Welcome to SIMAS Holidays
Simas Travels
Tours » Domestic Tours   » Lakshadweep

Highlights: Lakshadweep
Location: Lakshadweep, Arabian Sea...
Start Date: 01, Sep, 2015
Duration: 05 Days / 04 Nights


Lakshadweep means ‘a hundred thousand islands’ in Malayalam, the local language. However there are only 36 islands having a total area of 32 sq. kilometers. It is the tiniest Union Territory of India with 12 atolls, 3 reefs and 5 submerged banks. Ten Islands are inhabited. They are Agatti, Amini, Andrott, Bitra, Chetlat, Kadmat, Kalpeni, Kavaratti, Kiltan and Minicoy.

Theories about coral atoll formation are inconclusive. However the most prominent and perhaps most accepted one is given by the Sir Charles Darwin in 1842. According to him the base of the islands below the reef is a volcanic formation over which corals settled and built fringing reefs, which transformed to barrier reefs and finally to atolls due to geological submergence of volcanic base.

According to legends, small settlements started in the islands of Amini, Kavaratti Andrott and Kalpeni first and later people from these islands moved to other islands of Agatti, Kiltan, Chetlat and Kadmat.

The advent of Islam dates back to the 7th century. St. Ubaidulla of Mecca dreamt that prophet Mohammed wanted him to go to Jeddah, take a ship from there and go to distant places. While he was sailing near these small islands, a storm wrecked his ship. Floating on a plank he was swept ashore on the island of Amini. Ubaidulla started propagating Islam in the islands.

Still 93% of the inhabitants of Lakshadweep are Muslims.

People are mostly engaged in fishing and coconut cultivation. The islands are virtually crime-free.

Lakshadweep is one of the world’s most spectacular tropical island systems. Thirty- two sq. km of land spread over 36 islands surrounded by 4200 sq. km of lagoon rich in marine wealth. The precious heritage of ecology and culture is supported by an extremely fragile ecosystem. Committed to the cause of Eco tourism Union Territory of Lakshadweep has consciously followed a middle path between tourism promotion and environmental conservation. The Administration is carefully monitoring the environmental impact of coastal tourism and has taken steps to promote tourism in a way that is consistent with ecological concerns. As an effective strategy to avoid pressure on ecological environment, the efforts to promote tourism have been synchronized with the carrying capacity of the islands.

Though all the islands are endowed with the beauty of coral reef, sandy beaches, unpolluted and clear water and hospitable settings, most of these differ in terms of facilities and services offered. Some islands have been promoted for diving and water sports; still others have been developed so that people enjoy the charm of relaxation and natural enjoyment. Since the land is precious and scarce it is avowed policy of the Administration to relieve pressure on land and promote water based tourism. The motto being admires and not exploits that natural beauty.

Lakshadweep with its vast lagoon around all the islands has emerged as a water sport destination in the country. Understanding the potential of water sports Department has been striving to make these islands a prime water sports destination not only within the country but throughout the world. As such, the Department has been concentrating on developing the water sports facilities. While developing these facilities fragile ecology of these islands have been taken into consideration and only non intrusive water sports are encouraged. Therefore, the water sports like water scooters, etc has been deliberately kept out. Another feature of water sports in Lakshadweep is the development of high yielding adventure water sports like scuba diving and para sailing, etc.

The Department has set up a full-fledged water sports Institute at Kadmat island. This Institute offers facilities for Kayaking, canoeing, yachting, snorkeling, wind surfing, water skiing and last but not least scuba diving. A full-fledged scuba diving centers are operational at Kavaratti and Kadmat islands and these have emerged as a prime scuba diving destinations to the well heeled and adventurous tourists.

 Future Plan:

1. Acquisition of a dedicated cruise ship for tourists.

2. Opening of more islands for international and domestic tourists.

Climate: Tropical. 27° C - 32° C 


Population: The population is only 60595 as per 2001 census, of which 95% are Muslims. Ethnically they are similar to the people of Kerala. They speak a dialect of Malayalam except in Minicoy where “Mahl” a form of Divehi is spoken.


Languages: Malayalam & Mahl. 


How to get there: Four all weather ships M.V. Kavaratti ,M.V Tipusultan, M.V Arabian Sea M.V Minicoy operate between Kochi and the islands. Kingfisher Airways  also operate flight from Kochi to Agatti Island


Boarding & Lodging: While on a day tour package cruise, you will get back to the ship at the end of the day. Staying tourists are accommodated in Kavaratti, Kalpeni, Minicoy Agatti and Kadmat. The tourist huts in each island occupy ideal locations on the beach itself. Each hut has one or two twin-bedded bedrooms with attached baths. For Indian/Overseas tourists there is also a holiday resort at Bangaram.


