Saturday, 17 November 2018

Lakshadweep Samudram experience - 2

Overview: Kavaratti is around 18 hours sail from Kochi. We were greeted by bright sunshine, and a welcome tender coconut drink. The glass bottom boat ride was offered complimentary along with Samudram package. The clear waters of Kalpeni made it easy to peep at the corals from the boat. We registered for scuba diving programme as well, which didn't require swimming skills. I was briefed about scuba diving, and did a mock drill in shallow waters and did some breathing practice. We were taken in a group to the middle of the lagoon, from where we were supposed to jump. It was a magical dive, with colourful marine life and beautiful corals, and I had never experienced like this before. We came back from our dive and played by the shore for sometime. Buffett lunch was served in the afternoon and we were taken on an island tour in the evening.
The same schedule was followed for the next 2 days in Kalpeni and Minicoy. Kalpeni has a massive stretch of land with turquoise waters and has a coconut processing unit set up by the Government. Minicoy has a lighthouse built in 1882 during the time of Lord Ripon, at a strategic location along the sea route between the Suez Canal and Singapore.
Boat used for the annual event at Minicoy

Kavaratti

Kalpeni

Kalpeni

Kalpeni

Coconut oil extraction at Kalpeni

Minicoy Lighthouse
 
Textile unit at Kalpeni

Minicoy

Minicoy

Kalpeni

Kavaratti

Kalpeni