Kadmat is idyllic. Miles of white sanded beach tickled by turquoise seas flowing up up to luscious coconut palms all on a 10km long by a couple of hundred meter wide island through the centre of which is 3m wide mainly concrete path which is perfect for cycling. The rather expensive accommodation is almost irrelevantly modest - but that's not what we are paying for. The organisation is also not perfect - in fact frustratingly, idiosyncratically Indian - with amusing shop that often only has a couple of warm bottles of sweet orange pop and the dining room with its own special characteristics and the differing and lack of information - all of which become almost charming in the end. Highly recommended if you like snorkelling off deserted beaches and cycling through coconut palms, goats, chickens and local villages with the odd (but rare) noisy truck and bike and absence of other western tourists.
We stayed for what was meant to be 7 nights but turned out to be 6 glorious days. (We were unceremoniously and hurried off the island at breakfast on our last day - onto a series of sea craft from various jetties over several hours ;-)
We traveled to Lakshadweep in early October 2017. This being the start of the season, my review may not be representative of the average experience.
All inquiries, bookings and payments were made directly through SPORTS. They were responsive, efficient and helpful at all stages of the booking process. It does require a bit of a leap of faith to make a reservation a few months in advance and make the entire payment via a bank transfer, but in my case, I can vouch for SPORTS professional attentions. Confirmations, clarifications and receipts which were timely dealt with (I would recommend making all arrangements directly with SPORTS).
Upon arriving in Agatti, we were met by SPORTS representatives who seamlessly handled paper-work, transfers etc. without requiring any effort or stress by us. After being hosted to a short, tasty lunch in Agatti, we were driven to the jetty for our boat ride to Kadmat.
The four and a half hour "voyage" by speed boat to Kadmat in choppy seas is a bit of a challenge for the uninitiated mariner, but we did manage to arrive without giving-up remnants our Agatti meal to the Arabian Sea.
Staff were pleasant and helpful from the moment we arrived. We spent 4 nights on Kadmat and 3 nights in Bagram before returning to Agatti.
Very good, helpful
Homely. On Sunday's staff invites families to the resort and staff members are proud to introduce spouses and children to guests. This makes for a pleasant, homely type of relationship
with staff. Resident manager is always on-hand and makes an effort to establish rapport with guests.
Good AC bungalows, about 50m from sea. While not being 5 star luxury, quite adaquate for our requiremens.
Tasty, wholesome South Indian but limited choice. They were happy to host my daughter in the kitchen for a "cooking lesson"
(the food is prepared in very clean and hygenic conditions).
Proffesional and patient dive team. Very good, new equipment. Nice diving locations.
This is an inhabited island so one can enjoy a walk to nearby village. The residents are very friendly and welcoming to tourists, especially the kids
who are keen to practice some english. Beautiful walks, experience seeing sea on both sides. Many other water activities available.
Boarded flight at Bangalore (stop at Cochin) to Agatti. Sea was rough (Okhi was just starting its effects) and it took 4 hrs to reach Kadmat by Speed boat. Welcome drink - Refreshing Tender Coconut. Mr. Malik took us to our room. Spacious with all amenities. Well above satisfactory in an Island. Stayed there for 5 nights (Nov29 to Dec4). Enjoyed water sports, very low price. Sad part of our travel was no scuba (Okhi played spoilsport). White sand beach - amazing and mind relaxing. You just hear sounds of sea. Food was great and cooked by the locals. Local are amazing people... they care you just like their family member.
Enough has been written about the hospitality of the lakshadeep people and the divine beauty of this beautiful island, so i will not repeat them. In fact, the photos do not do a justice to this place, you must come here to enjoy this place.
I will write a few practical information regarding travel to kadmat and lakshadeep in general-
a.season-end of september till feb.(best is nov-jan, but is crowded also. We went at end of sept, we were only 6-8 people and we enjoyed the beach. Once the samudram package starts,it really gets crowded esp.on those days on which the ship people come to visit the beach)
Cons: cycle not available for a cycling to the village---we had a walk instead.
some times it was rainy and windy, but it never rained more than 15mins. Our fishing tour cancelled on day2 due to windy weather.
b.Booking--1.air india ticket(kochi to agatti and back)
2.e mail to SPORTS regarding your plan of visit, days u wish to stay on the island.
