12 Lakshadweep islands to open up for tourists

Thinking of white sands, clear lagoons, coral reefs and five star luxury resorts? If Maldives comes to mind, think again. Your next tropical island holiday could be closer home than you had imagined.

Lakshadweep, the tropical archipelago off India’s west coast, is readying to welcome more tourists to its pristine shores. To make this possible, the island administration will now open up 12 islands, as yet off limits, for tourists. The move is being implemented as part of the Centre’s initiative for holistic development of islands and will give a leg up to niche tourism in Lakshadweep.

The islands that have been taken up for development include Minicoy, Bangaram, Suheli, Cherium, Tinnakara, Kalpeni, Kadmat, Agatti, Chetlat and Bitra. Director of tourism in Lakshadweep Balram Meena told TOI, “Since Lakshadweep is an ecologically sensitive area, great care has been taken in planning the measures.

Lakshadweep has immense potential for growth, but we have observed that over the years, tourist influx has somewhat stagnated. Current effort is not only to ramp up tourism, but to also open up the island cluster to public, private and public-private partnership mode of investments to create more employment for Lakshadweep islanders.”....Read more
Source web page: Times of India


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