The Lakshadweep or Laccadive Islands, as they were formerly called, are a string of islands, lying approximately 200 miles off the South West Coast of India. There are 36 islands in all – comprising coral atolls, submerged banks and reefs. It is commonly believed that the islands were discovered by shipwrecked sailors during the reign of Cheraman Perumal, a legendary King of Kerala, around 345 AD. Today, the population of Lakshadweep is around 50,000 spread over ten islands. The principal occupation of the people centers on fishing and coconut cultivation. The isolation of the islands has ensured the preservation of their pristine nature to the present day.
The jewel of Lakshadweep is Bangaram. It is uninhabited except for occasional visitors from the nearest island of Agatti, where the airport is situated. Bangaram presents a breathtaking spectacle of sparkling coral reefs, turquoise blue lagoons, silvery beaches and lush green coconut palms, all preserved in the same state as the first discoverers would have found them.