Thinnakara Island: A beach-lover’s paradise

Thinnakara Island: A beach-lover’s paradise

The Good Life With IQ

If you want tips, tricks and insights on travelling, being vegetarian, sustainability and India, and from someone who’s been there and done that, then The Good Life With IQ is a good place to be! The inspiration for this blog was a trip to the Lakshadweep islands in early 2017. We had a really tough time trying to figure out how to plan our trip, and the fact that there wasn’t really much useful information on the net was really frustrating. When we got back, I decided to write a post on how we planned our Lakshadweep trip, so that other travellers could be spared our frustration. But once I got started, it was difficult to stop. And that's how The Good Life With IQ got where it is today.

I recently wrote a short reader’s review on Thinnakara Island, Lakshadweep and submitted it to Lonely Planet Magazine India. I never thought they’d publish it, but they did (with a few edits, naturally)! Of course, this isn’t a commissioned review or anything, just a reader’s contribution, but it’s still very reassuring. Hopefully, this is a sign of good things to come.

A big ‘thank you’ to you all for keeping me going by reading my blog!

Here’s the review I submitted. You can also read the complete post I wrote on Lakshadweep, on which this review is based.

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Thinnakara Island: A beach-lover’s paradise

What worked: Thinnakara is a peaceful little resort island with very few visitors, 45 minutes by boat from Agatti (where the airport is), or 10 minutes from Bangaram. Accommodation is basic but charming: 10 thatched-roof tents with fans, lightbulbs and an attached ‘green toilet’ with shower; and homely local food served in the sand-floored dining room. The beach on the leeward side of Thinnakara is spectacular, with leaning palm trees and shallow, clear water. One can also walk to two tiny neighbouring islands at low tide, snorkel at a small shipwreck, and watch turtles swimming in the lagoon.

What didn’t work: Sadly, the beach on the windward side of the island is piled with plastic rubbish washed in from the ocean. Also, the ground water used in the green toilet and shower smells of rotten eggs because of its sulphur content. Asking for purified rain water to brush one’s teeth is recommended.

Thinnakara - View from the room

The view from our tent on Thinnakara

Also read: A piece in the Lakshadweep puzzle, a guide to planning a holiday in Lakshadweep

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