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Written by Akshaya Manoharan on January 12, 2024 Share on

Agatti Island, Lakshadweep: Everything You Need to Know About Culture, Food, Activities & More.

Agatti has one of the most glorious lagoons in Lakshadweep. The airport is built on this island.  From the aircraft, as one approaches for a landing, one gets a breath-taking view of the airstrip on the island. Agatti Island is a 7.6 km long island situated on a coral atoll called Agatti atoll in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, India. The island owes its brilliant appeal to its people’s hospitality, generosity, and hard work. Plan to book Lakshadweep package and have an exciting adventures.

In Agatti, coral growths and multicoloured coral fish abound in its lagoons. Fishing is the most important industry in Agatti, which is perhaps the only island besides Minicoy that gets surplus fish.

Let’s Know about Culture of Agatti Island

People of Lakshadweep love color, as is visible from their dresses and cheerful personalities. This love for a colorful life is mirrored in their crafts too.  The lives of Lakshadweep’s natives are intertwined with the sea. People engage in occupations like fishing, coconut crops, and coconut coir twining, which contribute significantly to its economy. Most of the people on the island follow the Islamic religion, which also defines the culture of Lakshadweep to some extent. However, there are other ethnic groups living on the islands as well.

The Best Time to Visit Agatti Island

The best time to visit Agatti is between September and May. The climate of Agatti is similar to the climatic conditions of Kerala. March to May is the hottest period of the year. The monsoon period raises the temperature to the mercury level between 27- 30 degrees. During the monsoon, boats are not allowed outside the lagoon because of the violent sea. The presence of the reef maintains calm at the lagoon. 

Must-Try Food Dishes of Agatti Island

The cultural palette of the island is similar to that of Kerala; the food is based on coconut oils and fish. The cuisine of Lakshadweep consists mainly of lots of spices and coconut. For non-vegetarians, there are mouth watering options in sea food and halal meat. The religion they follow and the cultural practices are not a direct result of Kerala’s culture but are a moulded form of it. Rayereha (red tuna curry), Malabar parotta, Sanath (coconut-based curry), and Kadalakka (sweets made from ground rice and pulses with sugar) are some of the must try foods while visiting Lakshadweep. 

Best Things to do in Agatti Islands

Agatti Island is blessed with The aesthetic beauty of crystal clear, azure blue water on all sides gives you plenty of water-related activities. Tourists mostly do water sports, including scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, and boating. Other than that, for your romantic walks with your partner or just long chatty walks with your family or friends, Agatti Island is again blessed with magnificent white sand beaches just to be touched by ocean waves in rhythm. You can indulge in activities provided by your resort as well. You can take a boat to visit other islands or hire a private boat to ride through the ocean near Agatti Island to watch the exotic marine life. 

How to Reach Agatti Islands, Lakshadweep

Via Air: The Agatti Islands can be reached by flight from Kochi. Indian Airlines operates flights from Kochi. Onward flights from Kochi are available to most of the airports in India and abroad. The airport is only on Agatti Island. 

Via Ship: Six passenger ships—MV Kavaratti, MV Arabian Sea, MV Lakshadweep Sea, MV Lagoons, and MV Corals—operate between Cochin and Lakshadweep. The passage takes 14 to 18 hours, depending on the island chosen for the journey.

Best Resorts at Agatti Island in Lakshadweep

There are a limited number of resorts and hotels on Agatti Island, Lakshadweep. 

  • Agatti Island Beach Resort: A popular choice offering beachfront accommodation, water sports, and various amenities.
  • Sea Shells Beach Resort is known for its proximity to the beach and providing a tranquil environment for guests.
  • Coral Beach Resort is situated close to the beach, offering comfortable stays and serene surroundings.
  • Agatti Island Beach Camp: Providing camping experiences with tents by the sea for adventurous travelers.
  • Tourist Huts by Lakshadweep Tourism Development Corporation (LTDC): Basic accommodation options managed by the Lakshadweep Tourism Department, providing affordable stays for tourists.

It is recommended to call and book these resorts through trusted agencies or by themselves due to the limited number of resorts and hotels. 

Common Questions on Agatti Island

  1. Why is Agatti famous?

 Agatti is a coral atoll on the Lakshadweep Islands. Agatti is famous for its beautiful coral reefs and abundance of marine life. The tourist excursions must include walks on the beach, and the water excursions must include snorkeling and scuba diving to explore the multicoloured coral reefs and exotic marine life. 

  1. How many days are required for an Agatti trip? 

The Agatti trip is the best experience over a period of 4-5 days for a relaxing holiday getaway and to completely immerse yourself in the tranquility of the island. 

  1. Is a passport required for Agatti Island?

Yes, a passport is required for foreign tourists, along with permission from the administrator. Only government officials, Armed Forces members working or visiting these islands, and their family members are exempt from this.  

  1. Is liquor allowed on Agatti Island? 

No, liquor is prohibited on all the islands of Lakshadweep, with the exception of Bangaram Island. Public drinking is also prohibited, and picking up coral reefs is a punishable offence. 

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