Bangaram Island in Lakshadweep
Hello everyone! I started this Lakshadweep Travel Series to share my experience of traveling to Lakshadweep with family. Along with that, I also wanted to share my learnings to help you plan a perfect trip to this beautiful island destination. I have already written 4 posts in this series and made 4 YouTube videos. I have covered the topics like how to choose the perfect beach destination; different ways to reach Lakshadweep; which island to visit in Lakshadweep and how to do the bookings. Since, we stayed at Bangaram Island in Lakshadweep, I want to share more about this beautiful island. Hence this post. I will do this post in 2-3 parts which will give you a clear picture of what to expect in Bangaram. And, if you have any other doubts, you are always welcome to ask them in the comments below.
Bangaram Island is the most famous island among the tourists and it’s also the least explored part of Lakshadweep. It has also been ranked among the best getaways of the world. It’s the uninhabited island and it has only one Govt. run beach resort (Bangaram Resort) for the tourists.
It is nearest to the airport island, located just 12 kms to the North from Agatti. And, it takes about 30-45 mins to reach Bangaram island by boat.
The only way to reach Bangaram is by boat from Agatti Island. And, to reach Agatti, one has to take an Alliance Air flight from Kochi.
You may read – Different ways to reach Lakshadweep Islands to find all the details about flight and ship bookings.
I have also shared our experience of reaching Agatti from Kochi in this YouTube video.
Agatti to Bangaram Island in Lakshadweep
Once you reach Agatti island, you have to wait for 30-45 mins at the airport. During that time, they will check all your documents like hotel booking, return flight booking and entry permit. After this, you will be directed to the cab which will take you to the jetty.
That 10 mins cab ride is something I will never forget as I have never been on such a beautiful road which has the sea on both its sides. The views were truly mesmerizing!
At the jetty, they will help you board the boat to Bangaram. The islands in Lakshadweep are surrounded by shallow blue lagoons with crystal clear water. For 10-15 mins, you will enjoy the boat ride through the surprisingly calm waters of the lagoon. You can also see corals down there and if lucky you may spot some turtles swimming around.
As the boat starts moving out of the lagoon, you will feel the choppy sea but not much if the weather is good. The color of the water will change from turquoise to teal and then to dark blue. You would want to sit tight as the ride gets a bit rough for 20-30 mins. If you tend to get motion sickness/sea sickness, don’t forget to carry your medicine. And, here you may as well spot some dolphins racing with your boat.
And, after that when the boat starts entering the lagoon of the Bangaram island you get to enjoy the serenity once again. Along with that, you get to experience the gorgeous view of the Bangaram island. I bet you would want the time to stop there, it’s a very different feeling, I can’t even explain that in words. But at the same time you would want to get down on the island and touch the white sand.
It was the moment when we realized that we have actually reached Lakshadweep. It was not a dream!
Day 1 at Bangaram Island in Lakshadweep
The day we reached Bangaram, I knew that 4 days were just not enough. Though the island is really small (just 1 km) and there is not much to explore, you still can’t get enough of its beauty and calmness. But that’s it, you can not book a stay for more than 4 days at Bangaram. So, prepare your mind before reaching Lakshadweep otherwise you will cry like I did on our last day there. Honestly, there is no other place that has made such a huge impact on me. I can’t wait to plan a trip to Lakshadweep once again.
You may also read – How to do the Bookings for Lakshadweep?
As soon as you deboard at Bangaram, you will receive a warm welcome with a cool refreshing drink. The manager then gives a short briefing explaining about the island and activities, etc. After which, you will be directed to the restaurant where a scrumptious buffet lunch awaits you.
Some people decide to go directly to their rooms first, get freshen up and come back for the lunch. But since our flight was delayed it was already 2 o’clock when we reached Bangaram and we were starving so we decided to have lunch first and then went to our rooms.
So, you actually get only 3.5 days to spent at Bangaram.
On day 1, you are already tired with all the traveling and you are a bit overwhelmed too. You would want to rest for a few hours after lunch.
But if you are traveling with a kid who is past his afternoon napping age and who loves sand and water more than anything else then be ready to turn into super parents and ditch resting for the rest of your life. Just kidding!
No, I am not!!!
We skipped the resting part and decided to explore the backside of the island as we were told it’s surrounded by a shallow lagoon. So, Nemit (our son) could enjoy in the water and we can sit under the shade of a tree.
To reach to the backside, you need to walk through the overgrown shrubs and tress and follow one of the several paths. It’s so easy to get lost even in that small area if your direction sense is really bad. It’s better to ask the staff for the best and shortest route to the backside, trust me it will save you a lot of time. Even if you decide to do it your way like we did, the first look of the beach through those shrubs will take take your breath away. It felt like we are looking at the door to heaven.
We spent a few hours there, came back, took a shower and spent the rest of the evening just lazying around. And, after having a candle light dinner under the stars, we decided to call it a night.
In case, you are still in the process of deciding which island to visit in Lakshadweep, then you may want to check out this video.
That’s it for this post. In the next posts of Lakshadweep Travel Series, I will give a quick review of the resort room and share about the activities that one can enjoy at Bangaram island in Lakshadweep. You may also check out the Lakshadweep Playlist on our YouTube channel.
I hope you are enjoying reading this travel series. Do share this post with your friends and family. I will meet you in the next post. Till then, bye bye and take care!