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Aerial view of Agatti Island
Written by Buvaneshwari Gopinath on July 12, 2020 Share on

A quick getaway to Agatti Island in Lakshadweep

Agatti Island is a famous getaway spot just like the Andaman. Located on the chain of Lakshadweep islands, it is a quick vacation attraction for all those living in the southwestern region of India. The island can be accessed only by a boat ride. And let me tell you, it is one hell of a ride. You can either choose a boat ride or go on a cruise. Not just any cruise but a luxury one with fully air-conditioned. Called as Bharat Seema and Tipu Sultam, these cruises are operated by the government. Situated about 460 kilometres from Kochi, the island has got a beautiful marine life. Not just marine life, but nature as a whole. Connected to different nearby islands, you can go island hopping and explore the nearby islands as well. The islands can be travelled through shuttle services that run throughout the island.

Also read: Andaman Vs Lakshadweep -Its time to choose the Best Coastal Destination

Agatti Island
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How to reach Agatti Island?

Located in Lakshadweep, the island can be accessed only by a boat ride from Kochi. So if you ever plan on taking a trip to Agatti Island, we suggest you reach Kochi and then take a boat ride.

By Air

If you are travelling from the north of India or any other country, the best way to reach Agatti Island would be through the flight. There are direct flights from various cities throughout the week. From Kochi, you can hire a cruise or go on a boat ride to reach Agatti Island.

By Road

For the people residing in the southern part of India, reaching Kerala is easy. For many, it is can be reached easily on the road. Car drives become more fun and special when driving with your friends and family. From Kochi, reach the port and then take a boat ride to Agatti Island. If you plan on a bus ride, the nearest bus station is Kasaragod in Kerala, which is 360 kilometres away from the island.

By Train

Just like road travel, train travel to the island isn’t directly possible. The nearest station is Bekal Fort and Kottikkulam. You can book a train either of these destinations after which you can take a cruise to reach the island.

Do you need a permit to enter the island?

Yes, you do need a permit to enter to the island. Be it Indian nationals or Foreign nationals, anyone who wishes to enter the island does need a permit. The permit can be obtained by filling in an application available online. Post which, the duly filled form needs to be submitted at the Station House Office or Registration office. These offices are located in Wellington Island, Kochi.

Aeriall view of Agatti Island
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What is the best time to visit Agatti Island?

The most suitable or ideal time to visit Agatti Island is between the months of October and March. The climate here during these months is very pleasant. The sea stays calm making it a good time for a sea journey. The summers here are between the months of April to May. During summer, the temperature here goes up to 35-degree Celsius and falls down to 22-degree Celsius. The island also enjoys a heavy monsoon rainfall occasionally.

Things to know before visiting the island

  1. It is easy to explore the island on your feet.
  2. You cannot carry alcohols to the island.
  3. Networks like Airtel and BSNL have good network coverage here.
  4. Carry plenty of cash in hand. Not many stores accept cash.
  5. Foreign nationals cannot stay the night on Agatti Islands. They are welcome to stay at the Bangaram or Minicoy or Thinnikara islands.
  6. Indian nationals are allowed to stay the night on the island.
  7. The locals on the island are very friendly. Try having a small conversation with them to know more about the history and culture of the island.
View of the clear blue water
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Where to stay on the island?

As mentioned above, the Indian nationals are allowed to stay there in the night. The island has got only two resorts on the entire land. The bookings for these resorts have to be done well in advance. This is practised to limit the number of tourists visiting the island. Both these resorts have all basic amenities like Gym, Wifi, Spa, Shuttle services, etc, and they provide a luxury stay.

Things to do at Agatti Island

Beaches

Surrounded by water on all sides, the island is a beautiful beach destination. The island has got stunning views from the white sand overlooking the Arabian Sea. Go on a long walk or sip a tender coconut and beat the heat.

Water Sports

What’s a beach vacation without a dip in the water? Like every other island, Agatti island has its own water sports area. For all those individuals who can’t go a day on the island without dipping their feet, indulge in these water sports. There are several sports like swimming, scuba diving, kayaking, skiing, and even glass-bottom boat rides to take a peek inside the water. The island has a got beautiful range of marine life with colourful fishes and unique gorgeous corals.

Kayaking
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Did you know?

  • Agatti Island is only 7 kilometres long, making it the smallest tourist island destination.
  • Though it is located off the coast of Kochi, it is a part of Lakshadweep islands.
  • Apart from Agatti Island, Bangaram Island is the only island with a private resort in the chain of islands.
  • The population of Agatti Island is less than 1000 in number.

Tips

  • Check the weather before travelling.
  • Carry weather-appropriate clothes.
  • Book your stays and flight tickets well in advance.
  • Take a look at dos and don’ts on the island.
  • Do not get involved in doing prohibited activities.
  • Do not litter the island.

Plan a quick weekend getaway to Agatti island. Choose Pickyourtrail as your travel planner and leave the rest to us. Alternatively, you can choose various Agatti island packages available on our website and choose the most suitable one for you. You can also customise your entire trip based on your likes and dislikes. Still not convinced?

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