About 220 to 440 km away from the cost of Kerala, lies one of the world’s most spectacular tropical island systems in a scattered group of 36 coral islands, collectively known as Lakshadweep. They form a part of the Union Territory of India and are one of the country’s newest tourist destinations. Of the 36, only 10 of the islands are inhabited by simple, peace-loving folks, whose language is close to that spoken in Kerala. The administration ensures that the way of life of the islanders is not disturbed by external influences. It is India’s only coral island chain. Most of the islands have a lagoon on their western side, enclosed by a coral reef. The lagoon runs through the entire length of the island and differs in width and depth. The islanders have lifestyles and occupations that revolve around coconut cultivation, coir matting, and fishing. The islands that are open to tourists offer simple non-luxurious beach cottages. Snorkeling and scuba diving are the main activities on these islands. Lakshadweep island can be reached by ships and flights operated from Kochi. The airstrip is in Agatti, and other permitted islands can be reached by boat. For all tourist purposes, Kochi is the gateway to Lakshadweep.