Lakshadweep, an archipelago, is a union territory of India. Only 10 of the total 36 coral islands of Lakshadweep are inhabited. In recent years, it has become one of the top most tourist destinations in the country. It is among the few places in the world less affected by the wind of modernisation. Lakshadweep is situated in the Arabian Sea and enclosed by lagoons known for their faultless beauty. This group of islands has the wonderful attraction of plentiful coconut trees, beaches with silver curves and the sea having crystal clear blueness. To save the natural environment from disturbance, tourism is restricted to some extent.
Only four islands are open to domestic tourists and one for global tourists. The four islands opened for domestic tourists are - Kavaratti, the capital of the administration; Kalpeni, having flourished coral and aquatic life; Kadmat with its charming beach; and Minicoy with its largest lagoons in the group of Islands. From Kochi, one can board a ship to arrive here and enjoy different kinds of water sports, experience marine life or simply relax. Lakshadweep has an aerodrome Agatti, which connects it to Kochi by a flight originating from Chennai. Scuba diving can be practised deep down Laccadive. An eight to ten day course is conducted by trained instructors and dive masters. To introduce you to the marvels of underwater life, an eight to ten day course is conducted by the scuba instructors and dive gurus. A 'fit for diving' certificate from a doctor is mandatory to get a clearance for diving and the age must be above 14 years. Lakshadweep island has the most unique flora and fauna which attracts domestic as well as foreign tourist in the same manner.