It was in Oct 2005 when we first felt like going to an off beat - exotic place....say, kindof a small island in the Indian Ocean, with tribals dressed in coconut leaves dancing all around us..... :-), it was then first I thought of Lakshadweep Islands !!
The plan however did not materialize then, no air tickets, no boat seats, no place to stay..... all solidly booked full to the capacity! So, the first lesson learnt was, if you want to go to Lakshadweep, plan well in advance, which we did, next year. For a trip in Dec06, we first booked the air tickets in FEB 2006 !!!!
Before we go into the details, a little background information:
Agatti Island (occassionally called "Agathy") is a small 7km long island, situated about 250kms off the Kochi Coast. It is surrounded on all sides by a beautiful coral reef, so the waters around it are a lagoon and not the sea.
It is a part of the Lakshadweep Islands.
Lakshadweep is the smallest union territory of India. Located in the Arabian Sea, it consists of twelve coral atolls, three coral reefs, five banks, and numerous islets that lie 200–300 km off of the coast of Kerala. The total land area of the territory is 32 sq.km. Eleven of the islands are inhabited. Capital of the Union territory is Kavarati Island. Pitti Island is a small sandy uninhabited island which is a Bird sanctuary (For beautiful photographs see this external site ).
For excellent information about the Lakshadweep Islands and map , see
Wikipedia, the free Internet Encyclopedia !