Kolkata: Lakshadweep has now decided to open three uninhabited islands exclusively for tourists after building beach resorts and water sports facilities.
"Thinnakkara, Suheli Par and Cherium are the three new islands in Lakshadweep where we are now planning to build tourism infrastructure at a total cost of Rs 60 crore," Lakshadweep tourism department's assistant director A M Hussain told PTI in Kolkata.
Each of these tiny islands occupy an area of about 40-50 hectares of land and is devoid of any human settlement so far but have glistering silver sand beaches and abundant marine life, coral reefs in particular.
"They are completely virgin and serene islands and that is why they will be so special for tourists who are looking for exclusivity in their trip. The charm of staying here would be unparalleled," Mr Hussain said.
The sandy beaches have clear and unpolluted water, unlike other beaches of India.
The union territory's tourism department will built resorts here on a PPP (public-private-partnership) model, the tenders for which will be out in the next few months.
Giving adventure-loving tourists adrenaline rush, water sports facilities planned on these islands include scuba diving, jet ski watercrafts, snorkeling, rafting, windsurfing, deep-sea fishing, yatching, etc.
The official said they are hoping that in the next year the new islands would be ready to welcome tourists.
Lakshadweep is located in the Arabian Sea, around 220-440 km away from the coast of Kerala. The archipelago consists of a total number of 36 islands out of which there are only 6 islands which have resorts for tourists.