is a group of islands in theLacccadive Sea, 200 to 440 kilometres (120 to 270 mi) off the south western coast of India. The archipelago is a Union Territory and is governed by the Union Government of India. Lakshadweep islands are the only coral islands of India. They are a vastly scattered group of the coral islands that are 36 in total. Lakshadweep is an exciting tourist destination and the most new attraction of India. Kadmat, Agatti, Kavaratti, Bangaram, Kalpeni, and Minicoy are the famous tourist islands.
The beautiful scenery of Lakshadweep that includes grand lagoons, silver seashores, incessant miles of sun soaked sand and lush green swaying palms with amazing aquatic flora and fauna make the experience of water sports the best experience. Water sports facilities like sailing, kayaking, paddleboats, glass bottom boats, inflatable motorboats, and water skiing
are available in the islands of Kavaratti, Kadamat, Kalpeni and Minicoy.
The Lakshadweep arachipelago is located between 155 and 261 nautical miles (287 and 483 km) from Cochin on the mainland. Tourism is restricted to ensure that the delicate environment is not ecologically dameged.Only five islands are open for tourism-four to domestic tourists and two for international travellers.
History of Lakshdweep
The early history of Lakshadweep is not recorded; Local traditions attribute the first settlement on the islands to the period of cheraman Perumal, the last Chera King of King of Kerala. It is believed that the first setters were Hindus and Buddhists. Even Now, unmistakable Hindu social stratifications exist despite the influence of islam. Buddha idols are found in islands like Kavaratti and Andrott.
Floating on a plank he was swept ashore at Amini. Ubaidullah began propagating islam in the face of strong protests. From Amini, he went to Andrott where too he met with strong opposition. Finally he succeeded in converting the people to islam. Soon he went to other islands with the message of islam and succeeded in propagating it. He died in Andrott and his place of burial is a sacred place now.
Even after the influence of Islam, the sovereignty remained in the hands of the Hindu Raja of Chirakkal for some years. Form Chirakkal Raja, the control moved into the hands of the Muslim House of Arakkal around the 16th century. The Arakkal rule was oppressive and unbearable. Eventually in 1787, some islanders from Amini took courage and met Tippu Sultan at Mangalore, and requested him to take over the administration of Amini, Soon five islands came under the Sultan and the rest continued to be governed by the Arakkal family.
Lakshadweep BeachTour After the battle of Srirangapattanam in 1799, the islands were annexed to the British East India Company from Mangalore
. In 1854, the Raja of Chirakkal handed over all the remaining Islands to the East India Company
. So came the British rule.
The Union Territory of Lakshadweep was formed in 1956, all islands now constitute on District for Administration with 4 tehsils. The administration head quarter is at Kavaratti. The Administrator heads the Union Territory. Each island has a democratic set-up in the form of Village (Dweep) Panchayat. At Union Territory level, there is a District Panchayat.