Like Kavaratti, water sports are a big hit in Bangaram. Shipwreck snorkelling, kayaking, lagoon cruising, fishing, banana boat ride, beach volley ball, everything is available and at a reasonable cost.
With 30 cottages, the Bangaram Beach Resort is the only available option. The resort has a multi-cuisine restaurant serving myriad of delicacies and a very warm staff who would go out of their way to make your stay comfortable.
Things to remember:
• Lakshadweep can only be visited on a pre-arranged package trip and everybody, Indian or otherwise, requires a special permit.
• The easiest way to acquire a permit is to book a package tour through the governments tour operator or ask a hotel to sort it out for you.
• Carry cash to enjoy water activities. Card payments don't work in Lakshadweep. ATM facility is available in Agatti and Kavaratti but there are no ATM machines in Bangaram.
• BSNL and Airtel network works on the island. Also there's no 4G facility, only a patchy 2G is available.
How to reach:
This is the tricky part. Reaching Lakshadweep is not easy to access but it is not impossible either. The island can be reached either by ship or flight and for tourists, Kochi is the gateway to Lakshadweep.
By flight: The closest international airport to Lakshadweep is in Cochin. In case you decide to fly to Lakshadweep, it is advisable to stay a night in Cochin because the flight to Agatti—Lakshadweep's only airstrip, is a morning flight by Air India, operated seven days in a week.
By ship: Six passenger ships operate between Cochin and Lakshadweep. The journey through this route takes around 14 to 18 hours depending on the island you want to visit.
The costing depends on how many islands you wish to explore. I visited Kavaratti and Bangaram which costed me ₹40,000 for two people excluding flights. The package includes meals and transportation charges.
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