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  ?Lakshadweep
India
Coordinates: 10°34′N 72°37′E / 10.57, 72.62
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Area 32 km² (12 sq mi)
Capital Kavaratti
Largest city Kavaratti
District(s) 1
Population
Density
60,595 (7th)
• 1,894/km² (4,905/sq mi)
Language(s) Malayalam
Administrator B.V. Selvaraj
Established 1956-11-01
ISO abbreviation IN-LD
Website: lakshadweep.nic.in

Coordinates: 10°34′N 72°37′E / 10.57, 72.62 Image File history File links --- Map made by me, Nichalp --- Note: The Indian state of w:Jammu and Kashmir is claimed by w:India, w:Pakistan and the w:Peoples Republic of China. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ... Location of Mirzapur and the 82. ... The geography of India is diverse, with landscape ranging from snow-capped mountain ranges to deserts, plains, rainforests, hills, and plateaus. ... To help compare sizes of different geographic regions, we list here areas between 10 km² (1000 hectares) and 100 km² (10,000 hectares). ... Andhra Pradesh Arunachal Pradesh Assam Bihar Chhattisgarh National Capital Territory of Delhi Goa Gujarat Haryana Himachal Pradesh Jammu and Kashmir Jharkhand Karnataka Kerala Madhya Pradesh Maharashtra Manipur Meghalaya Mizoram Nagaland Orissa Punjab Rajasthan Sikkim Tamil Nadu Tripura Uttarakhand Uttar Pradesh West Bengal Andaman and Nicobar Islands Chandigarh Dadra and Nagar... Kavaratti is an island in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep off the coast of the state of Kerala. ... Kavaratti is an island in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep off the coast of the state of Kerala. ... The divisions of a district. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... Andhra Pradesh Arunachal Pradesh Assam Bihar Chhattisgarh National Capital Territory of Delhi Goa Gujarat Haryana Himachal Pradesh Jammu and Kashmir Jharkhand Karnataka Kerala Madhya Pradesh Maharashtra Manipur Meghalaya Mizoram Nagaland Orissa Punjab Rajasthan Sikkim Tamil Nadu Tripura Uttarakhand Uttar Pradesh West Bengal Andaman and Nicobar Islands Chandigarh Dadra and Nagar... This article is under construction. ... Malayalam (മലയാളം ) is the language spoken predominantly in the state of Kerala, in southern India. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... November 1 is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 60 days remaining. ... ISO 3166-2 is the second part of the ISO 3166 standard. ... ISO 3166-2 for India (ISO 3166-1 : IN) The purpose of this family of standards is to establish a worldwide series of short abbreviations for places, for use on package labels, containers and such. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


Lakshadweep (pronunciation ; Malayalam: ലക്ഷദ്വീപ്, [Lakṣadvīp]) is the smallest union territory of India. The group is located 200 to 300 km off of the coast of Kerala in the Arabian Sea. The total land area of the territory is 32 km². Eleven of the islands are inhabited. Lakshadweep is the northern part of the erstwhile Lakshadweepa. Image File history File links Lakshadweep. ... Malayalam ( ) is the language spoken predominantly in the state of Kerala, in southern India. ... A Union Territory is an administrative division of India. ... , Kerala ( ; Malayalam: കേരളം; ) is a state on the Malabar Coast of southwestern India. ... The Arabian Sea (Arabic: بحر العرب; transliterated: Bahr al-Arab) is a region of the Indian Ocean bounded on the east by India, on the north by Pakistan and Iran, on the west by Arabian Peninsula, on the south, approximately, by a line between Cape Guardafui, the north-east point of Somalia... Lakshadweepa Lakshadweepa means one hundred thousand islands in Sanskrit. ...