Food: Spiced coconut-rich Vegetarian & Non vegetarian food. Curried, fried and barbecued fish.


Tourist Season: October - May for the ship based tour packages. Agatti and Bangaram may be visited throughout the year.

Things to do: These are basically leisure tours and Sea/Lagoon based tours.There are plenty of opportunities for Scuba diving, Yachting, Pedal boating, Kayaking, Canoeing, Swimming, Snorkeling and sunbathing. One may also visit local houses, Marine museum, LightHouse and a few local industries 


Things not to do: Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in all islands except Bangaram. Picking up Corals is a punishable crime. 


Package rate for Five Days Lakshadweep Samudram Package.
Dep. Kochi Ship                          Arri. Kochi Days Islands
18.09.2015 MV Kavaratti       22.09.2015 5 Days Kavaratti,Kadmat, Kalpeni
25.09.2015 MV Kavaratti       29.09.2015 5 Days Kalpeni, Kadmat, Kavaratti
04.10.2015 MV Kavaratti       08.10.2015 5 Days Minicoy, Kalpeni, Kavaratti
10.10.2015 MV Kavaratti       14.10.2015 5 Days Kavaratti, Kalpeni, Minicoy
16.10.2015 MV Kavaratti      20.10.2015 5 Days Minicoy, Kalpeni, Kavaratti
22.10.2015 MV Kavaratti      26.10.2015 5 Days Kavaratti, Kalpeni, Minicoy
29.10.2015 MV Kavaratti       02.11.2015 5 Days Minicoy, Kalpeni, Kavaratti
04.11.2015 MV Kavaratti      08.11.2015 5 Days Kavaratti, Kalpeni, Minicoy
10.11.2015 MV Kavaratti      14.11.2015 5 Days Minicoy, Kalpeni, Kavaratti
16.11.2015 MV Kavaratti      20.11.2015 5 Days Kavaratti, Kalpeni, Minicoy
23.11.2015 MV Kavaratti      27.11.2015 5 Days Minicoy, Kalpeni, Kavaratti
29.11.2015 MV Kavaratti      03.12.2015 5 Days Kavaratti, Kalpeni, Minicoy
06.12.2015 MV Kavaratti      10.12.2015 5 Days Minicoy, Kalpeni, Kavaratti
12.12.2015 MV Kavaratti      16.12.2015 5 Days Kavaratti, Kalpeni, Minicoy
19.12.2015 MV Kavaratti      23.12.2015 5 Days Minicoy, Kalpeni, Kavaratti
26.12.2015 MV Kavaratti      30.12.2015 5 Days Minicoy, Kavaratti, Kalpeni
01.01.2016 MV Kavaratti      05.01.2016 5 Days Kavaratti,Kalpeni, Minicoy
07.01.2016 MV Kavaratti     11.01.2016 5 Days Minicoy, Kalpeni, Kavaratti

Class of Accommodation- FIRST CLASS- (02 Bedded AC CABINS)
Adult-                    Rs. 25,000/- 
Child- (1-10 Yrs)     Rs. 18,000/-

Service Tax additional (3.50%)


* 10% hike will be applicable in December. 


* Rates in Indian Rupees.

* Cost likely to be increased.
* 10% hike will be applicable in December. 
* Rates in Indian Rupees and for Indian National only.

 Tentative schedule for the 05 days SAMUDRAM PACKAGE 
Day 01: Report at the Lakshadweep Jetty (from where the ship departs for Lakshadweep)     
Afternoon Dep. Cochin for Minicoy Island... (Overnight Journey by  Kavaratti Ship)  
Dinner on Board.
Day 02: Morning arrival Minicoy Island....After breakfast on Board & Dep. for Minicoy Island by local Motor Boat... Appx time of travel from main ship to Island is 40 mins through the beautiful blue Lagoons Arrival Minicoy Island.. Lunch on Island- Visit Minicoy Light House, Kayaking.. Free for water Sports/ Leisure... 
Scuba Diving is also available at Kadmat Island- On Direct Payment 
Basis....Evening Dep. Minicoy Island for Kavaratti Island...(Overnight Ship Journey) 
Dinner on Board.
Day 03: Arrival Kavaratti Island: Breakfast on Board. Full day at Kavaratti Island...
Enjoy the water sports like- Kayaking, Glass Bottom Boat. Lunch on Island. These sports activities are included in the package cost..... Scuba Diving is also available at Kavaratti Island- On Direct Payment Basis....
Evening Dep. Kavaratti Island for Kalpeni  Island...(Overnight Ship Journey)- Dinner on Board.
Day 04: Arrival Kalpeni Island: Breakfast on Board. Full day at Kalpeni Island... Lunch on Island. 
Snorkelling Is inclusive in the cost. Evening Dep. Kalpeni Island for Cochin... (Overnight Ship Journey) 
Dinner on Board.
Day 05: Arrival Cochin around 12 Noon... End of the Lakshadweep Package

Lakshadweep Package cost includes:
* All meals - Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea/Coffee, and Dinner. 
* 04 Dinners on Board.
* Local village sightseeing
* Water Sports- Snorkelling, Kayaking, Glass Bottom Boat 
* All transfers- Main ship to Island and vice Versa...

