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Kavaratti

Kavaratti is the capital of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep in India. Kavaratti is a census town as well as the name of the atoll upon which the town stands.

Kavaratti is a small census town, which is located in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep and it stands on the island by the same name. One of the most popular attractions in the town of Kavaratti is the Ujra Mosque, which is located on the south-eastern part of the island.

Ujra Mosque belongs to the 17th century and was built by Sheikh Mohammad Kasim, whose grave is also situated within the mosque. The uniquely carved ceilings and pillars of the Mosque depict an ancient architectural style. Some of the important festive occasions celebrated here are Id-ul-Fitr celebrated in the month of October, Onam in between the months of August to September and Bakri-id in the month of March.

There is also a museum, a few blocks away from the mosque consisting of a large aquarium with sharks sharing space with octopuses and sea cucumbers, which is the main attraction here. The main section of the museum houses a collection of different types of shells, corals and preserved fishes.

Kavaratti is popular for the snow-white coral sand and lagoons that are available here along with coconut trees and white sandy beaches covering most of the regions. The weather condition of Kavaratti is tropical in nature with summers from the months of March to May. The best time to visit Kavaratti is between the months of August to March because of the favourable climate with less heat.

Kavaratti can be reached from Cochin which has the nearest airport connecting most of the major Indian cities and even foreign cities. Kavaratti is also connected by passenger cruises from other island towns in Lakshadweep and these cruises are available from Cochin Harbour.