Time zone: GMT +5.5 hours
Currency: Indian rupee
Language: Malayalam (north islands) and Mahl (south islands)
Int. dialling code: +91
Religion: Predominantly Muslim
Editor, Traveller Magazine
"Bangaram Island in the Lakshadweep archipelago (Indian Ocean) is undeniably basic. No TV. No phones. No AC. No hot water. And quite right too.
"For who needs creature comforts when the sand sparkles white, the bay beckons blue, and immense turtles swim right next to you?"
As part of Lakshadweep - the smallest union territory of India - Bangaram Island is just one of the islands that makes up an archipelago 200-300 kilometres off the coast of Kerala in the Arabian Sea. The island itself is a haven for travellers looking for tranquility. Being uninhabited, save for tourists, Bangaram Island is an idyllic, picture-perfect destination.
From shimmering lagoons and sparkling coral reefs, to verdant palm trees and sandy beaches, the island is the epitome of a tranquil paradise. Such is the crystalline nature of the island's waters, snorkellers from around the world are captivated by the underwater charms, with a recently discovered shipwreck serving to enhance the attraction for marine enthusiasts.
Bangaram Island diving: Perhaps one of the finest and most captivating sights to experience during time on Bangaram Island is the magical underwater world of spectacular coral reef and colourful marine life. Whether a novice or an experienced diver, there are courses and sites that are suitable for all.
Agatti Island: The Lakshadweep archipelago offers visitors spectacular natural scenery. On a tour of the islands, travellers have the opportunity to visit the unspoilt tropical paradise that is Agatti Island. Here fine stretches of white sandy beach can be seen, while its placid lagoon teems with marine life.
Minicoy Island: The second largest and southernmost island of the archipelago, Minicoy Island stretches approximately 10 kilometres from north to south and is covered largely by coconut trees. Much of the local culture is similar to that of the Maldives as opposed to the other islands of Lakshadweep.
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