Most of the indigenous people of the Amini island depend on traditional occupations of fishing, coir making and cultivation of coconut to earn their living. In the recent years, tourism has emerged as an important industry and a sorce of living for many people of the Amini island. The Amini island of Lakshadweep is accessible by air and sea. Far from the maddening crowd of the cities, the serene and calm surrounding of the Amini islands provides relief from the stress and strains of daily life. Minicooy Island Located to the south of Lakshadweep, the Minicoy island encompasses a total population of 9495.
Popularly referred to as the female island, the Minicoy island boasts of rich historical legacies and cultural traditions that has percolated from the bygone golden era to the modern times. Believed to be the descendants of the deep blue sea, the local population of the Minicoy island comprise mostly of the Muslim community who speak the Mahl language. The traditional occupation of fishing in the Arabian Sea forms the backbone of the economy of the region. The Minicoy island comprise of ten exotic villages which represent the rich biodiversity of the region.
Endowed with natural scenic beauty, the villages are governed by the strict administrative structure which are led by aBodukaka (big brother) who represents the menfolk and a Bodudatha (big sister) who rerpresent the womenfolk of the region. The villages of the Minicoy island are noted for the ordered social and political structure that reflects the administrative skills of the local people of the island. The villages has a separate place for public bath of men and women respectively, religious monuments, graveyards and a place for punishment.
The semilunar shaped island of Minicoy has a vast reserve of the unique flora and fauna of the region. The nothern extension of the Minicoy island is called Viringili or the Small Pox island. This part of the island derived its name from the fact that the patients affected with the deadly disease of small pox were kept in Viringili for proper medical care. Reflecting the rich indigenous traditions, the local people of the Minicoy Island, celebrate their festivals with much pomp and show.
The colorful and attractive folk dances of Dandi, Lava, Fuli, Bandiya and Thaara reflects the culture of the Minicoy island. Agatti Island Spread over a total area of 3. 84 sq. km, the picturesque landscape of the Agatti Island of Lakshadweep draws several tourists from all over the globe. Blessed with the bounty of nature, the Agatti island is the only island of Lakshadweep that boasts of a well maintained airport. Endowed with natural scenic beauty, the Agatti Island reflects a harmonious balance of rich traditional values and modern infrastructural amenities.
Golden sandy beaches, crystal clear water of the Arabian Sea and rich flora and fauna represent the beautiful coral reef island of Agatti. For those tourists who want to explore their latent potentialities and sportsman spirit, the Agatti island offers them with a plethora of adventurous water sports like Snorkeling, fishing and Kayaking. Apart from adventurous sports, the island of Agatti provides the tourists with a unique opportunity to dive deep into the water with the help of special boats made up of glass and experience the exotic aquatic life of the region.
Popularly said to be the entrance to the enchanting islands of Lakshadweep, the serene and calm surrounding of the Agatti island provides relieve from the stress and strains of daily mundane life of the cities. The salubrious weather coupled with the enchanting view of the splendid landscape of Lakshadweep attracts many tourists who are enthralled with its captivating beauty. An important tourist hub of Lakshadweep, the beautiful Agatti island can truly be said to be the paradise of the southern India.
The attractive Agatti island is an ideal holiday destination for those who wants to enjoy eternal bliss in the midst of nature. The Islands of Lakshadweep is one of the most spectacular tropical islands in the world. This is the only coral formed beach in India. The islands offer a heady mix of sparkling coral reefs, turquoise blue lagoons, silvery beaches and lush green coconut palms. The biggest of all tourist attractions in Lakshadweep lies in its pristine charm and its laidback life. Faraway from the urban clamor and clutter, the only sound you can hear is the waves crashing against the beaches and scream of seabirds.
Laze around and soak in the sun while hermit crabs dance their way. Time stands still here. Or if you want an adventure, Lakshadweep offers you a whole lot of activities. Facilities for Scuba diving, Snorkeling, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, yachting – add variety to the tourist attractions in Lakshadweep. Glass bottom boats are on the cards and soon going be a big hit among the tourists. Crystal clear water and wealth of marine life ranks the island very high for water sports. Some important tourist attractions in Lakshadweep are:
Kavaratti: It has a beautiful calm lagoon and facilities for water sports Minicoy: Crescent shaped island has one of the largest lagoons in the region. It has a typical Maldivian character. Kalpeni: The scenic islet is uninhabited but has a huge shallow lagoon. Agatti: It presents a breathtaking spectacle of coral reefs and an array of coconut palms swaying in sea breeze. Kadmat: This is an ideal spot for sunbath and water sports. Bangaram: The teardrop-shaped uninhabited island has superb beaches and beautiful lagoons.