The tourists had come to Kalpeni from Kavaretti island this morning. They were to go back this evening after a day- long visit to Kalpeni but were not allowed by the locals to board the boat at the harbour, one of the tourists Kiran Vyas said.
The locals were miffed with the port authorities over some issue, tourists said. Vyas, who hails from Gandhinagar in Gujarat, said he had come to Lakshwadeep with his family.
After sightseeing at Kalpeni, they were to return by 5.30 PM to Kavaretti, he said. Another tourist Minal Dave, also from Gujarat, said he had paid Rs 20,000 per person for a five-day package. There was no accommodation at Kalpeni and they were stranded in a tourist hut which does not have rooms, she said. "We have no permission for night stay," she said.