A Travel Guide to Agatti

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If you are looking forward to staying in luxurious resorts and having some delicious seafood, then nothing beats Agatti Island. Agatti is not just one of the most aesthetic locations, but it is so much more than that. It’s a terrific place to have fun with your friends or to build some sand castles with your children. Snorkelling and scuba diving are some of the water sport activities you can try out during your time on this aesthetic island. As you dive in, get closer to the marine life and witness the breathtaking coral reefs. 

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Best time to visit: The best time to visit Agatti is during the dry season, which spans from October to April. During these months, the weather is pleasant and the sea is calm. This makes it ideal for water activities like snorkelling and scuba diving. The clear skies and gentle breeze creates a perfect condition for beachcombing and relaxation on the pristine, white-sand beaches. 

How to reach?

Please note that travelling to Agatti requires obtaining a Restricted Area Permit (RAP), and foreign nationals may need additional permits. These permits can be arranged through authorised travel agents or the Lakshadweep Tourism website. 

By air: Agatti Airport (AGX) serves the union territory of Lakshadweep. It is the quickest way to reach this city. With affordable fares, you can easily book your flights to Agatti and plan your trip.

By sea: Lakshadweep Administration operates passenger ships from Kochi (Cochin) to various islands in the Lakshadweep archipelago, including Agatti. The journey by ship takes longer, around 14-20 hours, and schedules can be irregular, but it is worth an experience.

Getting around/Transport in Agatti: Small motorised scooters, bicycles, cars, and auto-rickshaws are available for hire to explore the island. Boats and ferries are essential for inter-island travel within the Lakshadweep archipelago.

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Places to visit

  • Bangaram Atoll: Bangaram Atoll is a true tropical paradise and deserves a space in your itinerary. What sets Bangaram apart is its extraordinary natural beauty. The island has beaches with soft, powdery-white sand and turquoise water of the Indian Ocean. It's a destination where time seems to stand still. The coral reefs here burst with countless species of fishes like parrotfish, angelfish, and butterflyfish, as well as majestic sea turtles and even occasional reef sharks. Snorkelling and scuba diving are the favoured activities here. 
  • Kadmat Island: The hallmark of Kadmat Island is its exquisite natural landscape with long stretches of powdery white sand beaches. Verdant palm trees sway in the breeze, casting dappled shadows on the shore. The tranquillity that envelops the island is a balm for the soul. This is the spot for solo travellers and photography-lovers. You can also consider boat riding or other water sports activities. 
  • Kalpeni: Kalpeni is a tropical paradise nestled in the Arabian Sea, off the southwestern coast of India. Cultural experiences are an integral part of a visit to Kalpeni. The island is home to warm and welcoming locals, many of whom are engaged in traditional activities such as fishing and coconut cultivation. Interacting with the islanders provides insight into the culture and way of life in the Lakshadweep. 
  • Lagoon Beach: Lagoon Beach in Agatti is one of the island's most picturesque and captivating spots. It derives its name from the unique geographical feature it offers: a tranquil and shallow lagoon separated from the open sea by a natural barrier, typically a sandbar or coral reef. The surroundings of Lagoon Beach are nothing short of breathtaking. You can opt for recreational activities or spend some time adoring the sunset views over the calm waters of the lagoon. 
  • Kavaratti: Kavaratti is another beautiful place near Agatti. The natural beauty, marine life, and rich local culture make up the core of it. As the administrative capital of Lakshadweep, Kavaratti shows the essence of nature's artistry. Be prepared for occasional sightings of graceful sea turtles and reef sharks.  
  • Bangaram: This idyllic island is known for its unspoiled natural beauty, serene ambience, and picturesque landscape. The island remains relatively uncrowded, and that makes it an ideal choice for those looking for escapism. It offers an opportunity to connect with nature, explore vibrant underwater worlds, relax on pristine beaches, and try snorkelling or scuba diving.
  • Andrott: Serene beaches with soft, golden sands, and clear, azure water characterises the island's landscape. The Saint Ubaidullah Tomb in the Jumaat mosque is a popular attraction in this arena. You will also be able to find ancient Buddhist ruins and more.

Places to eat

You can try delicious seafood, different international cuisines, and have a good time sipping your favourite coffee at the beach. 

