Blue seas, white sands, brilliant sunsets… You don’t have to think of the Caribbean or even the Maldives or Seychelles. Lakshadweep Islands, barely 250 km off the coast of Cochin, are that idyllic island getaway right here in India. But the islands are part of a highly fragile coral eco-system, that necessitates special permits for those who want to visit them. And if you do, the islands and the locals will enchant you, leaving you mesmerized and vowing to be back soon. Ninad Mirajgaonkar from our team fell for the charm of the islands and has been singing paeans about it since then.