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Demographics

The people of all the northern islands speak a dialect of Malayalam. According to local folk beliefs, they descended from traders who were washed up on the islands during a particularly heavy storm. However, the people of Minicoy, the southernmost atoll, speak Mahl, which is another word for Divehi, the language of the Maldives. Malayalam ( ) is the language spoken predominantly in the state of Kerala, in southern India. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


The islanders are ethnically similar to coastal Kerala's Malayali people, and were influenced by Arab traders. Inhabitants of Minicoy, the southernmost and largest island, closely resemble Maldivians. Most — 99% — of the indigenous population is Muslim; they were converted by Arab traders. The locals call themselves the Div-i or the Aminidivi ("from the mother island"). Pavithran After completing his graduation Pavithran made an unsuccessful attempt to get admission at the FTII, Pune. ... Languages Arabic other minority languages Religions Predominantly Sunni Islam, as well as Shia Islam, Greek Orthodoxy, Greek Catholicism, Roman Catholicism, Alawite Islam, Druzism, Ibadi Islam, and Judaism Footnotes a Mainly in Antakya. ... Minicoy Island (Maliku) Minicoy Island or Maliku is the second largest and the southern-most island of the Laccadive Archipelago north of the Maldives. ... For people named Islam, see Islam (name). ... Aminidivi are an island group in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, India. ...


History

The first westerner on the islands was Vasco da Gama, but the British were the first to explore the islands. They are also mentioned in great detail in the stories of the Arab traveller Ibn Batuta. The Portuguese established a fort on the islands in May 1498, but the inhabitants soon rose up and expelled them. The Amindivi group of islands (Amini, Kadmat, Kiltan, Chetlat and Bitra) came under the rule of Tipu Sultan in 1787. They passed on to British control after the Third Anglo-Mysore War and were attached to the South Canara district. The rest of the islands became a suzerainty of the Arakkal family of Cannanore in return for a payment of annual tribute. After a while, the British took over the administration of those islands for non-payment of arrears. These islands were attached to the Malabar district of the Madras Presidency. In 1956, the States Reorganisation Act separated these islands from the mainland administrative units, forming a new union territory by combining all the islands. Dom Vasco da Gama, 1st Count of Vidigueira (IPA: (Sines or Vidigueira, Alentejo, Portugal, ca. ... Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Battuta (February 24, 1304 - 1377) was a Moroccan Berber traveller and explorer. ... Portrait of Tippu Sultan, 1792 Tippu (Tips) Sultan (full name Sultan Fateh Ali Tippu), also known as the Tiger of Mysore (November 20, 1750, Devanahalli – May 4, 1799, Srirangapattana), was the first son of Haidar Ali by his second wife, Fatima or Fakhr-un-nissa. ... The Third Anglo-Mysore War (1789-1792) was a war in South India between the Kingdom of Mysore and the Kingdom of Great Britain. ... Suzerainty refers to a situation in which a region or people is a tributary to a more powerful entity which allows the tributary some limited domestic autonomy but controls its foreign affairs. ... Arakkal Ali Raja was a Muslim Raja (King in Malayalam language) of Arakkal Palace. ... Kannur district in Kerala Kannur or Cannanore is a district (and also the name of the town which is its headquarters) in northern Kerala, a state in India. ... Malabar District was an administrative district of British India and independent Indias Madras State. ... Madras Presidency, also known as Madras Province and known officially as Presidency of Fort St. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Politics

The union territory is administered by an Administrator appointed by India's central government. Lakshadweep is under the jurisdiction of the High Court of Kerala at Ernakulam. It also elects one member to the Lok Sabha. The main languages spoken in Lakshadheep are Jasari(similar to Malayalam) and Mahl. High Court of Kerala is the highest Court in the State of Kerala and in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep. ... The skyline of Ernakaulam Ernakulam (Malayalam : എറണാകുളം ) refers to the western part of the mainland of Kochi city in Kerala, India. ... The Lok Sabha is the lower house in the Parliament of India. ... The Mahl (މަހަލް mahal), also known locally as Maliku Bas, is an Indo-aryan language spoken by the Minicoy (Maliku) people who reside in the island of Minicoy (India). ...


Economy

Lakshadweep's gross state domestic product for 2004 is estimated at $60 million at current prices. Due to its isolation and scenic appeal, Lakshadweep is emerging as a major tourist attraction for Indians. This brings in significant revenue, which is likely to increase. Since such a small region cannot support industries, the government is actively promoting tourism as a means of income.


