Lakshadweep is a group of 36 coral islands located 220–440 km southwest of the Indian mainland.
Lakshadweep is India's smallest union territory, covering 30,000 square miles and with a population of around 65,000.
The islands were once part of a key maritime trade route, connecting them to the ancient Indus Valley Civilization.
Kavaratti is the capital of Lakshadweep and its most developed island.
Lakshadweep is known for its coral atolls and lagoons, which attract divers and nature enthusiasts.
The state animal of Lakshadweep is the butterfly fish, the state bird is the sooty tern, and the state tree is bread fruit.