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Suheli Par Island
Suheli Par, an island in UT of Lakshadweep, India is based 52 kilometres away from the South West of Kavaratti. This is an oval shaped island which is encircled by rich marine fauna. The island has group of islands which comprises of two small islets called Suheli Cheriyakara and Suheli Valiyakara. These two islets are large, emerald and pristine green in colour.
Amid these two islets is a long stretch of thin sand bank which is called Suheli Pitti. This bank is often used as breeding region for different indigenous feathered animals. This bank becomes processing region for Tuna fish during months of October, November, December, January, February, March and April when the fishermen from neighbouring islands like Aggati put up their momentary settlements here.
Ferry and luxury cruises are one of the most preferred modes of conveyance to reach Suheli Islands. The tourists pick this mode as it offers them adventure and allows the tourists to feel nature closely. The ferries like MV Amindivi, MV Minicoy, MV Tipu Sultan, and MV Bharat Seema provide memorable rides starting from Kochi to Suheli Islands.
The ferries are comfortable and well maintained. They entertain riders with beautiful interiors, relishing snacks and best cafeteria. If you love adventure and want to indulge yourself in ship ride, then schedule your trip and ferry ride beforehand. During monsoons, the ferry facility remains unavailable.
Suheli Island has breath-taking view as it is based in picturesque location. Though the destination has very few resorts and accommodation facilities, yet all of them offer spectacle view of sparkling coral reef, the lush green coconut palms, silvery beaches and turquoise blue lagoons. Here are the details of accommodation facilities in Suheli Island: –
Aggati Island Beach Resort: This resort offers Jain, local, Chinese and continental cuisines. It offers its guests with indoor and outdoor dining facility together with barbeque, STD, ISD, FSX, Souvenir shop, Ayurveda and laundry facility for memorable stay.
Kadmat Beach Resort – The rooms of this resort offer mystical view of the surrounding lagoons. It has adventure activities for its guests in form of water sports activities. Besides, the place is considered ideal for your stay as it is far from hustle bustle of the maddening crowd of the city.
Kasims Homestay – Kasims is a luxurious and clean accommodation on Suheli Island which has economical rates. The homestay offers its guests with good selection of water sports like skiing, canoeing, boat riding, lagoon cruising, scuba diving, snorkelling and kayaking etc.
Events / Festivals in Suheli Island
Suheli Island has majority of Muslim community as its residents. Islamic festivals are but naturally celebrated with much vigour and merriment. Festivals such as Muharram, Milad-Ul-Nabi, Bakrid, and Eid-ul-Fitr etc hold prominent significance here. People get together and wish each other, invite others on feasts and have good time with each other.
Places to Visit in Suheli Par Island
There are prominent tourist attractions in Suheli which tourists must visit. All of these places have their own charm and beauty which are worth being carried back in form of memories.
- Suheli Pitti – Breeding destination of terns, this place is a long sandbank based between two beautiful islands.
- Cheriyakara – Based on South Eastern side of pristine lagoons and slightly smaller as compared to Valiyakara. The island is rich in coconut population. The fishermen make this island their temporary settlement from October to April. They stay here to catch tuna and earn their living for the rest of the year.
- Valiyakara – Another island based to the northern side of pristine and green lagoon, this island is rich in its original vegetation. Attractions of this island include unkempt coconut trees, turquoise water, silvery beaches etc. There is an old light house on this island too. Besides, you would see numerous hermit crabs around the beach here.
Climate of Suheli Par Island
Suheli Island has a pleasant, warm and tropical humid climate in most part of its territory. The climate here is equable and is defined as well marked season round the year. The monsoon season lasts from late May till early days of October. April and May are considered to be hottest months here where the mercury touches 35 degrees. The days are warm and humid but the nights are pleasant and cool.
The island is prone to storms and cyclones which frequently visit here, causing damage and havoc. From October to December, the island witnesses devastating storms which are followed by thunder and lightning.
Best Time to Visit Suheli Island
To carry back some cherished memories and have a memorable trip of Suheli Islands, visit during the months from September to May. During these months, the water sports are popular and active. It is considered ideal to visit the attractions around the island too.
How to Reach Suheli Par Island
Kochi links Suheli Par Island to other parts of India mainland. The nearby airport is Agatti where you can take helicopter and further a ferry to reach the island and other neighbouring attractions. The distance from Kochi to Agatti International Airport is 1 hr 30 mins. The flight services are open six days in a week.