Islands

Lakshadweep Islands map
Lakshadweep Islands map
One of the uninhabited islands in Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep officially consists of 12 atolls, 3 reefs and 5 submerged banks, with a total of about 36 islands and islets. The reefs are in fact also atolls, although mostly submerged, with only small unvegetated sand cays above the high water mark. The submerged banks are sunken atolls. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (882x1222, 170 KB) Summary Taken from http://www. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (882x1222, 170 KB) Summary Taken from http://www. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (3038x2012, 3638 KB) Summary Copyright, Lenish Namath Picture shot by Lenish Namath. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (3038x2012, 3638 KB) Summary Copyright, Lenish Namath Picture shot by Lenish Namath. ... Portion of a Pacific atoll showing two islets on the ribbon or barrier reef separated by a deep pass between the ocean and the lagoon. ... A reef surrounding an islet. ... A bank is a comparatively shallow area or an underwater hill on the continental shelf. ...


Almost all the atolls have a northeast-southwest orientation with the islands lying on the eastern rim, and a mostly submerged reef on the western rim, enclosing a lagoons.


The atolls, reefs and banks are listed from north to south in the table:

Atoll/Reef/Bank
(alternate name)
type Land
Area
(km²)
Lagoon
Area
(km²)
No. of
islets
Pop.
Census
2001
Location
Amindivi Islands
Cora Divh bank - 339.45 - - 13°42′N, 72°11′E
Sesostris Bank bank - 388.53 - - 13°08′N, 72°00′E
Bassas de Pedro
(Munyal Par, Padua Bank)
bank - 2474.33 - - 13°07′N, 72°25′E
Cherbaniani Reef (Beleapani Reef) reef 0.01 172.59 2 - 12°18′N, 71°53′E
Byramgore Reef (Chereapani) reef 0.01 57.46 1 - 11°54′N, 71°49′E
Chetlat Island atoll 1.14 1.60 1 2289 11°42′N, 72°42′E
Bitrā Island atoll 0.10 45.61 2 264 11°33′N, 72°09′E
Kiltān Island atoll 2.20 1.76 1 3664 11°29′N, 73°00′E
Kadmat Island (Cardamum) atoll 3.20 37.50 1 5319 11°14′N, 72°47′E
Elikalpeni Bank bank - 95.91 - - 11°12′N, 73°58′E
Peremul Par reef 0.01 83.02 1 - 11°10′N, 72°04′E
Amini Island 1) atoll 2.59 155.09 1) 1 7340 11°06′N, 72°45′E
Laccadive Islands
Bingaram Island (Bangaram) 2) atoll 2.30 46.25 4 - 3) 10°56′N, 72°17′E
Agatti Island 2) atoll 3.84 17.50 4 7072 10°50′N, 72°12′E
Pitti Island 1) island 1) 0.01 155.09 1) 1 - 10°50′N, 72°38′E
Androth Island (Andrott) atoll 4.90 4.84 1 10720 10°50′N, 73°41′E
Kavaratti Island atoll 4.22 4.96 1 10113 10°33′N, 72°38′E
Kalpeni Island atoll 2.79 25.60 7 4319 10°05′N, 73°38′E
Suheli Par atoll 0.57 78.76 2 - 10°05′N, 72°17′E
Minicoy
Investigator Bank bank - 141.78 - - 08°32′N, 73°17′E
Minicoy Island atoll 4.80 30.60 2 9495 08°17′N, 73°02′E
Lakshadweep   32.69 4203.14 32 60595 08°16'-13°58'N,
71°44°-74°24'E
1) Amini Island and Pitti Island are both on Pitti Bank,
a largely sunken atoll with a lagoon area of 155.09 km²
2) Bingaram and Agatti Islands are connected by a shallow submarine ridge
3) new international tourist resort,
otherwise uninhabited, but with a population 61 at the 1990 census