The above cost does not include:
* To & Fro Ernakulam Train /flight journey.
* Cochin hotel accommodation for 2 Nights.  
* Scuba Diving (Appx. Rs. 1,000/- Per head /Dive, to be paid directly)
* any kind of porter-age, coolie charges, Tips, Laundry or any kind of personal expenses. 
* Additional sightseeing other than mentioned above.
* Food at Cochin.
* any other things not mentioned in the inclusions.
* Transfers- APT-Hotel-Lakshadweep jetty-Hotel-Apt/Rly Stn.
* Anything other than mentioned in the inclusion.
* All the Lakshadweep Packages are organised by Lakshadweep Tourism. 
* All the ship schedules are planned and finalised by Shipping Corporation of India..
* If there is/are any Change/ Cancellation in the ship schedule Simas Travels/Holidays will      
    not be responsible for any cancellation/changes fees incurred in Railway/Flight or any
   other mode of journey and should not be held responsible...

Cancellation Policy
01. 10% cancellation charge will be deducted if the booking is cancelled 25 days before departure of the ship.
02. 25% cancellation charge will be deducted if the booking is cancelled between 20th to 10th day before       departure of the ship.
03. No refund if cancelled within 10 days before the departure of the ship.
Refund Policy
100% refund if the schedule is cancelled due to unfavorable weather conditions and /or other unexpected technical faults. No damages/ claims will be payable except money paid by tourists.
Important notes: 

01. Confirmation only on receipt of 50% of package cost within 4 days of booking and the balance cost 25 days  before travel date.
02. Full payment should be made if the booking is made closer to date.
03. Details of tourists such as Name/Sex/Age and food preference (Veg or Non veg) should be furnished while booking seats in the prescribed form.
04. All Tourists should have their identity cards with them/less baggage comfort journey.
05. The total package tariff (subject to revision) includes transportation charges by ship,                
       Embarkation and disembarkation charges, food, accommodation, sightseeing and lagoon cruise wherever applicable.
06. Ship schedules are subject to change or cancellation without any notice due to Unforeseen reasons, pleaseallow a day"s margin at Kochi while planning the
      return journey. This is in order to meet any delay which may be caused due to change in ship schedules. 
07. Tourists are advised to reach Kochi one day ahead of departure date for collecting
       tour tickets and completing other formalities. Boarding in ship takes place two hours before scheduled departure time.
08. Diamond Class -2 persons in a cabin.
09. Please note that for one island package accommodation on the ship will be in A/C Hall with pushback seats.
10. Fixed ship departures/arrivals from/to Cochin Port, schedule as fixed by Lakshadweep Tourism.
11. Tourists availing LTC may collect LTC certificate from SPORTS office at Cochin or on board the ship.
12. Pick up/drop from/to Cochin Port will be extra.
13. Above packages apply to Indian Nationals only
14. Above rates may be subject to change at the discretion of SPORTS, Lakshadweep Tourism.
15. Cabin allotments are done by SPORTS/ Lakshadweep TOURISM officials and SimasTravels/Holidays have no right to change/allot/demand any specific cabins.
      The guest have to accept whichever cabin is allotted. 
16. Consumption of liquor is prohibited in Lakshadweep.

Note: We are acting only as the booking agents of SPORTS, Lakshadweep Tourism. We are in no way responsible for the change in program/seats/cabin/Ship Schedule/ cancellation without prior notice or any nature and quality of the services offered by SPORTS in above packages. Ships are operated by Lakshadweep Administration. In case of any change in the ship schedule, on the islands liability of SPORTS is restricted to transporting the tourists back to Kochi by immediate available conveyance by ship only.
Terms & Conditions:
1. All prices are subject to confirmation and accommodation is subject to availability on confirmation.
2. All reservations must be forwarded via email /fax and reconfirmed by Simas Holidays, Pune via email /fax.
3. Any amendment to confirmed service will be charged extra for each amendment.
4. For all services, no show fee is 100%. All unused services will not be refunded.
In case of cancellation or amendment any extra charge applied by supplier will be levied on the customer.

Simas Holidays:            Narayan Peth Office:          020- 24459080, 24459220.
Simas Travels:              Sadashiv  Peth Office:         020- 24466955, 24453782.
Simas Holidays:            Kothrud:                               9422320923.

* Cost likely to be increased.