Lakshadweep, India’s Only Coral Island

 

Lakshadweep, India’s smallest union territory is the only coral island of India comprising of twelve islands, three reefs and five submerged banks, with a total of nearly thirty nine islands and islets. The region has 10 inhabited islands and 17 uninhabited islands. The main islands of Lakshadweep include Kavaratti, Agatti, Minicoy and Amini. The region located around 440 km from the coastal state of Kerala, offers tourist the perfect escape from city life or for that from civilization as a whole as the region due to its fragile bio diversity is a protected region and hence it is not much commercialized with only a limited number of hotels and small restaurants present in the region.
However, when vacationing in this beautiful islands these facilities or the lack of it don’t make much difference, as the beautiful and peaceful surroundings of the islands gives you the perfect opportunity to adorn the beauty of nature, relax and also ample time to introspect.
But vacationing at this beautiful Indian island is not that easy, tempting tourists all over the region remains elusive and out of reach of many travelers, owing to the huge formalities that are needed to be duly complied with before you can set foot on these magical island. Hence to make things little simpler for tourists here is a simple compilation of few Lakshadweep travel tips.
Firstly, Lakshadweep is not a budget friendly holiday destination. Although the facilities offered are not much but I guess every good thing in life comes at a price, similarly the natural beauty and the peaceful surroundings of the region are just something money can’t buy.
Secondly, due permissions from authorities are required without which no tourists, Indian or otherwise are allowed to set foot on the Islands, in fact foreigners are further given only restricted entry limited only to few islands of the region.
Thirdly, having advance booking in a Lakshadweep hotel is an essential requisite to get the due permissions of authorities for entering the island.Fourthly, Lakshadweep enjoys a tropical climate with the temperature rarely moving above 28 degree Celsius and hence light cotton clothing should be carried.Fifthly, the region is not overtly commercialized and as such there is no such emergency medical services in the region, so do carry your essential medication and some first aid with you.
Sixthly, alcohol is not permitted on the islands, with the exception of Bagram islands, so do not carry any alcohol with you if visiting other islands of Lakshadweep.Lastly, Lakshadweep is still inhabited predominantly by tribal people, hence do respect local traditions and culture.


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7 Things to Know About Altitude Sickness

~Take My Breath Away!~

You’ve already know about AA, AAA, ABC, ADT and so on. If you’re going to the mountains, you might want to add AMS. It stands for Acute Mountain Sickness or more commonly, Altitude Sickness.You say, why are you bringing up sickness when I’m going on the trip of a lifetime – isn’t that just bad karma? Think of it as a vaccination – sort of like a trip into the Amazon jungles. You wouldn’t think of going there without, say… thirty or more shots, would you? So if you’re going to the high altitudes, why not prevent sickness!

~What Causes Altitude Sickness?~

Mountain scenes are indeed breathtaking. As you reach higher altitudes, barometric pressure decreases so every breath you take contains fewer molecules of oxygen causing you to take more breaths to get the oxygen you need. Of course this happens when you exert yourself walking up any hill, but at low altitudes, the shortness of breath usually resolves itself soon after you rest. Not so in a high altitude.

As the amount of oxygen in your lungs decreases, the blood becomes less and less efficient at acquiring and transporting oxygen, so no matter how many breaths you take, you are unlikely to attain a normal blood level of oxygen. It takes your brain a few days to figure out it has to breathe more.

Although everyone reacts differently, anybody can get AMS, even those who are physically fit, with lots of high altitude experience, young or old, male or female.

~The Easiest Way to Prevent Altitude Sickness~

The most common reason for getting AMS is directly related to how quickly you ascend, so if you plan to go high, your best guarantee is to go slow. If that’s not possible, at least know the symptoms and what to do, and you should be able to feel better quickly and avoid the severe, life-threatening forms. Drink lots of liquids, exercise moderately, eat small meals high in carbohydrates and low in fat and take a few herbs.

Other important steps to take include avoiding alcohol, sleeping pills and narcotic pain medications in more than modest doses.

~Medical Definitions of Altitude~

High Altitude:
5000 – 11500 ft

Very High Altitude:
11500 – 18000 ft

Extreme Altitude:
Above 18,000 ft.

~Signals that your brain hasn’t caught on yet that you’re not at sea level~

Nausea
Dizziness
Insomnia
Headaches
Bloody nose
Fatigue or weakness
Loss of appetite
Confusion
Staggering

~How to decrease the effects of AMS~

Ascend slowly and let yourself acclimate to each altitude.
Drink plenty of fluids – water and juice.
Avoid alcohol.
Minimize caffeine intake.
Decrease salt.
Eat a low fat, high carbohydrate diet.
DESCEND! (But only if its really bad).

~What the Doctor Says~

According to Dr. Lynne Drakos, acupuncturist and doctor of Oriental Medicine, a must for altitude adjustment is Siberian Ginseng. She also suggests eating foods high in iron, including molasses, green leafy vegetables, beets and red meat for the moisturizing value they give the body.

We have found taking doses of antioxidants seems to help also.



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