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“Kavaratti is the capital of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep.”

Reviewed September 14, 2016

Marvellous lagoon, amazing beaches and fresh air is the main flavour of Kavaratti. Apart from that a quick stroll in town area was really great ! There are lots of fruit juice bar (alcohol is strictly prohibited in Lakshadweep) and souvenir shop available. A visit to Urja Mosque is highly recommended.
Kavaratti offers nice underwater world. And...... BSNL mobile phone network works fine.

Date of experience: December 2015
2  Thank SomnathKhaskel
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Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

Visited in last year with family, nice experience and unique. Reached from Agathi island after flight journey from Cochin,in a small airstrip.
Got the ship from Agathi, a verity experience, after reached in Kavarsthi, already booked Hotel Bismillah, recent ably luxurious in Kavarathi island and having easily accessible from the port. Island is walkable in length, but enough to motoriaed vehicle like bike and autorokshas. Special areas to visit are the chicken neck, jail, and southern end of the island. You can do deep sea diving and snorkelling in the tentative clear water with out much fear.
Altogether it was a nice experience

Date of experience: January 2016
3  Thank Venu1120
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Reviewed August 2, 2016

We visited in November 2015. On reaching Agatti from Cochin we were taken by helicopter to this island which is the capital of Lakshadweep . We stayed in the facility managed by SPORTS. Here you are welcomed with a drink of coconut water. Food is homely and nice. Staff of the resort are very obliging. The place offers a beautiful view of the lagoon and has all the facilities for water sports.

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank Ishani1957
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Reviewed June 25, 2016

Lush blue arabian sea, clear sky giving a contrast to the tilted cocunut trees, nearly calm water. you wont feel you are in india but you are..
During the flight course only you would see how water color changes to blue water.
It is a costly trip so choose wisely, but worth spending a weekend.
Take a beach chair, get a nice mocktail and spend the afternoon, see an amazing photo perfect sunset, you might get out of memory on memory card as there are so many places you can click a shot and remember it later and still enjoy it

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank dadaroy
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Reviewed June 16, 2016

Kavaratti is the capital of Lakshwadeep and the only island where I guess you will have Airtel Network. Though BSNL works everywhere, but you will get Airtel Tower only in this island.

Well we were planning to visit LD, for quite a long and finally we managed it in April. Considering the issues that we faced, starting from ship cancellation to rescheduling the trip to waiting eagerly till the last moment for getting confirmed berth allocation in MV Kavaratti, it was quite an achievement.
We booked for the Samundram package and Kavaratti was the first LD Island which we witnessed. From Cochin, it’s an overnight journey to Kavaratti. The MV Kavaratti (the ship which sails you to these islands) was quite comfortable. In case if you have never travelled in ship, then this journey is going to be one of the most fascinating one you had ever experienced. I do suffer from motion sickness, but to my surprise, I was completely alright in the entire ship travels and thoroughly enjoyed the waterway trip.

As it is there for all LD islands, the ship will be anchored at a distance from the island shore, and the passengers will be ferried down to the island on jetties or fishing boats. There is nothing to worry about this, and just try to enjoy this moment of sailing in absolute blue water on a fishing boat.
The view of the lagoon around the island is surely going to leave you spell bound. I have seen the pictures of exotic islands like Tahiti, Fiji etc., but Kavaratti is nothing less than that. I was so happy to learn that this beauty is hidden from most of the world and this provides you that opportunity to enjoy some untouched beauties of nature.

Once you reach the shore, you need to walk through a small bridge to enter the island. You can witness some army boats on you right side. The beach which you see on your left will be your destination. There will be a board saying ‘welcome to Kavaratti’, and once you cross that you put your first step on this wonderful island. There is a big mosque on the right and if you go straight for hardly 50 meters, you will find Syndicate Bank ATM. In case if you need cash, then this island has the easiest access to an ATM. Get the money you need, as in other islands (Minicoy and Kalpeni) ATMs are far off, and not easily accessible.

There will be guides/locals who will help you to reach the beach. While you walk you way to the beach, you can see the locals drying fishes in a unique way and doing their daily chores. They don’t mind, tourist clicking them while working and asking queries about the work they are doing. If you speak Malayalam, then it will be cake walk for you to communicate with locals.

Tender coconut water will be served as welcome drink and then you can settle down in the ample number of chairs which will be properly arranged for your comfort. I advise you to quickly go and register yourself for Scuba as this island has the best Scuba environment in my opinion. The underwater world here is quite colorful and the water level is deeper than what you will get in Minicoy.

The Scuba dives will happen under the supervision of experts and they will make you float underwater. Depending upon your registration number, they will take you in. I didn’t see any alternate flow for this approach; which is actually good. The fees for Scuba dive is Rs.2000/- and trust me, you will feel proud on your investment after your dive. They will provide you a CD, with few photos of yours and a 2 minute video as well.

If you have registered for Scuba, then you will have to attend a session, where they will brief you about the science and basics about Scuba Dive. Then there will be session for breathing practice under water, before they take you to the point where you will have to dive.
If you are not in for Scuba (which you shouldn’t), then you have the option to enjoy a swim in the ocean water. The water around the beach is not deep, so you have the option to play around in the water. There is provision for kayaking and other water activities like snorkeling speed boating etc. on a nominal fees.

Glass base boating is complimentary in this island. A tip to all tourists: don’t waste your time and energy in clicking pictures through the glass base. Due to the shaking, the pictures will be full of noise, and no way can you capture what you see from the glass base. Instead, enjoy the view. The water is crystal clear, and you can see the ocean bed while you sail deeper in to the ocean. Ocean world is extremely colorful and unique. You can observe fishes of several colors, size and shapes. If you are lucky, you will see some turtles as well. It’s very exciting to see school of fishes sailing under you. Do not miss the glass boat sail and please until you have a very good digi-cam, don’t waste your time in clicking pictures. Rather enjoy the view.

At evening they will serve food. Both non-veg and veg arrangements are made separately. Food is good and you will surely enjoy the sweet dishes. Very nice washroom arrangements are made for gents and ladies and there are no problem of taking bath and changing clothes. You get cold drinks and other snacks at the beach and surprisingly, all are sold at MRP.

After dinner, I just went on a walk inside the island and it was a nice experience. I would suggest tourists to do so. You will enjoy the village.

In the second half, tourists will be ferried to an aquatic museum. The museum as well as the aquarium is good, and you will get an opportunity to see some very unique aquatic animals. You can see star fish in the aquarium. The bus, which ferries you to the museum, will also travel through the village, giving you an opportunity to observe the Kavaratti village.

Well by 5PM or so, sadly the day gets over and you will be instructed to return to the point where the fishing boats dropped you in morning. Literally it will be difficult for you to leave the island, such is the charm and beauty of ocean and such clean beaches.

Date of experience: April 2016
9  Thank AbhishekB_9856
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