Experiencing The Real Lakshadweep
Kadmat woos its visitors with its long unending stretches of white sandy beaches and exceptional scuba diving facilities. Although Kadmat is among the inhabited islands in Lakshadweep, it's population is quite low and is only around 5000. The island is 8 Km in length, 550 meters wide at its broadest point and covers an area of around 3.20 sq Km. The warm and clear water lagoons are perfect for swimming and scuba diving whereas the silvery beaches are ideal for spending lazy and carefree hours under the swaying palms. The water around the Kadmat islands are one of the most cleanest in Lakshadweep. The shallow lagoons on the western side of the island are dotted with the most beautiful coral reefs in this archipelago. The diving school on the island is one of the best and most famous. The afternoons here are a little sultry and hot, but the nights are quite pleasant with cool breeze from the ocean soothing the environment. If you somehow miss the sunrise, do not forget to witness the sun setting behind the horizon. It lasts a little more than an hour curtaining the sky in a myriad of unbelievable hues. Without a doubt, the shores of Kadmat are one of the most irresistible in entire Asia.
The main attraction in Kadmat is definitely the Lacadives Diving School set up by the famous Prahlad Kakkar. It is the first and only CMAS certified or World Underwater Federation diving school in India. Although its headquarters is in Mumbai, the main base is in Kadmat. Lacadives offer several packages for diving holidays here. There are beginner as well as advanced courses offered here during the season which starts in October and stretches till may. No courses are offered during the monsoon season. All the beginners are required to carry with them a doctor's certificate stating that they are fit for diving.
Apart from the warm and clear waters, Scuba Diving is worth it for the awesome spread of coral reefs on the sea bed. The most appealing of them all is the red tinged coral that might just tempt you to pick them. However it is advised that you don't do it as it is against the law to take corals from these islands.
Lakshadweep Tourism Resort provides with both AC and non-AC accommodation with attached bathrooms, foyers and a porch. The huge resort has an office, a gymnasium, a conference room and bathing blocks for people coming after a swim in the sea. The meals here are served in buffet style. The Kerala cuisine are the most favored cuisine here. However, Lakshadweep specials can also be had here.
Kadmat can be reached from Agatti by taking a cruise. It can also be reached by taking up Lakshadweep Tourism departments Marine Wealth and Scuba Diving packages.