We flew in from Kochi to Agatti by the only flight operated by Alliance Air in the morning. Be sure to carry a printout of your entry permit for Lakshadweep since this is verified by the airline prior to check-in. At Agatti airport the representative of SPORTS helps you with the taxi to the jetty to catch ferry for Bangaram. The ferry takes between 45 to 60 minutes depending on the type of vessel.
At Bangaram, you are received by the resort manager who then briefs you about the facility and arranges for you to be taken to your cottage. Currently only non-AC cottages given to tourists, since the AC cottages are reserved for Govt. staff. We were told that there are plans to convert cottages to AC in the near future.
The cottages are comfortable and have an air-cooler that is periodically replenished with water by house-keeping staff. There is no provision for hot water in the bathroom. Another thing to be kept in mind is that the bathroom water stinks of sulphur. It is preferable to fill the bucket and let it stand for few hours to reduce the smell, prior to using it. The resort provides 1 bottle of drinking water per person per day in the room. Housekeeping staff does the rounds daily to clean the cottage, make the beds and replace towels.
A decent buffet breakfast is provided catering to Indian / western palate. The lunch buffet is mostly South Indian style food, although spice levels are way down (bordering on bland / insipid) to cater to foreign tourists. The dinner buffet is served on the beach and has a mix of Indian / Western style dishes, with similarly bland spice levels. The baked items and desserts were consistently good.
Bangaram is the sole island in Lakshadweep where liquor is served, although the choice is limited.
The resort provides various water sports activities like kayaking, knee-boarding, water-skiing, wind surfing, banana ride, glass-bottomed boat, turtle watching, snorkelling, etc.
Snorkelling is excellent near the ship-wreck in the lagoon (shared with Thinnakara island) and the water level is shallow enough for sunlight to reach the sea-bed for great visibility. The timing for this visit has to be according to the tide level. The other spots are deeper and the visibility is impacted. Various types of coral and fish are found in abundance, although some level of coral bleaching / dead coral is seen. Comparatively, Kavarati and Minicoy have more number of shallow snorkelling spots for greater sea-life / coral visibility.
Scuba diving for first-timers is done near the shore itself without a boat, since the beach in front of the resort has a steep gradient and quickly reaches a depth of 6 meters.
Depending on the tide, one get a great sunset view from the sand-bank near the helipad side of the island. During low tide, one can walk across to the sand-bank.
On a full moon night, the moonlight is enough to light up the beach for a cosy walk after dinner. Prior to moon-rise, when the night sky is pitch black, you may be able to experience the momentary glow of bio-luminescent plankton on the shore when the waves hit the beach. It is as if tiny flickering green lights are strung up on the beach.
One can easily walk around the island in about an hour along the beach paths (no concrete / tiled pathways on the island). There is a lake in the middle of the island that provides the piped water. But it is not a beautiful sight and has greenish water. The beach on west side has comparatively more shallow water than the east side,
The resort provides packed breakfast for the ferry ride back to Agatti island since it is usually early morning.
Special mention for Mr Asif & Mr Salim from the water sports team and Mr Mohammed from the restaurant / bar.
Recommend a stay of at least 3 nights to enjoy fully.
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