Kadmat Island, Lakshadweep

Kadmat Island is a coral island and one gem of an island in the Lakshadweep. It belongs to the Amindivi subgroups of island and is also the central most island of the Lakshadweep archipelago. Kadmat Island is also known as Cardamom Island. The Kadmat Island is 9.3 kms long having a lagoon which is 1.5 km wide and encompasses an area of 25 sq.km. Coral reef with seagrass and marine turtles are found nestling in the island. The remarkable strength of the Kadmat or the Cardamom Island without a doubt lies in its abundant marine wealth.

The island is encircled by large lagoons and long sandy beaches of magnificent beauty on both the eastern and western sides. Kadmat is the only inhabited village in the Kadmat Island. The predominant economic activity of the people residing in this area is fishery. Even for the non-Indians, tourism is permitted with the primary attractions being scuba-diving, snorkelling, kayaking, etc. The wildlife of the area can be broadly classified into three types of habitats viz- seagrass, coral reefs and nesting ground for marine turtles. The harmonious blend of flora and fauna together with the serene beauty of the Kadmat beach is quite scintillating. The location of Kadmat is about 8km from the Amini Island in Lakshadweep. One of the top places to visit nearby the Kadmat Island is Andrott, famous for the archaeological remnants of the Buddhist culture.

Another amazingly beautiful island, known as the Agatti Island is not too far off either. A trip to the Agatti Island is truly a delightful one. Since the Kadmat Island is located right at the centre of the Lakshadweep, it is easily accessible from all the other surrounding islands with ease.

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