Lakshadweep is a tropical archipelago of 36 atolls and coral reefs in the Laccadive Sea, off the coast of Kerala, India. Not all of the islands are inhabited, and only a few are open to visitors (permits required). Kavaratti, one of the more developed islands, is home to dozens of mosques, including the ornately decorated Ujra Mosque, as well as Kavaratti Aquarium, showcasing regional fish, shark and coral species. With coconut trees, secluded beaches, lagoons and coral reefs, the islands are known for their scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking and fishing. Off Bangaram Island, the 18th-century Princess Royal shipwreck is an underwater attraction that divers can explore. Resorts on Agatti and Kadmat islands organize local diving and glass-bottom boat tours, as well as visits to the waters around uninhabited islands. A 19th-century lighthouse on Minicoy Island, still in use today, is a remnant of the islands’ British colonial past.