Agatti Island

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Agatti
Agatti is located in India
Agatti
Agatti
Location of Agatti Atoll in Lakshadweep
Geography
LocationArabian Sea
Coordinates10°30′N 73°00′E / 10.50°N 73°E / 10.50; 73Coordinates: 10°30′N 73°00′E / 10.50°N 73°E / 10.50; 73
TypeAtoll
ArchipelagoLakshadweep
Adjacent bodies of waterIndian Ocean
Total islands2
Major islands
Area3.226 km2 (1.246 sq mi)[1]
Length7.6 km (4.72 mi)
Width0.85 km (0.528 mi)
Coastline17 km (10.6 mi)
Highest elevation2 m (7 ft)
Administration
TerritoryUnion territory of Lakshadweep
DistrictLakshadweep
Island groupLaccadive Islands
Tehsils of IndiaKavaratti
Subdivisions of IndiaAgatti Island
Largest settlementAgatti (pop. 7500)
Demographics
Population7700 (2014)
Pop. density2,386 /km2 (6,180 /sq mi)
Ethnic groupsMalayali, Mahls
Additional information
Time zone
PIN68255x
Telephone code0489x
ISO codeIN-LD-06[2]
Official websitewww.lakshadweep.gov.in
Literacy84.4%
Avg. summer temperature32.0 °C (89.6 °F)
Avg. winter temperature28.0 °C (82.4 °F)
Sex ratio1.059/

Agatti Island is a 7.6 km long island, situated on a coral atoll called Agatti atoll in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, India. It is 2,034 km (1,264 mi) south of the city of Delhi.

Geography[edit]

Agatti is located about 459 km (285 mi) off Kochi in the mainland and 7 km to the southwest of Bangaram, the nearest island. Agatti is 531 km away from Kollam (Quilon) and 529 km away from Kollam Port.[3] Kavaratti, the closest inhabited island, lies 54 km to the SE and Suheli Par atoll 76 km to the south. Agatti Atoll's total land area is 3.226 km2 (1.246 sq mi) (of it, The main island 3.141 km2 (1.213 sq mi) and the small Kalpatti Island has 0.085 km2 (0.033 sq mi). Kalpatti is located at the southern end on the same reef.[4] The lagoon area is 24.84 km2 (9.59 sq mi).

Population[edit]

Its population as per the 2011 census was 7,560 and Islam is the main religion of the islanders.[5] Islamic religion is said to have been brought by Arab traveller Ibn Batuta. Most people speak Malayalam and English and Tamil[தமிழ்]. Agatti has its own 100 kW power house which uses fuel to generate electricity. There is a Sea Water Desalination unit which provides desalinated water to the islanders.

Transportation[edit]

Sea

Lakshwadeep is connected to Cochin by sea route. Seven passenger ships operate between the two ports and it takes 14–20 hours for the passage.[6]

Air

The 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) Agatti Aerodrome (IATA: AGX, ICAO: VOAT) is the only airport in Lakshadweep.[7][8]

Tourism[edit]

Agatti is one of the Lakshadweep islands open to tourism. Visitors, however, are allowed to the Island under certain restrictions. They are required to obtain Entry Permit from the Lakshadweep Administration for entering or visiting the island. Entry Permit is issued based on the visitor having a confirmed place to stay. There are only two hotels or resorts in Agatti: Agatti Island Beach Resort (AIBER)[9] and the other is Sea Shells Beach Resort.[10][11] A road runs through the island, which can be best enjoyed by hiring a bicycle available at many places.

Administration[edit]

The island belongs to the township of Agatti Island of Kavaratti Tehsil.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Islandwise Area and Population - 2011 Census" (PDF). Government of Lakshadweep. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 July 2016.
  2. ^ Registration Plate Numbers added to ISO Code
  3. ^ Kollam to Agatti
  4. ^ "Oceandots - Agatti". Archived from the original on 23 December 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  5. ^ Web123India
  6. ^ "How to reach Lakshwadeep". Official Website of Union Territory of Lakshwadeep. Archived from the original on 31 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Alliance Air". Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  8. ^ "How to reach Lakshwadeep". Official Website of Union Territory of Lakshwadeep. Archived from the original on 31 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  9. ^ Resort
  10. ^ Resort
  11. ^ Resort Archived 6 October 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Tehsils info

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