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Lakshadweep Sees Record Google Searches and Tourism Surge; Israel Initiates Desalination Program

New Delhi: Google searches for Lakshadweep have reached a two-decade high, displaying a significant surge resembling a hockey stick graph, as reported by a news agency. MakeMyTrip, in a post on X (formerly Twitter), revealed a staggering 3,400 percent increase in Lakshadweep-related searches on its platform following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the islands.

Tata Group’s plans for two resorts on Suheli and Kadmat islands in Lakshadweep, scheduled to open in 2026, gained attention after PM Modi’s visit and subsequent tensions with the Maldives. The Indian Hotels Company, a Tata Group subsidiary, announced the signing of these Taj-branded resorts in January last year.

Lakshadweep, with its 36 islands, boasts renowned tourist destinations like Bangaram, Agatti, Kadmath, Minicoy, Kavaratti, and Suheli. Kadmat has become a prominent dive center in India. The Taj at Suheli is set to offer 110 rooms, including 60 beach villas and 50 water villas, on the coral island. Kadmat’s Taj Hotel will feature 110 rooms, comprising 75 beach villas and 35 water villas, on the marine protected Cardamom Island.

In a significant move, Embassy of Israel announced the initiation of a desalination program in Lakshadweep, expected to enhance tourism amid the ongoing Maldives controversy. The Israeli embassy, in a social media post on X, stated their readiness to begin the project following the Indian government’s request.

“We were in #Lakshadweep last year upon the federal government’s request to initiate the desalination program. Israel is ready to commence working on this project tomorrow,” declared the embassy.

Sharing captivating images of Lakshadweep’s pristine beaches, they added, “For those who are yet to witness the enchanting allure of #lakshadweepislands, here are a few pictures showcasing this island’s majestic underwater beauty.”

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