As a teenager my husband used to religiously watch the lonely planet travel show on TV. In one of the episodes they covered the Lakshadweep Islands in the Arabian Sea, off the Indian mainland. These off the beaten track islands left such an impression that in the back of his mind he’s always wanted to go there someday. As on this trip we continually plan our journey and our next steps every few days he first mentioned these islands upon our arrival in India. It was not a “must” in his eyes, especially if our route would not really lead us there but if our travels would allow for it he said he would like to go there. With the political situation between Pakistan and India messing with our travel plans of going into Kashmir, this left a gap of a couple of days and had us scrambling and rearranging our plans. Thus, the Lakshadweep Islands were put on our road map.
Agatti is the main island that has a landing strip (and a strip it is, with water on either side and no length to spare). The weather, the views and moreover the colours were breaktaking from the moment we stepped out of the plane. From the airport it’s a short drive to the wharf where we boarded a boat. By sea we then approached Bangaram, the slightly bigger island which boasts a low-key resort with thirty rooms with AC and a bar and cafe. From there we continued onwards to Thinnakara, “our” island, two to three kilometres away.
Thinnakara is the more basic island of the two, where the accommodation is made up of tents covered by solid palm leaf rooves and includes fans to regulate the temperature. While there are no drinks other than filtered water available on the island, there are flushing toilets for which we were grateful. What more do you need? I don’t think I have been to such picturesque islands before, nor can I imagine that these can be topped. The biggest asset was the seclusion and the lack of people (for the most part there were only two other guests) because they are not very well known islands and at the same time still affordable.
While I could say so much more about our few days on these islands, at the end of the day it was time spent relaxing, reading, enjoying the views and taking over a thousand pictures.
The changing weather and light just proved too tempting and I had a hard time choosing the pictures below, which are in no particular order - which one is your favourite?