Formerly Laccadive, renamed Lakshadweep in 1973, the archipelago consist of 36 coral islands in the Arabian Sea, about 185 miles (300 km) off the Kerala coast. Thirty two sq. km of land surrounded by 4200 sq. km of lagoon rich in marine wealth. The precious heritage of ecology and culture is supported by an extremely fragile ecosystem.
The islands form the smallest of the Union Territories of India and the country's only coral islands. This charming isolated destination has only 10 of its islands inhabited. They are Minicoy, Andrott, Kavaratti, Kadmat, Agatti, Amini, Kalpeni, Kiltan, Chetlat and Bitra. The uninhabited islands consists Bangaram and Suheli. Kalpity, Parali 1 & 2, which are nearby Agatti island.
Water sports facilities like swimming, Rafting, snorkeling, windsurfing, parasailing, water skiing, yachting, catamaran sailing, deep sea fishing and scuba diving are available in the islands.
The thrust is on promoting ship based tourism at affordable rates and the administration's efforts in the regard have met with great success.