Nowadays, both the Maldives and Lakshadweep are in much discussion. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Lakshadweep recently. Here he posed for several pictures, which he posted on his social media site, asking people to visit Lakshadweep.
After this, people started comparing Lakshadweep with the Maldives. This comparison did not go down well with some Maldivian ministers, and they made some unsavoury comments on India. The remarks of the Maldivian ministers were strongly opposed in India. People started shouting slogans of ‘Boycott Maldives’. So let’s know if it is right to compare the Maldives and Lakshadweep. Learn more about these places here.
History of the Maldives
The Maldives is a small country in the Indian Ocean. The Maldives is a Malayalam word. Which means the chain of islands. The Maldives gained independence from the British in 1965. After three years of independence, i.e., until 1968, the royal rule continued here. The Republic was established in 1968.
The Maldives is a group of 1200 islands. The total area of this country is 300 square kilometers. The population of the town is around 5 lakh. The Maldives is located in the southwest of India. The distance from Kochi in India to the Maldives is 1000 km. The Maldives is a beautiful country. Millions of tourists visit here every year. A third of the country’s GDP comes from tourism.
Places to visit in the Maldives
As we told you, the Maldives is a beautiful tourist destination. Not only this, a visa is free for India. This is the reason why millions of Indians visit the Maldives every year. There are lots of places to visit around here. There are places like Sun Island, Fihalhohi Island, Glowing Beach, Maafushi, Male City, Artificial Beach, and Mamigili that attract more tourists.
Lakshadweep is one of the Union Territories of India. The distance between Kochi and Lakshadweep is 440 km. The total area covered by Lakshadweep is 32 square kilometers. It consists of 36 islands. Lakshadweep is 10 times smaller than the Maldives.
In this place with 36 islands, only 10 islands are populated. These are Kavaratti, Minicoy, Kilatan, Kadmat, Amini, Chetlat, Bitra, Andoh, Kalpani, and Agatti. Malayalam is spoken in Lakshadweep. The main source of livelihood for the people here is agriculture and fishing. However, the tourism industry here has also improved in the last few years. People have started coming here. Last year, around 25,000 people visited Lakshadweep.
Where you can go
If you want to go to Lakshadweep by air, then let us tell you that there is only one airport here, which is in Agatti. You have to go to Kochi first to go to Lakshadweep. You can go to Lakshadweep by catching a flight from Kochi.
To travel to Lakshadweep, you first need to get a permit from the administration there. From December to February, a large number of tourists come to visit here. There are many beautiful places to visit. These include Kavaratti Island, Light House, Jetty Site, Mosque, Agatti, Kadmat, Bangaram, and Thinnakara.