There’s a lot to love about India: terrains that dance between plains, mountains, and rivers; lush forests that house numerous animals; a happy riot of colours and festivals; monuments galore; cultures aplenty; and many stories couched in its alleys. And today, we find this happiness in Lakshadweep.
People often flock to Maldives or Mauritius in search of crystal-clear blue waters, forgetting the gem that lies closer home: Lakshadweep. Traveller Aakriti Rana recounts her vacation to this island beauty, and dives straight into its coral-fringed lands and soft sands, reminding us once again #WhyWeLoveIndia.
Lakshadweep’s serenity is ideal for water babies looking for a break from city’s chaos and frenzy of daily life. Despite being roughly 220 to 440 kilometres off Kerala’s coast, this island escape strips itself from steady network and bustling crowds—making it a great space for a digital detox. Here, nature accompanies instead. Home to expansive palm-lined white sand beaches and coral-fringed azure waters, the tropical archipelago has as much life underwater as overwater. While the lands boast of history in abundance (think Ujra Mosque, Minicoy Island Lighthouse, Marine Museum, among others), the world below has colourful schools of fish waiting to say hello. Swimming, surfing, snorkelling, diving, kayaking…Lakshadweep has it all!
In India, however, running away from culture is tough, no matter how devoid of people the land is—and that’s what makes the country so special. Lakshadweep, too, accentuates this side. Despite only being connected to the mainland by ship, helicopter, flights, and mechanised wooden vessels, this archipelago strings together ‘Indian-ness’ in its every core. After all, isn’t that just one of the many reasons #WhyWeLoveIndia?
Video produced by Batul Kapasi