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The Lakshwadeep Islands

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. With a total land area of 12 square miles (32 square km), 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 spell bound expanse of emerald isles, Lakshadweep, studded in the blue water of the Arabian sea unfolds another world in itself. 

The panorama encompasses magnificent lagoons, sylvan sea shores, miles of sun drenched sand and the enchantment of swaying palms, spectacular marine flora and fauna, All these harmonise to form a colourful kaleidoscope typical of an archipelago paradise.Four of the inhabited islands (Kavaratti, Kalpeni, Minicoy and Kadmath) are open mostly to Indian tourists and Bangaram, an uninhabited island, is open to both domestic and foreign tourists. 

Water sports facilities like swimming, Rafting, snorkeling, windsurfing, parasailing, water skiing, catamaran sailing, deep sea fishing and scuba diving are available in the islands. 

The Maldives
The Maldives - a dream destination famous for its beautiful white beaches and breathtaking underwater scenery. Consisting of 1190 islands spread across the Indian Ocean and circled into 26 natural atolls boast rich cultural traditions, a history of kings and queens, pageants, feasts and festivals, their own language and script. 

The Maldive Islands, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, made up of 1200 small coral Islands covers an area of 90,000 sq. km. The length of the country extends to 820 km and width is 130 km. It spreads across the equator from north to south. Geographically it is divided into 19 atolls but for administrative purpose officially it is grouped into 20 atolls. Most of the islands are uninhabited and people are living only in 199 islands.

Total estimated population is 246 thousands. Geologically, the chain forms part of Laccadive Chagos submarine ridge, which extends into the Central part of Indian Ocean from the south west coast of India. India and Sri Lanka are the countrys nearest neighbors.

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andaman & Nicobar, the Emerald Islands, consisting of two island group lies east of the mainland between the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. Its southernmost island is only 200 km (120 mi) from the northern tip of the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The archipelago of 572 emerald islands, islets and rocks known as the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The Andamans are separated from the Nicobars to the south by the Ten Degree Channel, which is 145 km (90mi) wide. This Union Territory Of India is spread over a distance nearly 800 Kms. from North to South with 38 inhabited islands.

A hill range extending from Burma (Myanmar) to Indonesia, these undulating islands are covered with dense forests and an endless variety of exotic flora & fauna. The untouched and pristine marine life, corals, crystal clear water, mangrove - forests and birds offer a dream view of the rare gifts of nature. The capital is Port Blair on Andaman Islands.

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, island of tropical beauty and a thousand breathtaking views of the lush foliage in the country side and the verdant mountains full of tea gardens. The multi-colored rice paddies. The laid back village life. The never ending stretches of coconut fringed beaches. 

The exquisite underwater coral scapes, cascading waterfalls, colorful festivals and pageantry, magnificent ancient cities, nearly half as old as time, and the flowers in all their glory...nature's bounty in such abundance! Sri Lanka is one of most spectacular surfing areas in the Indian Ocean. Although it is not known for surfing, you will see some of the most perfect waves in the world. 

Some of the most scenic beaches are little known to tourism.Sri Lanka is a feast for the eyes, full of friendly people, and unusual religious shrines. Elephants are frequently seen working in the forests.There is fabulous scuba diving in warm, clear waters around Sri Lanka. 

Sea shells are easy to find, and the colorful marine life is abundant.If you are looking for a terrific bargain on gems like sapphires, ruby's, or a myriad of other exotic stones Sri Lanka is the best place in the world to find a great deal.The romantic atmosphere of the Sri Lanka makes it a favorite place for honeymooners, weddings, and romantic getaways. Its a lovers paradise!

Christmas Island
Historically isolated, Captain William Mynors of the East India Ship Company vessel, the Royal Mary, named the island when he arrived on Christmas Day, 25th December, 1643.
Christmas Island has a rich and diverse culture from her inhabitants who came to settle here for its phosphate mining industry. To have a glimpse of the different South and South East Asian festival, a visit to this Australian administered Island would be ideal.

Christmas Island also has a well developed Scuba Diving and Water Sports Centers. The Islands are famed for its warm clear water, untouched coral and exotic marine life.

The Cocos (Keeling Islands)
The Indian Ocean Island of Cocos (keeling Island) an Island territory of Australia is one of the last undeveloped tropical islands in the world. Its fine White sand beaches and exotic flora and fauna have attracted tourists from all over the world.

The Pulu Keeling National Park with its Red footed Booby Bird has drawn animal lovers to the Cocos. Water Sports and Diving facilities is also a major attraction for tourists here.

Chagos Archipelago (Diego Garcia) 
The British Indian Ocean Territory lies to the North East of Mauritius in the central Indian Ocean. The islands, which form the Chagos Archipelago, is now administered by the Britian . The southern most island - Diego Garcia is known for its strategic importance since it hosts a substantial Naval presence of the United States. The Flora and fauna of these Islands are on the verge of being extinct as a result of the construction and dredging activities.

Paradise on Earth is what they call the Seychelles. Seychelles is an island nation in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa. The principal island of Mahe has a population of about 50,000. The two other islands with significant permanent populations are Praslin and La Digue.

Facilities for tourism are generally well developed. The Seychelles archipelago of more than a hundred islands stretches for hundreds of miles.With no Cyclones and no dangerous creatures to spoil your vacation - the Seychelles are a true paradise!

The Comoros Island has an exquisite Arabian touch and mystique although its location is several miles away from the Middle East. The Comoros Islands was an ancient landing point for the Arabian Dhows with the load of spices from India and Zanzibar. The islands boast of clear sandy beaches and an eloquent history that reminds of the Sultan and Princesses of the Arabian Nights.

Mayotte, which lies close to the Comoros Islands, is a French territory which has been a famous tourist destination for the French and has well developed Water Sports, Scuba Diving and Beach Resorts that would leave you enthralled.

Madagascar is a developing island nation off the east coast of Africa Rich with coral reefs and sandy beaches for a good sunbath, Madagascar is a place worth visiting Madagascar's forests are a filled with exotic, rare flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world. It's a naturalist paradise on earth Cut off from the African mainland for millions of years, the accessible National parks and the fascinating tribal cultures would leave you spell bound.

Mauritius continues to fulfill every visitor's dream of a tropical island, from swaying palms to the dazzling blue of the ocean, balmy nights and smiling people. One of the loveliest gardens in the world, the island inspires visions of unspoilt natural beauty mellowing in the sun between sea and sky. Its racially diverse people is a part of the natural set up, ever beaming with the typical gentle tropical smile of sensual, carefree and contented happiness.

Mark Twain recorded his poetic delight when he wrote "You gather that Mauritius was made first, and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius".The Mauritian Garden of Eden is as much marine and 'sub-marine' as it is terrestrial. 

This jewel of the seas, set within the beautiful Indian Ocean, is surrounded by a precious filigree of coral, created over thousands of years from the bodies of tiny marine creatures.

The French colony of Réunion, has spectacular natural and scenic wonders. Reunions spectacular mountain country is a naturalist paradise! The rugged mountains and gorges offer great trekking adventures. If you like unusual hiking, you'll really enjoy Réunion's tropical lushness.


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