Andaman or Lakshadweep – Which Is Better

Planning for a vacation or beach holiday and not able to pick the best one between Lakshadweep vs Andaman Nicobar Islands, here is the points and similarities among both coastal islands of India.

Andaman Islands

Andaman and Nicobar Islands is located in the Bay of Bengal and home to the Sentinelese people. The islands are a major tourism hub and known for exotic beaches, pristine islands, adventure sports, snorkeling and scuba diving.

Permit – Indian tourist do not require a permit to visit the Andaman Islands,
Airport – Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair.
Services – Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Visakhapatnam and Bhubaneswar.
Cruise – Cruises to Port Blair available from Kolkata, Chennai and Vishakhapatnam.
Transport – Jetty Ferry, ships and Harbor Cruise available for near by islands.
Accommodation – The island offers variety of hotels and resorts.
Islands – Havelock Island, Neil Island,Little Andaman, Ross Island, Viper Island and North Bay Island.
Tourist Attractions – Radhanagar Beach, Cellular Jail, Saddle Peak, Barren Volcano and Mount Harriet National Park.


Lakshadweep group of islands are located in the Laccadive Sea and served by an airport on the Agatti island. The islands are home to best coral reefs in India along with marine fauna, water sports activities like yachting, scuba diving and night sea voyages.

Permit – Tourists need a permit to visit the Lakshadweep islands.
Airport – Agatti Island is the only airport in Lakshadweep.
Transport – Ships and Cruise available from Kochi and Calicut.
Accommodation – Fewer accommodation options in Lakshadweep (stay in the ship)
Alcohol – ban on alcohol and except Bangaram island.
Islands – Only few islands are accessible to the tourist (Agatti, Bangaram, Kadmat, Minicoy and Kalpeni)

Summary of Comparison

Both the islands of Andaman and Lakshadweep share stunning marine life, coral reefs and exotic beaches. They are offbeat destinations and known to have so many similarities in terms of sea beaches, water sports, cruise tourism, sea and sand.

Our recommendation is Andaman, The islands is more developed and tourist destination, offers list of attractions and places to visit. Mode of transport is easy, availability of airlines are higher and don’t require any entry permit for Indian nationals.

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