Lakshadweep islands are the only real coral islands in the country.
They almost seem to
float out of nowhere some 400 kilometers from the coast of Kerala
and of the 36 islands, only ten are inhabited. Most of them
are long and irregular with a lagoon enclosed by a coral reef
usually on the western side. Believed to have been formed as
a result of coral activity,
each lagoon abounds with some spectacular growth of corals,
which in turn supports a diverse array of marine life. The tiny,
narrow islands with their coconut palms, white coral beaches
and lovely, shallow and clear waters, combine to make it a tropical
dream, which few parts of the world can match..
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