  • Cafe de Saina: While you are visiting Agatti, going to Kavaratti Island is a no-brainer. And, there lies the famous Cafe de Saina. You can try strong coffee or fish pakoras at the cafe.
  • Local eateries: Nothing beats the local eateries at Agatti and other islands on Lakshadweep. Try biryani, seafood curries, and vegetarian options. These are great places to interact with the islanders as well and get insights into their everyday lifestyles. Try new dishes that you might have never heard the name of, or enjoy fresh coconut water.
  • Heavens Treat Beach Restaurant: Another terrific choice Kavaratti Island is this prominent restaurant that was started in 2016. Enjoy different flavours of scooped ice creams after a heavy dinner. The ambience, helpful staff, and delicious meals make it one of the most popular eating spots.
  • Moula’s Beach Restaurant: Moula’s Beach Restaurant offers stunning beach views apart from providing options for various beverages and authentic Lakshadweep cuisine. It is located in Agatti, so you can include it in your itinerary when visiting the island.

Shopping

Here are a couple of shopping experiences you can have during your time in Agatti.

  • Local markets: Agatti has many markets from where you can purchase essentials and local products. These markets offer fruits, vegetables, snacks, and basic necessities. It's a good place to experience the local culture and interact with islanders. Muhammad Mustafa SuperMarket is a great option to visit.
  • Coconut shell crafts: The Lakshadweep Islands are known for their craftsmanship using coconut shells. You can find various handcrafted items such as coconut shell jewellery, trinkets, and decorative pieces. These make for unique souvenirs to take home.
  • Seashell art: Seashells are abundant on the island's beaches, and local artisans often use them to create beautiful art pieces. Look for seashell art and jewellery made by the islanders. 
  • Local handicrafts: Some local artisans on Agatti create traditional handicrafts such as mats, baskets, and other items using natural materials. These crafts are not only functional but also provide a glimpse into the island's culture. Visit the China Bazar Kavaratti to explore different novelties you can buy.

Nightlife

  • Beach strolls: As the sun sets over Agatti, the island's beaches transform into an unbelievable landscape. The gentle lapping of waves against the shore creates a soothing symphony as you take a stroll along the sandy coastline. The soft, powdery sand underfoot, illuminated by the moonlight, adds to the enchantment of your evening walk. The clear night sky reveals a breathtaking display of stars. 
  • Stargazing: Agatti's remote location, away from city lights, makes it an ideal spot for stargazing. As night falls, the island's sky comes alive with a brilliant display of stars and constellations. Whether you're an astronomy enthusiast or simply appreciate the beauty of the night sky, lay back on the soft sand and enjoy the view.
  • Resort activities: Resorts on Agatti often arrange evening entertainment for their guests. This includes cultural performances where local artists showcase traditional music and dance. These cultural evenings provide a glimpse into the island's rich heritage. Some resorts also host live music sessions or set up bonfires on the beach.

Where to stay

  • White Pearl Beach Resort: One of the best resorts, it is conveniently located on the airport road. Enjoy free Wi-Fi and roam around the city on bicycles that are available to hire. The resort also offers snorkelling and scuba diving if you are keen on doing that.
  • Seashells Resort: Luxurious rooms, authentic Lakshadweep food, and a terrific beach experience await at the Seashells Resort. The staff is highly professional, and beaches on both sides surround the property. You can partake in adventurous activities from here as well.
  • Red Corals Beach Resort: Another luxurious property in Agatti is the Red Corals Beach Resort. They have well-maintained rooms, professional staff, prime location, and an opportunity to interact with the locals.
  • Wundervall Resort: Wundervall Resort’s rooms can be best summed up as comfortable. Take advantage of their room service facilities while having a nice time at the resort. It also provides opportunities for scuba diving and water skiing.

More reasons to visit

  • Coral reefs and snorkelling: Agatti Island is home to some of the most pristine and vibrant coral reefs in the region. These underwater ecosystems are home to fish, sea turtles, rays, and various species of coral. Snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters of Agatti provides a unique opportunity to explore this breathtaking underwater world. The island offers a safe and rewarding environment for this aquatic adventure.
  • Water sports and adventure: Snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters of Agatti is bound to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Your adventurous soul wouldn't want to miss out on this opportunity. Water skiing, scuba diving, and other water sports are available in Agatti.
  • Secluded beaches and serenity: It’s difficult to find secluded beaches in the cities. But, that’s not a problem in Agatti. The island remains relatively uncrowded. Whether you're lounging on the soft sands or taking a walk along the shore, you'll find ample opportunities to escape the noise and chaos of urban life, and immerse yourself in the serenity of Agatti Island.

Festivals

  • Eid-ul-Fitr: Eid-ul-Fitr is one of the most significant and widely celebrated festivals on Agatti Island. This joyous occasion marks the end of Ramadan wherein prayers are offered at the mosques, where islanders gather to seek blessings. 
  • Lakshadweep Tourism Festival: The Lakshadweep Tourism Festival is an annual celebration that showcases the cultural heritage, traditions, and talent of the locals. This multi-day event attracts visitors from around the world.
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