The main islands are Kavaratti (where the capital city, Kavaratti, is located), Agatti, Minicoy, and Amini. The total population of the territory was 60,595 according to the 2001 census. Agatti has an airport where there are direct flights from Kochi, Kerala or Ernakulam (Cochin). Tourists need a permit to visit the islands; foreign nationals are not permitted to visit certain islands. Consumption of liqour or alcoholic drink is not permitted in the islands except at Bangaram Island. Portion of a Pacific atoll showing two islets on the ribbon or barrier reef separated by a deep pass between the ocean and the lagoon. ... A reef surrounding an islet. ... A bank is a comparatively shallow area or an underwater hill on the continental shelf. ... This mid bay barrier in Narrabeen, a suburb of Sydney (Australia), has blocked what used to be a bay to form a lagoon. ... 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... Cora Divh is a submerged bank (a sunken atoll) in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, India, at . ... Sesostris Bank is a submerged bank (a sunken atoll) in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, India, at . ... Bassas de Pedro, also known as Munyal Par or Padua Bank, is a submerged bank (a sunken atoll) in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, India, at . ... An Island atoll in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep in India. ... Part of the Lakshadweep Union Territory of India. ... Amini is a census town in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, India. ... Lakshadweep is a Union Territory of India. ... Agatti island is the only island in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, India that has an airstrip. ... Andrott is an island in the Lakshadweep group of islands. ... Kavaratti is an island in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep off the coast of the state of Kerala. ... Kalpeni is an island in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, India. ... Minicoy Island (Maliku) Minicoy Island or Maliku is the second largest and the southern-most island of the Laccadive Archipelago north of the Maldives. ... Minicoy Island (Maliku) Minicoy Island or Maliku is the second largest and the southern-most island of the Laccadive Archipelago north of the Maldives. ... Population growth, from 443 million in 1960 to 1,004 million in 2000 Map showing the population density of each district in India Map showing the population growth over the past ten years of each distrct in India Map showing the literacy rate of each district in India Chart showing... Kochi ( ; Malayalam: []); formerly known as Cochin) is a city in the Indian state of Kerala. ...


The name of the archipelago literally translates as "hundred thousand islands" (laksha = "one hundred thousand", dweep = "island"). Until 1973, the island group was known by the anglicised name Laccadives (compare to Maldives and Suvadives) although the term Laccadives strictly only applies to central Lakshdweep with the northern Amindivi Islands and Minicoy to the south considered separate. This is reflected in the pre-1973 name of the union territory, Laccadive, Minicoy, and Amindivi Islands (Malayalam: ലക്ഷദ്വീപ്, മിനിക്കോയ്, അമന്തീവ [Lakṣhadvīp, Minikkoy, Amantīv]). The Laccadive Islands plus Minicoy Island are known as the Cannanore Islands. The Mergui Archipelago An archipelago is a landform which consists of a chain or cluster of islands. ... A lakh (Hindi: लाख, Urdu: Ù„Ú©Ú¾, Bengali: , Tamil : இலட்சம்) is a unit in the Indian numbering system, widely used both in official and other contexts in Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. ... Anglicized refers to foreign words, often surnames, that are changed from a foreign language into English. ... National motto: n/a Official language Dhivehi Capital Hithadhoo President Abdulla Afeef Didi Population  - Total (Year) 18,000 (1959 est. ... Minicoy Island (Maliku) Minicoy Island or Maliku is the second largest and the southern-most island of the Laccadive Archipelago north of the Maldives. ...


Transportation

Agatti Aerodrome on Agatti Island is currently the only airport in Lakshadweep. Indian, the state owned carrier, serves Agatti and flies to Kochi on the mainland. Also, from April 2007, a private carrier, Kingfisher Airlines, has commenced flights to and from Agatti. Kingfisher connects Kochi and Bangalore to Agatti. The other islands are linked by a helicopter or boat service. Agatti Aerodrome (IATA: AGX, ICAO: VOAT) is a public domestic airport serving the Lakshadweep Islands off the west coast of India. ... Kochi ( ; Malayalam: []); formerly known as Cochin) is a city in the Indian state of Kerala. ... A helicopter is an aircraft which is lifted and propelled by one or more horizontal rotors, each rotor consisting of two or more rotor blades. ...


External links

  • Indian Reef Region – Lakshadweep Islands
  • Official Site for Lakshadweep Islands
  • Lakshadweep Islands Tourism information
  • Beautiful Photographs of the Lakshadweep Islands
  • Lakshadweep Islands Tourism information
  • SPORTS->Lakshadweep Tourism Official Agency
  • geographical information, lagoon sizes
  • submerged northern reef banks

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