|• Total||2.3 km2 (0.9 sq mi)|
|• Density||27/km2 (69/sq mi)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Bangaram (Malayalam: ബങ്കാരം) is an atoll in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, India. The atoll has a roughly rectangular shape and is 8.1 km in length with a maximum width of 4.2 km. It is located over 400 km (250 mi) off Kochi in the Indian Ocean.
The atoll is about 7 km (4.3 mi) northeast of the island of Agatti and 25 km (16 mi) to the southeast of Perumal Par, in the western Lakshadweep archipelago at . Bangaram atoll is connected to the reef of Agatti through a shallow submarine ridge.
Bangaram island, the main island in the atoll, has no residences but hosts a resort. 61 resort staff were registered as residents of the island in the 1991 census.
Bangaram Island with 2.3 km² is the largest island in the atoll. There is a long brackish pond in the center of the island fringed by screwpine and coconut palms. Bangaram Island Resort is located on this island which was formerly uninhabited.
The other large island in the atoll is Tinnakara, almost as large as Bangaram, and also located 1.5 miles (2.4 km) East-Northeast of Bangaram island, at the edge of the lagoon basin.
The Bangaram Island Resort opened to tourism in 1974, but the lack of commercial flights made access difficult. Tourism took off after the Agatti Aerodrome on the nearby Agatti island was commissioned and regular commercial flights from Kochi were established. The resort has 60 cottages. Current alcohol regulations in Lakshadweep allow consumption of alcoholic drinks only on Bangaram Island.
The island is popular for its serene setting. Numerous species of tropical birds are found on the island. The resort offers numerous adventure activities, including scuba diving, snorkelling, deep sea fishing beside white sand beaches, a calm lagoon and a sparkling, clear coral reef.
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