sunshine, Goa is a bird watcher’s paradise and keen bird-watchers will be in seventh heaven. Those who want to boogie in style, and then Goa is bliss for nightclubs and discothèques

Nightlife in Goa is exciting and there are many ways to liven up the evening. Most of the places serve exquisite seafood and other Goan delicacies and have well stocked bars. The Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) runs a variety of river cruises on the Mandovi River— daytime, sunset and moonlight. The cool breeze of the sea will sway you away as you forget all worries and delve into the unknown. Apart from the environment, here are some other reasons to travel Goa:



Beaches in Goa

There are an astonishing number of beaches in Goa, and that is 36. Some of the best and the most famous beaches include Anjuna Beach, Calangute Beach and Baga Beach.

Goa beaches

Architectural marvel

The churches, convents, temples and other historical monuments in Goa are declared as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Apart from that, the perfect blend of Hindu and Portuguese architecture makes it one of the most architecturally marvelous places to travel. Some of the examples include Basilica of Bom Jesus, Terekhol Fort, Cabo Raj Bhavan, Church of St. Cajetan and Mahalaxmi Temple.

A piece of History

Goa is also famous for some of the best museums across the country. The Goa State Museum, Naval Aviation Museum and the Archaeological Musuem are notable and must be visited by all tourists while travelling to Goa.

Goa State Museum

Don’t miss out on these:

Apart from the things mentioned above, there are a lot of natural spots that you need to cover while touring Goa:

1. If you’re a nature freak: Then you should visit Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Netravali Bubble Lake, Monte Hill and Sao Antonio Islands for a date with nature and wildlife all around.

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

2. If you’re a foodie: The best places to hang out and enjoy Goan cuisine are the Little World, Nick’s Place and the Indiana Bar and Boat Shack.

3. Adventure at its best: your travel is incomplete without cruises and water sports.

Goa cruises

Other fantastic things to do in Goa include partying on the beaches at night, going to pubs and lounges, shopping several interesting things and taking a sunbath during the day at the beach.

No worries for Goa travel, lots of choices around:

For reaching Goa, there are rail and air travel options at your disposal from all the major cities of India. Goa is well connected by the Indian railways and also has continuous flights from all the major spots in India.

 Also, foreign tourists can reach Goa via air travel as there are many flights to and from Goa to international spots spread across the globe. You can also reach Goa by road from Mumbai and other neighbouring regions.

Where to stay in Goa beach capital of India?

Accommodation is not a problem in Goa as the place is filled with beach houses, guest houses, hotels and motels with several amenities. You can get the best hotel accommodation here and it would be prudent to book in advance in order to get the best deals.

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