The best kept secret of the Indian Ocean, greatly off the Kerala Coast
> Island hopping in the Lakshadweep Islands, a territory of India <
Don't tell too many of your friends about the Lakshadweep Islands...
The Lakshadweep Islands, part of India and formerly known as the Laccadives, is a small cluster of islands spread across the Indian Ocean west of mainland India and a north of the Maldives. The remote island group is one of the least developed and visited places in the Indian Ocean.
It was on a trip to the Maldives, when reading about Indian Ocean history and studying maps, that we initially became aware of these remote islands: Seemingly more difficult to reach, less developed, much less visited, and supposedly what the Maldives used to be when “discovered” by traveling hippies in the 1970ies. Two years later after visiting the Maldives, we paid the islands a visit and were not disappointed. These underexplored and un-crowded islands are a hidden gem, an absolute heaven for beach and nature enthusiasts, and the diving parallels that of the Maldives.
The Lakshadweep Islands are secluded and totally drained for charter tourists and even backpackers. The charm is definitely their remoteness, their completely untouched beauty and their lack of tourism. Very few islands, such as the Agatti Atoll where we stayed, can be visited by non-Indians, and only a single simple resort is present on each of these islands. There are no large beach resort developments, no overbuild places, no souvenir shops, no hassles, but only a few villages with thatch houses, friendly not-so-conservative locals, and long pristine beaches with white sand and gin-clear water. The Lakshadweep Islands may very well be one of the best-kept travel secrets in the Indian Ocean.
Like islands off the Indian mainland? Check our other island hopping adventures close to India, incl. the Andaman Islands, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. For adventures on the Indian mainland incl. beautiful Kerala check our Hippy Trail trip.