The Tourism sector is one of the newly developed sector in Lakshadweep. From 1956 to 1962 there was no ship nor any mechanized vessels operating between the Islands and mainland to carry even the local passengers. It was in the year 1962 that a small ship 'M.V. Sea fox' having a capacity to carry just 12 pax was introduced. There was no building nor any infrastructure available to carryout tourism activities in this Union Territory. In the year 1974 a full fledged all-weather ship. M.V. Amindivi , joined the fleet changed the very face of journey in the Islands. This was the first all weather ship and was a great relief that prior to Amindivi very small ships including M.V. Laccadives having capacity to carry 47 pax was not sufficient for the movement of passengers. The coming of Amindivi and two all weather ships M.V. Bharatseema and M.V. TipuSultan during 1988 created a favourable condition for the movement of tourists. Two small ships M.V. Minicoy & M.V. Amindivi joined the fleet recently has helped the movement of tourists further.
Tourism is one of the few areas in Lakshadweep which can play a vital role in generating income, employment and over all development of islands. Recognizing vast tourism potential, a humble beginning was made in 1974 and one of the uninhabited island Bangaram was opened for International Tourism. The Hotel Corporation of India was looking after the affairs of Bangaram island resort up to 1982. The tourists on those days were coming by ship Amindivi. During 1978-tourists came by chartered ship 'M.S. Europa'. But in the absence of a permanent set up, the flow of tourists were not encouraging. After the Hotel Corporation of India wound up their business the SPORTS was directly dealing with the tourist activities both Indian and foreign. The Casino Group of hotels, Cochin entered the field of Lakshadweep Tourism through a lease deed dated 22nd October 1988 with SPORTS for operating the Bangaram Island Resort. Encouraged by the Bangaram experiment, the Lakshadweep administration has gone ahead with Tourism promotion in the Islands of Kavaratti, Kadmat, Kalpeni and Minicoy were opened for domestic tourists in 1983.
Day 1: Arrive Cochin
On arrival at Cochin Airport / Railway station our Tour Executive welcomes you and assist you further transfer to the hotel. Check in and Relax and later witness the famous Kathakali dance performance performed by the professional artists. Overnight stay at Cochin
Day 2: Cochin
After breakfast take a sight seeing tour of Cochin, the commercial hub of Kerala and also known as the ‘Queen of Arabian Sea’. You will explore the port town of Cochin visiting the Chinese fishing nets, the St. Francis Church, Mattencherry Palace, and stroll through the narrow cobbled streets, lined with antique and handicraft shops of Jew town and completes the tour at the Jewish Synagogue, the oldest living Synagogue in the world. Kochi city is known for its textiles, readymade garments, jewellery, handicrafts, antiques and spices. So you can go for shopping rest of the free time. In the Evening, boat cruise to see the seven islands of Cochin and beautiful sun set. Overnight will be at hotel.
Day 3: Cochin -Lakshadweep
After breakfast transfer to Wharf to catch the ship. Overnight at Ship.
Day 4: Kavaratti Island
Arrival at Kavaratti Island. Full Day sight seeing of Kavaratti Island. Overnight at Ship.
Day 5 :Kalpeni Island
Arrival at Kalpeni Island. Full Day sight seeing of Kalpeni Island. Overnight at ship.
Day 6: Minicoy Island
Arrival at Minicoy Island. Full Day sight seeing of Minicoy Island. Overnight at ship.
Day 7 :Lakshadweep – Cochin
Arrival at Cochin by noon. Assistance at Wharf and you will be taken to Cochin airport to board the flight for onward journey.