(a word of advice--whatever you plan will be turned upside down by the SPORTS authorities. The boat transfer from one island to another depends on the weather, number of persons available for transfer on that day and the ultimate decision of SPORTS.We planned for 4N kadmat followed by 1N bangaram, but due to bad weather and SPORTS decision, we had 2N Bangaram and 3N Kadmat, altough at no extra cost.....so it was a boon for us and we didnot complain)
3.It will take a while to finalize the itinerary with SPORTS. They love responding via mail, but they are not so prompt with the telephone. The guys who do the booking are not aware of the ground realities( a couple with us booked tinnakarna and kavaratti, but tinnakarna was not ready at that time and no transport/other person to go to kavaratti, so they stayed at Bangaram instead all 5 days----SPORTS can change all ur plans....:)
4.Kindly check the cost calculations provided by SPORTS....They are not great at maths...
5.But one thing i must admit, The SPORTS persons at Kadmat,agatti and bangaram are the most humble,friendly persons i have ever met.
6.STD vs Deluxe rooms---doesn't matter... u will be only sleeping in the room...rest of time u will be on the beach or in the water.(AC Delux rooms are better)
7.activities----plenty of them...we did snokrelling-3times(always do deep sea snokrelling, its far better ), reef snokrelling for seeing big fish,lagoon fishing (we caught 4, while another group had nil....it is a bit of luck......they will cook the fish for you also).
Other activities-yatching,speed boat ride,scuba,deep sea fishing.(cheapest anywhere in the world)
8.Transport--altough SPORTS promises high speed crafts for inter island transfer, transfer is by fishing boats only(they are safe, but rocks and rollls in the choppy sea waters, sea sickness is a must the first time you board these boats---take your prophylactic meds accordingly...........our boat malfunctioned a few metres from the Agatti jetty and had to be towed to the jetty by another boat.)
Journey time from bangaram to kadmat---5hrs
agatti to kadmat---6hrs( we started at 4am in the morning....the sea in the dark and the dawn is very very beautiful........the sky changes from a darkness to a riot of colours)
9.Pros: the white silver sand beach, the rich marine life, the vast ocean and the journey in a fishing boat at night like a viking....
We went in Feb'17 via the SPORT authority of Lakshadweep which is the govt agency which runs all tourism activities. They will provide you the visiting permit to the island along will all island transfers via boats. Google up their website for various offers and processes to be completed before you visit.
We went from Cochin to Agatti via Air India. From Agatti, the personnel from SPORT took us to transfer jetty for a 3 hour boat (mid size covered motor ferry) ride. This will be your most difficult and unpleasant part of the journey (sea sickness is common), the enclosed boat travel is not something to look forward to. Eat light and sit tight.
Once you land at Kadmat island, you will be on a sparsely populated island where the resort is at one of the far ends of the island and is cordoned off from the main village settlement. We stayed at the super-deluxe individual cottages which are a luxury to find in such a remote place. Fully well appointed with AC, TV and decent enough beds and bath facility. The icing is the complimentary drinking packaged water bottles, which are generally hard to get by.
The in-house restaurant prepares basic buffet lunches and dinners, simple and nutritious (maily fish based, along with some veg options). Dont expect elaborate dining option. There is free WiFi available at the admin office, else only BSNL would work here. Forget your office blackberry/iphone mail servers.
The crown jewel is the diving centre in the hotel. Me and my wife did a basis diving course (its damn cheap as compared to anywhere else). Its a PADI certified centre and we had young recruits from Indian AirForce who were also staying at the resort and learning diving (its that good).
Evenings are for sitting on the beach and sipping coffee...solitude is all you get here...soak it up.
If you dont fancy the boat transfer, I would recomment Bangaram Island as an alternative ( its only 30 mins from Agatti). Recommended season-Nov to Feb...it gets damn hot during the day.