Bangaram Atoll

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Bangaram Atoll
Native name:

Nickname: Bunnagara Atoll
Bangaram Atoll is located in India
Bangaram Atoll
Bangaram Atoll
Location of Bangaram Atoll in Lakshadweep
LocationArabian Sea
Coordinates10°57′N 72°17′E / 10.95°N 72.29°E / 10.95; 72.29Coordinates: 10°57′N 72°17′E / 10.95°N 72.29°E / 10.95; 72.29
Adjacent bodies of waterIndian Ocean
Total islands6
Major islands
  • Bangaram
  • Thinnakara
  • Pirli 1
  • Pirli 2
  • Pirli 3
  • South Bangaram
Area1.234 km2 (0.476 sq mi)[1]
Length1.22 km (0.758 mi)
Width0.7 km (0.43 mi)
Coastline3.9 km (2.42 mi)
Highest elevation1 m (3 ft)
TerritoryUnion territory of Lakshadweep
Island groupLaccadive Islands
Tehsils of IndiaKavaratti
Subdivisions of IndiaAgatti Island
Largest settlementThinnakara (pop. 30)
Population40 (2014)
Pop. density32 /km2 (83 /sq mi)
Ethnic groupsMalayali, Mahls
Additional information
Time zone
Telephone code04896
ISO codeIN-LD-06[2]
Avg. summer temperature32.0 °C (89.6 °F)
Avg. winter temperature28.0 °C (82.4 °F)
Sex ratio1/

Bangaram (Malayalam: ബങ്കാരം) is an atoll in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, India. It has a distance of 2,022 km (1,256 mi) south of the city of Delhi.


The atoll has a roughly rectangular shape and is 8.1 km in length with a maximum width of 4.2 km. and with a lagoon area of 36 km2 (14 sq mi). It is located over 400 km (250 mi) off Kochi & 525 km (326 mi) from Kollam Port in the Indian Ocean.

Bangaram 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 10°56′N 72°17′E / 10.933°N 72.283°E / 10.933; 72.283. Bangaram atoll is connected to the reef of Agatti through a shallow submarine ridge.[3]



Bangaram Island, the main island in the atoll, has a small population of 10. Bangaram Island Resort was located on the east coast of this island.[6] Thinnakara, has a construction camp (~30) for the new resort being built on its west coast.[7]


The island belongs to the township of Agatti Island of Kavaratti Tehsil.[8]


The Bangaram Island Beach 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.[9] The resort had 60 cottages. Current alcohol regulations in Lakshadweep allow consumption of alcoholic drinks only on Bangaram Atoll.

The new Thinnakara is owned by locals from Agatti. It will offer numerous adventure activities, including scuba diving, snorkelling, deep sea fishing beside white sand beaches, a calm lagoon and a sparkling, clear coral reef.[10]

Flora and fauna[edit]

The Atoll is popular for its serene setting. Numerous species of tropical birds are found on the island.[11]

Image gallery[edit]


  1. ^ "Islandwise Area and Population - 2011 Census" (PDF). Government of Lakshadweep. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-07-22.
  2. ^ Registration Plate Numbers added to ISO Code
  3. ^ "Bangaram - Oceandots". Archived from the original on 2010-12-23. Retrieved 2011-11-08.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "Pub 173. Sailing Directions (Enroute): India & The Bay of Bengal" (PDF). National Imagery and Mapping Agency. 2002. Retrieved 2012-05-07.
  5. ^ Birds of Lakshadweep Islands
  6. ^ Bangaram Islands Archived 2011-05-10 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ [1] resort]
  8. ^ Tehsils info
  9. ^ Tourism in Lakshadweep
  10. ^ "Bangaram Island". Union Territory of Lakshadweep. Retrieved 2012-05-07.
  11. ^ Satish Pande; et al. (Jan–Feb 2007). "An ornithological expedition to the Lakshadweep archipelago: Assessment of threats to pelagic and other birds and recommendations" (PDF). Indian Birds. 3 (1). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2012-05-07.