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Minicoy Island

  • Location: 8o-17*North Latitude 73o-04* East longitude, located 398 kms, from Cochin.
  • Population: 9495
  • Land Area: 4.80 sq. Kms. It is about 10.6 Kms long
  • Climate: The climate of the island is moderate
  • Language: Mahl

Minicoy Island One of the 36 small islets of Lakshadweep group of Islands, Minicoy, also known as Maliku in the local language is one of the best-kept secrets of India. It is located amidst the vast expanse of Arabian sea, just 398 km or 215 nautical miles from the shores of Cochin. The small island encompasses the total area of 4.801 sq km and is exclusively known for its vibrant coral reefs, quaint white-sand beaches and the fresh water of the infinite ocean.

It is the second largest island, the firs being Andrott. It is the southernmost islands in Lakshadweep, crescent shaped and has one of the largest lagoons. Viringili is the small islet that can be seen on the south. Minicoy is set apart from the northern group of islands by its culture; the islanders are employed as seamen in ocean going vessels the world over. The island has a systematically arranged village system known as ‘Avah’ each Avah is a cluster of houses, which is headed by an elected elderly man called Bodukaka.

Traditionally all powers to manage village affairs are vested in him. Each village house beautifully decorated and maintained. Mahi is the spoken language. Minicoy is an important centre for tuna fishing. The Light House of the island is one of the oldest and was constructed in 1885. One can visit the villages, tuna canning factory, the light house and go far a long drive through dense coconut groves and winding village roads. The beaches have bathing huts and change rooms. So swim and beach walk, pedal boat, kayak and sail. Three tourist cottages and a twenty bedded tourist home have been constructed for the staying tourists. This island is part of Coral Reef and Swaying Palm packages of SPORTS.